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Weekend Reading: The Best Science Stories of the Week
The SETI Institute's Allen Telescope Array (ATA) searches our galaxy for radio signals from potential intelligent alien life.
May 24th, 2015
Here are the most interesting, amazing and unusual things that happened in the world of science this week. A recap of Live Science's best.
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In Photos: The Smoked Mummies of Papua New Guinea
smoked mummy of koke village
May 22nd, 2015
For the first time, scientists have revealed how a remote Papua New Guinean clan mummifies the bodies of their people.
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Atheists Inspire Thoughts of Death in Many Americans
burning candle on black background
May 19th, 2015
Atheists consistently rank among the lowest of the low in the court of American public opinion. Now, research suggests one reason why: Thinking about atheists reminds people of death.
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Amazing Images: The Best Science Photos of the Week
A three-year ocean voyage cataloged a secret world of organisms that lurks beneath the waves. Here,  a mixture of multicellular and single-celled organisms, from dinoflagellates and diatoms to zooplankton.
May 23rd, 2015
Here are the stories behind the most amazing images in the world of science this week. A recap of the coolest photos featured on Live Science.
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Retracted Study: Short Talk Can Change People's Views on Marriage of Same-Sex Couples
Gay marriage
May 21st, 2015
A 22-minute conversation with an openly gay person about same-sex marriage can increase people's support for it, a new study finds.
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Braggers Gonna Brag, But It Usually Backfires
confident worker
May 15th, 2015
People who brag may think it makes them look more likable or accomplished, but it often makes them seem more annoying, new research suggests.
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When More Sex Can Make You Less Happy
couple in bed
May 13th, 2015
If you're looking for a boost in happiness, having more sex may not be your best bet. New research suggests that upping the frequency of sex can make individuals less happy under some circumstances.
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Smoked Mummy Helps Villagers Connect with 'Ghost World'
moimango the smoked mummy
May 22nd, 2015
For the first time, scientists have revealed how a remote Papua New Guinean clan mummifies the bodies of their people.
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World's Oldest Stone Tools Predate Humans
Sammy Lokorodi, a resident of Kenya's northwestern desert who works as a fossil and artifact hunter, led the way to a trove of 3.3 million-year-old tools.
May 20th, 2015
The oldest handmade stone tools discovered yet predate any known humans and may have been wielded by an as-yet-unknown species, researchers say.
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Science of 'the Dress': Why We Confuse White & Gold with Blue & Black
dress
May 14th, 2015
Remember "The Dress" — the photograph that sparked an online firestorm about whether the garment was white and gold or blue and black? Now, researchers have studied the phenomenon scientifically.
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