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  1. Plague Helped End Roman Empire

    “Scientists investigated ancient DNA from the teeth of 19 different sixth-century skeletons from a medieval graveyard…They unambiguously found the plague bacterium Y. pestis there.” Live Science

    Ancient

  2. Eat More Insects, UN Says

    “The U.N. has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right
    now: edible insects.” AP

    Animals

  3. Strongest Solar Flare of 2013 Erupts

    “The sun unleashed a colossal Mother’s Day solar flare on Sunday (May 12) in what has become the most powerful solar eruption of the year.” Space.com

    Space

  4. Photographers Threaten the Slender Loris

    According to new research, locals in India are going to dangerous lengths to capture lorises for photographers’ photo shoots, including: bright lights, scare tactics, and habitat removal. Mongabay

    Animals

  5. Magnificent Byzantine-Period Mosaic Unearthed

    “A team of archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has discovered a spectacular, large 1,500-year-old mosaic at an archaeological site in Kibbutz Bet Qama.” Sci-News

    Ancient

  6. Video: Huge Ice Sheet Grows, Destroys Homes

    “Several homes have been destroyed and many damaged in the Canadian province of Manitoba after ice from a nearby lake was pushed up onto land by the wind.” BBC
    Earth

  7. The Vatican in a Bind About Santa Muerte

    “The Catholic Church makes its first public statement on the Mexican cult of Holy Death.” National Geographic

    People

  8. Carnivorous Plant Throws Out ‘Junk’ DNA

    “The newly sequenced genome of the carnivorous bladderwort contradicts the notion that vast quantities of noncoding ‘junk’ DNA are crucial for complex life.” Science Daily

    Environment

  9. Project Aims to Track Big City Carbon Footprints

    “Every time Los Angeles exhales, odd-looking gadgets anchored in the mountains above the city trace the invisible puffs of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases that waft skyward.” AP

    Environment

  10. Astronaut Makes Music Video in Space

    In a kind of farewell message before returning to Earth today, Commander Chris Hadfield sang “a revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity…on board the International Space Station.” YouTube

    Just for Fun