In a study, participants performed better on math and word…

In a study, participants performed better on math and word association tests when they were told they had slept well the night before, even if they hadn’t. Researchers call the effect “placebo sleep.”

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Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Three decades…

Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. Three decades later, Burr’s wife divorced him and chose Alexander Hamilton Jr. as her lawyer.

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When people self-injure, e.g., cut themselves with razors, the…

When people self-injure, e.g., cut themselves with razors, the brain immediately stops repeating painful thoughts, such as, “I am worthless and unlovable”, and releases a flood of soothing endorphins. 

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In 2022, you’ll be able to see two stars collide. The stars are…

In 2022, you’ll be able to see two stars collide. The stars are too dim to see with the naked eye, but astronomers have been watching them slowly spiral closer and closer together. Their collision will cause a giant explosion, also known as a “red nova,” which will then fizzle out into a dimmer, but permanently-visible, addition to the night sky.

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