Katherine Falconer

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Costa Rica To Close Its Zoos And Release Animals Into The Wild

The silky anteater, shown here, could be climbing trees in its native forests soon.<p>Costa Rican Environment Ministry officials yesterday announced the closing of its two national zoos, the Simon Bolivar zoo and Santa Ana Conservation Center. But they're not just shuttering; they're going to become …

The 5 Best Party Schools For Science Nerds

Do you measure tequila shots in an Erlenmeyer flask? Read on.<p>Choosing the right university can seem like the most important decision of your life. And picking the right major and program is only half the battle. There's also the fact that for many students higher education is about expanding more …

English Speakers Increasingly Use Self-Centered Words Like 'Get' And 'Choose'

What changes in language use can tell us about society<p>The words that consistently pop up in published literature can tell us a lot about individual and cultural trends and values. Are people talking about their emotions more? Are people feeling depressed?<p>Patricia Greenfield, a psychology professor …

From The Planetary Society: Pluto's Surprising Problem of Cartography

*Editor's Note: This post was originally published by The Planetary Society on July 30. Emily (@elakdawalla) generously agreed to let us re-post it …

Word Nerd: Weather or Not

Reading Time: 1 minute<p>Facebook has turned out to be a godsend for this little feature; at least three or four different examples of word abuse pop up …

Why U.S. Embassy Closures Will Keep Coming

The U.S. shuttered 22 of its embassies this week across the Middle East and North Africa due to “credible threats” from al Qaeda and related …

Why Old News Is Appearing on Your Facebook News Feed

Facebook is a surprisingly competitive place. The average user has about 190 friends on the site who pump out a combined 1,500 updates on a daily …

The Beer-Smell Gene and Other Ways DNA Drives Our Senses

Beer smells like beer and a violet smells like a violet to everyone, right? Maybe not, according to the latest study that traced the way we smell to …

Panic in Yemen: Terrorist Threat Shutters U.S. and U.K. Embassies

When the United States and the United Kingdom abruptly closed their embassies in the Middle East Sunday, due to unspecified threats of a possible …

Obama Cancels Putin Summit Over Snowden, Syria, Human Rights

President Barack Obama is bailing on a planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month in Moscow over a growing rift between the two …

Hello, My Name Is Dolphin: The Mammal That Never Forgets

In his <i>Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i> books, the late, great British satirist Douglas Adams wrote that dolphins are the second most intelligent …

How Obama’s Putin Snub Is Playing Out in Russia

On Wednesday evening, when U.S. President Obama cancelled his upcoming visit to Moscow, the Russian reaction was perhaps most clear in the way that …

The Plight of the Honeybee

Science<p>Search<p>HolidaysWhat British People in 1776 Really Thought of American Independence<p>MalaysiaFormer Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak Has Been …

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The 1,025th anniversary of the baptism of Kyivan Rus

UNLIKE its western counterpart, eastern Christianity has always maintained close ties to the state. But the visit to Kyiv on July 27th of Patriarch …

Vamos a la playa

AT LAST, August is upon us. The summer fruit is plump and the sea is warm. You can almost hear the warbling melody of “<i>La Mer</i>”, Charles Trenet’s ode …

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The Most Trendy Names in US History

Names are incredibly personal things. It’s how we identity ourselves. We associate others, places, and points in our past with names. Maybe you …

2011 Language Mapper

The sun’s still not quite set

<b>The imperial residue of overseas territories</b><p>SINCE 1946, the United Nations has compiled a list of the world's “Non-Self-Governing Territories”: …

Timelord Timelines And Other Doctor Who Infographics

The show has been around for a very long time. In that time, there have been quite a few changes, all documented in Doctor Who Statistics.<p>by …

Still dangerous after all these years

IT IS still far from clear exactly what it was that so alarmed Barack Obama and his intelligence advisers that the decision was taken on August 2nd …

Grow your own

AS JUNKETS go, it was a disappointment. Of the hundred-odd representatives of the world's media crammed into a television studio in West London on …

Are the terrorists winning?

AFTER the attacks of September 11th 2001 it was often said that if you didn't get on with your life, the terrorists have won. So much is true, but …

Russia "disappointed" bilateral talks with US cancelled

<b>The Kremlin says it is "disappointed" the US cancelled bilateral talks in September, after Russia granted asylum to intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.</b><p>Russian President Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs adviser said the move showed the US could not develop ties with Russia on an "equal basis".<p>A …

Viewpoint: Why doping in baseball is punished so severely

<b>The appeals are still pending, but the takeaway is clear: Alex Rodriguez will not be allowed to play Major League Baseball for a very long time. Nate Sulat says the official outrage over drugs in the sport is rooted in its history - and America's.</b><p>On Monday, Major League Baseball handed Rodriguez, …

New Czech government loses confidence vote

<b>The new Czech government has lost a confidence vote in parliament, making it likely that early elections will be held before the end of the year.</b><p>Last month, President Milos Zeman appointed a close ally, Jiri Rusnok, as prime minister despite the opposition of the main political parties.<p>Mr Rusnok …

Cocoa 'might prevent memory decline'

<b>Drinking cocoa every day may help older people keep their brains healthy, research suggests.</b><p>A study of 60 elderly people with no dementia found two cups of cocoa a day improved blood flow to the brain in those who had problems to start with.<p>Those participants whose blood flow improved also did …

Funding boost in search for adopters

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1001000/1001014_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524649386_1382501ae383d4468a5a8e09e5c26031<p><b>Adoption charities in England are to be given an extra £16m to help tackle a backlog of children in care waiting for an adoptive family.</b><p>The funds will be …

Border staff 'not fingerprinting' illegal immigrants in France

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1000000/1000988_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524649386_c0c4d4b39c0e08abd5c8aadb097c4a8c<p><b>UK border staff in France are failing to take the fingerprints of thousands of illegal immigrants caught trying to enter Britain, inspectors say.</b><p>The …