The “Goldilocks” Zone

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The ideal distance of a planet’s orbit around its star to allow for conditions where liquid water can exist on the planet’s surface. Astronomers recently found eight such planets in the “Goldilocks” zone.

“You have a very diverse group of personality traits that are maladaptive on the individual level”

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Using the 6 p.m. episode of Seinfeld on TBS as homework, “Psy-feld” is part of a class at Rutgers medical school that helps psych students “identify and discuss psychiatric disorders”.

Frostbitten Flamingoes

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Flying the wrong way due to “unusual climactic conditions,” four different flamingoes flapped their way into Siberia last week.

Great Topic.

What are those floaty things in your eye?

Imagining a Mars 3.5 to 4 billion years ago

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As the search for life on Mars continues, the Curiosity rover is gathering up more evidence for proof of some type of Martian existence.

This Is Your Spine on Texting

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All that looking down is equivalent to hanging a 60-pound weight around your neck.

“Parts of the brain that have never connected, suddenly join together.”

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This is your brain on ‘Magic’ mushrooms

The Cutest Remote-Controlled Car. Ever.

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Instead of just walking into a flock of emperor penguins to identify those birds tagged with RFID chips, researchers in the Antarctic drive this adorable lil’ remote controlled dude into the huddles, so that the penguins won’t get stressed.

Turbulence

The unexpected math behind Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”

“Pay attention, this is an important experience that is worth remembering.”

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Having A.D.H.D. characteristics in the Paleolithic era made you a success. Now, in the instant gratification-heavy 21st century, those carrying traits of this novelty-seeking behavior need to—in a sense—become digital nomads to be effective and keep their surrounding world interesting.

Illustration by Matt Leines

Square-Dance Style

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The first act of sex on earth happened about 385 million years ago between two primitive bony fish in an ancient Scottish lake. The fish did it sideways—like two square dancers—rubbing their genitalia together like cheese graters

The Affected

A Brief History of Melancholy

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