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Polish ‘Vampires’ Were Most Likely Local Residents Who Died Of Cholera

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 16th and 17th century Poland, people who died and were suspected of coming back to life as a vampire received a special kind of burial treatment – involving sharp, curved knives…

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Stargazer Shrimp Discovered In South African Waters

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A newly-discovered species of shrimp living in South African waters has been dubbed the Stargazer Mysid due to the way its large, candy-striped eyes appear to gaze permanently upward, researchers from the…

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Rare Tapeworm Lived In UK Man’s Brain For Four Years

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A Tapeworm taken from a UK man’s brain reveals genetic secrets A 50 year old UK man who began to experience distressing symptoms including seizures, headaches, strange smells and memory impairment had…

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Unusual ‘Glow Worm’ Discovered In Peruvian Rainforest

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A mysterious, worm-like, glowing green larvae that lives in the Peruvian rainforest and uses its phosphorescence to lure unsuspecting prey into its waiting jaws might sound like something out of a horror…

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Artificial Intelligence Creates Its Own Magic Tricks

Eric Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Have you ever wanted to be a magician? Here's your big chance, courtesy of a neat bit of artificial intelligence (AI) and a smartphone app. It won’t exactly turn you into an…

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Why Do Mosquitoes Have A Taste For Human Blood?

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Disease-spreading female mosquitoes weren’t always reliant upon human blood in order to nourish their eggs – a genetic tweak caused them to be more sensitive to the smell of people, according to…

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Video Shows Horse And Baboons As Close Friends

Christopher Pilny for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online “Two baboons and a horse” sounds like a sitcom on Animal Planet. But in the fields next to Monkey Land and Birds of Eden Sanctuaries in South Africa, it’s more of a…

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Why We Enjoy The Smell Of Our Own Farts

Christopher Pilny for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online If you’ve ever wondered why you enjoy the smell of your own farts, here's your answer. According to a video posted by AsapScience, the reason lies in our biological hardwiring. Humans like…

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Amazon Rainforest Frog Named After Ozzy Osbourne

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What happens when you combine Ozzy Osbourne-loving scientists with the Brazilian rainforest? You get a new species of frog named the Dendropsophus ozzi with a high-pitched chirpy call. "As soon as I…

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Creepy Cockroaches Could Be Search And Rescue Heroes

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) have found a way to turn cockroaches into cyborgs and have them assist in search and rescue operations after major disasters. By wearing special backpacks,…