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Why don’t I have to think about breathing?

If you’ve ever gone for a run you probably know the feeling of exhaustion that comes with trying to catch your breath. Maybe your nostrils burn and your heart races as your lungs beg for air, but none of these body parts is responsible for controlling your breathing. In fact, it’s your brain that’s telling your body to breathe all the time, even though you may only notice when your breathing becomes heavy after exercising. Continue reading Why don’t I have to think about breathing?

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The First Criminal Trial That Used Fingerprints as Evidence

Just after 2 a.m. on the night of September 19, 1910, Clarence Hiller woke to the screams of his wife and daughter in their home at 1837 West 104th Street in Chicago. After a spate of robberies, residents of this South Side neighborhood were already on edge. Hiller, a railroad clerk, raced to confront the intruder. In the ensuing scuffle, the two men fell down the staircase. His daughter, Clarice, later recalled hearing three shots, followed by her mother screaming upstairs. Neighbors came running but the man had fled the home, leaving a dying Hiller by his front door.

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Catastrophic Oil Spill in the Peruvian Amazon Pits State Energy Company Against Local Tribe

Last week, at least 8,000 barrels of crude oil gushed into the northern Amazon rainforest in Peru, creating one of the worst spills the region has seen in years. State oil company Petroperú is blaming a local indigenous community for sabotaging a pipeline and triggering the spill, but the leader of Peru’s Wampis Nation, whose members make up that community, denies the accusations. Continue reading Catastrophic Oil Spill in the Peruvian Amazon Pits State Energy Company Against Local Tribe