Leah Wilhelm

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Why Do Honey Bees Make Hexagonal Honeycomb?

Bees can be extremely intelligent. Not only do they learn how to overcome obstacles by doing, but they can actually learn by watching others as well. …

How much independence should children have?

It is the same story every summer. Surveys are issued and articles are published decrying the dramatic decline of children playing outdoors. This …

Self-Sustaining Urban Ecosystem Discovered In Abandoned Building In Thailand

Thailand’s capital is a vibrant city full of surprises, and this abandoned shopping mall in old town Bangkok is certainly no exception. Tucked away …

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The Gratuitous Injustice of American Tipping Culture

"Unless a waiter can be a gentleman, democracy is a failure. If any form of service is menial, democracy is a failure. Those Americans who dislike …

The right’s favorite new quack: Terri Lynn Weaver’s dangerous baby “science”

Doctors say a new Tennessee law targeting pregnant women is nuts. But this GOP lawmaker has her own ideas<p>Tennessee is the first state in the nation to have a law criminalizing pregnancy outcomes. The state's pregnancy criminalization law was signed in April and went into effect this month. Under …

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: how scientifically plausible is it?

Motion capture<p>Dawn of the Planet of the Apes uses motion capture to record the movements and facial expressions of actors, and this data is used to animate the apes. How well does it work? "I think Andy Serkis moves in a very realistic way [as a chimp]. His portrayal of Caesar is wonderful," says …

11 Ways To Upgrade Your Tacos, Because We All Need It

Tacos are one of those foods that will never be boring. From Baja fish tacos to crispy carnita tacos, there so many ways to make and eat a taco that we could chow down on a different variation every day of the week and never get tired of it. Still, even if they're your favorite thing, you could be …

Border demagogues outdo themselves: Inside the “$50 Million Illegal Alien Resort Spa” myth

Conservative media went completely bonkers this week over a charity trying to buy a dumpy hotel to house kids<p>A Baptist charity last week submitted a bid to purchase Weslaco, Texas's Palm Aire Hotel & Suites for approximately $3.8 million in nongovernmental funds. The group, Baptist Family & Child …

The Definitive Reason Heirloom Tomatoes Are Just Plain Better

We hate to be the ones to tell you this, but if you've never had an heirloom tomato then you've never tasted a <i>real</i> tomato. With tomato season just upon us -- and dreams of yellow, red, pink and purple slices on our plates -- we began to wonder what it was that made heirloom tomatoes so much better …

NASA's new telescopes could spot alien life within 20 years

Convinced that there's got to be life on other planets? You're not alone in the universe -- in fact, many NASA scientists agree with you. And a panel convened recently by the space agency (see the video below) believes that finding it could happen soon, too -- perhaps "in twenty years" -- thanks to …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from France

Ah, <i>le jardin í la française.</i> No need to add the word <i>formal</i> to that phrase, because when it comes to French gardens, formal is a given. We’ve all seen …

How to Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit Back

Moving into a new apartment usually requires a big upfront payment. You fork over your first month's rent, plus a hefty security deposit. Ideally, …

World Cup fever is over.....for now. The Women's World Cup is next year in Canada. We're so proud that FOX Sports, the Presenting Sponsor of #AYSO's 50th Anniversary, will be televising the WWC for millions of fans. Can't wait!

The One Metric That’s Hiding The True Cost Of Climate Change

When it comes to obstacles to climate action, the climate change deniers in American government are pretty well known. But there’s also a subgroup of …

Crochet your way to a desert oasis with a cute crocheted cactus. The only thing these adorable amigurumi cacti will prick is your heart! Read more: http://bit.ly/1zujNJx

Malaysia Airlines Deleted Teddy Bear Tweet After Plane Went Down

As Malaysia Airlines learned the fate of one of its passenger jets, which was reportedly shot down over Ukraine, killing nearly 300 people, a tweet …

The Ingredients You Should Have in Your Pantry for Quicker Cooking

A well-stocked pantry can make all the difference when it comes to making fast, healthy meals. Let's make a list of the "quick fix" ingredients that …

Get your hooks out because it's time for another free dishcloth pattern in our #52dishcloths series! This week is Jenny's Ebb + Flow Dishcloth. http://bit.ly/ebbflowdc