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NASA Image Shows the Spectacular Beauty of the Milky Way’s ‘Downtown’

A spectacular new image has been released by NASA showing the ‘downtown’ of the spiral galaxy we live in. The photography is a composite made up of 370 observations that were taken at the orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory over the past couple of decades. It shows billions of stars and a seemingly endless number of […]

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Moving Your Sleep Time An Hour Earlier Could Cut Depression Risk by 23%, Study Says

Waking up just one hour earlier could reduce a person’s risk of major depression by 23%, suggests a sweeping new genetic study. The study of 840,000 people, by researchers at University of Colorado Boulder and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, represents some of the strongest evidence yet that chronotype—a person’s propensity to sleep […]

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U.S. Suspends Oil and Gas Leases in One of Nation’s Largest Wilderness Areas

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced this week that it has suspended all oil and gas drilling activities established under the previous administration in the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. One of nation’s largest undeveloped wilderness areas, the refuge is known for its fragile tundra, its coastal area underneath which 11 […]

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Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sister

In life and death situations, the instinct to save those we love can grant us near superhuman powers. On the eve of this past Memorial Day weekend, thanks to a small but mighty hero who rose to meet such a challenge, a father and little girl are alive to tell the tale. Chase Poust is […]

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Long-Lost Sisters Reunite And Discover Their Tattoos, Jobs, and Hobbies Match Exactly

A woman who took a DNA test found a secret sister who looks exactly like her, shares the same hobbies and job, and even has a matching tattoo. 27-year-old Victoria Voorhees knew she was adopted, and took a 23&Me home DNA test kit to find out a bit more about her Hispanic heritage and genetic […]

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China tries to keep elephant herd out of city of 7 million

A herd of 15 wild elephants that walked 500 kilometers (300 miles) from a nature reserve in China’s mountain southwest were approaching the major city of Kunming on Wednesday as authorities rushed to try to keep them out of populated areas. Chinese wildlife authorities say they don’t know why the herd left a nature reserve […]

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‘Stand your ground’ defense rejected in iguana killing

A judge has rejected the “stand your ground” defense of a Florida man who said he beat an iguana to death only after it attacked him, biting him on the arm. PJ Nilaja Patterson, 43, must stand trial on a felony animal cruelty charge, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen ruled recently in […]