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Ex-Rhino

Popular Science Blogs<p>Boxplot<p>Exploring the world of science through graphic narrative. By Maki Naro<p>Yesterday I read the rightfully infuriating news that the <b>Western Black Rhinoceros has been declared extinct</b>. Only it wasn't really news. The Western Black Rhino has been extinct since 2011. But in this …

Richard Garriott's "ultimate" RPG shown off in six-month video

Ultima creator Richard Garriott and developer Portalarium have released a new six-month progress video for their upcoming "ultimate" role-playing game Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues. The 25-minute video is narrated by Garriott and shows off the fantasy game's various zones, abilities, and …

Scientists engineer dengue fever-resistant mosquitoes, release them in Vietnam

Dengue fever is one of the most virulent mosquito-borne diseases afflicting the planet. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.5 billion people worldwide are currently at risk of contracting dengue, and the organization estimates that there may be 50–100 million new infections each …

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

Why you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics<p>When's the optimal time to get your coffee kick? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning should work well, neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller explains in a supremely helpful blog post.<p>Careful timing of when …

Americans Would Pay $4 Billion To Save Monarch Butterflies

It's an unusually loveable bug, according to a new survey<p>They're certainly the kings of our hearts. Kids learn about them in school. They're the official insect or butterfly of seven U.S. states. I saw a scantily-clad version of one this Halloween, complete with fairly accurate wing patterns. (But …