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Thai Fisherman Finds Whale Vomit Rocks Worth up to $3.2 Million

December 10, 2020

A fisherman may be a millionaire after finding rocks of hardened whale vomit, the “Daily Mail” reported. The regurgitated substance, ambergris, is used as an odorless agent to maintain the scent of perfume like Chanel No. 5. Hunting marine mammals began 9,000 years ago. […]

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Viking Burial Ground Found in Norway Includes 19-Meter Ship

November 26, 2020

Scientists located an underground Viking site, including a ship, “The Art Newspaper” reported. It was detected with ground-penetrating SONAR technology and is said to have belonged to “Iron Age elites” of society. Vikings revolutionized shipbuilding in the 8th century C.E. […]

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Botched Art Restoration Ruins Renaissance-Style Statue in Spain

November 21, 2020

Another poor art restoration has made a statue look like it has a potato head, NPR reported. The statue depicted a woman smiling over livestock, though now her face is cartoonish and unrecognizable. The Protestant Reformation snubbed Renaissance-style art in the church. […]

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Unearthed Ancient Female Hunter with Weapons Defies Expectations

November 14, 2020

Ancient remains of a female hunter fly in the face of “hunter-gatherer” gender roles, Live Science reported. The woman, found in Peru, had been buried with her weapons 9,000 years ago, and she was no anomaly. The Trung Sisters of Vietnam broke stereotypes long ago, too. […]

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Fugitive Self-Cloning Mutant Crayfish Invade Antwerp Cemetery

November 7, 2020

A Belgian cemetery has been overrun with unnatural mutant crayfish, “The New Zealand Herald” reported. The all-female horde of crustaceans don’t require males to reproduce and were initially created in a breeding program. Understanding cloning begins with a look at cells. […]

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Canadian Tourist Returns “Cursed” Stolen Artifacts to Pompeii

October 21, 2020

A woman who stole fragments of Pompeii 15 years ago claims they were cursed, “The Guardian” reported. She returned the artifacts in a package with a note claiming they caused her to contract breast cancer and to fall on hard times financially. The Pompeii archaeological site still offers historical wonders to visit. […]

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Chemists Who Revolutionized Gene Editing Awarded Nobel Prize

October 13, 2020

Two chemists received the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their gene editing work, NPR reported Wednesday. Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna took the prize for their groundbreaking work with CRISPR, a precise gene editing technology. CRISPR is key to modern human genome work. […]

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