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Monsanto’s sick new power play: Why we could all be eating their GMOs

<b>(AP/Seth Perlman)</b><p>The biotech giant is close to the biggest agribusiness merger in history. Our food supply hangs in the balance<p>Reynard Loki<p>May 30, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Earlier this month, Swiss seed and agrochemical company Syngenta rejected Monsanto's …

How Ford Models Changed the Face of Beauty

The little-known story behind a pair of young newlyweds in post–World War II Manhattan who launched the era of the supermodel.<p>When Eileen Otte and Jerry Ford eloped to San Francisco in November 1944, in the midst of World War II, it was hardly surprising that Jerry should declare his profession as …

The Absolute Best and Worst Ways to Build Muscle

<b>Advice on the best ways to build muscle will send you off in all kinds of directions, but here are two fundamental truths that cut through the …

Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All

Are child prodigies genuinely gifted? And, if they are, do they become even more gifted as time goes on? We track the fortunes of a clutch of child …

Sierra Leone’s fight against Ebola infection: ‘The world is not safe’

All over Freetown, buildings, vehicles and people are being commandeered in the fight against Ebola. In the suburb of Wilberforce, in an old building for the telecommunications company Airtel, a dozen students loiter on a wall waiting to relieve staff from the trauma at the Ebola hotline they are …

Banana Recipes for Athletes

Bananas are an athlete staple. They pack a nutritional punch with high levels of potassium, vitamin B6 and fiber and (despite common belief to the contrary) they score low on the Glycemic Index, meaning they won't spike your blood sugar. They're also versatile and can be used in everything from …

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What Your Birthday Says About Your Mood And Personality, According To Science

Astrologers and other spiritual types are typically the only people to believe in a connection between a person's birthday and their personality. But according to a recent study, there's scientific evidence that indeed, the season of your birth may have some impact on who you are.<p>Researchers from …

Here's Why The Night Sky Is Dark Even Though Jillions Of Stars Are Shining Light Our Way

There are <i>a lot</i> of stars out there--an estimated 70 billion trillion. With so many stars beaming their light our way, it seems only logical that the night sky would be as bright as day.<p>This is the essence of the so-called dark night sky paradox, also known as Olbers' paradox after German astronomer …

The Perfect Amount of Sleep, According to Science

<i>This post originally appeared on Refinery29.com.</i><p>Wondering how much your sleep-in Saturdays or that one all-nighter will set you back? New research …

Remember #BringBackOurGirls? This Is What Has Happened In The 5 Months Since

On the night of April 14, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls at the Chibok boarding school in northeastern Nigeria awoke to the sound of gunfire. They saw men in camouflage approaching and thought soldiers were coming to save them from a militant attack, according to survivors' accounts.<p>Instead, more …

Windowless Airplane Will Give Passengers High-Res Panoramic Views

You don’t need a window for these views. Paris-based design company Technicon Design recently won an award for their IXION Windowless Jet Concept. …

Film-maker defies China's censors to reveal horrors of the Great Famine

For modern Chinese students it is not the Great Famine but the Three Years of Difficulties. The catastrophe remains so sensitive that their history books do not document how many starved to death, or why. Yet more than 50 years ago, at the height of the disaster, a handful of their predecessors …

“Guardians of the Galaxy”: Marvel’s goofy, exhausting and faintly fascist new franchise

This whimsical space adventure will leave you hooked on a feeling — and longing to stomp Bradley Cooper’s raccoon<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>July 30, 2014 10:59pm (UTC)<p>Once upon a time, the combination of lighthearted whimsy and extreme violence was nearly unknown in popular culture. Of course I am speaking of …

Largest coal mine in Australia: federal government gives Carmichael go-ahead

The Australian environment minister, Greg Hunt, has approved a $16.5bn resources project that will lead to the creation of the largest coal mine in Australia, and one of the largest in the world.<p>Hunt has imposed 36 conditions, primarily aimed at protecting groundwater, on the Carmichael coal mine …

Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria

New viruses are a dime a dozen.<p>Every few months, we hear about a newly discovered flu virus that's jumped from birds to people somewhere in the world. And the number of viruses identified in bats is "extraordinary and appears to increase almost daily," scientists wrote last year in the journal <i>PLOS</i> …

Invertebrate populations have dropped by 45 percent in the last four decades

"The richness of the animal world of our planet is being seriously threatened by human activities."<p>Much has been said about the loss of bird, mammal, reptile, and amphibian species around the world. By current estimates, at least 322 species have gone extinct in the last 500 years. And researchers …

Indian boy has 232 teeth removed

Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation.<p>Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw and the case was referred to the city's JJ hospital, where they found he was …

It’s not just David Byrne and Radiohead: Spotify, Pandora and how streaming music kills jazz and classical

<b>David Byrne, Thom Yorke (Reuters/Hugo Correia/AP/Chris Pizzello/Photo collage by Salon)</b><p>More musicians are taking aim at the rates paid by Spotify and Pandora, and warning whole genres are in danger<p>Scott Timberg<p>July 20, 2014 8:00pm (UTC)<p>After years in which tech-company hype has drowned out most …

The US government wants to create an experimental city for testing wireless tech

Like Rapture, but for spectrum sharing<p>The US government has for years been trying to encourage "spectrum sharing" as a way of getting more and faster wireless connections around the country. The idea is to convince the organizations that own rights to transmit data over specific airwaves — such as …

10 Common Excuses That Could Be Holding You Back

Illustrated by Tida Tep.<p>I’ve written a lot about loopholes. In my forthcoming habits book, I identify the multiple strategies we can use to shape our …

Predicting A Future Free Of Dollar Bills

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Simon Black is CEO at London-based</i> <i>Sage Pay.</i><p>Picture the scene. It’s 2020. You’re at the checkout in a convenience store with a carton of milk. But you’ve got no cash and you’ve left your cards at home. No problem. You scan your right index finger; the green light flashes. Purchase …

A Simple Eye Test Could Accurately Detect Alzheimer's

Current tests for Alzheimer's include expensive tests using brain PET or MRI imaging. But two studies have shown that a simple eye test can detect …

The Hottest Soccer Players at the World Cup

These are the men we don't mind watching play the field.<p>The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off this Thursday. Before the games begin, here's your definitive guide to whom to root for on each team, based on their unparalleled skills in the sexiness department. These are 33 <i>very</i> good reasons to become a …