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Your Favorite Passages, From Dostoevsky to Animorphs

Last week, I invited readers to send in the literary passages that most spoke to them and shaped them. Here’s Jen, with a passage from Dostoevsky:<p>I first read <i>The Brothers Karamazov</i> when I was 17, on a rocky family vacation. At first, it was a melodramatic Russian escape from my fighting parents’ …


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See Vertigo-Inspiring Photos From Instagram's "Rooftopping" Selfie Daredevil

Don't try this at home, kids.<p>Many Instagram travel photographers will go to lengths to get shots that will rack up the hearts: For instance, they …

Everyday Hero: When This Pregnant Woman Couldn’t Find A Seat On A Train, This Man Decided To Stand On His In Solidarity

Well, this story absolutely proves that you don’t need a cape to be a hero.<p>Zack Clifton will tell you he’s just a normal guy, but his small …


Royal Society Photo Contest Winners Capture Breathtaking Details of Our Rapidly Changing World


Earth - A Soviet scientist created the only tame foxes in the world

From the richly-plumed red fox to the big-eared fennec fox, foxes look adorable. Because of this, people are sometimes tempted to keep them as pets.<p>However, those who have tried have struggled. Unlike dogs and cats, the different species of fox have not been domesticated.<p>Domestication only happens …

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