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Sea Spiders Use Their Guts, Not Hearts, To Pump Oxygen

Sea Spiders Use Their Guts, Not Hearts, To Pump Oxygen

Sea spiders, which have inhabited Earth for over 500 million years, are fascinating creatures. The marine arthropods, which range in size from a millimeter long to as big as a dinner plate, have eight jointed legs that convene around a tiny body. Since their torsos are so small, they use their legs to conduct normal body functions such as digestion and reproduction. Now, it seems the creatures also have a unique breathing mechanism.

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Diwali, India's Glittering Festival Of Lights, Is Upon Us!

Diwali, India's Glittering Festival Of Lights, Is Upon Us!

Festivals, most associated with religion, are an essential part of the Indian culture. There is rarely a week that goes by without some celebration. However, few are as widely observed as Diwali. Also known as Deepavali (row of lights), the joyous five-day ritual is the biggest and most anticipated of all Indian celebrations.

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NASA's Newest Astronaut Recruits Report For Training

NASA's Newest Astronaut Recruits Report For Training

Many kids dream of venturing into space to search for new planets or to conduct cutting-edge research on the International Space Station (ISS). In August 2017, twelve eager men and women came one step closer to realizing their lifelong ambition, when they reported to the Johnson Space Center in Houston to begin two years of grueling training. If they succeed, they will be NASA’s biggest graduating class of astronauts since 2000.

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2,363 Pound Gourd Sets New American Record At Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest

2,363 Pound Gourd Sets New American Record At Pumpkin Weigh-Off Contest

October is pumpkin month in the US. For most people, this means devouring the various pumpkin-filled treats or visiting pumpkin patches to pick out the perfect gourd to carve for Halloween. However, for some, it means the chance to showcase their giant produce at pumpkin weigh-offs. Though there are numerous such contests held across the country, the “Super Bowl” takes place annually at Half Moon Bay, CA, aka “The World Pumpkin Capital.”

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Ferocious Northern California Fires Show No Signs Of Slowing Down

Ferocious Northern California Fires Show No Signs Of Slowing Down

Wildfires are a common occurrence in California from early spring to late autumn due to the dry, windy, and hot weather conditions. However, the Golden State has never experienced anything as devastating as the fires that are currently burning through parts of Northern California. Though it has been four days since the first flames ignited, firefighters still have no control over the blazes that extend all the way from Napa to Mendocino County.

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It's Almost Friday The 13th — Are You Ready?

It's Almost Friday The 13th — Are You Ready?

For most of you, this Friday, which happens to be October 13, will mean little more than the start of a weekend. However, don’t tell that to the 20 million people worldwide that suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia. They are convinced that the combination of the day and number brings bad luck. While no one knows for sure how Friday the 13th began to be so feared, there are numerous theories.

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