A Conversation With the Man Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch

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A Conversation With the Man Behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. Caroll Spinney talks about the early days of the Muppets.

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Using Seawater and Sunlight to Grow Sustainable Food in the Desert. A company in Australia is creating its own fresh water and tomatoes.

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NASA's New Space Laser Will Track the Earth's Vanishing Ice. The laser, aboard ICESat-2, will map the world every 91 days as long as it lives.

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That Crazy Rock and Roll Baptist Preacher who turned out to be an Artistic Genius. Howard Finster was the very definition of eccentric.

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Hand-Raising a Pallas's Cat Kitten. Abandoned in a train car, Dasha came to be doted on by scientists at the Daursky Biosphere reserve.

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An NFL Coach Searches for His Birth Family. He found them in the last place he expected.

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The Fascinating Stories Hidden in America's Old Architecture. The buildings that give a unique style to a city are worth saving.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About the President's Secret Army. The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is not-so-secret anymore.

Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks

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Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks. Imagine Glacier National Park without a glacier.

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The Chimp Who Believed She Was Human. After being raised in a human home, it took years for Lucy to learn to be an ape again.

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The Mathematical Madness of Möbius Strips and Other One-Sided Objects. A look at the history of the mind-bending field of topology

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These 1930s Housewives Were the Godmothers of Radical Consumer Activism. They protested rising food prices with the Hamtramck Meat Strike.

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Disneyland’s Fantasyland Recreated in Incredible Detail in a Basement. A railroad engineer hand-crafted his own theme park over ten years.

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The Princess Who Worked at Macy’s. The Queen of Romania also built furniture, raised poultry, and enjoyed off-roading.

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America is on the Verge of a Nursing Crisis. Our nursing schools don't have the capacity to supply our current needs, much less our future needs.

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15 Amazing Animal Reunions. It's good to know that pets lost for years might find their way home.

Why Can We Hear Others' Footsteps, But Not Our Own?

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Why Can We Hear Others' Footsteps, But Not Our Own? Brain experiments shed light on our personal filters.

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Stilt Fishing in Sri Lanka. Homemade stilts driven into the sand make for a grueling yet productive haul.

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11 Horror Movies it's Safe to Watch With Your Kids. They don't cross the line from scary to traumatizing, but you'll still want to check the details.

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Tracing the Mysterious “Turks” of South Carolina Back to the Revolutionary War. Hundreds of descendants of Joseph Benenhaley still live in Sumter County.

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The Dad-Joke Doctrine. Clean and simple jokes are embarrassing, comforting, and they bond generations together.

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A Dog With Cancer Got a New, 3D-Printed Titanium Skull. Patches is a pioneer for what might some day be available for human patients.

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The Wardrobe Team at Saturday Night Live Works With No Margin for Error. Costume changes have been done in as little as 10 seconds.

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The 19th Century Manual That Claimed the Color Blue Could Cure All Ills. Augustus J. Pleasanton was responsible for the "blue glass craze."

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