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  1. Science

    Researchers Believe the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” to Be No More Fake Than Other Gospels

    "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife" is a pice of papyrus that contains controversial statements about—you guessed it—Jesus' wife. It says things like, "Jesus said to them, My wife... she is able to be my disciple..." and probably a lot about how he's always out boozing it up on water-wine with his 12 buddies. Now there's research showing its authenticity.

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  2. Weird

    Hey, One of the Harvard Human Skin-Bound Books Isn’t Human Skin After All!

    So you know how Harvard's had some anthropodemic-bound books in their libraries for the past couple of years? Brand new information from the university was published yesterday suggesting that one of those three books is actually bound in sheepskin. Oh, good! That's much less viscerally horrific. You know, unless you're a sheep.

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  3. Weird

    So Harvard Miiiight Have a Couple of Books in Their Library That Are Bound With Human Flesh

    Hey, so you know how flesh is a thing that's normally supposed to be attached to your body? And you know how fancy books are usually bound in leather, which is dried flesh from other animals that aren't human? Yeah, we're pretty sure you know where we're going with this. We don't like it, either.

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  4. Science

    Relax, MIT and Harvard Scientists Did Not Build a Lightsaber

    A team of physicists from MIT and Harvard have created a new form of matter by binding photons into molecules. The team compared the way these new molecules interact to lightsabers, and the Internet went bonkers. Pump the brakes, everyone. They have not created a lightsaber. Here's what happened.

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  5. Tech

    Bill Gates Admits That Control+Alt+Delete Was A Big Mistake

    The "three finger salute" of Control+Alt+Delete has been a part of Microsoft lore since it was first put into the Acorn computers in 1981 by developer David Bradley. It's also used to log in to Windows 7 and below, which annoys users to this day. Gates is real sorry about that, as it turns out.

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  6. Science

    Brain-to-Brain Connection Established Between Humans and Rats

    Harvard researchers have devised a way to create a functioning link between the brain of a human and a lab rat that lets a thought from the human test subject cause the rat to move its own tail. The research could prove to be a major expansion to the field of brain-computer interface (BCI), translating thoughts through a computer to another brain.

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  7. Science

    This is the Best Cartoon Explanation of Algorithms You Will Probably Ever See

    I'm sure there are a lot of you out there who utterly get, in a second nature sort of way, how algorithms work. I, however, am not among them. I mean, I know that algorithms are 'a way that computers sort information to figure things out,' but that's basically one step up from saying 'magic.' Lucky for me and the rest of the folks out there who don't quite get the what an algorithm is, Harvard computer scientist David J. Malan is is here to narrate a TEDEd cartoon on the subject that will save us all from ignorance.

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  8. Tech

    Insect-Sized Robots Take Flight, Bringing Your Paranoid Delusions One Step Closer to Reality

    This is RoboBee, and it may be the world's tiniest robot. Inspired by the anatomy of aviation-inclined insects like bees and flies, it's just a bit larger than a human fingertip. And after years of work, RoboBee has joined its organic inspirations in flight. The minuscule machine designed by researchers at Harvard took to the air for the first time last year, but the footage of its flight is only available this week, now that the results have been published in the latest issue of the journal Science.

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  9. Science

    Carnivorous Plants Host Unexpected Ecosystems In Their Guts

    While carnivorous plants may seem rather strange and exotic, the principles that underlie the insect-eating pitcher plant are pretty simple -- bugs fall down the slick sides of the tube shaped plant, landing in a small pool of water where they drown before being digested and turned into plant food. A new study by researchers at Harvard, though, suggests that the plant's methods are anything but simple, though. According to a recently published paper, the pools of water in pitcher plants are teeming with life, and represent miniature ecosystems unto themselves.

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  10. Tech

    Harvard Professor Says Google Results Reflect Racism

    The results of Harvard professor Latanya Sweeney's new paper sound like the premise of a bad comedy act. Sweeney says advertisements are different based on the perceived race of a searched name. You see, the ads attached to results of Google searches of white names like Brad, Luke, and Katie be all like, "Do you need contact information?" But the resulting ads from searching for names like Leroy, Kareem, and Keisha be all like "Arrested?" Is there a problem with Google's results, or are they just reflecting society?

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  11. Science

    Is Data Scientist Really The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century?

    Do infographics get you hot and bothered? Is snuggling up in front of the fireplace with a glass of red and a SQL database your idea of a cozy night in? Are you looking for a lover who can keep your axes labelled all night long? If so, you're apparently not alone. The Harvard Business Review, a noted authority on "things that are sexy," has declared "Data Scientist" to be the sexiest career of the 21st century.

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  12. Tech

    Harvard Plagiarism Scandal Discovered Partly Due to Typo

    In what surely ranks highly on the list of Scandals Discovered Because of Grammatical Errors, Harvard's most recent academic witch hunt was kicked off in part because one professor noticed an unusual typo in the same place in two exams. The discovery, made by assistant professor Matthew Platt, initially placed 13 final exams under suspicion this past spring. When Harvard publicly announced the inquiry at the end of August, the number of undergraduates being investigated had increased to about 125.

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  13. Science

    Inflatable Plastic Tentacle Could Be Robot Hand of the Future

    The robot hands of the future have generally been envisioned as cold, steely mimics of our own appendages, exceedingly well equipped for squeezing the life out of their flesh and blood creators with four fingers and a thumb, as God intended. The hand evolution made best for us may not be the one that's most fitting for our coming android overlords. More and more roboticists and engineers are looking into inflatable limbs that can grip a variety of objects as the wave of the future. This week, Harvard got in on the act, with researchers introducing a soft, plastic, tentacle-inspired gripper hand that inflates in individually controlled segments for maximum grip customization. The tentacle can gently hold a flower, readily coil around a piece of plastic, and may one day be the thing that crushes your windpipe like a drinking straw.

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  14. Tech

    iPhone App Instantly Identifies Super PACs Behind Political Ads

    It's that time of year again. The time when the airwaves are so saturated with political advertisements that you find yourself wishing democracy would go away and leave us clawing one another's eyes out for the world's last remaining loaf of bread in peace. This year promises to be even worse, with money flooding into political action committees and newly unleashed Super PACs swollen with cash money to buy up the commercial space that should be reminding us about fast food items we might like to purchase. With a new mobile app, Super PAC App, you can at least find out who is responsible for the onslaught of presidential campaign ads you're about to be subjected to -- especially if you're one of the poor lost souls in a swing state whose vote might actually count.

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  15. Science

    Newly Discovered CYCLOPS Gene Points To Vulnerability in Cancer Cells

    A long-theorized but only recently discovered class of genes may point to an inherent weakness in tumor cells. Even better news? The soft spot in cancer's defenses is present in cells from a wide variety of cancers, meaning that treatments derived from it could be a tool in fighting cancers across the board, not just targeting one or two types. Researchers from MIT, Harvard and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report on these so-called CYCLOPS genes (the acronym officially stands for Copy number alterations Yielding Cancer Liabilities Owing to Partial losS, but we suspect the name stuck mostly because it just sounds cool) this week in the journal Cell.

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