Vrinda M. Suresh

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Climbing legend Dean Potter among 2 killed in Yosemite BASE jump attempt

<b>(CNN) —</b> Extreme sports legend Dean Potter was one of two BASE jumpers found dead in Yosemite National Park after attempting an aerial descent from Taft Point, authorities said.<p>The two men's bodies were located during a helicopter search around noon Sunday, said Scott Gediman, a spokesman for the …

Man-Made Earthquakes Are Changing the Seismic Landscape

Scientists say fracking is part of why Oklahoma now rivals California in quake activity.<p>This isn't just the stuff of comic-book villains: Real humans in the real world—actually, in Oklahoma, of all places—can cause earthquakes.<p>Scientists have known about man-made earthquakes for decades. They've …

“I am Groot”: The secret environmental messaging buried in “Guardians of the Galaxy”

What “Guardians” sneakily captures about our conflicted relationship with the environment<p>The best character in "Guardians of the Galaxy" is a walking CGI tree by the name of Groot. He’s tall with large, mournful brown eyes and a body made of regenerating twigs—a huggable look, though in practice he …

The Life Of An Introvert, Illustrated

Introverts are often misunderstood by the more chipper and chatty members of society. Here to offer a corrective is illustrator Gemma Correll, a proud introvert, who has mapped out the heart of the introvert (likely while sitting in her Hermit’s Cave).<p>It’s a heart so full of animal pals there is …

Lake Erie's Toxic Bloom Has Ohio Farmers On The Defensive

A giant algae bloom is still making the waters in the western part of Lake Erie look like a thick, green pea soup. Toxins in that muck seeped into the water supply of Toledo, Ohio, last weekend, forcing officials to ban nearly half a million people from using tap water. A big cause of the algae …

Just look at this crazy deep-ocean power source

A Florida-based startup called Crowd Energy will be turning to Indiegogo to continue work on its Ocean Energy Turbine, a slow-turning mill that its creators believe can harness megawatts of clean power from just a single unit — enough to light thousands of homes.<p>Underwater turbines are nothing new, …

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Meet Flint: An Adorable Pomeranian That Will Melt Your Heart

As far as pet photography goes, it doesn't get much cuter than this. Flint is a happy-go-lucky Pomeranian that's just as sweet and good-natured as he first appears. As his owner Robin Yu tells us, “I don't think I've ever seen him grumpy. You can wake him up from sleeping and he's still his …

The 50 greatest animal photobombs of all time

COOPERSTOWN has the Baseball Hall of Fame. Springfield, its Basketball Hall of Fame. And the Internet has…this: the 50 greatest animal photobombs of …

Dogs Watch Human Interactions To Assess Quality Of Treats

Evidence that pet dogs gather intel by watching people talking with each other<p>Ever get that feeling you're being watched? Well, if you're a dog-owner, you may have a point. Dogs are able to watch people's interactions with one another to determine who holds yummier treats, according to a new …

Charles Manson Today: The Final Confessions of a Psychopath

In California's San Joaquin Valley, about halfway between Bakersfield and Fresno, on the outskirts of the fly-infested, windblown, stink-soaked, …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

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Big nanotech: towards post-industrial manufacturing

What if nanotechnology could deliver on its original promise – not only new, useful, nanoscale products, but a new, transformative production technology able to displace industrial production technologies and bring radical improvements in production cost, scope, and resource efficiency?<p>What if we …

India's Cyclone Phailin leaves trail of destruction

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1018000/1018750_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524793465_10ac072003d457f7f14e2f8a57f01461<p><b>Indian disaster teams have begun a relief operation after Cyclone Phailin crashed into eastern areas, forcing up to one million people to …

Koalas face 'huge' fall in numbers as climate change bites, study warns

Koalas could suffer a "huge reduction" in numbers unless Australia changes its land management practices to help mitigate the impact of climate change, a study has found.<p>The research, led by the University of Sydney, involved the tracking of 40 koalas via GPS over three years on farmland around …

