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Yes, Brain Eating Amoebas Are Real

Recently, a boy in Texas died of an infection with what headlines are calling a “brain-eating amoeba.” Unlike other catchy nicknames for little-known life forms (remember murder hornets?), this one accurately describes the organism in question. It’s an amoeba, and in rare cases it does actually feed on human brain…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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What the Movie ‘Contagion’ Can and Can’t Teach Us About Epidemics

An awful lot of you have seen the 2011 movie Contagion. I know this because when a certain now-deleted twitter thread about the new coronavirus’s R0 went (sorry) viral, people kept asking me if I’d seen the scene in the movie where Kate Winslet’s character explains the term to a roomful of skeptical government…Read more… […]

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What the Movie ‘Contagion’ Can and Can’t Teach Us About Epidemics

An awful lot of you have seen the 2011 movie Contagion. I know this because when a certain now-deleted twitter thread about the new coronavirus’s R0 went (sorry) viral, people kept asking me if I’d seen the scene in the movie where Kate Winslet’s character explains the term to a roomful of skeptical government…Read more… […]

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What Are Sinkholes and How Do They Work?

A sinkhole opened up and swallowed a bus this week in China, killing several people. A few months ago, another sinkhole opened up below a bus in my hometown of Pittsburgh; in that case, though, everybody escaped safely. Besides buses, sinkholes can also swallow cars, pedestrians, and houses. Here’s the rundown on what…Read more… Continue […]

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Lifehacker’s Best Political Explainers of 2019

Beginning with a 35-day government shutdown and ending just as the House impeaches President Donald Trump, 2019 will forever be known as the year the shit hit the fan in American politics. Lots of crappy things happened this year, including several states’ efforts to pass anti-abortion laws and the uncertain status of…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Lifehacker’s Best Political Explainers of 2019

Beginning with a 35-day government shutdown and ending just as the House impeaches President Donald Trump, 2019 will forever be known as the year the shit hit the fan in American politics. Lots of crappy things happened this year, including several states’ efforts to pass anti-abortion laws and the uncertain status of…Read more… Continue Reading […]

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Sorry, Winter Mornings Won’t Get Brighter Until January

If you’re eagerly awaiting this weekend’s winter solstice because it’s the shortest day of the year—and thus every day after that will be a teensy bit longer—I have some bad news: while the total day length will get longer, sunrise will actually keep getting later for a while, meaning we’ll have even darker mornings. Read […]

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Why an Ectopic Pregnancy Can’t Be ‘Reimplanted’

Over the past few years, states have been considering or even passing bills designed to outlaw abortion. A recent one, in Ohio, includes a provision that seems to require doctors to “reimplant” an ectopic pregnancy, a procedure that does not exist in medicine. So what is an ectopic pregnancy and why is “reimplanting” i…Read more… […]

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What the Ohio Opioid Settlement Means for Other Lawsuits

Two Ohio counties planned to sue a group of companies for their role in the opioid epidemic, but at the last minute the parties reached a $260 million settlement. Here’s what that means for the counties and companies involved, and for the possibility of more suits in the future. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Why Am I So Tired All the Time Even When I Get Enough Sleep?

When you ask someone how they’re doing, if they don’t throw out the usual “I’m fine,” they’ll probably mention that they’re tired, or even exhausted. So what’s going on? Are we all actually that tired all the time? Have we just stopped sleeping? Though it’s different for every person, if you find that you do […]

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