Melissa Burton

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The horrible thing you never knew about ducks

On the Venn diagram of strange animal mating behaviors — from lobster golden showers to garter-snake orgies — duck sex is on the border between …

15 Bible Texts Reveal Why “God’s Own Party” Keeps Demeaning Women

Photo Credit DrJohn2005<p>Why can’t GOP politicians trumpet their religious credentials without assaulting women? Because fundamentalist religion of all …

Our seas have become a plastic graveyard - but can technology turn the tide?

When strong winds prevented filmmaker Jo Ruxton from sending a submarine to her chosen recording location off the coast of Marseille, she was naturally nervous.<p>The crew had just one chance to document evidence of the build-up of rubbish on the seabed for her award-winning film <i>A Plastic Ocean</i>, but …

Is this the new Intelligent Design creationist strategy? [Pharyngula]

If you watch the Discovery Institute, you’ll discover they’re constantly playing games, trying to find that winning PR technique that will persuade …

Evolution

Brazen sexism is pushing women out of America’s atheism movement

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>I was eight years old when I decided that I didn’t believe in God. The realization occurred to me after my Methodist pastor reduced my queries about God and the universe to the same kind of “just because” reasoning my mother used for questions like why I couldn’t run …

Feminism

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Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

As the world celebrates Darwin Day, much of humanity refuses to accept evolution.<p>Creationists pretend that their argument is with science. Their posts are littered with gems of motivated reasoning such as this: "If natural selection were true, Eskimos would have fur to keep warm, but they …

Philosophy

Why Is Marijuana Banned? The Real Reasons Are Worse Than You Think

<i>By Johann Hari</i><p>Across the world, more and more people are asking: Why is marijuana banned? Why are people still sent to prison for using or selling it?<p>Most of us assume it's because someone, somewhere sat down with the scientific evidence, and figured out that cannabis is more harmful than other …

Cannabis

These Maps Reveal How Your State Curses

Are you a "darn" guy or a "damn" dude? A "shit" man or a "fuck" fella?<p>No matter what your expletive of choice may be, chances are you're not alone. …

Here's How Getting Stoned Affects Your Body

In an ideal world, with rigorously regulated dispensaries and organic pot at shoppers' disposal, would a healthy person be healthier if she used marijuana?<p>Balancing 24 credits, marching band, sorority council meetings, and a part-time job was taking a toll on Cali G., then a 21-year-old University …

2016 Will Be Marijuana's Big Year

2015 was a pretty amazing year for progress in the legalization of marijuana. Four states and the District of Columbia legalized recreational marijuana, many states decriminalized it and several more states approved medical marijuana. But for all the advances made in 2015, the year was just a run …

Here's How Your Dog Really Feels About You, According To Science

Image: Yaisin Bulut via Getty Images<p>Let’s talk about puppy love. Not youthful romance, but the love between a person and his or her pooch. As every dog lover knows, canine companions make for some of the best friends we could wish for. They play with us, cuddle with us, listen to us and make us …

EU Commission Declares Report on Glyphosate Risk Assessment A Secret

The EU Commission is refusing to let independent experts have access to the report prepared by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) …

27 Tweets About Smoking Weed Guaranteed To Make You Laugh

"Live every day with the confidence of a 15-year-old who's smoked pot twice talking to a 15-year-old who's smoked pot once."

7 pot fears dispelled in visit to Colorado

DENVER — Since Ohio is the only state with a marijuana legalization measure on the ballot this Election Day, we decided to take a brief visit to Colorado, the epicenter of the marijuana legalization movement.<p>Here are a few things that weren't visible:<p><b>1. Staggering stoners on city streets.</b> Almost …

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Lifestyle

This Great Infographic Breaks Down The Top 5 Misconceptions About Evolution

Despite being part of the scientific zeitgeist for over 150 years, evolution is still a misunderstood and often muddled concept. 98% of scientists …

A genetic mutation makes these cats look like werewolves

This new breed of cat, which strongly resembles an itty bitty mythical shapeshifter, has this wolf-like appearance because of a mistake in its DNA.<p>This mistake has interrupted — or in some cases stopped altogether — hair growth, leaving Lykois with a quintessential scraggly and patchy …

Pets

“Proof of God” Kickstarter about to expire, with a pitiful and hilarious take

This Kickstarter project, which I wrote about in August, intends to PROVE that God exists by showing that evolution is bogus. Back then it had $0 in …

Runner's high: why joggers are turning to joints

Despite its common association with lazy behaviour, cannabis is becoming popular in the long-distance running community, reports Chas Newkey-Burden<p>I’m sprawled out on the sofa, exhausted but feeling wonderfully tranquil and reassured – everything in the world seems to have a warm glow about it. I’m …

Cannabis

Pot Use Disorder Is Up In New Users, But Down In Experienced Smokers

As more states are relaxing pot laws, users (and use disorders) are increasing.<p>By Andrew M. Seaman<p>(Reuters Health) - As attitudes and laws in the U.S. have become more tolerant of marijuana, the proportion of adults using and abusing the substance at least doubled between 2001 and 2013, according …

Climate changes can kick in below 2°C limit

<b>Sudden shifts in settled climates can occur long before global warming reaches the internationally-agreed safety level, European scientists</i> …

Climate Change

Sweltering September Sets Global Records

September 2015 was not only the hottest September on record for the globe, but it was warmer than average by a bigger margin than any of the 1,629 …

Oregon and the normalization of marijuana legalization

Oregon recently became the third state to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana. But unlike the massive national and international attention that greeted legalization in Colorado and Washington in 2012, Oregon’s new policy has not attracted much public reaction:<p>What if we legalized marijuana …

Harper Cites 'Science' As Proof Pot Is Worse Than Tobacco

Stephen Harper isn't budging from his claim that marijuana is an "infinitely" more harmful substance than tobacco.<p>However, the Conservative leader …

Here's the science behind the claim that marijuana has gotten stronger

Getty Images<p>Marijuana today really is stronger that it was in the 1970s, according to several recent reports.<p>Estimates on just how much stronger …

Here's Where You Can Actually Smoke Weed When You're Traveling In The U.S.

New data from Hipmunk shows that more people are considering taking a domestic "pot vacation." But what are the exact laws?