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The Slow-Motion Symbiotic Train Wreck of the 13-Year Cicada

Round about now, in various US states, a vast swarm of cicadas will start crawling out of the ground. These black-bodied, red-eyed insects have stayed underground for 13 or 17 years, drinking from plant roots. When they greet daylight for the first time, they devote themselves to weeks of frenzied …

Biology

Water surprise: The Water Book reviewed

Think about what you did first thing this morning. You woke, having respired and perspired through the night. You got out of bed and went to the bathroom to urinate and to wash. You filled the kettle to make tea or coffee and, while waiting for it to boil, may have checked the weather forecast for …

Books

Chilean Fog Nets Pull Beer From Desert Air

Who needs water when you have beer?<p>Chile’s Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on the planet; some parts haven’t seen rainfall for centuries. But the region is often shrouded in a dense fog locally called camanchaca, from which local flora harvest what little water they need to survive. …

Reports of the demise of men have been greatly exaggerated

Scientific scare stories like to remind men that they are all but obsolete, but they are merely a reflection of the age we live in, says Chris Moss<p>You don’t have to look very far to find useless men. Any high street on a Saturday will turn up isolated males standing outside women’s fashion stores …

Marriage at a 100-year low — and that's a good thing

Brace yourselves for the latest evidence that Americans are fleeing the institution of marriage like Roger Sterling leaves wives.<p>A report release Monday from Demographic Intelligence, which tracks marriage and birth trends in the United States, said marriage rates are the lowest in a century — 6.74 …

Demographics

Why this House Republican is pushing for something his party hates -- a tax hike

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Renacci is doing something his party hates -- pushing a plan to raise taxes.<p>The former CPA and mayor is frustrated Congress is going to kick the can -- for the 33rd time -- on coming up with a way to pay to fix the tens of thousands of crumbling …