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Hale-Bopp Comet Makes Closest Approach to Earth

Likely the most widely observed comet of the 20th century, Hale-Bopp was visible to the naked eye for a record 18 months—observable even from large cities with light-polluted skies. The passage of Hale-Bopp was also notable for inciting widespread panic. Rumors that it was being followed by an alien spacecraft gained remarkable currency and inspired a tragic mass suicide among members of the Heaven's Gate cult. When will Hale-Bopp return to the inner solar system?

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True Dories

Named after Zeus, the supreme god of Greek mythology, Zeidae are a family of large, showy fish found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans. Members of the Zeidae family have fairly discoid, laterally-compressed bodies with massive jaws, large eyes, and a conspicuous, crest-shaped dorsal fin containing up to 10 spines. Typically found close to the sea bottom, these edible fish are primarily caught via deep-sea trawling. How do they reproduce?

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William Shatner

Shatner is a Canadian-born actor, writer, and musical performer. Early in his career, he played "Ranger Bill" in the Canadian version of the Howdy Doody Show, but he is most famous for starring as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise on the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969. Shatner has since written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Kirk. In 2006, Shatner sold his kidney stone to an online casino for how much money?

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