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A Worldwide Celebration Of Halloween. Because customs spread faster when they involve candy!
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The science of a zombie apocalypse. It's not as far-fetched as you might think!
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Henri the Existential Cat shares his thoughts on Halloween. Yes, it's full of gloom and despair, but what else would you expect?
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Hilarious Election-Themed Halloween Costumes You Can Make Right Now. The one person who gets it and laughs will be worth the twenty others who ask you what it means.
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Hey, what are you going to do with those pumpkins after Halloween? Might as well have some real fun destroying them.
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Disney bought Lucasfilm for $4 billion. Really. And Disney will start releasing new Star Wars films by 2015.
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Star Wars is just the beginning of Lucasfilm stories. We can't wait to see what Disney will do with these other newly-acquired properties.
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The storm is over, but it could be some time before things return to normal in New York City. Transit problems and closed businesses mean surviving on canned goods for a while.
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Mayor Bloomberg's ASL translator has been elevated to internet meme status after appearing with him at hurricane briefings. Lydia Callis expresses all the emotions that Bloomberg cannot.
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Amidst the carnage and destruction resulting from hurricane Sandy, there are a few bright spots. Here are three stories of incredible heroism following the storm.
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Historic Vampires. Heretics, cannibals, tyrants, and serial killers have been labeled such because we can't conceive that mere people would act that way.

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Bone Broth 101
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Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?
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If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).

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