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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and ... fun.

Burmese Python snake

1. Captured Burmese pythons will slither home in a straight line for many miles. (Learn more at Discovery)

2. A photographer has a way of making sick kids' dreams come to life. (Learn more at Huffington Post)


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3. Some bad fats may not be so bad for us after all. (Learn more at AARP)


4. California, Berkeley claims it has hired the first university Wikipedian-in-residence.  (Learn more at Library Journal)


5. Hate the prep? Probably. But colonoscopies helped reduce colon cancer by 30 percent. (Learn more at AARP)

6. Superheroes would look different if they aged like you and I. (Learn more at Comic Book Resources)

Batman and Robin, Courtesy of Lesley Vamos, Striped Designs

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7. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is the last person whose identity you should steal. (Learn more at Yahoo)

8. The "five-second rule" about dropped food? New scientific research supports it. (Learn more at KMOV)


9. It's true: The universe expanded to unimaginable vastness in the first fractional second of its existence. (Learn more at National Geographic)

10. High-protein insects can help feed the world, says a new report. (Learn more at Atlantic Cities) (Thanks to Hilarie Grey)


11. A quarter million people are watching " Instagranny" battle cancer. (Learn more at AARP)

Grandma Betty Instagram

Bonus video: This misbehaving dog doesn't know its owner has installed a puppycam.

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Credits - Burmese Python: Karunakar Rayker/Flickr; Sadie Sunflower: Drawing Hope Project, Shawn Van Daele; Triple cheeseburger and fries: marsmet/Flickr;  Wikipedia logo: Wikipedia; Batman and Robin: Courtesy of Lesley Vamos, Striped Designs; Falling food: Stefan Lindmark;  Plate of crickets: Massa/Flickr; grandmabetty33/Instagram.

Music - Spinning by Alex Beroza via ccMixter


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