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Could You Stomach the Horrors of ‘Halftime’ in Ancient Rome?

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is a New York Times best-selling nonfiction writer and poet, and the author of “Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine” (Avery, 2014), which made seven national “Best … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Showdown: Would Broncos or Panthers Win a Real-Life Matchup?

While people are stocking up on Buffalo wings and potato chips in advance of the Super Bowl this Sunday, fans are split on who has the best chances of winning: the Denver Broncos or the Carolina Panthers. It turns out … Continue reading

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Seriously? That Ancient Greek Statue Does Not Depict a Laptop

There’s a new conspiracy theory out there, but instead of invoking big government or aliens, it questions whether there’s a laptop carved into an ancient Greek statue. That’s right — there’s a theory out there saying that a funerary statue … Continue reading

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Where the Super Bowl Meets Space: NASA’s Aerodynamics Lab

Throwing a tight spiral to a receiver downfield isn’t so different from trying to get a rocket to fly smoothly through the atmosphere. Or at least these tasks are similar when viewed from an aerodynamic perspective: Both present questions about … Continue reading

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UK Green Bank, BlackRock Buy GLID Wind for $615 Million

The U.K. Green Investment Bank Offshore Wind Fund and funds managed by BlackRock Inc. acquired GLID Wind Farms TopCo Ltd. from Centrica Plc and EIG Global Energy Partners LLC for 423 million pounds ($615 million). GLID has a 61 percent … Continue reading

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Tarantula in Black: Dark, Hairy Spider Named After Johnny Cash

A newly discovered tarantula sports a black coat that is as dark and brooding as its celebrity namesake: the renowned singer Johnny Cash. Tarantulas, the hairy spiders that stole movie scenes and won hearts in popular films like “Home Alone,” … Continue reading

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New Algae Testing Facility Supports Advancements in Real-World Biofuel Applications

A new algae raceway testing facility at Sandia National Laboratories is helping researchers bring the promise of algal biofuels closer to reality. “This facility helps bridge the gap from the lab to the real world by giving us an environmentally … Continue reading

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Scientists find Zika in saliva, urine; unclear if can transmit infection

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Zika has been identified in the saliva and urine of two patients infected by the virus, a leading Brazilian health institute said on Friday, adding that further studies are needed to determine if those fluids … Continue reading

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Scientists turn to drones to count growing seal colonies

On a remote island off of Nantucket, scientists are using a tool most commonly associated with war and surveillance to get a look at fuzzy baby seals. Researchers who want to get a handle on the growth of New England’s … Continue reading

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Dutch Police Deploy Drone-Disabling Birds of Prey

For law enforcement officers around the world, partnering with animals is a time-honored tradition. Mounted police do their duty on horseback — and, in some countries, camelback. Specially trained dogs serve and protect by sniffing out drugs and explosives. But … Continue reading

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