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One woman traveled the world for 10 years to find the oldest living things on Earth

Photographer Rachel Sussman has captured striking images of the world's oldest living things. But while they've lasted thousands of years, they could be gone at any moment.

One woman traveled the world for 10 years to find the oldest living things on Earth
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Viruses At The Movies

Viruses At The Movies

Scientists show off their profession in tattoos

Scientists show off their profession in tattoos
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Move Over Blood Type, Gut Bacteria Is Here

Move Over Blood Type, Gut Bacteria Is Here

Why do we smile?

Why do we smile?
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Scientists crack a smile

Why do we smile? Not only do scientists believe they may have discovered the answer to that question, but also to how we perceive the smile. Carl Zimmer, science writer for The New York Times, has the details of this new study.

Scientists crack a smile
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The Secret (Love) Life of Fireflies

The apparent serenity of fireflies is actually full of murder, deception, and secret trysts as they communicate with each other and try to mate. Joining The Takeaway with more on the passionate life of the firefly is science writer Carl Zimmer.

The Secret (Love) Life of Fireflies
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New technology reveals genes to be a small piece of a larger hereditary puzzle

The Takeaway talks with Carl Zimmer, science writer, about how the science of genetics is infinitely more complicated than was originally thought.

New technology reveals genes to be a small piece of a larger hereditary puzzle