Denisse Torres

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Demand For Privacy Will Kill The Free Internet. Thank Goodness.

Paying for privacy in today's digital age<p>In February, Facebook purchased the WhatsApp messaging service for the mind-boggling sum of $19 billion. It was the largest acquisition of a venture-backed company ever, but it also proved a clear, albeit subtle, point: Our relationship to personal data is …

Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

Last week, I reported that scientists are working their way toward a consensus that sugar is addictive. While some researchers are still hesitant to liken sweet stuff to drugs or alcohol, the evidence is accumulating to explain why some of us really struggle to resist or moderate our sugar intake. …

The Science of Chocolate

A Graduate Program Works To Diversify The Science World

There is a widespread narrative in higher education that goes something like this: Colleges and universities have always accepted the best and brightest students; then, due to pressure from outside forces (some of them named "John F. Kennedy"), diversity was thrust upon the academy. In turn, …

Waiter, There’s Fox in My Donkey Meat: The Global Scandal of Food Fraud

Consumers in China are angry because their donkey meat doesn’t contain enough…donkey. Wal-Mart this week recalled “Five Spice” donkey meat sold at …

Where we experience emotions in our bodies

Researchers found consistent results, even across cultures. For example, anxiety might feel like chest pain, while falling in love might trigger …

Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals

Leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process and represent a "tyranny" that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner who has declared a boycott on the publications.<p>Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his …

Incredibly Elaborate Illustrations by Victo Ngai

New York-based illustrator Victo Ngai creates captivating illustrations with elaborate narratives. Her unique style features swirls of lines and colors that are alive with energy and movement. In much of her work, Ngai uses a signature palette of oranges, reds, greens, and browns to create the …

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How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

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I was in Cape Town when Mandela was released. Oh, I could feel the change coming

I can't remember the first time I ever heard the name of Nelson Mandela. Maybe it was in 1963. Then we were all in jail. I was in jail in Greensboro, North Carolina; he was in jail on Robben Island. Martin Luther King was in jail that year too, in Birmingham, Alabama.<p>We who were involved in the …

Was Nelson Mandela the Last Saint?

Mandela proved that love wins, like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. before him, and maybe no one after him<p>Nelson Mandela died today at the age of 95. The world has greeted his death with immense grief, but once it passes we will all recognize how miraculous that number was.<p>Of all the great souls …

12 Little-Known Facts That Show the True Greatness of Mandela

<b>1. He's responsible</b> for this incredible story, told to PBS by his former lawyer George Bizos.<p>"As a matter of practice, the warders offered tea and sandwiches to lawyers that went there. Beautifully served. Usually they would bring a teapot and a little tray cloth from their home, judging by the …

South Africa's week of mourning for 'outstanding son' Mandela

South Africa is set for a week of mourning after the death of Nelson Mandela, the most universally loved and revered leader in history, through a series of events to celebrate his life.<p>The president, Jacob Zuma, announced an extended schedule of activities, befitting Mandela's status as South …

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Experience an aurora borealis in your browser with this stunning panorama

On March 17th a beautiful light show appeared in the skies above Östersund, Sweden — and now you can experience it for yourself. Photographer Göran Strand captured more than 2,400 images of the aurora borealis that night with a Nikon D3s to create a time lapse that covers around four hours of the …

The Week in Plagues: A World Without Antibiotics, Why You're Not Drowning in Poop, and More

Here are some links on infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web this week. There were some great longreads, so I hope you have time this weekend to dig in. Did I miss anything big? Add it in the comments.<p><b>In outbreak news</b><p>The World Health Organization has confirmed that the polio …

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America's longest-married couple to celebrate 81st anniversary

John and Ann Betar eloped on Nov. 25, 1932, fleeing their close-knit Syrian neighborhood in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and driving as fast as they could to Harrison, New York, to avoid Ann's father's plans to marry her off to a man 20 years older.<p>Now, as their 81st wedding anniversary approaches on …