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15 Podcasts That Will Make You Feel Smarter

It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the podcast options out there, but narrowing down your choices to the titles that will teach you something while …

Sesame Street

Half of All Plastic That Has Ever Existed Was Made in the Past 13 Years

Plastic production is rapidly accelerating, according to an ambitious new paper—but only 9 percent of it gets recycled.<p>In 2014, scientists found a new kind of of “stone” on the beaches of Hawaii. It was made of sand, organic debris, volcanic rock, all swirled together with melted plastic. So they …

How Trump Made It a Little Easier For Assad to Stay in Power

Even as the U.S. has bombed the Syrian leader’s forces, the president has stopped aiding one campaign against him.<p>The Trump administration is ending the CIA’s covert program to arm and train Syrian rebels, <i>The Washington Post</i> is reporting Wednesday, a move that could be viewed as a concession to …

The Mystery of Why Japanese People Are Having So Few Babies

Many point to unromantic 20-somethings and women’s entry into the workforce, but an overlooked factor is the trouble young men have in finding steady, well-paid jobs.<p>TOKYO—Japan’s population is shrinking. For the first time since the government started keeping track more than a century ago, there …

Japan

How to Fight Cancer (When Cancer Fights Back)

Understanding how the disease evolves is the key to stopping it.<p>In early 2014, Laura Brealey was visiting her daughters in Singapore when she slipped on a marble floor and cracked her hip. She had it replaced, but in the process, the surgeons noticed that her breathing sounded odd, and told her to …

Why Americans Smile So Much

How immigration and cultural values affect what people do with their faces<p>On Reddit forums that ask “What’s a dead giveaway that someone is American?” one trait comes up over and over again: big, toothy grins.<p>Here’s how one Reddit user in Finland put it:<p>When a stranger on the street smiles at …

How Beauty Evolves

In a new book on duck sex, dancing birds, and human orgasms, Richard Prum argues against a cold and utilitarian view of nature's splendor.<p>For ornithologist Richard Prum, manakins are among the most beautiful creatures in the world. He first started studying these small South American birds in 1982, …

A Graphic Novel About 17th-Century Philosophy

A father-son writing and illustration team tells the story of the Western thinkers that fell afoul of the church at the dawn of modernity.<p>Dark spots across the sun, men burned at the stake, an all-powerful church that brooks no idea outside its dogma—there is no subject so imbued with drama, …

American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why

Climate change explains only 20 percent of the movement.<p>As the consequences of climate change strike across the United States, ecologists have a guiding principle about how they think plants will respond. Cold-adapted plants will survive if they move “up”—that is, as they move further north (away …

Ecology

Why Flamingos Are More Stable on One Leg Than Two

They’re so steady that you can balance a dead one on a single leg.<p>Young-Hui Chang can remember exactly when he realized how flamingos balance so effortlessly on one leg.<p>He and a fellow biologist Lena Ting suspected that the pink birds might have features on their legs that help lock their joints in …

Gravitational Waves From Black Holes Are Detected for Third Time

The ripples in spacetime reached Earth from a cosmic collision about 3 billion light-years away.<p>Scientists have detected for the third time gravitational waves coming from the merging of two massive black holes somewhere in the universe, the wrinkles in the fabric of space and time created by a …

Is Noise Pollution Making Desert Bugs Disappear?

Gas compressors in New Mexico seem to mess with some arthropods’ behavior.<p>In the San Juan Basin of New Mexico, far from human habitation, there is a cacophony of man-made noise. The Basin is the nation’s second-largest natural gas field, and for miles in every direction, gas compressors are running …

Nature

The Surprisingly Subtle Art of Food Fraud

The long history of faked foods includes horse-meat hamburgers, oil-and dust-peppercorns, and corn-syrup honey.<p>Hamburgers that turn out to be horse, not beef. Honey sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. Old, gray olives dipped in copper-sulfate solution to make them look fresh and green. …

Scientists Have Found the Oldest Known Human Fossils

The 300,000-year-old bones and stone tools were discovered in a surprising place—and could revise the history of our species.<p>Hundreds of thousands of years ago, around 62 miles west of what would eventually become Marrakesh, a group of people lived in a cave overlooking a lush Moroccan landscape. …

Earth Is Not in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction

“As scientists we have a responsibility to be accurate about such comparisons.”<p>At the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Smithsonian paleontologist Doug Erwin took the podium to address a ballroom full of geologists on the dynamics of mass extinctions and power grid …

