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How the marriage of John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette unraveled | Vanity Fair

A thousand days had passed since John exchanged wedding vows with Carolyn Bessette on a wild, unspoiled island off the coast of Georgia, and during that time the truth about their troubled marriage had been a well-guarded secret. Now John and Carolyn were living apart—he at the Stanhope, she in their loft in Tribeca—and John was on the verge of calling it quits.

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Mini Cooper in Chinatown by Vu Bui on Flickr. Comments

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Hubble captures a cross-section of the universe | Astronomy.com

This new Hubble image showcases a remarkable variety of objects at different distances from us, extending back over halfway to the edge of the observable universe. The galaxies in this image mostly lie within about 5 billion light-years of us, but the field also contains objects that are both closer and more distant.

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The telescope big enough to spot signs of alien life on other planets | Science | The Observer

The Paranal complex has been in operation for more than a decade and includes four giant instruments with eight-metre-wide mirrors – known as the Very Large Telescopes or VLTs – as well as control rooms and a labyrinth of underground tunnels linking its instruments. More than 100 astronomers, engineers and support staff work and live there.

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Cas Hailey, “Got My Mojo Workin’” on the Bing Lounge.

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Boston Qualifying

Watching the Boston Marathon, I’ve started to come to terms with the fact that I won’t make the goal of running it myself in 2015. Missing the Green Bay Marathon has pretty much sealed that, as the unbroken training necessary to run at a 3:30:00 pace has already been broken by this injury. I hate missing that goal. But, maybe, it’s not all bad.

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At some point down the course here, someone will hand him a piano.

Universal Sports' commentator Larry Rawson on the unidentified non-elite runner at the front of the men's Boston Marathon pack at mile 2.

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The Truth About Google X: An Exclusive Look Behind The Secretive Lab's Closed Doors | Fast Company | Business Innovation

At first, it seems Teller’s point is that the tolerance for setbacks at Google X is uncharacteristically high—a situation helped along by his bosses’ zeal for the work being done there and by his parent company’s extraordinary, almost ungodly, profitability. But this is actually just part of the story.

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Runners board busses to the starting line of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Via Associated Press and Kansas City Star.

Runners board busses to the starting line of the 2014 Boston Marathon. Via Associated Press and Kansas City Star.

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I think I’m going to start crying at the starting line and I’m not sure I’ll stop until I cross the finish line.

Katie O’Donnell on her participation in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Via Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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