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Louise O'Neill: 14 things not to say to the writer in your life

<b>Louise O'Neill</b> sacrificed a lot while writing her first book. Here's her list of the the 14 things you should never say to a published author.<p>I’m not …

Books

When Threatened By Worms, Bacteria Summon Killer Fungi

When you’re the size of a human, you worry about lions and tigers and bears. But if you’re a bacterium, a tiny nematode worm, just a millimetre long, can be a vicious predator. Nematodes are among the most common animals on the planet, and many of them hunt bacteria in soil and water. The microbes, …

How Big Are The Biggest Squid, Whales, Sharks, Jellyfish?

A few years ago, Carl Zimmer and I ran a workshop on science writing, where we talked, among other things, about explaining science without talking down to your audience. It apparently left an impression on Craig McClain, a marine biologist and blogger who was in the audience. “I made a comment …

How Extinction Changed the Coyote

The La Brea asphalt seeps are famous for the predators found entombed there. Dire wolves and the sabercat <i>Smilodon</i> – the site’s mascot – are the exotic Ice Age stars that everyone comes to see. The third most-numerous carnivore found there doesn’t enjoy such celebrity. If you follow the path of the …

Parasitic Wasps Infected with Mind-Controlling Viruses

In November, <i>National Geographic</i> put a ladybug and a wasp on its cover. They made for a sinister pair. The wasp, a species called <i>Dinocampus coccinellae</i>, lays an egg inside the ladybug <i>Coleomegilla maculata</i>. After the egg hatches, the wasp larva develops inside the ladybug, feeding on its internal …

Carnivorous Croc Cousin Stalked the Triassic Carolinas

Movies have teasers. Books have sample chapters. And for fossils, there are photos of “unnamed taxa” in presentations and figures shared in hushed corner conversations.<p>At paleo conferences held over the past few years, I kept seeing glimpses of a strange fossil animal from North Carolina. All that …

The Call of the Terror Bird

When you think of a scary dinosaur, what comes to mind? The agile, sickle-clawed <i>Utahraptor</i>? A towering <i>Tyrannosaurus</i>? Something as alien as the croc-snouted, sail-backed <i>Spinosaurus</i>, perhaps? Books and museum halls are well-stocked with such Mesozoic nightmares, but scary dinosaurs have also stalked …

How to Pack Your Backpack Like a Pro

With a bit of technique and pre-planning, it's pretty amazing how much stuff you can actually carry, safely and non-exhaustingly, in a backpack. On …

First Aid

How to Write a Great Business Plan: Key Concepts | Inc.com

Some entrepreneurs succeed without a business plan. With great timing, solid business skills, entrepreneurial drive, and a little luck, some founders build thriving businesses without ever creating even an informal business plan.<p>But the chances are more likely that those entrepreneurs fail.<p>Will a …

Small Business

This awesome graphic of all lifeforms will make you feel tiny

"LIFE ON EARTH IS ONE BIG EXTENDED FAMILY!" is the greatest lesson from evolution, Leonard Eisenberg shouts at the top of his website EvoGeneao.com, which he says stands for Evolutionary Genealogy.<p>Eisenberg created the graphic below to counter the creationist themes he's seen spring into science …

Extinction

How To Survive Anything In 3 Easy Steps | Conservative Opinion

<b>Story Views</b><p>You can have enough food to ride out 15 years of Armageddon. You can have a fully stocked retreat or a bunker. You can have so much ammo …

World Trade Center

Xventure Off-road Trailer

The Xventure XV-2 trailer from Schutt Industries is a rugged, off-road trailer that lets you sleep in the attic, while hauling your gear below. The …

Build a Survival Library: A Digital Bug-Out Kindle | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Creek Stewart, Senior Instructor at the Willow Haven Outdoor School for Survival, Preparedness & Bushcraft.</i><p>A …

Camping

Best Camping Tips for Men | Men's Health

Still, you don’t want to be cold, hungry, or uncomfortable. Improve your next outdoor adventure with these seven strategies from Jason Stevenson, the author of <i>The Complete Idiot’</i><i>s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking.</i><p><b>Pick a campsite near (but next to) the toilets or water spigot.</b><p>“Avoid sites near the …

Are You Too Old to Become an Eagle Scout?

I've swallowed a lot of lake water and can't answer. Gasping for breath, I glimpse my fellow Scouts lining the dock.<p>We're at Camp Minsi in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, trying to earn our Swimming merit badge. What they can't vocalize I can see in their wide eyes: <i>The old guy might die!</i><p>But I …

Spring Camping and How to Avoid the Biggest Pitfalls - Nature and Environment

The sun’s shining, the birds are singing and your mind is already wandering to your local campsite. Spring is certainly an ideal time for camping, …

Backcountry, Cabela's, Jenson USA, Moosejaw Coupons and Cash Back

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Airborn: The 7 Best Suspended Tree Tents

Hammock Bliss Sky Tent 2<p><b>Pro:</b> Lightweight<b><br>Con:</b> Minimal protection<p><b>Double Decker:</b> This is about as basic as it gets when it comes to suspended tree …