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Odors are things that we probably do not pay much attention to. We just tend to prefer pleasant scents and stay away from unpleasant odors. However, there is more to these smells. For instance, that chlorine odor we perceive in pools is not chlorine. And the smell of a new car is surprisingly dangerous to
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Cutting-edge technology allows researchers to get creative with their goals. Quirkiness in the name of science is bound to produce something unusual. From octopuses that are plied with Ecstasy and people reading each other’s thoughts to a reality that exists only when looked at, scientists are breaking new ground. However, as with all experiments, not
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Where there is great expansion, there is almost always great decay. This is the way of life, that when things grow, they do so by processes which neglect certain parts of their composition, necessarily leaving behind things which no longer suit the needs of the organism (or superorganism) so that it can adapt to its
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Being born is among the hardest things any creature will ever do. Going from a single cell to a fully formed organism ready to face the world is a path we all take. However, no two species face the exact same struggle to be born, and there are quite a variety of odd life cycles
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An allergic reaction happens when the immune system gets overprotective. Once something relatively harmless is perceived as a threat, the resulting “defensive attack” can leave a person with a stuffed nose or life-threatening anaphylactic shock. The world of allergies is not just about symptoms. Things get downright bizarre. From the transfer of someone else’s allergy
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Trains have been staples of our travel, shipping, and overall culture for a long time. Over the centuries, trains have grown up and expanded from the humble steam-powered versions of old to the modern, technologically advanced, driverless trains which cross entire continents with ease today and serve as the backbones of our transportation infrastructures. In
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Mankind’s spiritual history is packed with interesting snippets. In recent times, archaeologists have discovered some of the oldest sites of worship with hidden worlds under cathedrals and art not seen in centuries. When it comes to the religious arena, however, archaeology can step on a few nerves. These days, eyewitnesses and science can shake the
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Quantum computing is a major trend in computer science. It’s jaw-dropping to think that it all started from observing the weird properties of light! There have been several pioneers in quantum computing, the main one being Richard Feynman—he explained that quantum computers are feasible and that they are the future of computing. Quantum computers have
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They were the largest animals to fly. Pterodactyls thrived from around 230 million to 66 million years ago but left behind few fossils. Every new bone can reveal more about the lives of these predatory reptiles. In fact, they are changing the way pterosaurs looked, existed, and ultimately died out. Even so, their complete story
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Stars made almost all the matter we enjoy today, so you could say they’re important. Either by exploding in nuclear hellfire or by smashing into each other, various stellar bodies created the elements that make the Internet—and the people who invented the Internet—possible. Stars do all sorts of crazy things. Like belch massive clouds of
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Considering the enormous size of Greenland, it is surprising how easily most people forget that it even exists. This northern giant ranks low in popularity due to the harsh climate, darkness, isolation, and difficulty of reaching Greenland in the first place. However, in recent years, the island has attracted more tourists and businesses than ever
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Most graves are rather sedate affairs. Memorial stones typically contain the names, dates of birth and death, and brief and respectable epitaphs that tell you nothing about the person buried beneath them. The meaning behind some memorials may never be known, particularly when those who knew the deceased are dead and gone themselves. For some
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Humans are not really considered apex predators because there are several animals that can and sometimes will prey on us. But even the wildest of these animals don’t just go around hunting us, and most prefer to keep their distance. However, this was not always the situation. For much of our evolutionary history, we were
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Like a shadow, history is attached to every pot shard, pebble, and bone. Nothing on this Earth is without a backstory. Archaeology is all about finding these missing shadows and sewing them together to better understand bygone times. Rare stories are particularly valuable. They offer glimpses into the personal lives of ancient business owners and
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We all know that babies are gross. That’s just a fact of life. Parents are often surprised by how gross their lives have become after their little ones are born. Diaper changes lose their shock value, the smell of spit-up clings to everything, and eating food that’s been on the floor becomes totally normal. That’s
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Piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden is a worldwide problem. Today, ships from several navies patrol the area to keep the pirates at bay. But once in a while, the pirates manage to hijack a ship. When that happens, they will only release the ship after receiving a huge
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