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Even the famed physicist Albert Einstein took a version of Sheldon’s test, which revealed his preference to remain “inconspicuous” at parties and his difficulty falling asleep if somebody was snoring loudly nearby.

A box of offerings included a gold band reminiscent of a miniature bracelet and a llama or alpaca figurine made of the shell of a rare mollusk.

A study published in the journal Biology Letters suggests oysters are one of the creatures that keep tabs on the moon, and that the lunar cycle influences how widely they open their shells. #NationalOysterDay 

The study highlighted the value of America’s wild bees, estimating they boost yields for six of the country's seven major crops examined in the study to the tune of $1.5 billion a year.

According to a Kobe University statement, this study marks the first time that researchers have witnessed prey quickly and actively escape the body of its predator after being eaten.

Flashing lights embedded in the ground make crossing and texting safer in Augsburg. #InternationalTrafficLightDay 

Oysters have been a reputed aphrodisiac at least since the Roman Empire, and supposedly were regularly enjoyed as a virility-booster by Giacomo Girolamo Casanova. #NationalOysterDay 

Why experts are calling for a rebuilding of oyster reefs in coastal areas around the country.

New research has identified 37 structures on the second planet from the sun that appear to be massive, active volcanoes.

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‘Lennon Walls’ have spread throughout Hong Kong and the world as a form of public protest and free expression.

How journalists covered the rise of Mussolini and Hitler.

These spaces, which locals call “Lennon Walls,” have sprung up on buildings, walkways, sky bridges, underpasses and storefronts and carry messages like “Hong Kongers love freedom,” “garbage government” and “We demand real universal suffrage.”

A new discovery from the University of Florida reveals a real-life planet actually clocking in at coordinates eerily reminiscent of the fictional M-Class planet.

There are whales alive today who were born before "Moby Dick" was written.

For some, the Ghent Altarpiece’s most haunting attribute may be one only recently revealed by restoration: the alarmingly humanoid face that once adorned the painting’s central sacrificial lamb.

The poetry of Langston Hughes, born on this day in 1902, influenced King’s sermons on a fundamental level and helped give rise to the preacher's most lasting line.

Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, as the island is called, may have been eroded by wind and ice floes.

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