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How a Transplanted Face Transformed Katie Stubblefield’s Life

MagazineStory of a Face<p>At 18, Katie Stubblefield lost her face. At 21, she became the youngest person in the U.S. to undergo the still experimental surgery. Follow her incredible story.<p>The face lies on a surgical tray, eyes empty and unseeing, mouth agape, as if exclaiming, “Oh!”<p>Sixteen hours ago …

Empathy

Utah's Big Water Grab

Let us now praise southern Utah!<p>I moved here the high-water spring of 1993, everything I owned in the car and my savings whittled to three hundred cash. The hitchhikers said Moab, so I dropped anchor in the red-rock oasis and spent the next decade dowsing: mossy seeps, wind-chime waterfalls, …

Colorado River

When The Drugs Hit - Motherboard

Consciousness

Check out these brilliantly weird Japanese inventions we found

Tesla whistleblower alleges drug trafficking, illegal surveillance at Nevada Gigafactory

A former Tesla employee today filed a formal complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission alleging the automaker failed to disclose to shareholders a drug trafficking operation run out of its Nevada Gigafactory.<p>Filed by Karl Hansen, a former member of Tesla’s internal security and …

Tesla

Combat the pain of sitting at a desk all. day. long. with simple hip-opening stretches

How many of you have been here before? You manage to squeeze in that 6 a.m. pre-work fitness class (major props BTW) and you’re feeling great and …

Workouts

From tiny trailers to huge RVs, a definitive guide to every type of camper

We break down RV classes and more<p>There’s a lot to love about campers and RVs (<i>That’s why we started a</i> <i>new community group</i> <i>just for camper addicts,</i> <i>join us</i><i>!)</i> But even the most enthusiastic camper aficionado can get confused: What makes a Class C different from other RVs? Why is a fifth wheel trailer …

RVs

Please Adopt Bruno, the World's Most High-Maintenance Cat

"Yes, I know I am EXTRA."<p>Are you looking for a pet who requires a shit ton of attention? One who only likes to be pet in very specific places and drink water in very specific rooms? If this sounds like the level of responsibility you need in your life, we'd like to introduce you to Bruno, the …

Pets

Bodies of missing wife, daughters found in Colorado

FREDERICK, Colo. (AP) — After his pregnant wife and two daughters disappeared, Christopher Watts stood on his porch in Colorado and lamented to reporters how much he missed them.<p>He longed for the simple things, he said, like telling his girls to eat their dinner and gazing at them as they curled up …

Crime

A Mysterious Furry 'Sea Monster' Has Washed Up on a Russian Beach

A massive and mysterious creature has washed up on a beach in Russia, and naturally, everyone is freaking out.<p>According to the <i>Siberian Times</i>, a …

Glaciers

APNewsBreak: Google clarifies location-tracking policy

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has revised an erroneous description on its website of how its "Location History" setting works, clarifying that it continues to track users even if they've disabled the setting.<p>The change came three days after an Associated Press investigation revealed that several …

Privacy

Scientists Can Now Track How Stressed You Are Through Your Sweat

So much for looking cool.<p>Astronauts use sweat to make drinking water, and biologists use it to understand how we stay cool. Sweat has already told us …

Atoms

How to avoid life's biggest regrets, enjoy the best years: Advice from 90-year-olds

A minister who interviewed her oldest congregants was surprised by some of their answers.<p>What will you regret most at the end of a long life? Like many people, the Rev. Lydia Sohn was curious so she posed a simple question to a man in his 90s.<p>“Do you wish you had accomplished more?” she asked.<p>“No, …

United Methodist

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

The Brain

Chronotype: Owls vs Larks | Center for Environmental Therapeutics

Would you rather go to the gym in the morning or evening? If you have tomorrow off, when would you prefer to go to sleep tonight? If you had to stay …

Koalas Use Ancient Viral DNA to Neutralize New Invaders

Some infections are worth remembering: Just ask your DNA.<p>About eight percent of the human genome is actually viral in origin—a fossil record of …

Biology

New in School: AI-Driven Gun Detection Systems

Several companies hope to use artificial intelligence to automatically detect guns before shooters get them into classrooms. Can it work?<p>Last …

Deep Learning

Scientists Take a Harder Look at Genetic Engineering of Human Embryos

The distant future of designer babies might not seem so distant after all. The last year has been full of news about genetic engineering—much of it …

Genetics

These half-billion-year-old creatures were animals—but unlike any known today

So-called Ediacaran organisms have puzzled biologists for decades. To the untrained eye they look like fossilized plants, in tube or frond shapes up …

University of Cambridge

The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend. Here’s how to catch the spectacular show.

Go outside!<p>Every year in August, the Swift-Tuttle comet puts on a brilliant show. When the Earth plows into its wake, tiny sand- and pea-size bits of debris hit our atmosphere at 132,000 miles per hour, reach temperatures of 3,000 to 10,000 degrees, and streak across the sky in what we call the …

Perseids

A possible evolutionary tie to domestic violence

A team of researchers with members from institutions in France and the U.S. has found a case of people engaging in a behavior that seems to support …

Domestic Violence

Montreal startup uses AI to help keep honey hives healthy

The first time Marc-André Roberge opened up a beehive, he found it "pretty overwhelming."<p>Despite being a beekeeping enthusiast, he instantly forgot …

Artificial Intelligence

Lifting the lid on the great South African honey fraud scheme

Fake and adulterated honey is becoming the norm in South Africa: product that is sold as honey, but which is actually a mix of sugar, water, and – if …

Beekeeping

While We Worry About Honeybees, Other Pollinators Are Disappearing

If the quintessential ecological battle cry of the seventies was “Save The Whales,” today it is “Save The Bees.” From news headlines to environmental …

Ecology

US wildlife refuges end ban on neonics and GM crops

<b>The Trump administration has overturned bans on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in US national wildlife refuges.</b><p>The move, reversing a policy adopted in 2014, has attracted heavy criticism from environmentalists.<p>It was …

Pesticides

Unique pollen signatures in Australian honey could help tackle a counterfeit industry

Australian honey, produced from domesticated European honey bees mostly foraging in native vegetation, is unique. Under the microscope, most …

Pollen

A $10 surge protecting wallwart with USB and 15 amp outlets

This handy wallwart lets me charge my phone and watch while I sleep, without a lot of extra chargers hanging around.<p>After living in the same house …

Gear & Gadgets