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To understand the present we must consider the past. We all know this to be true, but in a society generating ever-more information it is more critical than ever to look back and consider what brought us to this point – from how technology has evolved to how the green movement has taken its place in history.

Spine Tingling: Meet Pikaia, Our Earliest Ancestor!

The earliest ancestor of all vertebrates (including us) appears to have been Pikaia Gracilens, a tiny, worm-like creature just 2 inches long.

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'Shrooms With a View: 10 Strange & Beautiful Mushrooms

Deadly or delicious, beautiful or bland, these 10 strange & beautiful mushrooms span the imagination while spanning the globe when it comes to location.

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Heart Ons: 10 Natural Aphrodisiacs That Really Work!

Valentine's Day is all about love, loving and feeding our (ahem) amorous appetites. Eat to win and the sweet thrill of victory can be yours to share!

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Berry Berry Big: The World's 10 Largest Fruits

Looking for a sweet treat that's hard to beat? The 10 jumbo fruits featured here aren't just meals in themselves, they're literally outstanding in their fields.

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Chew On This: 10 Strange & Unusual Meat Jerkies

Jerky makes a high-protein, low calorie snack and it can be made from almost any kind of meat... including these ten rather surprising ones.

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Fire Away: 7 Amazing Animal Dragons

2012 is the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese zodiac and the dragon is the only one of the 12 animals to be wholly mythical... or is it?

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Thundersnow: The Sound And The Flurry

Thundersnow: Marvel superhero or heavy metal band? Neither, actually, though the name of this rare aspect of winter weather sounds as awesome as it is.

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Title Recall: 10 Creatures with Doubly Descriptive Names

An abundance of animals bear the burden of doubly descriptive names. An identity crisis in the making? The animals aren't saying so it's up to us to decide.

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Crunch Time: The World's 10 Most Unusual Nuts

Nuts about nuts? This selection of 10 unusual nuts highlights the sweet yet occasionally distasteful relationship we have with these swell shelled feed seeds.

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Beneficial Bacteria: 12 Ways Microbes Help The Environment

Bacteria is essential to human health and that of the earth, but did you know it can also clean up radiation & pollution, target tumors and turn waste into fuel?

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21 Magnificent Moon Photos: Phases, Eclipses & More

From fascinating phenomena and optical effects like earthshine and eclipses to phases, movement & texture, these images show off the moon in all its beauty.

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China's Sea Of Green Algae Has Beachgoers Seeing Red

Summer's arrived and China's green menace (a massive bloom of stringy, slimy, and smelly Enteromorpha Prolifera algae) has returned as well... we kudzu not!

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Jewel of Japan: Gorgeous Sand Dunes Like Japanese Desert

A desert - in the middle of Japan? Not quite, but the Tottori Sand Dunes are a spectacular sight and a hidden gem for anyone visiting the area.

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Cave of Forgotten Dreams: Oldest Known Pictorial Creations

Ancient paintings estimated to be 32,000 years old, found in a cave in France, are explored by director Werner Herzog in the film 'Cave of Forgotten Dreams.'

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Hard Boiled Wonderland: New Mexico's Bisti Egg Garden

The Bisti Egg Garden is an unusual, atypical and accessible rock formation located in the Bisti Wilderness Area near Farmington, New Mexico. Eggs-cellent!

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