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Local languages are dying out and taking invaluable
knowledge with them

Local languages are dying out and taking invaluable knowledge...

Local languages rely on both oral tradition and physical documentation (like dictionaries)...

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UK coronavirus variant may be more deadly, early evidence
suggests

UK coronavirus variant may be more deadly, early evidence...

COVID-19 vaccines are still expected to work against the new variant.

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1,500-year-old 'Christ, born of Mary' inscription discovered
in Israel

1,500-year-old 'Christ, born of Mary' inscription discovered...

An excavation revealed a previously unknown church and inscription, possibly dating...

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'Sextuply-eclipsing sextuple star system' discovered
whirling through the Milky Way

'Sextuply-eclipsing sextuple star system' discovered whirling...

Ever ridden a teacup ride at a state fair? If so, you might have a small taste of...

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Upward-shooting 'blue jet' lightning spotted from
International Space Station

Upward-shooting 'blue jet' lightning spotted from International...

The phenomenon can be difficult to observe from the ground below.

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Connect All Your Entertainment and Gaming Gear with HDMI
Switchers

Connect All Your Entertainment and Gaming Gear with HDMI...

Switch between your devices with the press of a button. (Unsplash/) If you’ve ever...

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The best hair dryer: Get a salon-worthy blowout at
home

The best hair dryer: Get a salon-worthy blowout at home

Style with the best. (Element5 Digital via Unsplash/) Sacrificing hours to get your...

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The FCC is about to undergo a huge shift that could
drastically affect the internet

The FCC is about to undergo a huge shift that could drastically...

Jessica Rosenworcel is the acting chairwoman of the FCC. (FCC /) On January 20th,...

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The Best Scuba and Snorkel Fins For Divers of All
Abilities

The Best Scuba and Snorkel Fins For Divers of All Abilities

Just keep swimming! (Unsplash/) Snorkeling and scuba diving are amazing vacation...

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Plant Food Spikes To Level Up Your Foliage

Plant Food Spikes To Level Up Your Foliage

Give your plants the food they need to grow big and strong. (Amazon/) Like any living...

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The best microwaves: This way for buttery popcorn and
tempting leftovers

The best microwaves: This way for buttery popcorn and tempting...

Quick, easy, and reliable microwaves to nuke meals. (Naomi Hébert via Unsplash/)...

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Smart Light Switches To Best Brighten (Or Dim) Your
Home

Smart Light Switches To Best Brighten (Or Dim) Your Home

Alexa, turn on my lights! (Pexels/) If you’re looking for an attainable way to make...

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Mini Circular Saws For All Your At-Home Projects

Mini Circular Saws For All Your At-Home Projects

A mini circular saw gives you all the power of a larger model in the palm of your...

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The best external hard drives: Expand your file
storage

The best external hard drives: Expand your file storage

As our lives get more digital, we need more room for storage. Here are some great...

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Foosball tables that will liven up any space

Foosball tables that will liven up any space

Are you ready for some foosball?? (Unsplash/) Think of foosball as an indoor sport...

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Ramekins for souffles, salsas, and more

Ramekins for souffles, salsas, and more

Whether you’re baking individual cakes or portioning snacks, a ramekin is the perfect...

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RIP Loon, Google’s balloon-based cellular network

RIP Loon, Google’s balloon-based cellular network

The balloons used solar energy to power their on-board systems, but had no engines....

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The Best Belt Racks To Keep Your Closet Organized

The Best Belt Racks To Keep Your Closet Organized

Keep your belts organized and where you want them. (Pexels/) Unlike other articles...

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Giant worms terrorized the ancient seafloor from hidden
death traps

Giant worms terrorized the ancient seafloor from hidden...

Ancestors of giant Bobbit worms may have colonized the seafloor millions of years...

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The US is back in the Paris Agreement. What does that
mean?

The US is back in the Paris Agreement. What does that mean?

Paris is a wonderful city, but it's not really responsible for the Paris Climate...

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Pluto's haze made up of ice crystals with cyanide
hearts

Pluto's haze made up of ice crystals with cyanide hearts

The haze shrouding Pluto might be made up of ice crystals possessing cyanide hearts,...

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'Spooky action at a distance' could create a nearly perfect
clock

'Spooky action at a distance' could create a nearly perfect...

Quantum entanglement could in theory lead to extremely precise clocks that can hunt...

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Read a free issue of How It Works magazine!

Read a free issue of How It Works magazine!

Our sister publication is the action-packed magazine that’s bursting with the answers...

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Neutrons' 'evil twins' may be crushing stars into black
holes

Neutrons' 'evil twins' may be crushing stars into black...

The universe may be filled with "mirror" particles — and these otherwise-undetectable...

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There’s a right and wrong way to be bored

There’s a right and wrong way to be bored

Boredom is universal. (Deposit Photos/) If you’re reading this, you’re probably...

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How to make a legendary meme

How to make a legendary meme

When you have this kind of meme-making power, you can do almost anything. (John...

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Read a free issue of All About Space magazine!

Read a free issue of All About Space magazine!

If you love Space.com, then do we have a special treat for you. Our sister publication...

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Toddler swallowed half a dozen tiny magnets. Some got stuck
in his throat.

Toddler swallowed half a dozen tiny magnets. Some got stuck...

Magnetic bead toys are particularly dangerous for young children, who may accidentally...

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Ice covers the Sahara Desert for just 4th time in 50
years

Ice covers the Sahara Desert for just 4th time in 50 years

The dunes of the northwestern Sahara desert were streaked with ice on Tuesday, creating...

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The life-saving space blanket has humble origins

The life-saving space blanket has humble origins

A mylar emergency blanket can come in handy on a trip in the woods or a trek to...

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Earliest form of money found and it's a bunch of rings and
axes

Earliest form of money found and it's a bunch of rings...

Archaeologists found the objects, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, stashed in...

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On surviving—and leaving—prison during a pandemic

On surviving—and leaving—prison during a pandemic

The public health threat that prisons has never been clearer than during the COVID-19...

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Cancer vaccine helped keep melanoma under control for years
in small study

Cancer vaccine helped keep melanoma under control for years...

Scientists tested a vaccine for melanoma in a small trial.

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Hundreds of never-before-seen life-forms live in this
6,000-foot-deep volcano's acid jets

Hundreds of never-before-seen life-forms live in this 6,000-foot-deep...

Researchers discover 300 novel microbes living near the blazing hot jets of an underwater...

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SpaceX won’t be the only company launching commercial
rockets in 2021

SpaceX won’t be the only company launching commercial rockets...

Blue Origin’s New Shephard rocket lifts off. (Blue Origin/) SpaceX has proven itself...

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Twisted light from the beginning of time could reveal
brand-new physics

Twisted light from the beginning of time could reveal brand-new...

A new study on the rotation of the universe's first light could suggest physicists...

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Massive new dinosaur might be the largest creature to ever
roam Earth

Massive new dinosaur might be the largest creature to ever...

Paleontologists in Argentina have partially uncovered the remains of what is believed...

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This 480 million-year-old creature is the ancestor of all
starfish

This 480 million-year-old creature is the ancestor of all...

An ancient fossil has been identified as the ancestor of all starfish-like animals...

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Hand sanitizer is causing an epidemic of chemical burns to
children's eyes

Hand sanitizer is causing an epidemic of chemical burns...

All that sanitizer people have been using since the start of the COVID-19 epidemic...

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Getting rescued by helicopter has risks. This gadget could
make it safer.

Getting rescued by helicopter has risks. This gadget could...

The litter stabilization system, in this configuration, consists of two units, one...

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Dire wolves are actually ice age mega-foxes

Dire wolves are actually ice age mega-foxes

The giant predators weren't closely related to today's canines, even if they look...

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A neutron-star crash spotted 3 years ago is still pumping
out X-rays. But why?

A neutron-star crash spotted 3 years ago is still pumping...

Three years ago, two neutron stars collided in a cataclysmic crash, the first such...

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Here’s your checklist for maximum smartphone
security

Here’s your checklist for maximum smartphone security

Make sure you're the only person accessing the data on your phone. (Priscilla Du...

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How do stars die?

How do stars die?

Surprisingly, the fate of a star is easy to predict. All you need to know is how...

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Scientists set up mantis 'gladiator matches' to see why some
males keep their heads after sex

Scientists set up mantis 'gladiator matches' to see why...

Male springbok mantises that attack females can sometimes escape cannibalism.

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To get vaccines to more people, the priority system needs to
loosen up

To get vaccines to more people, the priority system needs...

The federal government should have started preparing for a vaccine rollout essentially...

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The most exciting new laptop tech coming in 2021

The most exciting new laptop tech coming in 2021

AMD is taking a big swing with its Ryzen 5000 mobile processors. (AMD/) This year’s...

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This fossilized butthole gives us a rare window into
dinosaur sex

This fossilized butthole gives us a rare window into dinosaur...

The Psittacosaurus specimen, from Senckenberg Museum of Natural History. (Jakob...

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SpaceX is about to run its final test of Starship SN9 before
1st launch

SpaceX is about to run its final test of Starship SN9 before...

SpaceX plans to test-fire its enormous Starship prototype's engines in Boca Chica,...

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Monster black hole spews energy as regularly as
Yellowstone's 'Old Faithful'

Monster black hole spews energy as regularly as Yellowstone's...

Regular energy flares that emerge from galaxy ESO 253-3 are produced by a black...

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Talking is worse than coughing for spreading COVID-19
indoors

Talking is worse than coughing for spreading COVID-19 indoors

The study also found that the virus can spread more than 6 feet (2 meters) in just...

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Striking new video captures moment when Mount Etna recently
erupted

Striking new video captures moment when Mount Etna recently...

The eruption lit up the night sky and dropped ash miles away.

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What does it take to convince people to get
vaccinated?

What does it take to convince people to get vaccinated?

A big chunk of the country is still reluctant to get immunized against COVID-19,...

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Compression socks to ease aches and support travel

Compression socks to ease aches and support travel

The right fit. (Kevin Grieve via Unsplash/) If your sock drawer is only filled with...

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The best trowels for your on the go needs

The best trowels for your on the go needs

To help dig your way through life. (Annie Spratt via Unsplash/) If you frequent...

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Best winter hats: Comfortable hats to keep you warm

Best winter hats: Comfortable hats to keep you warm

Don't fear the cold when you've got one of these warm winter hats on. (Roxane Clediere...

