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Scientists solve the mystery behind Death Valley's 'slithering' stones

A century old mystery has been solved. Scientists work out why Death Valley's rocks sometimes slither. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego)

A century old mystery has been solved. Scientists work out why Death Valley's rocks sometimes slither. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego)

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Snakes slither. Rocks do not. Unless they're in Death Valley, California, where you can often see rocks that have moved across the flat desert floor, leaving a slither trail in their wake. Scientists have tried to understand what caused this phenomenon for decades. Well, the mystery has been solved. And the results are chilling.

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Friday: Ebola sequencing, Decker glacer, Wales sheep trekking, and more...

Friday: Ebola sequencing, Decker glacer, Wales sheep trekking, and more...

In an effort to contain its spread, a team of American and African researchers sequences ninety-nine Ebola virus genomes from victims of the current outbreak...A man returns to the Decker Glacier after eight years to find it a very wet shadow of its former self...and a Welsh tour company gives humans a chance to hike the hilly countryside, guided by sheep -- who'll provide a combination of expertise and sheer woolpower.

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Hello Kitty demands a new paradigm in the philosophy of physics

Hello Kitty demands a new paradigm in the philosophy of physics
A cat is in a sealed steel box with a Geiger counter containing a minuscule amount of a radioactive substance, and a tube of poison. Depending on what happens in the box, the cat will either be dead or alive -- but it cannot be both.

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Thursday: Russia's Ukraine 'invasion', Mexican deportees return to US, slithering stones, and more...

Thursday: Russia's Ukraine 'invasion', Mexican deportees return to US, slithering stones, and more...

Russia says it hasn't sent soldiers and tanks across the Ukrainian border -- but Ukrainian officials say it is, indisputably, a Russian invasion of their territory...Nine Mexican immigrants are allowed to return to the U.S. to explain why they believe they were coerced into accepting deportation...and three American scientists focus their attention, and their cameras, on the mystery of how rocks slither across the desert floor in Death Valley without human help.

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24-carat art project sparks gold rush on public beach in England

24-carat art project sparks gold rush on public beach in England
If you go down to the beach at Folkestone, England today, you might find a pleasant surprise. German artist Michael Sailstorfer has buried 30 gold bullion bars beneath the sand there. And now it's finders, keepers.

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Doctor proposes change in privacy laws to stop drunk drivers from using ER as escape route

Doctor proposes change in privacy laws to stop drunk drivers from using ER as escape route
Toronto emergency room doctor Brett Belchetz says that, too often, impaired drivers are using hospitals as escape routes after a car accident;. He'd like to see changes to privacy laws that often prevent him from reporting such patients to police.

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Lucky the Lobster finds a home

Lucky the Lobster finds a home
Blair Calkins and his family were fishing for prawns when they hauled in a lobster laden with eggs. In some places, this would be a perfectly normal event, except they were in British Columbia, where there shouldn't be any lobster.

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Close shave: Shaun the Sheep shears big but fails to shake Shrek's wool record

Close shave: Shaun the Sheep shears big but fails to shake Shrek's wool record
Shaun the sheep, who was found wandering last Sunday in Tasmania after years of waltzing merino, has finally been shorn. It is believed that this may be the sheep's first shearing, and there were high hopes that he would whip the world wool weight record set in 2004 by the late Shrek the Sheep, who dropped 27 kilograms when he was finally shorn.

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Wednesday: Shooting range death, Oscar Peterson statue defaced, Elwha river dam, and more...

Wednesday: Shooting range death, Oscar Peterson statue defaced, Elwha river dam, and more...
 The operator of an Arizona shooting range acknowledges it's a tragedy when a nine-year-old accidentally shoots her instructor with a machine gun -- but insists his range always follows the rules...In an act that's either pointed or pointless, vandals spray-paint the eyes of a sculpture of jazz legend Oscar Peterson...and the last of a Washington state dam is blown away -- and as the water returns to the downstream areas, so does the wildlife.

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Arizona shooting range operator defends children shooting Uzis after instructor dies

Arizona shooting range operator defends children shooting Uzis after instructor dies
"An unfortunate industrial accident." That's how the operator of an Arizona shooting range describes the death of one of his instructors. Thirty-nine year old Charles Vacca was killed on Monday while teaching a 9-year-old girl how to fire an Uzi machine gun.

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The Villains Episode: the most hated man on Jeopardy!, searching for Idi Amin, and a giant Grinch

As It Happened: The Archive Edition

The Villains Episode: the most hated man on Jeopardy!, searching for Idi Amin, and a giant Grinch
This Jeopardy! champ's methods made some viewers loathe him. If you answered: "Who is Arthur Chu?" you are correct. Earlier this year, Mr. Chu racked up 11 consecutive wins on the TV trivia show. But he did it by trampling on unspoken rule of etiquette: "Thou shalt not jump around the board."

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