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The Crazy-Specific Colors Biologists Use To Describe Animals

Is this lizard opaline green? Perhaps more pistachio?<p>In field biology, describing a lizard as "green" just won't do when the exact shade could be the key to identifying a species. You need to be specific: There's pale green, grass green, citrine, and 48 other greens to choose from in the new <i>Color</i> …

Electronic tattoo tracks the heat running through your veins

Wearable sensors can tell more and more about what happens inside us<p>Thermometers don't seem like they need reinventing. Just stick one beneath your tongue, wait a minute, and everything you need to know is right in front of you. But there's a lot more that temperature can tell us if we're paying …

World's First 'Invisible' Skyscraper Is Not Made Of Metamaterials, Sadly

Still really weird and cool, though<p>We've long been interested in the progression of invisibility, which, for us, usually relies on crazy foundations like metamaterials. So when we heard that U.S.-based GDS Architects was working on an <i>invisible skyscraper</i> in South Korea, our ears perked up. Turns …

Comet collisions increase chance of life across solar system, research suggests

Violent impacts from comets and other hurtling bodies can pepper planets and their moons with the molecular building blocks of life, new research suggests.<p>The high-speed collisions unleash intense shock waves that can turn simple organic compounds found in comets and on icy worlds into amino acids, …

Italian Week on Cooking Channel

Let's admit it: Regardless of whether or not Sicilian blood runs in your veins, we all have a little Italian in us when it comes to food. Who can …

Order This: Wang’s S&S Pig

What Cooking Can Teach Us

The other day, a friend said to me that one of the most important things cooking can teach us is restraint. That we come into cooking like toddlers …

Of editors and algorithms: Evan Williams on the future of media and Medium’s role in it

Ever since Medium arrived on the scene a little over a year ago, created by former Twitter CEO Evan Williams and his partner Biz Stone at Obvious …