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How Wolves Became Dogs

Dogs may have become man’s best friend thanks, in part, to their ability to stomach a starchy diet.

According to new genetic research, domestic dogs’ genomes better equip them to handle starches than wolves. Domestic dogs also show differences from wolves in portions of the genome linked to brain development, perhaps hinting at behavioral changes that occurred as canines became less wild.

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Marijuana Study Tying Teens' Pot Use To I.Q. Drop Is Flawed, New Paper Suggests

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Did Neil Armstrong Lie About His Famous Line?

"That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

It’s one of the 20th century’s most famous lines, but what if Neil Armstrong lied about when it was composed?

The Apollo 11 astronaut was quoted in a 2005 biography as saying he formulated the line while en route to the moon, NBC News reported. But Armstrong’s brother Dean said in a new BBC documentary that it was written long before the astronaut’s boots ever touched moon dust.

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped this gorgeous, newly-released image of Saturn.

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snapped this gorgeous, newly-released image of Saturn.

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Today’s splash (lolllll)

Today’s splash (lolllll)

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Scientists Urge Pardon For Computer Pioneer

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Stephen Hawking and other eminent scientists called Friday for the British government to pardon computer pioneer Alan Turing, who helped win World War II but was later prosecuted for homosexuality.

In a letter published in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Hawking and 10 others urged Prime Minister David Cameron “formally to forgive the iconic British hero.” The letter, whose signatories also include Astronomer Royal Martin Rees and Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, called Turing “one of the most brilliant mathematicians of the modern era.”

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Senior science correspondent @carasantamaria’s Archaeopteryx tattoo. Keep your science tattoos comin’! #HPSciTat #sciencetattoo #tattoo #science #huffpost

Senior science correspondent @carasantamaria’s Archaeopteryx tattoo. Keep your science tattoos comin’! #HPSciTat #sciencetattoo #tattoo #science #huffpost

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HuffPost Live was just voted Mashable’s Biggest Media Innovation of 2012!

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Happy Birthday, Ada Lovelace — the world’s first computer programmer and an inspiration for women in STEM everywhere.

Happy Birthday, Ada Lovelace — the world’s first computer programmer and an inspiration for women in STEM everywhere.

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Earth at Night
This new global view of Earth’s city lights is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite. The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. It took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth’s land surface and islands. This new data was then mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.
Photo/Caption Credit: NASA

Earth at Night

This new global view of Earth’s city lights is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite. The data was acquired over nine days in April 2012 and 13 days in October 2012. It took 312 orbits to get a clear shot of every parcel of Earth’s land surface and islands. This new data was then mapped over existing Blue Marble imagery of Earth to provide a realistic view of the planet.

Photo/Caption Credit: NASA

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This Company Wants To Send You To The Moon

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We’re still gathering images of our community’s science tattoos. Here’s an awesome one of the bonding hormone oxytocin from Desiree Fawn (@sofawned).
Show us yours! We’re collecting from Twitter and Instagram, hashtag #HPSciTat.

We’re still gathering images of our community’s science tattoos. Here’s an awesome one of the bonding hormone oxytocin from Desiree Fawn (@sofawned).

Show us yours! We’re collecting from Twitter and Instagram, hashtag #HPSciTat.

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Murder May Spread Like Flu

Murder is contagious and may spread like the flu, new research suggests.

The researchers relied on the same techniques public-health officials use to track the spread of diseases, but applied them to the spread of homicide in Newark, N.J., over a 26-year span from 1982 to 2008.

And just as in other epidemics, certain neighborhoods were more susceptible than others. Diverse, immigrant-rich communities looked to be protected against homicide’s spread in the research, while the poorest neighborhoods were more vulnerable. These findings suggest communities could inoculate themselves against murder waves by addressing the underlying risk factors, said study co-author April Zeoli, a criminal justice researcher at Michigan State University.

"People speak about violence, crime and homicide as being contagious. The idea is that violence begets violence," Zeoli told LiveScience. [The History of Human Aggression]

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Why people do crazy sh*t on Ambien.

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