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How cats conquered the world (and a few Viking ships)

First large-scale study of ancient feline DNA charts domestication in Near East and Egypt and the global spread of house cats.<p>Thousands of years …

Archaeology

The Best Podcasts to Listen to Now, According to 9 It Girls

If there’s any takeaway from the continuous rise of podcast culture, it’s the enduring appeal of the human voice. Sure, we date via swipe and shop with a click, but nothing can compete with the simple pleasure of a great story. But with hundreds of thousands of titles on offer, it can be …

Readers’ recipe swap: Coolers

Earlier this month, a group of Canadian uniformed officials descended on a roadside lemonade stand with flashing lights and bureaucratic frowns, because the owners – Ottawan siblings Adela and Eliza Andrews, aged five and seven respectively – had failed to secure a permit. Ottawa’s been known as …

Ice Cream

The World Has a Chance to Make the Wild Animal Trade More Humane

The body that regulates wildlife trade is taking steps to improve the treatment of animals captured and sold around the globe.<p>They could sense how bad it was from the stench of decay and putrefying flesh that emanated from the warehouse.<p>“We found 20,000 more animals than anticipated,” says Clifford …

The rats who sniff out tuberculosis

The African giant pouched rat can be trained to sniff out tuberculosis more accurately than most lab tests. So why is the medical profession still sceptical?<p>In a small, hot room in a compound located in Tanzania’s lush southern highlands, one day in mid-December, were three white-clad technicians, …

Medical Journals

Tales of feral children grip the imagination

For the better part of two years, fine art photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten researched the stories of feral children across the years culminating in a photography series.<p>She used child actors to create scenes of the lives of these children who grew up feral.<p>Julia Fullerton-Brown spoke to World …

Child Actors

Why is China’s greatest novel virtually unknown in the west?

Dream of the Red Chamber is a masterpiece that has been called the ‘book of the millennium’ and it is high time it receives the attention it deserves<p>When I was a graduate student in Oxford many years ago I shared a house with a brilliant German sinologist who used to push translations my way, …

Literature

Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science.<p>A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles - almost every single peer-reviewed paper …

Manta Rays Get Crittercams for First Time Ever

Suction cup cameras allow scientists to observe elusive manta behavior, which may help conservationists protect the threatened animals.<p>Manta rays, which are among the bigger and more charismatic animals in the ocean, have captured humans' imagination for generations. And yet scientists still have …

The Secret Life Of Pets

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Jack Monroe: My meat addiction is over – I’ve gone vegan, and it’s brilliant

No hard-to-find ingredients, no complicated recipes, no cruelty: vegan food is affordable, accessible and absolutely delicious<p>This year I saw in the new year with just a couple of friends and our young children. I drained my last glass of gin, danced around the living room as the clock struck …

Living Rooms

Icelanders Don’t Like Whale Meat—So Why the Hunts?

The whale business isn't booming, but hunters are reluctant to give up the trade, a new film shows.<p>When it comes to commercial whaling, Japan is in the limelight. The country has been widely accused of using a scientific research program as a guise for hunting hundreds of whales a year and selling …

Mojito Energy Balls. Vegan Glutenfree Raw Recipe

Add almonds, walnuts, oats, flax seeds to a food processor and pulse to a coarse meal.<p>Add coconut, chia, sesame, salt, mint leaves and dates and …

Dog Cognition: How Do Dogs Perceive The World?

Dogs and humans share one of the strongest bonds between two different species on Earth. The connection has grown so deep, it’s literally become coded into our genes. And a wave of new research is shedding more light on these all-important dog-human relationships and what our furry friends are …

Pets

Artist's Delicate Paper Zoo Bridges the Gap Between 2D and 3D Art

Paper artist Calvin Nicholls continues to develop a paper zoo that's as diverse as it is beautiful. Using scissors, a scalpel, glue, and an X-ACTO knife, the creator forms intricate paper sculptures that look as though they're about to come alive. He recreates a variety of animals—from birds with …

Art

Dog Walks 200 Miles to Find the Woman Who Rescued Her

A Russian dog named Shavi was hit by a car and left for dead by the driver. She was saved by a woman named Nina who took her in, nursed her back to …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

A New Push to Protect Wildlife at National Geographic

Our new Wildlife Watch blog is dedicated to shining a light on the illegal trafficking and exploitation of animals.<p>Much of the world’s media has moved away from investigative journalism and wildlife reporting, but National Geographic is moving more systematically toward them, believing that …

Harvard Says, Get a Dog! Its New Report Details the Many Ways Having a Dog Make Us Healthy

For hundreds of years, humankind has searched for that elusive fountain of youth — a mystical “magic bullet” that could help restore health, …

Pets

As Tiger Numbers Dwindle, Will Smugglers Target a Different Cat?

A new study reveals dramatic growth in the commercial trade of the rare clouded leopard.<p>Among wild cats, clouded leopards are increasingly coveted—and bred in captivity—for commercial purposes, according to a new study from University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit. They’re being …

Lentil Tamarind Barbecue Burgers with Chickpea Fries for The International Year of Pulses!

It’s not unusual for a vegan to love beans and lentils, but my love of pulses may go beyond the pale. I eat pulses every single day, often several …

Vegan

First aid for dogs: Part II

This article will concentrate on emergency first aid treatments for poisoning, seizures, and fractures.<p>Poisoning<p>Some poisons taste good as in the …

Brilliantly Simple, Low-Tech Device to Help Blind Dogs Navigate

Man's Best Friend deserves Man's Best Hack<p>First off, this much-"Liked" video, which has nothing to do with blind dogs, is currently making the social …

Pets

Resistance isn’t futile – how to tackle drug-resistant superbugs

Low profit margins and the difficulty of finding new drugs has led to big pharma shutting down its antibiotics programmes. But now researchers are adopting new approaches to tackle drug-resistant superbugs<p>Matt Cooper, a medical chemist at the University of Queensland, Australia, puffs out his …

Medicine