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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for captive apes.

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Both beer and wine are thought to predate distilled spirits.

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James Smithson was the Smithsonian’s founding donor, bequeathing approximately one ton of gold British sovereigns.

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NASA's Ingenuity helicopter arrived on Mars on February 18, 2021.

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Some designers promote fashion lines based on kente cloth from Ghana.

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When suburbanites want to limit the number of deer in their area, it can be easier said than done.

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Could humans be visiting Venus in the future?

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North American species like the Colorado potato beetle and the fall armyworm have become invasive elsewhere.

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The planets in our solar system all orbit the Sun in one shared plane.

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Why does smaller size, like that of the anteater, benefit species in different environments, wondered one Smithsonian reader.

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Halahtookit, a Nez Perce man, widely believed to be the son of William Clark.

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Amelia Earhart mounted publicity stunts to earn money for her flights.

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In Africa, ivory has been a status symbol because it comes from elephants, a highly respected animal, and because it is fairly easy to carve into works of art.

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Fumigation was used on library book collections in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when book-borrowing was seen as a possible disease vector.

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Eugene V. Debs was in a West Virginia penitentiary when he lost the 1920 presidential election.

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As climate change brings moister, warmer air, lightning is increasing and causing fires in the boreal forests where that used to be rare.

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Oscillations originating deep inside the sun become detectable only on the surface.

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The North Island brown kiwi is a flightless, nocturnal bird that lays the biggest egg relative to its body size.

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While mosquitoes can be pesky, they're an important part of the food chain.

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