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Macrina Cooper-White is an Associate Science Editor at The Huffington
Post. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Cognitive
Science and lives in New York City.

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How To Watch The 2015 Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower, Which Peaks On May 6

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 8:13 AM

If you like tequila and shooting stars, you're in for a double treat.

The 2015 Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks in the early morning hours of May 6 -- just in time for late-night Cinco de Mayo festivities.

The Eta Aquarids come every...

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Clever Monkey Demonstrates The Proper Way To Crack A Nut

(8) Comments | Posted May 2, 2015 | 9:59 AM

When it comes to cracking nuts, capuchins don't monkey around.

Just have a look at this video showing a little monkey named Jatobá expertly crack a tucum nut. Five quick whacks, and voila!

The video was taken as part of a new study on wild-bearded capuchins...

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The Universe Might Be A Giant Hologram. Cue The Existential Crisis...

(245) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 2:40 PM

Is the world around us really just a trick of the eye?

Scientists have long believed the universe could be a giant hologram -- a two-dimensional realm that only seems to be three-dimensional -- and now a group of Viennese researchers have done the math to prove...

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Liquid Mercury Discovered Under Ancient Temple May Shed New Light On Teotihuacan

(121) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 8:55 AM

More than 10 years after it was discovered, a mysterious tunnel hidden under an ancient pyramid in central Mexico is giving up new secrets.

Archaeologists say they've found "large quantities" of mercury at the end of the 340-foot tunnel, which lies under the legendary...

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Scientists Trick People Into Thinking They're Invisible, And Make Them Feel Less Anxious

(6) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 9:16 AM

If you want to ease your stage fright, take a few deep breaths and imagine the audience in their underwear. But if that doesn't work, here's another trick to try -- go invisible.

That's right. Neuroscientists at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden gave people the illusion that their...

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Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos For First Time. Are We Facing A New Era Of Eugenics?

(207) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 8:53 AM

Are scientists playing with fire?

That's suddenly a big question for bioethicists, now that researchers in China have confirmed that they genetically modified human embryos for the first time ever.

Rumors about the research first circulated in March, inciting a debate over its implications. Some...

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'스타워즈'의 요다는 중세에도 존재했다. 여기 그 증거가 있다(그림)

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 10:47 PM

요다는 정말로 900살 이상 살았다.

아래 14세기에 그려진 '몬스터'의 그림을 보라. '스타워즈' 시리즈의 요다와 이토록 닮을 수가 있을까?

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이 그림을 발견한 영국 리버풀 대학의 역사학자 다미엔 켐프는 "이 그림들을 훑어보다가 눈을 믿을 수가 없었습니다....

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Yoda Really Is Old! Jedi Master's Lookalike Spotted In Medieval Manuscript

(38) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 8:46 AM

Maybe Yoda really did make it to the ripe old age of 900.

After all, a drawing of a monster in the margins of a 14th-century manuscript bears a striking resemblance to the little green Jedi Master from Star Wars. Just check it out for yourself in the...

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ETs estão por trás das misteriosas explosões de rádio? Cientistas opinam

(63) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 7:05 PM

O que são essas coisas?

Nos últimos oito anos os astrônomos têm tentando entender o que são os sinais estranhos de rádio que vêm de algum lugar do cosmos. E o mistério agora se aprofunda.

Um novo estudo mostra que tais "explosões rápidas de rádio" (como são conhecidas)...

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'Thor's Helmet' Nebula Glows In Brilliant Neon Hues In New ESA Photo

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 8:23 AM

If Thor's looking for his helmet, he should look to the stars.

Nebula NGC 2359, or "Thor's helmet" -- so called for its remarkable likeness to the Norse god's winged headgear -- glows in bright neon hues in a newly released image from the European Space Agency.

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고대 영국인들 사이에 식인 풍습이 있었다는 연구결과가 나왔다(사진)

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 1:44 AM

지금 식사 중이라면 양해를 바란다.

고고학자들은 다양한 고대 사회에서의 식인 풍습에 대한 연구를 해왔다. 그런데 고대 영국인들도 인육을 섭취했다고 유니버시티 칼리지 런던이 발표했다.


가우(Gough) 동굴에서 발견된 두개골 컵.

연구팀은 영국 남서쪽 체더 협곡(Chedder Gorge)...

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Chewed-On Remains Reveal Cannibalism Among Ancient Brits

(81) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:17 PM

Apologies in advance if you're eating right now.

Archaeologists have found evidence of human cannibalism in many ancient cultures around the world. And now researchers from University College London have confirmed that ancient Britons are on that list of human flesh-eaters.

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침팬지도 길 건널 땐 좌우를 살핀다(동영상)

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 9:14 PM

길을 건너기 전에는 꼭 좌우를 살피라! 이건 우리가 아이들에게 항상 하는 조언이다. 그런데 침팬지들도 이런 조언을 받아들인 모양이다.

위 동영상은 아프리카 우간다의 고속도로를 건너는 네 침팬지를 촬영한 것이다. 젊은 침팬지는 우두머리가 길 건너편에서 기다리는 동안 혹시 양쪽 차선에서 자동차가 오는지 아닌지를 보기 위해 좌우로 고개를 돌려서...

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Watch These Timid Chimps Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Road

(63) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 11:49 PM

Look both ways before you cross the street! That life-saving precaution was drilled into us as children -- and apparently chimpanzees have picked it up too.

The video above shows four chimps navigating a highway in Uganda. Watch as a timid youngster swivels his head from left to...

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When 'Deshawn' And 'Greg' Act Out In Class, Guess Who Gets Branded A Troublemaker

(162) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 1:03 PM

Research has shown that young black students in American schools are expelled and suspended three times as often as white students. Now a disturbing new study from Stanford University reveals one factor behind such disproportionate punishment.

The study showed that teachers tend to view black students more harshly...

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Scientists Scan 100,000 Galaxies And See No Signs Of Alien Life. What Do E.T. Hunters Say Now?

(488) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 9:06 AM

Just how realistic is it to believe that humans will someday find evidence of extraterrestrial life?

NASA's chief scientist recently predicted that we'd find signs of life beyond Earth within a decade or so, but a new study by researchers at Penn State -- one of...

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Turns Out, Tylenol Blunts Pleasure While It Relieves Your Pain

(102) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 8:24 AM

Acetaminophen seems to do more than just lower a fever or get rid of a nasty headache -- and some of its effects are pretty bizarre.

Previous research has shown that the over-the-counter painkiller (the active ingredient in Tylenol) can ease the psychic pain of rejection and...

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Why Distance Runners Are Super-Sexy, According To Science

(15) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 8:45 AM

Guys who go the distance may be better at getting the girls.

After all, a new study of marathoners suggests that endurance running ability signals high reproductive potential in men.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge studied 532 runners (439 men and 103 women) participating in a...

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New Species Of 'Terror Bird' Discovered In Argentina

(60) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 5:04 PM

An army of huge carnivorous "terror birds" -- some as big as 10 feet tall -- ruled South America for tens of millions of years before going extinct some 2.5 million years ago.

Now, with the discovery of a new species of terror bird called Llallawavis...

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