Chris Morton

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Jellyfish Lake And The Daily Dance of 10 Million Golden Jellyfish

Each day, more than 10 million golden jellyfish follow the sun and migrate throughout the beautiful Jellyfish Lake on a remote island in the Pacific …

Nature

10 signs that religious fundamentalism is going down

“Duck Dynasty” bigotry still has a sizable audience — but not for long<p>Days may be dark right now—after all, as the memes proclaim, <i>axial tilt is the reason for the season</i>. But things are looking bright for those who would like to see humanity more grounded in science and reason. If you are a …

You Can Bring This Mother of All Swiss Army Knives to a Gunfight

Behold the Mother of All Swiss Army Knives that you can actually bring to a gunfight ... and win!<p>The knife has 100 functions, including every types …

Spectacular cliff-diving: a head for heights at Phi Phi Island – in pictures

The perilous rocks of Phi Phi Island in Thailand provide a formidable background for some jaw-dropping dives in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series. Definitely not for the faint-hearted

Does the Bible sanction child abuse?

Modern Christians like to depict children as the little lambs of Jesus. Scripture offers a darker story<p>Christian fundamentalists often are as keen to promote the rights of parents as they are to block the rights of women and gays. Congressman Mark Meadows is the Sunday school Bible teacher and …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

A haul of fossils found in Georgia suggests that half a dozen species of early human ancestor were actually all Homo erectus<p>The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human …

Easter Island

If They Could Only Talk<p>“The statues walked,” Easter Islanders say. Archaeologists are still trying to figure out how—and whether their story is a cautionary tale of environmental disaster or a celebration of human ingenuity.<p>By Hannah Bloch<p>Video Animation by Hans Weise, Spencer Millsap, Fernando G. …

South America

10 most appalling comments from the right — just this week

A Republican congressman actually argued that Obamacare is as bad as the Fugitive Slave Act<p><b>1. On Fox TV, it is assumed that the Nicaraguan meteorologist knows all about tacos.</b><p>It’s fairly obvious by now that Fox News is a place where being offensive and ignorant is not just permitted, but …

Inside the Fox News lie machine: I fact-checked Sean Hannity on Obamacare

UPDATE I re-reported a Fox News segment on Obamacare — it was appallingly easy to see how it misleads the audience<p>I happened to turn on the Hannity show on Fox News last Friday evening. “Average Americans are feeling the pain of Obamacare and the healthcare overhaul train wreck,” Hannity announced, …