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{FD} Facts about Megalodon: The long-gone shark

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The megalodon, which went extinct millions of years ago, was the largest shark ever documented and one of the largest fish on record. The scientific name, Carcharocles megalodon, means “giant tooth.” And for good reason: Its massive teeth give scientis… Continue reading

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{FD} Autism risk may increase if child’s mother has high DDT exposure, study finds

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Pregnant woman who have high levels of a byproduct from the banned insecticide DDT in their bodies may be more likely to have a child with autism, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Plasma scientists created invisible, whooping ‘whistlers’ in a lab

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There’s a sort of radio wave that bangs its way around Earth, knocking around electrons in the plasma fields of loose ions surrounding our planet and sending strange tones to radio detectors. It’s called a “whistler.” And now, scientists have observed … Continue reading

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{FD} These new seahorses are so tiny that hundreds of them would fit in your hand

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A newly discovered seahorse may be tiny, but it’s making large waves by just being plain adorable. Continue reading

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{FD} Artist says parasitic worm in eye ‘guided’ his work

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The eerie painting depicts an image few of us would want to see in the mirror, let alone casting a shadow across our own field of vision: a pale, segmented worm slithering across an unblinking eyeball. Continue reading

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{FD} Lost contact found in woman’s eyelid 28 years later

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Nearly three decades ago, a 14-year-old in the United Kingdom got hit in the eye during a game of badminton and lost her contact lens. Continue reading

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{FD} People of Easter Island weren’t driven to warfare and cannibalism. They actually got along.

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In popular science literature, much ink has been spilled on the supposed collapse of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, as it’s known in the local language. Continue reading

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{FD} The origins of the ‘OMG particle’

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Right now, as you read this very text, your DNA is getting sliced up by tiny, invisible bullets. The damage-dealers are known as cosmic rays, even though they are absolutely not rays — but the name stuck from a historical misunderstanding. Instead, the… Continue reading

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{FD} Giant pterosaur sported 110 teeth and 4 wicked fangs

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A little more than 200 million years ago, a four-fanged pterosaur flew over the vast desert of Triassic Utah snagging other reptiles with its toothy mouth, until it met its untimely end on the banks of a dried-up oasis, new research finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Black widow spiders bring their venom to Canada as planet warms

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Venomous black widow spiders now range farther north than scientists expected, into an area including the most-inhabited parts of Canada. And there’s good reason to suggest that warming temperatures are driving the fatal biters north. Continue reading

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{FD} NASA spotted a vast, glowing ‘hydrogen wall’ at the edge of our solar system

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There’s a “hydrogen wall” at the edge of our solar system, and NASA scientists think their New Horizons spacecraft can see it. Continue reading

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{FD} Inducing labor at 39 weeks lowers risk of C-section, study finds

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Pregnant woman who reach full term have long been advised to “wait it out” until 41 weeks before doctors will recommend inducing labor. Continue reading

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{FD} Ancient octagon-shaped tomb reveals morbid tales from Mongol-ruled China

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Archaeologists in Yangquan, China, have discovered an octagon-shaped tomb with walls covered in murals that dates back some 700 years, when the descendants of Genghis Khan ruled China. Continue reading

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{FD} A weird water behavior that intrigued Da Vinci finally has an explanation

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In the 16th century, Leonardo da Vinci first described a fascinating phenomenon involving water that later became known as the hydraulic jump. And a mere five centuries later, scientists have finally explained why it happens. Continue reading

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{FD} Science of ‘The Meg’: How scientists know the world’s largest shark is gone forever

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Picture a shark as long as a bowling lane, with teeth bigger than your hand and a bite as powerful as a T. rex’s. This toothy predator is called Megalodon. It was the biggest shark that ever lived — and perhaps fortunately for us, it went extinct almos… Continue reading

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{FD} The weird reason Roman emperors were assassinated

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Ancient Rome was a dangerous place to be an emperor. During its more than 500-year run, about 20 percent of Rome’s 82 emperors were assassinated while in power. So, what led to their downfalls? Continue reading

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{FD} Incredible Hulk? Nah, this glowing, green light in the night sky is a comet

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A gigantic, green-tinged comet is currently smashing its way through the night sky, leading some people to dub it the “Incredible Hulk comet.” Tomorrow (Aug. 7), the celestial object will make its closest approach to Earth, according to Sky and Telesco… Continue reading

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{FD} Amateur archaeologist discovers 1,800-year-old golden ring from Rome

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An amateur historian just unearthed a treasure that would turn any archaeologist green with envy: an ornate gold ring dating back to ancient Roman times. Continue reading

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{FD} The universe is expanding. but astrophysicists aren’t sure how fast.

