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How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

An L-shaped machine in Louisiana is hunting for some of the most powerful waves in existence: gravitational waves. This wave detector acts like a giant tape measure to capture bends in space and time.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, pictured in February on the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has lived for four years to avoid extradition to Sweden. Carl Court/Getty Images hide caption

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Julian Assange Sees 'Incredible Double Standard' In Clinton Email Case

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In Threes Loscil
Holding Pattern Loscil
Steps in the Wrong Direction Portico Quartet

A firestorm engulfs the Mormon Rocks area in the San Bernardino National Forest off State Highway 138 in Phelan, Calif., as the Bluecut Fire rages out of control Tuesday afternoon. Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Out-Of-Control Southern California Brush Fire Forces 80,000 To Evacuate

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Mosaic The American Dollar
Falls The American Dollar

Containers hold genetically modified Aedes aegypti mosquitoes before being released in Panama City, Panama, in September 2014. Arnulfo Franco/AP hide caption

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Florida Keys Opposition Stalls Tests Of Genetically Altered Mosquitoes

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Gamut Warning Helge Lien
Axis of Free Will Helge Lien
Party On The Planet Lars Danielsson
Track Uno KAYTRANADA

A wealthy American living in Paris, Romaine Brooks had the freedom to paint whatever and however she wanted. Don't let her sober, 1923 Self-Portrait fool you — Smithsonian curator Virginia Mecklenburg says in the 1910s and 1920s, Brooks and her circle of friends had plenty of fun in Paris. Smithsonian American Art Museum hide caption

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Painter Romaine Brooks Challenged Conventions In Shades Of Gray

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Water From the Same Source Rachel Grimes
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Mountaintops in Caves Talkdemonic
Junesong Talkdemonic
Cycles of 9 Mark Pritchard

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How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

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Underground City Donny McCaslin

China's Fu Yuanhui (left) celebrates her bronze medal win in the women's 100-meter backstroke with Canada's Kylie Masse, Hungary's Katinka Hosszu and the U.S.'s Kathleen Baker. Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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China Celebrates Bronze-Winning Olympic Swimmer's Spirit

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Get the Money [Instrumental] Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge
King of New York [Instrumental] Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge
Burninop Knxwledge
Drum Battle Kneebody
They Are We Daedelus & Kneebody
One More Cymande

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