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Is Marijuana making the California drought worse?

California continues its struggle against crippling drought—everyone is looking for someone or something to blame. The latest “villain” to come under attack is an easy target for headline-hungry media – cannabis farming, legal or otherwise, is “sucking rivers dry”, according to Mike McGuire, Chairman of the California State Senate Joint Committee of Fisheries and Aquaculture. Speaking at an informational Committee hearing, McGuire claimed some of the State’s 50,000 pot farmers put profit first with no...

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Old-world monkey’s tiny brain was surprisingly complex

Scientists studying a 15 million year old monkey skull just got a lot closer to solving an old “chicken and egg” conundrum – what came first in primates, larger brains or more complex brains? Co-researchers, Fred Spoor of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Lauren Gonzales of Duke University, created a three-dimensional computer model of the brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull. Their paper was published in the journal Nature...

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Researchers find some spiders can fly and use silk to ‘anchor’ themselves on water

You do know that some spiders can fly, right? Isn’t that terrifying? They squirt out a bit of silk, the wind catches it, and off they go! That's nightmare fuel. Of course, the spiders can’t control where they’re going. After all, they’re at the mercy of the wind, and they’ll wind up wherever it takes them—hopefully not into your face, and hopefully for the spider, not into a large body of water. But surely no species...

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This flatworm can inseminate its own head to reproduce asexually

Animals will go to extraordinary lengths in order to reproduce as demonstrated by the flatworm Marcostomum hystrix. If these lovely creatures cannot find a mating partner, it will reproduce asexually through a fairly nonconventional method. According to Eurekalert, Zoologists at the Universities of Basel and Bielefeld conducted a study to find out how these flatworm species self-fertilize. Since this species is hermaphroditic, it has both male and female reproductive organs, and when push comes to...

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Watch researchers “walk” an Easter Island head

The Easter island statues have long been a mystery to many scientists. What purpose did they serve? How were they made? How did ancient people move them into place? According to Nature, Carl Lipo and his team of archaeologists at California State University, Long Beach think they've figured it out. They've devised a rope system that allows them to "walk" a scale model of one of these giant statues. Here, watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvvES47OdmY The final result required three ropes-- one in the...

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7 interesting underwears to pamper your posterior

Don’t let some boring old cotton or polyester house your genitals—clothe your junk in something a bit more interesting. DailyOrbit has the scoop on the most interesting things you can use to protect your naughty bits. Fart filtering Underwear A British company called Shreddies designed underwear that neutralizes farts in their path. The back panel of the underwear is made infused with a carbon-based material called Zorflex, normally used in chemical warfare suits with the capability...

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Five lesser known facts about Einstein

He is the most celebrated scientist in history, and yet people don’t know the full story of Albert Einstein. Here are five of the strangest facts about the iconic scientist. 1) His brain was stolen by the on-call pathologist during his autopsy Even the most experienced of judges will probably go their whole career without dealing with a case of brain theft. Think about it though—of all the brains to be stolen, wouldn’t Einstein’s make the most...

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Alisha in Alaska (Part 2): Modern homesteaders in America’s last frontier

Alisha Newton for The Daily Orbit In part one, Alisha talked about pollution and climate change. Here, we continue the conversation. America's Last Frontier To be considered a true Alaskan, you have to live through the winter, chop your own firewood, haul water, and use your off-road vehicle as your primary transport. Those who leave during the harsh, dark winters are known as "snowbirds" — when the snow comes, they fly away. In the mid-80s, hundreds of people decided to...

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The dinosaurs of Jurassic World: Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor

Stephanie K. Drumheller-Horton & Marc R. Spencer for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As unabashed superfans of the Jurassic Park movies (well, mainly the first one; The Lost World and Jurassic Park III were embarrassing), we’ve been counting down the months until its release. We’ve been checking the Jurassic World Facebook page daily, hoping to find some new trailers or behind-the-scenes videos, and haven’t been let down. While we can’t tell whether the movie will be amazing or terrible, it’s been cool...

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Mystery solved: cause of milky rain in US northwest discovered

The mystery of an unusual ash-like substance coating parts of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon back in February has been solved, as a multi-disciplinary team from Washington State University has uncovered the origins of this milky rain. According to various media outlets, the unusual precipitation affected more than 15 cities in the northwestern US. The light-gray colored grit in the rain coated homes, windows, and motor vehicles. Some experts hypothesized that the dirt may have been...