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Poison Pill: The Mysterious Die-Off of India’s Vultures
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For religious and cultural reasons, most people in India don’t eat beef. Cows are precious and even revered assets, pulling plows and carts, giving milk, and producing dung used for fertilizer and fuel. Slaughtering cattle is taboo to Hindus, so aged animals are allowed to die naturally, with the carcasses left in open fields or taken to dump sites for vultures and other scavengers to consume.

How Does a Cowbird Learn To Be a Cowbird?
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New research explains how these brood parasites—who are raised by other species—still manage to become cowbirds.

Mechanical Watch
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Interactive article explaining how a mechanical watch works.

Why do we call Deutschland Germany?
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The old Louis Armstrong lyric “You say tomāto and I say tomăto” finds a similar disconnect in how people the world over refer to Germany. Why do we call Deutschland Germany? Many countries have a name that they call themselves (known as an endonym) but are called different names by other countries (known as an exonym).

Sounding the alarm: How noise hurts the heart
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Loud road and air traffic has been linked to a greater risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Scientists are uncovering new details about how what you hear stresses the cardiovascular system.

How to test LEDs using a cheap digital multimeter (Cylindrical, SMD LED)
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- Rotate the multimeter's dial to DIODE- Put the multimeter's leads in contact with the LED's leads- If the LED lights up then it good, if it doesn't then re...

The Magic of the Japanese Convenience Store Sandwich
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The sandwiches from Japanese convenience stores have a cult-like following among travellers - but why are they so good? We investigate...

Saw this coming...did anyone else?

From the start of the donation idea I knew it was going to end up with something in outrage.

Rotterdam protesters to throw eggs at Bezos yacht over bridge dismantling
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Rotterdam's plans to dismantle the middle part of monumental bridge De Hef so that Jeff Bezos' brand new pleasure yacht can sail through it was met with mixed reactions from the city council, and locals on social media. While some point out that temporarily dismantling De Hef is relatively little fuss for a major project involving many jobs, others think Rotterdam shouldn't jump to the wishes of one of the richest people in the world.

How a Microwave Oven Works
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Bill details how a microwave oven heats food. He describes how the microwave vacuum tube, called a magnetron, generates radio frequencies that cause the wate...

Minitel: The Online World France Built Before the Web
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A decade before the Internet went mainstream, French citizens were interacting via Minitel, a computer network open to anyone with a telephone

What Are Valsalva Maneuvers and Are They Safe?
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Has your doctor mentioned the Valsalva maneuver to regulate your heart rate? We explain how to use it, why, and safety tips.

Will quantum computers soon destroy Bitcoin?
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Quantum computers are considered a threat to Bitcoin. Two scientists have done the math: Do quantum miners have an advantage over classical…

Your Family: Past, Present, and Future — Wait But Why
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The past, present, and future of your family tree are all far more fascinating than you realize.

Jack Bogle on Index Funds, Vanguard, and Investing Advice
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Jack Bogle transformed the investment management industry. Over a career lasting nearly half a century, Bogle was a crusader for individual investors, workin...

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