Étienne Pasini

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How Old Is That Lion? A Guide to Aging Animals

Animals may not have birth certificates, but they do display telltale signs of aging.<p><b>It seems like every year, the world discovers a newest oldest animal.</b><p><b>Almost a decade ago, it was Ming, the 405-year-old clam. Then there was Jonathan, a giant tortoise who was touted as the world's oldest living</b> …

6 of the World’s Longest-Lived Animals

Wildlife<p><b>The world’s oldest flamingo flew</b> <b>to that great big aviary in the sky last week</b><b>. Greater, as it was known, was the most famous flamingo in Australia’s Adelaide Zoo when it was put to sleep at age 83.</b><p>The bird was suffering from severe arthritis and was nearly blind; zookeepers decided that …

A New, More Humane Way to Euthanize Stranded Whales

Marine mammal stranding groups must make hard choices when faced with beached whales that can't be saved.<p>If you saw an animal slowly suffocating to death—and there was no hope of saving it—what would you do? This is a question faced by the researchers, veterinarians, and trained volunteers who …

Why Pickle Brine Is a Secret Weapon Against Ice

In the effort to melt ice and snow, salt and calcium chloride have strange—and eco-friendly—company.<p>This extremely icy and snowy winter has brought renewed attention to the question: What's the best (and most environmentally kind) way to melt it all? Salt, chemicals ... or pickle brine?<p>Here's a …

How Heroin Kills: What Might Have Happened to Philip Seymour Hoffman

Everything about the drug—and your brain's reaction to it—conspires to do you in.<p>When people hear the phrase "accidental drug overdose," they naturally assume that someone mistakenly snorted, shot up, or swallowed too much. But a heroin overdose, such as the one likely suffered by the actor Philip …

Prosthetics: Meet the man with 13 legs

From robotic legs to laser arms, the owners of artificial limbs are no longer content with only one replacement, as Frank Swain discovers.<p>When Jozef Metelka gets up in the morning, one of his first decisions is which leg he’ll be wearing that day. After losing his right leg in a motorbike accident …

Top ten animal camouflages

From imitating flowers to colour shifting, Earth Unplugged reveals its favourite masters of disguise found in nature. Spot them if you can.<p>Animals can employ the most incredible tactics to remain hidden from view. Earth Unplugged’s Maddie Moate unveils the top ten camouflaged creatures.<p><i>For more</i> …

How A Financial Analyst From Indonesia Wound Up Being A Sex Slave In New York City

But Shandra Woworuntu, then 25, was not trapped in a sordid brothel plying clients in some far-flung Asian tourist hotspot.<p>Instead the college graduate and young mother was whisked away from New York's busy John F. Kennedy airport with a gun to her head by an organized gang working in the heart of …

Smallpox: Last refuge of an ultimate killer

In July 2014, long forgotten vials of smallpox left in a cardboard box were discovered at a research centre near Washington. Until then, it was believed that only two places on Earth guard the last remaining samples of this killer virus. As Rachel Nuwer discovered in this feature, first published …

Why Did This Top Science Journal Editor Expose A Blogger's Pen Name?

The pseudonymous Isis the Scientist had her name revealed after a confrontation on Twitter.<p>If you're in the scientific field, or even if you're just a regular reader of, say, this site, you're probably familiar with <i>Nature</i>, one of the top scientific journals in the world. They're the publishers of …

3 Winter Words You Should Know

Bombogenesis, polar vortex, and williwaw—what do these really mean?<p>"Bombo"-what? Bombogenesis. It's not a word you expect to hear from your local meteorologist. So what is it exactly? And what's with the mishmash of strange weather vernacular over the past few months?<p>On Tuesday, meteorologist John …

Can Andrea Rossi's Infinite-Energy Black Box Power The World--Or Just Scam It?

Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?<p>On January 14, 2011, a 61-year-old Italian inventor named Andrea Rossi staged a …

Rhino Hunt Auction Stirs More Controversy

Hunting permit sold for $350,000 on Saturday, despite outcry.<p>A controversial auction for a hunting permit in Africa concluded this past weekend in Texas.<p>On Saturday evening the Dallas Safari Club (DSC) awarded the permit—which allows a hunter to kill one black rhinoceros, an endangered species, in …

An Eagle Steals a Camera, Flies Around 70 Miles of Australia with It

"Does this selfie make my talons look big?"<p><b>Perhaps taking a page from our own</b> human culture's desire -- and ability -- to document our every move, a photographically inclined sea eagle with kleptomaniacal tendencies helped itself to a ranger's video camera and documented a 70-mile journey, even …

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Ten weird and wonderful images of our world in 2013

Some of the most bizarre and beautiful pictures captured in 2013, from a flying electric bike to some decidedly operatic mudskippers.<p><b>More amazing image galleries of the year:</b><p>The year in weather<p>The year in space<p>The year in design and architecture<p>The year in wildife<p>People of the year<p>The year in …

What effect does extreme cold have on the human body?

North America’s east coast is braced for more freezing weather a year after the January 2014 polar vortex sent temperatures tumbling down to -50C (-58F). In this piece from the BBC Future archive, we ask what does such intense cold do to the human body?<p>The polar vortex currently sweeping across the …

Beyond human: How I became a cyborg

When writer Frank Swain joined the ranks of the cyborgs, he discovered that it meant losing control of a part of his body. In the first of our Beyond Human series, he explores why enhancing the senses raises surprising personal and ethical problems.<p><i>Listen: What does red or green sound like? In the</i> …

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Mapping Emotions On The Body: Love Makes Us Warm All Over

Close your eyes and imagine the last time you fell in love. Maybe you were walking next to your sweetheart in a park or staring into each other's eyes over a latte.<p>Where did you feel the love? Perhaps you got butterflies in your stomach or your heart raced with excitement.<p>When a team of scientists …

The Disneys: Not the happiest family on Earth

On Labor Day 2009, a young woman named Michelle Lund was rushed to an Orange County, Calif. hospital with a brain aneurysm following a night of partying with friends. Within days, as she teetered on the brink of death, the lines had been drawn in a vicious battle over $400 million that has torn one …

Sex in America: Can We Change The Conversation?

<i>Esther Perel will join Amy Sohn, Leonore Tiefer, Ian Kerner, and Cory Silverberg for a conversation called "Sex in America: Can The Conversation Change?" The symposium is co-sponsored by the Huffington Post and Open Center and will take place in New York City on Friday, February 20th. Click here to</i> …

Popularity Increases Aggression in Kids, Study Finds

Popular kids — except those at the absolute top of the social ladder — are most likely to act aggressively toward other kids, a new study finds.<p>It …

Why seniors shouldn't get discounts

Seniors today are among the richest, most comfortable people in the country. (That’s why.)<p>While Travelling in Hungary this past summer with his wife, …

Sports Bras Could Save Horses' Lives

I’m not a gambler, but YouTube videos of horse races are my Monday Night Football. Always rooting for the underdog (i.e. the one with the weirdest name), I love watching them pound down the backstretch at highway speeds to win by centimeters. Tragic losses are just as heart-rending. Maybe it’s …

9 Things You Didn't Know About Poison

Snow White totally could have happened<p>A new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History explores the weird and wonderful world of poisons. Curated by evolutionary biologist Mark Siddall, “The Power of Poison” recreates a Columbian forest filled with deadly natural toxins, delves into the …