Nichole Ranta-Kuznacic

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Seattle Forager Inspires Others To Learn About Wild, Forgotten Foods

For Langdon Cook, a walk in the woods isn't that different from a walk through the produce section of the supermarket. He's a writer, blogger and all-around outdoorsy type, but in outdoorsy Seattle, he's made his name primarily as a forager.<p>He's kind enough to let me tag along on a mushroom hunt in …

Thomas Pynchon Bleeding Edge first page: novel about New York in 2001 is out this fall.

It’s been four years since Thomas Pynchon published <i>Inherent Vice</i> (which, by the way, Paul Thomas Anderson may start filming within the next few …

Book Excerpt of 'Doctor Sleep' by Stephen King

"Every now and then somebody would ask, 'Whatever happened to Danny from <i>The Shining,</i>?'" author Stephen King, 65, says about his new novel, <i>Doctor …

Retirement

Memories are made of this

The human memory system is a fascinating one, and is often the subject of science fiction scenarios. But the workings of human memory are such that it can often be stranger than fiction<p>I was recently invited to a screening of the film Upstream Colour, and lead a discussion of the scientific …

Troy Davis execution, one year on: 'We want to stop killing of innocent men'

The sister of Troy Davis, the man whose execution a year ago amid substantial evidence that he was innocent sparked protests across the US and the world, has vowed to keep on fighting until the death penalty is ended "one state at a time".<p>Speaking to the Guardian on the first anniversary of her …

Troy Davis execution: five egregious death penalty cases in the past year

The massive outpouring of anger over Troy Davis's death a year ago has not prevented other executions going ahead in the US amid considerable controversy. Here are five cases of death row prisoners who have been judicially killed over the past year, each representing a different flaw in the …

Jailed for life at age 14: US supreme court to consider juvenile sentences

When Quantel Lotts was 17 he put together a makeshift tattoo gun using the motor of an old Walkman casette player and a stylus fashioned from a sharpened staple. Then he asked a fellow inmate to etch two words in Gothic script down each of his outer forearms.<p>On his right arm he wrote DEAD. On his …

Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die?

The trial of Reggie Clemons<p>Articles and video<p>Bios<p>Timeline<p>Tuesday<br>August 21 Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die?<p>Tuesday<br>August 21 Julie and Robin Kerry: anti-racism activists opposed to the death penalty<p>Wednesday<br>August 22 Reggie Clemons case: examining the evidence<p>Thursday<br>August …

How America's death penalty murders innocents

The US criminal justice system is a broken machine that wrongfully convicts innocent people, sentencing thousands of people to prison or to death for the crimes of others, as a new study reveals. The University of Michigan law school and Northwestern University have compiled a new National Registry …

Death penalty statistics, country by country | visualisation and data | World news | theguardian.com

The wrong Carlos: how Texas sent an innocent man to his death

A few years ago, Antonin Scalia, one of the nine justices on the US supreme court, made a bold statement. There has not been, he said, "a single case – not one – in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred … the innocent's name would …

Brain-to-brain communication is not a conversation killer

It's a milestone breakthrough you would think came straight from science fiction, but a recent study conducted by the University of Washington claims to have demonstrated direct brain-to-brain communication between humans. Via an elaborate internet setup between two labs, scientist Rajesh Rao sent …

Chemical weapons and Syria: we need evidence-based, international justice

The history of chemical and biological warfare is riddled with false allegations, misinformation and propaganda<p>Given the horrific events unfolding in Syria, it is understandable that there are calls for something to be done in response to what John Kerry has rightly condemned as a "moral …

Life on earth 'began on Mars'

Evidence is mounting that life on Earth may have started on Mars. A leading scientist has claimed that one particular element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been available on the surface of the red planet.<p>Professor Steven Benner, a geochemist, has argued that the …

Important Lessons on Kitty Litter | My Cat From Hell

Oh hello, baby ostriches dancing in circles. 

Oh hello, baby ostriches dancing in circles.<p>Related watching: Pip the Baby Ostrich live cam. (Scroll for more vids and Pip’s story.)

How to make LED sneakers – Adafruit Wearables

Eva Stalinski is a Dutch illustrator and screen printer who sells her shirts, bags, pins and patches online. In this delightful series of how-to …

Royal Ballet

Ahhh, that first day of school feeling.

A nudibranch is a sea slug with gills exposed on its back. (The name means "naked gill.") Thousands of species are found everywhere, from the shallows to deep-sea vents. Though they lack shells, these colorful critters defend themselves by releasing toxins or stingers.

Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963

How Evil is Your Head?: 9 Illustrations from a 1902 "Character Reader"

Meet Louis Allen Vaught. He was born in 1859, and his masterpiece, <i>Vaught's Practical Character Reader</i>, was self-published in 1902. The physical …

Plants

22 Songs that Write Themselves from The Songwriter’s Rhyming Dictionary

Sammy Cahn was a songwriter in the classic American mold. Raised Samuel Cohen by Jewish immigrants on the Lower East Side of New York City, Cahn cut …

Literature

26 Unfortunate Celebrity Arrests - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep. 24)

16 OED Words That Became Obscure (Including Bransle, the Twerk of 1662)

In a moment of cultural serendipity (or, depending on how you look at it, calamity), Oxford Dictionaries Online just announced that “twerk” made the …

The Bank Robbery Behind Stockholm Syndrome

Most people associate Stockholm Syndrome, a situation in which people being held captive feel sympathy toward their captors, with Patty Hearst and …

Queen Elizabeth II

The Peace Palace Opens

<i>The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades</i> …

Prince Philip