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The US has topped 400,000 COVID-19 deaths

The US has topped 400,000 COVID-19 deaths

As the vaccine rolls out, masks are possibly more important than ever. (Anastasia...

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Nail polish organizers to keep your collection in
check

Nail polish organizers to keep your collection in check

All your colors as a glance. (Annie Spratt via Unsplash/) If you are a nail polish...

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Best ski goggles: What to look for in a pair you’ll
love

Best ski goggles: What to look for in a pair you’ll love

A great pair of goggles means a better day on the slopes. (Cenk Basbolat via Unsplash/)...

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1st COVID-19 case in US reported a year ago

1st COVID-19 case in US reported a year ago

The U.S. has now tallied more than 24.2 million cases and more than 400,000 deaths.

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Feast your eyes on this 50-million-year-old assassin bug and
its exquisite genitalia

Feast your eyes on this 50-million-year-old assassin bug...

A fossilized big found in Colorado, which represents a new genus and species of...

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All the best ways to stream the Biden Inauguration

All the best ways to stream the Biden Inauguration

Today, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States...

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Stressed out? Video games can help—if you follow these
tips.

Stressed out? Video games can help—if you follow these...

Video games can provide a much-needed distraction from stressors. (Enrique Vidal...

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50 million-year-old insect penis reveals new species of
assassin bug

50 million-year-old insect penis reveals new species of...

Scientists describe a new species of assassin bug from a fossil that dates to around...

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Earth's outer shell ballooned during massive growth spurt 3
billion years ago

Earth's outer shell ballooned during massive growth spurt...

Zircon crystals found in stream sediments in Greenland have revealed how the Earth's...

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Italian cops recover stolen da Vinci replica no one knew was
missing

Italian cops recover stolen da Vinci replica no one knew...

A stolen copy of a da Vinci painting has turned up in an Italian apartment, even...

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Dress like an Alaskan to weather the winter cold

Dress like an Alaskan to weather the winter cold

The key is the right gear. And lots of layers. (Wojtek Kwiatkowski / Unsplash/)...

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When are two masks better than one for preventing
COVID-19?

When are two masks better than one for preventing COVID-19?

N95 masks continue to be the gold standard, but if you can't get your hands on them,...

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Grout scrub brushes that tackle even the toughest
stains

Grout scrub brushes that tackle even the toughest stains

Scrub away the grime. (Sam Loyd via Unsplash/) You just finished laying out the...

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Spacey ‘super puffs’ are changing our understanding of how
planets form

Spacey ‘super puffs’ are changing our understanding of...

An artistic rendering of WASP-107b orbiting in front of its star (ESA/Hubble, NASA,...

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The best gadgets to track your fitness

The best gadgets to track your fitness

Make sure you stay on top of your steps. (Charlotte Karlsen via Unsplash/) Living...

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The best mattress protectors for ensuring your bed lasts a
long time

The best mattress protectors for ensuring your bed lasts...

Sleep better knowing your mattress is safe. (Ty Carlson via Unsplash/) A good night’s...

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How to save important photos and video from the web

How to save important photos and video from the web

Protests are often historical events, but you should take care when taking and saving...

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The pandemic broke the CDC. New director will try to fix
it.

The pandemic broke the CDC. New director will try to fix...

The incoming CDC director has a lot of work to do, and she knows it.

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1st preserved dinosaur butthole is 'perfect' and 'unique,'
paleontologist says

1st preserved dinosaur butthole is 'perfect' and 'unique,'...

Here's what a dinosaur butthole looks like (you're welcome).

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The best VR games: Enjoy a lifelike gaming experience at
home

The best VR games: Enjoy a lifelike gaming experience at...

Experience games in an entirely new way with a VR headset. (Lux Interaction vis...

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Receive and transmit clear messages with these reliable
walkie-talkies

Receive and transmit clear messages with these reliable...

Stay in touch. (Amazon /) For all the technological feats and features of modern...

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Plant pruners to shape up your saplings

Plant pruners to shape up your saplings

Keep your plants in check and where they belong. (Kelli Tungay via Unsplash/) Forget...

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Best cordless vacuum: Suck up debris without getting
yourself tangled

Best cordless vacuum: Suck up debris without getting yourself...

Keep dust and dirt off your floor with one of these sweet cordless vacuums. (Nathan...

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Mystery particle may explain extreme X-rays shooting from
the 'Magnificent 7' stars

Mystery particle may explain extreme X-rays shooting from...

Particles called axions may be the reason the 'Magnificent 7' cluster of neutron...

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What to know about new COVID-related travel restrictions in
the US

What to know about new COVID-related travel restrictions...

Airports are already vastly different than before, but with new COVID restrictions...

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Spinning egg yolks hint at how concussions warp the
brain

Spinning egg yolks hint at how concussions warp the brain

Scientists used chicken eggs as a model for the human skull and brain.

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Best snow shovel: Clear your driveway fast

Best snow shovel: Clear your driveway fast

Whether you get a couple inches or a foot of snow, these snow shovels have you covered....

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13-foot-long 'Book of the Dead' scroll found in burial shaft
in Egypt

13-foot-long 'Book of the Dead' scroll found in burial...

A funerary temple belonging to Queen Nearit has been discovered in the ancient Egyptian...

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In perfect conditions, rainbows can come alive at
night

In perfect conditions, rainbows can come alive at night

Moonbows only show up in places untouched by light pollution and under all the right...

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Humans could move to this floating asteroid belt colony in
the next 15 years, astrophysicist says

Humans could move to this floating asteroid belt colony...

A new paper proposes building a 'megasatellite' of human habitats around the dwarf...

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Take the best naps, with science

Take the best naps, with science

So cozy! (Fizkes/Depositphotos/) If you’re reading this, you’re probably stressed....

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How does an mRNA vaccine work?

How does an mRNA vaccine work?

mRNA vaccines will probably only become more common, so it's useful to know how...

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Worrisome California coronavirus variant is tied to large
outbreaks

Worrisome California coronavirus variant is tied to large...

A new coronavirus variant has been found in multiple California outbreaks, but scientists...

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Wonderful wet bags for you and your kid

Wonderful wet bags for you and your kid

A helpful storage solution. (Anna Oliinyk via Unsplash/) Keeping track of your kid’s...

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The best plastic cups that look better than most plastic
cups

The best plastic cups that look better than most plastic...

Durable glasses you'll be proud to drink out of. (Gerrie van der Walt via Unsplash/)...

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The best beard trimmer: Get a clean-shaven look with
ease

The best beard trimmer: Get a clean-shaven look with ease

Check out these hair trimming tools that will totally have you covered. (Jakob Owens...

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MLK and Malcolm X were more alike than we thought. Here's
why.

MLK and Malcolm X were more alike than we thought. Here's...

Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are two of the most iconic figures of the...

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6 secure alternatives to WhatsApp

6 secure alternatives to WhatsApp

Minding people snooping over your shoulder on the train is bad enough. (Ketut Subiyanto...

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Now-dead radio telescope finds bizarre venomous-spider
star

Now-dead radio telescope finds bizarre venomous-spider...

Data from the now-destroyed Arecibo radio telescope has revealed a bizarre new type...

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How do we turn oil into plastic?

How do we turn oil into plastic?

Here's how crude oil becomes plastic.

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RNA ties itself in knots, then unties itself in mesmerizing
video

RNA ties itself in knots, then unties itself in mesmerizing...

Watch as RNA dances and wiggles into its final form.

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Meet the Biden cabinet’s science and tech leaders

Meet the Biden cabinet’s science and tech leaders

Xavier Becerra, the pick for the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Deb...

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10 weird, but essential, additions to any survival
kit

10 weird, but essential, additions to any survival kit

Stowing some everyday items in your kit could save your life. (Apaha Spi / Unsplash/)...

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Critical engine test for NASA's Space Launch System
megarocket shuts down earlier than planned

Critical engine test for NASA's Space Launch System megarocket...

NASA fired up the core stage of its massive new megarocket Saturday (Jan. 16) in...

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Can science 'prove' there's an afterlife? Netflix
documentary says yes.

Can science 'prove' there's an afterlife? Netflix documentary...

The new Netflix series 'Surviving Death' marches through an array of paranormal...

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How many French revolutions were there?

How many French revolutions were there?

It's open to debate, but a lot of the 19th century was spent in open revolt.

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'Joe the Pigeon' gets reprieve from death, after leg band
found to be fake

'Joe the Pigeon' gets reprieve from death, after leg band...

Australia's avian celebrity Joe the Pigeon is getting a new lease on life after...

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Hidden secrets revealed in microscopic images of ancient
artifacts

Hidden secrets revealed in microscopic images of ancient...

A new exhibit showcases microscopy in archaeology, highlighting objects' unexpected...

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US life expectancy drops dramatically due to
COVID-19

US life expectancy drops dramatically due to COVID-19

Black and Latino populations are disproportionately affected.

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Why is snow white?

Why is snow white?

Here's why snow is white and not clear like water or ice.

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Cats with smooshed faces can't express emotions, and it's
all our fault

Cats with smooshed faces can't express emotions, and it's...

Flat feline faces are stuck in perpetual frowns.

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The coolest car screens and displays from CES

The coolest car screens and displays from CES

The head-up display shows information like speed in the near view, and augmented-reality...

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UK coronavirus variant could become dominant US strain by
March, CDC says

UK coronavirus variant could become dominant US strain...

Strict measures will be needed to prevent it from taking over.

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Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pros could bring bag MagSafe,
ditch the Touch Bar

Apple’s upcoming MacBook Pros could bring bag MagSafe,...

The next MacBook Pros could bring back some sorely missed features. (John Tekeridis...

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Raven 'queen' missing from Tower of London, feared
dead

Raven 'queen' missing from Tower of London, feared dead

According to legend, six ravens must inhabit the Tower of London or the kingdom...

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Best running shoes for men: Break a sweat, not your
arches

Best running shoes for men: Break a sweat, not your arches

Serious upgrades to replace your worn-down running shoes. (Jenny Hill via Unsplash/)...

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Anti-nutrients might sound scary, but you need them in your
diet

Anti-nutrients might sound scary, but you need them in...

These compounds occur naturally in a number of healthy foods, including legumes...

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2 infants inhaled cancer cells from mothers during
birth

2 infants inhaled cancer cells from mothers during birth

The infants who were born to mothers with cervical cancer may have developed lung...

