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Is it just me, or do we have a particularly awful crop of world leaders right now? I mean, as near as I can tell, if I can recognize their name, I don't like them. Cameron is meh, Netanyahu kinda needs to shut up already (I'm starting to get hivey every time I see his name in print, which is often), Merkel constantly seems to me to be making the situation (whatever situation) worse, not a fan of Modi, and the less said about Erdogan, the better. (And let's not mention Putin, shall we? Damn, too late, already did.)

And those are just the ones that readily spring to mind. I am not a happy world citizen right now.


How 3-D Printed Glass Could Lead to Some Wild Architecture

Millennials "don't realize" they are millennials (This is nothing compared to the weirdness that is the "Silent Generation".)

Teaching students how to switch between Black English and Standard English can help them get ahead

A Toilet Museum is Opening in Japan

U.S. court: Transgender illegal immigrant cannot be deported to Mexico

The Secret Story Of How Bubonic Plague Nearly Broke Out In New York City

The Last Audio Cassette Factory

Two ice cream vendors. Seventeen playgrounds. One city.

How a new battery revolution will change your life

Royal Jelly Isn’t What Makes a Queen Bee a Queen Bee

Feds Will Need Warrant to Use Cellphone Scanning Technology Known as 'Stingrays'

Russia is Returning to the Moon, Paving the Way for a Crewed Landing

Israel recovers ancient sarcophagus hidden by contractors

Japan’s Kurds often in limbo, despite significant community

Scientists Confident Artificially Intelligent Machines Can Be Programmed To Be Lenient Slave Masters

Melting Ice in Yellowstone is Revealing Ancient Artifacts Faster Than Researchers Can Handle

More Than 1,000 Pimps and Johns Arrested in Nationwide Prostitution Sting

Test prep for 5-year-olds is a real thing. Here’s what it looks like.

On barren hilltop, Israeli settler vigilantism blurs into Jewish theocracy

ISIS tried to silence him, but pianist won't stay quiet

Syria mired in conflict driven by foreign powers: UN

Study Says Insane CEO Pay Is Fueling Climate Change

Mexico Crackdown on Central American Child Migrants Increasing
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Wasn't there a case a few years ago, prior to the recent marriage equality ruling, where a clerk handed out marriage certificates to same-sex couples despite that not being allowed in their state?
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If the LJ RSS Feed is accurate, we've already discovered one correlation. Everybody and their pet CENSORED has the same random animal. That animal is neither a lizard nor a dragonfly, but isn't this a cool pic?


5 Artifacts That Prove Ancients Were Some Sick M'fers

Prawn Nebula Photo Offers Glimpse of 'Cosmic Recycling'

When Reality TV Involves Vaccinating a Goat and Pulling Weeds

King of clubs: intriguing tale of the 'tank' dinosaur's tail

Nationality in the cloud: US clashes with Microsoft over seizing data from abroad

Helping toddlers understand emotion key to development

Cable-Box Rentals: A Needless $19-Billion Industry

5 Safety Measures That Caused Rampant Death And Destruction

Earliest-Known Turtle Had No Shell and Plenty of Teeth

Wool world record: 40kg fleece shorn off overgrown sheep in Canberra, RSPCA says More information here, plus a MUCH better pic of a similarly overgrown sheep being sheared.

Move Over, Canola: Your Next Recipe Might Call For Insect Oil

The Demise of Private Schools

CONFIRMED: The Last Great Prediction Of The Big Bang!

8 Insane Things I Did After Being Kidnapped By Terrorists

Judge Says NSA Program Is Unconstitutional, 'It's Time to Move'

Native protesters seize oil wells in Peru to urge government action

High Integrity, Moral Decency Has Cost Idiot Man Millions

Debtors Prisons Alive and Well in Louisiana

The ISIS Economy: Crushing Taxes and High Unemployment

America’s true P.C. villains: The maddening “censorship” doublespeak of right-wing culture warriors

How the Federal Government Built White Suburbia

Antipsychotic Drugs Often Given to Intellectually Disabled in Absence of Mental Illness

A Summer of Anti-Homeless Rhetoric

Netanyahu threatens to target young Palestinian stone-throwers

The untold story of Firestone and the warlord

Tree loss slows, but covers area twice size of Portugal in 2014: study

Wars stops 13m children going to school in Middle East and north Africa, UN says
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Except I cleaned the house, so I don't know where it is (and I'm really hoping it isn't lurking in our laundry). WHERE DID I PUT IT?


HIV Prevention Drug Appears to Work in First Real-World Test

Incredible Inflatable Trampoline Bridges, Mobile Scientific Laboratories, and Furniture Powered by Air

Scientists discover that the world contains dramatically more trees than previously thought

The Sharecropper's Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud of Their Hair

Bill Gates calls for more funds to help world's poorest farmers

How ​Oliver Sacks Helped Me Deal with My Hallucination-Inducing Headaches

Could diesel made from air help tackle climate change?

Controversy spikes over piercing children's ears

More Men With Breast Cancer Opting for Double Mastectomies

The fortune-teller of Kabul

Fewer people neglecting health care over cost: CDC

Primordial sea beast resembled ancient Greek warship

Birmingham Koran Carbon Dating Reveals Book Is Likely Older Than Prophet Muhammad

Polar bears halt Arctic research in north Russia

Cuba goes all in on English, amid closer US ties

Five Chinese ships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska

65 per cent of Europe’s electronic waste is stolen or mismanaged

The Mothers of All Disasters

Grey swans are extremely rare, damaging storms. How will climate change affect them?

​The surging ranks of America's ultrapoor

As More Adults Pedal, Their Biking Injuries And Deaths Spike, Too

Federal Judge Hands Down The Wackiest Anti-Birth Control Court Decision To Date

Greek Coast Guard Seizes Libya-Bound Ship Carrying Weapons

Red Cross: Water being used as weapon of war in Syria
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I'll run out, buy some crackers. That should help.


Brazilian wasp venom kills cancer cells by opening them up

UK sperm bank has just nine registered donors, boss reveals

Tiny ant takes on pesticide industry

For Inca Road Builders, Extreme Terrain Was No Obstacle

The taming of the pig took some wild turns

Lawyers are finding rewarding work in police brutality cases, and also money

DNA used as velcro to form cells into 3D structures

New Zealand unveils final four flag designs. Country says: ‘Hmm.’

Insecticide coating effective against mosquitoes

Iceland Caps Syrian Refugees at 50; 10,000 Icelanders Respond by Offering Up Their Homes

Stinkbug stops food halfway down gut to make room for microbes

Like Pope Francis, many USA Catholics' beliefs surprising

Children May Not Actually 'Grow Out' Of ADHD After All

Water heals a bioplastic

Chiara Vigo: The last woman who makes sea silk

Why California prison system is changing the way it treats gang leaders

Why does South Sudan matter so much to the US?

US police have fatally shot 30 people in moving vehicles this year, despite federal guidelines advising them not to.

The simple truth about why mass incarceration happened

Kurdish Activists Camp Out Between Turkey's Army And Kurdish Fighters

Climate change could push these tiny marine organisms to evolve — irreversibly

Climate Change Means One World’s Death and Another’s Birth

Missouri students stage walkout over transgender girl in locker room


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Helping the refugees in Hungary

Why Cyclists Form Stronger Commuting Habits Than Drivers

American devotion to order over justice must end

The Prison Guard Who Couldn’t Escape Prison

The secret history of “Y’all”: The murky origins of a legendary Southern slang word

How a small band of determined legal academics set out to persuade the Supreme Court to undo the New Deal—and have almost won.

Sack, cloth and ashes

Workers in a World of Continuous Partial Employment

A Look at the Painstaking, Intricate Art of Globemaking

Ice cream that does not melt 'could soon hit the shelves'

Corpse Brides and Ghost Grooms: A Guide to Marrying the Dead

Tens of thousands of Japanese protest against 'war law'

Once a Pariah, Now a Judge: The Early Transgender Journey of Phyllis Frye

Fish Sauce: An Ancient Roman Condiment Rises Again

When Mexicans crossed our border to feed Americans in need

A bin of rubber ducks sounds like people screaming in anguish

Conservationists appalled at illegal killing of 25m birds a year in the Mediterranean

There Aren’t Enough Firefighters to Stop America’s West From Burning

Whites Quit Working With Black Mississippi Judge, Then He Got Sacked

Kabul families struggle to smile amid rising violence

We're better at tracking the deaths of bees than people who die in police custody

“I knew this was a bullsh*t story, but I went along with it”: Police violence after Katrina and how it was covered up

Driven by fear: the Salvadorean children sent on the perilous journey to the US

American exceptionalism and the ‘exceptionally American’ problem of mass shootings
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And I'm gonna scream if it keeps on going on.


Netflix takes gamble with Epix film cull in US

Life After Content Blocking

School starting age: the evidence

Planned Parenthood Fights Back

No, the anti-choice movement doesn't care about sexism, racism or ableism

The struggles of the world's hairiest family

Weaving a home...how one woman can help millions of people globally

'A Neg-What?'!

