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Bugs survive the winter through a trick straight out of science fiction

It's not like bugs can just turn on the heater, zip up a fluffy parka, or tuck in to a warm cup of cocoa to stay warm in the winter.<p>The truth is that bugs have many different ways to make it through the winter alive.<p>Some simply fly to warmer spots. Others burrow into logs, hiding away in insulated …

Insects

Let’s Explore the Physics of Rotational Motion With a Fidget Spinner

You may find fidget spinners, or at least the attention they're getting, annoying. I find them kind of cool, because they make handy tools for …

Physics

How America Gave Up on Change

In his last book, economist Tyler Cowen wrote about how machine intelligence could change the world. In his new book, <i>The Complacent Class</i>, he writes about the forces that prevent change from happening. In particular, he argues that America has become more averse to change in recent decades, and …

How an American Bureaucrat Became President of Somalia

He was a refugee who embraced U.S.-style democracy. Now's he's trying to bring it home.<p>On the morning of February 8, a civil servant from Buffalo, New York—a Somali by birth but an American by choice—walked into a heavily guarded airplane hangar in the battle-scarred capital of his native country …

Africa

How to make those amazing garlic-shallot butter mushrooms from Craft Los Angeles

When it comes to mushroom recipes, it doesn't get much easier than this: a blend of mushrooms — crimini, shiitake, oyster, trumpet royale and maitake — sautéed in a garlic-shallot butter and tossed with chopped fresh herbs. Simple, perhaps, but the flavor is rich and earthy, with plenty of garlic …

Mushrooms

Natural selection making 'education genes' rarer, says Icelandic study

Researchers say that while the effect corresponds to a small drop in IQ per decade, over centuries the impact could be profound<p>Tempting as it may be, it would be wrong to claim that with each generation humans are becoming more stupid. As scientists are often so keen to point out, it is a bit more …

Genetics

The Missing Man at the Center of Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal

Hillary Clinton’s top techie took the Fifth when asked about her private servers. But he may not be able to stay silent.<p>Of all the characters in the …

Government

Scientists have a fascinating theory to explain why smart people should spend less time with friends

Ready?<p>"I'm just too intelligent."<p>Be sure to come with plenty of supporting evidence, namely an IQ score and the results of a recent study on the "<b>savanna theory of happiness</b>." Your pals will be sure to understand.<p>The study, led by psychologists at Singapore Management University and the London …

19 of America's most surreal travel destinations

From massive underground caves to rainbow-clad natural formations, the country is teeming with breathtaking spots that leave travelers in awe.<p>We've put together a collection of 19 such sights to visit in the US, from the world's largest gypsium dunefield to shimmering ice caves hidden within a …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

10 Gorgeous Stained Glass Ideas for Your Home

We know, we know. The first thing you think of when you see “stained glass” is probably a church, and you’re probably wondering what this might have to do with your home. Well, the art of playing with light is definitely one that historic structures the world over have mastered, but you can also …

How Close Could I Get To The Sun And Survive?

Of all the bodies in our solar system, the sun is probably the one we want to give the widest berth. It gushes radiation, and even though its surface is the coolest part of the star, it burns at about 9,940°F, hot enough to incinerate just about any material. As such, there are no plans to send a …

Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk battle for NASA's space shuttle launchpad

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk are two of the most important people in the private spaceflight field, and now it looks like they'll be going head-to-head over some valuable real estate. According to CNBC, the heads of private space firms Blue Origin and SpaceX are set to …

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Crews battling Colo. wildfire hold flames in check

Sheriff says fire near Colorado Springs, which has killed two people and burned nearly 500 homes, was likely caused by humans.<p>BLACK FOREST, Colo. — Authorities ended mandatory evacuations Friday afternoon as light rains and cooling helped firefighters gain in their fierce battle against the state's …

Is middle class wealth in meltdown? - Futurity

NYU / BROWN (US) —The collapse of home prices and the stock market has taken …

Stock Markets