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  1. Science

    Rhesus Monkeys Can Do Math, Time to Trade in Your TI-84 and Get Yourself a Math Monkey

    As the saying goes, if you put 100 monkeys with typewriters in a room long enough, you'll get Hamlet. That's not true, but apparently if you put some rhesus monkeys in a room with numbers and reward them for choosing the right one long enough, you can get them to do math.

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  2. Science

    Olive Oil Counterfeiters, Beware “Magnetic DNA Particles”

    Today we learned that olive oil counterfeiting is a real thing, and not the plot of some future Wes Anderson movie. We also learned that olive oil counterfeiters' days might be numbered thanks to some tiny DNA particles that could allow the oil to be verified as authentic. Way to tackle the big issues, science.

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  3. Science

    Check out Some Destructive Sample Videos From Today’s GE #SpringBreakIt Campaign

    This morning we told you about GE's #SpringBreakIt campaign where they will send you slow-motion videos of things getting destroyed for science if you tweet at them with that hashtag. If you need further convincing that this is an awesome use of your time, here are a few sample videos they sent us.

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  4. Science

    Dictionaries Have Been Wrong About How Siphons Work, So a Physicist Corrected Them With New Research

    Dictionaries are pretty solid authorities about what words mean, but they overextended themselves when reaching a bit in the definition for the word siphon. The Oxford English Dictionary and many others have erroneously claimed that atmospheric pressure makes siphons work for 99 years, so Dr. Stephen Hughes did some research to set them straight.

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  5. Science

    GE Takes “Spring Break” Literally and Destroys Things for Science Today With Their #SpringBreakIt Campaign

    GE's #SpringBreakIt campaign launched today, and we think it's exactly the kind of thing you'll love, Internet-people. To promote their next-generation "Super Materials," GE is showing you what it looks like when they put boring old regular materials to the same smash, crush, and blast tests. Watching things break is really great.

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  6. Science

    Cats Are Too Rude for Science to Study

    Many cat owners suspect their feline companions of being secret geniuses—how else does one explain Snowball's innate superiority complex? But apparently, researchers haven't been able to appropriately examine kitty IQ yet, because cats are just not having it with this science thing.

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  7. Science

    Record the Sounds of Our Planet for Earth Day

    It's Earth Day! That means that today, out of all the days in the year that our giant, natural spaceship graciously turns us to face the sun and makes our entire existence possible, we will give a little back and try to do something nice for the Earth. If you're looking for a way to pitch in, you can help document the fleeting sounds of our planet.

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  8. Science

    Study Says Scare Tactics Don’t Work In School, Take That, Trunchbull!

    This explains why potions class is so hard: a new study by the American Psychology Association says that using scare tactics to motivate students may actually lead to lower test scores.

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  9. Science

    Orphan Black Premieres Tonight And Oh Hey Science Actually Cloned Adult Humans For Real

    Orphan Black is a fantastic speculative fiction show from Space and BBC America that follows the (sometimes-creepy, always-nerve wracking) journey of Sarah Manning, who discovers she is just one of many identical clones. Just in time for the season two premiere tonight, science has created cloned embryos from fully-grown humans. Whoa.

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  10. Science

    How Your Body Fights Viruses: An Animation [Video]

    Okay, wait. Your body doesn't fight viruses with an animation. Otherwise Osmosis Jones would be required viewing for all biology classes, and nobody wants that. But as this TED-Ed video explains using easy-to-understand visual metaphors, the way your cells create antibodies to fight off invading viruses is pretty ingenious.

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  11. Science

    T-Rex Didn’t Even Need Its Stupid Baby Arms

    We've all had a good laugh at the Tyrannosaurus Rex's tiny little arms. Well the joke's on us apparently. New research shows that T-Rex didn't even need its stupid little baby arms anyway. Turns out its neck did all the work.

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  12. Science

    3 Million-Year-Old Hidden World Found Under Greenland Glacier

    80% of Greenland is covered in an icy tundra that formed almost three million years ago, but apparently there's a lot more green hidden by the inhospitable landscape than previously thought: scientists have found an "antique" world 10,000 feet beneath the ice's surface and remarkably preserved by the country's natural ice box.

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  13. Science

    Scientists Discover Female Insects With “Inflatable,” Spiny Penis

    In the animal kingdom, gender is decided along different rules from just who has what kind of situation going on in their pants, and science has found the first animal that has a penis on the female members of the species instead of the males. The female penis also does a lot more in the way of function than ones you might be more familiar with.

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  14. Science

    Meet Kepler-186f, the First Validated Earth-Sized Planet in the Habitable Zone of a Red Dwarf

    We now know what NASA's big Kepler announcement it. It's still going on, so we'll be updating this post. What we know now is that this is the first validated Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a star other than our Sun. That's a big deal.

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  15. Science

    Internet Use Could Help Depressed Retirees Because the Internet Is the Best

    If you're retired and feeling depressed about it, try using the Internet more! At least, that's according to new research published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. It says Internet use gave retirees a better chance of avoiding depression than their offline counterparts.

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