Escape casts spotlight on Washington use of juvenile inmates to fight wildfires

It's All Part of Capitalism: How Philanthropy Perpetuates Inequality

H&R Block's Push to Make Tax Forms Harder for Low-Income People

The Quixotic Campaign to Split New York State

Music with rocks in! Once again, Pratchett is shown to know everything.

The farmer who’s starting an organic revolution in Cuba

10 Beautiful Science Tricks Involving Liquid

India's Forgotten Stepwells

Margarine Used To Be Pink, and More Colorful Tales From The Food Dye Industry

Hawaii Still Has a Leprosy Colony With Six Patients

Collateral damage: Harsh sex offender laws may put whole families at risk

The Cold Cases of the Jim Crow Era

Nestle: Forced labor has no place in our food supply chain

Modified bacteria become a multicellular circuit

1-Week Prison Food Diet Reveals Problems With Inmate Meals: Low Cost, Bad Taste, And Very Little Nutrition
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New technique could enable design of hybrid glasses and revolutionize gas storage

Bizarre Mars photos: Signs of life, or signs the Internet has lost its mind?

Nasa starts year-long isolation to simulate life on Mars

How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

Marvel villains are now quoting David Cameron

Why these colored water droplets seem to be alive

A women’s theatre in rural Turkey.

Fetal Cells Can Be Found In A New Mother's Body And Will Effect Her Health Even After Pregnancy

18 Times Breastfeeding Was Portrayed Onscreen, For Better Or Worse

The Terrible Teens

Scientists Work on New 'Liquid Biopsy' for Breast Cancer

121-year-old time capsule found at bridge near Kingussie

Earth's mineralogy unique in the cosmos

A US dilemma: Kurds or Turks?

Young Hands in Mexico Feed Growing U.S. Demand for Heroin

West Point professor calls on US military to target legal critics of war on terror

The Village That Will Be Swept Away

‘You’re one of us now’

Troubled Water: What I Learned Teaching Hurricane Katrina in the Classroom

Hoarding Is Making Firefighting Harder

The ‘saddest bride I have ever seen': Child marriage is as popular as ever in Bangladesh

Anguish of 'disappearance' continues across the world, say campaigners

Death of a young black man in a Virginia prison sparks outrage

Middle East faces water shortages for the next 25 years, study says

Citizens Taking Video of Police See Themselves Facing Arrest

Prison Vendors See Continued Signs of a Captive Market

American Teen Gets 11 Year Sentence For Pro-ISIS Tweets That Taught People How To Use Bitcoin

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Should Governments Nudge Us to Make Good Choices?

This Is “Flo” – A Simple Device Making Menstruation Safer for Girls Living in Poverty

Drinking water doesn't prevent a hangover, study says

Neighborhood Starting To Get Too Safe For Family To Afford

From 'fuzzy' nautilus to red colobus monkey: 'living fossils' recovered

This Gorgeous Map of 1950s NYC is Full of Detail, Whimsy

Froggy Went A-Courtin', But Lady Frogs Chose Second-Best Guy Instead (Well, the heart has its reasons)

6 Iconic Pieces of Military Tech (That Secretly Sucked)

How Americans actually feel about stronger gun laws

Men vs. Women: Who Are Safer Drivers?

London Underground Vs New York City Subway

Inmate Gets Arrested Again After Refusing To Leave Jail

Guards Gun Down Four Angels Escaping From Heaven

10 Brilliant Inventions That Can Change Poor People’s Lives

10 things we didn't know last week

This material could be used to instantly heal punctures in a spacecraft

Appeals court to grills contact lens makers over minimum prices for contact lenses

Albino and proud: DR Congo festival promotes persecuted minority

Tribe in Idaho to draft recovery plan for wild reindeer

Escaping from Children’s Abuse of Social Robots.

Illinois Says It Can’t Pay Big Lottery Winners

How Reliable Are Psychology Studies?

Abortion foes find new ways to get details about patients, doctors

Climate change happening 'right now,' Obama says ahead of Alaska trip

Inmate left to inhale own feces can sue NY prison officials


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Quantum "Spookiness" Passes Toughest Test Yet

A Wonderfully Clear Explanation of How Road Diets Work

The Egg Map

Why It’s Hard to Sue the NSA: You Have to Prove It Spied on You

Nitrogen triiodide: "So volatile that a mosquito landing on it will make it explode"

Marijuana Use May Lower Sperm Counts 'Quite a Lot'

Wittgenstein, Schoolteacher

A Man Known As The “Portland Pooper” Has Been Relieving Himself On People’s Lawns

What Do Conspiracy Theories Do to Us?

The Red-Baiting of Lena Horne

Study: 15% of West Bank Settlers Are American

Pew Study Finds Orthodox Similar to Evangelical Christians — Not Other Jews

Kids toss out fruits and veggies from school lunches, researchers find

Everything you always wanted to know about panda sex (but were afraid to ask)

Japan's Cultural Fascination With Scissors

Reasons You Were Not Promoted That are Totally Unrelated to Gender.

Poignant vs. Pungent: A Tale of Swapped Histories and Mirror Definitions

The Last Secrets of Skull and Bones

Man with almost-perfect poop donates it to help patients with C-diff infection

Lego a 'better investment than shares and gold'

Making Ocean Water Drinkable Is Much Harder Than You Think

Why Phone Fraud Starts With A Silent Call

Why the Rich Love Burning Man

Gay Teen Worried He Might Be Christian

Japanese police bracing for gang war as Yamaguchi-gumi mafia group splits

America’s Great Infrastructure Stagnation

When Prisons Need to Be More Like Nursing Homes

Amid Backlash Against Isolating Inmates, New Mexico Moves Toward Change

Man found to have been shedding virulent strain of polio for 30 years

An Important But Rarely Discussed Lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment

Libyan drownings, truck of corpses drive up migrant toll

Expert: We’re ‘locked-in’ to 3 feet of sea level rise
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Shaved, really.

She went to stay with her grandmother and came back with some snazzy sneakers. When I asked her, she said she had to really fight with Grandma to get them, because her grandmother didn't want her buying from the boy's side of the aisle and told her she's "too young to make the decision" to have her hair styled the way she does.

I do not pretend to understand this mindset. It's hair, which is what I told Ana.


Ever wanted to look at a millipede’s genitals?

Poland drought: Jewish tombstones and fighter plane uncovered as rivers run dry

Think Like a Tree: What We Can Learn From the Oaks That Survived Katrina

Backstreet Boys and 'NSync to make zombie horror film with Sharknado team

Women in mostly male workplaces exhibit psychological stress response

Here’s what happens when you try to replicate climate contrarian papers

The Huge, Pricey Detectors That Capture Tiny Neutrinos

10 Strange Secret Societies That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

William Ellsworth “Dummy" Hoy: Baseball's Greatest Deaf Player

Putting Six Degrees of Separation to the Test

Coroner: Man Dies of Injuries From Crash 50 Years Ago

Talking to ourselves: the science of the little voice in your head

What B.C. Public School Classrooms Look Like Without Stuff Bought By Teachers

160 Years of Hurricanes in One Incredible Infographic

Google Has a Secret Interview Process… And It Landed Me a Job

The growing global battle against blood-sucking ticks

It Took Basically a Whole Town to Salvage This Incompetent Marriage Proposal

The Frightening Power of the Home-Schooling Lobby

How Ancient Palmyra, Now in ISIS's Grip, Grew Rich and Powerful

How Nairobi Got Its Ad-Hoc Bus System on Google Maps

Microbiomes of human throat may be linked to schizophrenia

The Evolution of Magazine Covers

How Is a Soap Bubble Like a Hurricane?

Want to Make a Diamond in Just 10 Weeks? Use a Microwave

Rising Sea Levels More Dangerous Than Thought
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How saltwater taffy and fudge became summer town treats.

The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South

What I Learned From Sequencing the Bacteria in My Apartment

Group Seeks Test For Geoengineering Tool To Fight Climate Change

Man dies after being run over by WWII tank on Jelly Belly chairman's property

Stephen Hawking believes he’s solved a huge mystery about black holes

U.S. scientists successfully turn human cancer cells back to normal in process that could ‘switch off’ disease

12-Year-Old Kid Trips, Punches Fist-Sized Hole in a Million-Dollar Painting

Robots Will Steal Our Jobs, But They’ll Give Us New Ones

G3DP is an additive manufacturing platform designed to print optically transparent glass.

FBI kept files on Ray Bradbury: "Definitely slanted against the United States"

Schools, camps, and parents tend to do all the wrong things when they believe a kid is infested.

Irradiated Food Sounds Like a Terrible Thing. It’s Actually Really Good.

