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  • Ring-Shaped Geoglyphs Found Near Ancient Town in Peru

    Dozens of circular geoglyphs, some comprising several intertwined rings, have been identified and mapped near the ancient Peruvian town of Quilcapampa, revealing that these earthen designs were created near ancient pathways used for trade.

  • Ale genomics: how humans tamed beer yeast

    Geneticists have traced the history of beer’s most important ingredient: yeast. By sequencing the genomes of nearly 200 modern strains of brewer’s yeast, the research reveals how, over hundreds of years, humans transformed the wild fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae into a variety of strains tuned for particular tipples.

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  • The Medical Mystery of Hair That Whitens Overnight

    It happened to Marie Antoinette; Mary, Queen of Scots; and me. Is there a scientific explanation?

    Canities subita is the medical term for hair turning white overnight. The phenomenon is almost universally acknowledged as myth—but not entirely.