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'Walking sharks' at greater risk of extinction than previously thought

New analysis of nine species that ‘walk’ by night on shallow reefs shows their range is much smaller than was known<p>Bizarre “walking sharks” are at a greater risk of extinction than previously thought, with new information about their distribution leading researchers to expect greater efforts to …

Papua New Guinea

Overfishing Remains Biggest Threat to Mediterranean, Study Confirms

Changing Planet<p><b>Overfishing is still the most important threat to Mediterranean underwater ecosystems, “more than pollution, invasive species, or climate change”, says Enric Sala, one of the authors of the most comprehensive study made of the sea, published this week in the science journal PLoS …

Earth - There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity

Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.<p>They often live in muddy seabeds or along the banks of rivers. Finding them is easy: biologists can coax them out of hiding by sticking an …

Biology

Children's names: Why rich parents set the trend, not celebrities

<b>The traditional names affluent parents give to their children are far more likely to catch on than the zany names invented by some celebrity parents. But some, like George, rise and fall in popularity for no apparent reason, says author Neil Burdess.</b><p>Last week a Ukrainian man made global headlines …

Vietnamese girls smuggled into China and sold as child brides

<b>Lao Cai, Vietnam (CNN) —</b> "When I woke up I didn't know that I was in China."<p>Lan remembers the night that changed her whole life.<p>While preparing for university along the border in northern Vietnam, a friend she met online asked her to a group dinner. When she was tired and wanted to go home, the …

Vietnam

U.S. transgender students sue school district over bathroom access

"I'm a girl. But I'm expected to use the boys' room?"<p>By Sebastien Malo<p>NEW YORK, Oct 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three transgender high school …

Do ladies-only taxis and trains empower women—or set them back?

On July 1st of this year, a Florida woman went to a bar for a friend’s birthday celebration. After a couple of drinks, she called Lyft—a ride-sharing …

10 Destinations to Visit Before A Natural Disaster Happens

By Becky Mahan<p>More people than ever before live in cities. In places likely to experience a natural disaster (think tsunamis, or floods on the coast or earthquakes on tectonic fault lines) are especially vulnerable to catastrophe. It's easy to forget the threat when years, or even centuries(!), go …

Expanding universe may render time travel impossible

In day-to-day human experience, the march of time is constant. Outside the adventures of Marty McFly or Bill and Ted, most people wouldn't normally …

Immigrants are getting more out of America’s recovery than native-born households are

The 2016 US presidential election has been a feeding frenzy in certain pro-Trump pockets of America. And the juiciest cut of all is immigration, which Donald Trump says is dragging down middle-class incomes.<p>Yet according to a recent Gallup analysis, Trump supporters tend to be better off …

Demographics

This is what a world map looks like when scaled according to population size

RECONSTRUCTING MAPS based on different variables can be super helpful for understanding the world form a different perspective. A new cartogram by …

Weighing the Risks of a Trump Election Victory

Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, argues that the Fed has created a “false economy” by keeping borrowing costs low in order to help …

Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Says Donald Trump Doesn’t Get Econ 101

One Nobel laureate thinks Donald Trump would have a tough time passing Economics 101.<p>Joseph Stiglitz said in an interview with Bloomberg that Trump …

The Secret iPhone 7 Weaknesses Apple Doesn't Want You to Know

While consumers can learn a lot about a product by reviewing specs and features, it takes hands-on experience to know how something like the iPhone 7 …

15 Insane Things That Correlate With Each Other

Now a ridiculous book!<p>Spurious charts<br>• Fascinating factoids<br>• Commentary in the footnotes<p>Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound<p>Data sources: U.S. Office of …

National Science Foundation

32,000 people in Japan turned 100 this year and the economy can't keep up

Japan doesn't really believe in dying young.<p>At least, not according to conventional timelines.<p>New data from the country's Ministry of Health, Labor, …

As Australia's population ages, the burden on the workforce is growing

Recent unemployment figures raise concerns that there will be fewer people working to fuel the taxation revenue needed to enable essential services<p>While spruiking the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook, the treasurer, Joe Hockey looked ahead to the release next year of the Intergenerational …