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Weekly Science Blog Roundup

DiscoblogBy Nina BaiJanuary 31, 2009 6:01 AM

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• My, what a beautiful umbilicus you have! Survey says innies are hot, outies are not.

• Another week, another plan to exhume a dead astronomer. This time it's Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe so historians can find out whether he was poisoned by a hired assassin.

 • All in the family: Three completely different looking fish—known as tapetails, whalefish, and bignoses—turn out to be the young, female, and male of the same species.

• In desperate times, we reach for symbolic security in the form of...brand loyalty? Researchers find that materialism and death anxiety make consumers reluctant to switch brands.

• For his mid-life crisis, one man decides to drive his self-designed, pedal-powered submarine across the Atlantic Ocean.

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