James Willett

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6 Trees Every Survivalist Should Know | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This guest post by Creek Stewart first appeared at willowhavenoutdoor.com</i>.<p>“Living in the open in this way, and making friends of the …

Instantly Identify Any Species With Your Cell Phone, Using The Barcode Of Life

As a group of scientists completes a database of every living creature’s DNA, everyone–from conservationists to border agents and homeowners battling insects–will be able to have their own easy mobile biology lab.<p>There are 1.8 million species in danger of extinction. You probably wouldn’t be able …

Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals

Leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process and represent a "tyranny" that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner who has declared a boycott on the publications.<p>Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his …

DNA mapper 23andMe halts health testing following FDA reprimand

The DNA analysis company 23andMe will comply with a recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directive and halt all health-related genetic testing until further notice. The FDA recently ordered the company to stop selling its DNA test kit, citing concerns over "the potential health consequences …

Absurd Creature of the Week: This Fly Hijacks an Ant's Brain — Then Pops Its Head Off

We humans were just so proud of ourselves when we invented the guillotine after millennia of experimenting with how best to take heads off shoulders. …

How Important Is A Bee?

This is an alarming story, not because it ends badly. It's alarming because it ends well. It shouldn't have, but it did, and biologists (and especially conservationists) now have a puzzle to ponder.<p>The story begins in central China, in an apple-growing region called Maoxian County, near the city of …

10 Apps to Get Kids Excited About Science

1. The Elements: A Visual Exploration<p>2. SkySafari<p>3. Moon Globe HD<p>4. Rocket Science 101<p>5. Video Science<p>6. Muscle System Pro III<p>7. 3D Brain<p>8. Kid …

How to Have Great Ideas More Often, According to Science

Ah, ideas. Who doesn't want more great ideas? I know I do. I usually think about ideas as being magical and hard to produce. I expect them to just …

Misquoting Science in the Texas Textbook Battles

December 4th brought a striking concurrence of events revealing how the opponents of science education operate.<p>I had just participated in a Union of Concerned Scientists webinar about "Getting Science Right in the Media: Rapid response to the good, the bad, and the provocative." The point of the …

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Take a bow: 'Science' crowned word of the year by Merriam-Webster

Move over, "selfie." The Oxford English Dictionary may have let you into the official word club, but you're still a lexical dilettante. The king of searched words this year, according to Merriam-Webster, is none other than "science."<p>The results from Merriam-Webster, based on 100 million lookups in …

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Top 20 things scientists need to know about policy-making

When scientists moan about how little politicians know about science, I usually get annoyed. Such grouching is almost always counterproductive and more often than not betrays how little scientists know about the UK's governance structures, processes, culture and history.<p>So when the Guardian …

The Queen Will See You Now: How Bees’ Sense Of Smell Might Soon Diagnose Disease

Bees have a nose 100 times more powerful than a human’s. Like dogs, it turns out they can be trained and used in diagnostic tests. A London artist now has a contraption to do just that.<p>Even when a honeybee is a couple of miles away, it can still smell a particular flower or toxin. A bee’s olfactory …

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Spain Considers Release Of Genetically Modified Olive Fruit Flies

The flies, created by the same company that has tested genetically modified mosquitos, are designed to crash local populations of the pest.<p>A company involved in creating genetically modified mosquitos has another project nearing outdoor testing. The U.K.-based Oxitec has applied to release …

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Outside's 2013 Gear of the Year

It's that time of year again. Our 2013 <i>Summer's Buyer's Guide</i>, which highlights the best hiking, biking, running, adventure travel, water-sports, and women's gear, is about to hit newsstands (official date is April 30). The iPad edition—with digital extras that allow you to zoom in on products, tap …

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Camp Caffeine: Lessons in Outdoor Brewing

Something about sitting atop an unexplored peak to watch the sunrise while enjoying your favorite coffee just feels right. Maybe it’s the …

10 Survival Uses for an Altoid Tin

There are just some things that are beg to be used and repurposed, and the altoid tin is one of those things. With its easy use pocket size and …

Walmart Will Match Competing Black Friday Prices A Week Early

Beginning this Friday, November 22nd, Walmart will be matching select competitor Black Friday deals online and in-store. Announced discounts include …

Walking Dead Risk Gives A New, Tense Spin On The Classic Board Game

Most classic board games, when mashed-up with TV shows, offer little more than a cosmetic change to the board and pieces. It’s still Monopoly, just …

Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' gets awesome interactive music video 48 years later

The jugglers and the clowns are out in full force for this one. It's probably not exactly what Bob Dylan was envisioning when he penned "Like a Rolling Stone" lo so many decades ago, but it's a pretty terrific tribute to the folk-rock classic directed by YouTube hero Vania Heymann. You can flip …

J Craig Venter sequenced the human genome. Now he wants to convert DNA into a digital signal

J Craig Venter has been a molecular-biology pioneer for two decades. After developing expressed sequence tags in the 90s, he led the private effort …

How Evolution Determines The Flavor Of Beer and Whiskey

Master brewers fine-tune strains of yeast to craft the perfect beverage.<p>Back in August of 2011, unconventional chef David Chang stood up in front of a gathering of chefs and other food people in Copenhagen to give a talk about food and microbiology. He opened his presentation by apologizing to the …

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Can Organisms Evolve The Ability To Evolve?

A new study finds that natural selection selected for flexibility in one bacteria species.<p>Can things evolve to evolve? Okay, so that sounds like a cheesy line from a self-help book, but what I'm talking about here is actual biological evolution. Depending on the situation, evolution is obviously …

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Found: A Receptor For The Smell Of Rotting Flesh

It's in zebrafish, and it could help us learn more about our own smell aversion<p>The striped zebrafish is a popular pet, not uncommon in aquariums. But it may have a lot more in common with pet owners than you might guess by looking at it—humans actually share 70 percent of our genes with the little …

How to Be an Awesome Uncle | The Art of Manliness

Psychologists tell us that one of the most, if not <i>the</i> most important factor in our happiness is the number of quality relationships in our lives. …

DNA evidence suggests that dogs were domesticated in Europe

Domesticated dogs are incredibly diverse. According to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, the largest internationally recognized registry of dog breeds, there are currently 339 breeds all over the world, all aiding humans in work, play, and companionship. However, new findings published in</i> …

Skillet Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Mac and Cheese

Fontina and White Cheddar Skillet Brussels Bacon Mac.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> November 8, 2013 92<p>I figured it was time to eat some bacon. I mean it’s been a …

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

Why you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics<p>When's the optimal time to get your coffee kick? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning should work well, neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller explains in a supremely helpful blog post.<p>Careful timing of when …

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