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US student loan bill signed into law in rare show of bipartisan compromise

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a measure restoring lower interest rates for student loans, pledging the hard-fought compromise would be just the first step in a broader, concerted fight to rein in the costs of a college education.<p>Encircled by lawmakers from both parties in the oval …

New to nature no 111: Typhleotris mararybe

Most of the 150 or so types of cave fish pale in comparison to a newly discovered species from an isolated karst sinkhole in south-western Madagascar. Fish living in perpetual darkness typically share a syndrome of convergent features, including the loss of eyes and pigmentation accompanied by …

Why the Incas offered up child sacrifices

<i>These children [to be sacrificed to the mountain and other gods] would be collected from all over the land and would be carried in litters together … They should be very well dressed, paired up female and male.</i><p><b>Juan de Betanzos, 1551</b><p><i>Human nature would not allow them to kill their own children … if</i> …

Who Would Take A One-Way Trip To Mars? This Woman.

Katrina Wolfe, a 24-year-old video game designer, wants to live and die on Mars.<p><i>Mars One, a Netherlands-based private spaceflight project, announced April 22 that it would begin accepting applications for a one-way mission to colonize Mars; three weeks later, 78,000 people had already signed up. We</i> …

Birdbooker Report 281

Compiled by an ardent bibliophile, this week's report features two new science books which were recently published in North America and the UK.<p><i>Books to the ceiling,<br>Books to the sky,<br>My pile of books is a mile high.<br>How I love them! How I need them!<br>I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.</i><p>~ …