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    • New Dictionary Explains 45,000 English and Irish Surnames

    • By: Jason Daley
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    The origins of some last names are pretty self-explanatory, whether it's Baker, Shepherd or even Rotten.

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    • The Origami-Like Folds of Ladybug Wings Could Lead to Better Umbrellas

    • By: Jason Daley
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    Ladybugs are compact little beetles, but their wings are surprisingly large when unfurled from beneath their spotted shells.

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    • Over 40 Ancient Ships Discovered on the Bottom of the Black Sea

    • By: Jason Daley
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    About 12,000 years ago, at the end of the last Ice Age, melting glaciers began filling the Black Sea.

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    • The Paleo Diet May Need a Rewrite, Ancient Humans Feasted on a Wide Variety of Plants

    • By: Jason Daley
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    According to a press release, the site was covered by sediment from the Jordan River, which helped preserve the 9,000 bits of plant debris and seeds. Stone tools and animal bones found in the same layer of sediment as the plant debris allowed the researchers to associate the food remains with the shoreline’s prehistoric residents. The research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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    • Family Discovers Rare Letters by Thomas Jefferson

    • By: Jason Daley
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    It’s the ultimate spring-cleaning find: the great, great, great, great grandson of William H. Crawford, the US Ambassador to France between 1813 and 1815 and later US Secretary of War and Secretary of the Treasury was digging through a box of family heirlooms when he happened upon a trove of letters and documents received by his ancestor.

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    • Break Ups: The Guide for Men and Women on How to Stop Break Ups

    • Mending the Broken Hearted After the Break Up
    • By: Jason Daley
    • Narrated by: Celia Lynn
    • Length: 42 mins
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    Break Ups: The Guide for Men and Women on How to Stop Break Ups is a text that delves into the many challenges that a couple can go through in a relationship which can lead to the end of that relationship. In addition to that the author opts to put a positive spin on things and highlight how these negative situations can be converted into positive ones and save the relationship from ending.

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    • Mission to Mariana Trench Records Dozens of Crazy Deep Sea Creatures

    • By: Jason Daley
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
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    The Mariana Trench is one of the most enigmatic spots in the ocean. This crescent-shaped scar in the Earth’s crust forms where the Pacific plate collides and sinks below the Philippine plate. It runs for 1,500 miles and contains the deepest spot known in the ocean: the Challenger Deep, which hides 6.83 miles below the surface.

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    • Neanderthals May Have Used Toothpicks to Treat Aching Teeth

    • By: Jason Daley
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    A Neanderthal living in what is now Croatia wore grooves in his or her teeth trying to soothe the pain.

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    • Are You Descended From Witches? New Digital Document Could Help You Find Out

    • By: Jason Daley
    • Narrated by: Mark Schectman
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Genealogy has gotten pretty sophisticated in recent years. There are now massive online archives that make it easier than ever to hunt down obscure ancestors, not to mention mail-in DNA tests that can reach back centuries. But an approximately 350-year-old manuscript published online for the first time can reveal another fascinating detail about one's family history: whether any ancestors were accused of practicing witchcraft.

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    • Why Mother and Baby Humpback Whales Whisper to One Another

    • By: Jason Daley
    • Narrated by: Desiree Fultz
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    At 50-feet long, adult humpback whales are so large they have no natural predators. But the same can't be said for their babies, which are some 15-feet long at birth. These blubbery creatures are tasty meal for killer whales, who separate the calves from their mothers before chowing down.

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    • Mammals May Have Dinosaurs to Thank for Their Night Vision

    • By: Jason Daley
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    To survive in the rough and tumble world of the Mesozoic Era, mammals had to quickly learn that dinosaurs ruled the sun-filled hours. So these furry creatures adapted to a nocturnal existence, developing traits like whiskers and acute hearing. But the key adaptations took place in their eyes.

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    • Wolves and Dogs Both Have a Sense of Fairness

    • By: Jason Daley
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    Give a kid a cookie and her friend a carrot—and you'll likely hear some complaining. But this concept of inequity is a trait researcher long thought unique to humans.

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    • Did a Comet Set off Global Warming 56 Million Years Ago?

    • By: Jason Daley
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    Tiny glass beads found in New Jersey and Bermuda suggest this dramatic warming period began with an impact.

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    • Man Crosses the Atlantic on a Stand-Up Paddleboard

    • By: Jason Daley
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    Yesterday, South African big-wave surfer Chris Bertish became the first person to cross the Atlantic via SUP.

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    • Why Certain Songs Get Stuck in Our Heads

    • By: Jason Daley
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    Earworms wriggle their way into your brain, lingering there for hours, impossible to excise.

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    • Researchers Travel to the Amazon to Find out If Musical Taste Is Hardwired

    • By: Jason Daley
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    It can often feel like there is something deep and universal about a collection of notes making up a chord or arranged into a beautiful melody. For some, music can crawl up the spine and evoke real shivers. Over the centuries, Western music has assumed its highly developed system of harmony and intervals was tapping into some grand truth innately recognized by all humans; after all, even Justin Bieber's music is based on mathematical ratios described by Pythagoras himself.

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    • Columbus, Ohio Wins $140 Million to Become the Transportation City of Tomorrow

    • By: Jason Daley
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    In a few years, the city of the future will emerge, with self-driving busses, cars that communicate with streetlights and electric charging stations on nearly every street. Or at least that’s what Columbus, Ohio, hopes its future looks like after winning the Transportation Department’s Smart City Challenge competition.

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    • Half of Our Atoms May Come From Other Galaxies

    • By: Jason Daley
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    In the beginning, the universe was full of elements, such as hydrogen and helium. Heavier organic elements like carbon, nitrogen and oxygen were created by fusion of those lighter elements inside the cores of stars some 4.5 billion years ago. 

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    • The Sticky Science Behind the Deadly Boston Molasses Disaster

    • By: Jason Daley
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    Slow as molasses isn’t just a saying — the byproduct of sugar production is usually sticky and viscous, even at room temperature. So historians and scientists have long been stumped by Boston's 1919 Great Molasses Flood.

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    • How Virtual Reality Is Helping Prosecute Nazi War Criminals

    • By: Jason Daley
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    A new, detailed 3D simulation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp is helping prosecutors build stronger cases against these still-living Nazis.

    "How Virtual Reality Is Helping Prosecute Nazi War Criminals" is from smithsonianmag.com, published on October 11, 2016.

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