Rachel Reid

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How a Leopard Seal Fed Me Penguins

Photographer describes assignment that "will stay with me forever."<p>While documenting leopard seals in Antarctica for a 2006 <i>National Geographic</i> magazine story, photographer Paul Nicklen had an experience that he says "will stay with me forever" (see Nicklen's photos). That experience has recently …

Wildlife

Your Guide To Eco-Friendly Birth Control

So you’re having safe sex. Good for you! But is your contraceptive safe for the environment? Here is some information about the environmental impacts of a few of the most popular non-permanent forms of birth control in the U.S. Note that sterilization is not included because it is permanent (but …

Want Perfect Pitch? You Might Be Able To Pop A Pill For That

In the world of music, there is no more remarkable gift than having perfect pitch. As the story goes, Ella Fitzgerald's band would use her perfect pitch to tune their instruments.<p>Although it has a genetic component, most believe that perfect pitch — or absolute pitch — is a primarily a function of …

New research on King Tut's genitals could point to ancient religious rift

Historians have pored over the remains and mystery of King Tut since the discovery of the long-deceased Egyptian Pharaoh in 1922, and a fresh theory sheds new light on why the ancient ruler was laid to rest in an unusual manner. In unscientific terms, Tut — short for Tutankhamun — was mummified …