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Why do the planets in the solar system orbit on the same plane? -- JoAnna Wendel -- About 4.5 billion years ago, the solar system was just a giant, spinning cloud of gas and dust. Today, it's flat. Here's how that happened.

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SpaceX Inspiration4 astronauts return to Earth with historic splashdown off Florida coast -- Amy Thompson -- After three days in space, SpaceX's first all-civilian crew returned to Earth tonight, splashing down off the Florida coast to end a historic mission.

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Explorers add 8 miles to world's longest known cave system -- Laura Geggel -- Hours of survey work have added an additional 8 miles to the passageways at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky

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Nearly 900 years ago, astronomers spotted a strange, bright light in the sky. We finally know what caused it. -- Yasemin Saplakoglu -- In the 12th century, Chinese and Japanese astronomers spotted a supernova in the sky shining as brightly as Saturn.

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Firefighters race to save the world's largest tree as wildfires rage

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Human remains found inside 500-pound alligator. How common are alligator attacks? -- Such attacks are very rare, an expert told Live Science.

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Baby elephants frolicked in an ancient 'nursery,' fossil footprints show -- Like modern elephants, their extinct relatives likely lived in matriarchal groups.

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'Flying dragon' fossil found preserved inside a rock in the Chilean desert -- This is the first time the creature has been found in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Who were the Knights Templar? -- Known as the "knighthood of Christ," the Knights Templar was a powerful military and financial group for over two centuries.

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tzi the Iceman: The famous frozen mummy -- tzi's discovery ranks as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the 20th century.

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Giant ice sheet towers over Scottish city like the Wall in 'Game of Thrones' in stunning video reconstruction -- Patrick Pester -- Scotland's giant ice sheet has been recreated over Dundee in a stunning video that looks like the Wall from "Game of Thrones."

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The weirdest creatures to wash ashore

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What is the oldest-known archaeological site in the world?

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Does running build muscle?

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Cheetahs battle raging river in stunning photo. Did they survive?

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Do indoor plants purify air?

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Who was Herodotus? By - All About History, Marc G. DeSantis - Herodotus was the first true historian and has been called the "father of history," but his reliability has often been questioned.

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Mass grave of slaughtered Crusaders discovered in Lebanon - By - Ben Turner - While there are many historical records of the Crusades, physical evidence like this is rare.

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Why don't we breathe equally out of both nostrils? By - Tara Santora - You have two nostrils, but usually one is dominant.

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Yoga for back pain: What you need to know -- Mark Brownless -- Find out everything you need to know about yoga for back pain, including if experts really think it's a good idea.

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How to breathe while running -- Sarah Finley -- Do you know how to breathe while running? We talk to the experts for all the key advice.

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Bizarre tail on little dinosaur-age bird was literally a drag -- Laura Geggel -- An extraordinary 120-million-year-old fossil bird from China reveals that the animal had a sexy but vaguely impractical tail.

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Slaughter of more than 1,400 dolphins in the Faroe Islands sparks condemnation worldwide -- Joanna Thompson -- Hunters in the Faroe Islands ambushed and slaughtered a super-pod of more than 1,400 white-sided dolphins on Sunday (Sept. 12), leading to worldwide outcry.

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Kids discover giant penguin's fossil skeleton in New Zealand -- Mindy Weisberger -- A newly described extinct giant penguin from New Zealand has unusually long legs and a long, slender beak, and it dates to a time when much of the region was underwater.

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Why is alcohol used to preserve things? -- Donavyn Coffey -- Here's how alcohol can help preserve DNA, tissue samples and even entire organisms.

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Pi calculated to a record-breaking 62.8 trillion digits -- Harry Baker -- Researchers are set to break the world record for the most precise value of pi, after using an advanced computer to calculate the famous constant to 62.8 trillion decimal places.

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Two planes report 'bright green UFO' swooping through the clouds over Canada -- Brandon Specktor -- Two aircrafts flying over Canada reported a "bright green UFO" that disappeared into the clouds on July 30.

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What is ESP? -- Isobel Whitcomb -- Also known as "the sixth sense" or "psi," extrasensory perception, or ESP, encompasses a wide range of paranormal abilities, including mind reading and predicting the future.

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There are 2 types of narcissists. Here's what makes each tick. -- Nikhila Mahadevan -- Chances are you've met a narcissist. Here's what's behind the gigantic ego.

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Math genius Emmy Noether endured sexism and Nazism. 100 years later, her ideas still ring true. -- Tamar Lichter Blanks -- Albert Einstein described Emmy Noether as a "creative mathematical genius" who, despite "unselfish, significant work over a period of many years," did not get the recognition she deserved.

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SpaceX Starlink satellites responsible for over half of close encounters in orbit, scientist says - By - Tereza Pultarova - SpaceX's Starlink satellites are involved in about 1,600 close encounters between two spacecraft in low Earth orbit every week, according to available data. That's about 50% of all such incidents.

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Fusion experiment breaks record, blasts out 10 quadrillion watts of power -- Tom Metcalfe

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Crowds of desperate people at Afghanistan airport visible in satellite photos -- Elizabeth Howell

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