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Sara Gates
Sara Gates is Trends Editor, covering a broad range of content for The Huffington Post. A graduate of NYU, Sara studied journalism and politics and dabbled in ethnography.

Entries by Sara Gates

Earth Is In The Early Days Of A New Mass-Extinction Event, Researchers Warn

(181) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Remember the mass-extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs? Earth is apparently on the verge of another great biological extinction, and humans are solely to blame.

Scientists have previously classified five large-scale losses of animal life as mass-extinction events, all of which occurred millions of years...

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Newly Discovered Virus Dwells In The Gut Of Millions Of People Around The World

(7) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 10:09 AM

There may be a virus dwelling in your gut, and you've probably never even heard of it. Then again, neither have most people.

While the virus seems to be extremely common, it was only discovered recently, when an international team of researchers studying bacteria stumbled upon it....

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Heroic Lifeguard Rushes To Save Boy Caught In Rip Current (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 5:51 PM

They call them lifeguards for a reason.

In a video recently shared on YouTube by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, lifeguard Joby Wolfenden-Brown rushes to save a boy who is heard screaming in the distance. After paddling out to the exhausted young swimmer, Wolfenden-Brown helps him...

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Astronaut Alexander Gerst Shares Photo Of Gaza From International Space Station

(13) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 3:56 PM

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have shared some incredible space photos with the Twitterverse -- from aerial views of Southern Lights to even out-of-this-world selfies.

But this week, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst shared what he called his "saddest photo...

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Even Dogs Get Jealous, New Study Suggests

(20) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Humans may not be the only animals to experience jealousy. A new study published in the online scientific journal PLOS ONE lends support to the theory that dogs get jealous too.

The idea for the research came when a University of California, San Diego psychology professor saw...

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French Deputy Mayor Allegedly Makes Insensitive Comment About Dead Child In Gaza

(8) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:35 PM

A politician in western France has received backlash following an insensitive tweet in reference to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

After a Twitter account that appears to belong to Montreuil-Juigné Deputy Mayor Jacques Renaud compared a dead child to halal meat Wednesday, the social network erupted with sharp...

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Fruit Recalled Nationwide For Possible Listeria Contamination

(15) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 4:18 PM

If you feasted on fresh fruit recently, you may want to be on the lookout for symptoms of listeria.

California-based Wawona Packing Co. issued a voluntary recall on July 19 for certain types of peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packaged and shipped between...

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Great Barrier Reef Will Be 'Pretty Ugly' By 2050, Researchers Say

(38) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 12:34 PM

The Great Barrier Reef's days may be numbered.

Researchers appeared before an Australian Senate committee this week to review how federal and local governments have managed the reef. What they discovered is that the world's largest coral reef system is in bad shape. Professor Peter Mumby...

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Apollo 11 Mission's 45th Anniversary Reminds Us To Never Stop Taking Small Steps

(29) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 12:20 PM

Forty-five years ago, on July 20, 1969, crew members of Apollo 11 made history when they walked on the moon.

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind," U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong uttered as he became the first human to set foot...

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(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:34 AM

宇宙には我々以外に生命体はいないと考えるのは極めて非現実的である。NASA (アメリカ航空宇宙局) の専門たちはこのように述べており、宇宙人を発見する日もそう遠くはないようだ。実際に、20年もすれば発見されるかもしれない。

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Mount Fuji Is In A 'Critical State' And Could Be Ready To Blow, Researchers Say

(55) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 6:09 PM

Mount Fuji is primed to spew.

After 307 years, the massive active volcano in Japan may be due for another eruption as a result of a buildup of pressure from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the country's eastern coast in 2011. While volcano eruptions may often be difficult...

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Science May Finally Explain Why This Family Walks On All Fours

(21) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 4:55 PM

Scientists may finally have an answer for why members of a family in a remote region of Turkey use both their hands and feet to walk.

The world first learned of the clan eight years ago following the popularity of the 2006 BBC documentary "The...

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Giant Hole Forms In Siberia, And Nobody Can Explain Why

(568) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 5:00 PM

A giant hole has opened up in Siberia, and nobody quite knows why.

The massive hole, which spans about 262 feet in diameter, was spotted recently on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia, commonly known as the "end of the world," The Siberian Times reported. The depth...

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Rescue Dog Undergoes Dramatic Transformation And Loses 2 Pounds Of Matted Fur (PHOTOS)

(24) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Ellen the dog has a whole new 'do.

The rescue dog underwent a striking transformation after she was retrieved from an animal shelter by Chicago-based Trio Animal Foundation.

When founder Sue Naiden and the team at the all-volunteer rescue organization -- which often foots...

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Mall Debuts Pet Patrols To Save Dogs Trapped In Hot Cars

(42) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 6:53 PM

Despite warnings, some pet owners still forget that leaving a dog in a hot car -- even for a few minutes -- could be deadly.

That's why a mall in Canada is launching a pet patrol program to keep customers from leaving their animals in locked vehicles...

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We Are Not Alone In Universe, NASA Scientists Say

(572) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 4:56 PM

It's highly unlikely we're alone in the universe, NASA experts are saying, and we may be close to finding alien life. In fact, it may happen in the next two decades.

NASA held a panel discussion at the agency's Washington headquarters on Monday, where space experts talked about...

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This Optical Illusion Video May Make You Hallucinate (Yes, Really)

(93) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 10:25 AM

Who said you need to be on drugs to hallucinate?

Thanks to The Illusion Lab, a YouTube channel that puts together mind-bending optical illusions, you can induce hallucinations on your own -- just by watching a video.

In one of the lab's most recent videos, viewers...

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Could We One Day Learn A Language By Popping A Pill?

(12) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 5:21 PM

What if learning Mandarin or Arabic were as simple as popping a pill?

The idea may sound like a sci-fi movie plot point, but one well-known tech visionary believes we could one day learn a language simply by swallowing a pill.

In a recent video podcast for TedTalks,...

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How To See 'Manhattanhenge' On July 11 And 12 (MAP)

(3) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 3:49 PM

Get ready for some summer magic.

The second and final Manhattanhenge of 2014 will fall on July 11. At 8:24 p.m. EDT on that Friday, the sun will align almost perfectly with Manhattan's street grid as it sets in the west.

Weather permitting, the full sun will...

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