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Fainting Astronauts

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It's normal for astronauts to feel dizzy or faint when they come back to Earth. It's similar to what happens to people on Earth when they stand up quickly after sitting or lying down.

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Invasive Plants Love Tornadoes

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When tornadoes touch down in forested areas, forests suffer from the effects of the high-speed windstorm.

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The Brain Maps Of Foot Painters

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In most people’s brains, each finger is represented by its own small section in the brain, but the same isn’t true for toes. Scientists did an experiment to see whether people who used their toes the way people usually use their hands had hand-like maps of their toes in their brains.

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How Bile Helps You Digest Fats

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If our livers didn't produce bile, humans would have a very difficult time digesting fats. Fats need special assistance in being digested because they don't dissolve in water. They're inclined to stick together, forming large clumps.

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The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

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One of the most bewildering developments of modern Physics is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. On today's Moment of Science we'll learn what this is, and try to clear up some of the uncertainty.

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The Discovery Of The Dead Sea Scrolls

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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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