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Say What? Your Voice Tells People How Tall You Are

Sounds produced in the lower airways may clue listeners in to your height.<p><b>Talk about a cool finding: You can tell the relative heights of others just by the sound of their voices, according to new research.</b><p>Past experiments have also suggested that people can discern height from voice. The new …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Eeks of the Week: Killing Snakes Can Be A Good Thing, But Culling Bats Is Bad

For nearly 50 years, vampire bats in the Amazon have been indiscriminately killed as farmers and public health officials try to stem the spread of rabies. The common vampire bat, D. rotundus, is the only one of three vampire bat species to dine on mammal blood, and in Latin America, huge livestock …

Latin America

How Mandela Expanded The Art Of The Possible

When I was coming of age in the late 1970s, as an African-American high-schooler and college student, I had two certainties: Nelson Mandela would die in prison in apartheid South Africa and no black person would become U.S. president in my lifetime.<p>So much for my youthful powers of …

Marijuana: Toke Up on Mold, Insects and Manure

Some may tout marijuana as a safe, recreational drug with valuable medicinal properties, but toke up your joint and it likely contains mold, …

Hemp Might Finally Make a Comeback in America

<i>The New York Times</i> wrote Thursday about Colorado’s “marijuana refugees”: Families who uprooted their lives to the move to the state when it legalized …