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BEASTS UNBURDENED

By on September 28, 2012 in Wildlife Category

Just as in humans, mobility, energy, and psychology are all factors that affect animals that are missing limbs.

The art and science of animal prosthetics has progressed to allow animals a range of motion and a degree of freedom that was never before possible.

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WORKING INFORMALLY

By on September 28, 2012 in Global Category

They stand on Los Angeles street corners waiting for pickups to take them to construction jobs. They stand in the middle of Mexican intersections breathing fire hoping for a tip. They sit under the Nairobi sun selling toilets and fixing tires.

They are workers in the world’s biggest employment sector  the underground economy.

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THE FOUR O’CLOCK FLOWER

From “The Odyssey” to “Robinson Crusoe”, stories of survival have seized the imagination for centuries.

The idea of cheating death keeps us captivated and dares us to tread where our fears keep us from going.

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LIGHT MY FIRE

By on August 31, 2012 in Food Category

The bhut jolokia, or ghost pepper, is the hottest pepper in the world.

One woman can rub its puree in her eyes without even a wince. Can you brave the heat?

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ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM

By on August 31, 2012 in History Category
ANTIKYTHERA MECHANISM

An ancient artifact, found among classic millennia-old Greek marble statues from 2,000 years ago, was built to calculate the positions of astronomical objects. Its discovery brought up more questions than it answered.

The Antikythera Mechanism should not have been able to be built for another 14 centuries.

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