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7 Smokable Plants You Can Grow That Aren’t Marijuana

By Brian Barth<p>Here's a non-trend that you'd think would be more hip: tobacco-free herbal smoking blends.<p>Quite a few plants may be safely, and …

Plants

This Tiny Fern Is the "Most Economically Important' Fern On Earth

Meet the plant nicknamed 'green manure.'<p>Much like Frodo in <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>, the fern <i>Azolla filiculoides</i> proves that the small can certainly pack …

University of California

Here’s what global warming looks like month by month for 137 years

The Earth is warmer now than at any time since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, and we're continuing to warm at an accelerated rate. In fact, …

100 Best Songs of the 1970s

The 1970s were when icons were born. With the groundwork for a new sense of aesthetic and personal freedom laid in the swinging 60s, people …

Heart of gold: Neil Young's online archives are a revolution in fandom

Sometimes, flicking through the online Neil Young Archives, one wonders if he has slightly oversold the marvels on offer for public perusal. In his introductory video, Young guides new users around the site, showing them the audio, video and documentary material on offer. “Here we have a copyright …

Rock & Roll

NASA’s Maps of Global Soil Conditions Are the Future of Farming

Find water anywhere.<p>The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now using data collected from the first NASA satellite mission dedicated to measuring …

Farming

How To Decide What You Really Want Out Of Life, According To A Shaman

<i>Shaman Durek is part of the mbg Collective, a curated group of our most trusted wellness advisers. Since 2009, we’ve had the brightest, most</i> …

Should I kill spiders in my home? An entomologist explains why not to

I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home.<p>Why? Because spiders are an important part of …

Insects

To get conservative climate contrarians to really listen, try speaking their language

It’s a well-studied fact that facts don’t speak for themselves. This is especially apparent with climate change. Some brilliant studies in the past …

Something weird is happening to the Gulf Stream current

And that could mean trouble.<p>The ocean currents that help warm the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America have significantly slowed since the 1800s and are at their weakest in 1,600 years, according to new research my colleagues and I have conducted. As we’ve set out in a new study in <i>Nature</i>, …

Students are being prepared for jobs that no longer exist. Here's how that could change.

<i>Editor’s note: This article is the first in a series entitled Map to the Middle Class, which is being jointly published by NBCNews.com and The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education. The series will examine how schools can</i> …

College & University

Stop Ending Your Speeches With 'Any Questions' and End With This Instead

Don't let your audience decide how you're going to end your presentation<p>You have a big presentation to make to your client, your funders, or your boss. You've spent hours developing a deck that's concise, crisp, and visually stunning. You've practiced the delivery so that you speak with clarity, …

Public Speaking

Graphic: Global warming from 1880 to 2017 – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Earth’s global surface temperatures in 2017 were the second warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to an analysis by …

Ten Strategies for Introverts to Excel in the Workplace

Introverts tend to be misunderstood in many settings, particularly in the American workplace, which tends to emphasize outspokenness and engaged …

Personality

The Revenge of the Beech Trees Is Already Underway

"There's no easy answer to this one.'<p>Not all trees are created equal, at least not in the eyes of humankind. Over the years, as human needs drove the …

Ecology

Scientists Aim To Pull Peer Review Out Of The 17th Century

The technology that drives science forward is forever accelerating, but the same can't be said for science communication. The basic process still holds many vestiges from its early days — that is the 17th century.<p>Some scientists are pressing to change that critical part of the scientific enterprise.<p>…

Social Sciences

A study of more than 100,000 people has found that one food group is closely linked with cancer

If scientists told you there was a single lifestyle factor that may best predict whether you get cancer, you'd want to know, right?<p>Researchers in France may have found just that. After studying more than 100,000 adults for years, they found that eating processed food was more closely linked with …

Climate change revealed this U.S. military secret

Toxic chemicals from hidden military bases now risk leaking.<p>At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, the Greenland ice sheet hosted a number of clandestine U.S. Army bases whose job it was to get an estimated 600 medium-range ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads ready for deployment. The …

Why Thawing Permafrost Matters | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

By Renee Cho<p>Permafrost thaw ponds in Canada. Photo: Steve Jurvetson<p>In Bethel, Alaska, walls are splitting, houses are collapsing, and the main road …

A eureka moment for the planet: we’re finally planting trees again | John Vidal

After centuries of bad stewardship, communities are at last starting to see the benefits of forests<p>China plans to plant forests the size of Ireland. Latin American countries have pledged to restore 20m hectares of degraded forest and African countries more than 100m hectares. India is to plant 13m …

Forests

Scary Amounts of Mercury Have Been Found Lurking in The Permafrost

If it melts, we could be in trouble.<p>The northern hemisphere's permafrost regions have been concealing a really unpleasant surprise: mercury. A lot of …

A Recent Ice Age Was Triggered by a Firestorm Bigger Than The One That Killed The Dinosaurs

It lasted 1,000 years.<p>In a hugely detailed and comprehensive new study, researchers have painted a picture of how around a tenth of Earth's surface …

How Warp-Speed Evolution Is Transforming Ecology

It took Timothy Farkas less than a week to catch and relocate 1,500 stick insects in the Santa Ynez mountains in southern California. His main tool …

Biology

These Birds of Prey Are Deliberately Setting Forests on Fire

Even more proof Australian wildlife is nuts.<p>It's pretty hot in Australia right now. A brutal heatwave that's incinerated temperature records …

3 Simple Steps to Mastering Any New Subject, According to a Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

Learn anything faster using the Feynman Technique.<p>As we get older, learning something new becomes more complex, tedious, and time-consuming than …

Richard Feynman

A step-by-step guide to get richer, healthier, and happier in 31 days

If you don't yet have a plan for 2018, you might be in trouble.<p>Lucky for you, we've already made a plan for you. Above is our 31-day guide to starting off a healthy, wealthy, happy year. Each day is accompanied by a task, along with a quick explanation, below, of why it's important.<p>Read on to find …

20 Common Things People Realize When They Quit Drinking Alcohol

Of all the culturally conditioned behaviors we’ve mindlessly adopted, alcoholism is one of the most curious. We know it is highly detrimental to …

Researchers have figured out why sitting all day is so bad for your health

Sitting all day —at the office, in transit to and from work, and on the couch when we get home — is terrible for us. Staying seated for too long is associated with increased risk for diabetes and various cancers, and it can more than double a person's risk for cardiovascular disease.<p>That's no …

World View unveils first pictures from its Stratollite high-altitude balloon platform

World View Enterprises’ first near-space pictures demonstrate how the Arizona company’s balloon-based imaging platform can rival satellite views.<p>The …

Incredible photos from space reveal the biggest news stories on Earth in 2017

The most important stories included a string of crippling natural disasters, jaw-dropping technological achievements, and geopolitical actions that ranged from uplifting to egregious.<p>While journalists scrambled on the ground, orbiting satellites documented these scenes in breathtaking detail from …