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June 2015

Diversity

Check Out David Beckham and James Corden's Sexy New Underwear Commercial

One of the hottest bodies in all of Hollywood debuted an ad for their sexy new underwear line. Oh, and David Beckham was there, too. The …

Genetic diversity of Mexico's corn crops is 'eroding' - Futurity

The genetic diversity of maize, or corn, is declining in Mexico, where the world's largest food crop originated.

Coalitions sue Forest Service to block Alaska old-growth timber sale

Two coalitions of environmental groups have filedthreeseparate suits against the U.S. Forest Service, hoping to stop what the organizations say is the largest sale of old-growth timber in nearly a generation in America's largest national forest.<p>Last week the Forest Service gave the final go-ahead …

Forests

GMOs and the Séralini Redux

As I mentioned last week, I’m writing a few pieces here at Our Modern Plagues to accompany a print article on GMOs that I wrote for Popular Science’s July issue (now available online).<p>Today, I’d like to address a paper I mention in the original story: “Long term toxicity of a Roundup herbicide and …

India plans to build the world's largest floating solar farm

Solar farms need three things: sunlight, photovoltaic panels and a huge expanse of land. It's the third in that list that's hampering green efforts in countries like India, where space is scarce and therefore very expensive. That's why India is copying Japan's (pictured) idea of building floating …

Hollow Earth conspiracy theories: the hole truth

For centuries, Hollow Earth conspiracy theorists have tried to prove that there’s a whole other world beneath our own. But first they need to find the way in...<p><b>Late at night, on October 4 2002, a strange guest appeared</b> on a cult American <b>radio</b> show. Coast to Coast AM with Art Bell had a reputation …

North Pole

Minnesota's Mysterious Viking Runestone

<i>If you want to learn about someplace, you can always pick up a textbook. But if you want to get to know a place, you're going to have to dig a little</i> …

Call for new generation of antibiotics to fight off superbugs

Modern medicine will come to an end unless the world develops a new generation of antibiotics, the chief medical officer for England has warned.<p>The intervention from Prof Dame Sally Davies echoed that of David Cameron, who said antibiotic-resistant superbugs threatened to send medicine "back into …

40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World

Back in January the Sifter posted <i>50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World</i>. The post went on the be one of the most shared articles in the history of the …

With IPO Hopes Fading, Square And Box Face Reality Of Commodity Products

Square and Box would seem to be the very epitome of every startup founder’s dream of reaching the pinnacle of entrepreneurial success. Take a kernel of an idea and turn it into a massive, multi-billion-dollar company that publicly debuts in an IPO. For the founders involved, the exhilaration and …

MERS Reaches the U.S. for the First Time

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Officials from the Centers for Disease Control said on Friday that a case of Middle East Respiratory …