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Global WannaCry Ransomware Cyberattacks: What We Know so Far

On May 12, the WannaCry ransomware began to hit multiple targets around the world. It crippled computer systems in dozens of countries and organizatio...

Published: 2017-05-15 04:46 0

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Pirate Ship Wreck Confirmed to be Blackbeard's Ship

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources has confirmed that a wrecked pirate ship in Beaufort, NC is indeed Blackbeard's ship. With the la...

Published: 2017-05-14 03:08 0

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What are Narwhal Tusks For?

Scientists have long speculated on what narwhal tusks are for. Video footage now shows how narwhals use their tusks in action. Narwhals are notorious...

Published: 2017-05-14 01:37 0

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A Guide to the Recent Ransomware Cyberattacks

Unless you've been completely offline for the past 21 hours or so, you've probably heard of the recent spate of cyberattacks that happened across the...

Published: 2017-05-13 08:44 0

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Can Predicting Volcanic Eruptions be More Accurate?

Predicting volcanic eruptions can become easier, cheaper, and more accurate with the development of early-warning detection technology. Volcanic erup...

Published: 2017-05-13 07:09 0

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Mother's Day Special: 5 Awesome Animal Moms

Hallmark holiday or not, Mother's Day is the one special day in the year when we celebrate the women who brought us into the world. While human moms c...

Published: 2017-05-13 01:55 0

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Modern Big Cat Species May Go Extinct the Same Way Sabre-Toothed Tigers Did

Two big cat species—the African lion and the Sunda clouded leopard—are facing the same threats that drove Ice Age big cats to extinction. Researchers...

Published: 2017-05-12 22:52 0

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This Conductive Spray Paint Can Turn Anything Into a Touchpad

It's going to take just a can of special spray paint and a few basic electronics to turn certain surfaces into touchscreens. Just imagine interacting...

Published: 2017-05-12 08:33 0

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This Conductive Spray Paint Can Turn Anything Into a Touchpad

It's going to take just a can of special spray paint and a few basic electronics to turn certain surfaces into touchscreens. Just imagine interacting...

Published: 2017-05-12 08:33 0

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A Former Prison Island is Now a Paradise of Biodiversity

Plants have overrun a crumbling building on the prison island.[Photo by Christian Ziegler] An island with a dark past has blossomed into an ideal pla...

Published: 2017-05-12 05:30 0

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Adrenaline isn't What Motivates Extreme Sports Enthusiasts, Study Finds

Contrary to popular belief, people who participate in extreme sports aren't simply risk-taking adrenaline junkies. Researchers from at Queensland Uni...

Published: 2017-05-11 08:57 0

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The Origin of Life May Have Sprung From Hot Springs, Not the Oceans

The dominant theory on the origin of life is that life began in hydrothermal vents deep on the bottom of the ocean. Now, there's evidence that life ma...

Published: 2017-05-11 06:22 0

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Natural Selection Keeps Bad Mutations in Humans in Check

A new study suggests that ongoing natural selection keeps damaging mutations from accumulating in the human gene pool. Humans undergo a lot of geneti...

Published: 2017-05-11 00:37 0

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Back From the Dead: Three Extinct Species That are Actually Still Alive

It's not every day that members of an extinct species suddenly turn up. When it does happen, however, it's a field day for biologists, botanists, and...

Published: 2017-05-10 23:15 0

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The Buddha's Birthplace Has Been Marred With Pollution

  Lumbini, a sacred site that Buddhist tradition considers to be the Buddha's birthplace in Nepal, is becoming increasingly polluted. According to B...

Published: 2017-05-10 21:13 0

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This is the Most Effective Jellyfish Sting Cure (It's not Urine)

What is the best jellyfish sting cure? There have been a lot of suggestions over the years, each one with people swearing to their efficacy. However,...

Published: 2017-05-09 08:35 0

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How Does One Tea Plant Produce Different Tea Flavors?

The Camellia sinensis, or tea plant, can produce a wide variety of teas, like Oolong, black, green, and white. How is it that the leaves from a single...

Published: 2017-05-09 06:23 0

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5 Translucent Animals: Blink and You Might Miss Them!

These translucent animals don't have much to hide. In fact, they don't even have to hide if they can move about while staying invisible to other speci...

Published: 2017-05-09 04:14 0

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What Makes Clownfish Dads Awesome?

The hormone isotocin may be the driving force behind the superb fatherly instincts of clownfish dads. We can credit Pixar's animated film Finding Nem...

Published: 2017-05-08 21:06 0

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Baby Food Products Contain Illegal Levels of Arsenic, Research Finds

About 50 percent of baby food products, specifically rice-based ones, have illegal levels of arsenic. Babies can be quite resilient, but they're quit...

Published: 2017-05-08 19:26 0

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Dr. Google is Impacting People's Trust in Actual Doctors

Consulting Dr. Google—getting medical information online—is making people trust real doctors less. This lack of trust can lead people to delay treatme...

Published: 2017-05-08 04:06 0

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Hour of the Wolf: How A Keystone Species Saved Yellowstone National Park (Part Two)

This is the second of a two-part series on the role of the gray wolf as a keystone species in Yellowstone National Park. To see what happened when wol...

Published: 2017-05-07 22:19 0

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Hour of the Wolf: How A Keystone Species Saved Yellowstone National Park (Part One)

The disappearance of one species from Yellowstone led to a series of unfortunate events. The reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park...

Published: 2017-05-07 22:10 0

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High Levels of Toxic Chemical Found in Killer Whales

A deceased killer whale that had washed up on a Scottish coast had high levels of toxic chemical contamination, scientists say. The United Kingdom ha...

Published: 2017-05-07 07:33 0

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Bird-Watching From Space Made Possible With Satellite Imaging

Bird-watching usually entails hunkering down in bushes with a pair of binoculars and spying on birds from a proper distance. Watching birds from space...

Published: 2017-05-07 06:07 0

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Freaky Parasite Manipulates Its Host into Getting Eaten

The Diplostomum pseudospathaceum[Photo by Mikhail Gopko] The eye fluke Diplostomum pseudospathaceum, a common parasite, pulls strings to put its host...

Published: 2017-05-06 12:15 0

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Swear Words May be Essential to Your Workout Routine

Having trouble at the gym? Why not try letting a few curse words fly? Just don't make a production out of it, though. Letting swear words fly as you...

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Published: 2017-05-06 11:02 0

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Will This Radical Approach Save Arctic Sea Ice?

Sea ice in the Arctic is in danger of disappearing. Won't someone think of the polar bears? Water pumps and windmills may be all it takes to restore...

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Published: 2017-05-06 09:37 0

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Racism is Detrimental to Children's Health, Study Finds

Exposure to racism makes children prone to developing anxiety, depression, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It can also lead to a...

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Published: 2017-05-05 07:56 0

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Why You Shouldn't Have a Gluten-Free Diet if You Don't Have Celiac Disease

Gluten is a mixture of proteins and is the compound that makes dough elastic.[Photo by Gaelle Marcel] Scientists say that having an unnecessary glute...

Published: 2017-05-04 02:17 0

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