Narrow Roads Are Better Than Crosswalks

America’s biggest crop brings nothing but trouble

Scientists Get One Step Closer to a Universal Flu Vaccine

How companies make millions off lead-poisoned, poor blacks

Picking Cotton Under the Pushing System

Wildfire Smoke Becomes The Health Threat That Won't Go Away
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Everything that I think I see becomes a tootsie roll to me!

I loathe tootsie rolls, but I loved that commercial as a child. Go figure.


It's puppies all the way down (I especially like this one and this one.)

NYC's Precious Tourists Love The Times Square Pedestrian Plazas

French MP Yves Jego calls for vegetarian school meals

Border Collie Puppy Teaches Wolf Pup Tug of War

Sad Puppies, Rabid Puppies lose big at the Hugos

Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies

Massive Human Skull Rack Found at Aztec Temple

“re: how teens and adults text, I would be super interested for you to explain your theory!”

The Interleaving Effect: Mixing It Up Boosts Learning

How one German millennial chose to live on trains rather than pay rent

Autistic traits linked to creative problem-solving

Soldiers, prisoners, other countries join massive firefighting effort in the West

If an asteroid heads for Earth, should we try to shoot it out of the sky?

​Japanese city shaves mountain to avoid future tsunamis

Middle East conflict drastically 'improves air quality' (That was unexpected!)

Ohio Bill Would Ban Abortion if Down Syndrome Is Reason

Aid groups denounce 'surge' in Israeli home demolitions on West Bank

Citing 'fear-mongering,' judge orders release of detained immigrant children

As fight with Kurds heats up, Turkey's president calls elections
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Which was then topped off with a second application of shitty news. I don't really want to get into the details, but suffice to say I completely lost my appetite for lunch, which was a gyro and ought to have been delicious.

Also, went to Home Depot. They're selling 3D printers, or you can use theirs as a demonstration. The writing next to the demo caused me to make a stunning realization, one I have been completely unaware of since the 10th grade. Drafting wasn't a complete and total waste of time after all!

Damn, if I could go back in time and smack myself into passing that class, I would. But I couldn't. A lot of awful things caught up to me my sophomore year, and having a sucky class first period was not something I could cope with. Some of the reasons I failed were beyond my control, most were the sort of things that ought to not have been beyond my control, but really, kinda were. Drafting, ladies and gentlemen, is a good 73% of the reason I transferred out of Stuy. And now I find out that it could've been useful. Fuck it all to hell.

To sum up, I am eating a bialy for late dinner. That made my day a little better.


Swiss cheese hole mystery solved: It's all down to dirt

NSA preps quantum-resistant algorithms to head off crypto-apocalypse

GMOs: Myth vs. Fact (via America's Finest News Source)

Why Sticking a Pair of Eyeballs on a Sign Actually Changes Behavior

Power companies may have found a new way to crack into the solar business

The pronoun 'I' is becoming obsolete

Narcolepsy medication modafinil is world's first safe 'smart drug'

Ghostly Particles from Outer Space Detected in Antarctica

The forgotten history of 4 everyday inventions that were supposed to change the world

First-time Texas drug felons to be eligible for food stamps again

Gut microbes linked to major autoimmune eye disease

In New Orleans' Hardest-Hit Neighborhood, A Recovery — By Sheer Will

Stem cell treatment halts MS progression in 91% of patients

The day I removed a toy dinosaur from a woman's vagina

Wormhole Created in Lab Makes Invisible Magnetic Field

Mauritania upholds conviction of anti-slave activists

People with psychopathic traits are less likely to 'catch' a yawn than empathetic folks

Google ordered to remove links to stories about Google removing links to stories

L.A. 'Shade Ball' Rollout a 'Potential Disaster'

The Jared Fogle case: Why we understand so little about child sex abuse

In Orwellian fashion, Americans have been stripped of the right to walk.

Mexico finds 63 children working in vegetable packing firm

Australia has denied environmental approval to just 18 projects since 2000

Macedonia: State of emergency declared over migrants

U.S.: ISIS mortar tests positive for sulfur mustard agent
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Depraved Masochist Enjoys Following The News

Research reveals link between age and opinions about video games

World's fastest number game wows spectators and scientists

Scientists built a ‘vomiting device’ to show how spewing chunks spreads disease

H.P Lovecraft’s very bizarre hatred of Red Hook and Brooklyn Heights (It's not that bizarre. Was anybody unaware that he was a racist xenophobe?)

Blind children can repurpose brain's visual center to process speech – study

This Crazy Sky Pool Is Either Incredible or Terrifying

Elon Musk’s hyperloop is actually getting kind of serious

Chameleons' swiveling eyes not as independent as once thought

XKCD: Kitchen Tips

Divers recover $4.5M in gold coin off Florida beach

Vaccine against Middle East Mystery Disease Shows Promise

These spiders glide through the air like Superman

Colors in culture

Huh? Schools Think Kids Don’t Want to Learn Computer Science

Why Does Food Eaten on an Airplane Taste So Blah?

Ant knows how to self-medicate to fight off fungal infection

A Social History of Jell-O Salad: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon

Molecular scientists unexpectedly produce new type of glass

Americans back federal funds for Planned Parenthood health services: poll

Immigration Officials Arrest 50 Suspected Of Human Rights Violations

The Biggest Scandal in US History That We're Still Not Talking About

The Books That Prison Officials Don’t Want Chelsea Manning to Read

Burundi's Nkurunziza sworn in for third term, urges refugees who fled violence to return

Haunted in Fishkill: My Memories of Prison Brutality and the Beat Up Squad

Humans are 'unique super-predator'

There Might Be Fracking Wastewater on Your Organic Fruits and Veggies


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Calloo, callay? Well, it's lonely without the thumpety thump of decreasingly little feet (they both wear women's size shoes now), and the constant whine of, well, whining.


Mice sing just like birds, but we can’t hear them

First Saudi women register to vote

Why Fans Don’t Always Make Things Cooler

Oldest known message in a bottle washes ashore in Germany

What Other Countries Can Teach America About Transgender Military Service

Half of Jerusalem Arabs want to be Israelis

Carbon nanofibres made from CO2 in the air

Poll: Majority in US wants gov't to curb prescription costs

Where Are All The People of Color in Sci-Fi/Fantasy?

'Space Jam' Forever: The Website That Wouldn't Die

Two-year-olds with larger oral vocabularies enter kindergarten better prepared

The software Stephen Hawking uses to talk to the world is now free

Hummingbird tongues are way weirder than we thought

Poland looking into report of Nazi treasure train found

5 Images Of Kids Too Badass To Be Real (That Totally Are)

Earth's Mysteriously Light Core Contains Brimstone

US launches biggest allied airborne drills since Cold War ended

NASA scours retired space shuttles for spare parts

How Black Reporters Report On Black Death

Donald Trump slams 'birthright citizenship.' Why does US even have it?

Mexico condemns Donald Trump's 'racist' and 'absurd' immigration plan

New limbs and new hope for Africa's hunted albino children

South Korea says it exchanged fire with North Korea at border


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What IS it with that word? In the 29-odd years since I learned to read, I don't think I encountered that word once until this last year. And now I've seen it no less than 4 times since January!

Now, the first time I was pleased to encounter a word that was truly new to me, new enough that I had to look it up. I'm always happy to build my vocabulary, and like my much vaunted typing speed, my vocabulary is at a point where it's hard to see any improvement. Unless I am reading very technical articles, and thus vastly improving my knowledge of specialist terms regarding science subfields, I rarely encounter unknown words in the wild. (This is perhaps exacerbated by my habit of reading the dictionary, but what can I do? I like the dictionary.)

Times two and three surprised me, but I chalked it up to a frequency illusion. Now that I'm at time four, I'm getting outright baffled. Did everybody know this word but me? Was it in some inordinately popular word-of-the-day calendar, and if I look at the Google N-grams I'm gonna see some spike in 2015? Did it appear on the SATs in 2013, and everybody decided to help the kid next door study for the test last year and this? DID I STEP INTO A PARALLEL UNIVERSE WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS WORD? There has got to be a rational answer for the fact that it's all of a sudden everywhere, but damned if I can see it.

Inchoate. It's not even a bad word (though it looks funny), but I'm so perplexed.


Encouraging Study Finds It Now Easier Than Ever For American Dollars To Rise Into Upper Class

The Moon is Surrounded by Neon, NASA Probe Reveals

Alaska village seeks to reunite with Russian relatives

This interactive map shows how ‘wrong’ other maps are

Chimps and monkeys have entered the stone age

The Story of Mexican Coke Is a Lot More Complex Than Hipsters Would Like to Admit

Technology has created more jobs than it has destroyed, says 140 years of data (People keep saying this, but all I can think of is Invitation to the Game, where the main character finds the even her safety jobs, such as barber, are listed as "more efficient" to be done with robots. It works out well for her in the end, but not for most people. Past results are no guarantee of future success.)

Everything You've Heard About Chastity Belts Is a Lie

Angels and Errors: How the Harrow & Wealdstone Disaster Helped Shape Modern Britain

Why Is Stolen Art So Hard to Find?

