Photos from the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash site, in Ukraine (warning: graphic images)

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Images from Reuters’ Maxim Zmeyev show the devastation at the site of the crashed passenger jet, which U.S. officials say was brought down by a missile strike. Posted by Xeni Jardin.

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The Death of Marilyn Monroe (and George Whitman's Girlfriends)

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A visit through George Whitman’s Paris bookstore on the eve of Marilyn Monroe’s death. A comic by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall.

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The Mystery of the Disappearing Airmen

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Futility Closet on the curious cases of Ernest Cody and Charles Adams, two naval officers who vanished from a World War II surveillance blimp over the Pacific.

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Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 reported shot down in Ukraine near Russian border

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Around 11:00AM ET today, Interfax, CNN, and other news agencies began reporting that Malaysia Airlines flight 17, heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed in eastern Ukraine.

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It's only a matter of time before the chikungunya virus spreads in the U.S.

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Until 2013, chikungunya was an Old World disease, writes Maggie Koerth-Baker. Not any more.

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How Dan Shapiro created the most-backed game in Kickstarter history

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Bible Stories for Newly Formed and Young Corporations

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Bible Stories Are Presented for the Benefit of Newly Formed and Young Corporations

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Batman at 75

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Lisa Granshaw on why pop culture can’t let the Dark Knight go.

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Book Club: A Storm of Swords Daenerys V and Tyrion VII

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With the completion of Season 4 of HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ivan and Red dig back into the Boars, Gore, And Swords book club, where they cover the chapters of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series that correspond to the previous television season. No book spoilers past the TV show!

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Run-DMC invades MTV

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The Run-DMC Rock Box is the first major rap video to premiere on MTV in this week’s Hip Hop Family Tree, by Ed Piskor.

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The Shadow Hero: giving an origin story to comics' first Asian-American superhero

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Gene Luen Yang has made comics history with his graphic novels about race and identity, now, with Sonny Liew, he goes back in time to reinvent the first Asian superhero in the history of comics. Cory Doctorow reviews The Shadow Hero and presents an exclusive excerpt.

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The quest to find 12 hidden treasures from a 1982 treasure hunt book

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The 1982 treasure hunt book, The Secret, has clues to 12 hidden gems. Only two have been found. James Renner is on a quest to discover the others, and he invites you to join the hunt.

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Why did we blow on Nintendo game cartridges?

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And what are the ramifications of rubbing a beard with an infected chicken before conducting lab work? Tune in to the latest episode of You Are Not So Smart to find out!

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Richard Hell, punk rock's patient zero

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In the latest episode of the RiYL podcast, Brian Heater interviews Richard Hell, one of the pioneers of punk rock.

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Weird Shit

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Forming somewhere between old English to the modern uncanny, weirdness is its own language. Erik Davis offers a brief etymological look at weird, the word, and the place where it lurks in our imagination.

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