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Ikea bananas sprout in Swede's living room

Ikea bananas sprout in Swede's living room | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
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Chris Mallon's comment, February 10, 2013 7:34 AM
His living room must be roasting!
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Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea

Tomorrow's life-saving medications may currently be living at the bottom of the sea | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
Two new research articles demonstrate how the next class of powerful medications may currently reside at the bottom of the ocean.
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Retreating rebels burn Timbuktu's science manuscripts

Retreating rebels burn Timbuktu's science manuscripts | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
As the French and Malian armies recapture Timbuktu, Islamist rebels have set fire to texts that document when science began in Africa
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Dolphins Form Life Raft To Try And Save One Of Their Own

Dolphins Form Life Raft To Try And Save One Of Their Own | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
OK, fine -- we're not totally sure that a pod of dolphins forming a life raft to help a dying dolphin breathe is what's actually happening here. Are we being snookered by the overwhelming desire to anthropomorphize one of our very favorite animals?
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"The Moon Was Once Powered by a Dynamo Core"

"The Moon Was Once Powered by a Dynamo Core" | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
MIT's research in 2012 von an ancient lunar rock suggests that the moon once harbored a long-lived dynamo — a molten, convecting core of liquid metal that generated a strong magnetic field 3.7 billion years ago.
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Study clams the average person spends 43 days of their life on hold.

Study clams the average person spends 43 days of their life on hold. | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
One moment, please. Your call is important to us.
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Jeremy Cherfas's comment, January 28, 2013 8:19 AM
That's a really big clam.
Christopher Baggett's comment, January 28, 2013 11:07 AM
Just imagine if you make 100 cold calls per day seeking new business. Those stats are for the "average person". I think that's a conservative estimate.
Christopher Baggett's comment, January 28, 2013 11:13 AM
I've seen some depressing stats on how long the "average person" spent standing in line or on queu back before most things could be handled online. Been to a Post office or the DMV lately?
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French Government Creates Official French Word for “Hashtag”

French Government Creates Official French Word for “Hashtag” | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
I took four years of French in high school, but barely squeaked by with a D average. I remember maybe twenty words in French, but now -- thanks to the French government -- I know one more: mot-dièse.
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corneja's curator insight, February 2, 2013 7:15 AM

When governments or institutions try to stand rules to social use... who wins?

Chris Mallon's comment, February 10, 2013 7:42 AM
Considering until recent times only 20% of french people actually SPOKE french I find this hilarious
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No link found between facial shape and aggression

No link found between facial shape and aggression | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
There is not significant evidence to support the association between facial shape and aggression in men, according to a new study.
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'Scarecrow' gene: Key to efficient crops, could lead to staple crops with much higher yields

'Scarecrow' gene: Key to efficient crops, could lead to staple crops with much higher yields | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
With projections of 9.5 billion people by 2050, humankind faces the challenge of feeding modern diets to additional mouths while using the same amounts of water, fertilizer and arable land as today.
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Greek economic crisis causes fall in air pollution

The ongoing collapse of Greece's economy has caused a significant fall in air pollution, which can be detected by satellites
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Down the Drain: Lost Items Reveal Roman Bath Activities

Down the Drain: Lost Items Reveal Roman Bath Activities | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
Ancient Romans weren't just getting clean in their bathhouses.
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‘Alien life’ found in meteorite that crash-landed in Sri Lanka

‘Alien life’ found in meteorite that crash-landed in Sri Lanka | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
A top British scientist has claimed that he has found proof of extraterrestrial life after he discovered tiny fossils of algae, similar to the kind found in
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Villager will be remembered with face carved into church tower

Villager will be remembered with face carved into church tower | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
VILLAGERS have carved more than the name of Nora Sly with pride.When residents in Cowley were told they could carve the image of a person into a crocket – a small stone tower – on St...
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Pigeon-racing on curriculum for Staffordshire pupils

Pigeon-racing on curriculum for Staffordshire pupils | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
Pigeon racing is introduced to the curriculum at a secondary school in Staffordshire.
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Ukrainian teen solves deep-sea mystery off Vancouver Island

Ukrainian teen solves deep-sea mystery off Vancouver Island | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
A Ukrainian teen enthralled by live images from an underwater camera off Vancouver Island has helped unravel the mystery of how deep-diving elephant seals eat a seemingly inedible fish.
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Wikipedia Is Getting Worse As It Gets Better

A newly published study at the University of Minnesota suggests that Wikipedia is getting worse...as it gets better. Wikipedia's initial strength, it
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corneja's curator insight, February 2, 2013 6:39 AM

Do wiki structures grow old?

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Iran 'sends monkey into space'

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Iran's defence ministry announces that it has successfully launched a monkey into space.
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Ancient bones found 100 years ago belong to undiscovered species

Ancient bones found 100 years ago belong to undiscovered species | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
The bones, found in the early 1900s near Peterborough, belonged to an ocean predator related to crocodiles.
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Your molar roots are leftovers from Homo erectus

Your molar roots are leftovers from Homo erectus | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
Our teeth erupt later than they did in our early ancestors, but not so the roots of our molars: they develop as they did in Homo erectus
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Mice Eat, Nest in Evidence Bags Filled with Marijuana

Mice Eat, Nest in Evidence Bags Filled with Marijuana | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
Mice chewed into three bags of marijuana at a police evidence storage facility in Wichita, Kan., police say. The critters managed to eat some of the stash, from a 2009 case, and even nested in the drug,...
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More than one brain behind Einstein's famous equation: E=mc2

More than one brain behind Einstein's famous equation: E=mc<sup>2</sup> | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
A new study reveals the contribution of a little known Austrian physicist, Friedrich Hasenöhrl, to uncovering a precursor to Einstein's famous equation.
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Wow! Dung Beetles Navigate by the Stars

Wow! Dung Beetles Navigate by the Stars | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
Like ancient seafarers, the insects rely on the starry sky and galaxy glow to move away back from a poop pile.
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Eileen Marable's comment, January 26, 2013 9:12 PM
I love it when little things prove greater than we thought!
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Costa Rica Declares National Emergency to Tackle Coffee Fungus

Costa Rica on Tuesday declared an emergency to tackle the spread of a coffee fungus that has already devastated Central American producers and looks set to destroy about 12 percent of Costa Rica's planted coffee in the upcoming 2013/14 harvest.
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Immune Perfume To Lure Sexual Partners?

Immune Perfume To Lure Sexual Partners? | No Such Thing As The News | Scoop.it
Perfumes with chemicals that mimic a person's unique immune fingerprint could be used to lure the most evolutionarily compatible mates
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Stench Reaches UK from France

A cloud of harmless gas smelling of sweat and rotten eggs leaked out of a chemicals factory in northwest France and wafted across the English Channel as far as London on Tuesday.
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