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Next time you eat a blueberry (or chocolate chip) muffin consider what happened to the blueberries in the batter as it was baked. The blueberries started off all squished together, but as the muffin expanded they started to move away from each other. I… Continue reading

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{FD} 4.46 billion-year-old meteorite flew around in space before Earth was born

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Approximately 4.5 billion years ago, the catastrophic explosion of a massive star, a supernova, caused an immense cloud of cosmic dust and gas to come together and form our solar system. But exactly how the planets were built remains somewhat of a myst… Continue reading

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{FD} Lithuania’s ‘Great Synagogue’ fell to the Nazis, but archaeologists have uncovered it

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Parts of a Nazi-destroyed Jewish synagogue in Lithuania are seeing the light of day again after archaeologists unearthed the religious center’s buried bimah, or central prayer platform, in a recent excavation. Continue reading

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{FD} Ancient Roman library discovered beneath German city

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Beneath the soil in Cologne, Germany, lies a bibliophile’s dream: an ancient Roman library that once held up to 20,000 scrolls, according to news reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Mineral never seen on Earth found inside Russian meteorite

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Gold hunters in southern Russia might have been disappointed to learn that the speckled, yellow rock they uncovered was not a sizeable pebble of valuable metal. Instead, it was a rare piece of space-borne rubble containing a new mineral that had never … Continue reading

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{FD} Amazing photo reveals a lunar eclipse like you’ve never seen it before

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If you’ve ever stood in the totality of a solar eclipse, you’ve seen something astonishing: the full width of the moon’s dark shadow blocking out the sun, perfectly encircled by the dim, wispy rays of the sun’s corona. And if you’ve also stood outside … Continue reading

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{FD} Earth’s soil is hyperventilating thanks to climate change

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You know it’s hot out there when even the soil is hyperventilating. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman likely died after inhaling dry ice fumes from ice cream coolers: police

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In a “horrific accident,” a woman in Washington died from exposure to dry ice fumes, according to news reports. Continue reading

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{FD} Boy missing part of brain makes remarkable recovery

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Four years ago, a young boy had a large part of his brain removed. Continue reading

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{FD} How do you know if your cut has flesh-eating bacteria?

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Flesh-eating bacteria” is as scary as it sounds — a serious infection that spreads quickly in the body and can result in the loss of limbs and even death. Continue reading

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{FD} Why is US one of the ‘most dangerous’ places in the developed world to give birth?

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Hundreds of U.S. women die each year giving birth, and hospitals across the country aren’t routinely following practices that would save women’s lives during childbirth, according to a new USA Today investigation. Continue reading

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{FD} The edge of space just crept 12 miles closer to Earth

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Did you feel that? Continue reading

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{FD} Cat parasite may make people more entrepreneurial

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A parasite that infects some 30 to 50 percent of the world’s human population may subtly prompt people to start businesses, according to a new study. Continue reading

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{FD} World first: Chinese physicists made a cold atomic clock work in space

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Telling time precisely is important; it gets you up in the morning and coordinates everything from air travel to the GPS system. And if you do it well enough, you can even use it to navigate outer space. Continue reading

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{FD} What in the whirled? Tiny, floating dumbbell rotates 60 billion times per minute

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Spinning objects are hypnotic and fascinating, as last year’s fidget-spinner craze overwhelmingly demonstrated. Continue reading

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{FD} Maybe Bigfoot was a dinosaur, if these fossils are any indication

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While basketball player LeBron James’ shoe size (15) is pretty big, it’s nowhere near the considerable foot size of the dinosaur with the largest feet on record, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Alien’ mummy DNA probe may have crossed ethical lines

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The severely elongated head of a preserved skeleton found in Peru’s Atacama Desert in 2003 is so unusual that it initially prompted people to suggest that the diminutive body was that of an extraterrestrial. Continue reading

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{FD} Does eating beef jerky cause psychiatric symptoms?