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Broiling 2020 was the hottest year ever, NASA climate
scientists say

Broiling 2020 was the hottest year ever, NASA climate scientists...

Researchers with NASA and NOAA released their annual assessments of global temperatures...

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Martin Luther King Jr.: The iconic civil rights
leader

Martin Luther King Jr.: The iconic civil rights leader

Martin Luther King Jr. was a civil rights leader who fought for racial and economic...

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Lizzie Borden's home, site of brutal axe murders, could be
yours for $2 million

Lizzie Borden's home, site of brutal axe murders, could...

The home where Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother were murdered is now a bed...

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Already had COVID-19? You still need a vaccine.

Already had COVID-19? You still need a vaccine.

Even if you’ve had COVID-19, the vaccine will boost your immunity and reduce your...

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The best humidifier: Fight dry air (and a dry nose) all
winter long

The best humidifier: Fight dry air (and a dry nose) all...

Here are some of the most important things to consider when looking for a new humidifier....

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These new flying taxis offer a glimpse at our future
commutes

These new flying taxis offer a glimpse at our future commutes

This aircraft from Joby will seat four passengers; Joby announced earlier this year...

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How to completely customize the way you control
Windows

How to completely customize the way you control Windows

You thought these guys were your only options to control Windows? Think again. (Guillaume...

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Astronomers are still reeling from the loss of iconic
Arecibo radio telescope

Astronomers are still reeling from the loss of iconic Arecibo...

The collapse of the iconic radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto...

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How to keep your anxiety from spiraling out of
control

How to keep your anxiety from spiraling out of control

Anxiety can strike any time, especially when your underlying stress levels are high....

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The planet is dying faster than we thought

The planet is dying faster than we thought

A triple-threat of climate change, biodiversity loss and overpopulation is bearing...

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Flu cases have been shockingly low during the pandemic. Here
why.

Flu cases have been shockingly low during the pandemic....

Vaccines, behavior changes, and viral interactions may all play a role. (CDC/) This...

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What COVID-19 will look like once the pandemic ends

What COVID-19 will look like once the pandemic ends

To better understand how the new virus might play out in years to come, researchers...

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Stash of late medieval gold coins discovered on a farm in
Hungary

Stash of late medieval gold coins discovered on a farm...

In the 16th century, an attack from the Ottoman Empire may have prompted panicked...

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Mystery of massive, train-stopping millipede swarms
solved

Mystery of massive, train-stopping millipede swarms solved

For over a century, hundreds to thousands of poisonous millipedes have swarmed train...

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More evidence points to long-lasting COVID-19
immunity

More evidence points to long-lasting COVID-19 immunity

We won't achieve herd immunity without vaccines. (Navy Medicine/) Immunity is a...

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Electric eels can supercharge their attacks by working
together

Electric eels can supercharge their attacks by working...

Electric eels have been observed in the Amazon hunting in groups for the first time....

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The best laptop desks for working at home in comfort

The best laptop desks for working at home in comfort

Great spaces to work on. (Content Pixie via Unsplash/) Being able to work outside...

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Watch Samsung announce its new Galaxy S21 smartphones and
Galaxy Buds Pro

Watch Samsung announce its new Galaxy S21 smartphones and...

Samsung has already shown off quite a bit of cool kit at this year’s CES, but the...

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Best vacuum cleaner: How to tidy up fast

Best vacuum cleaner: How to tidy up fast

No matter the mess, these vacuum cleaners have you covered. (The Creative Exchange...

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Stainless steel cups for any beverage

Stainless steel cups for any beverage

Maintain your beverage's temperature. (Colton Strickland via Unsplash/) It happens...

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Bedside lights that do more than shine

Bedside lights that do more than shine

Upgrade your bedside lighting. (Amazon/) Our bodies’ circadian rhythms function...

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This might be the fastest magnetar in the whole
galaxy

This might be the fastest magnetar in the whole galaxy

A rapidly twirling, ultramagnetic 500-year-old infant has been spotted zipping at...

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Massive huntsman spiders eat tree frogs after luring them
into leaf traps

Massive huntsman spiders eat tree frogs after luring them...

Huntsman spiders eat tree frogs, and may catch the frogs by enticing them with silk-stitched...

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A step-by-step guide to giving yourself a massage

A step-by-step guide to giving yourself a massage

If your neck is feeling a little stiff, take a minute and rub it. Your muscles will...

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Hawaii managed COVID-19 better than any other state, but its
residents are still at risk

Hawaii managed COVID-19 better than any other state, but...

Hawaiians largely fended off COVID-19, even before the arrival of the vaccine. But...

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Once you know what happens to food you leave outdoors,
you’ll stop doing it

Once you know what happens to food you leave outdoors,...

This apple does not belong here. (Sabina Music Rich/Unsplash/) You’re out on a hike,...

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How does impeachment work?

How does impeachment work?

Will President Trump be impeached? Here's a look at what impeachment means, how...

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New 'Columbus strain' of coronavirus evolved in the
US

New 'Columbus strain' of coronavirus evolved in the US

This strain quickly became the dominant coronavirus variant in Columbus, Ohio.

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CIA releases entire collection of UFO-related documents to
truth-seeking website

CIA releases entire collection of UFO-related documents...

The CIA just turned over 2,700 pages of UFO-related material to The Black Vault,...

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Stylish and sophisticated scarves that everyone will
love

Stylish and sophisticated scarves that everyone will love

Total comfort gifts. (Karen Cantú Q via Unsplash/) When it comes to accessories,...

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Small patio sets that maximize your outdoor space

Small patio sets that maximize your outdoor space

Space-conscious patio furniture. (Lindsey LaMont via Unsplash/) Outdoor spaces—we...

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Warty pig is oldest animal cave art on record

Warty pig is oldest animal cave art on record

A 45,500-year-old warty pig drawing is the oldest known cave painting of an animal...

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'Magic mushrooms' grow in man's blood after injection with
shroom tea

'Magic mushrooms' grow in man's blood after injection with...

The man spent 22 days in the hospital with a severe infection.

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New Senate leadership could finally help us fight climate
change

New Senate leadership could finally help us fight climate...

The Capitol Building has already made a lot of news recently, but it's in for even...

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Samsung’s new robots will do the dishes and nag you to get
offline

Samsung’s new robots will do the dishes and nag you to...

He could make a huge mess and those robots would clean it, but they would also judge...

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'Bumblebee gravity' could explain why the universe is
expanding so quickly

'Bumblebee gravity' could explain why the universe is expanding...

Bumblebee gravity could explain dark energy — if it's proven true.

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Baby sharks are born scrawny and sick because of climate
change

Baby sharks are born scrawny and sick because of climate...

Increasing ocean temperatures caused by climate change are leading sharks to be...

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Could the novel coronavirus one day become a common
cold?

Could the novel coronavirus one day become a common cold?

One day, the pandemic will end. Scientists don't know how that finale will play...

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These snakes wiggle up smooth poles by turning their bodies
into “lassoes”

These snakes wiggle up smooth poles by turning their bodies...

Biologists discovered a previously unknown form of movement that the brown tree...

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Marijuana use may reduce chances of getting pregnant

Marijuana use may reduce chances of getting pregnant

Women who use marijuana while they are trying to conceive may be less likely to...

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First life could have evolved on ancient islands

First life could have evolved on ancient islands

Earth could have hosted islands as long as 4 billion years ago, leaving open the...

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Why are flies so hard to swat?

Why are flies so hard to swat?

High-speed cameras show that flies' modified hind wings help with their speedy takeoffs.

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The universe is 13.8 billion years old—here’s how we
know

The universe is 13.8 billion years old—here’s how we know

Measuring the distance to various galaxies and the speed at which they are moving...

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Razer’s concept gaming chair wraps players in a huge, curved
screen

Razer’s concept gaming chair wraps players in a huge, curved...

It's not as elaborate as other all-in-one workstations from companies like Acer....

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Statue of mysterious woman with 'Star Wars'-like headdress
found in Mexico

Statue of mysterious woman with 'Star Wars'-like headdress...

A 500-year-old limestone statue of an elite woman was found in central Mexico.

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Four tips for bake-off worthy cakes

Four tips for bake-off worthy cakes

You'll need real skill and training to do something like this, but you can always...

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Weirdo ancient beetle looks like a scrub brush

Weirdo ancient beetle looks like a scrub brush

Scientists recovered the insect from 100-million-year-old amber.

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Rolling phones, smart glasses, and other cool new tech from
CES 2021

Rolling phones, smart glasses, and other cool new tech...

LG's rolling phone expands to the size of a small tablet. (LG /) During a normal...

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Florida manatee with 'Trump' scraped into back spurs a
federal investigation

Florida manatee with 'Trump' scraped into back spurs a...

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials are looking for the person who scratched the word...

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2,500-year-old temple to Greek love goddess unearthed in
Turkey

2,500-year-old temple to Greek love goddess unearthed in...

A 2,500-year-old temple dedicated to Aphrodite has been found above ground in western...

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The attack on the Capitol had all the ingredients of a
COVID-19 superspreader event

The attack on the Capitol had all the ingredients of a...

The events that occurred were concerning for more than just political reasons. (Cameron...

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Best computer speakers: Make music, video chats, and more a
whole lot clearer

Best computer speakers: Make music, video chats, and more...

Elevate your audio with these great computer speakers. (Sebastian Bednarek via Unsplash/)...

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Zookeepers mourn death of world's oldest orangutan

Zookeepers mourn death of world's oldest orangutan

The world's oldest known orangutan, a 61-year-old Sumatran female called Inji, has...

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Atmospheric CO2 will pass an alarming milestone in
2021

Atmospheric CO2 will pass an alarming milestone in 2021

In 2021, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration will be 50% higher than preindustrial...

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Bizarre new type of locomotion discovered in invasive
snakes

Bizarre new type of locomotion discovered in invasive snakes

Researchers believe the new locomotion is behind the success of invasive snakes...

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Desert geckos glow neon green in the moonlight, scientists
discover

Desert geckos glow neon green in the moonlight, scientists...

Special skin cells give desert geckos from Namibia a neon-green glow.

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Gargantuan 'Tsar Icicle' collapses on tourists in Russia,
killing one

Gargantuan 'Tsar Icicle' collapses on tourists in Russia,...

The 130-foot-tall (40 meter) 'Tsar Icicle' waterfall collapsed on four tourists...

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Parasite found in cat poop linked to higher brain cancer
risk in humans

Parasite found in cat poop linked to higher brain cancer...

