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When Water Flows Uphill

In the Leidenfrost Effect, a water droplet will float on a layer its own vapor if heated to certain temperature. This phenomenon takes center stage in a series of experiments by physicists who discovered new means of manipulating droplets of hot water.

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The Inner Beauty of Naked Mole Rats

How do naked mole rats live to 30 years without getting cancer? Research by Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov of the University of Rochester shows how these aesthetically challenged creatures live long, cancer-free lives.

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Desktop Diaries: Jill Tarter

As the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute's first employee, Tarter has accumulated E.T.-themed office ornaments for the last 30 years—including a bottle of wine to be opened "only upon detection of Extraterrestrial signal."

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