Stella Lee Conrad

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Wave of suicides engulfs Indian village: locals blame demons, science blames pesticides

A tiny village in central India has seen an unprecedented 80 suicides since the beginning of the year. Locals blame it on demon spirits, but some …

Scientists find a planet so young it isn't even really a planet yet

An image taken using the Atacama Large Millimeter /submillimeter Array in Chile and released in 2014 shows something rather special. It's a disc, taken from an angle, with concentric striations. At the centre is the very young star HL Tau, just a million years old, 450 light-years from Earth in the …

Universe

GMOs haven’t delivered on their promises — or risks

Arriving home after work a few summers ago, agricultural economist Matin Qaim found several disturbing messages on his home phone. A study by Qaim …

Agriculture

This New Urine-Based Fuel Cell Puts Your Liquid Waste to Good Use

Harnessing the power of pee.<p>Scientists in the UK have developed a new kind of fuel cell capable of turning urine into electricity, and they say it's …

The internet black widow: Is this Canada's most dangerous woman?

<b>A woman dubbed the Internet Black Widow was released from prison in Canada on Friday, prompting police to issue a warning to potential victims - elderly men looking for love. What could have earned a sweet-talking 80-year-old such a sinister reputation?</b><p>Alex Strategos was lonely and searching for …

Crime

Scientists Have Created a Painless Patch That Can Control Diabetes Without Injections

This is awesome.<p>Scientists have been struggling for decades to free diabetics from regular insulin injections. One of the main goals has been to …

Google just proved how unpredictable artificial intelligence can be

The 4-1 defeat of Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) is only the latest in a string of pursuits in which technology has triumphed over humanity.<p>Self-driving cars are already less accident-prone than human drivers, the TV quiz show Jeopardy! is a lost cause, …

Artificial Intelligence

Tales of the bedbug, one of the world’s most reviled insects

<i>Brooke Borel</i><p><i>Univ. of Chicago Press, $26</i><p>Bedbugs sure get around. From housing projects, hostels and cheap hotels (and some that aren’t so cheap), the …

Insects