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Lopsided Supernovas, A Ferrari For The Sky, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

Universe

Finding Tigelle: The Best Italian Bread You’ve Never Heard Of

When an American chef went searching for a special bread that would stand up to his meat-centric menu, he didn’t know it would take him four years and include schlepping heavy iron molds in his suitcase across Italy.<p>“I was told: ‘It’s impossible,’” recalls chef Nathan Anda, the brains and the brawn …

Italian Food

When The Sharing Economy Brings Unexpected Experiences

Thanks to the fast-growing sharing economy, anyone can make money renting out his home or car — or by becoming a personal chef.<p>Just ask <i>Time</i> magazine columnist Joel Stein. He decided to give the sharing economy a try, then wrote about his experience. The explosion of new social apps and services …

Sharing Economy

Watch Incredibly Rare White Monkeys Ghost Through a Forest

In addition to these spider monkeys, the world of unusually white animals includes lions, bears and squirrels.<p>Spider monkeys, which swing through the tropical forest canopies of Central and South America, usually come in shades of brown, black, or grey. But on very rare occasions, a white spider …

Secret language of gibbons translated by scientists

For the first time, scientists at Durham University have translate the calls of gibbons<p>Gibbons have a secret ‘language’ which contains ‘words’ for animals such as leopards and eagles, scientists have found, in a discovery that sheds light on the evolution of human speech.<p>Apes in Thailand make 450 …

Mathematicians Chase Moonshine’s Shadow

<i>From Quanta Magazine (find original story here).</i><p>In 1978, the mathematician John McKay noticed what seemed like an odd coincidence. He had been …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Genius Plan To Make Science A Hit On Late-Night TV

The scientist is taking his podcast and bringing it to TV, with the hopes of making the 11 p.m. slot a little more enlightening.<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson would like the world to know that Charlie Sheen is a science nerd.<p>I ask astrophysicist and world-famous science educator what not-yet-booked guest he’d …

Comedy

#HugATree: 10 animals show humans how it's done

World Wildlife Fund campaign encourages everyone to follow suit.<p>Photos courtesy of World Wildlife Fund<p>Did you know that 80 percent of the known …

Solar Eclipses Are Slowly Disappearing, And There's Nothing We Can Do To Stop It

About twice a year, the Moon appears to pass in front of the Sun, giving rise to a partial solar eclipse if the alignment is imperfect, but leading to either a total or annular solar eclipse if the Earth, Moon and Sun all form a straight line in space.<p>It’s only by chance that the Moon and the Sun …

Space Travel

The Animal Cost of War and Chocolate

The world’s passion for chocolate is having unexpectedly far-reaching effects. It’s endangering the world’s primate population. So says a study by Ohio State University’s Scott McGraw and colleagues, published in March in <i>Tropical Conservation Science</i>. McGraw and team spent over 200 days tramping …

Ivory Coast

A Periodic Table Of Elements That The World Is Running Out Of

This is one chemistry class the tech industry needs to get right.<p>You might not realize it, but almost everywhere around you are rare metals from the earth.<p>In your phone, computer, or any other LCD screen, for example, you’ll find a dash of indium, a soft, malleable metal that is in short supply in …

Tech Industry

This Bad-Boy Geneticist Wants to Clone a Mammoth

Hwang Woo-Suk is the bad boy of genetics. He's most famous for falsely claiming to have cloned human stem cells. This is, you can imagine, very bad …

If It Feels Like Stress Is Killing You, That's Because It Might Be

When you feel frazzled, so do your organs and cells<p>Chronic stress stems from many circumstances, such as poverty, a bad marriage, or long-term ailments. Its repercussions—elevated cortisol levels and inflammation—can wear us out, from the cellular level on up to our major biological systems.<p>Nervous …

Wellness

Do you genes determine your entire life?

Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis were separated as one-month-olds, adopted by different families and reunited at age 39. When University of …

Genetics

This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

Houshi Ryokan was founded in 718. It is one of the oldest family businesses in the world; 46 generations have managed the <i>ryokan</i> in its 1,300 years. Filmmaker Fritz Schumann profiles the current caretakers, Zengoro and Chizuko Houshi, as they struggle to determine the <i>ryokan</i>'s future after the death …

Scientists shoot down Ted Cruz after attack on Nasa's Earth sciences mission

Curtailing the Earth sciences mission of Nasa would deprive scientists of important data relating to volcanic eruptions, destructive algae growth, extreme weather events and much more, experts warned a week after a confrontation on Capitol Hill over the Nasa budget between Senator Ted Cruz and the …

Space Science

Escaping from North Korea was just the beginning for this American immigrant

When Kenneth Rowe stepped off a plane in San Francisco and began his new life in America, he made national news. It was 1954, the height of the Cold War, and Rowe had escaped from North Korea in dramatic fashion just a few months earlier.<p>He stole a Soviet-made North Korean MiG-15 fighter jet and …

Britons still live in Anglo-Saxon tribal kingdoms, Oxford University finds

Britons are still living in the same 'tribes' that they did in the 7th Century, Oxford University has found after an astonishing study into our genetic make-up.<p>Archaeologists and geneticists were amazed to find that genetically similar individuals inhabit the same areas they did following the …

Adventurer Sets Record for Farthest South Swim on Earth

“‘Cold’ is a word that holds no meaning in a blizzard in the Antarctic Ocean. It was very difficult to breathe. I was gasping for air. I kept telling myself to keep calm. I’ve never experienced anything like it, ” says extreme swimmer Lewis Pugh of his record-setting swim.<p>Pughs hands were warmer …

Humpback Whales

Cockroaches have personalities, study finds | Reuters

Researchers from the Université Libre de Bruxelles found that the much-maligned cockroach has its own personality and even displays different character traits. The discovery could explain why cockroaches are considered such great survivors and able to adapt to inhospitable surroundings.<p>Scientists …

Insects

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Made It to Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn entered orbit around Ceres today, providing us with the first real images of the mysterious dwarf planet.<p>When I was young, I obsessively …

Astronomy

In Florida, Officials Ban Term ‘Climate Change’

People try to pass through a flooded street in Miami Beach. Florida is the state most susceptible to the effects of global warming. (Photo:</i> …

Student is sentenced to death for bloody knife rampage on Taiwan underground train which left four people dead

• <b>Wounded 22 passengers in bloody rampage on tube's longest stretch</b>• <b><br>Used three-inch fruit knife to slash passengers in the chest and stomach</b>• <b><br>Even Cheng</b> …

Crime

Jane Goodall teams with US lawyer to expose government and scientific fraud over GM food

<i>Lawyer Steven Druker challenges UK Royal Society over misleading statements made about GM foods</i><p>In an acclaimed new book launched at a press …

China Blocks Web Access to Documentary on Nation's Air Pollution

<b>Beijing:</b> "Under the Dome," a searing documentary about China's catastrophic air pollution, had hundreds of millions of views on Chinese websites …

Stunning Nighttime Pictures of Chilean Volcano Erupting

Villarrica erupted earlier this week with a bang, spewing lava bombs and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.<p>Villarrica, one of Chile's most active volcanoes, awoke with a vengeance this week, launching lava bombs and an ash cloud thousands of feet into the air. The nearby towns of Pucon …

4-Star Planets, Oceans On Mars, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

White Shark

Ancient Wheat DNA Find Shifts Early UK Farming Theories

Some of us spend so much time thinking about <i>not</i> eating wheat, particularly its key protein, gluten, that it can be difficult to remember how important wheat is to human history.<p>We started growing it about 10,000 years ago. That was a major milestone; it marked the beginning of the end of the …

Anthropology

Could driverless cars own themselves?

<b>Forget buying an electric-powered Tesla, sharing a Zipcar or hiring an Uber - the most disruptive force in getting from A to B on four wheels could be cars that own themselves.</b><p>Emancipated automobiles sounds like a crazy concept. But the man advocating the idea goes further: he thinks they'll have …

Autonomous Vehicle