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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and ... fun

Sulawesi streaked flycatcher

1. A flycatcher first glimpsed in 1997 and then collected in 2012 has been confirmed as a new bird species. (Learn more at Futurity)

2. Remarriage is on the rise for Americans ages 55 and older. (Learn more at Pew Research Center)

% of the previously married who ever remarried

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3. A British man lived with a tapeworm moving around in his brain for four years. (Learn more at Mashable)

tapeworm inside brain

4. A spoon developed by Google helps people with tremors eat without spilling. (Learn more at ABCNews)

5. When it comes to memory, babies accentuate the positive. (Learn more from Brigham Young University)

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6. Nine out of 10 people who drink too much are not alcoholics. (Learn more at NY Times)

Liquor bottles

7. Manufacturers are increasing the prices of some generic drugs by 1,000 percent or more. (Learn more at AARP)



8. The  biggest nutcracker in the world — 41 feet tall — can crack coconuts. (Learn more at

9. Montana's Glacier National Park lost more than 80 percent of its signature ice fields in the past century. (Learn more at NY Times)

Glacier National Park - Montana

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10. Only half of patients take their medications as prescribed. (Learn more at McMaster University via Eureka Alert)

11. Green-bean casserole will appear on 30 million Thanksgiving tables this year. (Learn more from Yahoo! Travel)

Green Bean Casserole


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Images — Flycatcher: Adapted from original paintings by Teo Nam Siang in Harris, et al. (2014) A New Species of Muscicapa Flycatcher from Sulawesi, Indonesia. PLoS ONE 9(11): e112657. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0112657; Tapeworm gif: New Scientist/Nagui Antoun; Daughter and mother: iStock/lifesizeimages; Liquor bottles: Flickr/SakshiSharma; Pills: iStock/ajt; Glacier National Park: iStock/hvillarrea; Green Bean Casserole: iStock/Anne G; Tiny Hamster: from Tiny Hamster Thanksgiving Ep. 4 via YouTube;


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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