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Orbo Novo, a highly anticipated ballet, premiered in Boston this month. The contemporary dance, designed by esteemed choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, is giving audiences a glimpse into the two hemispheres of the brain...
Last night at a packed bar in New York City, Donald Johanson—the paleoanthropologist who discovered Lucy, the world’s most celebrated human ancestor—took swipes at detractors who claim her bones should not be on public display...
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This particular meow mix—an embedding of her cat’s high-frequency natural cry within a more pleasant, low-frequency purr—often awakens Karen McComb, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Sussex in the U.K...
Kim Jong-il, the eccentric 67 year-old North Korean tyrant who has lived a life of excess as his people starved, is reportedly suffering from pancreatic cancer.
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The family of Meriwether Lewis, co-leader of the Lewis and Clark expedition, announced this morning that they are once again seeking permission to exhume his bones from federal land and determine whether he committed suicide or was murdered...
Music has an undeniable power over mind and body—and the science behind its mysterious sway is a hot topic at the moment. In the latest study to show music’s physical effects on the body, researchers found that volume changes affect heart rate and other physiological markers...
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