Jim Staab

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We Finally Know The Identity of The Mystery Animal That Was Definitely Not a Werewolf

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The DNA results are in for a mysterious wolf-like animal shot and killed in Montana in May. To nobody’s great surprise, it didn’t turn out to be some sort of mythical monster. But, contrary to the expectations of experts at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), it’s not a wolf-dog hybrid, either.   The animal
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A Retired Astronaut Says We’ve Yet to Invent The Rockets That Will Take Us to Mars

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Chris Hadfield, most widely known for his zero-gravity guitar-playing, has seen an impressive amount of space travel. Between his first spaceflight in 1995, his second in 2001, and a third in 2013, Hadfield has flown inside NASA space shuttles, a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and the International Space Station.   Hadfield, who’s now retired, shares his
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Scientists Just Discovered How Water Gets From Blood Into The Brain

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Scientists have identified the means by which water in our blood supply crosses over to the brain, where it becomes the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds and protects one of our most precious organs.   Every day, about half a litre of water is transported from our blood in this way, but while researchers knew a
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Astronomers Have Figured Out Why Venus Has a Mysterious Bulge in Its Atmosphere

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A mysteriously fluctuating bulge observed in the atmosphere of Venus now has a more concrete explanation. According to a newly published study, the planet’s enormous mountain ranges are to blame for a massive gravity wave.   Venus is often called Earth’s sister planet because of the similarities between the two. If it’s a twin, though,
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Giant Horror Plant That Causes 3rd Degree Burns Has Spread to Yet Another US State

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If Hollywood wanted to make a movie about a horrifying plant invasion, giant hogweeds would make a great candidate for the lead role – they are absolutely massive, incredibly toxic, and readily spread wherever their seeds take root.   Listed as a noxious weed in at least eight states, last week the giant hogweed (Heracleum
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Guess Which Place Is The Psychopath Capital of The US, According to Science

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It takes a particular kind of person to succeed in politics, but the psychological traits that make for leadership material could be more extreme than anybody ever realised. A first-of-its-kind analysis ranking state-level estimates of psychopathy across the continental United States and the District of Columbia has found Washington DC harbours the highest concentration of
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This Gorgeous, Insanely Rare Rainbow-Coloured Lobster Is 1 in 100 Million

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A lobster caught off the coast of Grand Manan Island, Canada has had a lucky escape from the seafood markets, thanks to a genetic quirk that has given it a unique colouration. Rather than the typical dark blue, orange, or green, the crustacean – appropriately named Lucky – is delicately tinted pastel blue and pink.
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The Value of Those Weird Blockchain Virtual Pets, Cryptokitties, Is Plummeting

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When investors gave US$12 million (AU$16.12 million) to a startup called CryptoKitties in March, many raised their eyebrows at the news. CryptoKitties, which describes its product as one of the world’s first blockchain games, uses blockchain technology to collect and “breed” digital cats. Users can buy colourful, googly-eyed cats, some of which cost thousands of
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