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Photo Of The Day: “Origin of Species” Turns 156 Years Old Today


A reconstruction of what Lucy, scientifically known as Australopithecus afarensis, might have looked like. Lucy is thought to be part of the missing link in Darwin’s theory of evolution.

On Nov. 24, 1859, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, and changed how the world thought about the beginning of humankind. The radical book is responsible for our current understanding of where human beings fit into the timeline of life on Earth (with early ancestors such as “Lucy,” pictured above, providing one of the many missing pieces of the puzzle), but its publication only came after decades of quiet work.

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Meet The U.S. Politicians Who Stand With The Syrian Refugees

Though a good portion of elected officials have given way to fear when it comes to Syrian refugees entering the U.S., there are still many who prefer to govern with compassion.

A Syrian Refugee Boy Stands Behind The Fence During Protest Against Syria's President Bashar Al Assad

A Syrian refugee boy stands behind the fence during a protest against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad at Yayladagi refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border March 30, 2012. Image Source: Flickr/Freedom House

While over half of United States governors are attempting to block Syrian refugees from entering their respective states, and anti-refugee rhetoric draws some alarming parallels to that which appeared in the early 20th century, there are still numerous elected officials who remind us of our inherently American — and therefore inextricably immigrant — roots:

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21 Things You Didn’t Know About Black Friday

As Thanksgiving approaches, so too does Black Friday, an annual reminder that as much as we like to give thanks, we absolutely love to consume goods. Whether you participate or not, the colossal shopping day has become firmly embedded within our cultural fabric. Here are some Black Friday facts you may find shocking:

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Black Friday Facts Deaths

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Photo Of The Day: Thanksgiving On The International Space Station

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Russian cosmonauts Vladimir Dezhurov (left) and Mikhail Tyurin eating their Thanksgiving meal on board the International Space Station in 2005.
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How does irradiated turkey, freeze-dried green beans, re-hydrated potatoes, thermostabilized yams, cobbler and liquid salt and pepper sound for a Thanksgiving feast? If you’re not into it, then perhaps you shouldn’t spend the November holiday on the International Space Station (ISS).

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