Having a Ball

Ancient Egypt mummified its pharaohs to preserve their bodies for use in the afterlife. The Maya civilization, meanwhile, turned the ashes of their rulers into rubber balls and used them to play sports, the Telegraph reported. That was the conclusion of an archaeological team after discovering 400...

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Necrobots

Scientists recently turned dead spiders into useful – and very macabre – mechanical grippers to grab objects, Science Alert reported. This feat came about after a research team decided to test whether dead wolf spiders could be used as a robotics component – something they described...

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A Harsh Mistress

Scientists recently discovered that Earth’s satellite is not entirely inhospitable, saying there are spots on the moon that are “very cozy,” the Atlantic reported. A research team recently analyzed data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter of two lunar caverns located in the Sea of Tranquility in...

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‘Sea Bees’

Pollination is not exclusively the province of bees and other pollinators, according to a new study. Marine scientists found that a small woodlouse-like crustacean helps fertilize a type of red seaweed similar to the way land creatures do to terrestrial plants, New Scientist reported. In their study,...

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The Group Tango

Scientists have discovered that teas and herbs from the grocery store are teeming with insect DNA, Smithsonian Magazine reported. In their paper, lead author Henrik Krehenwinkel and his team purchased herbs and teas from different brands to make sure that each product originated from different parts...

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The Winding Paths

The surface wasn’t all it was cracked up to be for some of the primordial species that emerged from the Earth’s oceans hundreds of millions of years ago, according to Cosmos Magazine. In 2004, paleontologists discovered the fossilized remains of Tiktaalik roseae, a 375 million-year-old creature...

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Positively Long

Past research has shown that optimism and good health go hand-in-hand: A positive mindset results in better sleep, lower stress and stronger immunity. Now, however, a new study shows that optimistic people, regardless of race or ethnicity, also live longer, the Harvard Gazette reported. The recent paper...

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Galactic Needle

An international research team found evidence of the first-ever dormant black hole located outside the Milky Way galaxy, Sky News reported. They explained in their study that the peculiar black hole was born from a star that disappeared without any sign of a powerful explosion. Usually,...

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Flawed Intelligence

A new study on programmed robots showed the first empirical evidence that automatons can be biased, the Washington Post reported. An international research team trained virtual robots on CLIP, a large language model created by the US-based company OpenAI. The artificial intelligence (AI) in the model...

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Goliath Versus Goliath

Scientists have discovered that the terrifying great white sharks are not so invincible after all: They are hunted and eaten by killer whales, the Washington Post reported. In 2017, a research team initially found the carcasses of five sharks on South Africa’s coast. Four of the...

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What Lies Beneath

Scottish art conservators have discovered a self-portrait of renowned artist Vincent van Gogh hidden under one of his paintings for more than a century, CNN reported. The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) said conservators came across the secret work after taking an X-ray of the artist’s...

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Hard-Headed

Scientists have long wondered how woodpeckers can withstand the catastrophic impact of their beaks on wood. Previous studies have suggested that the bird’s brain is protected because of a skull that acts as a cushion or a beak that absorbs force. Now, a new research team is...

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A Bad Rap

The average homeowner or farmer sees pocket gophers as pests but a new study suggests that the burrowing animals are actually decent agronomists, Science News reported. Researchers Francis E. Putz and Veronica Selden investigated 12 tunnels belonging to southeastern pocket gophers in Florida. They wanted to...

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A Signal Far, Far Away

For more than a decade, astronomers have been detecting strange and quick radio waves coming from space billions of light-years away. Known as “fast radio bursts,” these intense, rapid signals emerge from unknown regions of the universe and last about a millisecond. Since 2007, scientists have discovered...

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Home Alone

Social isolation doesn’t only affect a person’s emotional state but also their brain’s structure and cognition, according to a new study. A research team recently analyzed how loneliness and social isolation affect the gray matter, the regions in the outer layer of the brain that consists...

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Hacking Scents

The dengue and Zika viruses can make an infected host more attractive to mosquitoes, according to a new study. Scientists found that the two viruses are able to alter the scent of their host, practically turning them into a mosquito magnet, Deutsche Welle reported. Tropical diseases such...

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The Giant in the Water

Biologists at Britain’s Kew Gardens have discovered a new species of giant water lily, which has been mistaken for another species for more than 170 years, Smithsonian Magazine reported. The scientists originally presumed that the newly-found Victoria boliviana was just a larger version of the Victoria...

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The Hunger Effect

Scientists recently proved that there is a strong correlation between being hungry and becoming easily irritated, according to New Scientist. Colloquially known as “hangry,” previous studies have shown the link between hunger and anger but most were conducted in laboratory settings. In their paper, a research team...

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The King’s Stone

British archaeologists recently began excavating a prehistoric burial site that has long been associated with the legendary King Arthur, CNN reported. This is the first time researchers have excavated “Arthur’s Stone,” a 5,000-year-old Neolithic chambered tomb located in the West Midlands of England, near the Welsh...

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A Genetic Tragedy

English bulldogs are considered an icon in the United Kingdom. Known for their wrinkly, gruff face and short stature, the BBC has described the animal as a symbol of “pluck and determination." But despite their importance to British culture, the canine species are an unhealthy bunch and...

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