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  1. By Thor’s Hero Shrew’s Hammer! New Species of Shrew With Incredibly Tough Spine Discovered

    Say what you will, but the little guy has... backbone

    One of the strangest animal species on Earth is the hero shrew, a small mammal that resembles other shrews save for one utterly distinct feature -- a spinal column with interlocking vertebrae that is unique among all mammals. Not anymore, as a sister species called the Thor's hero shrew has been discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  2. Ultrasound Tests May Help Figure Out Why Astronauts Grow Taller While In Space

    Yesterday we brought you the heartbreaking news that rather than giving you Fantastic Four style super powers, the cosmic rays that astronauts could be exposed to during space travel instead could potentially damage your brain. On the bright side, though, space travel will also make you a little bit taller, so it's got that going for it. It's not much taller, mind you, and the height boost is only temporary, but it you've got a couple of brain cells to spare... hey, it's a trade-off we'd make, because going into space would be amazing.

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