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Africa’s Illegal Charcoal Trade Engulfs Cheetah Habitat

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In rural northern Tanzania, an African country famous for charismatic megafauna, including free-roaming cheetah and other big cats, impoverished and under-employed Swahili villagers struggle to survive. One way to earn money and make cooking fuel is to cut forests for wood that can be turned into charcoal. It’s ...

Malcolm Gladwell wants you to read Jonah Lehrer’s new blog

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The New Yorker superstar is still standing behind his disgraced former colleague

A fruit fly is not a mammal, and other revelations from the museum

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There's been a lot of discussion in the past day about a new paper published in Science. The paper is an opinion piece about an argument that's played out many times in the past, namely: should sci...

Your Penis Is Getting in the Way of My Science

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Earlier today, scientists announced they'd discovered an insect with a new kind of female sex organ. It looks a bit like a penis, and is called a gynosome. But almost every news outlet covered the story by describing the insects as "females with penises." This isn't just painfully ...

This Crazy Purple Cube Is 1 Giant Step for Space Agriculture

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NASA to astronauts: "Let them eat kale."

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth's First Cousin

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Meet Kepler-186f, the closest thing to our planet ever discovered—and maybe our best shot at locating life elsewhere in the universe.

Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel laureate writer, dies aged 87

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Colombian author became standard-bearer for Latin American letters after success of 100 Years of Solitude

Greenish kitty plague spreads through US websites

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Adam Welz: A blight of mindless cat and dog stories has infected US enviro news sites. Who's to blame?

In This Insect, Females Have Penises And Males Have Vaginas

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This picture of two mating insects comes with an unexpected twist. The one on top is a female, and she has a penis. The one on the bottom is a male, and he has the equivalent of a vagina. During se...

What Happened to Skywriting?

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How skywriting rose and fell, and why its instagrammability may lead to a resurgence.

The Worst Infographic Of 2014 (So Far)

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In a baffling move, NBC has turned data on U.S. demographics into a map showing that all Asians live in Maine.

Urine in Portland reservoir: How dangerous is pee in drinking water?

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Oh, Portland. A teenager urinated into one of the city’s drinking water reservoirs the other day. That’s gross, sure, and aggravating—what a brat! But in one of the most spectacularly stupid decisions in years, the city is going to drain the reservoir. The most spectacularly stupid decision in ...

Schulz on Gabriel García Márquez: 1927-2014

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The Colombian author died Thursday at the age of 87.

In America, A Barrage Of Thunderingly Dull Headlines

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I love The New York Times. I love its calmness and reasonableness and breadth of interest and, of course, its adherence to the grand global socialist conspiracy of which I am myself a minor but loyal proponent. All hail Gramsci! Nate Silver the Math Witch, bless us with ...

Manipulating the Unseen Microbial Ecosystem—The Future of Hospitals? — NOVA Next

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Experts typically focus hospital design and behavior to minimize the spread of specific pathogens. But an emerging field of research looks at the entire built microbiome.

Masters as luxury goods

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There were many reasons I left academia. But here's one. In case it resonates. To secure my role, and the roles of other staff, I was expected to help recruit masters students. But to do a masters ...

Absurd Creature of the Week: World’s Most Badass Ant Skydives, Uses Own Head as a Shield

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With a range stretching from Argentina all the way up into the southern U.S., this incredible genus of ants has also mastered the art of rainforest skydiving, leaping from the canopy to avoid predators, only to steer themselves mid-flight right back onto the trunk of their home tree.

How Flesh-Eating Strep Bacteria Evolved Into an Epidemic

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A new study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, details the evolution of a flesh-eating bacteria, group A Streptococcus. By charting its evolution, scientists hope to gain invaluable insights into tackling subsequent generations of these menaces, and to begin to better understand the ...

'You Are Not Special' teacher has more words of wisdom

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How a 12-minute high school commencement speech went viral

Of Penises and Planets: On Labels in Science and Culture

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Just what counts as a penis? A debate over what to call the genitals of an unusual group of cave insects has broader implications, because it gets right at the heart of science and science communication: what's the relationship between the labels we use in science and the ...

Writing the book: Jason Fagone and ‘Ingenious’

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I got the deal to write my first book, Horsemen of the Esophagus, in the spring of 2005. I’d been out of college for four years at that point, writing for two

Man urinates in reservoir, ruins 38M gallons of water

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland water officials are discarding 38 million gallons of drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught urinating into one of the city's reservoirs. A security camera caught the man

Alligator Snapping Turtles, the Dinosaurs of the Turtle World, Are Actually 3 at-Risk Species

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Alligator snapping turtles look pretty intimidating. These massive, prehistoric-looking reptiles can reach more than 66 centimeters in length and weigh more than 100 kilograms. Add in ...

Does Kin Selection Explain The Evolution Of Religion?

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In a new paper, biologists suggest that religion evolved in our prehistoric past through processes by which serving one's family and larger social group become synonymous with serving God.

I've Got Your Missing Links Right Here (19 April 2014)

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Top picks This woman follows polar bears until they give a crap. The best bit of this story by Erin Biba is Quinoa, the polar-bear-poo-tracking dog who has his own anti-bear escape ladder. First "l...

Indie reports on surprising structure of artists’ brains

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Artists brains are 'structurally different' according to The Independent, who report on a small, thought-provoking but as yet quite preliminary study. The image used to illustrate the article (the ...

Scientists find protein that unites sperm and egg

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Newly discovered molecule plays crucial role in conception.

The Dangerous Rise of Social Media in the Operating Room

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Surveys suggest most doctors and nurses understand the significant safety issues associated with the use of cell phones and laptops during surgery.

The Irrationality of Irrationality: The Paradox of Popular Psychology

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In 1996, Lyle Brenner, Derek Koehler and Amos Tversky conducted a study involving students from San Jose State University and Stanford University. The researchers were interested ...

Jon Snow: 'There's a character in Game of Thrones called Jon Snow'

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The 66-year-old Channel 4 news presenter on cycling, gay marriage and the joy of watercolours

Could the Game of Thrones poisoning happen in real life?

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Cyanide, deadly nightshade and pesticides have disturbingly similar symptoms to the toxin that took a powerful character's life, writes Rachel Nuwer. Warning: this post is laced with potent spoilers.