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Past articles by Benji:

The US has 1,200 tornadoes each year. That's 4 times as many as the rest of the world combined.

Each year, over 1,200 tornadoes strike American soil. That's more than anywhere else in the world. Here's why the US has the most twisters. → Read More

NASA's 4-year twin experiment takes us closer to Mars than ever before

NASA's groundbreaking twins study, involving astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly, revealed that traveling to Mars may one day be possible. → Read More

The scientific reason hangovers are the absolute worst

Common symptoms of hangovers like headaches, nausea, and anxiety are caused by chemical changes in your body and brain that accompany drinking. → Read More

New research reveals how dogs can detect epileptic seizures up to 45 minutes before they happen

A recent study shows that dogs can detect epileptic seizures through smell, up to 45 minutes before they occur. New research reveals how they do it. → Read More

A fire expert explains why historic buildings like Notre-Dame Cathedral burn so easily

Many historic buildings like the Notre-Dame Cathedral are vulnerable to fires, especially during renovations. A fire engineer explains why. → Read More

Measles is a public-health emergency in the US — these 15 charts explain the vaccine problem

Measles is back in the US, thanks in part to an anti-vaccine movement. But there's a bigger problem abroad, where immunization rates are far lower. → Read More

Strawberry Yoplait yogurt is one of many foods colored with carmine — a natural, red dye made from crushed bugs

Fruit doesn't color strawberry Yoplait yogurt red. It's carmine, natural red dye made from crushed cochineal bugs. People have used it for centuries. → Read More

What happens to your body when you drink too much coffee

The average American drinks three cups of coffee per day. There is a lethal dose of caffeine, but it's almost impossible to overdose on coffee. → Read More

The swiftlet farming industry has exploded, as more people eat bird's nest soup for supposed health benefits

A bowl of bird's nest soup can cost more than $100. The Asian delicacy is made from the dissolved nests of swiftlets, a bird native to Southeast Asia. → Read More

Why foie gras is one of the most expensive foods on a restaurant menu

A foie gras appetizer, the fattened liver of a duck or goose, will cost as much as a main course at your average diner. Here's why it's so expensive. → Read More

A dietitian explains which non-dairy milks are best for you

There are many types of non-dairy milk available, from soy and almond to coconut and oat. We asked a dietitian which one is the healthiest for you. → Read More

Sumo wrestlers eat up to 7,000 calories a day, yet don't typically suffer from symptoms of obesity

Sumo wrestlers can weigh 400 pounds, yet they don't suffer from heart attacks, strokes, or other symptoms of obesity. Here's how they stay healthy. → Read More

A Chinese scientist claims to have genetically-engineered babies — here's what editing DNA means

A Chinese scientist claims to have genetically-engineered babies using CRISPR. Editing DNA could save lives, but many fear unintended consequences. → Read More

The Devilish (and Dare We Say Brilliant) Way Australia’s Feral Cats Use Fire to Hunt Down Prey

It’s hard to imagine your housecat as a particularly savvy killer. Sure, it may swat at a shoelace dangled in its face, or bunny-kick its favorite fish toy when it’s in, you know, a mood. It may even catch a bug now and then. But your cat probably spends most of the day delicately curled up on the couch, seemingly content to do absolutely nothing. → Read More

People Can't Find the Stars They Paid to Name—and They're Calling Astronomers for Tech Support

Professional astronomers are busy people. Some are mapping distant galaxies, others are listening for aliens, and more still are searching for habitable planets—which, it seems, we might one day need. But on occasion, they’re also called upon to do something that shouldn’t require a PhD: find the stars that people have “purchased” online. → Read More

Eight Easy Ways to Reduce Your Plastic Waste

By doing so, you'll be helping birds and other wildlife. → Read More

Inside Reality Star Spencer Pratt’s Hummingbird Empire

Almost a decade after “The Hills,” the Los Angeles native has found a new fan base in the hundreds of hummers that visit his decked-out home. → Read More

Inside Reality Star Spencer Pratt’s Hummingbird Empire

Almost a decade after “The Hills,” the Los Angeles native has found a new fan base in the hundreds of hummers that visit his decked-out home. → Read More

Ecologists Bested by Drone in a Competition to Count Birds

A novel experiment pitted a drone against experienced wildlife spotters to estimate the size of faux flocks. Despite the results, some ornithologists are wary of the new technology. → Read More