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The Missing Links: Running in the Rain

This Helped Me TODAY When I Went to Get Lunch
I still got drenched. But, I think less than I would have.

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The Worst Thing About Rain Is That It Destroys These
These artistic masterpieces go far beyond "Wash Me."

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How Long Do School Attacks Reverberate?
The biggest one in American history still haunts people, and it happened in 1927.

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For Those With A Hobbit Habit
Enjoy this really well-written rundown of facts and trivia about the book version of Bilbo’s journey.

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Some Netflix Suggestions For Bluth Lovers
Fans of Arrested Development will wish they could really watch these.

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A Few Things About the Internet I’ll Miss When the World Ends Tomorrow
This commercial, amazing interactivity like this picture of Mount Everest, the schadenfreude of seeing people get put in their place online.

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And, In Case the World Doesn’t End: Mark Your Calendars Now
We now know that the Channel 4 news team will be delivering a very merry Christmas in 2013.

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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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