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A Spider's Appetite

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Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year. Without them, we'd be overrun with insects.
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The Incredible Legend of the First Black Samurai. He sure impressed the Japanese in 1579.  
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Watch all ten good dogs go up the steps one-by-one as their names are called. Even Mayhem and Chaos are good dogs.
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A Japanese photographer who goes by Nyan Kichi has made friends with a colony of feral cats. He's found that the cats particularly love to play in an area where the street has a lot of drain holes they can jump in and peek out of.
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The Country That Doesn't Exist. Transdniestria lies between Moldova and Ukraine, but no one recognizes it.
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Who Owns Your Face? You may be attached to it, but you don't have exclusive rights to what it looks like.
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The mysterious ways being bilingual changes your brain. It depends on when you learned a second language and how you use it.
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The Many Fires That Plagued P.T. Barnum. Maybe a higher power was trying to send him a message.

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How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water
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How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water. Young gas giants throw debris toward inward planets, including hydrogen-rich materials.

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Brazil's Geography Problem. It's a big country with lots of people, so why isn't it a world power?

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The Science of Hearing. Our ability to detect and interpret sounds is due to an amazing and complicated biological system.

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Lucasfilm Might be Putting Future Star Wars Spinoffs on Hold. Solo's disappointing box office was a surprise glitch in the moneymaking machine.

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Why Women Say Nothing Is Wrong When Something Is Clearly Wrong. She has plenty of reasons not to share it with you right now.

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How to Decorate Like a Viking. Archaeologists have built a palette of the paint colors used on Viking homes and buildings.

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The Breastfeeding Zealots of the Neonatal Ward. Maternal lactation is pushed to the point of shaming mothers with hungry babies.

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9 Amazing Tiki Bars. A visit will cool you off even on the hottest day.

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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain
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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain. Check out 25 subtle tricks that make you spend more.

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Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border. A list of resources and organizations that need your skills, time, or money.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Solstice. While the days will only get shorter from here, temperatures will still go up.

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The Forgotten Chefs Who Made Chili Con Carne a Tex-Mex Standard. Women running their own businesses gave us an entirely new cuisine.

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You Would Never Expect Killer Whales to Appear Here. Arctic Ocean prey that once fed polar bears is fair game for orcas.

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Brooklyn's Defunct Domino Sugar Plant Opens as Domino Park. Pictures show how an old factory can become a community park and still retain its history.

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First Impressions. Tom Comitta took the first sentence from 268 New Yorker short stories, sorted them, and combined them into one surprisingly cohesive tale.

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The Original Locations of 15 Famous Chain Stores. There might be one near you!

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