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The Week in Review: Billions Cast Their Ballots

Inside Flipboard / May 2, 2014<p>This week saw the close of the most democratic month in human history. For India’s 815 million eligible voters, the …

After Washington Mudslide, Questions About Building in Nature's Danger Zones

Property rights issues and development are often at odds with safety.<p>On Tuesday, when President Obama tours the grim scene at the mudslide in Oso, Washington, where at least 39 people were swept to their death, he won't be able to do much more than comfort families of the victims and sign the …

Surprise: Elephants Comfort Upset Friends

Asian elephants recognize distress and offer a helping trunk, study says.<p><b>The short list of animals that console stressed-out friends just got longer … and heavier.</b><p>Asian elephants, like great apes, dogs, certain corvids (the bird group that includes ravens), and us, have now been shown to recognize …

The Tiny Culprit Behind A Graveyard of Ancient Whales

As the Pan-American Highway snakes its way through Chile, it passes through a place called Cerro Ballena. The site is in the middle of the driest desert in the world, and just an hour away from the mine where 33 unfortunate miners were trapped a few years back. That particular stretch of road is …

How the Blind Dream

Most of my dreams are boring. I’m typically talking to someone I know, either on the phone or in person, in a familiar place. The conversations tend to include ideas that I’ve read about or experienced recently in my waking life. Some of my dreams don’t even have the intrigue of another character; …

Scientists: Global Warming Likely to Surpass 2°C Target

They argue for new “narrative” so world can better prepare for dangerous climate change impacts.<p>It took a long time for nations to set a speed limit on the road to a warming world.<p><b>But for the past four years, even though negotiators have never arrived at a plan for avoiding dangerous climate</b> …

Q&A: Genome Pioneer Craig Venter Plans Largest Human Genome Project to Aid Longevity

New institute would collect 40,000 genomes to try to crack the secrets of healthy aging.<p>Human genome pioneer J. Craig Venter announced plans Tuesday to sequence the gene maps of 40,000 volunteers in a bid to crack the secrets of healthy human aging.<p>During the 1990s, Venter, 68, gained fame (and …

Where Do Baby Turtles Go During Their Lost Years?

Never agree to write a turtle’s biography. You will, at one crucial point, run out of material.<p>Every sea turtle begins life in the same way. It hatches within its buried nest, forces its way to the surface, and sprints towards the water past a gauntlet of crabs, birds and other predators. Many die, …

Nearly 200 New Species of Parasitic Wasps Discovered in Costa Rica

Researcher explains ecological importance of his latest taxonomy project.<p>Among the many animals that make their living off of other species, parasitic wasps are especially cunning. They inject other insects' larvae and eggs with their own eggs. When they hatch, the larval wasps gradually eat their …

Meteorites on Earth May Be From Ancient Crater on Mars, Study Says

Findings have implications for the early evolution of Mars, including its formation and cooling.<p>A crater on Mars appears to be the source of a type of meteorite widely found on Earth, scientists from the University of Oslo in Norway reported Thursday.<p>The meteorites, called shergottites, may have …

Short on Water? Don’t Blame it on the Rain

The common refrain in media stories about water shortages is that they are caused by droughts. Don’t believe them.<p>Droughts don’t cause water shortages. People do.<p>The water shortages appearing with increasing frequency and intensity around the globe are, regretfully, poignant signs of our society’s …

Why do we laugh when we are tickled?

What is it about a tickle that makes us giggle? And why can’t we tickle ourselves? Greg Foot explains all.<p>When you're touched, the nerve endings under your top layer of skin, or epidermis, send electrical signals to the brain. When we are tickled the somatosensory cortex picks up the signals to do …

Stephen Hawking’s new black hole theory

Our pick of the week from around the web, including event horizons reassessed, the drug revolution no-one can stop, and Stephen Fry on the Mac at 30.<p>The drug revolution nobody can stop<br>Mike Power | Matter | 29 January 2014<br>Designer drugs “concocted in labs by tweaking a few atoms here and there” are …

Best space images of the month

Here are some of the most stunning pictures captured during a memorable month in space – from a fierce eclipse to an underwater space simulation.

