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    Fruits and Vegetables Are Trying to Kill You

    Antioxidant vitamins don’t stress us like plants do—and don’t have their beneficial effect.

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    Unwinding the Mystery of Namibia’s Natural Crop Circles

    The Himba bushmen who inhabit the Namibian grasslands—a 1,200-mile-long swath of land running from Angola into South Africa—have come up with different stories over the years to explain the unusual circular bare patches, called “fairy circles,” dotted throughout the grassy expanse. These reddish-hued circles, sometimes several feet in diameter, are dubbed “footprints of the gods,” […]

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    Human Tendencies

    Some of our most cherished traits are shared by other animals—and even plants.