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    • 21st Century Cures Act Tackles Postpartum Depression

    • By: Jason Daley
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    This mental health condition inflicts up to one in seven mothers during pregnancy or after their child's birth. But only around half of those women ever get diagnosed. Proposed by representative Katherine M. Clark, the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act provides $5 million per year from 2018 to 2022 for states to develop screening and treatment programs for mothers.

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    • Mongolia Adopts Address System That Uses Three-Word Names

    • By: Jason Daley
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    Sure, there are occasional hiccups, but in the age of Google Maps and GPS, the current system of street names and addresses in the developed world works relatively well. But for the billions of people on Earth who live in rural areas, slums or sprawling urban areas, that system of addressing breaks down. It causes difficulties in receiving mail and packages, and there are bigger consequences as well.

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    • Geoarchaeologist Proposes There Was A "World War Zero"

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    During the late Bronze Age, the eastern Mediterranean was dominated by the "Group of 8," the Egyptians, Hittites, Canaanites, Cypriots, Minoans, Mycenaeans, Assyrians and Babylonians. But around 3,200 years ago all of these civilizations went into steep decline - besieged by war, famine, corruption and bickering. Archaeologists still debate why the disruption happened and whether it was a caused by an external event like an earthquake or climate change or the result of civil unrest.

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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 Sticky Science Behind the Deadly Boston Molasses Disaster

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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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    • 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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    • Climate Change Could Devastate Penguin Populations by Century's End

    • By: Jason Daley
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    Polar bears have become the poster child for climate change, but at the opposite end of the globe another beloved animal is facing a major threat from the warming climate: penguins.

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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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    • This "Perfume" for Toilets Could Help Improve Sanitation Around the World

    • By: Jason Daley
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    Anyone forced to visit an overused and under-cleaned Porta Potty knows that the stench can be enough to drive people away, no matter how bad they have to go.

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    • First Humans Entered the Americas Along the Coast, Not Through the Ice

    • By: Jason Daley
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    The traditional story of human migration in the Americas goes like this: A group of stone-age people moved from the area of modern-day Siberia to Alaska when receding ocean waters created a land bridge between the two continents across the Bering Strait. Once across, the giant Laurentide and Cordilleran ice sheets, which blocked southern Alaska and the Yukon Territory in western Canada, halted the migrants' progress.

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    • Help Crowdsource the History of Wine

    • By: Jason Daley
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    When Prohibition ended in 1933, California’s wine region was ready for a rebound. That’s why the University of California, Davis, tasked plant physiologist Maynard Amerine with improving wine production in the region. The native Californian took the task to heart, studying the world’s great wines and grape varieties to do what he could do to up his state’s vino-culture. “He traveled around the state, he traveled to Europe, drinking wine, learning about wine," Amy Azzarito says.

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    • Somalia’s New President Is an American Citizen. How Did That Happen?

    • By: Jason Daley
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    In an electoral surprise, a man from New York recently became president. No, not that man, and not from that slice of New York—Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed, a long-time resident of a Buffalo suburb and the former prime minister of Somalia, was selected as the next president of the African nation of Somalia earlier this week.

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    • Family Discovers Rare Letters by Thomas Jefferson

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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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    • How Arnold Palmer and President Eisenhower Made Golf the Post-War Pastime

    • By: Jason Daley
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    The charismatic, working-class golfer and beloved president made golf the sport of elites and middle-class duffers for a generation.

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    • The International Space Station Will Finally Welcome a Black Astronaut

    • By: Jason Daley
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    A NASA biography states that Epps was first tapped as an astronaut in 2009 when she was selected as part of the space agency's 20th astronaut class. Epps, who has a doctorate in aerospace engineering, served as a scientific researcher at Ford before joining the CIA as a Technical Intelligence Officer in 2002. Since joining NASA, the Syracuse, New York, native has worked to support other missions to the International Space Station.

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

    • By: Jason Daley
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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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    • How the Reno Gang Launched the Era of American Train Robberies

    • By: Jason Daley
    • Narrated by: Mike Schectman
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    One hundred and fifty years ago today, the first-ever train robbery took place in Indiana, setting off decades of shoot outs and bloodshed.

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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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