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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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Photo Of The Day: Celebrate Edwin Hubble’s Birthday With This Awe-Inspiring Space Photo

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A picture of numerous galaxies taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Image Source: HubbleSite

When people hear the name “Hubble,” they likely think of the Hubble Space Telescope, which has brought the wonders of the universe to all of us. It showed us that we are just a drop in a system of 100 billion galaxies. Yet the scientist behind the telescope’s name, Edwin Hubble, was just as important (if not more) in opening the eyes of the world to the wonders of space.

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Corrupted Blood: How Epidemiologists Use World Of Warcraft To Save Lives

Discover what a video game has to teach top researchers about epidemics, death, and human behavior.

In 2005, millions of people found themselves trapped in the clutches of a raging pandemic. Once exposed and infected, perfectly healthy individuals weakened quickly. Both humans and animals could spread the deadly disease and, within hours, entire cities were contaminated, eventually rendering some uninhabitable as a result of bio-waste. Those that didn’t die right away, or had yet to be infected, fled from highly populated cities to reduce the risk of contracting the disease. The plague was dubbed “Corrupted Blood” and it originated, as all terrifying diseases do, from a spell cast by an ancient serpent blood god.

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Hakkar The Soulflayer. Image Source: Hacker

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Photo Of The Day: The Leonid Meteor Shower At Its Peak

Leonid Meteor Shower

One of the most anticipated annual meteor showers, the Leonid, can be seen the night of Nov. 17. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Leonid meteor shower will peak on Nov. 17 and into the early morning hours of Nov. 18. According to the forecast, we’re in for a lighter load than usual, but there’s still definitely enough of a spectacle to warrant staying up past your usual bedtime. The Slooh Community Observatory will show the shower for free online starting at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, using live shots from four continents, but the best live view in most cases will be on a blanket, away from the lights and facing the east. Expect to see around 15 meteors per hour starting at midnight local time until dawn.

Here are three things you should know before watching the show:

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