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Agafia. Hermit Surviving in Russian Wilderness for 70 years

Agafia. Hermit Surviving in Russian Wilderness for 70 years

In June 2014 our crew set up to visit Agafia Lykova. She’s an old believer. After various newspapers has publish her appeal for help we decided to go meet her for herself to hear her story first hand. Our first stop was the Siberian city of Abakan, capital of the republic of Khakassia. Agafia Lykova’s …

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Why were the Iranian Empires so Successful?

Why were the Iranian Empires so Successful?

The region that constitutes modern day Iran has been a center of civilization for thousands of years, and played a key role in the development of the modern world. Despite this, their contribution is relatively unknown, as are the powerful and prosperous empires which sprang up centered on this area. From the proto-Iranian Elamite civilization …

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Biosphere 2: A Faulty Mars Survival Test Gets a Second Act | Retro Report

Biosphere 2: A Faulty Mars Survival Test Gets a Second Act | Retro Report

Okay, we’re ready to light this candle. Let’s go to Mars. What was once the stuff of Sci-Fi films, living on other planets, is now a focus of serious scientific research. A NASA-backed research team has emerged from eight months of isolation on a remote Hawaiian volcano. There they are leaving, after spending a year …

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These Hairworms Eat a Cricket Alive and Control Its Mind | Deep Look

These Hairworms Eat a Cricket Alive and Control Its Mind | Deep Look

The day starts normally enough. You give your pet some food and water. But later … … in your pet’s water dish, you find this. A hairworm. It didn’t get here on its own. It came out of a little cricket. Don’t believe me? OK. These hairworms are gnarly parasites. They actually control a cricket’s …