Astrid Merv

10 Added | 2 Magazines | @SleepySnorlax | Cats+coffee+books= perfect life~

What Will We Eat In 2050?

I remember my first “American-style” fast food. Burger King opened a location in Liverpool and I went out with some friends to check it out. I remember little details like queuing at right angles to the counter rather than snaking along the wall as was typical at the local fish and chip shop. I …

Agriculture

How To Set Up Your Endangered Leopard On A Date

Plus, a gallery of endangered zoo babies born this year. Squee!<p>June may be wedding season among American humans, but for other members of the animal kingdom, it's a different—perhaps related—time of life. In the springtime is when many animals give birth. For the Smithsonian's National Zoo, that …

Zoology

A 100-year-old drug corrects autistic social behaviors in lab tests

Suramin was developed to treat African sleeping sickness, but results in mice might lead to new therapies for autism<p>Old drugs can sometimes yield surprising results. A well-known diabetes pill called Metformin, for instance, is now being used to treat certain cancers. And Thalidomide, a drug used …

Victims Of Ancient 'End Of The World' Epidemic Found In Egypt

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an epidemic in Egypt so terrible that one ancient writer believed the world was coming to an end.<p>Working at the Funerary Complex of Harwa and Akhimenru in the west bank of the ancient city of Thebes (modern-day Luxor) in Egypt, the team of the Italian …

Broccoli-Sprout Beverage Can Detoxify Pollutants

China has a serious pollution problem and it’s harming the health of people who live there—even those living outside of the biggest cities.<p>But …

Los Angeles

Ayn Rand Once Applied Her Philosophy To Kittens In A Letter She Wrote To 'Cat Fancy' Magazine

She loved cats so much that she subscribed to "Cat Fancy" magazine and engaged in correspondence with them on March 20, 1966.<p>Mallory Ortberg of The Toast came across this letter in the book "The Letters Of Ayn Rand."<p>Here's the text:<p>Dear Miss Smith,<p>You ask whether I own cats or simply enjoy them, or …

Ayn Rand

Fat Cat Art

Together Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat form FatCatArt a project created for ‘art-loving cats’ featuring Zarathustra the cat that weighs 10 …

Prosecutor details 14 killings in Blackwater trial

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a recitation of death and destruction, a federal prosecutor on Tuesday chronicled for a jury the alleged conduct of four Blackwater security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqis and wounding 18 others in downtown Baghdad nearly seven years ago.<p>In opening statements at the trial …