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To Be or Not To Be? Monkeys Type Shakespeare Using Brain Waves

Monkeys with brain implants are able to type out sections of the Shakespeare play "Hamlet," new research shows. What's more, the macaques are able to type at a relatively fast 12 words per minute, with fewer typos than past brain-computer interfaces. The new brain implants could one day improve communication for those who are almost completely paralyzed, such as the polymath Stephen Hawking.


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Modern Alligator Looks a Lot Like Its 8-Million-Year-Old Cousin

Modern American alligators crawling around today in the swampy grounds of the Southeast U.S. don't look much different than their ancient ancestors did, recent research suggests. With the exception of sharks and a few other animal species, there are not many other living vertebrates that have changed as little as the gators have, the researchers said. "If we could step back in time 8 million years, you'd basically see the same animal crawling around then as you would see today in the Southeast," study co-author Evan Whiting, a former undergraduate student at the University of Florida, said in a statement.

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Earth Wobbles May Have Driven Ancient Humans Out of Africa

Ancient human migrations out of Africa may have been driven by wobbles in Earth's orbit and tilt that led to dramatic swings in climate, a new study finds. Modern humans first appeared in Africa about 150,000 to 200,000 years ago. Recent archaeological and genetic findings suggest that migrations of modern humans out of Africa began at least 100,000 years ago, but most humans outside of Africa most likely descended from groups who left the continent more recently — between 40,000 and 70,000 years ago.


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Pigeons Can Read — Sort of, Study Finds

Pigeons may be sometimes likened to "flying rats," but these birds are no dummies, according to a new study. Scientists recently taught pigeons to read — kind of.


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Bomb Squad: How Cops Safely Move Explosives

New York police used an incredibly strong chamber to safely move an undetonated explosive Saturday night (Sept. 16), shortly after one explosion rocked New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, news sources reported. But what exactly is this device, known as a total containment vessel (TCV), and how does it protect people from explosives? In essence, a TCV is a chamber that fully contains the pressures and fragments released by an explosive, according to experts.


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'Last Shipwreck' from WWI's Battle of Jutland Found Near Norway

The wreck of the British warship HMS Warrior — the "last shipwreck" from the Battle of Jutland during World War I — has been discovered near Norway. The marine exploration team that found the shipwreck also recently located the wreck of a World War II-era British submarine in the same region. The HMS Warrior is the last of the Jutland wrecks to be located, out of 14 British and 11 German warships that were sunk on May 31 and June 1, 1916, as the Imperial German High Seas Fleet tried to break out from the Royal Navy blockade of the North Sea.


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