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The weirdest things we learned this week: smoke enemas, sneaky sound design, and stranded lighthouses
Science Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts. On this week’s episode of The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week, three PopSci editors go on a curiosity ...
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The weirdest things we learned this week: The first celebrity diet, confused albatrosses, and delusions of death
Science Three PopSci editors share the freakiest facts they could find. What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’d have an ...
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We could move to another planet with a spaceship like this
Space Our best guess for what it would take to get to planets that are really, really far away. Proxima b, our nearest neighboring exoplanet, is almost 25 ...
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The weirdest things we learned this week: Giant sloths, caged babies, and spicy horse butts
Science Three PopSci editors share the freakiest facts they could find. What’s the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you’d have an ...
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How to avoid sharing fake photos of the space station that just crashed into Earth
Space And other Tiangong-1 facts. Remember that Chinese space station called Tiangong-1? You know. The broken one. The one that was set to plunge out of the sky ...
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A Chinese space station is probably falling out of the sky today. Here's everything you need to know.
Space Happy Easter! Tiangong-1 was once a space station, but now it’s basically just a bus-sized hunk of dead space junk. That means there’s no way to control ...
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What is a blue moon?
Space What a strawberry moon? What is a worm moon? What is going on with my moon? Blue moons, strawberry moons, supermoons. For some reason your news aggregation ...
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What does brain size have to do with intelligence?
Science Very little—even if it’s very big. Scientists used to think brain-to-body ratio revealed intelligence. Plot twist: it doesn’t. Otherwise, tree shrews and ants would rule the world. ...
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Our stupid brains love spreading lies all over the internet
Science A new study from MIT suggests “fake news” often trumps the truth. That’s not at all surprising, from a psychological standpoint. By their very design, these falsehoods ...
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Tattoos are permanent, but the science behind them just shifted
Science Your body never stops trying to contain the situation. If you ask most people how tattoos work, they’re likely to get it a little bit wrong. But ...
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