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Sneezing — or as it's known in the medical community, sternutation — occurs when the respiratory epithelium that lines the nose is irritated.
Sneezing — or as it's known in the medical community, sternutation — occurs when the respiratory epithelium that lines the nose is irritated.
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Eerie sounds from the edge of space were recorded for the first time in 50 years aboard a NASA student balloon experiment.
Eerie sounds from the edge of space were recorded for the first time in 50 years aboard a NASA student balloon experiment.
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The Wicked Witch of the West can thank facial evolution for her iconic, pointy chin, new research suggests. And so can everyone else. Turns out, human "domestication" may explain the prominent feature.
The Wicked Witch of the West can thank facial evolution for her iconic, pointy chin, new research suggests. And so can everyone else. Turns out, human "domestication" may explain the prominent feature.
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Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible have been uncovered in the "Black Book of Carmarthen," the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written solely in Welsh. The book holds some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin.
Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible have been uncovered in the "Black Book of Carmarthen," the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written solely in Welsh. The book holds some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin.
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Physicists have entangled a record number of atoms in a way that their behaviors would stay connected even if they were at opposite ends of the universe. The finding could lead to ever more precise atomic clocks, the researchers say.
Physicists have entangled a record number of atoms in a way that their behaviors would stay connected even if they were at opposite ends of the universe. The finding could lead to ever more precise atomic clocks, the researchers say.
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The "super salamander" with a toilet-seat-shaped head may have perished some 220 million to 230 million years ago alongside hundreds of its kin when its lake home dried up, researchers say.
The "super salamander" with a toilet-seat-shaped head may have perished some 220 million to 230 million years ago alongside hundreds of its kin when its lake home dried up, researchers say.
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The world's largest fish, a whale shark, can grow up to 40 feet long.
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A newly translated papyrus written in Greek and dating to the second century reveals ancient Egyptians who had a late night of drinking would string together leaves from a shrub to wear around the neck.
A newly translated papyrus written in Greek and dating to the second century reveals ancient Egyptians who had a late night of drinking would string together leaves from a shrub to wear around the neck.
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We die naturally because our cells die.
We die naturally because our cells die.
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An experiment shows "spooky action at a distance," in which a particle is in two places at once until it gets measured, causing the particle to take on a definite position, in a phenomenon that Einstein thought was crazy.
An experiment shows "spooky action at a distance," in which a particle is in two places at once until it gets measured, causing the particle to take on a definite position, in a phenomenon that Einstein thought was crazy.
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Instead of flushing millions down the toilet, we could be mining our poop for gold.
Instead of flushing millions down the toilet, we could be mining our poop for gold.
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The yeti, a legendary shaggy, bipedal beast from the Himalayas, made headlines last year when a geneticist said he had solved the mystery of its origins. 
The yeti, a legendary shaggy, bipedal beast from the Himalayas, made headlines last year when a geneticist said he had solved the mystery of its origins. But now, scientists have found the hair samples used in that study came from a Himalayan brown bear.
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Life's Little Mysteries answers fascinating questions about the world around you and the stuff in it, from things in the news and on your mind to crazy questions you didn't even know you had. Our team of experienced reporters and editors do serious research (while having loads of fun) to help answer your questions about natural and man-made phenomena.