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How a Wasp Turns Cockroaches into Zombies

<i>Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Adapted from</i> How Earth’s Deadliest Creatures Mastered Biochemistry, <i>by Christie Wilcox.</i> …

The USDA Just Released a Massive New Report on What’s Actually Healthy

But is it enough?<p>The USDA, one of the government organisations responsible for setting up dietary guidelines, just came out with its major five-year …

Science suggests pursuing your passions does make you a happier person

As we look ahead to the new year, a study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies poses a simple question: Given how beneficial it is to have one harmonious passion, what's the effect of having two?<p>Benjamin Schellenberg and Daniel Bailis didn't go into this research with any firm predictions: …

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How an IRS agent discovered the identity of the Silk Road kingpin using Google searches

At least that's the lesson from a young IRS agent, Gary L. Alford, who first uncovered the identity of Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht using Google searches.<p>By the middle of 2013, Ulbricht had built Silk Road into a "dark web" marketplace that facilitated the sale of enormous amounts of contraband, …

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During World War I enemies stopped fighting and celebrated Christmas together

In the midst of war, soldiers laid down their arms to sing Christmas carols, play soccer, and barter with the cigarettes and sweets they'd received in care packages from the nations they served.<p>The event would later be treated in numerous films, documentaries, and books — although often with …

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Nude Yoga Girl Contorts Her Body into Works of Art Without Breaking Instagram's No Nudity Rules

25-year-old Nude Yoga Girl isn't aiming to defy Instagram's nudity policy—she instead wants to use her yoga skills to create bodily works of art. "With my account I want to inspire people to realize that everybody is very beautiful and capable of [doing] amazing things with their bodies," she told …

9 wars that were technically ongoing due to quirks of diplomacy

Of course, these "extended wars" have never actually had any bearing on international relations.<p>Instead, the ongoing de facto peace overrode any technicalities on the world stage. However, the patching up of these diplomatic irregularities has been used by countries still technically at war to …

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Science Explains...When You Should and Shouldn't Trust Your Brain

<i>This article originally appeared on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Sarah Sloat</b><p>Advice is usually boiled down to regurgitations of the idea that you are the best judge. Follow your heart, trust your gut, <i>to thine own self be true</i> -- all utterances that essentially say, hey, what you're feeling and what you're thinking is …

The New Outbreak of Reverse Victimization

I can't sleep. I have been thinking about the recent outbreak of what I call "reverse victimization." This is a recent phenomena whereby white, mostly Christian, privileged Americans feel that they are being put upon when minorities and other diverse groups are afforded either equal rights or other …

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GOP declares war on the Supreme Court: What’s really behind the reactionary plot against the judiciary

There’s some serious conservative rage to be leveraged right now, and Ted Cruz is leading the pandering contest<p>My God, they are so mad. Isn't it great? Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee are still talking up constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage. Bobby Jindal is suggesting (jokingly) …