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The Superior Quality Of Hot Nectar

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In the midst of winter, one of the best ways to combat the effects of cold weather is a hot beverage. A new study out of the University of London shows that we're not the only species that likes a hot drink. In fact, bumblebees prefer warm nectar to cool.

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Solitary Bees

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Despite the common fear among many people of "swarms of bees," most bee species are actually solitary. Unlike social bees like the bumblebee, solitary bees don't have queens or worker bees, and they don't reside together in colonies.

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Magma and Oxygen

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Today on A Moment of Science were going to explain why Earth's air contains oxygen.

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Hairstyles That Lead To Hair Loss

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Ponytails, cornrows, and tight up-dos are hairstyles that can look great. But wearing your hair pulled tight for extended periods of time can eventually lead to hair loss.

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Galactic Center

The Milky Way.

In 2019, scientists achieved a great goal of astrophysics when they published the first-ever image of a black hole. By coordinating radio telescopes around the world to create, in effect, one Earth-sized telescope, scientists were able to capture an image of a black hole.

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The Discovery Of The Dead Sea Scrolls

Isaiah scroll from the Dead Sea.

In March of 1947, Mohammed ed-dib, a member of the Ta’amireh Bedouin tribe came to Bethlehem and showed three old scrolls to various antiquities dealers. He had found the scrolls inside a cave in the desert, stuffed inside large jars.

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The Invention Of Cities: Part 2

Çatalhöyük's long period of excavation and its wealth of well-preserved artifacts and archaeological remains has made it an indispensable source of data about human prehistory.

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The Invention of Cities: Part 1

There are innumerable points of significant change in over 100,000 years of human history, but arguably the most important period of all occurred in just the last 10,000.

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The Oldest Tree In Europe

Sitting on top of a rocky cliff in Italy’s Pollino National Park is Europe’s oldest tree.

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Was There An Opium Trade In The Bronze Age?

During the Bronze Age, a complex network of trade and political alliances connected what are today the countries of Egypt, Israel, Greece, Lebanon and the island of Cyprus.

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