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Best of 2017 // #94: Smell Test

John McGann has long been interested in the notion that people have a relatively poor sense of smell, The Rutgers University Neuroscientist and olfaction researcher has long tested this notion and in his lab,...
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Best of 2017 // #95: Is Dust Making You Fat?

It appears dust bunnies might be more than just a nuisance to your nose.  Researchers have concluded dust may, in fact, be making you heavier. /READ MORE// Is your Morning Cup of Coffee Slowly Killing You? Dust...
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Best of 2017 // #96: Man-Made Minerals For a New Epoch

There are around 5,000 minerals in the world, of which 208 are unique: they're the direct result of human's activities on earth.  Without humans, geologist have determined, they wouldn't even exist. /READ MORE // The Era...
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Best of 2017 // #97: The First Flower

Without any sort of preserved fossils or evidence for what it may have looked like, researchers who have been hunting for the first flowering planet - from which all others evolved - had to...
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Best of 2017 // #98: Eggs, Explained

The Eggs we all know and love for breakfast span a range of colours, shapes and sizes.  That range, however, pales in comparison to those of other bird species - bird eggs come in...
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Best of 2017 // #99: Robo-Snake

With nothing more than a puff of air, this creepy robot can manoeuvre itself into an insane variety of places. /READ MORE // The Mab Sphere Will Swarm/Clean any room with tiny robots Built by researchers at...
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Best of 2017 // #100: 1900’s Pentagon Mystery

Tiles made of regular pentagons - shapes with equal sides and angles - cannot completely cover an infinite plane, no matter how you arrange them. Once you start distorting the shapes, however, interesting things begin...
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Best of 2017 // #87: Naked Mole Rats Don’t Need Air

Naked Mole Rats were already weird.  They got even weirder this past year when it was discovered that these cold-blooded, long-lived, pain-immune, cancer-resistant rats could also survive for extended periods without oxygen. /READ MORE// Halo: Meet...

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