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Report: Losing Sleep over Climate Change

Climate change may keep you awake—and not just metaphorically. Nights that are warmer than normal can harm human sleep, researchers show in a new paper, with the poor and elderly most affected. According to their findings, if climate change is not addressed, temperatures in 2050 could cost people in the United States millions of additional nights of insufficient sleep per year. By 2099, the figure could rise by several hundred million more nights of lost sleep annually.

The main finding is that anomalous increases in nighttime by 1 degree Celsius translate...

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The Science Behind Great Wine

(Article from winefolly.com)

What makes a great wine… great? By understanding the processes involved with making a great wine, you’ll be able to identify a great wine based on your own tastes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a collector or a novice to the world of wine, a solid foundation provides the basis of how to find great quality (regardless of price).

What makes great wine...great?

We came up with a list of 4 pillars that essentially summarize what makes a great wine:

  1. Great grapes
  2. Great winemaking
  3. Longterm...

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7 Alien 'Earths' May Be Swapping Life via Meteorites

(Article from NationalGeographic.com)

Tiny life-forms can move easily between these recently described planets, according to a study of the travel times between worlds.

The discovery of alien life would be revolutionary. But what if we uncovered it on two—or even seven—planets all orbiting the same star?

That’s the tantalizing possibility offered by the cosmic grouping called TRAPPIST-1, where seven Earth-size worlds circle a star roughly 39 light-years away. According to a new study, those planets are packed so...

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The Amazing Dinosaur Found (Accidentally) by Miners in Canada

 

(Article from NationalGeographic.com)

Known as a nodosaur, this 110 million-year-old, armored plant-eater is the best preserved fossil of its kind ever found.

On the afternoon of March 21, 2011, a heavy-equipment operator named Shawn Funk was carving his way through the earth, unaware that he would soon meet a dragon.

That Monday had started like any other at the Millennium Mine, a vast pit some 17 miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, operated by energy company Suncor. Hour after hour Funk’s towering excavator gobbled its way...

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17 Jokes That Only Smart People Will Really Appreciate

(Article from IFLScience.com)

There's a special glee that comes from getting a really nerdy joke.

You feel both smart and dorky at the same time.

Redditors took turns sharing their best intellectual jokes, and we've gathered our favorites here.

From chemistry to art to music, these are the jokes you can pull out at your next dinner party — if you want to hear a bemused groan from the crowd.

Time to test your knowledge, though don't worry, there's an explanation if you don't get it.

Here are 17 of the best...

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