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April 17, 2015

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6:10 PM | Our Modern Lifestyle May Be Destroying Microbiome Diversity
Deep in the Amazonian rainforest, the remote villages of the Yanomami represent some of the final holdouts against Western culture. Though the villagers spot helicopters…

April 16, 2015

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9:15 PM | Dawn Catches A Glimpse Of Ceres' North Pole
Out in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres is the largest unexplored rock in our solar system. The Dawn mission arrived in Ceres' orbit back in March, but we…
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8:30 PM | Guy Plans To Live Inside Giant Orange Ball On Top Of Melting Iceberg
Alex Bellini is an explorer. He’s rowed a boat across the Atlantic Ocean, walked 1,200 miles across Alaska pulling a sled, and ran 2,300 miles across America. Next, he…

April 02, 2015

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6:09 PM | Brain-Implanted Compasses Let Blind Rats Navigate A Maze
Some animals--such as pigeons--come with built-in compasses. Others, it seems, can be retrofitted. Researchers in Japan have managed to wire digital compasses, like the one…

March 31, 2015

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11:01 PM | Rats Recognize The Facial Expressions Of Other Rats
When a rodent feels pain, its face gets all scrunched up. Its ears flatten, its eyes narrow, and its nose and cheeks swell. Is this just a reflexive response that helps the…

March 30, 2015

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7:30 PM | During Surgery, Cats Prefer Listening To Classical Music Over AC/DC
Doctors often listen to music in the operating room to keep the surgical team calm and upbeat. There’s some evidence that the music calms patients as well--even the ones…

March 27, 2015

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4:45 PM | 6 Vegetarian Animals We Never Suspected Would Have A Taste For Blood
Lorikeets are cute, colorful parrots that typically eat pollen and nectar. But some populations have also developed a taste for flesh. The species’ carnal appetite was…

March 26, 2015

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6:30 PM | China's Endangered 'Magic Rabbit' Photographed For The First Time In 20 Years
In remote northwest China, the cliffs of the Tian Shan mountains provide the last holdout for the Ili pika, a tiny rabbit relative with a shrinking habitat. The Ili pika…

March 24, 2015

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9:00 PM | Woolly Mammoth DNA Successfully Spliced Into Elephant Cells
A group of researchers are getting closer to bringing the extinct woolly mammoth back to life. Geneticist George Church’s lab at Harvard University successfully copied…

March 20, 2015

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8:15 PM | Why Are There No Close-Ups Of Ceres Yet?
Well-informed Popular Science readers know that Ceres is probably a planet-destroying Death Star. We hoped to get a closer look at the dwarf planet’s possible superlaser…
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