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Atronomers have discovered a giant planet with four suns just 125 light-years from Earth.

The planet is at least 10 times as big as Jupiter and scientists say it probably has no actual surface to stand on. But, if you could fly a spacecraft into its atmosphere and look up, you would see one primary sun, a bright red dot, and another star shining more brightly than Venus does in our night sky. 
Astronomers have discovered a giant planet with four suns just 125 light-years from Earth.
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If you can't stop thinking about the divisive dress that appears blue and black to some and white and gold to others, you are not alone: Scientists who study visual illusions have been dazzled by it too.

"The whole field was discussing it on Facebook this morning," said Arthur Shapiro, director of the Collaborative for Applied Perceptual Research & Innovation at American University in Washington, D.C. "For all it's pop culture glory, I think it is actually pretty interesting."
If you can't stop thinking about the divisive dress that appears blue and black to some and white and gold to others, you are not alone: Scientists who study visual illusions have been dazzled by it ;too.
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The mysterious function of eyelashes has been revealed at last -- thanks to science.

After measuring the dimensions of nearly two dozen mammal eyes, performing a series of wind tunnel experiments and engaging in some complex fluid dynamic modeling, researchers determined that most mammal eyelashes are one-third the length of their eyes -- just the right length to minimize the flow of air over the eyeball.
The mysterious function of eyelashes has been revealed at last -- thanks to science.
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The damage the sun inflicts on your skin may be even more insidious than was previously thought, according to new research. 

A study published Thursday in Science finds that the effects of sun exposure can continue to wreak havoc on your DNA -- even in the dark. 

The researchers say that as much as half the harm the sun does to the DNA in skin cells occurs up to three hours after exposure via a chemical process they call the "dark pathway."
The damage the sun inflicts on your skin may be even more insidious than was previously thought, according to new research. ;
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Why does smoking marijuana give people the munchies? Researchers at Yale University got dozens of lab mice stoned in order to find out.

Previous scientific studies (and anecdotal evidence) show that when people and animals are exposed to the active ingredients in marijuana they are driven to eat long after they should feel full. 

"Everyone knows that if you smoke dope after Thanksgiving dinner you will still go back and eat more -- sometimes much more," said Tamas Horvath, a professor of neurobiology at Yale. "We were interested to find out why."
Why does smoking marijuana give people the munchies? Researchers at Yale University got dozens of ;lab mice stoned ;in order to find out.
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The European Space Agency shared a new picture of Comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko this week, and it is gorgeous.

After a slew of close-up images of the comet's rugged surface, it's nice to see the whole 2.5-mile-long nucleus, and its amazing gas and dust jets in their entirety.

This picture was taken on Feb. 6 with the Rosetta's NAVCAM, when the orbiter was about 100 miles from the comet. 
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Now you can enjoy your third daily cup of coffee and feel healthy while you do it: According to a new study, that third cup of joe may be good for your heart.

Researchers found that people who drink between three and five cups of coffee a day are likely to have less coronary artery calcium (CAC) than those who drink no coffee at all.
Now you can enjoy your ;third daily cup of coffee and feel ;healthy ;while you do it: According to a new study, that third cup of joe ;may be ;good for your heart.
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DNA evidence suggests the hunter-gatherers of Britain were importing wheat from their agrarian neighbors on mainland Europe as much as 8,000 years ago.

The discovery, published Thursday in Science, could mean there was more contact between early farmers and hunter-gatherers in Europe than was previously thought.  
DNA evidence suggests the hunter-gatherers of Britain ;were importing wheat from their agrarian neighbors on mainland Europe as much as 8,000 years ago.
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The Amazon rainforest may be fertilized in part by phosphorus from a dry lake bed in the Sahara desert.
The findings, published Tuesday in Geophysical Letters, illustrate once again that different regions of this planet of ours are connected in deep and unexpected ways.
Scientists have known for decades that great plumes of dust get lifted by winds and weather from the largest desert in the world and travel thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean, eventually coming to rest in the Amazon basin.
The Amazon rainforest may be fertilized in part by phosphorus ;from a dry lake bed in the ;Sahara desert.
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Less than 100,000 years ago, a cool, small star flew within 0.8 light years of our sun, brushing past the icy Oort cloud that lies at the outer edges of our solar system, according to research published this week.

Scientists say it is the closest a known star has ever come to our planet in the recent past.

The stellar encounter likely took place about 70,000 years ago, researchers said in a paper in Astrophysical Journal Letters.
Less than 100,000 years ago, a cool, small star flew within 0.8 ;light years of our sun, brushing past the icy Oort cloud that lies at the outer edges of our solar system, according to research published this week.
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Researchers studying the skull of King Richard III say they have determined the fatal blow that killed the medieval monarch more than 500 years ago.

The alignment of a mark on the inside of the skull, a wound on a vertebra, and the smaller of two wounds on the base of the neck suggest he was killed by a weapon that was thrust from the base of his neck into his head, researchers said.

A video released Friday shows the moment of this grisly discovery in real time.
Researchers studying the skull of King Richard III say they have determined ;the fatal blow that killed the medieval monarch ;more than 500 years ago.
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It’s one of the most dramatic transformations in science, and it happens in your microwave.

Most popcorn lovers take for granted that a simple kernel of corn can metamorphose into a fluffy treat. But to a pair of French researchers, the popping of corn presents a powerful demonstration of how the laws of physics apply to everything — even a snack food.

“This phenomenon contains interesting physics from different fields: thermodynamics, biomechanics and acoustics,” said aeronautical engineer Emmanuel Virot and physicist Alexandre Ponomarenko, the authors of a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.
It’s one of the most dramatic transformations in science, and it happens in your microwave.
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Deborah Netburn is a science reporter at the Los Angeles Times. 
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