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  1. How Do They Get the Caffeine out of Decaf Coffee Beans? Your Coffee Questions Answered

    Still leaving the most important question: why?

    While the rest of you were taking the day off, Mental Floss debuted a new video series today called The Big Question. In its first episode, Craig Benzine explains how decaf coffee is made despite the difficulty inherent with the caffeine being part of coffee beans. Sadly, he never answers the bigger question of why anyone would ever drink decaf.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: In Space No One Can Hear You Sleep

    Etsy user CBedroom is selling some beautiful looking space bedding sets in their shop. My only worry is I'd wake up from an afternoon nap and think I fell through a wormhole.

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  3. On The 30th Anniversary Of The Space Shuttle Discovery, Let’s Talk About Giant Rockets & Life On Mars

    In another 30 years the next generation might be reporting from Mars! Or at least, that's what I'd like to see happen. Also cats on mars.

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  4. This Is Your Brain on Coffee: How Coffee Affects Your Brain and Body

    I like my brain like I like my coffee: full of caffeine.

    You know how coffee makes you feel. Depending on your necessary intake level, that's anywhere from "awake and alert" to "like a functioning adult human being." But what does the caffeine physically do to your brain and body to generate that feeling? This video from AsapSCIENCE will explain the science behind your brain fuel.

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  5. D.C.’s Museum of Science Fiction Wants To Pay For Your Design

    I volunteer as tribute!

    Nonprofit organization The Museum of Science Fiction is an institution in D.C. dedicated solely to you-know-what, and they're willing to pay $1,000 in Earth currency for the best "preview museum" design to house exhibits in the nation's capitol.

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  6. True Life: I Was A Babysitting Dinosaur

    Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.

    As a young, money-grubbing middle schooler, I experienced a lot of babysitting-related anxiety. What if I dropped the kid on his head? What if it choked on some yoplait? What if an unnamed global catastrophe rendered its entire species extinct? For one babysitting dinosaur, the nightmare was real.

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  7. Vashta Nerada Fears Validated: Tiny Nightmare Bugs That Live Among Books Exist

    Hey! Who turned out the lights?

    So science has known about pseudoscorpions for a while, but we didn't know until just today that tiny, scary-looking bugs like to inhabit books and papers, so forgive us for having a bit of a moment. In return, we'll forgive you for taking a second to check how many shadows you've got.

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  8. Scientists Are Trying to Prove Our Universe Is Just a 3D Hologram of 2D Information

    What is it with the glasses?

    Today in silly questions your intoxicated friends have asked: Is the Universe just a giant hologram? Maybe we're all really flat like the people on TV and don't even know it! Well, scientists at Fermilab have come up with an experiment to find out for sure, so maybe next time you'll have a solid answer—or at least a holographic projection of one.

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  9. Live Broadcast of Panda Birth Cancelled: Turns Out The Panda Wasn’t Really Pregnant

    I think I saw a Maury episode like this once.

    Real talk: you want to know why pandas are so severely endangered? Sure, poachers and other humans encroaching on their habitats is the primary factor, but it's also partially because pandas are literally the worst at getting pregnant.

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  10. Become a Paleontologist Online With the University of Alberta

    I hope it's as easy as becoming a minister online.

    If you hate back to school time, we've got a bit of good news: This year brings with it the opportunity to study dinosaurs online for free. University of Alberta has an online course in paleobiology that anyone can join as long as their relationship with computers is better than Dr. Grant's.

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