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  1. Identical Twin Astronauts Will Test the Effects of Space on Humans

    Man, the Winklevoss twins must be so jealous.

    Despite the Winklevoss twins' plans to use Bitcoin to go to outer space, two NASA astronauts are getting the jump on their whole "twins in space" bit. Identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly are going to help NASA better understand how weightlessness affects the human body.

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  2. Science Finally Able To Tell The Genetic Difference Between Identical Twins

    Sorry, every cop drama ever.

    It's such a great conceit for a crime show: guy commits murder; guy denies it; turns out it was guy's identical twin all along; everyone is happy (except murdered dude). Sadly, procedurals are going to have to get some new plotlines, because scientists at Eurofins have finally discovered a way to tell identical twins apart genetically.

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  3. Twins in Spaaace! NASA Will Perform Tests on Astronaut Using Identical Twin As Control

    If one twin ages 10 milliseconds less than his brother, does anyone actually care?

    As totally and unbelievably awesome as it would be to have "Space Explorer" as your job title, astronauts lives are not quite as simple as ours here on Earth -- extended time in space contributes to a whole host of health problems. But now NASA has a fairly inexpensive way to test propensity for such issues: identical twins.

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  4. There’s A Sequel To Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Twins On The Way And That’s Not The Worst Part

    Your Stupid Minds! Stupid! Stupid!

    Apparently the news of this film came out earlier this year. We either didn't see it or we blacked out when we heard it. Either way, here we are. A sequel to the 1988 comedy Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito is getting a sequel. The two leads will return. It will be called Triplets. Eddie Murphy will play their new lost brother from the same mother. Previously, it wasn't certain this was happening but now they've got a writer attached so prepare yourself in whatever way you feel necessary. I'm going to pull out my zombie apocalypse kit. 

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  5. Twins Sequel In the Works, Called Triplets. Arnold, DeVito Return. Eddie Murphy Joins

    Though a fairly big comedy sequel announcement was made a couple days ago on Conan, when Will Ferrell dressed up as Ron Burgundy and announced Anchorman 2, The Hollywood Reporter brings us even better sequel news today: Twins, the 1988 movie featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito as the titular twins, will be getting a sequel. Called Triplets, the third, newly discovered brother to the Schwarzenegger-DeVito pair would be Eddie Murphy. This legitimately sounds great.

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  6. Can Conjoined Twins with Shared Brain Share Thoughts?

    A pair of conjoined twins named Tatiana and Krista Hogan, who were born four years ago in Vancouver, partially share brains: There's a bridge between each girl's thalamus, which could allow them to share sensory information and more. One scientist who conducted tests on them concluded that "Their brains are recording signals from the other twin’s visual field ... one might be seeing what the other one is seeing.” Their grandmother is convinced that they can even share thoughts:

    Adding to the conundrum, of course, are their linked brains, and the mysterious hints of what passes between them. The family regularly sees evidence of it. The way their heads are joined, they have markedly different fields of view. One child will look at a toy or a cup. The other can reach across and grab it, even though her own eyes couldn't possibly see its location. "They share thoughts, too," says Louise. "Nobody will be saying anything," adds Simms, "and Tati will just pipe up and say, 'Stop that!' And she'll smack her sister." While their verbal development is delayed, it continues to get better. Their sentences are two or three words at most so far, and their enunciation is at first difficult to understand. Both the family, and researchers, anxiously await the children's explanation for what they are experiencing.
    Full fascinating profile on the Hogan twins and the implications their case has for neuroscience at Macleans.ca. (Macleans.ca via Kottke via Boing Boing. pic via Macleans.ca)

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