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Insects Wear Tiny Spacesuits, for Science

What's the best way to keep an insect from exploding in a powerful vacuum? Wrap it in a tiny spacesuit.<p>Scanning electron microscopes (SEM) provide incredibly detailed images of biological specimens, but the instruments have not been able to image living organisms because of the powerful vacuum …

Biology

Ebola’s Hidden Costs

The number of people who die from the disease could be only a fraction of the number who go hungry from it.<p>On September 3, 2014, Agnes Ngekia learned by phone that her son was dead and that there would be no burial. He had died of Ebola. Ngekia is a nurse in the Kono district of Sierra Leone, and …

Disease

Answer to Am I wrong to be concerned about Iraqis speaking perfect Spanish and doing a lot of business in Mexico?

Debate Over Puzzling Demise Of Easter Island Population May Finally Be Over

What <i>really</i> happened to the native Polynesians who once lived on Easter Island?<p>Some researchers have argued that the Rapa Nui, as the islanders were known, died out after using up the natural resources on their tiny, 63-square-mile speck of land in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Others say the …

Anthropology

What's it like to live in a paralyzed body, with a working mind? This guy knows.

Martin Pistorius sometime between 1990 and 1994, when he was unable to communicate.<br>Courtesy of Martin Pistorius<p>I found this story hard to read, …

Xeni Jardin

How Your Food Impacts Your Vagina

But the foods you eat can influence that pH, changing the way your nether region smells (and even tastes). For instance, spices, onions, garlic, red meat, dairy, asparagus, broccoli, and alcohol can all affect the natural balance you’ve got going on, while fruits and fruit juices may turn things …

How Big Are The Biggest Squid, Whales, Sharks, Jellyfish?

A few years ago, Carl Zimmer and I ran a workshop on science writing, where we talked, among other things, about explaining science without talking down to your audience. It apparently left an impression on Craig McClain, a marine biologist and blogger who was in the audience. “I made a comment …

Woman Sleeps With Bedbugs For Five Years For Scientific Experiment

Regine Gries has been bitten over 85,000 times by bedbugs - but all in the name of science.<p>The biologist has been sleeping with bedbugs for five …

Bedbugs

The sex toys dating back 28,000 years: Ancient phalluses made from stone and dried camel dung started trend for sex aids

• <b>A siltstone phallus found in Germany is said to date back 28,000 years</b>• <b><br>It is quoted as being the oldest known 'sex toy' ever discovered</b>• <b><br>Phalluses made</b> …

These Guys Found The Remains Of A 14,000-Year-Old Butchered Mastodon In Their Backyard

Mastodon burgers anyone?<p>It isn't every day that you find bones in your backyard, much less a 4-foot long rib bone sticking out of the earth. After that initial, massive find, neighbors Daniel LaPoint Jr. and Eric Witzke kept digging, eventually unearthing 42 massive bones from a property in …

Mystery Shark Birth: Pup Born in Aquarium With No Fathers Around

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Adorable Friendship Between Elephant and Dog Who Love Playing in the Water

This is one of the most adorable animal friendships that we’ve seen in a long time. Bubbles the African elephant and Bella the black Labrador, both …

South Carolina

Q: Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads When Confused?

A: No. At least not exactly.<p>It's one of the dog's cutest behaviors: when a dog appears to be listening or concentrating intently, it will sometimes …

11 Breeds of Dogs That No Longer Exist

What makes a dog breed go extinct? Some are mated out, completely turned into new types of dogs to fit the fashion or function of the day. Others are …

16+ Before & After Pics Show The Difference A Day Of Adoption Can Make To A Shelter Pet

Adopting a pet is a big responsibility, and it will often change the life of the person adopting the pet. It will also, however, absolutely change …

Pets

Ape in Argentina granted human rights

BUENOS AIRES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- In the eyes of Argentina's courts, female orangutan Sandra is a person -- or at least worthy of rights and protections …

Human Rights

11 Reasons January 11th Must Be Guantanamo’s Last Anniversary

<b>This Sunday, January 11, marks the grim 13th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantanamo Bay.</b> With the momentum President Obama has now, …

Diving into an active volcano in Hawaii, with lava-loving robots from NASA JPL

VolcanoBot 1, shown here in a lava tube -- a structure formed by lava -- explored the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii in May 2014. The robot is enabling …

Geology

Unsolicited Advice: Do Not Marry Your High School Sweetheart

Happy Holidays everyone! [<i>Ed. Note: I’m about two weeks late posting this. Ooops</i>.] To celebrate this glorious time of family, togetherness and good …

Men Love To Be Teased. Here’s 3 Things You Can Do To Win Him Over.

What is it that gets a guy to ask you out, keeps you on his mind, and makes him keep moving a relationship forward? <b>One word: Attraction</b>. And not just …

Pets at the vet! Hilarious photos of terrified dogs and cats who REALLY don't want a check-up

Pets that don't want to go to the vets View gallery<p>"How could you do this to me!?"<p>Most animals hate going to the vet - but these terrified hounds and …

Pets

Acronyms on Vet Charts -- What the Heck Do They Mean?

Is your cat BAR and WNL? Is he DUDE normally? Is he having any C/S/V/D?<p>If you have no idea what this means, you’re not alone, so today I’m decoding …

Pets

These Pets Hate Going To The Vet

Veterinarians are doing God's work.<p>They take care of the sick, disabled and most vulnerable of our household pets. But those pets <i>hate</i> them.<p>If you don't believe us, and it's difficult to think of a reason why you would, here is photographic proof:<p>Send us your pets who hate the vet now!<p>@cadyhoffman …

Pet Talk: Ringworm — what you should know

<b>From the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University</b><p>Dermatophytosis, otherwise known as “ringworm,” is a fairly common …

Creative Veterinarian Fashions a LEGO ‘Wheelchair’ for Disabled Pet Tortoise With Weakened Legs

Dr. Carsten Plischke, a veterinarian in Enger, Germany used leftover bricks of his son’s LEGO set to fashion a temporary “wheelchair” for a pet …

Pets

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Why you don't need God

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was January 2014 and I was sitting on the beach in Malibu looking out at the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean, ebbing and flowing. I had just begun a personal project of challenging my lifelong assumption that God exists.<p>You see, I had been a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 19 years. I …

Religion

The truth about coffee and tea: Which is really better for your health?

The age-old question is finally answered<p>It’s an age-old question: What’s better for you, coffee or tea? Even back in the 18th century, inquiring minds wanted to know. King Gustav III of Sweden, being of the belief that coffee was poisonous, devised an interesting experiment to answer the question …

Kepler 438b is a ‘twin’ of Earth discovered this week and it’s only the beginning of human (or post-human) goals in space

<b>COMMENT</b><p>The starry sky is now far more fascinating to us than it ever was to our forebears. Stars may seem just points of light, but we’ve learnt …

The War on Drugs Is Burning Out

Leading at the ballot box from Alaska to Washington, D.C., Americans are charting a path to a saner national drug policy<p>The conservative wave of 2014 …