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Serial killers have long been the focus of ghoulish fascination in the minds of the public. True crime readers experience the vicarious thrill of walking in the minds of vicious murderers, and Listverse may have published a few serial killer lists in the past. For most of us, this is as a harmless, if macabre,
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Comets go missing. Yes, we know that sounds weird. Comets are huge and have distinctive tails, so they tend to stand out. And it isn’t like they can be stolen by aliens, or something. Nevertheless, sometimes they just disappear. Missing comets are a puzzle to astronomers. Most of the time, they suspect the comet broke
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Except for scientists who experiment on lab rats, many people scream at the sight of these creatures or try to kill them. The blanket perception is that rats are useless vermin. However, the truth is more unusual. These highly intelligent mammals have jobs in the military and medical sectors. They rescue their fellow rats and
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One out of four humans will die due to a sexually transmitted disease. It’s something that we’ve all been taught to protect ourselves from, even if everyone isn’t as diligent as they should be. However, while many sexually transmitted illnesses are commonly known to affect humans, we aren’t the only species on the planet that
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With their microscopic size, bacteria are everywhere[1] and can perform feats that are unachievable for beings like us. In recent times, we have shown you some truly extraordinary microorganisms, such as bacteria that eat radioactive waste. However, there are certain species of these little creatures with abilities that we could say are true superpowers. Now,
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Odors are things that we probably do not pay much attention to. We just tend to prefer pleasant scents and stay away from unpleasant odors. However, there is more to these smells. For instance, that chlorine odor we perceive in pools is not chlorine. And the smell of a new car is surprisingly dangerous to
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Cutting-edge technology allows researchers to get creative with their goals. Quirkiness in the name of science is bound to produce something unusual. From octopuses that are plied with Ecstasy and people reading each other’s thoughts to a reality that exists only when looked at, scientists are breaking new ground. However, as with all experiments, not
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Automobiles have come a long way since Karl Benz created the first car in 1885. (Karl Benz did not actually invent the car, but we will get to that shortly.) Several features we take for granted in today’s cars were not originally standard. For instance, the first cars did not have steering wheels or top
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Where there is great expansion, there is almost always great decay. This is the way of life, that when things grow, they do so by processes which neglect certain parts of their composition, necessarily leaving behind things which no longer suit the needs of the organism (or superorganism) so that it can adapt to its
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Being born is among the hardest things any creature will ever do. Going from a single cell to a fully formed organism ready to face the world is a path we all take. However, no two species face the exact same struggle to be born, and there are quite a variety of odd life cycles
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An allergic reaction happens when the immune system gets overprotective. Once something relatively harmless is perceived as a threat, the resulting “defensive attack” can leave a person with a stuffed nose or life-threatening anaphylactic shock. The world of allergies is not just about symptoms. Things get downright bizarre. From the transfer of someone else’s allergy
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Trains have been staples of our travel, shipping, and overall culture for a long time. Over the centuries, trains have grown up and expanded from the humble steam-powered versions of old to the modern, technologically advanced, driverless trains which cross entire continents with ease today and serve as the backbones of our transportation infrastructures. In
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Mankind’s spiritual history is packed with interesting snippets. In recent times, archaeologists have discovered some of the oldest sites of worship with hidden worlds under cathedrals and art not seen in centuries. When it comes to the religious arena, however, archaeology can step on a few nerves. These days, eyewitnesses and science can shake the
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Quantum computing is a major trend in computer science. It’s jaw-dropping to think that it all started from observing the weird properties of light! There have been several pioneers in quantum computing, the main one being Richard Feynman—he explained that quantum computers are feasible and that they are the future of computing. Quantum computers have
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They were the largest animals to fly. Pterodactyls thrived from around 230 million to 66 million years ago but left behind few fossils. Every new bone can reveal more about the lives of these predatory reptiles. In fact, they are changing the way pterosaurs looked, existed, and ultimately died out. Even so, their complete story
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Stars made almost all the matter we enjoy today, so you could say they’re important. Either by exploding in nuclear hellfire or by smashing into each other, various stellar bodies created the elements that make the Internet—and the people who invented the Internet—possible. Stars do all sorts of crazy things. Like belch massive clouds of
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Considering the enormous size of Greenland, it is surprising how easily most people forget that it even exists. This northern giant ranks low in popularity due to the harsh climate, darkness, isolation, and difficulty of reaching Greenland in the first place. However, in recent years, the island has attracted more tourists and businesses than ever
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