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Top 25 Photographs from the Wilderness #21

Human Journey<p><b>“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” Henry David Thoreau</b><p>A good friend once told me that wildlife photography makes him sad. He explained that when he sees images of the wild creatures and unspoiled places his heart aches too deeply at the thought of what he …

If You Love Pasta But Not Its Carbs, Let Us Introduce You To Shirataki 'Miracle' Noodles

There's a reason shirataki noodles are branded as "Miracle Noodles." These translucent, gelatinous Japanese noodles, which are made from the konjac yam, are low in calories and carbohydrates and can be substituted in a variety of recipes that call for pasta.<p>If you're in search of carb-free noodles …

The best small camera you can buy is getting even better

Sony's RX100M3 may be the best point-and-shoot it's ever made<p>The world's best pocketable camera just got better. After delivering the goods with last year's RX100M2, Sony is back today to announce the RX100M3. And like its predecessor, the goal here is to refine and push forward a camera that's …

Federal bill calls for new rules for killer whales, others at SeaWorld

The political and scientific dispute over killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego and other marine parks is not over.<p>In April, a legislative committee in Sacramento tabled a bill that would have outlawed orca shows at SeaWorld. The bill, by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), was delayed …

SeaWorld

Why white is No. 1 car color: Blame Apple, not O.J.

Twenty years ago this month, millions of people were glued to their television sets as news helicopters broadcast a swarm of police cars chasing …

Los Angeles

Surprisingly strong magnetic fields challenge black holes' pull

A new study of supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies has found magnetic fields play an impressive role in the systems' dynamics. In …

Scientists discover that popular calorie-free sweetener also kills fruit flies

Stevia brand Truvia doesn't just sweeten your coffee<p>Fans of the natural, calorie-free sweetener stevia might be surprised to find out that Truvia, one of its most popular representatives, doesn't just sweeten your coffee — it's also great at killing fruit flies.<p>A study published today in PLOS ONE …

Harvard confirms century-old book is covered in human skin

Harvard owns a book that's bound in human skin. It's sure of it, too. One of its curators announced today that tests on a book titled <i>Des destinées de l’ame</i> (<i>Destinies of The Soul</i>), which was published sometime in the 1880s, have confirmed with 99.9 percent confidence that it's been bound in human …

A New Reason to Love Bottom Feeders: They Suck Up Carbon

<i>Updated on Wednesday, June 4 at 4 p.m. ET.</i><p>Slickhead fish don't have many champions. They're watery-muscled bottom feeders (that's not an insult), and …

Fossil Fuels

When Plants Get Metal

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>There's a common saying that "Nature finds a way."<p>And it's true. During our short stint here on Earth, humans have tested nature's ingenuity time and time again. We have also learned to reap the …

Is Richard Dawkins the ultimate grumpy old man?

After debunking religion, Richard Dawkins has turned his ire on fairy tales and Father Christmas. Has he finally become a parody of himself, asks Jake Wallis Simons<p>Isn’t Richard Dawkins wonderful? Not content with debunking religion – all of it – he has now turned his wrath on fairy tales.<p>“I think …

The male fertility crisis: five easy ways to boost your sperm count

Modern life really is rubbish – if you're a sperm, that is.<p>According to a major new study, sperm counts have fallen by almost 60 per cent since the 1970s – and the finger of blame is being pointed at our 21st century lives. High stress levels, plus the increasing existence of chemicals and …

Gut microbes don’t ‘grow up’ after malnutrition

Studying healthy and malnourished young children in Bangladesh, researchers found that malnutrition has persistent detrimental effects on the vast …

Washington University

Going to the beach? Watch this video

Rip currents – sometimes called by the misnomer rip tide – flow outward from beaches, sometimes faster than humans can swim. Here’s what to do if you …

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

Can a trigger-happy immune system cause cancer after viral infection?

The immune system is a fickle thing, both hero and villain.<p>The ability of our ancestors to survive plague and pestilence was one of the forces that shaped the evolution of the human species into its current form. But many of us now find ourselves in environments where many of the biggest infectious …

What do you want in a spouse? Genetic similarity may help

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - He leaves the toilet seat up, prefers old Japanese monster movies to romantic comedies and fancies mixed martial arts over ballet. So what do you have in common with your husband?<p>More than you may think.<p>People tend to choose spouses who have similar DNA, according to …