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Extinct Humans Passed High-Altitude Gene to Tibetans

Tibetan people can survive on the roof of the world—one of the most inhospitable places that anybody calls home—thanks to a version of a gene that they inherited from a group of extinct humans called Denisovans, who were only discovered four years ago thanks to 41,000-year-old DNA recovered from a …

Plants fight back when they ‘hear’ bugs chew

The sound a caterpillar makes when it chews on a leaf sets off a plant’s alarm system. In response, researchers say, the plant launches its …

Caterpillars

Jacques Cousteau's grandson surfaces after record 31 days underwater - video

Fabien Cousteau, grandson of famous ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, surfaces after 31 days underwater, breaking the previous record held by his grandfather. The younger Cousteau, 46, lived in the 18-metre long Aquarius laboratory off the Florida Keys, along with a team of scientists and …

The end of a company with a very dumb idea

Washboard, a subscription service that that sold US quarters for 37.5 cents, called it quits after being in business for two weeks.<p>Washboard founder …

Google’s Street View Cameras Are Touring Museums and Taking Selfies

Art galleries have a lot of mirrors, and the robots are snapping oddly compelling pics of themselves in front of them.<p>Google’s Art Project was launched three years ago as a sort of Street View for museums and art galleries. Using panoramic cameras mounted on trolleys, Google captures the artwork …

Along the Rio Grande, An Innovative Water Market Restores Riverside Habitat

Wildlife<p>Low aerial view of Selden Point Bar, one of the restoration sites on the Rio Grande floodplain in New Mexico.<p>With rivers in the American Southwest dammed, diverted, drought-stricken and running dry, their fate is increasingly in human hands.<p>Now, in the southern portion of the Rio Grande in …

First Underground Trampoline Park Takes Off

While Americans are watching fireworks on Friday, people in Northern Wales will celebrate a different kind of freedom. As of Independence Day, the best place in Earth to gain height will be hundreds of feet underground at Zip World's Bounce Below attraction, the world's largest (and only) …

Syria Refugees Set To Exceed A Third Of Lebanon's Population

By Sylvia Westall<p>BEIRUT, July 3 (Reuters) - Lebanon faces the threat of political and economic collapse as the number of refugees pouring in from Syria is set to exceed a third of the population, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said on Thursday.<p>Derbas said the total was expected to hit 1.5 …

Mistrust, Fear Make Ebola a 'Serious Threat,' WHO Says

Mistrust of health workers, fear and weak health systems have combined to make Ebola a serious threat in West Africa, and it’s likely to spread beyond the three countries currently affected, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Cases are adding up quickly, with more than 779 people …

Take the Plunge: 11 Swimming Holes Around the World

Lounging poolside is one thing, but nothing beats the childlike allure of splashing around in a swimming hole. The lake near your parent's home may top your typical list, but there are plenty of other swimming holes around the world that will capture your heart.<p>So, pack your swimsuit (and a sense …

The first self-propelled vehicle was ungainly beyond belief

It works, and that's the important part. You've read about it but have never seen it in action.<p>117 years before Karl Benz fired up his Patent Motorwagen, a number of people played around with steam-powered contraptions of various degrees of impracticality. None really worked all that well, but the …

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Female Justices Issue Scathing Dissent In The First Post-Hobby Lobby Birth Control Exemption

"Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word," Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in the dissent, joined by Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "Not so today."<p>The 6-3 order, which was unsigned, followed the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on Monday in the …

Hobby Lobby

Ebola 'out of control' in West Africa as health workers rush to trace 1,500 possible victims

Fear, mistrust of Western medicine and difficulties reaching remote areas mean hundreds of potentially infected people have not yet been found<p><b>Ebola virus outbreak: live</b><p>Hundreds of West Africans could be carrying the deadly Ebola virus and not know it, potentially infecting hundreds more, as …

Prehistoric circle dated to same summer as Seahenge neighbour

A second prehistoric circle on a Norfolk beach has been dated to the same summer more than 4,000 years ago as its famous neighbour, Seahenge.<p>Archaeologists believe the two circles, which originally stood inland in boggy freshwater but are now being eroded gradually by the tides, were part of the …

Judge says man who raped sleeping woman is not a “classic rapist,” just “lost control”

<b>(valzan via Shutterstock)</b><p>Want to see a “classic” rapist? Look around you. Most rapes are committed by a person known to the victim<p>Katie McDonough<p>July 3, 2014 7:56pm (UTC)<p>A British man was just sentenced to five years in prison for raping an unconscious woman. According to a report from the Hull …

Kate Middleton and Celebrities at Wimbledon 2014

There's still a whole lot of action going on at Wimbledon, including an appearance from Kate Middleton (finally!). There are plenty of daily outfit sightings along with all that tennis too, perfect for inspiring you any time you need a chic, tailored look for a party or summertime dinner alfresco …

Geology Gone Wild in America’s National Parks

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>America’s national parks are showcases of extraordinary geological phenomena. While some of them are famous, others are unsung, unexplained, or just plain strange. But, to be sure, all of them spur the imagination, helping us to appreciate the forces that have shaped the …

Rich and Poor: America's great social divide – in pictures

Jim Goldberg's photographs show both sides of the wealth gap in 1970s and 80s San Francisco, from lonely countesses to three poverty-stricken musketeers

Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain to being made to sit and think

It was not so much how hard people found the challenge, but how far they would go to avoid it that left researchers gobsmacked. The task? To sit in a chair and do nothing but think.<p>So unbearable did some find it that they took up the safe but alarming opportunity to give themselves mild electric …

Scientists figured out how shrooms open your mind

It’s one thing to say that psychedelic mushrooms "open your mind," but it’s another entirely to demonstrate its dream-like effects in a scientific study. Yet, that’s what one group of researchers appear to have achieved in a study published today in <i>Human Brain Mapping</i>.<p>these effects are akin to what …

'Nothing is ever dry down here. Ever.'

Sixty feet below the sea, in the world's only underwater habitat, a group of scientists is trying to unlock the ocean’s secrets. But how do the crew of the Aquarius stay sane?<p>What Houston is to space stations, a turquoise two-storey home in Key Largo is to Aquarius, the world’s only underwater …

Colorful Liquid Splashes Captured at 1/3500th of a Second Look Like Floating Sculptures | Colossal

<p>Cassandra Warner and Jeremy Floto of Floto+Warner Studio recently produced this beautiful series of photos titled Clourant that seemingly turns …

Infographic: Famous Writers Who Hated Each Other’s Guts

Author bitchfights are a fun pastime on Twitter, but they aren’t anything new. Here are some famous authors who hated each other.<p>Writers have been slagging each other off for centuries, and this fun interactive infographic courtesy of the <i>Huffington Post</i> is a good primer on just how ugly it can …