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Looters Are Selling Artifacts to Fund War in Syria

War zones are dangerous places, for both people and cultural heritage

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Next Year, We Start to Run Out of Bacon

This year's US drought is rippling through globalized agriculture. Next on the chopping block? Bacon

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NIH Sends Almost One-Fifth of Its Research Chimpanzees Into Retirement

The National Institutes of Health has retired 110 chimpanzees of a total of 563

Any large gathering of people, such as this one for Hajj in 2008, has the potential to facilitate the transfer of disease.

Just Before the Hajj, Two Patients Contract SARS-Like Virus

A new coronavirus has been spotted in Saudi Arabia

America’s Issues with Voter Turnout Stretch Back More Than 200 Years

Since before the Revolutionary War, America has struggled with low voter turnout

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The NFL’s Replacement Refs Are Changing the Odds for Gamblers

Gambling on NFL games is a huge industry, full of people making wagers on who will win this weekend, and the new referees are introducing a new set of probabilities

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Fire Tornado, Fire Devil, Whatever—Just Look at This Swirling Column of Fire

New York's state climatologist and a professor of atmospheric sciences at Cornell University, the columns of dust are more similar to a dust devil

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Unusual, Odd, and Curious Science Honored Tonight in This Year’s Ig Nobel Awards

The 22nd annual Ig Nobel awards kick off tonight, highlighting odd but interesting scientific research

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Why Is a Russian Crater Teeming with Diamonds?

A meteorite impact 35 million years ago filled a Russian crater with diamonds

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The Best Bits of XKCD’s Really, Really Big Comic

Cartoonist Randall Munroe designed a giant world that can be explored in the comic by clicking and dragging

Clerics take part in a protest against innocence of Muslims, an anti-Islamic film

Cartoons of Mohammed, Anti-Jihad Subway Ads and Other Provocations, Past and Future

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Who Really Has Six Percent Body Fat Anyway?

Paul Ryan shouldn't be ashamed of his body fat, it's probably lower than the average male, but it's definitely not six percent

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The Deadly Side of Moonshine

The Czech Republic is issuing a ban on all alcoholic drinks with a 20% or higher alcohol content in the wake of 20 deaths

The library Hermitage of St. Bernardine, in Stroud, New South Wales.

Internet Library Archived Every Last Bit of News That 20 Channels Produced Over Three Years

The Internet Archive has collected ALL of the TV news from the past three years

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Top Harvard Scholar Discovers 4th-Century Text Fragment That Suggests Jesus Was Married

Researcher Karen King announced today the stunning discovery that could is sure to send shock waves through the Christian world

Proud Panda Parents Mei Xiang and Tian Tian

Meet the National Zoo’s Newest Panda Cub

Giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to a panda cub at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C.

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What’s the Deal With the NFL’s Replacement Referees?

Here's what you need to know about how and why the NFL has turned to replacement referees during contract negotiations

The ruins at Mohenjo-Daro, built by an ancient Indus Valley Civilization.

Flooding in Pakistan Threatens Remains of 4500-Year-Old Civilization

Strong flooding fueled by the annual monsoon threatens the ancient town of Mohenjo-Daro

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Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’ Nails the President’s Surprising, High Voice

For his new movie role as Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Day-Lewis obviously did his homework

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What We Do (And Don’t) Know About the Movie Muslim Innocence

Everything you thought you knew about Sam Bacile, the movie , and the riots, is probably wrong

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