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Why Award-Winning Film Apollo 13 Almost Didn't Premiere

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Apollo 13 was nominated for nine Academy Awards, but for director Ron Howard, the real test was showing the film to the astronauts themselves. From: THE REAL STORY: Apollo 13 http://bit.ly/WyDP71

Why Babe Ruth Was the Ultimate Symbol of the Roaring '20s

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In the 1920s, American industry and clout were exploding. Babe Ruth captured the times, lived large, and demonstrated an insatiable appetite for pleasure and achievement. From: MAJOR LEAGUE LEGENDS: Babe Ruth http://bit.ly/24d4fta

Why Baboon Society is All About 'Who You Know' (4K)

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Baboons maintain strict hierarchies which are very difficult to ascend. One way to improve your standing is to do favors for higher ranked members - including babysitting duty. From the Series: Land of Primates: Baboons of Bambelela http://bit.ly/2XtGOxG

Why Baboons Are the Best Tamarind Tree Farmers in Zambia

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Baboons often use termite mounds as lookout posts – and when they heed nature’s call, the seeds of one of their favorite foods, tamarind fruit, is released in their dung, helping it take root. From the Series: Tales From Zambia: The Wild Web http://bit.ly/2KwVQic

Why Beetles Are Such an Evolutionary Success

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May bugs are an evolutionary window into why beetles are considered so successful. From their armor-plated bodies to protect vital organs, to their highly specialized front and back wings, that help them fly. From the Series: Macro Worlds: Beetles: God's Darlings http://bit.ly/2LhXfuY

Why Being a Queen Hornet Doesn't Mean a Life of Luxury

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Despite their name, Queen hornets don't live a life of leisure. In fact, queens that survive the winter have to find a new site for their colony, forage for food, lay eggs and feed their growing larvae - singlehandedly. From the Series: Macro Worlds: Winter is Coming http://bit.ly/2KJ2naZ

Why Birds Flock to This South African Nature Reserve

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For sheer biodiversity, it's hard to top iSimangaliso Wetland Park. A World Heritage Site since 1999, it boasts a wealth of varied species all living side by side. From the Series: Aerial Africa: Spirit of Ubuntu http://bit.ly/2uThhUu

Why Black Leopards Need Distractions

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Along the edge of the 44,000-acre Denikan Reserve, two black leopards will make their way to their newly built enclosure. These expert climbers won't be able to scale the specially built fences that border their sanctuary, but luckily they have plenty of stimuli to keep them from growing bored. From the Series: Predator Roadtrip: Hyena Breakout

Why Boughton House Keeps a Flock of 2,000 Sheep

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In the old days, Boughton House kept sheep on the estate, relying on the wool they produced as an additional source of revenue. Today, the flock of over 2,000 sheep perform a slightly different function. From the Series: An American Aristocrat's Guide to Great Estates: Boughton House https://bitly.com/2Akwu3N

Why Building a Carbon Fiber Car Is So Labor-Intensive

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To make the lightest possible sports car, Alfa Romeo knows it needs to build key components using carbon fiber. But it's a complicated and extremely time-consuming process. From the Series: Supercar Superbuild: Alfa Romeo 4C http://bit.ly/2Fr4ABc

Why Bush Dogs Are So Different From Other Dogs

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With the muzzle of a bear, the webbed feet of an otter and a bizarre looking tail, it’s hard to believe that bush dogs are actually dogs. On top of everything else, they hunt exclusively in water. From the Series: Amazing Dogs: America http://bitly.com/31CtKan

Why Cathedral Ledge Is Perfect for Extreme Rock Climbers

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A lure for thrillseekers across the country, the beautiful Cathedral Ledge can prove deadly if climbers mis-step as they scale her rockface. From: AERIAL AMERICA: New Hampshire http://bit.ly/1k4xUAX

Why Christianity Owes a Lot to the Roman Emperor Constantine

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Constantine's legacy was seismic: by the time of his death, an estimated 40% of the population were Christians. Less than 50 years later, Christianity was declared the official religion of the Roman Empire. From the Series: Eight Days That Made Rome: The Rebirth of Rome http://bit.ly/2Ggk4vs

Why Churchill Approved a Risky Mission on a Nazi Stronghold

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By the winter of 1941, the Allies were desperate: Nazi forces were advancing in Russia, and the Americans were ill-prepared for combat. Churchill knew he needed a very public military success to boost morale back home. From: WWII'S MOST DARING RAIDS: Churchill Strikes Back http://bit.ly/2dFL32G

Why Collectors Value Vintage Howdy Doody Memorabilia

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Find out how this freckled redhead captured the heart of baby boomers across the country. From: ALL DOLLED UP: Howdy Doody & Shirley Temple http://bit.ly/1k5GBuJ

Why Couldn’t These DC-9 Pilots Avoid This Collision?

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See-and-avoid is a basic concept in aviation that every pilot must obey. But what happens when they don't? From: AIR DISASTERS: Speed Trap https://bit.ly/2LMgGel

Why Darting This Large Rhino is Particularly Challenging

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A team of researchers in a helicopter are trying to tranquilize a large female rhino, named Twikatani. The problem is her calf is always by her side – and even a small rhino can seriously damage a chopper. From the Series: Guardians of the Wild: Operation Rhino http://bit.ly/33X2EMu

Why Dead Rulers of the Han Dynasty Were Plugged With Jade

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During the days of China's Han dynasty, when a ruler died his corpse was carefully packed with jade "plugs." These were believed to guarantee immortality for the deceased. From: RAIDERS OF THE JADE EMPIRE http://bit.ly/2bD3BjI

Why Deception Valley's Deadly Heat is Good for Wildlife

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The harsh climate of Deception Valley, a remote section of the Kalahari, deters people from living there. As a result, it's become one of the most pristine wildlife habitats in the world. From the Series: Aerial Africa: Botswana http://bit.ly/2IMeONw

Why Denver is an Art-Lover's Paradise

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Originally just a lone saloon for worn out miners, Denver is now the state capitol and most populous city in Colorado, with a tradition of modern architecture and an iconic airport. From the Series: Aerial America: Colorado http://bit.ly/2xDK7ct

Why Depth Charges Don't Have to Touch a Submarine to Sink It

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It's 1942 and the USS Silversides, a U.S. submarine submerged in the Pacific, is frantically trying to dodge depth charges dropped by a Japanese warship. Even a near miss could be catastrophic. From the Series: Hell Below: In Enemy Waters http://bit.ly/2uiYkHM

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - Part 5

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 1

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Why Design Now? Solving Global Challenges Conference - part 10

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
How can we power the world with clean energy? How can we improve the quality of life through health-care innovations? Design has emerged as a powerful tool to help businesses offer ingenious and often disruptive solutions to the world's most complex problems. Join us as leading thinkers, scientists and designers share their expertise and discuss how design can accelerate innovation and provide efficient and scalable solutions to the most pressing global needs. This program was a collaboration with GE and Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
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