The Great Chicago Onion Ring: Why Selling Onion Futures Is Against Federal Law

Cheating Wonders: Beringer's Lying Stones

The mind-blowing science of how Febreze hides your smelliness

Asked to plot themselves on a 'sexuality scale', 23% of British people choose something other than 100% heterosexual – and the figure rises to 49% among 18-24 year olds

Space Elevator Could Be Rocket Alternative for Astronauts

The farm-by-farm fight between China and the United States to dominate the global food supply.

Police Training Is Seriously Lacking in Actual Science

Synthetic Identity Fraud: A New Kind of Costly ID Theft You’ve Never Heard Of

Data show that in Utah, SWAT-style tactics are overwhelmingly used to serve drug warrants

For Kurdish youth in Turkey, autonomy is no longer enough

Scientists find evidence of prehistoric massacre in Europe

Head Lice Now Resistant to Common Meds in 25 States

Momentum builds to stop the automatic shackling of juveniles in court

Israeli Opposition Leader Fears New Palestinian Uprising

Facing legal bills, ‘Muslim-free’ gun shop teams with George Zimmerman to sell Confederate flag prints. (Actual quote: "“You cannot assume everyone who flies a Confederate flag is racist in the same way that you cannot judge every Muslim to be a terrorist, or every gun owner to be a serial killer." Perhaps not, but in this case, I'll take the bet.)


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It's hard to tell, because it's so gradual, but her teeth are making real progress! One tooth was so far back in her mouth that it hadn't had a bracket put on it, but it has a bracket now, because there's room for it to be moved forwards!

And then we came home and everybody slept. I have no idea what on earth possessed me to think 9:30 am was a good hour to go to the dentist.


Healthy mood spreads through social contact, depression doesn't

Is it worth treating everyone who might get worms?

How to See Invisible Infrastructure (THIS IS FASCINATING AND YOU WANT TO READ IT)

Big Question: Why Does Tap Water Go Stale Overnight?

Tips For Handling A Picky Eater (from The Onion)

First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim

FDA approves 'female Viagra' with strong warning

Report: Women to be allowed into Navy SEALs

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Forgetful scientists accidentally quadruple lithium-ion battery lifespan

How to Beat the Drought by Hoarding Water (If It Ever Rains Again)

How a Meat Industry Byproduct Could Make Solar Panels Cheaper

The Tree of Life may be a bush

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The Rise and Fall of America’s Fossil Dogs

The Mexican comedians with a serious civic message

Philadelphia archdiocese cancels LGBT program ahead of pope visit

State Department Fights for Rights of Gay Envoys

Islamic leaders issue bold call for rapid phase out of fossil fuels

A Judge Just Handed Abortion Supporters a Huge Win in the Deep South

5 Dumb Things I Saw (And Did) While In Charge Of US Nukes

Donald Trump's Immigration Principles Would've Barred His Own Grandfather

Navajo Nation Farmers Feel The Weight Of Colorado Mine Spill

'Gag law': Spaniard who photographed police faces fine

Climate change is making the Texas panhandle too hot and dry to raise beef.

Locked in Solitary at 14: Adult Jails Isolate Youths Despite Risk

Major publisher retracts 64 scientific papers in fake peer review outbreak

‘All Our Young People Have Gone to the Mountains’


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And the heat is supposed to continue forever. Or at least a week, anyway.

And Ana is going to the orthodontist tomorrow, which is gonna suck. On the plus side, on Wednesday she's visiting her dad's mom, so Grandma gets to deal with the Week of Soup, not us!

In celebration of the occasion, we bought new socks. And also shoes, but that was because Ana revealed she had outgrown hers (which I swear we bought less than two months ago) and we happened to conveniently be in a shoe store.


A Surprisingly Uncomplicated Look At Rube Goldberg Machines in Movies

What We Know About the NSA and AT&T’s Spying Pact

Your Color Red Really Could Be My Blue

8 Obvious Lies That People Believed For Waaay Too Long

Newly discovered documents show how crucial autism research was ignored, perpetuating misinformation about autistic children. (Now, if we could just convince them to start referring to autistic people instead of only ever children!)

Paleobotanists identify what could be the mythical 'first flower'

A Great Wall of Staten Island to Ward Off Hurricanes

A new report shows online friendship is becoming the mainstream for teenagers.

'Drinkable book' could give millions access to clean water

When Public Servants Refuse to Serve the Public

The military governs your diet: From pizza to burritos to new plastic pouches, the Pentagon wields shocking power in grocery aisle

Two Women Make History by Passing Army's Elite Ranger School

New research finds that when parents with math anxieties try to help their kids, their efforts could backfire.

Hundreds of US rabbis voice support for Iran nuclear deal

Planned Parenthood seeks injunction against Florida health agency

The Harsh Human Cost of Defunding Planned Parenthood

Wave of heroin overdose deaths on Staten Island stirs fears

Inmates say they worked for free for jail officials

The Bail Trap

Cotopaxi eruption: What's with all the volcanoes these days?

Will Robots Create Good Jobs?

City grime 'breathes back out' polluting nitrogen gases


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Have tried putting it in recovery mode three times now, have yet to successfully wipe it. If this doesn't work and I end up having to go down to the Apple store, I'm not going to be a happy Connie.


Sequestered prion protein takes the good mood away, suggests new hypothesis on depression

The Slide and the Excise: NYC’s Most Notorious 19th Century Gay Bars

75 Years Later, the Deadly Bombing That Rocked the New York World's Fair Is Still Unsolved

Three men arrested following treasure hunt in New York City's sewers

Study uncovers dramatic cross-cultural differences in babies' sitting ability

Gendering Toys Isn’t About Nature or Tradition. It’s About Ideology.

5 Creepy Unsolved Mysteries (That Have Totally Been Solved)

Fertility clinics destroy embryos all the time. Why aren’t conservatives after them?

With a Thousand Times More Cells Than Humans, Why Don't Whales Get Cancer More?

Lawsuit over two-word tweet—“actually yes”—can move ahead, judge finds

Critically endangered species successfully reproduced using frozen sperm from ferret dead for 20 years

U.S. military's transgender care costs 'negligible,' study says

Ginny – The Loving Dog That Rescued Over 900 Injured Stray Cats

How doctors want to die is different than most people

Rogue supernovas likely flung into space by black hole slingshots

The Japanese women who married the enemy

Germans are so scared of surveillance they microwave their ID cards

U.S. military looks into moving some Guantanamo detainees to military sites

Housing chief suggests mothers may deliberately expose children to lead

Indefensible: The Story Of New Orleans’ Public Defenders

Egypt rejects rights groups' call for probe into 2013 killings of hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood protesters

Why President Obama and Congress turned their backs on food safety

Cops now suspected of killing 18 people in Brazil

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If we weren’t so obsessed with Warren G. Harding’s sex life, we’d realize he was a pretty good president

What’s Been Found In Hillary’s Emails So Far

The Unexpected Health Benefits of Tetris

Did technology kill the book or give it new life?

How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

Fortifying sweet potatoes against blindness

Everyone's Upstairs Neighbors

How can ants tell each other apart? Why, with their crazy refined sense of smell.

Addict amnesty: Police give heroin addicts support, rehab

Puzzle: Are You Smarter Than 52,765 Other New York Times Readers? (No, no I am not.)

Gene therapy cures blindness by replacing vision cells in eyes

Judge temporarily blocks Alabama abortion clinic regulation

No traffic jams in asthmatic cells

20 Times Stores Were a Little Confused About Back To School Supplies

Archeologists may have solved mystery of the 'Lost Colony'

Absurd Creature of the Week: The Squid That Looks Like a Bee Stung It in the Eyeball (That's eyeball, singular. The other eye looks completely different.)

Bounce, Launch, Splash! The Joy of the Diving Board

Intel, Micron debut 3D XPoint storage technology 1,000x faster than current SSDs

The 6 Cruelest Science Experiments Ever (Were Done on Kids)

What it takes to be a jailhouse lawyer.

Facebook rescinds internship to Harvard student who exposed a privacy flaw in Messenger

The Hidden Bias of Cameras

GPS Trackers In Fake Elephant Tusks Reveal Ivory Smuggling Route

Chasing fair skin, Ivorians ignore whitening cream ban

Forecasters warn that "Godzilla El Nino" could hit U.S.

Spousal abuse: The ‘silent illness’ driving women into homelessness

Dear White America: I know it’s hard, but you have to acknowledge what’s happening in this country

Netanyahu Appoints Opponent Of Palestinian Statehood As UN Envoy

Health of oceans 'declining fast'

New explosions and fire in Tianjin send smoke into the sky

A War Of All Against All

The growing wealth gap that nobody is talking about

Enforcement for white-collar crime hits 20-year low

Euro ministers give blessing to Greek bailout, wooing IMF on debt
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Don’t Try This at Home: Scientists Brew Opiates With Yeast

To Cut Food Waste, Spain's Solidarity Fridge Supplies Endless Leftovers

Horses and humans share facial expressions, study says

So, This Bellingham 4-BR Has a Giant Ship Sticking Out of It

Search for Missing Woman from 1946 Photograph of the Warsaw Ghetto

The Hong Kong fight to cash in Japanese military yen

Germany won respect by addressing its World War II crimes. Japan, not so much.

