This Tiny Region In Spain Keeps Getting Hit By Falling Space Junk

One tiny region of Spain has had some unexpected — and slightly concerning — guests over the past several months: falling space junk.

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Members of the Explosives Deactivation Team transport space debris believed to be a spare fuel tank to a safe location. Image Source: Spanish Civil Police.

The rural region of Murcia, Spain, just can’t seem to catch a break lately: It has the country’s highest poverty rate, had to ask for a bailout, and now it seems to have become a target for falling space junk.

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Your World This Week, Apr. 24 – 30

This week in health: Suicide rates reach 30-year high, why Europeans live longer than Americans, how loneliness hurts your heart, and where your thoughts go when you “lose” them.

Why Europeans Live Longer Than Americans

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Car crashes are among the leading causes of death that cause the average American lifespan to be shorter than those of other developed nations, a news study finds. Image Source: Scott Olson/Getty Images

There’s no way around it: Americans just don’t live as long as those in other developed nations.

A new study, lead by Andrew Fenelon of the CDC and published in The Journal of the American Medical Association has found that the average American lifespan (76.4 and 81.2 years for men and women, respectively) is 2.2 years shorter than that of several European countries and Japan, among others.

“The idea that Americans live several years shorter than we would expect them to, given the level of development, is sort of already known,” Fenelon said, “but every time I come across that number it seems staggering that we get two fewer years of life just for living here.”

The chief culprits behind Americans’ shorter lifespans? Sadly, unsurprisingly, that list is topped by drug poisonings, gun-related fatalities, and motor vehicle crashes.

Read more at CNN.

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Video Of The Day: How “Game Of Thrones” White Walkers Are Made

We know that Game of Thrones‘ White Walkers have their sights set on destruction, but just how are they themselves created?

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Photo Of The Day: Did William Shakespeare Actually Exist?

Was Shakespeare Real

The proposed candidates for the true authors of William Shakespeare’s work (clockwise from top left): Francis Bacon, Christopher Marlowe, William Stanley, and Edward de Vere. Image Sources: Wikimedia Commons

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago today — if he even existed.

There’s an entire field of a study dedicated to the various conspiracy theories regarding Shakespeare’s “true” identity.

Here’s what you need to know.

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