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Breaking a Guinness World Record Is Even Tougher (and Weirder) Than You Imagine

After 60 years, Guinness World Records continues to draw avid fans—and competitors.

World’s longest tongue (3.97 inches); world’s most consecutive skips of a stone on water (88); world’s largest hamburger commercially available (777 pounds); world’s farthest eyeball pop (0.47 inches). World records are as alive and well—and as strange—in 2015 as they were in 1955, when the very first Guinness Book of Records was released to mass acclaim. The book stole the hearts of holiday shoppers in England, turning out to be a surprise bestseller. Sixty years later, Guinness World Records still holds the No. 1 slot in sales among copyrighted annual books, with more than 132 million copies sold as of October 2013—the last year for which there is a record.

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How Science is Defending Our Coasts from Climate Change Using Plant DNA

One team of researchers is fighting for our beach ecosystems by manipulating sea oats—Jurassic Park-style.

These days, climate change is a bit of a foregone conclusion. Even if global efforts to reduce carbon emissions materialize in a significant way, there may be little we can do to prevent an increase in average temperatures by four degrees Celsius by 2100. To put that into perspective, temperatures have only risen by about .8 degrees Celsius over the past 100 years. Our continental ice reserves are melting at a rapid rate, and scientists believe the oceans have already absorbed up to 90 percent of the carbon being emitted, making them increasingly acidic.

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How Stem Cell Therapy Might Change Your Dog’s Life

When it comes to this pioneering treatment, dogs are way ahead of humans.

Animal companions keep us happy and healthy, and more of us own pets than ever before. It’s clear that we’re sentimentally devoted to those pets—more than half of us say we’d “leap into action” for our furry family members if they were injured. And with 47 percent of American households owning at least one dog, and more than 83 million dogs claimed as pets in the United States according to the American Pet Product Association (APPA), the old adage about dog being man’s best friend appears to have a lot of truth to it.

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