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The quest for magma
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The quest for magma: Drilling into it may help humanity harness a vast new source of clean energy

Plunging tools into glowing-hot magma miles underground might sound fantastical. But in recent years, a handful of geothermal energy companies have done so without meaning to.

chimpanzee
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Studying chimpanzee calls for clues about the origins of human language

To investigate chimp communication, my colleagues and I follow chimpanzees through the forest as they go about their lives. We carry a hand-held “shotgun” microphone and a digital recorder, waiting for them to call.

New study reveals why some people are more creative than others
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New study reveals why some people are more creative than others

Our findings indicate that the creative brain is “wired” differently and that creative people are better able to engage brain systems that don’t typically work together.

Why does music make us emotional?
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Why does music make us emotional?

Some of our most powerful responses to music come from expectation, tension, then resolution. 

Thirdhand smoke: Your skin absorbs nicotine from air and clothing
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Thirdhand smoke: Your skin absorbs nicotine from air and clothing

Nicotine in the air and clothing permeates skin and enters the bloodstream at levels equivalent to inhalation of secondhand smoke.

Gargantuan black hole discovered in the young universe
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Gargantuan black hole discovered in the young universe

Weighing in at about 800 million times as massive as our sun, it presents a puzzle to scientists trying to figure out how it could have grown so big so fast.