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Getting lost led to a big find.
After getting lost and following the wrong dry riverbed, scientists stumbled across something remarkable: the oldest stone tools ever discovered.
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"Once the knowledge of how to create an opiate-producing strain is out there, anyone trained in basic molecular biology could theoretically build it.”
Bioengineers have taken homebrewing to a whole new level. They've figured out how to turn sugar-fed yeast into a factory for making morphine.
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Would you take the payout?
A new study, conducted in Croatia, looks at how much money pensioners are willing to sacrifice for immediate payment—and why.
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Carrot or stick? How do you learn best?
A simple experiment with a small group of college students suggests that punishments influence behavior more than rewards.
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Do most couples have too little sex for their own good?
To investigate claims that more sex leads to increased happiness, scientists asked some couples to have more sex than others and monitored their happiness.
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Can integrity survive when politics and business mix?
Companies can boost their bottom line by hiring a former politician, but business leaders don't benefit their companies by getting into politics.
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If it's not thepolitical left that tends to abstain from voting (and it's not), then who is it?
The level of polarization in American politics has been exaggerated, says Toni Rodon, author of a new study on centrist voters.
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How happy are you? Read the 5 happiness facts and see if you agree.
People in the United States are pretty contented bunch, according to new research on happiness and its root causes.
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"It’s just another piece of evidence to show that social media isn’t the be-all and end-all."
Not into talking politics? Your Facebook posts likely show it. "There are not very many people who are political animals online but not in the real world."
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Stub your toe and it hurts like hell?
A new study has discovered a way to alleviate pain by up to 20 percent—just say "ow."
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"Like, is this really happening?"
The Pluto flyby in July, once billed as the "first trip to the last planet," is actually the first visit to an entirely new class of worlds.
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Do you have more empathy toward someone of your own race?
The more time we spend with people of other races, the greater our empathy for them, new research shows.
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“The response of the brain that leads us to feel distress or intervene when others are suffering adapts to give the strongest response towards people we typically see around us in our everyday environment.” This makes sense. Unless you grew up with a lot of diversity and/or your upbringing reinforced or demonstrated empathy towards other races, then this seems to be the unfortunate default. Relatedly, there was this crazy study recently that found Americans think people with darker skin feel less physical pain. That's a tall de-programming order, but not so if there's actually diversity. 
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