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Not sure how many of you heard the news last month, but a 43-year-old sleep deprivation record was broken by one Tony Wright, in London. The previous record of 264 hours (11 days) was set by Randy Gardner in 1964 as part of a student science project in San Diego. Wright existed on a diet of raw food, salad, nuts and seeds to keep him from the evil zzzzzzzzzzs.

Check out Tony's sleep deprivation diary here. (highlights include: Day 10 - As it turns out writing while sleep deprived is easily the most difficult thing to do, for that reason I have decided I won't write anymore, so this will be my last entry.)

What's the longest you ever stayed awake? My record is about 36 hours when I had to fly from (are you ready for this?) Seattle to Salt Lake to Manhattan to London to Helsinki to Moscow"¦ and, no, I don't sleep on planes.)

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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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