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Dying Whales, Horrific Omen

Earth's ailing oceans are witnessing a shocking trend - dying whales.<p><i>Beached sperms whales along Dutch island of Texel in second week of Jan. 2016. Photo credit: washingtonpost.com</i><p>My colleagues at Baylor University, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Institute perfected a …

After 6 Years And 720,000 Attempts, Photographer Finally Takes Perfect Shot Of Kingfisher

Alan McFadyen, who has been an avid wildlife photographer since 2009, just captured a photo that he has spent 6 years trying to get. By his count, it …

Photography

10 Things We Learned From Michael Pollan at the Premiere of his New Movie

We've always felt like we would get along with Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and many other books that address food systems and the American diet: <b>He loves to cook, his idea of a good time is inviting friends over to cook with him, and he believes that many of the world's problems</b> …

Nutrition

You won't believe why N.H.'s top paper endorsed Christie | Moran

If you haven't read the fulsome endorsement of Gov. Chris Christie from New Hampshire's most influential paper, take a minute. This could be …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Google Analytics

Inside the surreal world of the Islamic State’s propaganda machine

<b>CONFRONTING THE ‘CALIPHATE’</b> | <i>This is part of an occasional series about the rise of the Islamic State militant group, its implications for the Middle East, and efforts by the U.S. government and others to undermine it.</i><p>RABAT, MOROCCO — The assignments arrive on slips of paper, each bearing the black …

Islamic Law

Review: A Single Gadget to End Your Charging Headaches

With a multi-port USB charger, you no longer have to travel with a suitcase of adapters and a rat’s nest of wires<p>Living next to my bed is a ghastly electronic creature. Think Audrey II from the “Little Shop of Horrors,” but with roots firmly in power outlets and long charging cables that multiply …

Gear & Gadgets

El Niños wreak havoc everywhere: As we brace for the coming El Niño, here’s why their effects are so dramatic

Generated in the vast Pacific Ocean, El Niño’s effects are legion — drought, severe rainstorms, major flooding<p>The term <i>El Niño</i> first appeared in the English language at the end of the nineteenth century—and not so much because of the fishermen’s melancholia, but as a name for the change in the …

Barack Obama: The jobs president that Republicans were looking for?

Hello, reader! Thank you for visiting our Web site and looking at this article. Perhaps you were enticed by our intentionally enticing headline? If so, congratulations to us.<p>Look, we are <i>very well aware</i> that the assertion we make above is controversial. But it's not without merit.<p>Republicans …

Barack Obama

Why Grantland mattered to journalism

ESPN shut down Grantland, its boutique sports and pop culture site, on Friday. That's not terribly surprising, given that Grantland founder Bill Simmons left the company acrimoniously in recent months and recruited many of his top staffers to join him at HBO.<p>But it is disappointing. Why? Because …

Journalism

The Truth About Coconut Oil: 10 Facts You Should Know

Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood.” Its unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects …

Coconut

Daniel Murphy branded his name onto a baseball on a HR

Daniel Murphy put his name on Friday night's game, and one of the baseballs used during.<p>The New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 of their National League Division Series on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. The first run of the game came on this Daniel Murphy home run against Clayton …

Baseball

Most worker ants are slackers

Ants and bees have reputations as efficient team players. In <i>Temnothorax rugatulus</i>—a small brown ant found in pine forests in North America—division …

The Odd Thing About the World's Deepest River

Africa's Congo River claims many titles, including being home to the highest number of unique species in the world.<p>The Congo River in Central Africa is one of the world's great rivers, carrying 1.25 million cubic feet of water—more than 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools—into the Atlantic Ocean every …

Your Seafood Might Contain Tiny Plastic Particles

Is "trash to table" the next dining trend?<p>What goes around comes around, and that might be bad news for seafood lovers. We already know that eating fish comes with risks of ingesting metals like mercury and lead, or pesticides like DDT. A new paper published today in <i>Scientific Reports</i> now reports …

Pollution

Steve Martin & Robin Williams Riff on Math, Physics, Einstein & Picasso in a Heady Comedy Routine (2002)

Back in 2002, Stanford University mathematics professor Robert Osserman chatted with comedian and banjo player extraordinaire Steve Martin in San …

Comedy

Earth - These animals are male on one side and female on the other

From the right-hand side, Dr H. E. Schaef's chicken looked like any normal cockerel, with a bright red comb and a wattle. But from the left you would think it was a hen: its body was slighter and had plainer markings.<p>Even its behaviour was decidedly confused. The creature attempted to mount the …

Biology

Common Bad Parenting Advice You Should Ignore

<i>By Joel Edwards, Organic Lifestyle Magazine</i>Sometimes trusting your instincts is better than trusting the experts. Too often as parents we ignore our …

Pregnancy

Eight trillion microbeads pollute aquatic habitats every day — and scientists are calling for a ban

You really need to stop buying things with microbeads in them.<p>Microbeads, which are used to add scrubbing action to tons of products -- everything from toothpaste to face wash -- represent the most insidious of pollutants. The tiny plastic beads seem innocuous as they slip down your sink, but they …

Pollution

Hilarious New Health Condition called "Donald Trump" Posted Online Goes Viral

Tumblr user Obvious Plant (aka Jeff Wysaski/PleatedJeans) is known for conducting some pretty clever pranks in which he “plants” fake signs around …

A Super Simple Hack for Falling Asleep Faster

Next time you're counting sheep to no avail, try sticking one foot outside the covers.<p>According to the above video from Science of Us, studies have …

Everything You Need To Know About Parenting In 12 Jim Gaffigan Quotes

Comedian Jim Gaffigan will have you laughing and nodding as he riffs on the world of parenting.<p>If you’re like most parents, when your kid’s first …

Parenting