Katy Patterson

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The 25 Most Important American Craft Beers Ever Brewed

With more than 5,000 breweries, some of which produce dozens of different beers every year, America is home to the largest and most diverse beer …

A Medieval Man Used a Knife as a Prosthetic Limb

The DIY prosthetic (attached with his teeth) let him live a surprising long life.<p>Sometime between the 6th and 8th centuries, in the Longobard necropolis of Povegliano Veronese in Veneto, Northern Italy, a medieval man got his arm amputated in a single blow — maybe it was during combat, maybe it was …

U.S. Health Care Ranked Worst in the Developed World

The U.S. health care system has been subject to heated debate over the past decade, but one thing that has remained consistent is the level of …

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Washington University in St. Louis

Ancient Shark Fishermen Found Buried with Extra Limbs

Archaeologists are stumped why these 1,900-year-old Peruvians were buried with bonus body parts—in one case, with two extra left legs.<p>Dozens of "very unique" ancient burials have been discovered on the northern Peruvian coast, many of which appear to contain valuable metal objects, whimsical …

Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.<p>Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National …

Education

The Earth's 10 Biggest Mass Extinctions

Most peoples' knowledge of mass extinctions begins and ends with the K/T Extinction Event that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But, in …

World's longest underwater cave system discovered in Mexico by divers

Discovery of 347km-long cave by the Gran Acuifero Maya project could shed light on Mayan history<p>Related: Unique underwater caves link Mexico's Caribbean coast to the jungle – in pictures<p>A group of divers has connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the …

Scuba Diving

Naples’ Fontanelle cemetery: skulls and silence beneath the busy city streets

Given the choice, most people would not enter a shadowy underground chamber stacked high with human skeletons. However, with an understanding of the Neapolitan fetish for skull iconography, a visit to Cimitero delle Fontanelle provides an unlikely calming and reflective antidote to Naples’ frenzied …

Dear Politicians — I Don't Care About Your Religion, I Care About My Rights

Whether it's "thoughts and prayers," "God's will," or "the natural order of things," politicians of faith have a tendency to lean on religious …

Donald Trump is suing my publisher, and its response is magnificent

Henry Holt is a division of Macmillan (owners of Tor Books, who publish my novels); they're the folks who published Michael Wolff's bestselling <i>Fire</i> …

In Clash Between California and Trump, It’s One America Versus Another

LOS ANGELES — When drivers entered California recently from the borders with Arizona and Nevada, they were greeted with signs welcoming them to an “official sanctuary state” that is home to “felons” and “illegals.” It was a prank, but the message was clear: By entering California, they might as …

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

In this extract from his new book, Johann Hari, who took antidepressants for 13 years, calls for a new approach<p>In the 1970s, a truth was accidentally discovered about depression – one that was quickly swept aside, because its implications were too inconvenient, and too explosive. American …

Depression

Philistine Cemetery Unearthed at Ashkelon

Kathryn Marklein articulates a 10th–9th century B.C.E. burial in Ashkelon’s Philistine cemetery, the first ever to be discovered by archaeologists.</i> …

Mike Brooks’ Keiko trilogy is the perfect read for fans who miss Firefly and Dark Matter

Crime and spaceships<p>If you’re a fan of TV shows about wayward starship crews taking on whatever job will keep them flying, you might be suffering though a dry spell right now, since shows like <i>Firefly</i>, <i>Farscape</i>, and <i>Dark Matter</i> are no longer running. But Mike Brooks’ <i>Keiko</i> novels could help fill the …

Donald Trump Goes Full Fredo

But unlike the Godfather character, the president of the United States is backed by powerful people enabling him.<p>“I can handle things. I’m smart! Not like everybody says, like dumb. I’m smart and I want respect!”<p>This morning’s presidential Twitter outburst recalls those words of Fredo Corleone’s in …

Donald Trump

Scientists are rethinking the very nature of space and time

by Kristin Houser January 6, 2018 Hard Science 41547<p>The Nature of Space and Time<p>A pair of researchers have uncovered a potential bridge between …

Quantum Mechanics

Did Jeff Sessions Just Increase the Odds Congress Will Make Marijuana Legal?

The attorney general has created intolerable uncertainty for a growing industry that is now demanding legal protections from Congress. And lawmakers are listening.<p>When Jeff Sessions announced Thursday morning he had removed the barrier that had held back federal prosecutors from pursuing marijuana …

Cannabis

World leaders call Trump’s Jerusalem decision ‘dangerous’ and ‘irresponsible’

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump shocked the world by announcing that the U.S. would officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.<p><b>READ</b> …

The beautiful Airstream myth and painful RV reality of life on the road

“You have taken over the job of creating desire, and have transformed people into constantly moving happiness machines. Machines which have become the key to economic progress.” So said the secretary of commerce and next president, Herbert Hoover, to a group of PR men in 1928, after America’s …

'Tobacco at a cancer summit': Trump coal push savaged at climate conference

The US administration’s attempt to portray fossil fuels as vital to reducing poverty and saving US jobs is ridiculed in Bonn<p>The Trump team was heckled and interrupted by a protest song at the UN’s climate change summit in Bonn on Monday after using its only official appearance to say fossil fuels …

Fossil Fuels

Forget Machu Picchu: Seven Newly Accessible Wonders of the World

If visiting the world's most ancient temples and monuments—Angkor Wat, Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza, Petra—inspires your inner Indiana Jones, just …

Archaeology

The disease that could change how we drink coffee

For years, researchers in Colombia have been engaged in a little-known battle against a disease that could disrupt coffee drinking everywhere.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>If you landed in Bogota in the 1960s, one of the first things …

Coffee

EPA Director Scott Pruitt Cites Bible for Industry-Led Science Boards and Gets the Bible Exactly Wrong

Trump’s EPA chief cited the ‘Joshua Principle’ to exclude real scientists from agency science advisory boards and include industry-paid ones. That’s …

Prince William warns that there are too many people in the world

Rapidly growing human populations risk having a "terrible impact" on the world, the Duke of Cambridge has warned.<p>The Duke said that as a result, wildlife was being put under "enormous pressure" and called for the issue to be addressed with renewed vigour.<p>His concerns echo those of his grandfather, …

Possible Hidden Chamber Discovered in Great Pyramid

There is always more to learn.<p>A large empty space has been discovered within Khufu's pyramid that may indicate the presence of a hidden chamber.<p>There …

Coptic Christian Tombstone Unearthed in Luxor

LUXOR, EGYPT—<i>Ahram Online</i> reports that a tombstone carved with a cross and Christian texts written in Coptic was uncovered during restoration of the …

Scientists use X-rays to read ancient scrolls hidden and preserved in Pompeii

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the days of ancient Rome left two cities almost perfectly preserved, as Pompeii and Herculaneum were quickly buried …

Here's What You Need to Know About That Fossil Teeth Discovery Said to 'Rewrite History'

A 9.7-million-year-old mystery.<p>Scientists have announced the shock discovery in Germany of ancient teeth fossils that are nearly 10 million years …

Evolution

Consciousness Persists After Death: Scientists Confirm People Who Have Died Know They Are Dead

Recent scientific studies have confirmed that consciousness persists long after the body has died. The studies have forced medical researchers to …