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Pictures: Lessons Learned from Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Changing Planet<p>A new year has begun, and my Fulbright Grant is already halfway complete. I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. For the last five months, I have been living in Hiroshima and Nagasaki interviewing survivors of the atomic bombs, or Hibakusha as they are called in Japanese. …

Japan

A Tragic Story Emerges From the Frozen North

Mysterious, powerful, dangerous and stunningly beautiful, the polar bear, currently in danger of extinction due to climate change, evokes fascination and awe. They are one of the most iconic and legendary animals to grace this planet. To the Inuit, they are <i>Nanuq</i>, an animal worthy of great respect …

These 8 Animals May Not Survive 2016

Whether it's climate change, loss of habitat or poaching, the endangered species list is ever changing for the better or for the worse.<p>Now, with …

Endangered Species

Do Animals Get Drunk?

Some species are attracted to overripe fruits and alcohol-rich nectar.<p>Here in the U.S., Thanksgiving is upon us. Some people will be very thankful there is wine at the table.<p>In that spirit, Saturday’s Weird Animal Question of the Week takes on Paul Anthony Kane’s question: “Do other animals consume …

Marine Mammals Along California Coast Rescued in Record Numbers

Wildlife<p><i>As a leader in rescue and rehabilitation work, Shedd Aquarium has established partnerships with rescue organizations all over the country to respond to animals in need. This week, we are sharing a guest blog post from our partner –</i> <i>The Marine Mammal Center</i><i>, the world’s largest rescue and</i> …

Telling stories out loud helps children learn to read

As a young child, I loved to imagine myself as a pioneer girl in <i>Little House in the Big Woods</i>, eating fresh snow drizzled with maple syrup. I even pestered my mother to make this treat with the dirty snow that fell on our Manhattan sidewalk. Not a chance.<p>Years later, I honored my young sons’ …

Kids

Top 10 long summer reads for children and teens

From Dodie Smith to Malorie Blackman, we pick some of our favourite long books to get lost in this summer<p>With half the summer holidays still to enjoy, there’s no better way to while away the long and (well, it may still happen...) sunny days than with a book you can really get lost in. Whether …

Books

Whale meat on the menu at Japanese food festival

Tokyo restaurants serve up controversial dish to tourists, despite international ban on whale hunting<p>When tourists think of Japan, images of dramatic landscapes, futuristic cities and world-class sushi might spring to mind.<p>But one Tokyo district is hoping to reel in outsiders with one of the …

Japan

Cyanide in fruit seeds: how dangerous is an apple?

The seeds, pips and stones of many varieties of fruit contain small amounts of cyanide, so here’s your handy guide on the pips not to eat<p>You’re highly unlikely to manage to eat enough apple seeds to poison yourself, so you can rest easy if you occasionally swallow one. Apples contain a compound …

Cyanide

Nigel Slater’s five vegetarian recipes

The oven has been busy this week – baking spiced aubergines, trays of roast vegetables with eggs and a layered dish of dal and sweet potatoes. There have been frying pans of peppers and wheat on the hob, and sesame-coated cheese for bright citrus salads. It was only as we ladled out the last of the …

Sweet Potatoes

Unlikely destinations for unforgettable family holidays

Your toddler requires a hotel room the size of an airfield to burn off steam, your tweenie wants big-budget action and adventure, and your teens, well, they probably just want to be as far away from you as possible.<p>It's a fine art planning a perfect family trip, balancing all the diverse needs, …

Madhya Pradesh

9 Giant Lego Animals

You can jazz up your garden in lots of ways: A bench; a tasteful birdbath; a storm-resistant lawn gnome.<br>Or a bison that’s the size of an NBA player and is made of 45,143 Legos.<p>Artist Sean Kenney’s solo exhibition, <i>Nature Connects</i>, is touring botanical gardens and zoos all over the U.S. It features …

Lego

Homer Simpson almost discovered the Higgs boson before any scientist

Some may refer to <i>The Simpsons</i> as "genius" but nobody expected this.<p>A new book titled <i>The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets</i> claims that …

Physics

Mount Everest 'of excrement'

Sherpas in Nepal are claiming that tons of waste left by climbers are polluting Everest's once pristine slopes and threatening to spread disease.<p>Human waste piling up over decades gives off an "unpleasant odour", Ang Tshering Sherpa, chief of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told Reuters …

Yaks May Be Climbing Higher Due to Climate Change

A lack of snow on the Tibetan Plateau may be pushing thirsty yak females into steeper habitat.<p>High on the Tibetan Plateau of Central Asia, you'll find the largest remaining population of wild yaks (Bos mutus). This long-horned, shaggy creature has persevered through more than a century of poaching, …

Is this why naked mole rats don't get cancer? - Futurity

A fourth protein may be the secret weapon of naked mole rats, hairless rodents that don't seem to get cancer.

Cancer

3D-printed engagement rings – the future of jewellery?

No, it’s not a substitute for the real thing, but an opportunity to see what a diamond might look like before the genuine one is made. Good idea?<p>From South Korean beauty products to that envious feeling when an Ocado van pulls up outside someone else’s house, internet shopping has given us so much. …

Engagement Rings

What is this mystery sea creature found in tin of tuna?

Suggestions about what the tiny tuna monster might be include the foetus of a blowfish, a tadpole, or the head of a soft-shelled turtle.<p>When you open a tin of tuna the last thing you expect to see is a little head staring back at you.<p>So Zoe Butler, of Nottingham, was more than a little perturbed to …

Fish