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40 Highfalutin H-Words To Heighten Your Vocabulary

Our humble letter H is a modern-day descendent of an Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph that was supposed to have once represented a series of fence posts …

Feature: Why big societies need big gods

What You Eat is Unavoidably Political

Business Insider<br>by Aalana Mann<p>Calls for food democracy, which date back to the sustainable agriculture movement of the 1980s, have become more common …

Agriculture

‘I Tried to Tell the Truth About Jesus’: Nick Tosches on His Audacious New Novel

Nick Tosches is the kind of writer who can turn readers into fakers. You find a book like his bleakly beautiful 2002 novel <i>In the Hand of Dante</i> or his …

Semen has controlling power over female genes and behaviour

THERE’S more to semen than sperm. In many animals, seminal fluid alters both the bodies and sometimes even the behaviour of females. Human semen, …

Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up. | WIRED

Spiny grass and scraggly pines creep amid the arts-and-crafts buildings of the Asilomar Conference Grounds, 100 acres of dune where California's …

Why You Should Never Say: ‘Beauty Lies in the Eye of the Beholder’

In his consulting room at Berggasse 19, in central Vienna, Sigmund Freud came…<p>Many of us want to start our own businesses. Public space is filled …

Oceans Could Rise Faster Than Projected, Top Climate Scientist Says

A new report by top climate change scientists looks back more than 120,000 years to a previous period when the Earth warmed up, and raises the possibility of a near future where sea levels rise far faster and higher than previous projections if carbon emissions are not curtailed.<p>“It is unlikely …

Climate Change

'The Stanford Prison Experiment' plays warden to chilling effect

Much of what happens during "The Stanford Prison Experiment" seems just too unbelievable to be true. Sadly, and fascinatingly, director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's film depicts the real events of a 1971 study on authority and situational behavior done by Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup).<p>Young college …

Garden Gem tomato: Why Harry Klee’s perfect cultivar isn’t sold in supermarkets.

Tomato lovers, rejoice, for science has achieved the impossible: the perfect supermarket tomato. The Garden Gem won’t bruise during shipping, it …

When it comes to food in the US, “local” is the new “organic”

Local food is following organic into the mainstream.<p>As consumers pay more attention to what they eat, the desire for food produced nearby is starting to gain more traction. In a survey of more than 1,000 US consumers conducted by Cowen and Company, 39% of respondents ranked “where food comes …

Are GMOs safe? Yes. The case against them is full of fraud, lies, and errors.

1 They Want You to Be Overwhelmed<p>Is genetically engineered food dangerous? Many people seem to think it is. In the past five years, companies have …

The Superplant That May Finally Topple the Rubber Monopoly

Eric Mathur is sitting in the backseat of an SUV, rolling south through the Arizona desert. Tall, dark, and bald, he's dressed for a day under the …

Ohio State University

The traits that make human beings unique

We’re all just animals… right? Not so fast, says Melissa Hogenboom, a few things make us different from any other species.<p>"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." So said the physicist Robert Oppenheimer, who helped to invent the atomic bomb.<p>The two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in …

This Company Is Trying To Make More Perfect Babies

The genetics startup GenePeeks has just partnered with a fertility clinic to screen egg donors for their likelihood of passing on nearly 450 genetic changes linked to disease. As this technology advances, some critics worry about an emerging market for designer babies.<p>Last month, 30-year-old Alicia …

The Molecular Music Written In DNA

An artist suspended the ‘musical DNA’ of a Kreutzer Quartet composition into soap bubbles.<p>On a recent Friday in London, an audience was bathed in …

This Futuristic Concrete Heals Itself With Built-In Bacteria

A solid idea<p>Concrete has been a go-to building material since Roman times. It’s durable, easy to make, and relatively inexpensive. There’s just one problem: It has a tendency to crack.<p>There are a lot of different reasons that concrete cracks, but in general, it gets stressed either from the load …

Cycles of Global Change

As this article is going to press, yet another near miss of an asteroid has occurred accompanied by an apparent meteor strike. On Sunday, September …

Climate Change

Cycles of Global Change – Part 2

I wrote last month about the enormous changes that engulfed the Earth at the close of the last great ice age. I discussed the “double whammy” that …

Is a mini ICE AGE on the way? Scientists warn the sun will 'go to sleep' in 2020

Is a mini ICE AGE on the way? Scientists warn the sun will 'go to sleep' in 2030 and could cause temperatures to plummet<p><b>New study claims to have</b> …

Plankton snacking on plastic caught on camera for the first time

Video: Plankton eating plastic caught on camera<p>Looks like it’s plastic for lunch. For the first time, plankton have been caught on camera munching on …

Carnivorous Plants Communicate with Bats

Some carnivorous plants ‘talk back’ to bats using the flying mammals’ own communication system.

Wolves and Monkeys: Unusual Hunting Buddies

Wolves are carnivores. Monkeys are made of meat. Monkeys, therefore, would seem to be a pretty good choice of prey for hungry wolves, right?<p>Not so …

Descendants of undernourished people may be more susceptible to obesity

People from developing nations who adopt western lifestyles with sufficient or excessive calorie intake could be more susceptible to obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease than their Caucasian counterparts, new research has inferred.<p>The laboratory-based animal study found a link …

Diabetes

Men accept unfairness from pretty women, study finds

Males are more likely to tolerate "unfair offers" from females if they are attractive, a study into the effects of beauty on our responses has …

Psychology

How a Sense of Purpose Can Help You Live Longer

Can having a sense of purpose in life help people live longer?<p>According to one definition, a sense of purpose is characterized as "having goals in …

Can you prescribe nature?

<b>"Here's your prescription, walk in the forest five times a week for an hour."</b><p>According to experts, it is not inconceivable that doctors will be giving health advice like this in the not too distant future.<p>After decades of research, the scientific world is moving closer to pinpointing how exposure …

There’s a story living in your beer’s DNA

Dash Masland has a British fungus hanging on her wall. The fungus, framed in a picture, is beer yeast and the main ingredient in the farmhouse-style …