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'Nothing is ever dry down here. Ever.'

Sixty feet below the sea, in the world's only underwater habitat, a group of scientists is trying to unlock the ocean’s secrets. But how do the crew of the Aquarius stay sane?<p>What Houston is to space stations, a turquoise two-storey home in Key Largo is to Aquarius, the world’s only underwater …

A Short Guide to a Happy Life: Anna Quindlen on Work, Joy, and How to Live Rather Than Exist

The commencement address is a special kind of modern communication art, and its greatest masterpieces tend to either become a book — take, for instance, David Foster Wallace on the meaning of life, Neil Gaiman on the resilience of the creative spirit, Ann Patchett on storytelling and belonging, and</b> …

What if the sun disappeared?

We wouldn’t know the sun was gone for eight-and-a-half minutes. Then Earth would head off in a straight line, into eternal night.<p>If the sun …

June guide to the bright planets

Here’s how to find the bright planets – Jupiter, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Mercury – in June 2018.<p>Click the name of a planet to learn more about its …

Astronomy

How did I get here?

This week I took my dad to Geneva, to show him CERN, and ATLAS, the experiment I work on at the Large Hadron Collider. Describing my job to people reminds me of how privileged and fortunate I am to be working on a project which would have been beyond my wildest dreams as a child, and the feeling is …

Soon We Will All Be Drinking From Pods

Coca-Cola is collaborating with Keurig to build a pod-based at-home cold beverage dispenser.<p>Keurig machines boldly accelerated the path to a caffeine fix, getting rid of the measuring and the whole-pot wait. With the simple drop of a pod into a machine, a single-serving of coffee-flavored drink is …

Dr. Wikipedia: The 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Crowdsourced Medicine

Wikipedia has become a go-to source for definitions, celebrity facts, and now, medical information. A study by the IMS Health Institute published in January names Wikipedia as the "single leading source" of health care information for both patients and health care professionals.<p>Unfortunately, some …

Prince Charles and Prince William Condemn Wildlife Trafficking

Every day, nearly 100 elephants in Africa meet a bloody end at the hands of poachers. The number of African elephants has fallen by 76% since 1980. …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …

A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

What Are Your Best Thoughtful (Yet Inexpensive) Homemade Gifts?

<b>Q:</b> Do your readers have any suggestions for thoughtful and creative (yet rather inexpensive) DIY gifts for the holiday season? I'm thinking of …

5 Essential Questions to Lead You to Your Calling

I was talking to a son of a friend of mine who is 16 years old and rather evolved for his age, and I asked him, “Michael, why do you think we are …

The Co-Op: Bon Voyage Edition

It’s September and we’re already reminiscing over everything we’re going to miss about summer—the sun, the sand, the weekend getaways! Our August Brit Kits were all about traveling in style and our Co-Op’ers became paint-splatter experts as they crafted their very own DIY Paint-Splattered Travel …

Growing Conditions for Zucchini : The Chef's Garden

How-To: Crocheted Cabbage Patch Doll Hat

If you’ve ever had the impulse to make a real human baby look more like a kitschy doll from the 80s, then check out this extraordinary crocheted Cabbage Patch Kids doll hat project from Repeat Crafter Me.

Alzheimer's brain scan detects tau protein

<b>Pioneering brain imaging that can detect the build-up of destructive proteins linked to Alzheimer's has been developed by Japanese scientists.</b><p>It could lead to new ways of diagnosing the condition and of testing the effectiveness of new drugs.<p>The technology, reported in the journal Neuron, can …

Recipe Roundup: 10 Shrub Recipes for Summer Fruit

What to do with a bushel of nearly gone fruit? Thrifty American colonists added sugar and vinegar to make a sweet and sour syrup that would last the …

Recipes

The Artists’ & Writers’ Cookbook: A Rare 1961 Treasure Trove of Unusual Recipes and Creative Wit

There is indisputable charm to cookbooks inspired by modern art, literature, and science, and the authentic recipes of favorite poets hold a special allure, but none come close to the magnificent <b>The Artists’ & Writers’ Cookbook</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a lavish 350-page vintage tome, illustrated with …

The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

For the past half-century, sleep researcher <b>Rosalind D. Cartwright</b> has produced some of the most compelling and influential work in the field, enlisting modern science in revising and expanding the theories of Jung and Freud about the role of sleep and dreams in our lives. In <b>The Twenty-four Hour</b> …

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Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?

So how can you, as a teacher, help move the dialogue forward? First, you can focus on becoming a highly-effective project based learning (PBL) …