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Morning Cup of Links: Coolology

According to the Institute for Economics & Peace, the most peaceful country in the world is Iceland. Denmark is nice, too, but Somalia is still a scary place, coming in dead last.
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If the HBO series Game of Thrones were a romantic comedy, its trailer would have a decidedly modern soundtrack. But I can't see it having a simple happy ending.
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Can Coolness Be Studied Like a Science? Well, maybe, but trying to figure it out makes you uncool to the max.
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Channing Tatum's movie Magic Mike is about male strippers, supposedly based on his own experience. But his former co-workers saw a preview and are accusing Tatum of using their stories instead.
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Fun tip: Suspend a drink cup in mid-air and see what reactions you get. People who work at drive-through windows are especially impressed and glad to see something out of the ordinary.
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Images of new sneakers from Adidas were leaked to Facebook, and the reaction is mainly "what were they thinking?" Well, would you wear tennis shoes with shackles attached to them?
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Check out this stylish new typographical introduction to Star Trek: the Original Series. They even killed off a red shirt!
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20 Incredible Photographs of Fireworks Reflected in Water. Oh sure, they're beautiful, but it's also reassuring to have water near your pyrotechnics.
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10 U.S. athletes to keep your eyes on at the London Olympics. Oh yeah, Michael Phelps is back, leading a crew of newcomers ready to dazzle the world.
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13 Curious Clauses in Baseball Contracts. If you're ever recruited, don't forget to ask for an allowance for mustache wax!

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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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