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Entrepreneurs are selling Australia's fresh air in a can to China

In what may be the most ingenious money-making idea since bottled water, two entrepreneurs have set up a business selling fresh Australian air to …

Can cannabis treat epileptic seizures?

Docs say a chemical derived from marijuana could benefit those suffering from a drug-resistant form of the disease<p>Charlotte Figi, an eight-year-old girl from Colorado with Dravet syndrome, a rare and debilitating form of epilepsy, came into the public eye in 2013 when news broke that medical …

Chemistry just shared the scientific secret to a perfect cup of coffee

Like a daily dose of coffee, here’s your daily dose of coffee science: If your coffee tastes different from day-to-day, it’s not because of how you …

134,000 saiga antelope dead in two weeks. What is the probable cause?

Last month I wrote a short piece for Nature on the alarming and as-yet unexplained mass mortality of saiga antelope in Kazakhstan in May. I spoke at length to E.J. Milner-Gulland, a conservation biologist at Imperial College London and chair of Saiga Conservation Alliance. Last week, the charity …

Wildlife

Photographer Carter Warden Shares How He Got His Flickr Photos into National Geographic

Carter Warden is a photographer very similar to the rest of us; he captures the world with a lens to his eye because it is a hobby that brings him …

Scientists just realized a chunk of Antarctica is leaking trillions of liters of water into the sea

Things have been getting slushy on the bottom of the planet. But not the Southern Antarctic Peninsula, that tongue of ice and land that flicks up toward Chile. Or at least, that’s what scientists had thought.<p>New research, however, reveals that in the last five years, the peninsula has been melting …

Global Warming

This Artist Takes Photos Of Her Own Menstrual Blood

Jen Lewis’s macro photography aims to kill the stigma surrounding menstruation.<p>Jen Lewis creates gorgeous photographs using a medium that rarely sees the light of day: menstrual blood. While working at University of Michigan’s Division of Infectious Diseases, Lewis became interested in …

Can 3D-Printed Rhino Horns Stop Poachers?

Conservationists debate whether the biotech helps or hurts<p>With poaching on the rise, Africa's rhinos could be extinct within a few decades. Thousands are slaughtered every year for their horns, which sell for about $30,000 a pound. The horns are used in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese medicines, …

New Measles Vaccine is Needle-Free

Scientists have formulated a needle-free vaccine against measles and say the little stick-on patch could be the answer to fighting measles — and perhaps other diseases such as polio, too.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the patch a “game-changer” and is helping the team at …

This Atomic Clock Won’t Lose a Second in 15 Billion Years

Los Angeles

Asthma could be cured within five years after drug breakthrough

Asthma could be cured within five years after scientists discovered what causes the condition and how to switch it off.<p>In a breakthrough which could change the lives of Britain’s five million sufferers, researchers at Cardiff University and Kings College London identified which cells cause the …

The Biggest Thing? Supervoid Spans a Billion Light-Years

BBC

A Buzz in the Meadow by Dave Goulson review – the joy of insects

A melancholy, humorous look at butterflies, beetles and bees – and how disastrous it would be if we let them die out<p>Calico Drum,<br>The Grasshoppers come,<br>The Butterfly, Beetle, and Bee,<br>Over the ground,<br>Around and around,<br>With a hop and a bound ...<p>Edward Lear’s “Calico Pie” has always struck me as …

Books

The Woman Who Woke Up in the Future

Naomi Jacobs went to bed a 32-year-old woman and woke up believing she was a teenager again. After temporarily losing 17 years of memories from a rare form of amnesia, Jacobs wrote a memoir about piecing her life back together.<p>Naomi Jacobs was a 32-year-old single mother living in Manchester, …

Mind

Here Are The 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winners For Letters And Drama

Anthony Doerr wins the Pulitzer Prize for his novel All The Light We Cannot See.<p>Within the category of letters, awards are given for fiction, poetry, general nonfiction, biography or autobiography, and history.

