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Kanzi creates his hominid-rivaling tools.

Crafty Bonobo Shows Humans Aren’t the Only Stone Tool-Makers

“Do you bite your thumb at me, sir?”

Insult Your Foes Like a Montague

Om nom nom

Antibiotics May Be Making You Fat

By wiping out gut bacteria, researchers found that antibiotics could make mice fat


Want to Avoid a Mid-Life Crisis? Get Friends

The midlife wellbeing of both men and women depends on having a wide circle of friends to regularly socialize and hang out with, a new study finds

Armstrong riding in 2002

Lance Armstrong Surrenders Against Doping Charges and Will be Banned for Life

Armstrong announced that he would no longer fight the doping charges against him. His surrender marks an end not just to his battles, but to his career


Curiosity’s High-Definition Perspective of its Descent Onto Mars

Bask in the high-definition timelapse images captured by Curiosity as it landed on Mars

Go to Sleep, All-Nighter Cram Fests Don’t Work

A new study shows that sacrificing sleep in favor of studying or doing homework is counterproductive

How Does It Feel To Have Half a Brain? Not Bad, Actually

"Patient R" is missing three key parts of his brain, and yet he's conscious and self-aware

An artist’s depiction of a Plesiosaur, the same species Nessie reportedly belongs to.

Celebrating 1,447 Years of the Loch Ness Monster


The Story of László Bíró, the Man Who Invented the Ballpoint Pen

László Bíró first sold the ballpoint pen in 1938, just before the onset of WWII


Your Boss Gets Paid More Than You Because They Get More Done

Researchers took a look at the differences in productivity between the big wigs and employees

Electron Microscope Zooms In, Finds Life on Life on Life

There's a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod on a frog on a bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea!


Dogs Chasing Their Tails Are Akin to Humans With OCD

For dogs engaged in this futile repetitive behavior, there might not be much of a choice, just like people suffering from OCD

Is This Mother Giraffe Mourning Her Dead Baby?

Mother giraffes join the ranks of elephants, polar bears, chimpanzees, gorillas,and other animals in the practice of mourning their dead


How to Learn a Language Nobody Speaks

After hundreds of years, and multiple attempts to develop a universal language the same problem still remains: no one wants to learn it


Want to Feel Old? Here’s How This Year’s College Freshmen See the World

In a few weeks a new batch of college freshmen will step onto the quad, and their lives have been very different from yours


Next Up for Mars: InSight to See Inside the Red Planet

NASA's InSight, launching in 2016, will see inside the red planet.

In Vietnam, Rhino Horn is the Drug of Choice at both Parties and Hospitals

A report issued by TRAFFIC issues the latest depressing statistics surrounding the epidemic-proportion illegal rhino horn trade in South Africa and Asia

BD+48 740 is just a bit bigger than Pollux, seen here dwarfing our own Sun.

Earth Will Die a Hot Horrible Death when the Sun Expands and Swallows Us, and Now We Know What That Looks Like

Astronomers caught a red giant star swallowing one of its planets, a vision of Earth's own potential fate

A wanna-be ninja

Meet Jinichi Kawakami, Japan’s Last Ninja

This 63-year old engineer, is probably Japan's last true ninja

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