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Marc Abrahams Makes Science Improbably Funny

From farting fish, to the laws of stupidity, Marc Abrahams (editor and co-founder of The Annals of Improbable Research) has a knack for finding science that "makes you laugh, and then makes you think." Abrahams discusses some improbable research, and why science that might at first seem absurd, matters.
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Facing Death: Choosing Quality of Life Over Aggressive Treatment

Many patients choose to fight a terminal illness with every available option: One woman's story of why she is rejecting aggressive medical treatment in favor of palliative care.

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The (Monkey) Business Of Recognizing Words

New research shows that first-graders and baboons have at least one thing in common: Both can tell the difference between actual written words and random sequences of letters. The finding challenges some conventional ideas about what goes on in the human brain when we read.
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Marilu Henner on Life with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory

Actress Marilu Henner is one of the rare documented cases of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory in the world. It's an ability that allows her to vividly recall every detail of every day of her life since childhood. Henner is a...

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Why Didn't Passengers Panic On The Titanic?

People behaved very differently on another ship that sunk around the same time. An economist thinks he knows why.
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Scientists Link Rise In Quakes To Wastewater Wells

Scientists are finding a large increase in the number of small earthquakes in the midcontinent of the U.S. They suspect wastewater wells, whose numbers are growing as the oil and gas industry increases hydrofracturing.
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Quakes Caused By Waste From Gas Wells, Study Finds

The salty, toxic wastewater that's used in hydrofracking and other gas drilling is likely to blame for small earthquakes in the Midwest, a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey concludes. The water is pumped deep underground, where it lubricates faults and causes them to slip.

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