How Bizarre

  1. Health & Medicine

    Parasite gives a man cancer

    Tapeworms can kick parasitism up a notch to become cancer, a case in Colombia shows.

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  2. cloud of dust and bacteria
    Life

    A cloud of microbes surrounds a person

    People are surrounded by a personal cloud of bacteria.

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  3. comet circles
    Planetary Science

    Mysterious circles appear, grow on comet

    The Rosetta spacecraft caught five circular depressions quickly spreading across a region of comet 67P.

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  4. lemur yawning
    Anthropology

    Minutes after encountering danger, lemurs yawn

    Madagascar primates yawn within minutes of encountering threats.

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  5. bearded capuchin monkey
    Animals

    A monkey uses a stick to pick its teeth and nose

    A wild bearded capuchin monkey in Brazil was caught using tools to pick its nose and teeth.

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  6. man whistling
    Neuroscience

    Whistled language uses both sides of the brain

    Unlike spoken words, language made of whistles processed by both sides of the brain.

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  7. cockroach-inspired robot
    Tech

    Plastic shell lets roach-bot squeeze through gaps

    An arched shell helps a six-legged robot shimmy past obstacles.

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  8. Hallucigenia sparsa, illustrated
    Paleontology

    Fossil worm adds head to its spiny appearance

    Hallucigenia sparsa gives hints to how some animals ended up with teeth in their guts and platelike pieces around their mouths.

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  9. helium-rich skies
    Astronomy

    Big exoplanet may be surrounded by helium

    Warm Neptune-sized exoplanet might have atmospheres filled with helium.

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  10. Ebola virus
    Health & Medicine

    An antidepressant may protect against Ebola

    Zoloft and a heart drug keep most mice alive after exposure to Ebola.

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  11. pandas eating
    Animals

    Pandas’ gut bacteria resemble carnivores’

    Unlike other vegetarians, the bamboo eaters lack plant-digesting microbes.

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  12. Environment

    Tampons: Not just for feminine hygiene

    Tampons soaked in polluted water glow under UV light, revealing detergent-filled wastewater in rivers.

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