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How Two Plants Combine To Form The Powerful Drug Ayahuasca 

Ayahuasca has been used in shaman and healing rituals for centuries, specifically in areas near the Amazon river basin, but it’s seeing a surge in popularity among “tourists” that travel to South America to seek its hallucinatory effects.

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Carli Velocci

August 19th

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Monuments Are Being Covered in Living Slime and Officials Aren’t Sure Why

The National Parks Service is facing a new threat, and it’s not a wild horde of honey badgers. It’s living slime.

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Carli Velocci

August 12th

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This Machine Hopes To Make Engineering Pharmaceuticals More Portable

If you’re a doctor working in a remote area or on the battlefield, getting access to medications can be tough. That may sound like the start of a commercial, but it’s a sometimes tragic fact. As far as we’ve come in the history of medicine, treatment isn’t as portable as we would like.

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Carli Velocci

July 30th

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The Gray Wolf Is The Only True King in The North

How many species of North American wolf are there? Trick question. There’s actually only one, and he’s angry that you’re infringing on its territory (or so I’ve heard).

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Carli Velocci

July 28th

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One professor’s quest to 3D scan every fish in the sea

Thoracocorax-stellatus-Spotfin-hatchetfish If you were wondering what a mottled sculpin looks like, there are plenty of pictures available online. But while they may satisfy a curious tidepooler, the discerning icthyologist demands more. That’s why a professor at the University of Washington is getting full 3D scans of every fish in the sea — every species, anyway. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 20th

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Cancer Survivor Receives Jaw Thanks to New 3D Printing Technique

Shirley Anderson of Indiana was in great need of a prosthesis.

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Carli Velocci

July 2nd

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Look at the World’s Biggest Sponge, Which Is Over 11 Feet Long

This sponge could fill a room in your home. The world’s largest, it was found in the depths of the seas near the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

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Jamie Condliffe

May 26th

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Trees Are Even More Amazing Than We Realized

Trees, is there anything they can’t do? Doubtful. Let’s see: producing half the world’s oxygen, providing habitat for millions of species, creating the soil and timber resources we depend on. Not bad. But all that’s just scratching the surface. As new research shows, there’s a lot more going on beneath the forest floor than we realized.

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Maddie Stone

April 15th

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How Did This Escaped Chimp Not Get Zapped Into Oblivion?

In a scene eerily reminiscent of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, an escaped chimpanzee sought refuge on the power lines of a Japanese suburb. The chimp was eventually subdued after a frantic two-hour police chase, but you have to wonder: Why didn’t he get zapped by the power lines? Here’s the answer.

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George Dvorsky

April 14th

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Saharan Silver Ants Have Evolved an Awesome Way of Fighting Extreme Desert Heat

The strikingly beautiful Saharan silver ant is capable of withstanding some of the most extreme temperatures on the planet. New research shows that their silver sheen serves as a heat-repellent system, reflecting incoming sunlight like a prism.

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George Dvorsky

April 14th

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