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The (Few) Perks of Dental Plaque: How It Has Revealed Important Clues About Diet During the Irish Famine

Recent dental plaque analysis confirms that diets were more varied than we once thought

Most people hate dental plaque. This foul-smelling film inevitably turns into hardened tartar (or calculus) in as little as 24 to 72 hours. When it isn’t removed, it can lead to tooth decay and other health issues. Truly, this is a health hindrance most of us can live without.

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Taking Steps: Accessibility And Why It Matters

While many people go through their daily routine without thinking about cracks in the sidewalk, a set of stairs, or conversing with a cashier, there’s a significant percentage of the global population that struggles in some way with these activities that are taken for granted. Those living with disabilities in today’s modern world still face an enormous amount of difficulty in regular, routine activities, and the current widespread lack of accessibility could be holding back progress. Continue reading

Were Titan’s Lakes Actually Formed By Underground Explosions?

Titan is the only other object in the solar system that has lakes of liquid on its surface besides earth, notes CBS. Even though these lakes exist in the form of liquid methane and not water, we know that Saturn’s favorite moon has maintained its liquid surface through a methane cycle that’s similar to the water cycle on earth. Unfortunately, humans have never been able to determine what caused the lakes on Titan to appear in the first place.

Until now.

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Verizon Sells Tumblr To WordPress For $3 Million

The microblogging and social networking website Tumblr has officially been put on the market by Verizon and sold to WordPress owner Automattic Inc. While the sale was for an undisclosed amount, Automattic reportedly purchased Tumblr for less than $3 million.

Verizon initially acquired Tumblr in 2017 after purchasing Yahoo, which paid $1.1 billion for Tumblr in 2013. The website sold for approximately 2% of what it was originally worth.

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Flood Damage To Mississippi River Towns Will Cost At Least $2B To Repair

Towns across the midwest and parts of the south have been feeling the heat with heavy rains causing record-breaking flooding in the last few weeks. And now that the flood waters have retreated, serious repairs and cleanup are needed to fix the damage.

According to the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, a local advocacy group, repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding will cost over $2 billion. This is significant considering floods have cost the U.S. as a whole $40 billion since 2010 and all 50 states have experienced flooding in the past five years.

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What to Expect From Nintendo at E3

With Nintendo supplying some of the most highly anticipated games throughout the last year, fans are eager to see what the company will bring to the table at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, colloquially called E3. But while Google gets more than 57,000 searches per second, fans don’t need to look far to get some of the best information around.

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