Books

Toni Morrison: 'I want to see a white man convicted for raping a black woman'

The Nobel prize-winning author tells Daily Telegraph that America’s race issues will never end until disparities in criminal justice system are resolved<p>The Nobel prize-winning author Toni Morrison has delivered a frank assessment of race relations in America, declaring that until racial disparities …

Women of Color

Ocean acidification drove Earth’s largest mass extinction

New evidence suggests that ocean acidification played a key role in the Permian–Triassic mass extinction event 252 million years ago that killed most …

Paleontology

45 Years of Earth Day: How Environmentalism Has Evolved

This is definitely not your parents' Earth Day.<p>On April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets for '60s-style demonstrations and marches, calling attention to the perilous pollution of America's land, air and water. Ten thousand flocked to the Washington Monument for a folk music concert …

Earth Day

What is earthshine?

When you see the crescent moon after sunset this week, notice the pale glow on its unlit portion. This glow is called earthshine.<p>When you look at a …

Free-Floating Cancer Cells Are Infecting Clams On The East Coast

Clams get leukemia too<p>Clams are threatened by predators who love seeing them served up on a plate drenched in butter and garlic, nestled in folds of fresh pasta--or splattered on a dock, if you happen to be a seagull. But a much more insidious threat to clams has emerged, in the form of cancer …

Cancer

Flamingos Apply "Makeup" to Impress Mates

Birds daub pink-producing oil onto feathers during mating season.<p><b>There's a reason why flamingos are so pretty in pink:</b> <b>The birds apply "makeup" to impress mates, a new study says.</b><p>Scientists had long assumed that flamingo feathers change color only when the plumage becomes faded by the sun or …

Little Nemo Was the Most Beautiful Comic Strip Ever Drawn

Nighttime was the right time for Winsor McCay, whose early 20th century comic strip about a little boy’s dreams proved forever that comics could be …

Graphic Novels

Oklahoma approves nitrogen gas as backup execution method

<b>(CNN) —</b> Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill on Friday that would allow the state to perform executions with nitrogen gas if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or becomes unavailable.<p>Nitrogen causes a quick loss of consciousness and then death from lack of oxygen, Fallin's office said in …

United States

Watch Incredibly Rare White Monkeys Ghost Through a Forest

In addition to these spider monkeys, the world of unusually white animals includes lions, bears and squirrels.<p>Spider monkeys, which swing through the tropical forest canopies of Central and South America, usually come in shades of brown, black, or grey. But on very rare occasions, a white spider …

Dogs are man's best friend thanks to bonding hormone, research shows

A rush of hormone that helps people bond could explain why humans and dogs have been best friends for thousands of years, say researchers in Japan.<p>The scientists found that dog owners experienced a surge of oxytocin when their pets gazed into their eyes, a dramatic effect that was mirrored in the …

Pets

Colossal Ancient Galaxies Died From the Inside Out

The largest ancient galaxies stopped forming stars in their cores about 3 billion years after the Big Bang, with this end of star birth spreading from the inside out in so-called "dead" galaxies, scientists say.<p>A new survey of 22 elliptical galaxies (most of which were the same size or larger than …

Universe

Girl's seizures spur medical marijuana legislation in Georgia

Dr. Sanjay Gupta puts medical marijuana under the microscope Sunday at 9 p.m. ET in "Weed 3: The Marijuana Revolution."<p><b>(CNN) —</b> The Coxes can rest more comfortably living in Georgia now that their 5-year-old daughter can get the marijuana extract she needs.<p>"This means the world to us," said Haleigh …

Cannabis

16 Of The Most Exciting Books Of 2015 From Independent Publishers

More power to small presses.

Books

Make a Pocket Portfolio for a Way to Stand Out When Out and About

As a photographer, I’m constantly striving for new ways to stand out. While considering that some of the greatest opportunities to create a lasting …

15 Books By Transgender Women You Need To Read Immediately

From science-fiction novellas to cookbook memoirs, it's never too late to discover a new favorite read!

Books