Alissa Dodge

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Insects Wear Tiny Spacesuits, for Science

Weird Science<p>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 …

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 …

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, …

How Your Food Impacts Your Vagina

Get ready for seriously surprising intel.<p>Ever nosh on asparagus to have your hoo-ha—and we're not just talking your pee—smell funny? Well, that's one way to think about that whole "you are what you eat" connection. And it turns out, for women, it's a pretty important one.<p>Healthy vaginas have a …

Women's Health

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

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>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 …

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 …

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

For thousands of years, phallic objects have been used symbolically as a means to boost fertility and ward off evil spirits - but their use as sexual …

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

Weird Science<p>Scientists believe they have solved the mystery of how a female shark gave birth at a California aquarium even though there were no potential dads around. The baby brownbanded bamboo shark was born in a tank at the Steinhart Aquarium of the California Academy of Sciences in San …

Biology

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Human Rights

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 …

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.

By Christian Carter,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/13W2SDH<p>What is it that gets a guy to ask you out, keeps you on his mind, and makes him keep …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

Atheism

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

<b>(Maksim Shmeljov via Shutterstock)</b><p>The age-old question is finally answered<p>Larry Schwartz<p>November 10, 2014 9:37pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<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 …

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

The conservative wave of 2014 featured an unlikely, progressive undercurrent: In two states, plus the nation’s capital, Americans voted convincingly …