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How Joan Didion Became Joan Didion

"Didion was one of the boys, clearly, in the sense that men had noticed her writing and wanted to publish her. But she also couldn’t quite fit into their regime." An excerpt from Michelle Dean's new book, Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion.<p><b>By 1964, just three years</b> after she …

World’s largest dinosaur found in Scotland

Rare dinosaur footprints belonging to the largest animal to ever roam the planet have been found in Scotland. Dozens of the 170 million-year-old fossils, belonging to early sauropods, have been unearthed in a muddy lagoon on the Isle of Skye.<p>Sauropods grew to be at least 49ft (15 metres) long and …

Dinosaurs

Freshly Unearthed Baby T. Rex Skull Is a "1 in 100 Million" Discovery

But not everyone agrees it's a T. rex.<p>When we think of the <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i>, the first thing we usually think of is a massive, fearsome predator. But …

Dinosaurs

U.S. Utilities Look To Electric Cars As Their Savior Amid Decline In Demand

The U.S. electricity sector is eyeing the developing electric car market as a remedy for an unprecedented decline in demand for electricity.<p>After decades of rising electricity demand, experts say the utility industry grossly underestimated the impact of cheap renewable energy and the surge of …

Tax Preparation

New Studies Link Cell Phone Radiation with Cancer

Does cell phone radiation cause cancer? New studies show a correlation in lab rats, but the evidence may not resolve ongoing debates over causality …

To Save Whales, Maine's Iconic Lobster Industry May Have To Change

The endangered North Atlantic right whale population took a big hit last year with a record number of animals killed by fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes. Now, an ongoing debate over threats posed by Maine's lobster industry is gaining new urgency as scientists estimate these whales could …

Dunning-Kruger: the gap between prediction and performance

Source: Vasileios Karafillidis / Shutterstock.com<p>The Dunning-Kruger (D-K) effect refers to someone’s ability to predict their performance on a task. …

Some of the first plants to spring up after winter are weeds. Here's how to get control.

Bright flashes of green in the garden in spring can be a welcome sight. Or not.<p>Some of the first plants to green up after the winter are weeds, such as creeping Charlie, common chickweed, deadnettle and shepherd’s purse.<p>“Early spring is a good time to tackle them because you can spot them easily,” …

Rotterdam: a bold and beautiful port city

With its interesting skyline and hip atmosphere, the second largest city in The Netherlands is gaining in popularity as a travel destination. DW’s …

Rotterdam

For the sake of society, we must let the English language evolve beyond gender

It’s been decades since I was a copyeditor, but I haven’t given up my long, trusting relationship with the Chicago Manual of Style. So when I learned that Chicago, along with the Associated Press (AP) had accepted the use of “they” as a singular pronoun last year, I was ready to go along. Not …

Language

Watch: This Asteroid Just Flew Closer to Earth Than the Moon

It was the size of a killer whale.<p>Early Friday morning, a killer whale-sized asteroid sailed past Earth, though, thankfully, it once again posed no …

Asteroids

Why the Joy of Cooking is going after a Cornell researcher

Brian Wansink’s food-behavior studies constantly made headlines. Now, there are deep doubts about his work.<p>America’s most celebrated cookbook brand is calling out one of America’s most cited food scientists — the latest chapter in a scandal that has been rocking social science.<p>The tiff erupted on …

Duolingo data shows this is the fastest way to learn a new language

Language-learning app Duolingo recently combed through a mountain of user data to find the best times each day to practice a foreign language. Its findings were published today at <i>Quartz</i>.<p>The findings essentially mirrored a 2016 study that showed the positive effect on sleep between practice …

Operation Gunnerside: The Norwegian Attack on Heavy Water That Deprived the Nazis of the Atomic Bomb

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>After handing them their …

Paleontologists discovered a huge ancient fossils trove in Bears Ears National Monument.

The Triassic-period fossils were found on land that is no longer federally protected, thanks to President Trump.<p>The remains of three large, intact …

Natural History

Explore it with a local: Leeuwarden, the Netherlands’ capital of culture

It’s just after 10am and I’m cycling through the narrow cobblestone streets of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, past canals with ivy-covered banks and perfectly preserved 17th-century merchant houses, thanks to Mila and her boyfriend Wilmar, our guides for the day. “Bike is by far the best way to see …

European Travel

Colorful Paper-Cut Sculpture Captures the Diversity of a Coral Reef

French paper designer and illustrator Mlle Hipolyte creates colorful sculptures out of intricately cut paper shapes. Previously mentioned for her three-dimensional animal masks, the artist’s latest piece of paper art is a magnificent, three-dimensional representation of a vibrant coral reef. Titled</i> …

Here's What Happened When I Put My Vacuum in the Dishwasher

According to most user manuals, vacuums need to be cleaned every three months, which includes rinsing out the inside of the canisters with soap and …

World's First Floating Wind Farm Exceeds Expectations

The world's first floating wind farm only switched on three months ago but it's already performing better than expected—and that's despite a …

Hydroelectric Power

Research Keeps Showing This Kind Of Teaching Is Very Effective. So Why Won’t Schools Use It?

A new peer-reviewed meta-analysis of 328 studies performed over the past 50 years finds “strong positive results” for a style of teaching known as …

The Real Reason Americans Follow Science News [Infographic]

Science in the news is a topic that is always interesting for me to read about. Mostly because I want to know why people read the things I write. According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, it seems that for most Americans the reason is simple curiosity. Somewhere in the back of our …

Pew Research Center

Drone Footage of Gray Whales and Dolphins Playing Together

Are these gray whales and pacific white-sided dolphins best friends?<p>Well, we may not be able to tell if they are besties but it does appear from this …

Drones

Nuclear Power Today | Nuclear Energy - World Nuclear Association

Nuclear Power in the World Today<p><i>(Updated February 2018)</i><p><b>The first commercial nuclear power stations started operation in the 1950s.</b>• <b><br>Nuclear energy now</b> …

INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Power Does A Nuclear Reactor Produce?

They also provide more clean energy to the grid than any other energy source, accounting for about 60% of the country’s clean energy electricity …

Nuclear Energy

Food Irradiation: What You Need to Know

Print & Share (PDF) 469KB<p>Irradiation does not make foods radioactive, compromise nutritional quality, or noticeably change the taste, texture, or …

Environmental Health

Calculate Your Radiation Dose

How to use this calculator<p>Use the calculator below to estimate your yearly dose<i>dose</i>Dose is defined as the amount of radiation or energy absorbed by a …

Radiation

Worried about Fukushima radiation in seafood? Turns out bananas are more radioactive than fish

Six years ago, a devastating tsunami swept over the eastern edge of Japan, killing over 18,000 people and triggering a nuclear meltdown at the …

Fukushima

50 years on, nuclear fusion still hasn’t delivered clean energy

<b></b> Power within 30 yearsControlled thermonuclear fusion is moving so well that full-scale development could begin within five years, says Dr. David J. …

Energy

How to stop junk mail and save trees — and your sanity

Many people love to hate junk mail — and they have lots of different ways of quantifying their disgust. The Sightline Institute says each American receives an average of 41 pounds of junk mail per year. New York University says 5.6 million tons of junk mail end up in American landfills every year. …

Identity Theft