Wildfires May Be More Toxic Than Scientists Thought

Researchers had to fly a plane through a smoke plume to realize this.<p>It was a hot Monday in August 2013, just before dawn. A team of scientists stood on the tarmac in Houston. They had the keys to an unusual aircraft: a NASA-owned DC-8 jumbo jet with a laboratory inside it.<p>They made for a large and …

It's a Mistake to Focus Just on Animal Extinctions

Population declines tell a much scarier story.<p>Imagine if every animal and plant on the planet collapsed into a single population each, says ecologist Gerardo Ceballos. If lions disappeared except from one small corner of Kenya, the prey they keep in check would run amok everywhere else. If sparrows …

Are We as Doomed as That New York Magazine Article Says?

Why it's so hard to talk about the worst problem in the world<p>No one knows how to talk about climate change right now.<p>I don’t have an idea about where to begin, and I write about it professionally. On the one hand, the natural consequences of climate change seem increasingly severe and devastating. …

Why Are There So Many More Species on Land When the Sea Is Bigger?

Most of the Earth’s surface is ocean. Life began there. But marine life accounts for only 15 percent of the world’s species.<p>Half a billion years ago on Earth, after the Cambrian explosion had created an astonishing array of new species, there was still no life on land. No complex life anyway. No …

Can Your DNA Tell You the Healthiest Way to Live Your Life?

Genetic-sequencing companies are going beyond ancestry and disease risk to offer specific lifestyle recommendations.<p>A double helix begins to swirl on my screen after I upload the raw data from my 23andMe genetic test to a site called DNA Lifestyle Coach. An ethnically ambiguous illustrated girl …

A Map That Shows You Everything Wrong With Your Brain

Technology that compares your brain’s electrical activity to everyone else’s could revolutionize mental-health treatments—or worsen people’s obsessions with perfection.<p>The woman who would be mapping my brain, Cynthia Kerson, had tanned, toned arms and long silvery hair worn loose. Her home office …

Antibiotic Resistance Is Lurking in The Environment

Immunity to a last-resort antibiotic can develop in bacteria that haven’t been exposed to that antibiotic.<p>Colistin is an antibiotic of last resort, one of the final options left when all other drugs fail. It is an older antibiotic and sometimes toxic to the kidneys. Yet precisely because colistin …

How to Plant a Tree in the Desert

President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord was perplexing to Europeans for many reasons, not least of which was their determination that climate change represents a for-profit opportunity. In particular, the Dutch, who more or less invented water management …

Too Hot to Fly? Climate Change May Take a Toll on Air Travel

In recent days, American Airlines has been forced to cancel more than 40 flights in Phoenix. The reason: With daytime highs hovering around 120 degrees, it was simply too hot for some smaller jets to take off. Hotter air is thinner air, which makes it more difficult — and sometimes impossible — for …

Sun Showers and the Science Behind This Weather Paradox

Some just call it a sun shower. Others say the devils are getting married — or the rats, or the foxes are having a wedding. In some places, a hyena is giving birth or there’s a hole in the heavens. And although unnerving, some casually remark that the devil is beating his wife. These are a few ways …

Carbon in Atmosphere Is Rising, Even as Emissions Stabilize

CAPE GRIM, Tasmania — On the best days, the wind howling across this rugged promontory has not touched land for thousands of miles, and the arriving air seems as if it should be the cleanest in the world.<p>But on a cliff above the sea, inside a low-slung government building, a bank of sophisticated …

Climate Change

A Sense of Duty to Teach Climate Change

Since my story about the clash between teenage climate skeptics and their high school science teacher ran earlier this month, several hundred teachers across the country have responded with their own stories of teaching on climate. After the initial flurry of replies, I wanted to get a handle on a …

45 Brilliant Cleaning Tricks for Every Occasion That Really Work

There’s nothing better than a spotless house. But, to tell the truth, for many of us cleaning our house is not on our list of our favorite ways to …

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VOICE SEARCH · 10-MINUTE READ · By Tina Arnoldi on April 30 2018 Voice search is the new mobile. More than a passing trend, it’s a technology that …

Why Minneapolis Should Top Your Summer Weekend Getaway List

What do you think of when you hear the word <i>Minneapolis</i>? For many of us, it’s frigid, biting, cold—a place to travel to only for the masochists among us. But au contraire, the city itself is brimming with travel opportunities—especially during the warmer months. Maybe lake culture and the Midwest …