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Weekend Reading: Deadly Barnacles, Brooklyn Barbecue, and More

What we're reading, cooking, and clicking this week.<p>Percebes—better known as gooseneck barnacles—look like dinosaur feet and taste like the sea. …


Jelly Bean Ants And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Earth Day

Emerald Lizard Discovered in Ecuador

Wildlife<p>This is a live male of the new species of shade lizard, <i>Alopoglossus viridiceps</i>. Photograph by Omar Torres-Carvajal<p><b>A new species of lizard with a brilliant emerald head is the new jewel of Ecuador.</b><p><i>Alopoglossus viridiceps</i> is the first species of shade lizard found at the Santa Lucia Cloud …

Pictures of the week: The Oldest Living Things In The World, by Rachel Sussman

Each week, the Guardian Weekend magazine's editorial team choose a picture, or series of pictures, with a powerful or surprising story to tell. This week, their choice is Rachel Sussman's The Oldest Living Things in The World

Microchips track dwindling Australian bees

Bee numbers worldwide are declining and nobody knows why.<p>Bees play a vital role in food production, so Australian scientists are microchipping them to find out more.<p>Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Geeveston, Tasmania.

Test-Tube Meat: Have Your Pig and Eat It Too

Don't kill the pig, say Dutch researchers—just grow its cells in the village meat factory.<p>Here's one vision of the future of meat: We manufacture it from stem cells in giant "bioreactors" of the sort you might find in a modern pharmaceutical factory. The cells come from a contented pig that lives …

Q&A: Career Advice From A Steam-Engine Mechanic

Or, how to keep a fleet of steam trains moving along<p><b>Popular Science:</b> You were trained in industrial archaeology. How did that lead to this job?<p><b>Stathi Pappas</b>: Just like archaeologists who study the Mayan world or the classical world, an industrial archaeologist studies the industrial world. I was …

Tacos, Tortas, and Tamales

• <b>Author:</b> Roberto Santibanez and Others<p><b>Discover the flavors of Mexican street food in your own kitchen</b><br>Americans are having a love affair with the taco. What began as affection for the fast-food version—that hard yellow shell filled with ground beef and mysterious yellow cheese—has blossomed into an …