Q&A: The 5 Big Questions in Brain Science

A bioethicist suggests that neuroscience challenges how we view ourselves.<p><b>Advances in our understanding of the brain have turned neuroscience into one of the hottest frontiers in research, and in ethics. (See "Beyond the Brain.")</b><p>On Wednesday, the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of …

1,000+ Rhinos Poached in 2013: Highest in Modern History

Increasing demand for the animals' horns drove the slaughter, report says.<p>For South Africa's white rhinos, 2013 was perhaps the worst year in modern history.<p><b>One thousand and four animals were killed by poachers, the highest since record keeping began in the early 1900s, according to the South</b> …

These 1,500-Year-Old Teeth Prove the Bubonic Plague Isn’t Dead Yet

Researchers studying the teeth of two 1,500-year-old German victims of the Justinian plague have uncovered tiny bits of DNA that link the ancient …

Where we experience emotions in our bodies

Researchers found consistent results, even across cultures. For example, anxiety might feel like chest pain, while falling in love might trigger …

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Small asteroid entered our atmosphere on January 2, 2014

This is only the second time that astronomers spotted an asteroid before it struck Earth’s atmosphere. It underscores the need to be watching for …

A 5,300-Year-Old Mummy with Keys to the Future

It’s seven a.m. on a Sunday in Bolzano, Italy, and Albert Zink just told us that we weren’t dressed appropriately. He didn’t say it, actually, but he didn’t have to. It was the look he gave. He was wearing snow shoes and ski pants, looking like he was going to the top of a mountain range. We were …

Mystery of King Tut's Death Solved? Maybe Not

King Tut's chariot crashed and later his mummy burned, says an upcoming TV show.<p><b>King Tutankhamun was just a teenager when he died. For an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, presumably well fed and fiercely protected, this was a premature demise.</b><p>It was also momentous, for his death meant the beginning of the …

Fossil Find Clears Up Big Cat Origins

Asian bones fill a big gap in the fossil record.<p><b>Don't miss our Google+ Hangout to Cause an Uproar with big cat experts, conservationists, and photographers on Tuesday, December 3 at 12:30 p.m. ET.</b><p><b>Paleontologists have long sought the answer to where and when big cats—mighty predators like lions,</b> …

The Most Boring Article You'll Read Today

The kind of boredom you experience most often may be linked to your personality, say researchers.<p><b>Who knew boredom could be so interesting? But it's not just being bored; it's what kind of boredom you are experiencing that has researchers intrigued.</b><p>According to an article published in the journal</i> …

Neanderthal Burials Confirmed as Ancient Ritual

A 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton discovered in a cave in France was intentionally buried.<p><b>A Neanderthal skeleton first unearthed in a cave in southwestern France over a century ago was intentionally buried, according to a new 13-year reanalysis of the site.</b><p><b>Confirming that careful burials</b> …

This Year's Biggest Discoveries in Science

From the edge of the solar wind to ancient human DNA, science made big strides in 2013.<p>Science mattered more than ever in 2013. Climate science questions raged after Super Typhoon Haiyan pummeled the Philippines. And scientific expertise figured in disarmament debates in Syria and in Iran's …

Lonely planet found wandering a mere 80 light years from Earth

Astronomers have found a planet, a mere 80 light years from Earth, that is wandering the heavens alone. The free-floating planet, named PSO J318.5-22, is a gas giant with six times the mass of Jupiter and is a relative newborn as far as planets go, having formed only 12 million years ago.<p>"We have …

Sediment 'rings' suggest rapid climate change - Futurity

A climate shift that happened 55 million years ago occurred over a period of weeks …

What Sound Does A Fox Really Make?

A Norwegian dance-pop song called "The Fox" asks the question: the cow goes moo, the duck goes quack, but what sound does the fox make? We have the answer!<p>A music video from a Norwegian duo called Ylvis is primed to, as the<p>kidsmarketers say, "go viral," because it is catchy and weird and foreign …

Apple patents mid-air flip technology for protecting phones

<b>As smartphone owners know, even in the world of Gorilla Glass, accidents involving shattered screens still happen.</b><p>Apple's patent application number …

Einstein's brain a wonder of connectedness

Albert Einstein had a colossal corpus callosum. And when it comes to this particular piece of neural real estate, it's pretty clear that size matters.<p>Chances are, that brawny bundle of white matter cleaving the Swiss physicist's brain from front to back is part of what made his mind so phenomenally …