Here's another reason to cook your meat and take care around cat litter.

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How your daily screen time affects your wellbeing

How your daily screen time affects your wellbeing

Focusing your eyes—and your mind—on a device for too long may have negative effects...

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Is one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine enough?

Is one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine enough?

In an ideal world, everyone would be receiving their second dose on schedule. But...

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Social media companies are done with Trump. Now
what?

Social media companies are done with Trump. Now what?

The social media world has been in upheaval since Wednesday. (Brett Jordan via Pexels/)...

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Gorillas at San Diego park catch COVID-19

Gorillas at San Diego park catch COVID-19

At least two of the gorillas have tested positive.

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Best office chair: Get comfy, stay productive with our
office furniture picks

Best office chair: Get comfy, stay productive with our...

If you're looking for a comfy place to work from, here are some of the best office...

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Behold six galactic collisions, masterfully captured by
Hubble

Behold six galactic collisions, masterfully captured by...

The peculiar galaxy NGC 3256, pictured above, is about 100 million light-years from...

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Best protein powder: Better nutrition in a bottle

Best protein powder: Better nutrition in a bottle

Improve your daily routine with a great protein powder. (Indivar Kaushik via Unsplash/)...

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Where are all the squarks and gluinos?

Where are all the squarks and gluinos?

There have been no signs of supersymmetry, and the theory is looking a little shaky,...

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Quick guide: COVID-19 vaccines in use and how they
work

Quick guide: COVID-19 vaccines in use and how they work

Here's a guide to the vaccines being used in different countries.

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4-stranded DNA's activity in living cells unraveled for 1st
time

4-stranded DNA's activity in living cells unraveled for...

The odd DNA may play a role in cancer progression.

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A psychologist explains how hope can make a difference in
impossible times

A psychologist explains how hope can make a difference...

Uncertainty can be scary, but it also means that the possibilities are endless....

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Those ‘gas masks’ at the Capitol were actually escape
hoods

Those ‘gas masks’ at the Capitol were actually escape hoods

The Scape CBRN 30 escape respirator. (courtesy of ILC Dover /) The violent, deadly...

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Coronavirus origins will be investigated by WHO team
arriving in China this week

Coronavirus origins will be investigated by WHO team arriving...

A little over a year after the World Health Organization first announced a string...

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Best VR headsets: Bring your entertainment to life

Best VR headsets: Bring your entertainment to life

Experience video games in an entirely new way with a VR headset. (Stella Jacob via...

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Swaddles to keep your little one cozy and
comfortable

Swaddles to keep your little one cozy and comfortable

Must-have for all parents. (Kelly Sikkema via Unsplash /) For the first 3 to 4 months...

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COVID vaccines are getting thrown out thanks to strict
distribution rules

COVID vaccines are getting thrown out thanks to strict...

Effective vaccines are still our best way to end the COVID-19 pandemic, but so far,...

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Towering ice arches in the Arctic are melting, putting 'Last
Ice Area' at risk of vanishing

Towering ice arches in the Arctic are melting, putting...

The ice arches, responsible for keeping the ecologically important 'Last Ice Area'...

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The polar vortex is about to split in two. But what does
that actually mean?

The polar vortex is about to split in two. But what does...

The polar vortex might mean cold weather—but it's not clear how much snow or ice...

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Your phone’s home screen can hold more than just apps.
Here’s what else you should add.

Your phone’s home screen can hold more than just apps....

Why diving into every app when you can get what you need at a tap or a glance? (David...

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Tomb of murderous Chinese emperor finally identified

Tomb of murderous Chinese emperor finally identified

A mysterious tomb in Luoyang, China, belongs to Emperor Liu Zhi (reign A.D. 146-168),...

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Sleep evolved before brains did, study finds

Sleep evolved before brains did, study finds

It turns out you don't need a brain to sleep.

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When it comes to COVID-19 risk, what counts as ‘outdoor’
dining?

When it comes to COVID-19 risk, what counts as ‘outdoor’...

The key to COVID-safe dining is plenty of ventilation, which means keeping structures...

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Megalodon shark mamas had human-size babies (because they
ate their siblings)

Megalodon shark mamas had human-size babies (because they...

New analysis of rare megalodon fossils revealed that their newborn babies were the...

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These apps bring the magic of a house party online

These apps bring the magic of a house party online

Virtual house parties are not exactly like this, but at least you won't have to...

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How do scientists figure out how old things are?

How do scientists figure out how old things are?

Dating is hard, even for scientists.

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NASA will soon fire up the most powerful rocket ever
built

NASA will soon fire up the most powerful rocket ever built

NASA plans to ignite an absolutely mammoth rocket on Jan. 17, the largest it's built...

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The strange history of white tigers

The strange history of white tigers

A white tiger cub born at a Nicaragua zoo is the result of a rare genetic mutation...

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How to watch the rare 'triple conjunction' of Mercury,
Jupiter and Saturn this Sunday

How to watch the rare 'triple conjunction' of Mercury,...

Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn will form a tight triangle in the sky this Sunday during...

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Why was Stonehenge built?

Why was Stonehenge built?

No one really knows, but there are a few educated guesses.

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Samsung is betting big on tiny LEDs for its 2021 TV
lineup

Samsung is betting big on tiny LEDs for its 2021 TV lineup

The Game Bar provides data about your gaming performance. (Samsung /) The all-digital...

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What to know before you buy an electric vehicle

What to know before you buy an electric vehicle

Understanding the different charging levels and types will help you make a more...

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Pfizer vaccine works against coronavirus mutation in UK and
S. Africa variants

Pfizer vaccine works against coronavirus mutation in UK...

A key mutation increase the ability of the virus to bind to human cells, but Pfizer's...

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Wandering polar vortex may cause a wild, snowy
winter

Wandering polar vortex may cause a wild, snowy winter

A polar vortex disruption may cause snowy, cold weather in about two weeks.

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COVID-19 immunity could be long term

COVID-19 immunity could be long term

Many people who catch COVID-19 may develop long-lasting immunity to the new virus,...

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Adorable dwarf giraffes spotted for the first time

Adorable dwarf giraffes spotted for the first time

Too bad they'll have trouble mating.

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Facial recognition still can’t prove someone’s
identity

Facial recognition still can’t prove someone’s identity

This is a stock image of a crowd from an unspecified event, but it's how many TV...

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Stressed? Try screaming. Yes, really.

Stressed? Try screaming. Yes, really.

A quick emotional release can do you some good, but it's not a cure for all that...

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Macrame wall hangings for every home

Macrame wall hangings for every home

Decorate your walls. (Elena Putina via Unsplash/) Although Macrame is a fiber art...

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What is a coup?

What is a coup?

A coup d'état, which translates as "stroke of the state," can be triggered by military...

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Earmuffs and knit bands that will absolutely keep your heads
warm

Earmuffs and knit bands that will absolutely keep your...

Items that keep you warm. (Jennifer Griffin via Unsplash/) When it comes to keeping...

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The best spooky board games for late night gaming

The best spooky board games for late night gaming

Scary fun all year round. (Alex Chambers via Unsplash/) Traversing lands of candy,...

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Raids in Israel uncover 'gargantuan' trove of stolen
artifacts

Raids in Israel uncover 'gargantuan' trove of stolen artifacts

Israeli officials have recovered a cache of thousands of stolen archaeological artifacts...

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The best rulers for home, office, and school

The best rulers for home, office, and school

Be precise every time. (William Warby via Unsplash/) Whether you need a basic set...

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Neptune’s bumpy childhood could reveal our solar system’s
missing planets

Neptune’s bumpy childhood could reveal our solar system’s...

This image was taken by Voyager 2, and features its Great Dark Spot and a bright...

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Alien life has already visited us, Harvard astrophysicist
still contends

Alien life has already visited us, Harvard astrophysicist...

Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb has reignited a debate about whether alien life...

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Are primordial black holes really giant gravitinos?

Are primordial black holes really giant gravitinos?

New research proposes that the first black holes came from clumps of gravitinos,...

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Stay calm under pressure with lessons learned in the world’s
most stressful careers

Stay calm under pressure with lessons learned in the world’s...

Even if you don't fly a Coast Guard rescue helicopter, you can still benefit from...

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Turn an old pallet into a handy—and free—bookshelf

Turn an old pallet into a handy—and free—bookshelf

Once you're done taking photos of your project like a proud parent, put it somewhere...

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Vaccines conquered smallpox and polio, but COVID-19 looks
like a tougher battle

Vaccines conquered smallpox and polio, but COVID-19 looks...

US Navy hospitals like this one in San Diego, California, were among the first to...

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The new COVID-19 variants are still a mystery, but here’s
what we know so far

The new COVID-19 variants are still a mystery, but here’s...

Viruses mutate a lot, and SARS-CoV-2 is no exception. (NIAID-RML/) If there’s one...

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A truck-size shark washed up on a Maine beach. How did it
die?

A truck-size shark washed up on a Maine beach. How did...

An enormous basking shark washed up dead on the coast of Maine this week. Officials...

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What is the 25th amendment?

What is the 25th amendment?

The 25th amendment clarifies the steps to be taken if the offices of president or...

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COVID-19 was circulating silently in Wuhan even after the
city reported no cases

COVID-19 was circulating silently in Wuhan even after the...

The researchers tested participants' blood samples for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.

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New type of ultra-strong chemical bond discovered

New type of ultra-strong chemical bond discovered

Similar to the bonds found in water, but way more powerful, this new bond could...

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Mars missions, a super-powered telescope, and more exciting
2021 space events

Mars missions, a super-powered telescope, and more exciting...

An artist's impression of the James Webb Space Telescope, finally set to launch...

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Young killer whale rescued after stranding on Scottish
beach

Young killer whale rescued after stranding on Scottish...

A marine mammal medic praised locals who helped save a stranded juvenile killer...

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Identical twins don't share 100% of their DNA

Identical twins don't share 100% of their DNA

On average, less than six genetic mutations set the twins apart.

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Does it matter which COVID-19 vaccine you get?

Does it matter which COVID-19 vaccine you get?

The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have many similarities. But is one better...

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Behold the world’s tallest trees

Behold the world’s tallest trees

It takes centuries of slow growth for the world’s tallest trees to reach heights...

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A mysterious 'wobble' is moving Mars' poles around

A mysterious 'wobble' is moving Mars' poles around

Like a teetering top, Mars refuses to rotate on a straight axis.