Poll Finds Americans’ Greatest Fear Is Waitress Forgetting About Them

Robot 'mother' builds babies that can evolve on their own

HPV Vaccine Rates Up, Still Lag Behind Other Vaccines

A Little Kelp From My Friends

The odds of 44 Army Rangers being struck by lightning? Not so low

Your Family's Genealogical Records May Have Been Digitized by a Prisoner

When Innocence Is No Defense

Don’t Blame My ‘Broken Windows’ Theory For Poor Policing

Police killings of Latinos spark less outrage than when victims are black

U.S. warns states against defunding Planned Parenthood

Google Maps Is Racist Because the Internet Is Racist

Gulf eats away at coast outside levee-protected New Orleans

Well, this is creepy – and dangerous

Recalling famine, Russians decry Kremlin destruction of food imports

Meritocracy is a massive lie: Race, inheritance and the the truth about the rigged American dream

Nope, You Can't Learn About Climate Change in Georgia Schools

Trans homicides surpass total for 2014 as community warns of crisis


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So, as everybody has heard, Target isn't separating it's toys and bedding into "girl" and "boy" sections anymore. My reaction was "Oh, hey, great. Whoop-de-doo." Other people's reaction was more like "Oh! Hey, great! Whoop-de-doo!!!!" but, you know, without the sarcasm. These are both understandable reactions.

Perhaps predictably, or perhaps surprisingly, there are the other people, who look upon this as the unheralded fifth horseman of the apocalypse. In one breath they both proclaim how obvious it is that boys and girls are DIFFERENT, DAMNIT! and profess their total inability to determine which toy goes to which kid without a color coded map and strict gender segregation, preferably with an actual wall between areas. They swear up and down that they and THEIR kids never EVER wanted the WRONG toy (well, yes, most children are amply socialized in gender norms and then some) and then predict how soon the downfall of civilization is going to come once girls realize they can play with trucks. Oh, heavens, won't somebody think of the children???

Nitwits. Were it not for laughing, I should pity them. If ever there were a time to answer fools according to their folly, now is surely that time.


Ex-President Warren Harding's Love Child Confirmed Through DNA Testing

New Zealand will shut down its last large coal-fired power generators in 2018

Federal court: Anti-Muslim group can't post ads on buses

Nefertiti 'was buried inside King Tut's tomb'

Cheers! Yeast's Evolutionary Journey Gave Beer Its Flavor

You Missed a Spot (and Made a Mural)

Why Letting Women Take Tea Breaks Was Once Considered Dangerous

Bizarrely Social and Crafty Octopus Stuns Scientists

Attacks on refugees tempered by strong support in Germany

How the UK found Japanese speakers in a hurry in WW2

How Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Changing Medicine

Yes, Virginia, people of color do fucking read SF/F

APA Task Force Aims to Reduce Transphobia Among Psychologists

The 6 Most Intriguing Stupid Questions Answered by Science

The Resurrection of America's Slums

It’s unconstitutional to ban the homeless from sleeping outside, the federal government says

New York police union collecting images of city's homeless

Bid to keep pork substitutes on French school menus rebuffed

Humans responsible for demise of gigantic ancient mammals (Surprise, surprise.)

Clerk's office defies order; no same-sex marriage licenses

Austerity kills: The sad, sick truth about right-wing economics’ body count

Black poverty differs from white poverty

Israel struggles to find medics to force-feed prisoner

Tianjin explosion: Dozens dead; areas of Chinese port city devastated

It turns out parenthood is worse than divorce, unemployment — even the death of a partner


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This is possibly because she was out of fares on her card and ended up walking home. It's a little over two miles. (omg!!!) This, of course, made her late.

She plans to do track again next summer, so there's that.


Teen finds gold bar while swimming in German Alpine lake

Armed and dangerous: octopus genetic secrets unveiled

When Knowledge Is Unforgettable

This Smart Mirror Floods Your Apartment With Natural Light

Herding Cats

Active video gaming compared to unstructured outdoor play

California marijuana farms at risk as weed smoke could rise from wildfires

How Man and Machine Unlocked the Ocean's Depths

Puerto Rico Prepares for Mass Wedding of Gay Couples

Dining Like Darwin: When Scientists Swallow Their Subjects

Google is building tiny devices to help diabetics

Do cellphones belong in the operating room?

L.A. fighting drought with millions of black plastic balls

The Challenge of Being Transgender in a Nursing Home

When Heroin Hits the White Suburbs, suddenly it’s not a crime problem, it’s a health problem.

New California law bars grand juries in police lethal force cases

Almost Half of Americans Are at Risk From Earthquakes

Suit challenges Mississippi ban on adoption by same-sex couples

Damage to Navajo Nation water goes beyond money

Public anger grows as Beirut's trash crisis persists

Oath Keepers and the Age of Treason


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The part of track she really enjoyed was throwing the javelin. I'm very annoyed. I can find any number of running clubs and amateur teams for her age, but javelin? Hah, don't make me laugh. She couldn't like something a little more doable?


Pacific Northwest cities enact voluntary water reductions

Machine That Turns Poo Into Water Gets a Test Run in Africa

How orthography and ornithology catalysed a new folk etymology

How Bees Carry Their Baggage


The Container Ship Tourism Industry

Why Stevie Wonder is 'welcome to apply' to the CIA

Forget Sykes-Picot. It’s the Treaty of Sèvres That Explains the Modern Middle East.

Beatrice White, the girl who killed half a million flies for Toronto

The “Pillars of Creation” Have Been, Are Being, and Will Be Destroyed

5 Random People Who Stumbled Into Real Conspiracies

Facing rising dental costs, seniors head to Mexico

Losing your sense of smell takes away more than scents and flavours

DuPont and the Chemistry of Deception

This Man Has Been Trying to Live Life as a Goat

The teen disease you’ve probably never heard of

Giant Crack in Africa Will Create a New Ocean

Mexico bans giveaways of baby formula at hospitals

Utah and Pakistan educational institutions team up to solve water issues

Trans fats, but not saturated fats like butter, linked to greater risk of early death and heart disease

What happens when two foxes find a dog's ball? Adorableness ensures.

Amnesty International votes in support of decriminalizing sex trade

Russia and Nato war games increase risk of real clash, report says

The Crimes of Children

Why Not Insider Trade on Every Company?

Try West Bank Settlers in Israeli Military Court Just Like Palestinians

Officer fired for 'troubling' decisions in shooting of Texas teen

Ferguson forced to return Humvees as US military gear still flows to local police

A Massive Oil Pipeline Under the Great Lakes Is Way Past Its Expiration Date

5 Maddening Things Poor People Can't Get Out From Under


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She doesn't expect to win anything, but cross your fingers anyway, would you?


This Artist Beautifully Recreates Famous Paintings inside Eggshells

The Stories Behind TV Production Company Closing Logos

Attack on the pentagon results in discovery of new mathematical tile

Let's Build a New Borough

Hong Kong Says Goodbye to Thousands of Neon Signs

Fun bar soap in the form of Nintendo 64 cartridges

Accused Sex Toy Thief Claims His Name Is 'Obama Is A Criminal'

Just Facts: America’s Non-Existent “Spike in Crime”

Where Did the Antiwar Movement Go?

The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia—for Pay

Group backing Clinton gets $1M from untraceable donors

Before He Was America's Wacky Uncle, Joe Biden Was a Tough-on-Crime Hardliner

Forests grapple with 8,500 gun incidents

Planned Parenthood Can No Longer Offer Cancer Screenings To Poor Women In Texas. Thanks, GOP

We Were Upvoted for Posting Nazi Propaganda about Migrants in the Daily Mail


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World’s Population To Top 11 Billion by 2100

“PING SUSP PHONE”—An Oakland shooting reveals how cops snoop on cell phones

Japanese engineer develops world's first 'car in a bag'

War in Space May Be Closer Than Ever

Documents Reveal the Fearmongering Local Cops Use to Score Military Gear From the Pentagon

The Many Origins of the English Language

Israeli rabbis create independent Jewish conversion court

Catholic Bishops In Kenya Call For A Boycott Of Polio Vaccines

No Pets for Pariahs

Researchers resurrect extinct virus to use for gene therapy

Bringing Danube's 'living fossils' back from brink of extinction

Syria releases prominent rights activist after 3 years in jail in rare goodwill gesture

Inmates Say Guards Beat Them for Info After Matt, Sweat Escape

Chicago police, ACLU reach agreement on 'stop and frisk' practice

Ukraine: turning economic basket case into breadbasket

Form for Drug Dealers to Snitch on Competitors Results in an Arrest

A few key signs betray betrayal

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I kinda don't want to call them because I owe them for July and August and we're seeing them in a week anyway. But I have to take Eva to the doctor anyway about her persistent sore throat, and Ana needs a follow-up about her asthma, so maybe I can drop by in person, the two offices are close to each other....


