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3. Traveling the globe, Biddy the hedgehog is an Instagram sensation. (Learn more at Daily Dot)
4. If you think that home is the place to recuperate from work, you may have it backward. (Learn more at Deseret News)
5. Home Alone star Macauley Culkin’s band sings about pizza and nothing else. (Learn more at Fox News)
6. Making a microscope that magnifies objects 2,000 times begins with a piece of paper and costs less than a dollar. (Learn more at FoldScope)
8. A stolen or hacked debit card could cost you 10 times more than a poached credit card. (Learn more at AARP)
9. Lawyers for the estate of Spirit guitarist Randy California plan to file a claim that Led Zeppelin stole their “Stairway to Heaven” intro. (Learn more at AARP)
10. Using new technology, magnetic levitating trains will travel 1,800 mph. (Learn more at Gizmag)
11. Rather than compete, sperm may cooperate as they swim toward an egg. (Learn more at BBC)
Bonus Video: Be patient for a moment, and you’ll enjoy a young performer channeling Michael Jackson.
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Images – Self-driving car: Google; Aliens: Corbis; Biddy the Hedgehog: Instagram account; Macauley Culkin singing (cropped): Matt Biddulph/Flickr; Samples of microscope views from Foldscope: Foldscope team; Sperm and egg: Sashkinw/iStockphoto
Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix project.
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