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Sitting Just Three Hours a Day Can Take Two Years Off Your Life

The crustacean Gnathia marleyi, named after singer Bob Marley.

Blood-Eating Parasite Named for Late Reggae Artist Bob Marley

Climate Change Will Mean the World Eats Rice

The future under climate change indicates that rice will become an even more abundant staple, thanks to a boost in carbon dioxide that make crops thrive

Cracking the Code of the Human Genome

Is There a Gene That Makes People Stupid?

Rather than looking for the genetic regions responsible for a person's high IQ, maybe we should be looking for the opposite: the root of stupidity

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People Are More Rational When Speaking in a Foreign Language

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Baseball Played Near The Speed of Light: An Apocalyptic Vision

An American flag waving in Andover, Maine. This was the first video ever transmitted by commercial satellite.

Fifty Years Ago, Lyndon Johnson Answered the First Satellite Phone Call

Telstar 1, which launched 50 years ago today, was the world's first commercial satellite, and a testament to government-industry cooperation

The adult female skeleton

In Scotland, Two Mix-and-Match Mummies Contain Parts of Six Corpses

3,000 year old bodies discovered in a bog turned out not to be two bodies at all. The skeletons are stitched together from the remains of six individuals

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Why Store-Bought Popsicles Drip Less

Just in time for another scorching July day, the history of the modern popsicle - and why the store-bought ones are less drippy than the DIY kind

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How Do Animals Perceive the World?

Scientists demonstrate how animals view the world, and why their vision influences the way they look

A mosaic of Hercules with pet Cerberus.

How Ancient Greeks Named Their Puppies

To the ancient Greeks, just like today, picking a name for your new pup was an important step. But the process was a little more peculiar back then

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This One Beautiful Video Sums Up All of Space Shuttle History

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Synthetic Bacteria Could Turn Ocean Garbage into One Big Island

New Gene Provides Link Between Stress and Depression

How Our Food System Could Be Radically Better in 2032

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Quantum Computing Now At Least Vaguely Plausible

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Thinking About Your Own Demise Inspires Environmentalism

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Viking’s Most Powerful City Unearthed in Northern Germany

Archaeologists working in northern Germany may have found one of the most important cities in Viking history—Sliasthorp, where once sat Scandanavian kings

Oscar Pistorius

Double-Amputee Oscar Pistorius Will Compete In Olympics 400 Meter Race Without Qualifying

More than 18,000 acres burned in Waldo Canyon.

Here’s What $110 Million in Fire Damage Looks Like

The Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado was the most destructive in the state's history

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