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A Peek Beneath A Mummy's Wrappers, Powered By CT Scanners

John Taylor, the curator at the British Museum, discusses how CT scans and imaging are used to discover information about mummies.
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Scientists Publish Recipe For Making Bird Flu More Contagious

Researchers ignited a debate three years ago when they changed a deadly flu virus so that it could spread between people. Only five mutations are needed to turn the virus into a pandemic threat.
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Even A Very Weak Signal From The Brain Might Help Paraplegics

By electrically stimulating the lower spine in men with paraplegia, researchers were able to get them to initiate movement. The big challenge is how to achieve coordinated motor control.
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Why Do Some Clouds Drop Rain, While Others Don't?

With little relief in sight for California's record drought, scientists are trying to learn why some clouds rain and other don't. As Lauren Sommer of KQED says, they're finding surprising answers.
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Banning Traditional Animal Slaughter, Denmark Stokes Religous Ire

The country's move to require animals to be stunned before being killed is seen by some as an affront to religious methods of slaughter. But now Jews and Muslims are working together to protest it.
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Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing

If you know Ciroc and Patron, you may well be listening to a lot of songs that name-check brand-name alcohol. And if you're a teenager, you may be binge drinking a lot more, researchers say.
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Gut-Eating Amoeba Caught On Film

Dangerous and impolite: This little guy triggers food poisoning in people by biting off chunks of intestine, chewing on them for a bit ... and then spitting them out.
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Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.
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What Does Sound Look Like?

A clever photography trick allows you to see the invisible: the rising heat from a lighter, the turbulence around airplane wings, the plume of a sneeze ... and even sound waves.
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This Pie Chart Is Delicious And Statistically Sound

Back in 2012, The Salt surveyed readers on their favorite pies during our Pie Week series. Recently, an Australian reader tells us she pie-charted our results with mouth-watering real pie.

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