Beth Tuckwiller

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The Stars of ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ On the Riveting Lesbian Love Story

The stars of ‘Blue is the Warmest Color,’ a French film about two young women in love, open up at Telluride.<p>Film festival reviews are, as is their …

Plastic Meth: A Buyable 'Breaking Bad' LEGO Playset

You know what the problem with amazing shows that revolve around the manufacturing of illegal drugs is? LEGO will never make them into playsets. …

Haters may be psychologically predisposed to hate, at least according to new research reported at Smithsonian Smart News. Scientists were able to determine subjects’ baseline attitudes about the world around them, and it turns out that, even without specific emotional triggers, we all fall somewhere on a spectrum of “everything sucks” to “everything is awesome”. So do like the video below instructs, and shake them haters off*. They might not be able to help it. *I went way back in the Texas hip-hop vault in the back of my mind for this one.

<b>Haters may be psychologically predisposed to hate</b>, at least according to new research reported at Smithsonian Smart News.<p>Scientists were able to …

Prairie Dogs Cuddle Like Humans And We Can't Even Handle It (PHOTO)

Ready for the most adorable fact in the universe? Prairie dogs always greet one another with a kiss or nuzzle, according to National Geographic.<p>Redditor v3rmillion89 posted this picture of two prairie dogs cuddling like humans at a pet store.<p>FYI, photos like these are pretty much why the Internet …

Consciousness is a Process

Last week my fellow Phenom Ed Yong wrote a post about what happens to consciousness when animals die. According to the research Ed described, a rat’s brain shows signs of consciousness for at least 30 seconds after its heart stops.<p>That study got a lot of buzz, understandably, because of what it …

The Decisive Moment and the Brain

As a photographer, you will sooner or later bump into the phrase <i>the decisive moment</i>. The decisive moment is a concept made popular by the street …

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Source - Exploring Space

The Week In Numbers: Scientists Grow A Brain, Element 115 Exists, And More

<b>4 millimeters</b>: the size of a three-dimensional, self-organizing model of a developing human brain grown in a lab using stem cells<p><b>10 octillion</b>: the number of two-megaton nuclear bombs that would need to explode simultaneously to match the sound of a supernova<p><b>225 million years</b>: the time it would take …

Gray Matter: Extracting Bismuth From Pepto-Bismol Tablets

There's heavy metal in the pink pills<p>Most modern medicines are carefully synthesized organic molecules so potent that each pill contains only a few milligrams of the active ingredient. Pepto-Bismol is a fascinating exception, both because its active ingredient is bismuth, a heavy metal commonly …

The Boy Who Played With Fusion

Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he’s become one<p>"Propulsion," the nine-year-old says as he leads his dad through the gates of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "I just want to see the propulsion stuff."<p>A young woman guides their group toward a full-scale …

The 20 big questions in science

From the nature of the universe (that's if there is only one) to the purpose of dreams, there are lots of things we still don't know – but we might do soon. A new book seeks some answers<p>1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don't know what 95% of the …

Atheist Pledge Of Allegiance Case Goes To Massachusetts' Supreme Court

(RNS) Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday (Sept. 4) will consider whether the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of students’ rights.<p>Since the addition of the phrase “under God” in 1954, the pledge has been challenged repeatedly as a violation of the separation of …

Fukushima’s radioactive ocean plume due to reach US waters in 2014

An aerial photo shows the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in northern Japan. Radioactive water spilled during a tsunami-caused catastrophe in 2011 is slowly making its way toward the U.S. coastal area.<p>A radioactive plume of water in the Pacific Ocean from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, which was …

Nuclear Energy

Police Groups Furiously Protest Eric Holder's Marijuana Policy Announcement

WASHINGTON -- A broad coalition of law enforcement officers who have spent the past three decades waging an increasingly militarized drug war that has failed to reduce drug use doesn't want to give up the fight.<p>Organizations that include sheriffs, narcotics officers and big-city police chiefs …

The Fall 2013 Runway Report

See the top runway trends from Fall 2013.<p>The Fall 2013 runways were rife with Couture-like creations, Hitchcockian elegance, new takes on navy and more notable trends. Here, we're calling the top ten of the season. Edited by Nicole Fritton. Text by Kerry Pieri.<p>ImaxTree

Designer calls for a halt to fashion week's celebrity circus

Oscar de la Renta halves his guest list for show in New York as critics say too many poseurs crowd the runways<p>Some of America's most prominent fashionistas are calling time on the overcrowding, demand for endless "newness" and general hoopla that has become an obsession in the industry.<p>Before this …

Photographs of Outdoor Trees Framed by Giant White Canvases

For his project titled “Tree,” South Korean photographer Myoung Ho Lee found solitary trees out in nature and then erected giant white canvas …

Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on June 24, 2013. Questlove's hip hop band The Roots is preparing to move from</i> Late Night <i>to</i> The Tonight Show <i>when Jimmy Fallon takes over as the host in February. We kick off this hour with a conversation between TV critic David Bianculli and</i> Fresh Air <i>host</i> …