Salt Flat Indicates Last Vestiges of Martian Surface Water

Meeting Mali's most dedicated postman

After 190 years, NY's Erie Canal a relic with a hefty cost

Some STIs Are Beneficial, and May Have Boosted Evolutionary Promiscuity

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

Charles Darwin's genius revealed again as study shows his insight into sexual behaviour of the primrose was correct.

Cuban internet delivered weekly by hand

DEA Admits Marijuana Is Definitely Safer Than Heroin

Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional)

The Last of the Arabbers

The Bright Future of the Pedestrian Bridge

The Great Sushi Craze of 1905, Part 1 And Part 2

Turning cow poo into power is profitable for US farm

For sale in Spanish 'paradise': entire villages. Cheap.

Should Doctors Operate On Intersex Babies?

Prejudice causes the perception of threat

The dwarves of Auschwitz

Pentagon still searching for its lost WWII veterans

Shrinking Dead Sea leaves trail of perilous sinkholes

Israel detains suspected Jewish radicals in West Bank

35 years served without conviction, man gets new trial

A year after Michael Brown’s fatal shooting, unarmed black men are seven times more likely than whites to die by police gunfire

Mexican missing-student activist killed in Guerrero state
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It eventually landed on some guy's soft pretzel and would not be dislodged. He had to abandon his snack, ultimately.


Ugandans mark Gay Pride, but stigma tempers joy

Humongous whirling gas cloud holds clues to how galaxies form

Quebec judge orders review of inmate's grievance over porn TV channels in prison

Lawyer seeks trial by combat to resolve lawsuit

Skirret: the forgotten Tudor vegetable

Psychology Group Votes To Ban Members From Taking Part In Interrogations

Scientists explain earthworms' leaf-busting guts

Coming Soon to America: One Fare Card for All Transit

End-Permian mass extinction may have been driven by an ocean teeming with life

Playing Mozart’s Piano Pieces as Mozart Did

5 Myths About the Revolutionary War Everyone Believes

To save forests, Kenyan tea factory brews new way to dry tea

This Renaissance Painting of Fruit Holds a Modern-Day Science Lesson

The California Slipshod Method: Poultry Farming in 19th Century California

History of Carrots

A Gorgeous New Weather Model of the World

The Fasinatng … Frustrating … Fascinating History of Autocorrect

A Berry So Shiny, It's Irresistible (And Inedible)

5 Shocking Ways the Modern World Screws Blind People

Thousands of Ebola survivors face severe pain, possible blindness

There's a problem with electronic voting machines in the USA

One year later: Ferguson is still pumping out arrest warrants

This Man Sat in Jail for 110 Days—After He Already Did His Time

EPA team spills million gallons of waste water into Colorado rivers

However, a new study published in the journal Science concludes that mega-engineering projects along river systems -- particularly near river deltas -- will actually worsen the eventual impact of flooding. (As always when I link to MetaFilter, you should probably read the comments.)

Inmates join firefighters on front lines of wildfires

California's Devastating Fire Season Is the New Normal

Massive toxic algae bloom reaches from California to Alaska

Bangladesh secular blogger killed by machete gang had asked for police protection

The Racial Gaps in America's Recovery


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do say it to rhyme with Ben all the time. And so do those of us with the merger, but then it also rhymes with bin, so yeah.


How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Story of lost, mute girl searching for home unites India, Pakistan

Astronauts Have Some Weird Pre-Launch Traditions

Stolen violin turns up after 35 years

Scientists want to develop electronic skin that could imbue prosthetics with the sense of touch.

Sumo Breakfast Of Champions: Bowls And Bowls Of Clay Pot Stew

Verizon will drop phone contracts, end discounted phones

Skip the rosé: These refreshing summer wines are ancient, complex, and “orange”

Monkey the Cat Hunts for Dinner

The Lonely, Lifesaving Job of Lighthouse Keepers, Revealed at the National Lighthouse Museum (They've been talking up this museum for half my life, I didn't realize it was ever going to open!)

Swedish Scientists Build Artificial Neurons Able to Communicate With Organic Neurons

Catholic groups lose another contraceptive court ruling

U.S. steps up efforts to meet Obama goal to close Guantanamo prison

Divers Discover Enormous Squid Egg Mass Off The Coast Of Turkey

The Hyperloop Will Be Only the Latest Innovation That's Pretty Much a Series of Tubes

Finding their voice: Speech clinic helps transgender clients

Blows for Obama as key lawmakers come out against Iran deal

Eye Shapes Of The Animal World Hint At Differences In Our Lifestyles

Why the US nuclear budget grows while the stockpile of warheads shrinks

Cancer research gets a better look at ‘zombie cells’

China’s Cyberspying Is ‘on a Scale No One Imagined’–if You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist

As California fires rage, the Forest Service sounds the alarm about sharply rising wildfire costs

Native Americans lose fight for long hair in prisons

Man gets a choice: Marry her or go to jail (THIS IS EVEN MORE FUCKED UP THAN THE TITLE SUGGESTS.)

Fish go deep to beat the heat

People are developing dementia earlier and dying of it more, a study shows

Philippines' Aeta people 'beggars' in their own land


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I'm listening to music, and the singer rhymed "ends" with "again". (Well, more or less. Let's pretend that -ds isn't there, why don't we.)

Now, I don't find that rhyme very surprising, because I have the pin-pen merger. (As a reminder, that means I don't make the vowel in "pet" before a nasal (n or m or ng), I automatically make the vowel in "pit" instead. I very clearly remember sitting in speech therapy at age eight or so wondering why it was "not possible" to put the sounds together that way!) So end always sounds like ind would to people who do NOT have the pin-pen merger. (And pin and pen sound alike, hence the name of the merger.)

But it occurs to me that maybe nobody else finds it surprising either. Maybe people without the merger say again with the same vowel as end or pen all the time (look, I can't type IPA without googling, so bear with me here) and I just didn't realize that before.

Soooooo... what vowel do you use in the second syllable of the word again? Help me out, I'm just dying of curiosity!


Mysterious Message Found in 2000-Year-Old Ritual Bath in Jerusalem

Americans are cutting calories, but far from eating healthy

Appeals court strikes down 'discriminatory' Texas voter ID law

Root radar: How parasitic plants know when to attack

Thousands of California convicts to regain voting rights

For strawberries, it’s diversify or die

Resetting and Reimagining New York City's Economy

The Gender of Aliens: why can’t authors write genderless humans?

First Known Venomous Frogs Could Kill You with a Head Butt

Cow dietary supplement may help in climate change fight

Humans see colour differently in the summer

Why children who play succeed

The Hidden Health Dangers of Buried Urban Rivers

13 Shocking and Funny Names From the Crazy Horse Surrender Ledger (Funny as in "historians think they were giving fake names".)

Scientists Discover Farthest Galaxy From Earth Ever Recorded

Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans?

As extremism rises, Israel extends administrative detention to Jews (On the one hand, it's good for laws to be applied equally. On the other hand, administrative detention is fucked up.)

Israel’s New Plan for Dealing With Jewish Terrorists Is All Wrong

Couple turns lawn into ecosystem; officials threaten to mow it down

Doctors Struggle With Unconscious Bias, Same As Police

‘It’s called slavery': For-profit detention centers force undocumented immigrants to work for $1 a day

The Amazonization of Everything

Alabama officer kept job after proposal to murder black man and hide evidence

Alabama makes three states that defunded Planned Parenthood this week

Cop pulls gun on man filming him with cell phone (This is perhaps the silliest thing to remark upon, but I was surprised that this man refers to recording with a cell phone as "video taping". Not that filming is really any less anachronistic.)

How the Hiroshima bombing is taught around the world

Hamas warns of new violence unless Israel lifts blockade


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Suddenly realized, 20 minutes before we had to leave for ballet that OMG IT IS TIME TO LEAVE FOR BALLET. WE ARE DOING THAT TODAY.

I'm supposed to get an emailed reminder, and indeed I did get such a thing, but I hadn't actually been on the computer. Strange, but true.


An ancient termite mound confirms insects can live in the same homes for millennia

Then, last night, I asked another question: name your favorite white science fiction and fantasy author. And the response was…something I hadn’t really expected.

Frequent spicy meals linked to human longevity

Genetic Privacy, as Explained by Mystery Poopers

Sucking on Mouse Tongues to Understand How Taste Buds Work

US carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low

Astronomers Discover a New Class of Freakishly Dense, Compact Galaxies

Almost Half of America Can’t Swim, Survey Says (Article from last year. Also, swimming competency self-assessment is apparently worthless, as most people who can barely swim think they swim just fine.)

