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Feeling stressed? The answer could be in your poo

The bacteria in your gut could be having a big impact on your brain, with new research on animals showing a clear link between what goes on …

The Brain

The Hidden Biology of Unlikely Animals

I have a new piece in the New Yorker’s Elements blog about our tendency to underestimate animals that are very different from us, such as sponges and ctenophores. Check it out.<p>Last month, in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, a group of scientists published a tub-thumping defense of sponges …

Court Recognizes Chimpanzees As Legal Persons

This week, a New York judge granted two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo of Stony Brook University, the right to have their day in court.<p>Back in …

Chimpanzees

This Video Induces Natural Hallucinations

Who needs drugs when you have science?<p>If you follow the video’s instructions, when you look away you will continue to see wavy lines in your wall or …

Why You Should Never Squash A Spider

“Arachnophobia anyone?”<p>That’s the question YouTube user Danny Ford asked when he posted the video online. “We got a bit of a surprise when I squashed …

Nature

The Most Incredible Photographs The Hubble Telescope Has Ever Taken

Hundreds of billions of stars are strewn like fairy lights in the dark cosmic ocean of the universe. Until 25 years ago, our observations of the …

Hubble's Deep Field Images Of The Early Universe Are Postcards From Billions Of Years Ago

This insignificant patch of sky in the fairly obscure constellation of Fornax is the setting for one of the most remarkable images ever captured. …

Universe

Fake Medicines Do Real Damage: Thousands Die, Superbugs Get Stronger

The global battle against malaria, tuberculosis and other deadly diseases faces plenty of obstacles. Among them: a pandemic of fake and poor-quality medicines.<p>The extent of the bad drug problem is laid out in 17 papers in a special supplement of the <i>American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene</i>. …

American hostage devoted his life to helping the world’s poorest people

Warren Weinstein, a one-time Brooklyn truck driver, learned to speak 10 languages and developed a lifelong love for some of the world’s most dangerous and impoverished places. Before he became the American hostage inadvertently killed by a U.S. drone strike, he made his career helping the people …

Human Rights

Do we still think drones are a good idea?

Drone strikes, by their nature, are bound to kill innocent civilians. It is all too easy to ignore this ugly fact — and the dubious morality of the whole enterprise — until the unfortunate victims happen to be Westerners.<p>Only then does “collateral damage” become big news and an occasion for public …

National Security

Immunity Soup Recipe

This soup is built on a monster white pepper broth. White pepper with jolts of ginger, and stabs of garlic. I like it just shy of scalding, racing …

Soup