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Beneath the hills of Menlo Park, California, scientists at the Stanford Linear Accelerator have worked for the past half century to alter our understanding of the universe. The 3km long structure, where electrons fly at nearly the speed of light, is reputed to be the straightest object on earth. Here's a peek inside.

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The humble food truck has evolved from a greasy spoon on wheels into a purveyor of sushi, dumplings and over-the-top desserts. The truck's limits were pushed a step further by Jon Darsky — pro baseball scout turned pizza chef — with Del Popolo, a mobile, wood-burning brick pizza oven serving pies on the streets of San Francisco.

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If you've never seen Reggie Watts perform, head to YouTube first, and then check his website to see where he's playing next. His act is part comedy, part music, almost all of it is completely improvised, and it's absolutely amazing — funny and beautiful all at once.

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He once washed dishes full time in a trailer park. Now he uploads videos that break five million views in under three weeks. But when Casey Neistat isn't leaping into a sinkhole in Oman or stealing his own bike on the streets of NYC, he's busy working in this obsessively organised, fully functional, bare-bones 80sqm studio.

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Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and The Foo Fighters have something in common with Brooklyn-based musician Neil Shah — they all made great music in a basic home studio. McCartney and Springsteen had a four-track cassette deck, and Dave Grohl used a garage. But Shah's setup is even more limited — his whole studio measures all of 66 square feet. Here's how he made it work.

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There's a beer nirvana in Pennsylvania, and it's in a shed. The HammerSmith Ale House and Brewery, a slice of heaven near the Delaware River, was designed by Chris Bowen — a beer enthusiast, beer historian and certified beer judge. Bowen always loved cooking for friends. Eight years ago, he tried his hand at making beer and soon got hooked. "Brewing is an addictive hobby," he said.