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When It Comes To Invention, This Guy Was No Rube

Rube Goldberg's name has become synonymous with the American spirit of invention. No wonder: He was born on the Fourth of July. And what's more American than inventing new ways to get the ketchup onto the holiday hot dog?
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CERN Discovers A New Particle, Likely The Higgs Boson

The Higgs, credited with giving particles mass, was the missing piece of the Standard Model of physics. Without it, the world would be a massless mess of photons flying at light speed.
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Common Parasite May Influence Human Behavior

A study shows that women infected with a common parasite are 1.5 times more likely than other women to attempt suicide. The parasite, which is found in cats, is already known to change the behavior of infected animals.
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Showing Vultures A Little Love

Vultures are generally not admired, but maybe they should be: All over the world, these birds do the hard work of gobbling up dead animals and recycling that flesh into the Earth. And nowadays, nature's prize janitors are seriously down on their luck.
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Fledgling NASA Nonprofit Starts To Lift Off

The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space was established to drum up interest in experiments by folks outside of NASA. The organization has had a rocky first year but now is starting to show what it can do.
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When Ice Cream Attacks: The Mystery Of Brain Freeze

Drink that Slurpee too fast, and you risk an attack of "brain freeze." Scientists are fascinated by the headaches caused by consuming cold things. But alas, they still don't know where ice cream headaches come from.
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A Parasite Carried By Cats Could Increase Suicide Risk

A study of more than 45,000 women in Denmark finds an association between suicide attempts and infection with a common parasite. The findings don't prove the parasite is the cause, but they add more evidence to a hypothesis that's been gaining momentum.

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