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Chimps outsmart humans at simple strategy game

Having more complex cognitive reasoning skills doesn't necessarily make you better at simple tasks, a new study has found. When it comes to outwitting the competition, the chimpanzee seems to be smarter than a human.<p>Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have found that chimpanzees …

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Can You Call Yourself An Environmentalist And Still Eat Meat?

Earlier this week, we told you about a school backed by director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis Cameron, that may become the first vegan school in the U.S.<p>In describing the couple's path to veganism, Amis Cameron told us she's eventually come to believe that, "You can't really call yourself …

Toyota is investigating cars that hover above the road

Toyota today said it's investigated the possibility of vehicles that are capable of hovering just above the road, technology designed to improve efficiency. In an interview at Bloomberg's Next Big Thing Summit in San Francisco, Hiroyoshi Yoshiki — the managing officer with Toyota's technical …

Last Straw: How The Fortunes Of Las Vegas Will Rise Or Fall With Lake Mead

Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.<p>The bathtub ring can be seen for miles. The 120-foot-high band of rock, bleached nearly white by mineral-rich water, circles the …

Illinois Is First State To Ban Microbeads

The Land of Lincoln says no to the synthetic exfoliants, which often end up in waterways.<p>Illinois has become the first state to ban microbeads, the small plastic bits often found in soaps and many different types of cosmetic products. The law, signed this week by Governor Pat Quinn, bans the …

Gum disease bacteria selectively disarm immune system, study finds

The human body is comprised of roughly 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells. In healthy people, these bacteria are typically harmless and …

Building Soluble Circuits To Help End E-Waste

It takes 1,000 years for a typical silicon wafer to dissolve in a bucket of water.<p>The Challenge<p>For every human on the planet—and there’s more than seven billion of us—43 pounds of electronic waste is generated each year. The United Nations predicts that by 2017, the figure will climb by as much as …