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Bumblebees' 'clever trick' fools plants into flower
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Scientists discover a new behaviour among bumblebees that tricks plants into flowering early.

Listening for Nuclear Tests at the Top of the World
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At Qaanaaq, in Greenland, there's IS18: an infrasound station that's quietly listening for nuclear tests — or any other large bang. Here's what, why, and a f...

Lake Nyos, Cameroon
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Sitting atop an old volcano, a deadly brew of carbon dioxide percolates at the bottom of the lake.

Digital Overload: Average Adult Will Spend 34 Years Of Their Life Staring At Screens - Study Finds
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A new survey may surprise even the most screen-addicted tech user. Researchers say the average adult will spend 34 years of life gazing at their digital devices.

Meet Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who figured out what the universe is made of
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Stifled by sexism in Europe, she made foundational discoveries in astronomy after coming to the US

Please explain: what is tefillin?
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Tefillin is a set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the Torah. Tefillin is worn by observant adult Jews during weekday morning prayers. In Orthodox communities, it is only worn by men, while in non-Orthodox communities, it may be worn by men and women.

How Tengujo Paper, the Thinnest Paper in the World is made
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The process of making tengujo is fairly simple, but the nearly transparent product that results is almost magical.

Myrtle Corbin
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She was an American sideshow performer born a dipygus. This referred to the fact that she had two separate pelvises side by side from the waist down, as a result of her body axis splitting as it developed. Each of her smaller inner legs was paired with one of her outer legs. She was said to be able to move her inner legs, but they were too weak for walking.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: What Is Gravity?
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When co-host Leighann Lord asks Neil deGrasse Tyson, “What is Gravity?” his answer may surprise you: “We have no idea.” But what comes next is part Einstein,...

When a Women-Led Campaign Made It Illegal to Spit in Public in New York City
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While the efficacy of the spitting policy in preventing disease transmission was questionable, it helped usher in an era of modern public health laws

A 75 year old Woman with a shovel once cut off Armenia's Internet
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Entire country lost internet for five hours after woman, 75, sliced through cable while scavenging for copper

Slowing Down A Stock Exchange With 38 Miles Of Cable
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High-frequency traders have a few tactics on stock exchanges: but simply put, they gather price information faster than anyone else, sometimes even faster th...

The curious tale of Bhutan's playable record postage stamps - The Vinyl Factory
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Made of plastic and embossed with a melody, these tiny record stamps are among the strangest, most enchanting bits of vinyl out there. Chris May investigates how the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan came to produce the world’s “first talking stamps”. Quite possibly the smallest vinyl records that can still be played with a stylus, those …

The Strange Ways That They Used to Transport Cars by Train
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After all of the design, engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing work for a car was completed, automakers then faced a logistical problem: how to get the product from their centralized factories to the consumers scattered across the country. In the early days of the automobile, when buyers were few, it...

Bad hair day?
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Having a bad hair day? Spare some thought for your great-grandparents because in their time it took about 10 hours to complete...

What's a virus, anyway? Part 1: The bare-bones basics - Scope
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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, viruses are getting a lot of attention; here's an inside look into the most abundant life form on Earth.