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Harvard astrophysicist: It's time to take my ideas about
alien technology seriously

Harvard astrophysicist: It's time to take my ideas about...

Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb has reignited a debate about an object that visited...

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10 times the US Capital weathered political violence

10 times the US Capital weathered political violence

From violent attacks on politicians, to a raging fire, to explosions, to indiscriminate...

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What is sedition?

What is sedition?

The legal definition of sedition has changed over time.

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Virus variant found in S. Africa may resist
antibodies

Virus variant found in S. Africa may resist antibodies

A new study highlights specific mutations that raise this concern.

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COVID-19 vaccines may cause allergic reactions in 1 in
100,000 jabs

COVID-19 vaccines may cause allergic reactions in 1 in...

Overall, the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the potential risks, the CDC said.

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We've already blown past the warming targets set by the
Paris climate agreement, study finds

We've already blown past the warming targets set by the...

A new study shows that due to pollution already released, Earth will eventually...

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Skip the wearables and track your sleep with these 5
apps

Skip the wearables and track your sleep with these 5 apps

Knowing exactly how much sleep you're getting each night will help you sleep better....

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You can test positive for COVID-19 after a vaccine—but that
doesn’t mean the shots don’t work

You can test positive for COVID-19 after a vaccine—but...

As effective as the two authorized COVID-19 vaccines have been in clinical trials,...

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Powerful stain removers to fight tough blemishes

Powerful stain removers to fight tough blemishes

Save your clothes from stains. (Josh Calabrese via Unsplash/) Finding a stain-removing...

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The best heated chairs for pain relief and maximum
comfort

The best heated chairs for pain relief and maximum comfort

Indoor and outdoor heated chair options to keep your warm. (Andre Ouellet via Unsplash/)...

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CES trends to look out for at this year’s virtual
conference

CES trends to look out for at this year’s virtual conference

It seems unlikely we'll get back to this kind of CES crowd any time soon. (Stan...

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Ring lights that will make your selfies pop

Ring lights that will make your selfies pop

See yourself better. (Mike Marquez via Unsplash/) You don’t need to be a YouTube...

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The best fabric armchairs for your living room

The best fabric armchairs for your living room

Relish in the comfort. (Mackenzie Martin via Unsplash/) Settling into your favorite...

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Ritual bath unearthed at site where Judas betrayed
Jesus

Ritual bath unearthed at site where Judas betrayed Jesus

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient ritual bath church at Gethsemane,...

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In 2021, as ever, the best diets are simple

In 2021, as ever, the best diets are simple

Each of these servings is quite large, but they're full of healthy grains and veggies....

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Is indoor dining safe? Five health experts weigh in.

Is indoor dining safe? Five health experts weigh in.

Many states, like North Carolina, have kept indoor dining open, even as COVID-19...

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Fidgeting can relax your body and brain—if you do it
right

Fidgeting can relax your body and brain—if you do it right

Fidget spinners may have died off as a cultural phenomenon, but they could still...

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Iran is enriching uranium to 20%. What does that
mean?

Iran is enriching uranium to 20%. What does that mean?

Iran announced it is enriching uranium to 20% purity which increases their nuclear...

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Defending Earth against dangerous asteroids: Q&A
with NASA's Lindley Johnson

Defending Earth against dangerous asteroids: Q&A with...

Space.com caught up with NASA Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson to discuss...

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Earth is whipping around quicker than it has in a
half-century

Earth is whipping around quicker than it has in a half-century

Thanks to a speed-up of Earth's rotation, the length of the astronomical day and...

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How the Trump border wall sapped a desert oasis dry

How the Trump border wall sapped a desert oasis dry

A newly built section of the US-Mexico border wall lines the entire southern edge...

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Hikers find ghostly 'hair ice' clinging to trees in an Irish
forest

Hikers find ghostly 'hair ice' clinging to trees in an...

Hair ice has appeared on rotting trees all over the world, and fungus may be to...

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Blue UFO soars over Hawaii before crashing into the
sea

Blue UFO soars over Hawaii before crashing into the sea

Multiple people saw a strange blue light whiz over Oahu, Hawaii.

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Peer inside the solar system’s largest canyon

Peer inside the solar system’s largest canyon

A close-up view of Tithonium Chasma, which is feature of Valles Marineris, the solar...

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How to build snowshoes on the fly—and 4 other tips for
surviving deep snow

How to build snowshoes on the fly—and 4 other tips for...

Knowing how to build a set of primitive snowshoes is one skill that can help you...

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Jaguar kills another predatory cat in never-before-seen
footage

Jaguar kills another predatory cat in never-before-seen...

These predator-on-predator interactions are thought to be rare.

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Woman's garden 'stepping stone' turns out to be an ancient
Roman artifact

Woman's garden 'stepping stone' turns out to be an ancient...

Nobody knows how this 1,800-year-old Roman carving ended up in an English garden.

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Bose built a new kind of workout earbud to keep you safe
while you sweat

Bose built a new kind of workout earbud to keep you safe...

They're not as small as other wireless earbuds on the market. (Bose /) Music is...

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Yellowstone's reawakened geyser won't spark a volcanic 'big
one'

Yellowstone's reawakened geyser won't spark a volcanic...

Why a reawakened geyser isn't worrying geologists.

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What if humans had photosynthetic skin?

What if humans had photosynthetic skin?

If humans had green skin, for instance, what if it granted us the ability to perform...

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Discovery of endangered female turtle provides hope for
extremely rare species

Discovery of endangered female turtle provides hope for...

There are now two known Swinhoe’s softshell turtles, one male and one female, and...

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COVID-19 vaccines may not work as well against South African
variant, experts worry

COVID-19 vaccines may not work as well against South African...

A coronavirus variant identified in South Africa may not be as vulnerable to COVID-19...

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How to convert text articles into audio (and why you might
want to)

How to convert text articles into audio (and why you might...

When you don't have time to read, listen instead. (Screen Post / Unsplash /) You...

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Is there more than one dark energy?

Is there more than one dark energy?

What if there is more than one cosmological agent for dark energy? This mixture...

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A CIA spyplane crashed outside Area 51 a half-century ago.
This explorer found it.

A CIA spyplane crashed outside Area 51 a half-century ago....

Stealth A-12 jets were never meant to be seen, then one went missing in the Nevada...

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In 2021, a new wave of evictions could also fuel a rise in
COVID cases

In 2021, a new wave of evictions could also fuel a rise...

In many cases, an eviction filing is enough to get tenants to move out, even though...

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Largest canyon in the solar system revealed in stunning new
images

Largest canyon in the solar system revealed in stunning...

Mars' Valles Marineris is nearly 10 times as long as the Grand Canyon and three...

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Here's how to watch stunning Quadrantid meteor shower
tonight

Here's how to watch stunning Quadrantid meteor shower tonight

The Quadrantid meteor shower is peaking, and skywatchers in North America have a...

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Boost your mood with emotional brain training

Boost your mood with emotional brain training

It’s all about releasing negative emotions to make room for positive actions. (Charles...

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The world may be at risk of a new COVID-19 surge

The world may be at risk of a new COVID-19 surge

Virologists and other researchers believe a new COVID-19 mutation first identified...

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UK starts giving people the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

UK starts giving people the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

The U.K. authorized the shots for emergency use last week.

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This new harness lets military dogs parachute safely and
with style

This new harness lets military dogs parachute safely and...

The dog is in a flight pod, and that pod rests in a taco-shell-like tray. (Paratec/)...

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What is renewable energy?

What is renewable energy?

Sustainable sources of energy are renewable and are generally less harmful to the...

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A guide to the solar system’s biggest secrets

A guide to the solar system’s biggest secrets

What comes after Pluto? (Sara Chodosh/) Astronomers have spent centuries filling...

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Can CBD help you chill? Here’s what we know so far.

Can CBD help you chill? Here’s what we know so far.

CBD comes from the same plants as the psychoactive chemical THC. But it carries...

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66 Roman Army camps in northern Spain shed light on infamous
conquest

66 Roman Army camps in northern Spain shed light on infamous...

Dozens of Roman Army camps have been discovered in Spain, revealing more about one...

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What archaeology will look like in 2021

What archaeology will look like in 2021

Expect more virtual archaeological digs, possibly more looting and definitely more...

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Geofencing can level up your smart home if you set it up
properly

Geofencing can level up your smart home if you set it up...

Why turning on the lights as you get home when your house can do it for you? ( Binyamin...

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Dance floor where John the Baptist was condemned to death
discovered, archaeologist says

Dance floor where John the Baptist was condemned to death...

Archaeologists claim that they have identified the deadly dance floor where John...

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Meet the nurse who’s running a Texas COVID-19 clinic all on
her own

Meet the nurse who’s running a Texas COVID-19 clinic all...

The BIS Community Clinic has one room and one attending health care practitioner...

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The famous Nazca lines aren’t mysterious—but they are
ingenious

The famous Nazca lines aren’t mysterious—but they are ingenious

If you fly over the desert on the southern coast of Peru, you’ll spot dozens of...

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To take the most relaxing bath ever, add some healthy
tips

To take the most relaxing bath ever, add some healthy tips

A simple soak can do wonders. Science says you can do better than simple, though....

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What led to the emergence of monotheism?

What led to the emergence of monotheism?

It depends on your definition of monotheism.

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9 epic space discoveries you may have missed in 2020

9 epic space discoveries you may have missed in 2020

Medical discoveries dominated the news in 2020, but even under pandemic conditions,...

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A giant black hole keeps evading detection and scientists
can't explain it

A giant black hole keeps evading detection and scientists...

The big galaxy at the core of the cluster Abell 2261 should harbor a supermassive...

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Top skywatching events to look forward to in 2021

Top skywatching events to look forward to in 2021

Eclipses and other phenomena in the night sky have captivated people since ancient...

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Hasselblad’s new $6,400 camera is weird and
wonderful

Hasselblad’s new $6,400 camera is weird and wonderful

I thought I would be cute and shoot the product shots for this review on film. Then,...

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Why 2020 was the year of miniatures

Why 2020 was the year of miniatures

Crafting DIY miniature worlds like this one offer an escape and a sense of control....

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How to make the most of meditation with science

How to make the most of meditation with science

Take a deep breath and give meditation a try. (Deposit Photo/) 2020 definitely threw...

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The 10 biggest physics stories of 2020

The 10 biggest physics stories of 2020

From a colossal explosion to mystery burps deciphered, here were some of the top...

