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The world’s best freedivers seem to have evolved super-sized spleens

If you want to be a successful freediver, work out your spleen.
bajau free divers

The Bajau—an indigenous group of people living on islands near Indonesia are among the best freedivers on the planet. Researchers found their spleens are twice the size our regular humans.

Melissa Ilardo

Here’s a fun science experiment you might have done in grade school. Get a bucket full of ice that’s big enough to fit your head. Now dunk your face in and see how long you can stay. Most people can’t remain under for longer than a minute—and for the average human, it’s pretty dangerous to try. But during that minute, your body goes through some pretty

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