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A Sweet Solution to a Sticky Problem

When you’re a biologist at a site named for a legendary environmentalist, you feel a responsibility to do your job with the planet in mind.<p>Just ask …

Wildlife Refuge

De-Escalating: Helping Gifted Children Identify Their Emotions and Regain Control

by Sarah Young It’s the week before winter break. Utter chaos reigns. Every day there is a condensed schedule, an assembly, or other interruptions …

Self-Criticism

Ravens Are Evolving, and Not in the Way You'd Expect

Instead of branching into new species, raven groups experienced something called "speciation reversal."<p>A new study shows that the common raven is anything but commonplace in its evolution.<p>Using DNA samples taken from ravens for nearly twenty years, the study provides evidence that common ravens on …

Birds

Why Holi Is the 'Festival of Colors'

On Friday, Google unveiled a festive Google Doodle in honor of Holi, a Hindu festival that marks the end of winter. Also known as the “festival of …

India

512-Year-Old Shark, Believed To Be Oldest Living Vertebrate, Found In North Atlantic

Researchers have found an ancient shark in the North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the …

Germany paid people to use electricity over the holidays because its grid is so clean

People in Germany essentially got paid to use electricity on Christmas.<p>Electricity prices in the country went negative for many customers — as in, below zero — on Sunday and Monday, because the country's supply of clean, renewable power actually outstripped demand, according to The New York …

Renewable Energy

Consider the plastic drinking straw: Why do we suck so much?

Maybe it's thatyou don't want to put your mouth where other mouths have been. Or maybe you've been sucking for so long, sucking has become your default setting. You are thirsty. You are at lunch, and your waiter just brought you a cold glass of water.<p>Enter the straw.<p>"What a fine liquid-extraction …

Green Living

5 Strategies to Make Yourself Work When You're Just Not in the Mood

Fighting procrastination teaches us to fully engage in our work, get more creative with it, and, ultimately, get more done.<p>Procrastination affects …

Procrastination

Tim Flach's endangered species – in pictures

Photographer Tim Flach’s latest book Endangered, with text by zoologist Jonathan Baillie, offers a powerful visual record of threatened animals and ecosystems facing the harshest of challenges<p>Tim Flach sees his Hasselblad H4D-60 camera as a means to its end: capturing the character and emotions of …

Wildlife

Why Finland Has a National Day of Failure

Ancient Canadian Village Thought To Be Legend Has Just Been Unearthed

Shares 86<p>There is a legend in the aboriginal Heiltsuk Nation in British Columbia, passed down through thousands of years of oral history. The story …

Kids

Harvey Wasn’t Just Bad Weather. It Was Bad City Planning

Houston has been wet since birth. In the 1840s, the German explorer Ferdinand von Roemer described the Brazos River prairie just outside the young …

Extreme Weather

Having A Best Friend In Your Teenage Years Could Benefit You For Life

David Thomas and I met when we were about 5 years old. We celebrated his 26th birthday last weekend, marking roughly two decades of friendship. Once, while walking down the street, a man looked at us and said, "Ain't it Harold and Kumar!" He was almost certainly making light of our race, but …

Psychology

Ten Websites for Gifted Kids

Posted in Blog on 08/08/2017 2 Comments<p>We asked our community what websites they recommend for gifted kids. Here’s what they had to …

How to Wash Your Hair in Outer Space

Astronaut Karen Nyberg demonstrates how a resident aboard the International Space Station maintains clean hygiene in microgravity.<p>Anyone with long …

How a Durham Region homeowner is getting off the grid | Toronto Star

Consumer awareness also needs to be built. Winkelmann and the builders agree that more education and marketing of the sustainable homes is …

Clean Energy

4 ways to curb our addiction to plastic

<i>iStock</i><p>Not all plastic is evil, but our world could probably do with a whole lot less of it. Check out these great ideas — from a googly-eyed trash …

Freshwater jellyfish invade Lake Erie

Step aside zebra mussels and phragmites, another foreign invader is lurking beneath the surface of Southwestern Ontario’s lakes and streams — a …

China

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Oprah all use the 5-hour rule

We should look at learning like we look at exercise<p>Oprah credits books to much of her success.Rick Diamond/Getty Images<p>We need to move beyond the cliche, "Life-long learning is good," and think more deeply about what the minimum amount of learning the average person should do each day to have a …

Self-improvement

HOMOSCHLEPIENS vs. HOMO SAPIENS

Due to a cognitive anomaly Homoschlepiens wouldn’t drink water, or sparkling water, unless it came in a plastic bottle. Learn all about the …

Cognition

These are the apps helping the Nordics revolutionize waste recycling

Finland seems to be ahead of the game when it comes to a modern economy. The northern republic boasts not only one of Europe‘s most creative start-up scenes in and around its capital, Helsinki, but is also a pioneer in the circular economy, as <i>The Guardian</i> recently reported. On top of that, Finland …

Ancient Romans were way better at making concrete

The ocean didn't break it down— it only made it stronger.<p>What have the Romans ever done for us? Yeah, yeah, they gave us sanitation, roads, aqueducts, public order, wine, and education. But then they couldn’t be bothered to write down the recipe for their <i>insanely</i> durable concrete.<p>So here we …

Engineering

Market growers to donate less-than-perfect produce to food banks

Merchants at the Jean-Talon Market discard a lot of food in a day, but most of it is still perfectly edible.<p>“There’s a lot of competition, so we have …

Laser-Printed Avocado Labels Will Reduce Waste One Sticker at a Time

Could laser-printed produce labels be the future of food? British retailer Marks & Spencer took a step toward sustainability by debuting avocados …

Sustainability

Here's why more restaurants are banning plastic straws

This is the last straw. If there’s a lesson to be learned from Chicago restaurant group DMK, it’s that little changes make a huge difference when it …

Surprise: An Organic Diet Means A Larger Carbon Footprint

Consumers are surrounded by claims about the benefits of organic food: it's healthier, it's tastier, it's better for the planet. Unfortunately, …

Agriculture

Ikea saves $1M by tackling food waste

<b>The initiative has only been going since December, but it plans to halve food waste by 2020.</b><p>When I wrote about beer made from recycled bread, I noted …

Sustainability