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  1. Jellyfish Don't Have Brains, But They Do Sleep
    Fun fact: Melatonin works on jellyfish.
  2. Fossil-Footprint Thief Couldn't Outrun the Law
    A man who stole 10 fossil footprints from a dig site in Crete last week failed to hide his own tracks from the police, who apprehended him on Sept. 15.
  3. Your Brain Sees Faces, Even When You Don't
    Can you see something without really seeing it? Your brain can.
  4. Hurricane Maria Could Strengthen As It Takes Aim at Turks and Caicos
    Hurricane Maria is heading toward the Turks and Caicos Islands after passing near the northern coast of the Dominican Republic earlier this morning (Sept. 21) and wreaking complete havoc across Puerto Rico yesterday.
  5. New Ancient Sloth Discovered in Mexican Sinkhole
    The skeleton of a new ancient ground sloth, the size of a small bear, was discovered in a Mexican sinkhole.
  6. Teen Dies from 'Rapunzel Syndrome': Why Do People Eat Their Hair?
    A 16-year-old girl in England died from an extremely rare condition called Rapunzel syndrome, according to news reports.
  7. 'Vegetarian' Dinos Made Exception for Shellfish, Poop Study Shows
    Certain giant, herbivorous dinosaurs didn't eat just plants — they also chowed down on rotten logs harboring shellfish, a new study finds.
  8. Extinct Big-Mouthed Frogs May Have Dined on Dinos
    Horned frogs' powerful bites hint that an extinct, ancient relative may have packed even more of a mouthy wallop.
  9. WWI German U-Boat Found Nearly Intact Off Belgium Coast
    Marine archaeologists have uncovered the wreck of a World War I German U-Boat off the coast of Belgium, thanks to a sharp-eyed reanalysis of sonar scans from an undersea survey that was carried out several years ago.
  10. Amerigo Vespucci: Facts, Biography & Naming of America
    America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, an explorer who first recognized that the lands in the New World were previously unknown continents.
  11. Astrology: Why Your Zodiac Sign and Horoscope Are Wrong
    Why your horoscope can't possibly be right — the stars are no longer aligned.
  12. Highly Caffeinated 'Death Wish' Coffee Recalled Over Botulism Hazard
    A company that claims to make one of the strongest coffees in the world is recalling some of its products because they could pose a risk of serious illness.
  13. Parasitic Worm Squirms Through Teen's Eye, Damaging His Vision
    When doctors in Mexico peered into a 17-year-old boy's eye, they got a squirming surprise: a flatworm wriggling in and out of the teen's eyeball.
  14. Terrifying 'Pinhole' Eye: Why Hurricane Maria Strengthened So Quickly
    Hurricane Maria's compact size and pinhole eye may explain why the monster storm strengthened so quickly.
  15. Blood Levels of Magnesium May Predict Dementia Risk
    The levels of magnesium in your blood may be linked to your risk of developing dementia later in life, a new study from the Netherlands finds.
  16. Super-Sticky Robot Clings Underwater Like 'Hitchhiker' Fish
    A new robot boasts a strong underwater grip.
  17. Who Were Cassini and Huygens?
    Who were the people who inspired the names for NASA's Cassini spacecraft and the European Space Agency's Huygens probe?
  18. Could Hurricane Maria Make Landfall in the US?
    Hurricane Maria is wreaking havoc on Puerto Rico today, but will the storm's fierce winds make landfall on the mainland United States?
  19. Early Viking Boat Grave Discovered in Norway
    Archaeologists have discovered a boat grave and possible human remains dating to around the time the Vikings started exploring and raiding lands across Europe.
  20. How 139 Countries Could Be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2050
    Scientists have published a detailed road map to move 139 countries to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, according to a recent study.

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