Study Shows Plants Exhibit 'Animal-Like' Signals Despite Lack Of Nervous System

What Windows 10's "Privacy Nightmare" Settings Actually Do

Family to Pay Price for Trying to Sue Ammo Dealers

St. Louis justice system biased against black children, U.S. probe finds

Very Small Pool of Rich Donors Dominates Election Giving

Leaky Vaccines Enhance Spread of Deadlier Chicken Viruses

NSA report shows China hacked 600+ US targets over 5 years

Aging Pipes Are Poisoning America's Tap Water

School Segregation, the Continuing Tragedy of Ferguson

Charging Towards Fascism

How New York's mentally ill get lost in courts, jails and hospitals

Solitary Confinement: Punished for Life

The Making of the American Police State

How Mass Incarceration Takes a Toll on the Environment

Chicago police detained thousands of black Americans at interrogation facility


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and then I spent today feeling like I was going to throw up. Except I didn't throw up. I probably would've felt better if I had.

But with any luck, the disease is now out of everybody's system!

Lola was not there when I went to take out the garbage, but she ran up the stoop when she saw me. Not because she's fond of me, but because she knows I am a soft touch and always have food for her. And I did have food for her, on the condition that she actually approach me within 4.5 feet to get it, and on the same level rather than her on a porch and me on the ground.

It only took her five minutes to make the decision, and she didn't flee when I went inside to bring out more garbage either, so, you know, that's progress. I should've worked harder with her all this year, and I can't think why I didn't.


Scientists discover how some of the world’s first animals reproduced

Hong Kong protest over 'breast as weapon' conviction

The Tricky Ethics of the Lucrative Disaster Rescue Business

Why Giant Mosquitoes Are Suddenly Swarming Greenland

Germany hits new immigration record amid rising tensions

Galactic Archaeology Reveals Milky Way's Stellar Migrants

U.S. factory activity dips; consumer spending cools

Around the world in 30 unique modes of transport

Africa's Ambitious "Great Green Wall" (video)

Wing-nut conspiracy theorists have done it again: The truth about the Planned Parenthood hoax revealed

The Dorito Effect: Healthy food is blander than ever — and it's making us fat

Scientists Make The Case For A 6th Taste — But It's Less Than Tasty

There might not actually be bubonic plague bacteria on the New York subway, researchers admit

'Ultimate Frisbee' recognised by International Olympic Committee

College Textbook Prices Have Risen 1,041 Percent Since 1977

They want us fighting over who has the bigger pile of crumbs so we don’t realize they made off with almost the whole damn cake. Why are you angry about fast food workers making two bucks more an hour when your CEO makes four hundred TIMES what you do?

Study on ‘strategic ejaculation’ finds men produce better quality semen for unfamiliar women

Records: NSA paid Utah over $1M to police data center roads

Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one China'

New Treatment Lets Paralyzed Patients Move Their Legs


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Queen Bees Vaccinate All of Their Babies

The Case for Free Public Sunscreen

Woman Relieved Soulmate Turned Out To Be In Same Socioeconomic Bracket

Mennonites struggle to agree with each other on same-sex marriage

Cave Art May Show What Happened to Giant Lemurs

Rat Boners And Drunk Birds: 5 Hilarious Animal Experiments

Topless protest in Canada urges women to 'bare with us'

Health Effects Of Transitioning In Teen Years Remain Unknown

Oil droplets turn cells into tiny lasers

Wildfires prompt Brown to declare state of emergency in California

Four dead in Legionnaires' disease outbreak in New York

Fetal tissue research declining, still important

Does Forgoing Your Glass of Restaurant Water Actually Help the Drought?

Parents inclined to misjudge child happiness based on personal feelings

3 Traits Shared by New York's Most Walkable Streets

'Cool kids' can go on to become losers in later life, study finds
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Who can't be more than four months old. I have no idea what she's doing away from her mama, living on a street with buses passing by every 15 minutes, buses that terrify her.

The ASPCA van is going to be in the area tomorrow, but alas, I couldn't find her. I'll take a look again this week, and if I see her, I'll feed her and grab her up a little sooner to get fixed. (I'm not keeping her, geez, but I will see if I can pawn her off on a neighbor. Otherwise I will put up some signs, as it's even odds that somebody lost her. She's skittish, but she's definitely not feral.)

On the feral front, our porch cat, Lola, has been acting odder than usual lately. She's always been more semi-feral than true feral, but now she follows me around (from a safe distance) and creeps closer when I'm interacting with other cats, as though to observe. I've had cats follow me around before, but they were all tame. I do not quite know what to make of this. I'm working somewhat haphazardly on reducing her flight distance. I have no idea what I plan to do once it's sufficiently reduced, but it passes the time.


A Look at the Awesome but Ridiculously Old Technology That Runs the NYC Subway System

The troubleshooting teddies of Tirana

Mild traumatic brain injuries are common, yet tracking how a person is healing is still a patchwork of tests that aren’t always reliable. A new blood test might change that.

Cell aging slowed by putting brakes on noisy transcription

New York City Questions English, Math and Science Taught at Yeshivas

What a volcanic explosion 250 million years ago tells us about climate change.

Windows 10: Microsoft under attack over privacy

Children begin to rationalize rather than change their circumstances by as early as age four, a new study suggests.

The FDA Agrees Hospitals Should Stop Using Hackable Drug Pumps

The Rise of the Underground Economy

Fetal Tissue Gives Hope for One of the Worst Diseases

Is the U.S. Ready to Become Scandinavia?

Earth's magnetic shield is much older than previously thought

States Rethink Restrictions on Food Stamps, Welfare for Drug Felons

Scientists find the single letter in corn’s DNA that spurred its evolution

How to Fix Our Interstates

A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared

There’s a naive idea floating around that an innocent person should never be afraid of cops

Alabama reconsiders immigration law after not-brown person gets arrested

Sex trafficking: Lifelong struggle of exploited children

Why It Matters Whether an Attack on Palestinians Is 'Terrorism'

Wikileaks Latest Info-Dump Shows, Again, That The NSA Indeed Engages In Economic Espionage Against Allies


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Poor baby.

She threw up right on my bed. Poor me!


How U.S.-style megachurches are taking over the world, in 5 maps and charts

High School Student Proves Professor Wrong When He Denied “No Irish Need Apply” Signs Existed

GM Mosquitoes Set To Be Released In Brazil To Combat Dengue

How Pell Grants Could Give America's Prisoners an Education and Save Their Lives

No, scientists aren’t predicting 10ft higher sea level by 2050

How Rich People Raise Rich Kids

'Glass floor' protecting middle classes from social slide

Model shows how surge in wealth inequality may be reversed

No One Knew This Plant Existed Until It Was Posted to Facebook

Can a Public Defender Really Handle 700 Cases a Year?

China sets up first unmanned factory; all processes are operated by robots

The FBI Built a Database That Can Catch Rapists — Almost Nobody Uses It

Scientists have synthesized a new compound that ‘mimics’ exercise. Could a workout pill be far behind?

Which oils are best to cook with?

Filmmakers fighting “Happy Birthday” copyright find their “smoking gun”

Can you click on the drowning child before the lifeguard rescues them? A visual reminder that drowning doesn't look like you think.

These Programs Are Helping Prisoners Live Again On The Outside

Is short-termism wrecking the economy?

Defending Backpage, Sex Workers Say Removing Online Ads Does Them More Harm

Origins of life: New model may explain emergence of self-replication on early Earth

Lithuania’s Startling Campaign to Erase Its Ugly History of Nazi Collaboration

High-speed police chases have killed thousands of innocent bystanders

"Educators seldom have enough time to do their business. What’s that doing to the state of learning?" (You can read the comments over at MetaFilter. Honestly, bathroom rights are human rights. When I was a kid, teachers could step out for a pee. Ugh.)

Crispr: Breakthrough announced in technique of 'editing' DNA to fight off deadly illnesses

HIV flushed out by cancer drug

White Flight Never Ended

She couldn’t pay her bond. How a bail system the Justice Department has called unconstitutional may have contributed to her death.

Mike Huckabee Won't Rule Out Using Federal Troops To Stop Abortions. (Don't vote for this guy!)

Police Shootings Won't Stop Unless We Also Stop Shaking Down Black People
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This isn't actually a hypothetical, that is what I've decided, but let's pretend it is.

Does anybody know of any good adaptations for younger people of ANY epics (not just the usual suspects) they'd like to recommend?
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I know it's not true that bullies really have low self-esteem and don't love themselves, but is it really true that they're all cowards deep inside? I can find online information on the one but not the other, just repeated assertions of same.
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Three days in a row they predicted thunderstorms, three days in a row we got bupkis.

Earlier today it said we were under a heat advisory until Wednesday at 6, now it's lasting until Thursday at 8. We're also under an air quality advisory, and Ana has track tomorrow.

God damn it.

We went to the pool today (special late hours, probably because of the aforementioned heat advisory), stayed there the entire afternoon. OMG the kids are exhausting. (But did they have the decency to get nicely tuckered out? No, no they did not.)