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Endangered ferrets get experimental COVID-19 vaccine

Endangered ferrets get experimental COVID-19 vaccine

To protect endangered black-footed ferrets from COVID-19, scientists in Colorado...

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The Boston Dynamics robots are surprisingly good
dancers

The Boston Dynamics robots are surprisingly good dancers

At this point, we’ll watch the Boston Dynamics robots do basically anything. In...

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The 10 biggest archaeology discoveries of 2020

The 10 biggest archaeology discoveries of 2020

Despite the difficult year, many archaeological and historical discoveries came...

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10 ways COVID-19 changed the world

10 ways COVID-19 changed the world

Here are just some of the ways COVID-19 changed the world in 2020.

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6 ways the hunt for dark matter changed in 2020

6 ways the hunt for dark matter changed in 2020

This year saw a possible first detection of solar axions, and the possible death...

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Would you eat a python to save the Everglades?

Would you eat a python to save the Everglades?

Invading pythons are causing problems for the native wildlife in Florida. Should...

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10 steamy signs in 2020 that climate change is speeding
up

10 steamy signs in 2020 that climate change is speeding...

From record wildfires to a bumper crop of hurricanes to melting poles, here are...

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Make your own New Year’s ball, and 4 other family party
ideas

Make your own New Year’s ball, and 4 other family party...

You know what's even better than sparklers? The spark of hope in their eyes. (Deposit...

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Your retirement account can also help protect the
planet

Your retirement account can also help protect the planet

Investing can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be hard. (Pexels/) Retirement...

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US rivers are changing from blue to yellow and green,
satellite images show

US rivers are changing from blue to yellow and green, satellite...

Researchers believe color changes could be used as a proxy for the health of river...

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Murder hornets and monkey cannibals: 10 times nature freaked
us out in 2020

Murder hornets and monkey cannibals: 10 times nature freaked...

Some of this year's top science stories were truly the stuff of nightmares.

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10 things we learned about our human ancestors in
2020

10 things we learned about our human ancestors in 2020

Some human ancestors are known only as "ghost" populations.

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The 100 best science photos of 2020

The 100 best science photos of 2020

'Naked' sharks, secret galaxy mergers, disco tardigrades and more incredible science...

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Six memorable environmental stories from 2020

Six memorable environmental stories from 2020

Climate justice became even more pressing this year. (Marryam Moma/) It’s been a...

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Start 2021 by fixing your online privacy

Start 2021 by fixing your online privacy

Are you using an authenticator app for your accounts? It's a good move. (Pixabay`/)...

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Switching your bank might help slow the climate
crisis

Switching your bank might help slow the climate crisis

Your money is small to any given bank, but if everyone made greener choices it would...

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8 times nature was totally metal in 2020

8 times nature was totally metal in 2020

Remembering the cannibal dinosaurs, chest-bursting eels, and rampaging galaxies...

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10 strange animals that washed ashore in 2020

10 strange animals that washed ashore in 2020

Here are 10 gnarly animals from our ocean's depths.

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Here's what we learned about aliens in 2020

Here's what we learned about aliens in 2020

From the best places to find them to what they might breathe, here are the newest...

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10 huge black hole findings from 2020

10 huge black hole findings from 2020

Here, we take a look at some of the most spectacular black hole findings of 2020.

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Ending the pandemic means vaccinating the whole world—but
the US is focusing on itself

Ending the pandemic means vaccinating the whole world—but...

The United States is not currently a member of the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access...

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These fascinating flying stories soared above a turbulent
year

These fascinating flying stories soared above a turbulent...

An F-15C in Japan on January 9, 2019. (U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Matthew...

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The “darkest days” of COVID-19 are still to come

The “darkest days” of COVID-19 are still to come

We've still got a long way to go. (Unsplash /) Follow all of PopSci’s COVID-19 coverage...

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13 tips, tricks, and projects to start 2021 off
right

13 tips, tricks, and projects to start 2021 off right

You may find this little seat has countless uses around your home. (Courtney Starr/)...

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The strangest medical cases of 2020

The strangest medical cases of 2020

From a man with green urine to a teenager with a sewing pin in his heart, a number...

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10 science records broken in 2020

10 science records broken in 2020

From the longest bird flight to the oldest identical twins, 2020 was filled with...

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Bats are superheroes of the night. Their superpowers could
help us protect them.

Bats are superheroes of the night. Their superpowers could...

Conservationists are using bats' echolocation abilities to help track these mammals,...

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The coolest ancient weapons discovered in 2020

The coolest ancient weapons discovered in 2020

Here are nine cool ancient weapons discovered this year.

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Can you spread COVID-19 after vaccination? Here’s what we
know.

Can you spread COVID-19 after vaccination? Here’s what...

It is still unclear whether COVID-19 vaccines will prevent vaccinated people from...

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Why some people hear colors and taste words

Why some people hear colors and taste words

A note can be a sensation and a number can be a hue. (Tomi Um/) For a small group...

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10 geological discoveries that absolutely rocked
2020

10 geological discoveries that absolutely rocked 2020

Here are 10 of the most amazing geological discoveries of the year.

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World's largest iceberg continues to break up off the coast
of South Georgia

World's largest iceberg continues to break up off the coast...

It is hoped that the icebergs will now miss the island, but their fate is still...

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10 times science made a sucky year suck less

10 times science made a sucky year suck less

From the incredible efforts of scientists to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in record...

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10 times sharks made our jaws drop in 2020

10 times sharks made our jaws drop in 2020

Here are our favorite stories about sharks from 2020.

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What are the most common ways people get injured?

What are the most common ways people get injured?

The most common culprit is found in most homes.

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Why two doses of the new COVID-19 vaccines are better that
one

Why two doses of the new COVID-19 vaccines are better that...

A Uzbekistani doctor holds up a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. (Golib Tolibov/Deposit...

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Mysterious asteroid the size of a dwarf planet is lurking in
our solar system

Mysterious asteroid the size of a dwarf planet is lurking...

There's a giant asteroid somewhere out there in the solar system, and it hurled...

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6 times that 2020 showed us women from antiquity were
totally badass

6 times that 2020 showed us women from antiquity were totally...

This year, archaeologists discovered intriguing evidence showing that women of the...

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Live Science's top stories of 2020: Writers' choice

Live Science's top stories of 2020: Writers' choice

From a mirror universe to X-shaped galaxies, these stories guaranteed that 2020...

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Why aren't peanuts, pecans and almonds real nuts?

Why aren't peanuts, pecans and almonds real nuts?

Brazil nuts and cashews are crunchy and small, so why aren't they nuts?

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The best new photography gear of the year

The best new photography gear of the year

Canon's R5 was the best new camera of the year. (Canon/) Canon R5 and R6 No cameras...

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Our most popular science stories of 2020

Our most popular science stories of 2020

Here are the most-read stories on Live Science this year.

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10 bizarre animal stories of 2020

10 bizarre animal stories of 2020

2020 was a weird year, even in the animal kingdom.

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The best space stories of 2020

The best space stories of 2020

The pandemic may have brought life to a screeching halt, but at least we can gaze...

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Fast-spreading UK coronavirus variant: All your questions
answered

Fast-spreading UK coronavirus variant: All your questions...

A scary new strain of coronavirus, innocuously named B.1.1.7, has recently exploded...

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Your e-reader can display more than just books

Your e-reader can display more than just books

If it be transformed into a PDF, you can open it on your e-reader. ( freestocks...

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Humans are destroying our ‘perfect planet’, Attenborough
says

Humans are destroying our ‘perfect planet’, Attenborough...

A new series explores the powerful natural forces that work together to sculpt and...

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13 ways the Earth showed its wrath in 2020

13 ways the Earth showed its wrath in 2020

Eruptions, temblors and severe weather, oh my.

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The 10 coolest dinosaur findings of 2020

The 10 coolest dinosaur findings of 2020

Here's what we've learned about dinosaurs in 2020.

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Weapons carved from human bone come from drowned land bridge
between UK and Europe

Weapons carved from human bone come from drowned land bridge...

It's a mystery why hunter-gatherers from the Stone Age crafted weapons from human...

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Lyme disease-carrying ticks may invade new territory in the
Midwest

Lyme disease-carrying ticks may invade new territory in...

The model can help identify which counties are at high-risk for invasion.

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Extraterrestrial evidence: 10 incredible findings about
aliens from 2020

Extraterrestrial evidence: 10 incredible findings about...

Are we alone in the universe? Many discoveries about aliens in 2020 seemed to increase...

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Five good-news health stories from this past year

Five good-news health stories from this past year

2020 has not been an easy-going year, but we still have major health breakthroughs...

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Astronomers made a poor bot count 100,000 moon
craters

Astronomers made a poor bot count 100,000 moon craters

The moon’s surface is a chaotic mess of craters of all sizes. Now algorithms are...

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Jupiter and Saturn descend on the world's tallest building
in epic 'Great Conjunction' video

Jupiter and Saturn descend on the world's tallest building...

A photographer filmed the "Great Conjunction" of Jupiter and Saturn as the heavenly...

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How to guarantee a safe, COVID-19-free holiday

How to guarantee a safe, COVID-19-free holiday

Don't make this a Christmas you'll regret. (unsplash/) The Centers for Disease Control...

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'Zombie' greenhouse gas lurks in permafrost beneath the
Arctic Ocean

'Zombie' greenhouse gas lurks in permafrost beneath the...

Experts say we need to improve our patchy knowledge of subsea permafrost.

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Ralphie from ‘A Christmas Story’ could have been the first
child in space. Then disaster struck.

Ralphie from ‘A Christmas Story’ could have been the first...

Challenger lifts off on a mission in 1986. (NASA/) Countless children dream of going...

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Octopus punches fish in the head (just because it
can)

Octopus punches fish in the head (just because it can)

Octopuses sometimes partner with fish to hunt, but the partnership comes with risks...

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Man revives baby elephant using CPR: How does that
work?

Man revives baby elephant using CPR: How does that work?

A man successfully revived a baby elephant using CPR after the animal was involved...

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Ancient 'swamp king' monster croc once terrorized
Australia

Ancient 'swamp king' monster croc once terrorized Australia

The ‘swamp king’ was over 16 feet long and much broader than modern-day crocodiles.

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Air pressure makes Mount Everest 'shrink' by thousands of
feet, new study finds

Air pressure makes Mount Everest 'shrink' by thousands...

