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Mongolian Couple Die of Plague after Eating Raw Marmot

May 17, 2019

A couple in Western Mongolia have died of bubonic plague after eating raw marmot, “The Guardian” reported. There are people who believe eating the innards of the rodent is good for their health. Although people ignore health warnings not to eat uncooked meat, raw marmot can carry the plague germ Yersinia pestis. Plague is known for causing the Black Death in the 14th century—but was it that simple? […]

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Soldier Survives 70-Foot Plunge into Hawaiian Volcano

May 16, 2019

A U.S. Army soldier survived a 70-foot drop into Kilauea at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, according to Hawaii News Now. After crossing a safety rail to get a better look at the volcano rim, the ground gave way under him and he fell to a ledge below. Hawaii’s volcanic features range from awe-inspiring to deadly. […]

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Microsoft to Release Software Kit for Voters to Track Ballots

May 15, 2019

Citing concerns of election fraud, Microsoft is releasing ballot-tracking software, NPR reported. The software kit will allow voters to track their votes as they go through the counting process and notify them if and when tampering occurs. This tool aims to secure our increasingly vulnerable voting system. […]

Lifestyle News

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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Lifestyle News

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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Burger King to Launch Vegan Whopper Nationwide by Year’s End

May 10, 2019

Fast food chain Burger King will offer its vegan Impossible Whopper nationwide by the end of 2019, Business Insider said. The news comes after an April trial run in St. Louis for the plant-based alternative to cheeseburgers. Can it help curb our meat habit? […]

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Physicists Hunt for Uranium Cubes from Nazi Germany

May 9, 2019

Scientists are searching for 664 cubes of uranium developed by Nazis during World War II, the popular physics site Phys.org reported recently. The cubes are the result of unsuccessful efforts by German scientists to build a nuclear reactor. How far on the nuclear fuel cycle did they get? […]

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NASA Prepares Scenarios for Hypothetical Asteroid Defense

May 8, 2019

NASA and other scientists have begun training simulations to plan for asteroids colliding with Earth, according to Space.com. Scenarios have been developed that would grant us eight years’ warning to avert a disaster. As we look at the asteroid belt, it holds many mysteries, threats, and fascinating facets. […]

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