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In China, Gay Marriage is Between a Man and a Woman

It’s all a ruse. (Photo: szefei/shutterstock.com)<p>In China there’s been a surge in <i>xinghun</i>, variously translated as “cooperative marriage” or …

LGBTQI

The best Android apps of 2014

The Guardian’s pick of Android apps that launched for the first time this year, taking in music, productivity, messaging, maps and more<p>• The best Android games of 2014<p>1. Mailbox<p>What we say: Mailbox is one of the better ways to attain the fabled Inbox Zero – or at least try to – by swiping unwanted …

How to hack your taste buds

Why does toothpaste give orange juice a weird aftertaste? It’s one of many surprisingly easy ways to trick your tongue – and your brain – into experiencing strange flavours, says Veronique Greenwood. What's going on?<p>Your tongue is not a blank slate. What you've just eaten can change the flavour of …

West Africa

Mystery Solved? How Butterflies Came to Look Like Dead Leaves

Kallima butterflies gradually evolved the distinctive look of dead, veiny leaves, study claims.<p>The secret of how butterflies came to look like leaves may have been revealed—fittingly, by an insect that gave wings to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.<p>The question of how the closed wings of dead …

Major victory for the bees: Ontario moves to restrict neonicotinoids

The Canadian province plans to phase out 80 percent of the bee-killing pesticides by 2017<p>Canada just took a major step toward protecting the environment. It's not often you hear that. But not only have our neighbors to the north just joined Twitter, Ontario has officially become the first …

Using Participatory Journals to Connect Students

In Art Class<p>I'm an art teacher and to help my students understand the possibilities of participation for learning and creativity, I designed a …

NASA talks the path to send humans to Mars

NASA has been working to develop the technology that will eventually be used to send humans to Mars and other places in the solar system. The goals …

Astronomers solve mystery of the universe’s missing stars

For more than a decade scientists have been at a loss to explain why there are fewer stars than they predicted<p>There are not enough stars in the universe and now astronomers think they know why.<p>Using the Hubble space telescope, they have discovered a distant galaxy in which star formation is itself …

Graphene may find use as Kevlar alternative

Graphene is a wonder material that has lots of potential for use in electronics. Scientists all around the world are studying the material and the …

Nanotech

Fad diets do little to aid weight loss or boost heart health, scientists find

Most people would be better off by simply cutting fat out of their diets and exercising rather than embarking on fad diets, researchers have concluded<p>Popular diets such as Weight Watchers are no more effective than living healthily for weight loss and are unlikely to provide long term health …

We may have a dengue vaccine by 2015, trial suggests

The vaccine reduces the overall risk of dengue infection by 60 percent<p>An experimental dengue fever vaccine appears to be closer than ever to gaining approval for human use. According to the results of a large clinical trial — the third such trial the vaccine has undergone — receiving three doses of …