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18-Foot Python: Burmese Behemoth Found In Florida Almost Ties Record

An 18-foot python found in the Florida Everglades almost tied in size with the state’s record setting snake. The Miami Herald reported that the massive Burmese beast was captured on Tuesday by python control on the L-28 levee, roughly 5 miles north of Tamiami Trail. Engineers came across the creature while inspecting levees in the Everglades. South Florida Water Management …

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Poison Center Calls Increase in States With Decriminalized Marijuana

With public opinion shifting on the issue of marijuana and some states already beginning to legalize the drug, it now seems inevitable that weed is destined to become a major industry in the U.S. Along with legitimization, however, will come a flood of regulations maintaining the sale and consumption of marijuana. A new study published in the Annals of Emergency …

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“Wobbly” Planet Spotted in Binary Star System

NASA this week revealed that the Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a planet with a very erratic orbit. The planet, named Kepler-413b, orbits around a pair of stars and performs what astronomers are describing as a wobble as its spins. The planet’s binary system is located 2,300 light-years from our system and contains two dwarf stars, one orange and one …

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New Pill Camera Could Help Those with Colonoscopy Troubles

Although your dad would argue that there are a lot of terrible things about getting older, it’s hard to deny that the dreaded colonoscopy is one of the most-referenced drawbacks of aging. The American Cancer society recommends that both men and women first schedule the procedure at age 50, and continue to have colon screenings every 10 years. Let’s face …

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Bill Nye “Science Guy” Debates “Creationist” Ken Ham

The debate that has raged for centuries, or at least since Darwin’s Theory of Evolution was formulated, and consequent book, “The Origin of the Species” has had religious nuts and science nerds at odds arguing from whence we came. The Bible says one thing science says another. The controversy about Tuesday’s debate between “Science Guy” Bill Nye and creationist Ken …

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Energy Drinks Could Be Gateway Drugs, Shows Study

Over the past decade energy drinks have risen to prominence with ads promising to give workers that extra boost they need after lunch or jack up customers’ mood to “extreme” levels. Teens a big market for such products, and now a new study has shown that energy drinks could have more far-reaching effects than just being possibly unsafe. The study, …

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Dead Dolphins Washed Ashore on the Peru Coast Last Month

Wildlife experts have confirmed that last January over 400 dolphins washed up on the beaches of northern Peru, which is not too far away from the borders of nearby neighbor Ecuador. Two hundred were washed ashore within the first three weeks and by the end of the month, 200 more were determined dead. Twice that amount was found in Peru …

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NASA Crowdsources WISE Data Mining

NASA this week announced a new website, DiskDetective.org. The website allows visitors to help NASA researchers cull through data to help uncover young systems that could one day spawn planets. “Through Disk Detective, volunteers will help the astronomical community discover new planetary nurseries that will become future targets for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and its successor, the James Webb Space …

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Zinc Supplements Studied For The Common Cold

Although Americans are hit with 1 billion colds each year, most view it as some invisible enemy to which they’ll inevitably succumb. We wait until the running nose and sore throat symptoms set in and then head to our local pharmacy to self-medicate or hit the nearest urgent care so we can try to make it to work the next …

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You Can Break Glass With Your Voice And Here’s The Science Behind It

Black Canary is an interesting super hero. Not only is she super powerful thanks to years of physical training, but she also has a sonic scream that shatters objects. While no person possesses an ability on par with Black Canary’s voice, you can totally shatter glass with the right frequency. The folks at Hard Science are back with a new …

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Mars Rover Curiosity Has Now Driven Over 3 Miles

Following a few hiccups and a software upgrade during the holiday season, Mars rover Curiosity is now back to doing what it does best. NASA today revealed that Curiosity is currently on its way to drill another rock sample. The rover is currently stopped at an area named Dingo Gap so that researchers can determine an optimal route over a …

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Mexico’s “Water Monster” May Be Extinct

The search is on for Mexico’s “water monster”, known as the axolotl. The animal has all but disappeared from the lakes in the Mexico City region. This is of great concern, as this region is the only known habitat of the axolotl, prompting some to question whether or not the species may be on the verge of extinction. The axolotl …

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