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prince

How Prince Took Over Minnesota

On the singer's long devotion to his home state.
April 21, 2016
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oceans

This is the Oldest Message in a Bottle Ever Found

There was a small reward for the finder.
April 21, 2016
Gastro Obscura
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politics

The Politics Behind Presidential Candidates Eating Pizza With a Fork

Maybe just be yourself.
April 20, 2016
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coral reefs

Half of Coral in Great Barrier Reef Is 'Dead or Dying'

It's not looking good.
April 20, 2016
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australia

Chinese Investors Just Bought 1 Percent of Australia

Nearly 30,000 square miles were sold.
April 20, 2016
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mars

How NASA is Trying to Grow a Potato on Mars

There is a real plan.
April 19, 2016
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fires

This Burning of Poached Elephant Goods Is One of the Largest in History

Over three tons of tusks and ivory products were lit ablaze.
April 19, 2016
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dinosaurs

Dinosaurs Were Probably in Decline Well Before Massive Asteroid Strike

The Earth was already cooling, for one thing.
April 19, 2016
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drones

How a Tribe Battled Loggers With a Drone They Built Watching YouTube

The Guyanese government was not helping the Wapichan.
April 18, 2016
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boats

A U.K. Official Probably Just Killed Any Hopes for 'Boaty McBoatface'

The name "isn't suitable."
April 18, 2016
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china

China Is Releasing Dam Waters to Ease Pain of El Niño Drought

It may not be helping.
April 18, 2016
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out there week

The Laws of Physics Can't Explain Why the Universe Is Expanding So Fast

It's reached a tipping point.
April 15, 2016
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marijuana

Jamaica May Get Rid of Queen Elizabeth and Finally Legalize Marijuana

It might be time.
April 15, 2016
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tombs

Leonardo da Vinci's Living Descendants Have Been Found

Historians say they've uncovered nearly three dozen.
April 15, 2016
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names

The Czech Republic Is Changing Its English Name

Two words, it seems, is just too much.
April 14, 2016
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drugs

Bad Sniffer Dogs at Airport Keep Finding Only Cheese and Sausages

No heroin or cocaine, though.
April 14, 2016
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spain

Spain's Prime Minister Wants to Formally Get Rid of Siestas

The afternoon nap has been on the ropes for years.
April 14, 2016
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coal

World's Largest Coal Company Files for Bankruptcy

It's been a rough few years.
April 13, 2016
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secret society

Secret Harvard Club Breaks Centuries of Silence to Oddly Defend Male-Only Policy

One way to reduce sexual assault against women, the club's board president said, was not to have them around.
April 13, 2016
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ancient

Ancient Humans Turned Monogamous Because They Were Getting So Many STIs

We all have our reasons.
April 13, 2016
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out there week

A Billionaire's Plan to Send Robots Powered by Lasers to Alpha Centauri

The trip to the star system, which is 4.37 lightyears away, could take just 20 years.
April 12, 2016
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out there week

The First Brain Scans of People High on LSD Reveal Some Predictable Things

You turn into a baby.
April 12, 2016
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linguistics

The National Weather Service Will STOP USING ALL CAPS IN FORECASTS

Well, most of the time.
April 12, 2016
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genetics

Chinese Scientists Have Edited the Genes of Human Embryos—Again

The future is fast approaching.
April 11, 2016