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Buried inside ancient grains of rock salt, a team of geologists has discovered traces of a breathable, animal-friendly atmosphere. If confirmed, the finding will push back the rise of oxygen on Earth hundreds of millions of years, raising new questions about the evolution of complex life both here and beyond our solar system.

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Video: "I don't want to die." That's what Destin from Smarter Every Day says as his oxygen level drops dangerously low and yet he's completely unable to put his oxygen mask back on to save himself because his brain isn't functioning properly.

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Who knew such extraordinary altitudes could be found, hidden inside the towers of Manhattan's Flatiron District? But, behind the nondescript door of a fifth floor office on 21st St, heights as great as the Himalayas are waiting to be scaled. Gizmodo took a deep breath and visited the atmospheric wizardry of Hypoxico, makers of high-altitude training facilities for professional sports teams and the world's top endurance athletes.

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All the cool kids know that playing with fire is totally awesome, but there's only so much you can accomplish with the tools available to your everyday pyromaniac. Scientists can have a bit more fun, and this slow-motion video of liquid oxygen tossing around a chunk of flaming charcoal is a great chance to live vicariously.

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Sure, our supervillains are more of the geopolitical type, but it's inevitable that some day a mad scientist will come along with an oxygen-stealing ray. And, when he does, as this Buzzfeed video — based on an imaginative Quora thread — points out, we're all in a whole lotta trouble.

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This may seem like something out of a science fiction movie: researchers have designed microparticles that can be injected directly into the bloodstream to quickly oxygenate your body, even if you can't breathe anymore. It's one of the best medical breakthroughs in recent years, and one that could save millions of lives every year.

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If you're currently living on our pale blue dot, you should thank it for becoming inhabitable for us human folk. Specifically, you should look down and thank its mantle, because scientists are saying that Earth's cooler mantle allowed it to develop oxygen. You know, that thing we breathe to live.