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Most graves are rather sedate affairs. Memorial stones typically contain the names, dates of birth and death, and brief and respectable epitaphs that tell you nothing about the person buried beneath them. The meaning behind some memorials may never be known, particularly when those who knew the deceased are dead and gone themselves. For some
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Humans are not really considered apex predators because there are several animals that can and sometimes will prey on us. But even the wildest of these animals don’t just go around hunting us, and most prefer to keep their distance. However, this was not always the situation. For much of our evolutionary history, we were
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Like a shadow, history is attached to every pot shard, pebble, and bone. Nothing on this Earth is without a backstory. Archaeology is all about finding these missing shadows and sewing them together to better understand bygone times. Rare stories are particularly valuable. They offer glimpses into the personal lives of ancient business owners and
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We all know that babies are gross. That’s just a fact of life. Parents are often surprised by how gross their lives have become after their little ones are born. Diaper changes lose their shock value, the smell of spit-up clings to everything, and eating food that’s been on the floor becomes totally normal. That’s
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Piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden is a worldwide problem. Today, ships from several navies patrol the area to keep the pirates at bay. But once in a while, the pirates manage to hijack a ship. When that happens, they will only release the ship after receiving a huge
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While we are about to start a new year, 2018 has been a great year for science, especially for astronomy and space engineering. Experts and scientists have made many space discoveries and advances, some of which have attracted worldwide attention. However, many other discoveries have gone largely unnoticed by the public, although they are no
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With the celebration of a new year comes one of the most anticipated events these days: the New Year’s Eve fireworks. These fireworks shows are a common tradition around the world. People love the displays of bright colors and the figures that these pyrotechnic devices generate in the sky. Many others are also excited to
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Nobody cares about a lamp wick when massive Egyptian tombs are being reported by the media. Discoveries of tiny artifacts are often sidelined, but they do move human knowledge in powerful ways. In recent times, archaeologists listened to music made millennia ago and saw miniatures of giant icons. They found bizarre objects in burials and
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The phrase “flesh-eating” is nightmarish enough to stop anyone dead in their tracks, conjuring up images of flesh falling off of the bone, deep black necrosis, or perhaps a zombie apocalypse in which the undead are biting flesh from bone. Be it flesh-eating zombies, flesh-eating animals, or, even more terrifying, flesh-eating microscopic organisms, the idea
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In biology class, we all hear the words “biodiversity,” “biotechnology,” and “biochemistry.” But here’s another “bio”-beginning word for you: Extending from the ocean floor to about 10 kilometers (6 mi) above sea level is what we call the biosphere. It holds parts of the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the lithosphere. The biosphere influences biodiversity, which
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Have you ever looked at a painting, drawing, or sculpture and wondered about the creator? Whose mind was it that birthed any creative genius? Sometimes, what you find is deeply unsettling but not altogether surprising. Prisons today formulate ways to encourage inmates to adopt art as a form of redemption, but it’s clear that art
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According to research led by the American Museum of Natural History in 2017, there are approximately 18,000 bird species on Earth—nearly double the amount previously thought. One of the study’s authors said that this number has concerning implications for conservation practices. Many bird species have already gone extinct due to predation or human activity. Despite
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Christmas is a time for gift-giving, spending time with the family, and eating yourself into a near-comatose state. And, while these are admirable goals, it is also important to celebrate those who use the yuletide season to give back to their communities. Some people just embody the spirit of Christmas. From the volunteers in soup
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While parents today may occasionally joke about crate-training their children, some parents of the recent past took to actually chaining their children up instead of parenting them. Sometimes, this was done to prevent them from running away. It was common in the early half of the 1900s to chain a runaway child to a chair
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