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Science and research continue to be what pushes us forward as a society, the basic evolution of which is complex but educational and incredibly fascinating at the same time. These articles delve into everything from environmental inventions to sustainable discoveries and much more.

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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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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Amazing Animal Brains: 13 Fascinating Neurological Facts

Spiders with brains that spill into their legs, sea squirts that eat their own neurons and super-smart crows: these 13 animals have fascinating brains.

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Blow into Algae and Help it Grow at This Greenhouse

Technology, biology and horticulture come together in an unusual interactive exhibit that invites visitors to help algae grow with their breath.

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Roll Call: Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds Make Weather Waves

Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds are a rare and often spectacular weather phenomenon whose rolling, wavy appearance can be both beautiful and frightening.

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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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Wall-Crawling Robot Mimics the Sticky Feet of Geckos

A robot can climb vertical surfaces - without using suction cups, sticky adhesive or magnets - thanks to a design based on the unusual biology of a gecko's foot.

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Encore! 10 Extinct Lifeforms Worth Resurrecting

These 10 extinct species are certainly gone but they're not forgotten, and they may not even be gone for good if biological technology continues to advance.

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Call To The Wild: 7 Amazing Animal Whisperers

The 7 amazing animal whisperers profiled here practice a kinder, gentler form of inter-species communication with thousands of years of history to back it up.

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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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11 Ways Technology is Helping to Save Endangered Species

GPS tracking, text messages, sonograms, unmanned planes and even Hubble Telescope software are all helping researchers save endangered species.

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Windows On The Past: 7 Amazing Creatures Preserved In Amber

Amber (fossil tree sap) can contain prehistoric insects, crustaceans, frogs and lizards, preserved in exquisite detail and all many millions of years old.

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A Constructive Concept: Growing Germs to Wire the Desert

A specific type of soil bacteria could be used in conjunction with 3D printers to create inexpensive, low-waste materials with which to build electric towers.

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Spectacular Steel Reclamation Center Building Design

A boomerang-shaped steel building hovers over an auto scrapyard in this futuristic design for a steel recycling research and education center in California.

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Steel Heals: Indonesians Choo-Choose Railway Therapy

Villagers in Rawa Buaya, Indonesia, believe if they lay down on the railway tracks, electrical energy carried within the steel rails will cure their ills.

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