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Apollo 17 LM: Challenger, Taurus–Littrow (lunar valley) by Mick Hyde on Flickr.A nice reminder of what we’ve been able to accomplish.

Apollo 17 LM: Challenger, Taurus–Littrow (lunar valley) by Mick Hyde on Flickr.

A nice reminder of what we’ve been able to accomplish.

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The Seedy Side of Sainthood: Was John Paul II Canonized Too Fast? - The Daily Beast

The feeling that it is just a little bit too soon to elevate John Paul II to sainthood has been echoed by many Catholics who prefer a longer post mortem waiting period to make sure the potential saint’s earthly record holds up.

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Vinyl Freaks Show Off Their Epic Collections in Beautiful New Photo Book | Gadget Lab | WIRED

If you’re a collector, you’ll gasp and gawk at the full-blown insanity of the libraries in some of the photos. You’ll get that little spurt of joy when you spot a record you yourself also own. And of course, you’ll taste that bitter tinge of jealousy whenever you see one of Paz’s profile subjects holding up a record you’ve been trying to score a copy of for years. Like the copy of Caetano Veloso’s Bicho on page 47 — man, this one time when I was in Paris…

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Epic pen spinning, via Geekologie.

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Why It's a Big Deal That Half of the Great Lakes Are Still Covered in Ice - Stephanie Garlock - The Atlantic Cities

The thing is, all of that ice takes a long time to melt. As of April 10, 48 percent of the five lakes’ 90,000-plus square miles were still covered in ice, down from a high of 92.2 percent on March 6 (note that constituted the highest levels recorded since 1979, when ice covered 94.7 percent of the lakes). Last year, only 38.4 percent of the lakes froze over, while in 2012 just 12.9 percent did – part of a four-year stint of below-average iciness.

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Square Feet: 84. Possessions: 305. - NYTimes.com

In a doctor’s waiting room, Ms. Williams read a magazine article about a man named Jay Shafer and the tiny house he had built, and was taken with the idea. Soon she was flying to Iowa City to meet with Mr. Shafer, a guru in the tiny-house world, and poring over blueprints back in Portland. It was a distinctive response to a health crisis, she admits.

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The Citicorp tower design flaw that could have wiped out the skyscraper: 99% Invisible by Roman Mars.

When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center (later renamed Citigroup Center, now called 601 Lexington) was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45 degree-angled top.

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Henrik Fisker has designed some seriously beautiful vehicles over the course of his career thus far. You’d naturally associate his name with the Karma hybrid that shares it, or maybe the reskinned Mercedes SL and BMW 6 Series he crafted as a coachbuilder, but he was also responsible for such beautiful shapes as the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, Tesla Model S and Artega GT. And now he’s turned his attention to a motorcycle.

Beautiful lines via Autoblog.
Henrik Fisker has designed some seriously beautiful vehicles over the course of his career thus far. You’d naturally associate his name with the Karma hybrid that shares it, or maybe the reskinned Mercedes SL and BMW 6 Series he crafted as a coachbuilder, but he was also responsible for such beautiful shapes as the BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, Tesla Model S and Artega GT. And now he’s turned his attention to a motorcycle.

Beautiful lines via Autoblog.

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Mini Cooper S by marknauta.nl on Flickr. Comments

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That’s the thing about running: your greatest runs are rarely measured by racing success. They are moments in time when running allows you to see how wonderful your life is.

Kara Goucher via Runner’s World

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