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  1. Farming on Mars?

    “The first humans to live on Mars might not identify as astronauts, but farmers. To establish a sustainable settlement on Earth’s solar system neighbor, space travelers will have to learn how to grow food on Mars, a job that could turn out to be one of the most vital, challenging and labor-intensive tasks at hand, experts say.” Space
    Space

  2. Japanese Reactor Is Said to Stand on a Fault Line

    “Seismologists said Wednesday that a nuclear reactor in Tsuruga, in western Japan, stands above an active seismic fault, a finding that could lead to the first permanent shutdown of a reactor since the Fukushima crisis two years ago.” New York Times
    Earth

  3. Everest Ice Shrinking Fast, Scientists and Climbers Say

    “Everest isn’t the same mountain it was when Jim Whittaker became the first U.S. climber to summit the peak in 1963. The world’s highest peak has been shedding snow and ice for the past 50 years, possibly due in part to global warming, new research says.” National Geographic
    Environment

  4. Cemetery Reveals Baby-Making Season in Ancient Egypt

    “The peak period for baby-making sex in ancient Egypt was in July and August, when the weather was at its hottest.” LiveScience
    Ancient

  5. Neptune and Uranus May Shed Light on Exoplanet Atmospheres

    “Inscrutable ice giants Neptune and Uranus have only a thin rind of windy weather over their fluid contents, a team of planetary scientists say.”
    Los Angeles Times
    Space

  6. Invasive Ladybirds Wage ‘Biological War’ on Natives

    “The Asian ladybird was originally brought in to control aphids in greenhouses. But it has escaped and is increasing uncontrollably across Europe, wiping out native species. The alien is winning, say scientists, because its body fluid contains a parasite toxic to other insects.” BBC News
    Animals

  7. Danish Teenager Makes Rare Viking Find

    “Danish museum officials say that an archaeological dig last year has revealed 365 items from the Viking era, including 60 rare coins.” ABC News
    Ancient

  8. Google Buys A Quantum Computer

    “Google and NASA are forming a laboratory to study artificial intelligence by means of computers that use the unusual properties of quantum physics.” New York Times
    Tech

  9. Shocks to the Brain Improve Mathematical Abilities

    “The ‘three Rs’ of reading, writing and arithmetic could become four. Random electrical stimulation, a technique that applies a gentle current through the skull, leads to a long-lasting boost in the speed of mental calculations, a small laboratory study of university students has found.” Nature
    Science

  10. Video: What Does Your Body Do in 30 Seconds?

    A lot more than you’d think. Buzzfeed
    Just for Fun