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Here’s a strange bit of health news: A new study found that people with bipolar disorder who eat pepperoni, salami and other dry, cured meats might be at much higher risk of developing mania — a mental state characterized by an intensely positive mood,… Continue reading

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{FD} A magnetic wire could one day pull cancer cells from your blood

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Scientists think that magnets could be utilized in the body to detect tumor cells that other diagnostic techniques might miss. Continue reading

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{FD} Einstein’s theory of special relativity works even in ghostly high-energy neutrinos

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Once again, scientists have shown that Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity is right — this time, thanks to a particle detector buried deep beneath Antarctica. Continue reading

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{FD} Mummy wearing gold-gilded face mask discovered at ancient Egypt burial ground

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A silver face mask gilded with gold, a mummification workshop, mummies and sarcophagi have all been discovered at a tomb complex in Saqqara, Egypt, an Egyptian-German team announced this morning (July 14). Continue reading

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{FD} Why Mars appears to be moving backward

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Our solar system is in constant motion, with all eight planets — and dwarf planet Pluto — orbiting the sun. Most of those planets are visible from Earth, even to the ***** eye. If you track them in the sky night after night, you’ll notice that their po… Continue reading

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{FD} What Ötzi the Iceman ate before he was murdered

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A mere 2 hours before his grisly murder about 5,300 years ago, Ötzi the iceman chowed down on some mouthwatering morsels: wild meat from ibex and red deer, cereals from einkorn wheat and — oddly enough — poisonous fern, a new study finds. Continue reading

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{FD} Two lemon-yellow bat species discovered in Africa. And they’re adorable fuzz balls.

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Two newfound species of bats recently discovered in Kenya are endearing, lemon-colored fuzzballs. But scientists aren’t interested in these bats just for their flashy colors; the animals also provide important clues about some very tangled branches in … Continue reading

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{FD} 16th-century shipwreck off Florida coast is worth millions

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A 16th-century shipwreck that may be all that’s left of one of the first European voyages to America holds treasures worth millions of dollars. But now a judge has ruled that the company that discovered the wreck off the coast of Florida has no right t… Continue reading

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{FD} NASA may have discovered and then destroyed organics on Mars in 1976

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Over 40 years ago, a NASA mission may have accidentally destroyed what would have been the first discovery of organic molecules on Mars, according to a report from New Scientist. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman complaining of ‘electric shock’ in her legs had tapeworm in spine

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When the 35-year-old woman arrived at a hospital in France, she told doctors it felt like electric shocks were running down her legs. Continue reading

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{FD} How did the massive ‘salty’ crocodile captured in Australia get so big?

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Australian parks and wildlife rangers captured a monster of a crocodile Monday (July 9), according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The beast was 15 feet 5 inches long (4.7 meters) and weighed a whopping 1,300 lbs. (600 kilograms). Continue reading

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{FD} Earliest evidence of our human ancestors outside of Africa found

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Our ancient human relatives got around more than scientists previously thought. Researchers in China excavated stone tools that were likely made by our human ancestors some 2.12 million years ago — the earliest evidence ever discovered of the human lin… Continue reading

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{FD} Pliny the Elder wasn’t crazy after all. There were whales in the Mediterranean

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Scientists have questioned the credibility of Pliny the Elder’s now 2,000-year-old account of orcas hunting whale calves near the Strait of Gibraltar, since those marine mammals aren’t known to visit that area. Now, archaeological evidence suggests Pli… Continue reading

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{FD} Woman breaks bone in eye socket after blowing nose too hard

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A British woman who blew her nose a bit too hard didn’t just end up with a ****-filled tissue — she also fractured a bone in her left eye socket, according to a new report of her case. Continue reading

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{FD} 7,000-year-old massacre: 9 Neolithic outsiders murdered with blows to the head

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About 7,000 years ago, the bodies of nine brutally murdered people were dumped into a mass grave on the edge of an ancient farming settlement. While their identities will never be known, one thing is certain: These nine individuals were interlopers — p… Continue reading

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