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Archaeologists find "unprecedented" Neolithic Figurine

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Historic Scotland is celebrating after a third prehsitoric stone figure was found in the archaeologically fertile grounds of the Links of Notland on Westray, Orkney.
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World's longest parsnip spotted at National Giant Vegetables Championships

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An amateur gardener has grown the world's longest parsnip.
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Glass shape influences how quickly we drink alcohol

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The speed at which we drink alcohol may be influenced by the shape of the glass we drink from, according to new research.
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WWII US bomb detonated in Munich

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A bomb disposal team detonates an American bomb from World War II discovered in the German city of Munich.
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U.S. Government Still Pays Two Civil War Pensions

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Despite the fact that the Civil War ended April 9, 1865 (53,630 days ago, for reference), the government is still paying out veterans' pensions.
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Deaf boy's name violates weapons policy

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A Nebraska preschool is asking a three-year-old deaf boy to change his name because it violates the school board's weapons policy.
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Israeli Biblical Times Theme Park Turns Donkeys Into Wi-Fi Hotspots

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At Israeli theme park Kfar Kedem, you can get a realistic taste of what it was like to live in biblical times.
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Sex strike against Togo's leader

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Women in Togo are urged to abstain from sex for a week from Monday, to demand political reforms.
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Hungary Far-Right Leader Discovers Jewish Roots

As a rising star in Hungary's far-right Jobbik Party, Csanad Szegedi was notorious for his incendiary comments on Jews: He accused them of "buying up" the country, railed about the "Jewishness" of the political elite and claimed Jews were...
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Sale of stained Elvis underwear

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A pair of Elvis Presley's underpants are expected to go for up to £10,000 when they are sold at auction.
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Virus That Twists Snakes Into Knots Revealed

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A new study has found the cause of a mysterious disease that makes snakes tie themselves in knots and waste away.
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Sleeping beauties seek fairytale love at Ukraine art installation

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If any of the five real-life sleeping beauties open their eyes when they are kissed by their suitors at an art exhibit in Kiev, they are contractually obliged to marry them.
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Chinese trend for wearing a stick on one's head

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Like anything worth doing well, you've just got to stick with it.
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Lighting and Music Reduce Fast Food Meal Size

In lab tests, music and lighting can affect how much people eat. Now a study has found that changing the ambiance of a fast food restaurant to more of a fine-dining atmosphere lessened the amount of food people crammed into their pie holes.
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Spineless Creatures under Threat

The vital tasks carried out by tiny "engineers" like earthworms that recycle waste and bees that pollinate crops are under threat because one fifth of the world's spineless creatures may be at risk of extinction, a study showed on Friday.
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Chimpanzees pass down a secret handshake

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Chimpanzees pass down a 'secret handshake' through the generations, according to a new study.
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Chloe Cudaback's curator insight, April 10, 2014 1:56 AM

Yet again, another great example of chimpanzees performing tasks that were once thought to be only human. In this case, the handshake that was passed down through generations of chimapanzees in one area, is an example of chimpanzees practicing culture. Still, as culture is rapidly becoming a hard idea to pinpoint, many humans believe that we are the only animals capable of culture. 

This study breaks that notion with the idea that one, singular group of chimpanzees would have a special action that only they do and only generations before of that group have done. Actions that are isolated within groups that are geographically isolated from each other are not uncommon and in my Anthropology class I took fall quarter I learned that researchers have found 39 different cultural gestures among all groups of chimpanzees in Africa. 

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Spain Keeps Smiling with Ugly Face Competition

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Times are tough in Spain, and people have little to smile about these days. But the annual battle of ugly faces in the Basque city of Bilbao proves that the country has lost none of its sense of humor.
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Male snails babysit for other dads

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Pity the male of the marine whelk, Solenosteira macrospira. He does all the work of raising the young, from egg-laying to hatching -- even though few of the baby snails are his own.
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Chris Mallon's comment, February 10, 2013 11:43 AM
Why pity a creature just because he is a male who is doing a typically female job?
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Artist Explores the Deep in Underwater Wheelchair

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A special self-propelled underwater wheelchair designed with help from dive experts and academics will debut this week in London as artist Sue Austin performs submerged swimming pool acrobatics on the buoyant chair...
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Coming Soon: Artificial Limbs Controlled by Thoughts

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The idea that paralyzed people might one day control their limbs just by thinking is no longer a Hollywood-style fantasy...
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Woman Takes Part In Search For Herself

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A tourist who was declared missing and the subject of an intense police search had no idea she was missing, and in fact took part in the search itself.
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Space-hopping student sets record

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A space-hopping student from Gloucestershire breaks the world record for bouncing the furthest on a space hopper in 24 hours.
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Rat that doesn't gnaw discovered in Indonesia

A unique new species of rat that lives off earthworms and doesn't chew or gnaw has been discovered in Indonesia.
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Sleepy woman flies Pakistan to France... and back again

A Frenchwoman endured an 18 hour journey from Lahore to Paris and back again after sleeping through her plane's stop.
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Machine invented that 're-uses' patient's blood

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Strathclyde University helps develop a machine which re-uses a patient's blood during operations.
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