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Esophagus: Facts, Functions & Diseases

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The esophagus is a tube that connects the throat (pharynx) and the stomach. Within it, muscles contract to move food to the stomach.
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Vitamin ZZZ? Sleep Could Fight Risk of Catching a Cold

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 10:57pm
Not getting enough sleep really does boost your risk of catching a cold, a new study suggests.
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Another Fatal Brain Disease May Come from the Spread of 'Prion' Proteins

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 7:12pm
A rare and fatal brain disorder called multiple system atrophy (MSA) may be caused by a newly discovered prion.
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Was Ancient Jerusalem Podium a Lost-and-Found?

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 6:59pm
A podium that dates to the Second Temple Period may have been used as an ancient lost and found or a podium for itinerant street preachers, new excavations reveal.
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Lab-Grown Bones? They Could Make Painful Grafts History (Op-Ed)

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 5:59pm
With stem-cells and a novel scaffolding, researchers are developing a new approach to lab-grown bones.
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Titanic's Last Lunch Menu Up for Auction

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 5:39pm
Before they plunged into the icy waters of the North Atlantic, passengers aboard the Titanic may have feasted on corned beef, potted shrimp and dumplings.
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Robots on the Run! 5 Bots That Can Really Move

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 5:07pm
Boston Dynamics' sure-footed humanoid bot is one of many supermobile machines that are cool and capable.
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Fossils Show How Ancient Seafloor Gave Rise to Life

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 5:00pm
125-million-year-old microbes were trapped in ancient seafloor rocks by minerals, leaving a record from the earliest days of the Atlantic Ocean.
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Human Eye's Blind Spot Can Shrink with Training

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 3:16pm
The blind spot of the human eye can be shrunk with certain eye-training exercises, a small new study suggests.
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Mako Shark Phones Home, Revealing Epic Journey

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 10:43am
One of the toothy stars of "Shark Week" has just phoned home after five months at sea, revealing that this longfin mako shark was a prolific and deep-diving swimmer.
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Living Small: The Psychology of Tiny Houses

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 10:25am
For a very small, but growing number of people, diminutive dwellings are making dreams come true.
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Elusive Sea Creature with Hairy, Slimy Shell Spotted After 31 Years

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 7:56am
An elusive sea creature that boasts a vibrant golden shell covered in thick, slimy hair was recently spotted for the first time in 31 years, researchers say.
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Animal Sex: How Hyenas Do It

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 7:54am
The complicated world of hyena sex involves social hierarchies, weird and potentially dangerous courtship rituals and female pseudopenises that make forced sex impossible.
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Parents: Talk About Alcohol When Kids Are 9

Live Science News - August 31, 2015 - 3:44am
A new report advises parents to start talking to their children early about alcohol, in order to prevent dangerous consequences.
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Common Mullein: Stunning Photos of the 'Flannel Leaf' Plant

Live Science News - August 30, 2015 - 10:42am
Common mullein, Verbascum thapsus, is a perennial herb that was first introduced into the United States in the mid-1700s. Check out these photos of a fascinating plant.
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10 Years After Hurricane Katrina: Have Weather Forecasts Improved?

Live Science News - August 29, 2015 - 1:46pm
Though meteorologists knew Hurricane Katrina would slam New Orleans with levee-toppling intensity, today's weather forecasters are even better equipped to give notice of a storm's coming havoc.
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20 Startling Facts About Insects

Live Science News - August 29, 2015 - 11:49am
The most successful creatures on the planet, insects are a wild bunch. From six-legged critters with forehead eyes and breathing holes on their sides to a dragonfly with a 2.5-foot wingspan, here are some of the most amazing and wacky insect facts.
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Colon (Large Intestine): Facts, Function & Diseases

Live Science News - August 29, 2015 - 2:03am
The large intestine, also called the colon, is part of the final stages of digestion. It is a large tube that escorts waste from the body.
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Using Loopholes, Nature May Save Galápagos Penguins (Op-Ed)

Live Science News - August 29, 2015 - 12:20am
The Galápagos are more than a life raft in Pacific currents — they actually alter the Pacific currents, and in so doing, help feed the islands' residents.
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