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Man's Legs Severed by SEPTA Train

A man had both of his legs severed on Friday after being run over by a SEPTA Regional Rail train.<p>The unidentified 47-year-old man was struck by a …

How Do Whales Avoid Sunburn? Hint: Some Tan

Blue, fin, and sperm whales have different strategies to avoid sun damage.<p><b>It's a good idea to apply sunscreen before heading to the beach if you don't want to burn and blister. But for marine animals like whales, that's not an option.</b><p>Species like sperm whales can spend up to six hours at the …

Giant Canyon Discovered Under Greenland Ice Sheet

The subglacial bedrock canyon is nearly twice as long as the Grand Canyon.<p><b>Imagine if you could pick up the Greenland Ice Sheet and see what lies beneath. Surely 1.7 million square kilometers of slowly thawing ice must rest on a massive pool of melted water, right?</b><p>Not necessarily, according to a …

World Leaders Who Killed Their Lovers

The allegation that Kim Jong-un had an ex-lover killed has echoes in history.<p><b>It's good to be the king. It's sometimes less good to be the king's paramour.</b><p>From England's Henry VIII, who notoriously had two of his wives beheaded in the 16th century, to current North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, …

Why do we sleep? | Russell Foster

Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of "willful blindness"

Saki Mafundikwa: Ingenuity and elegance in ancient African alphabets

Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...

Why Big, Intense Wildfires Are the New Normal

Climate change, untamed vegetation, and development have created a new wildfire landscape.<p><b>The large wildfire burning in and around Yosemite National Park has already consumed more than 184,000 acres, and shows no signs of slowing down. The blaze, which has been dubbed “Rim Fire,” is now the largest</b> …

“If you criticize what you’re doing too early you’ll never write the first line.” —Max Frisch Read our 1989 interview with the Swiss novelist here: http://tpr.ly/bAKKi8.

Translanguaging: A Very Normal Multilingual Phenomenon

Some parents stop speaking to their children in their second language when the child seems “confused” because they use both languages simultaneously. …

The Considerably Older Guy

<i>You’ve been a Lonely Guy, A Slightly Older Guy and now—assuming the fates have been kind—you’ve become a Considerably Older Guy. Reach round and pat</i> …

What Is Autism?

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum<p>by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek<p>Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 240 pp., $28.00<p>I never learned to type. …