What is the origin of applause?

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Space probe transmits stunning new views of Pluto
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Film appears from before Amelia Earhart disappeared
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Messages in meteorites bring news from outer space
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Woman sets out to row across Pacific Ocean
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Wanna buy “The Flintstones” home?
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Fake orca flops as sea lion scarecrow
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When will the leaning tower of Pisa fall over?
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Moons “dance” around Pluto
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They’re called “wild animals” for a reason
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Tanzania is losing its elephants
App recommends opportunities based on news you read Olivier Kamanda read the "Invisible Child" in the New York Times. It was about Dasani, a 12-year-old Brooklyn girl and her family. They were homeless. Through social media, it prompted an outpouring of support for homeless families. Kamanda was the speechwriter and senior a... - Posted on April 3, 2015
Car prepares to drive itself 3,500 miles across U.S. Call it a preview of the cross-country road trip of the future. An autonomous car developed by Michigan-based auto supplier Delphi Automotive will soon make a 3,500-mile journey across the U.S. A person will sit behind the wheel at all times. But that person won't touch it u... - Posted on April 2, 2015
Sleep is essential to success in sports Jarome Iginla draws the blackout curtains and keeps his room at a cool temperature. He silences his cellphone and sometimes reads a relaxing book to drift off. Although he's an 18-year veteran, the Colorado Avalanche ice hockey forward only recently happened upon this simple... - Posted on April 2, 2015
Now Google lets you zip through the Amazon jungle For its next technological trick, Google will show you what it's like to zip through trees in the Amazon jungle. The images were recently released. They are the latest addition to the diverse collection of photos supplementing Google's widely used digital maps. The maps' "St... - Posted on April 1, 2015
Why were prehistoric animals so big? You asked us, why were prehistoric animals so big? Though not all ancient critters were huge, a lot of them were. I'm talking 90 ton, 130-foot dinos, 50-foot giant sharks and ground sloths that could go shoulder to shoulder with today's elephants. It's possible condit... - Posted on April 1, 2015
Soprano seeks to go where no singer has gone before British soprano Sarah Brightman is aiming to perform where no professional singer has ever gone before: the International Space Station. The 54-year-old says she is working with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. He is her ex-husband. They plan to create a song she will sing in s... - Posted on March 31, 2015
For archaeologists, ancient bones are like Christmas They came from every parish of London, and from all walks of life. They ended up in a burial ground called Bedlam. Now scientists hope their centuries-old skeletons can reveal information about how long-ago Londoners lived. And about the bubonic plague that often killed them. ... - Posted on March 31, 2015
Baseball pitcher excels with only one hand Rick Robinson was settling into his new job as the college baseball coach at Tennessee-Martin. He was moving some things around his office. That's when he came across a few articles that had been written about the previous year's team. He made a somewhat startling discovery.... - Posted on March 30, 2015
17-year-old picked to create new “Tom Sawyer” A new stage adaptation of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" has been commissioned. It will be written by an up-and-coming playwright. The writer isn't much older than Sawyer was in the landmark book. The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut has picked 17-year-... - Posted on March 30, 2015
Wild horses may save threatened butterflies Twenty-five years ago, it was a military zone where occupying Soviet troops held exercises. Today it's a sanctuary inhabited by wild animals that scientists hope will improve biodiversity among local plants as well as save endangered species. A herd of 14 wild mares from Bri... - Posted on March 27, 2015
Ancient salamander was as long as a car! Fossil remains of a previously unknown species of a crocodile-like "super salamander" have been found. The super salamander grew as long as a small car and was a top predator more than 200 million years ago. The fossil remains were found in southern Portugal. The spec... - Posted on March 27, 2015
Young scientists impress Obama at White House The small Lego machine inside the White House whirred. And in a moment it was turning the pages of a story book. One page flipped. Then another, ever faster as President Barack Obama marveled at its efficiency. The contraption's eventual aim would allow paralyzed or arthriti... - Posted on March 26, 2015
Americans love an underdog It's the time of year for March Madness. And boy, do fans love the underdog. The science shows, again and again, that we can't resist pulling for the underdog teams when college basketball's national tournament rolls around. About a dozen studies over the past 25 years have ... - Posted on March 26, 2015
King Richard III gets funeral, 530 years after death Richard III finally received the ceremony and honor a king deserves, 530 years after his death in battle. Hundreds of people, including some in period costume and armor, turned out in England's Leicestershire on Sunday to watch a procession carrying the remains of the mediev... - Posted on March 25, 2015
Serbian women want to save magic carpets A Pirot carpet has magical powers, they say. Its colorful patterns and symbols are designed to bring luck and protect from evil. Nearly every home in this eastern Serbian town has one. The carpets are big or small, rolled out on the floor, wrapped around the furniture or hung on th... - Posted on March 25, 2015
Does lightning ever strike twice? You asked us, does lightning ever strike twice? The old saying lightning never strikes twice is supposed to be reassuring. Well, you had this one stroke of really bad, bizarre luck. But that means the odds of it ever happening again must be zero, right? Wrong, very, v... - Posted on March 24, 2015
Give me an N. Give me a Y. (for a the highest bid) Some very big, familiar pieces of New York City sports history are going on the auction block, courtesy of a baseball star. The 10-foot high letters spelled "Yankee Stadium." They were atop the original Bronx ballpark. Now they are being offered for sale at Sotheby's on Apri... - Posted on March 24, 2015
Case of missing paintings unsolved after 25 years It's been called the biggest art heist in U.S. history, perhaps the biggest in the world. But 25 years later, the theft of 13 works from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum remains unsolved. The theft has spawned books, rumors and speculation about who was responsible -... - Posted on March 23, 2015
NCAA gets high-def replay system for March Madness The NCAA is going all in on high-def video reviews during March Madness. The men's and women's basketball tournaments begin this week. The NCAA for the first time will use a replay system that captures live high-definition video from multiple angles for immediate review. Tha... - Posted on March 23, 2015
What is the origin of applause? You asked us, what is the origin of applause? Well, it's impossible to know exactly when people first started clapping, though it's definitely an ancient and widespread behavior. It had certainly caught on by the time of the Roman Empire. That's when crowds would clap, snap ... - Posted on March 20, 2015