How New Jersey Used the DOMA Ruling to Legalize Gay Marriage

Marina Koren<p>Sept. 27, 2013, 12:25 p.m.<p>A New Jer­sey judge ruled Fri­day to leg­al­ize gay mar­riage in the state, or­der­ing state of­fi­cials to …

Exxon Will Give Gay Couples Equal Benefits, But Still Won't Promise Not To Fire LGBT Workers

"[W]hat good are benefits for your same-sex spouse if you risk being fired for disclosing your sexual orientation in order to access them?"<p>WASHINGTON — On Friday, Exxon Mobil announced it would begin giving married same-sex couples equal benefits — a change trumpeted by Reuters as "a sweeping and …

Iran, Yes. Congress, No. Obama Won’t Budge for Hardliners at Home

After a remarkable day for diplomacy, Obama turned to his hardliner foes here at home. By Eleanor Clift.<p>The contrast could not have been greater …

Coral reef decline could leave crabs homeless - Futurity

Modern crustaceans, including shrimp, crab, and lobster, may follow their ancient ancestors into extinction if …

Blood ivory: poachers use poison to slaughter elephants in Africa

Cyanide kills at least 87 elephants in Zimbabwe massacre<p><i>Young elephants gather at a watering hole in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. (Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)</i><p>Poachers have begun using more subtle techniques to slaughter elephants in Zimbabwe, swapping rifles and machetes for industrial …

Over 400 reports of large fireball over U.S. Midwest on September 26

People in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin saw it.<p>The American Meteor Society (AMS) reports that it has received over 400 …

How Recycling Bias Affects What You Toss Where

During an experiment, marketing professor Remi Trudel noticed a pattern in what his volunteers were recycling versus throwing in the garbage. He then went through his colleagues' trash and recycling bins at Boston University for more data.<p>He found the same pattern, says NPR's Shankar Vedantam: …

Ballerinas' brains may hold the key to treating chronic dizziness

A study of ballerinas' brains has revealed a structural change, caused by years of training, that stops them feeling dizzy.<p>A study by the Imperial College London's medicine department has unveiled structural changes in professional <b>ballerinas</b>' brains that help them pirouette without becoming …

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Singing mice protect their turf with high-pitched tunes

“Most people are puzzled by the existence of singing mice, but in reality many rodents produce complex vocalizations, including mice, rats and even …

Can 'Rewilding' Restore Vanishing Ecosystems?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> "Everything Is Connected."<p><b>About George Monbiot's TEDTalk</b><p>Wolves were native to the Yellowstone National Park until hunting wiped them out. In 1995, when the wolves began to come back, something interesting happened: The rest of the park began to find a new, more …

Global Partnership Formed to Save Elephants in Key Protected Areas

Leading conservation organizations joined six African countries today in a commitment to protect wild elephants in their last strongholds, reduce wildlife trafficking, and dampen consumer demand for ivory. The commitment is supported with a U.S.$80-million action plan to strengthen security for …

Changing How Police Respond To Drug Overdoses Could Save Lives

Many police officers aren't allowed to administer life-saving antidotes, a study finds.<p>This seems like a no-brainer: Teaching police officers how to administer drug overdose treatments could save lives. Law enforcement officers are often the first to arrive at the scene of an overdose, but …

The terrifying, flesh-eating drug krokodil has reportedly surfaced in the US

No cases have been confirmed yet, but early reports have authorities on edge<p><i>A krokodil user with necrosis of the hand.</i><p>When the nasty, highly addictive street drug krokodil appears in a new area, it tends to spread fast. So when doctors at the Banner Good Samaritan Poison and Drug Information Center …

Saving Wild Places in the 'Anthropocene'

We're living in the epoch some scientists call the "Anthropocene"�"an age in which human influence touches nearly everything on the planet. Forty years after the signing of the Endangered Species Act, and nearly 50 years after the Wilderness Act, do we need to rethink how we protect nature? …