Seasonal changes in air pressure sometimes make Mount Everest's "perceived elevation"...

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Seals are making 'Star Wars' noises at each other
underwater, and we have no idea why

Seals are making 'Star Wars' noises at each other underwater,...

Antarctica's Weddell seals communicate with each other in a high-pitched underwater...

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The pandemic has had a dramatic effect on drug
overdoses

The pandemic has had a dramatic effect on drug overdoses

The early months of the pandemic (March to May 2020) saw a spike in overdose deaths....

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Stuck at home? Trick your brain into treating a staycation
like the real thing.

Stuck at home? Trick your brain into treating a staycation...

Get outside your head without leaving your house. (Unsplash/) Taking a vacation...

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An inside look at how fiber optic glass is made

An inside look at how fiber optic glass is made

You may never see fiber, but it plays a huge part in your online life. (Christopher...

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Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you're
pregnant?

Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you're pregnant?

Though the vaccine hasn't been tested in pregnant people, experts think that it's...

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Stunning telescope image of Jupiter and Saturn's Great
Conjunction will amaze you

Stunning telescope image of Jupiter and Saturn's Great...

A telescope close-up reveals the strange beauty of the Great Conjunction.

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Antarctica has its 1st COVID-19 outbreak

Antarctica has its 1st COVID-19 outbreak

The outbreak occurred at the a Chilean research base on the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Moon has way (way) more craters than we thought

Moon has way (way) more craters than we thought

Scientists found over 109,000 previously unidentified impact craters on the moon...

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What's causing rare allergic reactions to Pfizer's
vaccine?

What's causing rare allergic reactions to Pfizer's vaccine?

Several severe allergic reactions that were reported among hundreds of thousands...

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Scientists think they've spotted the farthest galaxy in the
universe

Scientists think they've spotted the farthest galaxy in...

Astronomers have peered out into the vast expanse and spotted what they think is...

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2 people die in shark attacks. How unusual is this?

2 people die in shark attacks. How unusual is this?

Separate shark attacks in Hawaii and the eastern Caribbean leave two people dead....

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With two COVID-19 vaccines available, the CDC updates its
guidance on who gets them first

With two COVID-19 vaccines available, the CDC updates its...

Airports are, unfortunately, not this empty anymore. (Pexels/) The first wave of...

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World’s ugliest orchid looks like a soul-sucking, eyeless
worm

World’s ugliest orchid looks like a soul-sucking, eyeless...

Orchids are usually prized for their loveliness, but a newly described species is...

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Doctors heard music when checking a man's pulse. Here's
why.

Doctors heard music when checking a man's pulse. Here's...

In addition to the thump thump of the man's heart, doctors heard music when checking...

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What was the Star of Bethlehem?

What was the Star of Bethlehem?

According to the New Testament, the Star of Bethlehem led the three wise men to...

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Is the new UK coronavirus variant more contagious?

Is the new UK coronavirus variant more contagious?

The variant has a mutation that may make the virus "sticker" or allow it to bind...

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Could the Christmas Star visible tonight actually be the
Star of Bethlehem?

Could the Christmas Star visible tonight actually be the...

Did the biblical "Star of Bethlehem" come back in 2020? It wouldn't be crazy to...

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Llamas are hotter than ever. Here’s why.

Llamas are hotter than ever. Here’s why.

The llama's ability to move up and down canyons and mountains makes it an ideal...

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Exquisitely-preserved wolf pup mummy discovered in Yukon
permafrost

Exquisitely-preserved wolf pup mummy discovered in Yukon...

A wolf pup mummy, perfectly preserved in permafrost for 57,000 years, is finally...

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3,800-year-old baby in a jar unearthed in Israel

3,800-year-old baby in a jar unearthed in Israel

Jaffa's 4,000-year-old history is buried beneath its streets.

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Mummified baboons may identify lost land of Punt, ancient
Egypt's trading partner

Mummified baboons may identify lost land of Punt, ancient...

Ancient Egyptians got those baboons from somewhere.

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Red Bull skydivers recreate mysterious Marfa lights for
winter solstice 2020

Red Bull skydivers recreate mysterious Marfa lights for...

An epic nighttime skydive saw Red Bull Air Force's Amy Chmelecki and teammates don...

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How to watch tonight's 'great conjunction' of Jupiter and
Saturn

How to watch tonight's 'great conjunction' of Jupiter and...

Here's how to catch the great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, something that...

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Winter survival shelters you should know how to
build

Winter survival shelters you should know how to build

When you're trapped in the snow, a simple shelter like this could save your life....

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Gargantuan chunk of 'cosmic web' discovered. It's 50 million
light-years long.

Gargantuan chunk of 'cosmic web' discovered. It's 50 million...

Astronomers discover one of the longest filaments of the cosmic web. And it may...

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Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts with dramatic lava
fountains

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupts with dramatic lava fountains

Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupted beginning Sunday (Dec. 20) night local time, with...

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How to spend your money for maximum happiness

How to spend your money for maximum happiness

Some of these things will make you genuinely happy. (PopSci/Unsplash/) The idea...

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Here's the science of the winter solstice

Here's the science of the winter solstice

Today's winter solstice will boast the year's fewest hours of daylight for the Northern...

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Our galaxy's supermassive black hole is closer to Earth than
we thought

Our galaxy's supermassive black hole is closer to Earth...

The supermassive black hole hiding in the center of our galaxy is much closer to...

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Alien hunters detect mystery signal coming from the closest
star system

Alien hunters detect mystery signal coming from the closest...

Astronomers hunting for radio signals from alien civilizations have reportedly detected...

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SpaceX launches classified US spy satellite, sticks rocket
landing to cap record year

SpaceX launches classified US spy satellite, sticks rocket...

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX launched a clandestine U.S. spy satellite into space...

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How wild was the Wild West?

How wild was the Wild West?

While officially lawless, settlers usually weren't all that wild.

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The best coding toys for kids

The best coding toys for kids

From programmable robots to pocket-sized computers, there are a plethora of tools...

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Best exercise bike: Get your miles in without leaving the
house

Best exercise bike: Get your miles in without leaving the...

Stay fit while staying inside with one of these amazing exercise bikes. (MYX /)...

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China is opening the world's largest radio telescope up to
international scientists

China is opening the world's largest radio telescope up...

Following the collapse of the historic Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, China...

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What's the biggest group of animals ever recorded on
Earth?

What's the biggest group of animals ever recorded on Earth?

From expansive underground colonies, to glinting underwater shoals, vast cacophonous...

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Deadly centipede 'king' rules over a poison hellscape
cave

Deadly centipede 'king' rules over a poison hellscape cave

Dozens of species live in Romania's toxic Movile Cave, and a newly described centipede...

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The Milky Way is probably full of dead civilizations

The Milky Way is probably full of dead civilizations

If there are other intelligent civilizations in the Milky Way, they are probably...

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The world's largest iceberg has just broken in two

The world's largest iceberg has just broken in two

A chunk of ice about the size of Queens and the Bronx combined has broken off what...

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Going caving? Bring these essentials underground with
you

Going caving? Bring these essentials underground with you

The best gear for the most mysterious dives. (Travis Rathbone/) Professional caving...

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Unsafe levels of radiation found in Chernobyl crops

Unsafe levels of radiation found in Chernobyl crops

Crops grown near the Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine are still contaminated with...

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Best sheets: Choose the right bed linens for a good night’s
sleep

Best sheets: Choose the right bed linens for a good night’s...

Great sheet options that will make your night's way more comfortable. (Kinga Cichewicz...

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Gifts that every car owner should have

Gifts that every car owner should have

These items can make your ride feel complete. (tytbil88 / Deposit Photos/) A new...

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How fossil preservation and public health are
intertwined

How fossil preservation and public health are intertwined

Preserving animal specimens is key to solving modern problems. (Pixabay /) Jocelyn...

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Best soundbar: immersive sound for your home entertainment
center

Best soundbar: immersive sound for your home entertainment...

Upgrade your sound system with a great soundbar. (Jonas Leupe via Unsplash/) It’s...

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Lost artifact from Great Pyramid was just found in a cigar
tin in Scotland

Lost artifact from Great Pyramid was just found in a cigar...

After a small piece of wood from the Great Pyramid was donated to a museum in Scotland,...

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Check new these privacy labels before you download another
iPhone app

Check new these privacy labels before you download another...

The App Store now gives users a look at how different apps will track them. (Stan...

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Best electric shaver: Get a smooth shave with our
picks

Best electric shaver: Get a smooth shave with our picks

Make sure you keep your beard in check with a reliable electric shaver. (Amazon/)...

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2020 is on track to be the hottest year in history

2020 is on track to be the hottest year in history

The year isn't over yet, but no matter what it's been an incredibly hot year. (Infographic...

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Newly discovered fungi turn flies into zombies and devour
them from the inside out

Newly discovered fungi turn flies into zombies and devour...

Two newly discovered fungi eat flies from the inside out while dropping new spores...

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Scientists think they've detected radio emissions from an
alien world

Scientists think they've detected radio emissions from...

Scientists may have detected radio emissions from a planet orbiting a star beyond...

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Best robot vacuum: Clean up without lifting a finger

Best robot vacuum: Clean up without lifting a finger

These robot vacuums suck in all the best ways... and your pets will love them. (Yoonjae...

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Invisible 'arches of chaos' span the solar system

Invisible 'arches of chaos' span the solar system

Scientists have mapped the "arches of chaos:" a vast network of arching structures...

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Angel, devil and blood-red heart appear at Martian south
pole

Angel, devil and blood-red heart appear at Martian south...

It's summer in Mars' southern hemisphere, and strange structures are crawling out...

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Here’s where all the COVID-19 vaccine candidates currently
stand

Here’s where all the COVID-19 vaccine candidates currently...

Many candidates will fail somewhere along the vaccine development pipeline, which...

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What you should know about allergic reactions to the
COVID-19 vaccine

What you should know about allergic reactions to the COVID-19...

In the United States, most people who have serious allergies can get immunized but...

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Top 10 deadliest natural disasters in history

Top 10 deadliest natural disasters in history

Here are the world's most deadliest earthquakes, cyclones and floods.

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How to get a true 4K experience on Netflix

How to get a true 4K experience on Netflix

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the best Netflix experience possible. (Mollie Sivaram/Unsplash/)...

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Best Streaming Devices: Watch anything your heart
desires

Best Streaming Devices: Watch anything your heart desires

No matter what content you want to watch, these streaming devices have got you covered....

