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The Royal Jelly

Queen bee in a hive.

According to legend, King Arther gained the crown by pulling a sword from a rock. Queen honeybees have an equally enchanting way of ascending to the throne. It's called the royal jelly.

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The Camel's Unique Physiology

A camel in the desert.

A camel can travel hundreds of miles, over several days, without stopping to drink. On today's Moment of Science, we'll learn how camels survive the dry desert.

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Survival Stripes

Striped insect.

The stripes on some insects help them survive in the wild. When prey with high-contrast stripes move, their stripes blur, making it hard for a predator to see them. That's what a group of scientists found out in an experiment on praying mantises. 

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Mouthwash and Exercise

Treadmill.

It might not be a great idea to use mouthwash right after working out, at least if you want to experience the blood pressure-reducing effects seen after exercise. Mouth bacteria play an important role in reducing blood pressure after we exercise, and using antibacterial mouthwash can get rid of it. 

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Spiders Go Way Back

A spider's web.

Some spider webs look as though they were thrown together at the last minute, while others look as though they wer meticulously planned months in advance. It's hard to say just how long it took for spiders to evolve such intricate webs, but evidence suggests that orb webs have been around for a long time, at least 100 million years.

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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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