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Washington State Legalizes Composting of Human Remains

May 28, 2019

The state of Washington has signed a bill legalizing human composting, CNN reported on Wednesday. This method of disposing of remains, officially known as “recomposition,” accelerates the natural process of a body converting into soil. For the last hundred thousand years, humans have performed a wide array of death rituals. […]

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Evidence Suggests Indoor Air May Affect Ability to Think Clearly

May 19, 2019

Sitting in small, enclosed rooms while low levels of carbon dioxide accumulate could actually be detrimental to the health of your brain, “The New York Times” reported. Both the increased heat build up and the chemical composition of the air we inhale may affect our decision-making and critical-thinking skills. […]

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Denver Votes to Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

May 13, 2019

Denver has passed a bill legalizing the use and possession of psychedelic mushrooms, “Rolling Stone” reported May 8. Passing this bill makes Denver the first city in the United States to decriminalize the use of “magic” mushrooms, which have been illegal since 1968. Edible drugs have had a fascinating history in the United States. […]

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Scrabble Adds Thousands of New Words, Including “OK”

May 11, 2019

Makers of the popular board game Scrabble have admitted 2,800 new words to the game, according to “The Guardian.” This addition marks the first occasion of new words in four years to be added to Scrabble. The change reflects our constantly evolving language. […]

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Dog Rescued by Oil Rig Workers 135 Miles off Coast of Thailand

April 27, 2019

A furry and unexpected guest recently swam to an oil rig 135 miles off the Thai coast, NPR reported. A dog surprised workers on the oil rig, who rescued him from the water and cared for him until they could return him to land. Luckily, the pup avoided the common hazards and dangers of offshore energy life. […]

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Clinical Trials Editing Human Genes Underway in Philadelphia

April 26, 2019

Early trials editing human genetics have begun at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, according to NPR. Independent trials in the United States, Canada, and Europe are also set to begin soon, despite the controversy surrounding gene editing. How did gene editing begin and how has it progressed? […]

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Surprising New Words Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

March 27, 2019

The March 2019 update to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) adds words and phrases related to dogs, gender identities, cannabis, and many more. The official website of the OED says that 650 words in all were added for the first quarter of 2019. The lifespan of words sheds light on our ever-evolving language. […]

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Bone Fractures on the Rise in Seniors Who Walk Dogs

March 24, 2019

A recent study published in the “Journal of the American Medical Association” said that elderly Americans who walk leashed dogs face increasing fracture risks. “Man’s best friend” can sometimes be energetic and unruly. Learn important dog-training techniques and save yourself a doctor’s visit. […]

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Google Employee Calculates “Pi” to 31 Trillion Digits for “Pi Day”

March 22, 2019

Google’s Emma Haruka Iwao and several coworkers broke the Guinness World Record for computing pi to 31 trillion digits, Engadget reports. They used cloud computing to break the previous world record by nine trillion digits. In celebration, here’s a trick to learn the first 24 digits of “pi” and to improve your number-memorizing skills. […]

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