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Top Ten Myths About the Brain

When it comes to this complex, mysterious, fascinating organ, what do—and don’t—we know?

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How Piano Wires Changed Through Centuries

When Wolfgang Mozart sat down to perform his masterpieces to audiences, he tapped out the notes on a much different instrument than most pianos used today. Among the differences was the wire inside his instrument...

from Discovery News

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Skepticism Grows Over Products Touted as Eco-Friendly

To Marina Meadows, green may be the new white. When she goes shopping these days, Meadows is often overwhelmed by a bevy of products touted as green, from Earth-friendly dish soaps and bamboo-derived towels to eco-detergents and plant-based soda bottles...

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Early Bronze Age Battle Site Found on German River Bank

Fractured human remains found on a German river bank could provide the first compelling evidence of a major Bronze Age battle. Archaeological excavations of the Tollense Valley in northern Germany unearthed fractured skulls, wooden clubs and horse remains dating from around 1200 BC.

from BBC News Online

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Race to Space, Through the Lens of Time

It was the spring of 1961. President John F. Kennedy, speaking of new frontiers and projecting the vigor of youth, had been in office barely four months, and April had been the cruelest.

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Equine Virus Outbreak Spooks Horse Owners Across Western U.S.

The horse named Powered By Pep had just won his class at a competition in Bakersfield when his owner, David Booth, noticed that the animal was not quite himself. "A little slow-footed," the 22-year-old Acton rancher recalled Monday.

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Iceland's Volcanic Ash Cloud to Cover British Air Space Today

An ash cloud from Iceland's Grímsvötn volcano has already grounded more than 250 flights to and from Scotland and Northern Ireland and is expected to cover all of the United Kingdom's air space by the end of Tuesday.from the Christian Science Monitor

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Some Heart Screenings May Do More Harm Than Good

Screening people at low risk for heart disease with a test that detects blocked arteries appears to do more harm than good, new research suggests...from the Chicago Sun-Times

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