Mariah Yirka-Folsom

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Why do cephalopods produce ink? And what's ink made of, anyway?

Cephalopods such as octopuses and squid have been known for their ink since antiquity. But what do we know about the evolution of ink and inking?<p>Cephalopods, the group of molluscs that includes octopuses, cuttlefish, squids, ammonites, nautiluses and belemnites, are a weird bunch. Not only are they …

Zoology

Federal Court Rules Three Texas Congressional Districts Illegally Drawn

A panel of federal judges ruled on Friday that three of Texas' congressional districts are illegal, violating the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. The panel found that Republicans had used race as a motivating factor in redistricting.<p>Judges Xavier Rodriguez and Orlando Garcia wrote the …

Top 5 Best Luxury Wilderness Lodges In North America

Continuing our series of the best beaches & luxury hotels in the world, I am now looking at the top 5 best luxury wilderness lodges and resorts in …

The Afar: The toughest people on earth?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Living above a magma chamber is not without its hazards, and yet the Afar have done so for generations.<p>Nomadic people from Djibouti, they have made the unforgiving landscapes at the northern reaches of the Great Rift Valley their home, relying on the same extreme elements that endanger …

Red Sea

Good News: Zika Can’t Hurt Future Pregnancies

The ongoing Zika virus has made headlines for its spread across the Americas and its link to devastating birth defects. Yet a new poll reveals that …

Physiology

Three-year-olds can represent themselves in court, a US immigration judge insists

Just in case you’d forgotten how deeply flawed the US immigration system is, senior Justice Department official Jack H. Weil is here to remind you.<p>As a longtime immigration judge, Weil was recently asked to give a deposition in federal court for a pending lawsuit brought by the American Civil …

U.S. Department of Justice