Alicia Kristiana McDonough

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Brainstorm in a teacup: can epilepsy fuel creativity?

I’m an epileptic.<p>It’s not how I define myself, but I am writing about epilepsy, so I think pointing out the fact that I am speaking from experience is acceptable.<p>I may not define myself by my epilepsy but it’s a big part of my life. It affects my life on a daily basis. Because of the epilepsy I …

12 Ways To Eat Your Weed

Giving the green light to recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington has made those states a retail marijuana testing ground for the rest of the U.S. That includes a burgeoning market in weed-infused edible goodies that goes way beyond your average pot brownie. Now you can choose between …

Thought Provoking Photographs Examine Our Complicated Relationship with Sharks

For his book <i>Sharks and People</i>, National Geographic photographer and marine biologist Thomas Peschak examines the behaviors and condition of the great …

The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light and Water Into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply …

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This worm's sperm invades and kills females of another species

An 'unprecedented' means of avoiding reproduction between species<p>When it comes to sex, animals have developed a plethora of tricks to avoid mixups with other species. They use sight, smell, and even feel to tell each other apart. But in certain cases, the similarities between species are just too …

Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other's Butts? It's More Complicated Than You Might Imagine

Why do dogs sniff each other's butts? The answer to that question is a bit more complicated than you might imagine.<p>According to a new video from the American Chemical Society (above), it's all about one canine literally sniffing out important information about the other--its gender, emotional …

This Strange Purple Creature Is Actually A Living Colony (VIDEO)

Scientists with cameras are a fun bunch, especially when they stumble upon something crazy-looking and mysterious they had no idea they'd see.<p>In the above video, a purple blob looks like a piece of trash drifting in the current. But when it starts to <i>move</i>, these scientists get pretty excited.<p>That's …

Here's How North Korea Created A Propaganda Empire

These harrowing vignettes of North Korean hunger and suffering were later published in South Korea under a pseudonym.<p>Mr Jang had once composed paeans to Kim Jong Il, North Korea's former ruler. In a new memoir, Mr Jang retraces his conversion from patriotic court poet to the Kim regime to one of …

The palm oil magnates are growing ever more trees for use in biofuels and carbon trading. But what happens to the subsistence farmers who live on the lucrative land?<p>The west's drive to reduce its carbon footprint cheaply is fuelling a dirty war in Honduras, where US-backed security forces are …

Clouds Over Honduras

<i>This article is a joint publication of TheNation.com and</i> Foreign Policy In Focus<i>.</i><p>Honduras’s new president, Juan Orlando Hernández, takes office on …

Natalie Merchant Premieres 'Ladybird' Video

In the thirteen years since her last album of original songs, Natalie Merchant got married, had a daughter and got divorced. So maybe it's not …

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13 Things You Won't Believe The Man Who Could Be North Carolina's Next Senator Said

"He believes in a socialist government. He plays class warfare. Dictatorship is what he's trying to do..."<p>Greg Brannon is a doctor and former tea party activist running for Senate in North Carolina. Brannon, who is most likely headed for a Republican Senate primary run with North Carolina state …

Deep-Space Missions Can Cause 'Cognitive Deficits' in Astronauts

The first astronauts who set foot on the moon were quarantined for three weeks when they returned to Earth. Scientists weren't sure what kinds of …

Overfishing Remains Biggest Threat to Mediterranean, Study Confirms

Changing Planet<p><b>Overfishing is still the most important threat to Mediterranean underwater ecosystems, “more than pollution, invasive species, or climate change”, says Enric Sala, one of the authors of the most comprehensive study made of the sea, published this week in the science journal PLoS …

How Long Would You Have To Work To Buy A Burger In NYC?

The income of people in five major American cities has finally been measured in a currency we can all understand: hamburgers.<p>How long would you have to work a minimum wage job to buy a car? Rent an apartment in San Francisco? Pay for daycare? Retire at 65? The relative value of a city’s average …

Finally, Someone Finds a Perfectly Good (and Completely Entrancing) Use for Packing Peanuts

Swiss artist Zimoun has put thousands of packing peanuts (or, "chips," as he refers to them) to work in a mesmerizing installation that's sure to put …

Mixed Media Portraits by Florian Nicolle | Colossal

<p>Digital artist and illustrator Florian Nicolle (previously here and here) blends layers of newsprint, watercolor, pencil, and digital painting to …