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And the Winner of World’s Happiest Country Is …

Panama may be the happiest country in the world, racking up the highest score in the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index for 2013.

Global Warming Changes the Way Sharks Swim

Sharks exposed to ocean water acidified by too much carbon dioxide alter their behavior, swimming in longer spurts than sharks in typical ocean water, particularly during their nighttime wanderings. More

How Can You Survive Without Part Of Your Brain? 

Sea Urchin-Inspired House Captures Tidal Energy

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a seafront home shaped like a sea urchin — who hasn’t? — then hold onto your swim fins.

The Hydroelectric Tidal House, envisioned by architectural designer Margot Krasojević, draws inspiration from some of nature’s weirdest sea creatures — echinoderms like starfish and sea urchins whose symmetrical shapes have long fascinated biologists. Learn more

Weird Little Galaxy Hides a Giant Black Hole

At the heart of a big galaxy lies a big black hole, regions so dense with matter that not even light can escape their gravitational grip. Little galaxies have little black holes — or so scientists thought.

Consider M60-UCD1, an ultra-compact dwarf galaxy located about 55 million light-years from Earth in the Virgo cluster. Despite its diminutive stance, the galaxy appears to harbor a supermassive black hole, one more fitting in a galaxy 80 times bigger.

The discovery may help resolve a long-standing mystery about ultra-compact dwarf galaxies, which are densely packed, spherical conglomerations of stars. Read more

What’s It Like Inside A Volcano? 

Schizophrenia Is Actually Eight Genetic Disorders

New research published in the American Journal of Psychiatrysuggests that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but rather a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each of them with its own set of symptoms. The finding could result in improved diagnosis and treatment, while also shedding light on how genes work together to cause complex disorders.

770-Pound Colossal Squid a ‘Perfect’ Specimen

Scientists said Tuesday a female colossal squid weighing an estimated 350 kilograms (770 lbs) and thought to be only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic.

Just How Common Is Domestic Violence?

Baby Pygmy Hippo, Clouded Leopards Keep Zoos Busy

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