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Thursday, September 18, 2014

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    Cause of Richard III's Death Revealed

    Richard III Died for Want of A Helmet, Not A Horse

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    How Young Mantis Shrimp Stay Invisible

    New research finds that young mantis shrimp use reflectors in their eyes to hide the organs from predators.


  • A photo of the skull of Richard III

    Cause of Richard III's Death Revealed

    Shakespeare got it wrong. A new study shows Richard III died for want of a helmet, not a horse.


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    Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

    Astronomers counted every single twinkling star visible—and the number is astounding.


  • A spine-cheek clownfish nestles in its bulb tentacle sea anemone.

    Baby Clownfish Make Epic Journeys

    Turns out finding Nemo could take a while-a new study reveals for the first time that baby clownfish travel up to 250 miles in search of a new reef.


  • A photo of cans of soda displayed in a case at a convenience store in San Diego.

    Gut Bugs Behind Higher Blood Sugar?

    Artificial sweeteners might unexpectedly increase blood sugar levels in some people, a study of gut microbes suggests.


  • A photo of a tractor kicking up dust as it drives through an unplanted field in California

    California's New Groundwater Law

    As the epic drought persists, the state decides to limit groundwater pumping—but not before the 2020s at the earliest.


  • A photo of a radiation sign along the road near Pripyat outside of the exclusion zone in Ukraine.

    Sneaking Into a Nuclear Wasteland

    After the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in 1986, more than a thousand square miles were abandoned, inspiring the curious and adventurous to sneak into the exclusion zone.


  • Photo of a puss moth caterpillar feeding on a leaf.

    Toxic Puss Caterpillar Explained

    No warm and fuzzy here—a possible boom in a highly venomous but irresistibly touchable caterpillar is sending people in the eastern U.S. to the hospital.


  • The June 27th lava flow remains active and continues advancing towards the northeast on Sept. 15, 2014.

    Hawaii's Creeping Lava

    Residents await a slow-moving threat from the Kilauea volcano.


  • Left, Jordan Spencer, 18, Grand Prairie, Texas. Self ID: black/biracial. Right, Celeste Seda, 26, Brooklyn, New York. Self-ID: Dominican and Korean

    Origins of Unique Faces

    A new study suggests that people evolved distinct faces because this variability eases recognition.


  • A photo of a woman sitting next to a pot of dried mud cakes in Haiti.

    World Making Progress Against Hunger

    A new report shows that rates of undernourishment have gone down in most countries, but in others, the problem of food access is far from solved.


  • Photo of a pedestrian walking on a bridge in front of wind turbines at the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city.

    Grow Economy, Fight Climate Change?

    Smart planning and new technologies are key to a brighter future, says a report from Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.


  • Photo of tourists at the Trinity Site in New Mexico.

    A Guide to Nuclear Sites

    From the early atomic advances in Chicago to the bunkers built for U.S. leaders in wartime, eight places tell the story of the nuclear age.


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    Paul Salopek walks into Tarsus, Turkey, St. Paul's hometown—and the place where Cleopatra first met Marc Anthony.

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