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Nuralagus rex, an extinct giant rabbit that lived on the island of Minorca, seen compared to a European rabbit.

Monster-Sized Rabbits Discovered; Sadly, They Can't Hop

Some 3 to 5 million years ago, giant wild rabbits roamed the Mediterranean island of Minorca. These fuzzy giants of the past were six times as big as ordinary, modern-day rabbits, but they lacked some bunny basics.
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This would count. But even washing the dishes helps fend off dementia in old age.

Staying Active Fends Off Alzheimer's, Even In People Over 80

Activity fends off Alzheimer's disease in people over 80, according to new research that tracked the movements of people in their 80s. And just going stuff counts. It doesn't have to be "exercise."
 

Too Many Cooks, Not Enough Fish. What's The Solution?

If we don't notice that animals are in decline, do we keep eating until they're gone permanently?

120 Giants Found Living With 86 Year Old Man

What inspired an 86-year-old to live among giant tortoises in the Indian Ocean?

Actress Mayim Bialik On TV, Science, And The Combo

How Bialik went from 'Blossom' to 'The Big Bang Theory,' and got a PhD in between.

Cracking The Egg Sprinkler Mystery

When a hard-boiled egg is spun in milk, the milk will wick up the sides and spray off the equator.

Who Killed Men's Hats? Think Of A Three Letter Word Beginning With 'I'

Robert Krulwich, and his hat-maker father, Allen Krulwich, have a theory on the demise of the hat.

Fetal Attraction

Cells from fetal boys and girls hang around in their mothers for decades. But why?

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Jonah And His Many, Many Whales

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