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New Maps Reveal Global Fishing's 'Vast Scope Of Exploitation Of The Ocean'

The fishing industry has long been hard to monitor. Its global footprint is difficult even to visualize. Much fishing takes place unobserved, far from land, and once the boats move on, they leave behind few visible traces of their activity.<p>But this week, the journal <i>Science</i> published some remarkable …

Fishing

Jamestown could be wiped off the map

The rising ocean could submerge Jamestown in Virginia — the first permanent English settlement in the US — along with thousands of other historical …

Dams Significantly Impact Global Carbon Cycle, New Study Finds

There are an estimated 84,000 dams in the U.S., blocking more than 17 percent of rivers in the nation. Dams are interrupting wildlife habitats, …

Artificial algae could help save our oceans

Using mimicry to fight climate change.<p>The Smithsonian Institution calls coralline algae “the unsung architects of coral reefs.” These pink-colored seaweed, with skeletal structures that resemble honeycomb, live in harmony with coral.<p>They strengthen the corals’ foundation by growing over and between …

Evolution caught in action! Scientists observe Galapagos finches develop new species

Darwin's finches are endemic to a particular island called Daphne Major, located in Galápagos which has been discovered as 'Big Bird' by …

This Nightmare Shark With a Snake Head And 300 Teeth Is Absolutely Horrifying

It was found off the coast of Portugal.<p>Maybe it's time we <i>Homo sapiens</i> reevaluated our relationship with the oceans of the world.<p>It has been a good …

Zoology

We Now Know Why Corals Keep Eating Plastic And It's Worrying

There's some ingredient they really like.<p>Ocean plastic is an indiscriminate hazard. It harms fish and kills seabirds, which wash up with bellies full …

Researchers develop method to completely fool AI image recognition, turn turtles into rifles

Advancements in AI are happening at a breakneck pace, and they have been for some time now, but computers aren’t infallible. Some very interesting …

Very hungry snails are guarding coastal ecosystems against climate change

The unheralded sea creatures that give other organisms room to grow.<p>The fate of aquatic ecosystems in a warming climate may well rest upon the appetite of a tiny snail-like herbivore you’ve probably never heard of: the limpet.<p>The behavior of the little limpet, in fact, is a perfect model for what …

Ecology

Giant ice cracks in Antarctica stymie important research for the second winter in a row

The perils of working on a fragile ice shelf.<p>When the buildings you live in—along with your life support systems, creature comforts, and basic livelihood—all reside on a moving chunk of ice, you better hope that ice is solid. And if that ice is slightly less-than-solid, you had better be able to …

The problem of doctors’ salaries

An economist argues that American doctors get paid too much—and offers some bold ideas on what to do about it.<p>The United States pays more than twice as much per person for health care as other wealthy countries. We tend to blame the high prices on things like drugs and medical equipment, in part …

Health Care

These 16 Psychological Tricks Immediately Make You More Likeable

How to use science to get more friends.<p>It's hard to say exactly why you like someone.<p>Maybe it's their goofy smile; maybe it's their razor-sharp wit; …

Psychology

What Google Searches Reveal About Who We Really Are (It's As Weird As You Think) | Heleo

“You can’t just ask people what they think. You can’t just ask people who they are. They reveal it.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>How Google search data could</i> …

Shaquille O'Neal

Scientists Study How DNA-Binding Proteins Read, Interpret 'Epigenetic' Changes

The DNA in our cells, which contains the genetic instructions that make us human, is passed on from parent to child along an unending line of …

Iceland drills 4.7 km down into volcano to tap clean energy

It's named after a Nordic god and drills deep into the heart of a volcano: "Thor" is a rig that symbolises Iceland's leading-edge efforts to produce …

Hydroelectric Power

27 songs from the 27 club: From Amy Winehouse to Kurt Cobain

After the tragic deaths of musicians like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, the world started to pay attention to the …

Octopuses Can Edit Their Own Genes, So The Revolution Is Probably Coming

You may not know what coleoid cephalopods are, but you've definitely seen them in viral videos. They include octopuses, which can open jars from the …

Biology

Antarctica's Blood Falls mapped and analyzed a century after discovery

One of the weirdest places in Antarctica is Blood Falls, a five-story cascade of blood-red liquid pouring from Taylor Glacier. Researchers finally …

Diabetes

Heidi Klum’s 16 Best Halloween Costumes | Marie Claire

Exclusive Clip From DiCaprio's Climate Doc Exposes Destruction of Rainforest for Palm Oil as Huge Driver of Global Carbon Emissions

A new documentary produced and starring actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio premieres in Los Angeles today and will be broadcast globally in 45 …

We All Love National Parks – Why Not Make Them Underwater Where Conservation is Most Critical?

Awestruck by nature, early American explorers wrote about western landscapes in terms of such singular amazement that residents of the east coast …

Ecology

Meet Donald Trump's feng shui master

How the Republican nominee adopted an ancient Chinese philosophy that aims to harmonize people with their surroundings and made it mainstream<p>The offices of feng shui masters Pun-Yin and her father Tin-Sun inhabit a dimly lit basement space, replete with lush plants and gurgling fountains, deep in …

The 7 Best Glamping Spots for Fall

Fancy camping is the way to go—no bugs, no backaches, but the same spectacular views. So pack your luggage and leave your sleeping bags at home. These seven glamping go-tos merge indoor luxury with the great outdoors.

The 10 best movies since 2000, according to critics

There are major big-budget studio movies, like "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" and "The Dark Knight," as well as intimate art-house titles including "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" and "Lost in Translation."<p>But none of those cracked the top 10.<p><b>Below are the 10 best movies of the 21st</b> …

Terrence Malick

Thousands of Strange Blue Lakes Are Appearing in Antarctica, And It’s Very Bad News

Uh oh.<p>Scientists have confirmed that thousands of pristine blue lakes have appeared on the ice sheets of East Antarctica, and it’s got them very …

How Chinese Refugees Saved the Sweet Potato

Joe and Fay Gock fled to New Zealand in the 1940s from China. This rhyme-filled short documentary, <i>How Mr. and Mrs. Gock Saved the Kumara</i>, tells the tale of how they repaid their host country by rescuing a staple crop—the kumara, or sweet potato—after a disease had ravaged much of the country’s …

Potatoes

A 19-year-old created a free robot lawyer that has beaten 160,000 parking tickets

The very first robot lawyer that was designed to challenge parking tickets has been wildly successful since it was launched last Fall.<p>British programmer Joshua Browder, 19, launched the beta version of the bot in London in September. In that month alone, 3,000 people used the service to appeal …

Chatbots

Inspired by evolution: Caltech bioengineer is first woman to win $1.1-million tech prize

Inspired by the biological processes that drive natural selection, Caltech biochemical engineer Frances Arnold launched a field called "directed evolution" and revolutionized the way researchers design more effective drugs and create cleaner industrial processes.<p>This week, Arnold's pioneering work …

Biology

You Need to Stop Hugging Your Dog, Study Finds

Never!<p>With their sweet faces, soft fur, and huge dumb grins, dogs were basically born to be hugged. As a species, they evolved over thousands of …

Massive Coral Reef Discovered in the Amazon River

Scientists have discovered a huge coral reef system lurking beneath the muddy waters of the Amazon.<p>The network of coral reefs, which is about 600 …

Amazon River