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Silicon Valley startups go farming

Silicon Valley, often accused of following the herd, is doing that quite literally when it comes to startups building technology for farmers. Some of …

Farming

Nano-Sized Synthetic Coral Could Suck Up Ocean's Pollutants

Absorbing more heavy metal than Scandinavia<p>Corals are great at absorbing toxic heavy metals, which is one of the many reasons they are dying off. Now researchers have created synthetic corals that use these same properties to soak up the pollutants instead.<p>Industrial and manufacturing processes …

Software To Predict Exactly What Happens When You Edit A Gene

Sifting through the tangled genetic web of precision medicine<p>Genetics researchers are really excited about CRISPR/Cas9, an enzyme that has made it easier than ever for scientists to target a particular strand of DNA, snip part of it out, and replace it. And though its use in humans is still in its …

How One Young Woman Went From Fundamentalist Christian To ISIS Bride

How did a homeschooled, evangelical Christian from Chattanooga become an ISIS wife and mother?<p>CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — On July 17, the city of Chattanooga woke to the sober reality that the events of the past 24 hours had not been some sort of nightmare — a young man named Mohammad Abdulazeez had …

Gun Control
Baseball

Turkey to let anti-Isis coalition use air base after soldier's death

US-led forces given permission to use Incirlik facility for first time after Turkish soldier is killed in apparent cross-border clash with terror group<p>Turkey has agreed to let the US-led coalition against Isis use the country’s Incirlik air base after one Turkish soldier was killed and two were …

Middle East

Bill Cosby Forced to Testify on Sexual Assault

CBS/Getty Images<p>Hulton Archive/Getty Images<p>AP<p>Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Fred Sabine—NBC/Getty Images<p>Ron …

College Basketball

How Many Sandra Blands Are Out There?

The video of her arrest reveals a police officer abusing his authority—and might never have come to light if not for her tragic death.<p><i>Updated on July 23 at 10:30 a.m.</i><p>The release of a video of Sandra Bland’s arrest doesn’t explain how the 28-year-old ended up dead in a Texas jail cell, but it makes …

Justice

Does the Bounty-Hunting Industry Need Reform?

How the wildly underregulated bounty-hunting industry polices itself—and why that isn’t changing<p>On June 9, Jackie Shell, a Tennessee bounty hunter, killed the country musician Randy Howard during a shootout. When John Doyle, a bail-recovery agent, heard the news, his first thought was: If the …

New Jersey

The Internet Loves "Poly Bridge" and the GIFs Are Incredible

Structure engineering has never been so much fun—or so insane.<p><i>Poly Bridge</i> is simple. There's a car (or two or three, plus maybe a bus or a monster truck) on one side of a virtual river. It's your job to get everything to the other side, safe and sound. Build a bridge to do it. Just don't blow your …

Scientists are trying to make sense of a Native American link to indigenous Australians

Two new studies offer dueling theories.<p>Two new studies published this week in <i>Nature</i>and <i>Science</i> are battling it out over the true origins of Native American ancestry.<p>Both papers suggest contradictory interpretations of a new perplexing find: some remote populations living in the South American Amazon …

Anthropology

NASA Finds ‘Earth’s Cousin’

NASA announced Thursday the discovery of Kepler-452b, an exoplanet that’s a ‘close cousin’ to Earth.<p>If humankind ever is to escape this …

Rachel Dolezal’s True Lies

For a time this summer, it seemed all anyone could talk about was the N.A.A.C.P. chapter president whose parents had “outed” her as white. The tornado of public attention has since moved on, but Rachel Dolezal still has to live with her choices—and still refuses to back down.<p>It’s safe to say that …

The 12 greatest beater cars in movie history

Charisma
Trains
Rock Music

12 bizarre moments in tech history revealed in archive video

A million minutes of archived video footage has revealed a strange and awkward new look at the history of technology.<p>Associated Press and British …

Flying Car
Rap & Hip-Hop
United States