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Mystery Shakespeare line finally decoded

Hint: It has something to do with a small penis.

Rare plant only grows over diamond deposits

This picky plant could help lead us to the diamond deposits buried deep underground.

Fjords act as carbon sinks that store carbon

To mitigate sources of carbon dioxide emissions, climatologists say we need to protect ‘carbon sinks,’ or areas of the Earth that absorb and store away carbon.

Did researchers accurately predict Axial Seamount eruption

Predictions that an active underwater volcano located some 300 miles off the Washington and Oregon coasts would erupt sometime this year may have come true, as Axial Seamount appears to have shown signs indicative of an eruption over the past few weeks.

Researchers There may be a 6th DNA base

Recent studies published in the journal CELL have all reached a similar conclusion: DNA in eukaryotes may contain a sixth DNA base.

Rorqual whales have bungee cord-like nerves

According to a new study in the journal Current Biology, a large group of baleen whales called rorqual whales have nerves like bungee cords that are capable of doubling their length.

Are Cuban cigars really better

The comparison of Cuban vs. non-Cuban cigars is an interesting debate. And we're looking to settle it.

How wildlife protection laws can backfire

The story of the beautiful Bali starling is a cautionary tale for conservationists. It illustrates how calls for tougher laws to stop illegal trading in wildlife can backfire and actually make the situation worse.

This year in Star Wars science

May the 4th be with you, Star Wars fans. In addition to being beloved by sci-fi film fanatics the world over, Star Wars has helped inspire a plethora of scientific and technological advances over the years. This year has been no exception, so on this unofficial international Star Wars day, redOrbit takes a look back at our favorites.

Living shorelines can protect coastal communities study

More than 350,000 houses, business, bridges and other structures are within 500 feet of the US shoreline. Many of these, and the communities around them, are at risk from coastal erosion, flooding, extreme weather events, and sea level rises. Protection against these risks is not optional. Lives and livelihoods are in danger and something has to be done. But what are the best methods?

Nazca Lines likely marked pilgrimage routes

Peru’s Nazca Lines are not the work of a single group of people, but two separate groups that lived in different regions of the desert plateau and used the etched geoglyphs for pilgrimages to an ancient temple for religious rites, researchers claim in a new study.

Quick tip Exercise after studying to retain info

If you have some studying to do, wait to exercise until right after. You'll retain the information better, according to a few new studies.

Hypnagogia The twilight zone of sleep

Hypnagogia is the twilight zone between being awake and being asleep. Often we cross this border quickly and without fuss, but other times the transition can provide an interesting end to the day… to say the least.

Evolution of cells that gave rise to vertebrates

Neural crest cells are stem cells that give rise to all manner of tissues, organs, and systems within vertebrates and scientists have long wondered where these cells came from.

Loss of large herbivores will lead to empty landscapes

With the continued loss of the world's largest herbivores, we are heading relentlessly towards what some scientists describe as an “empty landscape.”

Dino-killing asteroid triggered largest lava flow on Earth

The massive asteroid that crashed into the ocean near the coast of Mexico millions of years ago (and is believed to have wiped out the dinosaurs) was likely the catalyst for a series of worldwide volcanic eruptions contributed to the extinction event, new research claims.

Cryptozoology 101 Okapi

Some of you may have seen an okapi in the zoo, however you may not know the unusual history of the animal, that for a while science wasn't sure existed. And when it's existence was confirmed, we weren't sure if it was giraffe, zebra, or living fossil.

Humblebragging worse than bragging study finds

I am so bored of people mistaking me for a model.

Does diet shape the skull

Determining if a prehistoric creature was a carnivore or a plant-eater isn’t as easy as comparing its skull shape and tooth patterns to modern animals with similar features, researchers from the American Museum of Natural History explain in a new PLOS One study.

Scottish beavers are thriving but will they stay

They disappeared from Scotland around 400 years ago, hunted to extinction. But Scottish beavers are now back and thriving. The question is: Will they stay?


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  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
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