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Image Cache: As the US election nears, America can at times feel like a hideous and hateful place. Let this map of the United States' river basins made by Imgur user Fejetlenfej remind you that, at the very least, it can be beautiful. Fejetlenfej — a geographer who sells their maps on Etsy — created the image using QGIS software, which is an open-source geographic information system. The map depicts both "the permanent and temporary streams and rivers," the creator explained. They divided the streams into catchment areas, which show when rainfall flows into a river, lake or reservoir. Using the Strahler Stream Order Classification, which is a system used by geologists to define stream sizes, Fejetlenfej explained that on the map, "the higher the stream order, the thicker the line".

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The US presidential debate season is upon us, and in our Age of Social Media™ that means the average American's voice will be heard. Well, sort of. Facebook is helping source questions from average people, for better and for worse. The second US presidential debate on October 9 is the "town hall" style debate, which has a long history as one of the most colourful of the three scheduled debates. But in previous generations the town hall was always limited to questions from people in the room. That's changing in 2016.

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Video: Mickey Mouse is obviously more well-known than Bugs Bunny. But there's a kitschy globalisation aspect to Mickey that Bugs has somehow managed to avoid, even though they both served as mascots for their companies (Disney and Warner Bros., respectively). How did Bugs do it?

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From the late 1950s until the late 1980s, scientists in both the United States and the Soviet Union were working on computer networking in one form or another. Why did the US succeed where the Russians failed? That's the subject of a new book titled How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet by Benjamin Peters.

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Jeff Shell, an executive with NBCUniversal, was detained in Moscow last night when he tried to enter Russia. After hours of confusion, he was ultimately told that he couldn't enter the country. Was the Kremlin still angry about Evan Almighty? Probably not. The New York Times mentions that Mr Shell is also the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The part they kind of gloss over? The BBG is the propaganda arm of the United States.

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Last year saw a lot of wind turbines and farms being built. So many, that in 2015, the wind industry installed more electricity-generating capacity than any other energy source in America. That's enough to power 19 million American homes.

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Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush tweeted a photo of a gun engraved with his name. The text of the tweet simply read, "America." There are a number of ways to interpret this tweet, just as there are so many ways to interpret the concept of America. Helpfully, the good people of Twitter dot com gave their own interpretation of what America meant to them.

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Video: Train travel is the best travel. Sure, it's slower than riding an aeroplane and more restrictive than driving a car but it's so much less stressful than either of those. Plus, once you hop in and sit down, you can just look out and enjoy the view as you snake your way to your destination. And if you're travelling from New York to San Francisco like Tom Harman did on Amtrak, you get to see the entire country in one swoop. It's a damn beautiful country filled with so many different scenes.