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Gifts to turn any coffee-lover’s kitchen into a cafe

Gifts to turn any coffee-lover’s kitchen into a cafe

Some say coffee tastes even better if you make it yourself. (Jeremy Ricketts/Unsplash/)...

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Ötzi the Iceman may have scaled ice-free Alps

Ötzi the Iceman may have scaled ice-free Alps

Many Alpine summits may have been ice-free before about 5,900 years ago.

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Huge methane cache beneath Arctic could be unlocked by the
moon

Huge methane cache beneath Arctic could be unlocked by...

The moon's tides affect how much methane is released from seafloor sediments and...

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Best Android tablet: Find the right device for you

Best Android tablet: Find the right device for you

Depending on what you need it for, there are things to consider when you're looking...

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Best portable air conditioner: Cool off where you need it
most

Best portable air conditioner: Cool off where you need...

Portable air conditioners that you can move from room to room. (Paige Cody via Unsplash/)...

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The war on drugs didn’t work. Oregon’s plan might.

The war on drugs didn’t work. Oregon’s plan might.

Criminalizing drugs didn't work the way we thought it would—or did it? (PopSci/)...

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Best headphones: Get good-quality audio equipment at your
budget

Best headphones: Get good-quality audio equipment at your...

Here are some of the best headphones to suit any style of listener. (Dan Farrell...

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China's Chang'e 5 capsule lands on Earth with the 1st new
moon samples in 44 years

China's Chang'e 5 capsule lands on Earth with the 1st new...

China's Chang'e 5 moon sample-return capsule landed in Inner Mongolia on Wednesday...

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Your guide to cooking a sustainable holiday meal

Your guide to cooking a sustainable holiday meal

Eating local, seasonal produce is an easy way to make your holiday feast more sustainable....

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2 calves of one of world's most endangered large whales
spotted

2 calves of one of world's most endangered large whales...

Two newborn whales were spotted swimming off the U.S. coast, giving researchers...

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See the moon's shadow on Earth from the 2020 total solar
eclipse in these stunning satellite views

See the moon's shadow on Earth from the 2020 total solar...

Skywatchers in southern South America were treated to a total solar eclipse on Monday...

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Robot dogs could someday explore deep caves on Mars

Robot dogs could someday explore deep caves on Mars

Robotic "Mars Dogs" could use artificial intelligence and sensors to investigate...

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This alien world could help us find Planet Nine in our own
solar system

This alien world could help us find Planet Nine in our...

This 11-Jupiter-mass exoplanet called HD106906 b occupies an unlikely orbit around...

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An AI just copiloted a U-2 spyplane for the very first
time

An AI just copiloted a U-2 spyplane for the very first...

The Air Force pilot on this U-2 mission goes by the call sign "Vudu." (Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez...

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There’s a new coronavirus strain in the UK, but don’t
panic

There’s a new coronavirus strain in the UK, but don’t panic

Viral mutations are a normal, constant process, and most don’t have any impact on...

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Two strange blobs of X-ray energy are swirling out of the
galaxy's center

Two strange blobs of X-ray energy are swirling out of the...

The eROSITA X-ray telescope just revealed two strange bubbles of X-ray energy, sitting...

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Deadly 'brain-eating amoeba' has expanded its range
northward

Deadly 'brain-eating amoeba' has expanded its range northward

You can thank climate change for this too.

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Best air purifier: Fight allergens, smoke, and germs for
cleaner indoor air

Best air purifier: Fight allergens, smoke, and germs for...

Here are some of the best air purifiers you can get for any room. (Coway/) The air...

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7 gifts to take the stress out of stress-cleaning

7 gifts to take the stress out of stress-cleaning

Tidy up your whole dang life. (Amazon/PopSci/) We all cope with stress in different...

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World's oldest python fossil unearthed

World's oldest python fossil unearthed

The discovery of the world's oldest python fossils on record suggests that these...

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1st wild animal in US infected with SARS-CoV-2 found in
Utah

1st wild animal in US infected with SARS-CoV-2 found in...

A wild mink just tested positive.

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Red Sea oil tanker 4 times as big as Exxon Valdez could
spill any day now

Red Sea oil tanker 4 times as big as Exxon Valdez could...

A mammoth oil tanker is decaying into the Red Sea, threatening to pollute the water...

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COVID-19 testing scientists are the unsung heroes of the
pandemic

COVID-19 testing scientists are the unsung heroes of the...

It takes more than doctors and nurses to keep us safe and healthy. (Pexels/) Rodney...

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Nor'easter could drop a foot of snow on New England

Nor'easter could drop a foot of snow on New England

The storm follows last year's mild winter with below-average snowfall.

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Stunningly preserved ‘Cretaceous Pompeii’ fossils may not be
what they seem

Stunningly preserved ‘Cretaceous Pompeii’ fossils may not...

Two dinosaurs that died in China during the Cretaceous were fossilized in 3D — but...

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Stars are dying all across the universe—why don’t we see
them?

Stars are dying all across the universe—why don’t we see...

The Kepler supernova was spotted in 1604. Four centuries later, material from the...

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US could reach 'net-zero' carbon by 2050. Here's
how.

US could reach 'net-zero' carbon by 2050. Here's how.

The U.S. can cut its carbon output to zero by the middle of the 21th century, according...

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How a girl's 'death mask' from the 1800s became the face of
CPR dolls

How a girl's 'death mask' from the 1800s became the face...

The story behind the face of the CPR dummy.

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How and when to shoot with Apple’s hidden new photo
format

How and when to shoot with Apple’s hidden new photo format

Presets like the one from Mastin Labs used here take better to raw images. (Stan...

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The pandemic led to a record drop in carbon
emissions

The pandemic led to a record drop in carbon emissions

Emissions slowed this year, but not nearly enough. (Troy Squillaci/Pexels/) When...

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Celestial objects you can spot from your backyard

Celestial objects you can spot from your backyard

Thirty, flirty, and thriving. (Space Telescope Science Institute/) Back in April,...

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Get rid of the remote controls you don’t need. Here’s
how.

Get rid of the remote controls you don’t need. Here’s how.

Just imagine if this could control all of your devices. (Erik Mclean / Unsplash/)...

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Hundreds of graves reveal Spanish town’s secret Muslim
history

Hundreds of graves reveal Spanish town’s secret Muslim...

An archaeological site in northeast Spain holds one of the oldest-known Muslim cemeteries...

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China's Chang'e 5 moon lander is no more after successfully
snagging lunar rocks

China's Chang'e 5 moon lander is no more after successfully...

China's Chang'e 5 lander touched down on the moon and collected the first lunar...

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Coronavirus relief funds could easily pay to stop the worst
of climate change (Op-Ed)

Coronavirus relief funds could easily pay to stop the worst...

As of late summer, governments around the world had pledged US$12.2 trillion of...

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Spooning skeletons: Who were these 3,000-year-old 'Romeo and
Juliet'?

Spooning skeletons: Who were these 3,000-year-old 'Romeo...

More than 3,000 years ago, a couple at a biblical site in Israel was buried side...

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Treat yourself to a flashlight that’s not your phone

Treat yourself to a flashlight that’s not your phone

Who needs night vision when you have one of these swanky flashlights? (Travis Rathbone/)...

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10 winter survival tips everyone should know

10 winter survival tips everyone should know

If you're trapped out here, you'll need to use your brain to survive. (Thom Milkovic/Unsplash/)...

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Gifts for the most stressed out people you know

Gifts for the most stressed out people you know

Keep calm and carry on. (Medcline/PopSci/) You probably know more than a few people...

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The UK is sending robot submarines to watch the world’s
largest iceberg crash into an island

The UK is sending robot submarines to watch the world’s...

The world’s largest iceberg appears days away from crashing into a penguin-filled...

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There's a new coronavirus variant in the UK. Here's what we
know.

There's a new coronavirus variant in the UK. Here's what...

Vaccines will likely work just as well against the variant.

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Could Apple build a search engine that competes with
Google?

Could Apple build a search engine that competes with Google?

“Apple it” just doesn’t have the same ring… (Nathana Rebouças/Unsplash/) Hamza Mudassir...

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First ride: Harley’s stylish new electric bicycles

First ride: Harley’s stylish new electric bicycles

One of Serial 1's Rush/Cty e-bikes. (Rob Verger /) On a recent misty day in Manhattan,...

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What the Dippin’ Dots ‘cold chain’ can teach us about
COVID-19 vaccines

What the Dippin’ Dots ‘cold chain’ can teach us about COVID-19...

What's cooler than cool? (Deposit Photos/Unsplash/PopSci/) Countless people across...

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FDA approves genetically engineered pigs for food and
transplants

FDA approves genetically engineered pigs for food and transplants

Pigs that have been genetically engineered to be free of a molecule that triggers...

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Polar cyclones on Jupiter create a spellbinding vortex
cluster

Polar cyclones on Jupiter create a spellbinding vortex...

NASA's Juno mission offers fresh insights into Jupiter's dynamic atmosphere.

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Physicists attempt to unify all forces of nature and rectify
Einstein's biggest failure

Physicists attempt to unify all forces of nature and rectify...

Einstein's failed dream could ultimately become his ultimate triumph, as a small...

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Man who died of constipation 1,000 years ago ate
grasshoppers for months

Man who died of constipation 1,000 years ago ate grasshoppers...

A man who died of constipation more than 1,000 years ago survived on just grasshoppers...

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Physicists give Schrodinger's cat a cheshire grin

Physicists give Schrodinger's cat a cheshire grin

Physicists have shown how a particle might show its face in a corner of an experiment...

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Find the best smart light for your home

Find the best smart light for your home

Yes, you can light up your living room in neon green, too. (Daniele Franchi / Unsplash/)...

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The best treatments we currently have for COVID-19

The best treatments we currently have for COVID-19

Empty hospital beds have been an uncommon sight during this pandemic. (Pexels/)...

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What to know about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine before it
reaches you

What to know about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine before it...

Over the next several days, FedEx will ship 3 million doses to vaccination sites...

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Giant Aztec skull 'tower' unearthed in Mexico

Giant Aztec skull 'tower' unearthed in Mexico

More than 500 years ago, the Aztecs created a "trophy tower" out of hundreds of...

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Creating this photo of sun trails took eight years and a
beer can

Creating this photo of sun trails took eight years and...

The lines across the sky show the sun's path. The speckles in the lines show where...