Edwin Mercado

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Ice XVI Is the Strangest Form of Solid Water Yet

The sixteenth phase of solid H2O has arrived.<p>Water ice, the unlikely solid that is less dense than its liquid form, is already a thing that should not be. As temperatures drop below freezing, water molecules form super-resilient hexagonal crystals, leaving a material that is technically …

Chemistry

Brown's mother screams, sobs over grand jury decision

ST. LOUIS - As the world discussed the implications of Michael Brown's death, his mother sat alone in a plush hotel room full of people, silent, stoic and staring at her phone as she awaited word from the grand jury.<p>When the word came, attorney Benjamin Crump fielded the phone call. "The jury was …

Stare Into This Genetic Material and Be Terrified

Just another day in the unfathomably complex world of cell biology.<p>Way down at the very bottom of <i>us</i> are cells dividing. It's happening right now, the micro-architectures behind your whole being are splitting into two new cells: things are growing, things are dying. DNA is duplicated, cleaved. Cells …

Biology

Spotify alliance with Uber not as trivial as first thought

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- App-based cab alternative Uber announced this week an alliance with music subscription company Spotify. Now you can listen to your music while getting from point A to point B.<p>My reaction was: how silly? Who leaves the house for a cab ride and thinks about whether to …

A Major Long-Term Change In The Labor Market Is Bad News For The US Economy

That's the conclusion from Steven Davis and John Haltiwanger, two National Bureau of Economic Research economists (Davis is at U Chicago and Haltiwanger at the University of Maryland). The two presented at the Fed's Jackson Hole conference over the summer and an updated version of the paper was …

Economics

Insurgent Trailer: Watch Things Heat Up for Shailene Woodley in the Divergent Sequel

The revolution is on!<p>The official trailer for <i>Insurgent</i>, the next installment in Veronica Roth’s young-adult dystopian trilogy, was released …

How a Couple's Text Messages Changed After Marriage

Photo: Getty Images<p>Sure, the age of the perfume-scented love letter is over. But one blogger discovered the age of the text message can reveal some really sweet sentiments about love and marriage.<p>Data scientist Alice Zhao and her now-husband gave each other the fantastically nerdy "gift of data." …