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The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life

While we appreciate it in the abstract, few of us pause to grasp the miracles of modern life, from artificial light to air conditioning, as <b>Steven Johnson</b> puts it in the excellent <b>How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World</b> (<i>public library</i>), “how amazing it is that we drink water …

New Banksy Piece Spotted in Bristol, UK

Following from a recent hoax alleging Banksy’s arrest, a new piece has surfaced in the iconic<p>Following from a recent hoax alleging Banksy‘s arrest, a new piece has surfaced in the iconic street artist’s hometown of Bristol, UK. In usual fashion, Banksy took to his webpage to unveil the rendition. …

Here's What Would Happen if Ebola Was Stolen From a Lab

Scientists routinely study deadly pathogens like Ebola in order to find ways to fight them and discover potential cures. But what would happen if a …

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sorry, Cat Haters, Science Isn't On Your Side

What research actually says about felines<p>Some people just don't like cats. That's okay. Some people don't like pizza. Or dogs. Or Harry Potter. But some cat-haters aren't satisfied with not owning cats themselves. They need to drag the rest of us down with them.<p>The first thing you notice when you …


Elephants Able To Detect Rainstorms 150 Miles Away

Plus, how these weather predicting skills could save them from poachers<p>Lions may be the kings of the animal world, but at least elephants could make for spunky meteorologists. New research is revealing that elephants have a radar-like spidey sense, capable of detecting an approaching rainstorm up …


In The Near Future, Solar Will Be Spray Painted On Everything

Solar power: it’s not just for your roof anymore.<p>Up to now, solar power has largely been generated on rooftops and in open areas like deserts. But the day is coming when the technology will be much more ubiquitous. We’ll build solar cells into windows, cell-phone screens, and perhaps even into …

Touch a receipt and you'll absorb BPA - Futurity

You may want to think twice about handling a cash register receipt, especially if you've just slathered on some hand sanitizer or lotion.

Environmental Health

What the 1918 'Spanish flu' tells us about Ebola - Futurity

To fight diseases like Ebola, researchers are taking a closer look at how the 1918 flu pandemic spread and ultimately killed 50 million people.


The invasive emerald ash borer has killed millions of trees, but researchers hope a wasp can save some of the survivors

A swampy forest in the floodplain of the Merrimack River is one of the first places in New Hampshire where the dreaded emerald ash borer was discovered. These days, Molly Heuss of the New Hampshire Division of Forestry and Lands knows just how to find the tree-munching beetles lurking in green and …

Velvet worm named after Studio Ghibli's Totoro

Velvet worms are adorable caterpillar-y looking things, silently plodding along on stumpy legs in tropical forests around the world. A recently …

Lloyds to cut around 9,000 jobs

Taxpayer-backed lender to reduce its workforce by a tenth and announce branch closures as part of chief executive's digital push<p>Lloyds plans to cut around 9,000 jobs, roughly a tenth of its entire workforce, over the next three years as the taxpayer-backed bank’s staff are replaced by digital …