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Ever wonder what makes fingerprints unique?

Whether thwarting our criminal efforts or unlocking our phones, our fingerprints play an important role in our identity. Even identical twins have non-identical fingerprints! But by nature, the swirls and ridges on our fingertips aren’t meant to identify us, but instead serve the more mundane purpose of aiding touch. So what triggers their one-of-a-kind design?

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Ever wonder how hiccups happen, and where their remedies come from?

Hiccups are an involuntary spasm of the diaphragm that serves no real purpose. Over time, humans have invented some strange remedies to deal with them. Learn about what triggers hiccups, and how triggering them again can actually be the cure.

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