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Scientists Discover Millions of Viruses LITERALLY Fall From the Sky

Viruses, bacteria and other invisible invaders have been making news lately — and not just because we’re in the thick of a particularly intense influenza season. Between a stomach-churning DIY experiment with a public hand dryer [here’s that full story, but steer clear if you’re even slightly germaphobic], to recent scientific evidence linking prehistoric viruses […]

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Scientists May Have Discovered the Virus That Makes Us Human

During one of the most intense flu seasons in recent years, it might seem hard to accept the possibility that a virus of any kind might have a beneficial impact… but according to a newly-published pair of scientific papers, it’s possible a prehistoric virus may have played a critical part in the evolution of the […]

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ROSEMARY’S BABY and the War on Women’s Reproductive Rights

Roman Polanski — perhaps the most unlikely commentator on women’s rights — made ROSEMARY’s BABY at an idealistic time. In 1960, the first birth control pill Enovid was placed on the pharmaceutical market thanks in part to Margaret Sanger. While “the pill” was originally prescribed for menstrual disorders and irregularities most women were secretly using […]

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This is Exactly How Long it Takes a Vampire to Suck You Dry

While science has yet to conclusively prove the existence of vampires, some of the greatest minds in the field have spent some time looking into the matter… including a recent study by physics students at the University of Leicester in the UK. Testing the principles of fluid dynamics, the students decided to calculate how long […]