Here’s what I did when racists complained about an interracial family in my magazine

What Endures From the Ancient Civilizations That Once Ruled the Central Andes?

If White People Food Were Described Like “Exotic” Food

What Are the Most Common Forms of Sex Toy Injuries?

Good Vibrations: U.S. Consumer Web Site Aims to Enhance Sex Toy Safety (four year old link)

Vegetable Calligraphy And if you think that's nifty, just wait until you hear this carrot clarinet.

Jamestown excavation unearths four bodies — and a mystery in a small box

New research: Comparing how security experts and non-experts stay safe online

Websites, Please Stop Blocking Password Managers. It’s 2015

Meet the Adorable "Sea Bunny" Taking Over the Internet

7 Modern Conveniences That Are Way Older Than You Think

Kids in India Are Sparking Urban Planning Changes by Mapping Slums

Scientists solve bizarre 'hair ice' mystery

For true penal reform, focus on the violent offenders

A Day Of Triumph In A Time Of Change: Cuba's High Holiday Explained

Delhi's cheap food war: Street vendors fear city's canteen scheme will threaten their livelihoods

Mass Transit Doesn't Cause Gentrification

I Am Deathly Allergic To The World's Most Popular Smell

Empty and all but unknown, ghost trains are one of British transport’s strangest quirks. Why do they exist?

Why Mammals Have a Monopoly On Milk

Common Waters: Politics and the public water fountain (The last comment upon posting asks what a "slippery dip is". From reading the children's book Trouble Twisters, I can confirm that it is a regional term for a slide or sliding board. This is not related to the topic, I just wanted to clarify. Also, do read the comments.)

Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone

An Ingenious Shower Liner With Inflatable Spikes That Force a Person Out of the Shower After Four Minutes

Being Neurotic Makes It Harder for You to Remember Things

Mystery pooper targeting holes of Norwegian golf course

Grow better veggies with LEDs

Gay rights in Eastern Europe: A new battleground for Russia and the West

China doesn’t want your trash anymore—and that could spell big trouble for American cities

Is the world losing the fight against 'superbugs'?

The staggering number of wrongful convictions in America


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The eggs were a little older than I'd like, so I tested them in some cold water before cracking to make sure they didn't float. They can still be bad even if they don't float, but the odds are lower.

And here I am, cracking eggs into a separate bowl (you crack a rotten egg into your cake batter just once and that is a mistake you will never make again) when one makes a bid for freedom and starts rolling off the counter.

Like a fool, I moved forward to catch it, it cracked right on my thigh and - yup, that was a bad one. Of all the rotten luck.

Now, as this was going on I was also trying to chivvy Ana up for breakfast. So when she hears me transition suddenly from "C'mon, Ana, you gotta take your inhaler!" to "OH GOD DAMN IT!" she bolts up out of bed and goes "What did I do????"

"Oh, uh, this wasn't you honey, this was the egg."

But I guess there's a silver lining here, in that one she shot out of bed she didn't get back in!


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The invisible network that keeps the world running

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San Francisco combats the stench of urine with pee-repellant paint

Transgender Women Face Inadequate Health Care, 'Shocking' HIV Rates (Don't read the comments!)

Can Breadfruit Overcome Its Past to Be a Superfood of the Future?

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The Cancer Epidemic in Central Appalachia

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The Scientific Explanation Behind Underwater 'Fairy Circles'

Everyone Has the Right to Mouth Off to Cops

Salt Is Slowly Crippling California's Almond Industry

Do the world’s ‘uncontacted’ tribes deserve to be left alone?

Group To Unveil Satan Statue In Detroit During ‘Largest Public Satanic Ceremony In History’ (God, sometimes I love the Satanist. They certainly act with style.)

Why Schools Over-Discipline Children With Disabilities

Why We Were Totally Wrong About How Boa Constrictors Kill


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Will post one, lest I forget:

It's been percolating in the back of my head for awhile: why is so little effort put into developing fun and games in science fiction or fantasy universes?

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There's some interesting stuff in the comments, and the girls and I are going to get up in the morning and do things even if it kills us.
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I don't get it. The PKK has been active pretty much my entire life. Turkey isn't going to forget that just because they've got ISIS knocking at the door. I know we say the enemy of your enemy is your friend, but in real life terms sharing an enemy doesn't actually make us all one big happy family. It makes us, at best, a highly dysfunctional family "celebrating" the world's shittiest Thanksgiving.

Sometimes I look at current events, and I'm reminded of the popular conception of WWI. (No surprise there, given that a. we're now at 100 years since the start of the war and b. an insane amount of shit is going on that probably relates to how the borders were redrawn at the end of that conflict.) People talk about WWI, and the image in your mind is that the world's population just kinda sleepwalked fatalistically into war because they couldn't quite summon the energy to hop off the tracks. This probably isn't true, but that's the picture. In that view of history, they must have been almost grateful when war was declared, because at least they didn't have to wait anymore.

So I look at current events, and it's the same thing. ISIS murders people in Turkey. In retaliation, the PKK kills two soldiers, so Turkey bombs them right back, and at every step I'm sitting there going "You people know how stupid this is, right? Seriously, how is this supposed to help?"
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I screwed that up big time, and I think I know what I did wrong and am not asking for advice. (It WAS pretty interesting, though. Opened it up to burp it, and it started bubbling out all over me like a shaken soda. So I moved to the sink, and then found that I couldn't push down the grated squash with my ceramic knife, there was too much pressure in the brine underneath.)

But yeah. Dumped the whole thing out. Jenn wants me to pickle some beets. I may do that, or I may pickle some turnips. With mint.

But this is not why I am posting. I am posting to share this: Gul Dukat pictures + Zapp Brannigan quotes. I haven't read the news yet, and I have no other links of any interest, but I just couldn't wait until the morning to share that.

(Well, okay, there may be ONE more link: Long Before Trees Overtook the Land, Earth Was Covered by Giant Mushrooms)
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It's just fun!

So I've got one set of garlicky dill pickles, and one set of dill squash pickles with no garlic, and one set of spicy dill pickles with a little garlic, and some relish which I'm not sure will turn out, and a set of experimental pickles with ginger and basil and cilantro. (If you only need a little basil, is it stealing to rummage around in the basket and take some leaves that have fallen rather than pay $4 for the entire bunch? I don't really care, because that's what I did, but....)

So I'm trying to work out what I'll do with this surfeit of pickles, and I found this. Now, that sounds like a good idea!

(And pretty soon, I'm gonna make me some lox.)


Poor U.S. urban road conditions take toll on motorists' pocketbooks

Fuck speech acts

Four-legged snake sheds light on mysteries of reptile evolution

Aircraft 'bomb bag' limits on board explosion impact

Can Sound Explain a 350-Year-Old Clock Mystery?

Frigid offices, freezing women, oblivious men: An air-conditioning investigation

Meet the Rogue Dairy Queen That Serves Whatever It Wants

Pharmacy owners cannot cite religion to deny medicine: U.S. appeals court

The bizarre, desperate, occasionally cruel medical treatments for bedwetting.

World's first malaria vaccination approved

Mother of all battles in scarcity-hit Venezuela: having a baby

Math Works Great—Until You Try to Map It Onto the World

Abruptly Warming Climate Triggered Megabeast Revolutions

Dirty Air Correlates with Lower Grades in Texas Schoolchildren

Immigrant parents sue Texas over US-born children’s birth certificates

NASA estimates 1 billion ‘Earths’ in our galaxy alone

The American way of using fork and knife is inefficient and inelegant. We need a new way.

3D 'printouts' at the nanoscale using self-assembling DNA structures

Amateur archaeologist finds Nazi gold hoard

Alligator Found Roaming Streets of Inwood

In a warming forest, fungi may be key to trees' survival

America Is Even Less Socially Mobile Than Most Economists Thought

Study throws doubt on education benefit of deworming children

Lawmakers to Introduce Historic LGBT Non-Discrimination Bills

Why Is This Wild, Pea-Sized Tomato So Important?

Why Web Accessibility for the Disabled Makes Sense for Everyone

Listen! Beowulf opening line misinterpreted for 200 years

Living in Switzerland ruined me for America and its lousy work culture

Mystery solved? Study says three-fold increase in autism is due in large part to changing diagnoses No shit.

The Strangely Successful History of People Mailing Themselves in Boxes

Resolving social conflict is key to survival of bacterial communities
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With cucumber and with summer squash!

Funny thing, though, I had a lot less cucumbers than I thought I should have. Either my ability to count is waaaay off, or we have a bag of rotting cucumbers somewhere in the house I don't know where....
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Sri Lanka to harness wasted rainwater for crops, power

Dogs, But Not Wolves, Use Humans As Tools

Palestinian-funded TV channel for Israeli Arabs challenged

Scientists Are Hoarding Data And It’s Ruining Medical Research

Immigration to U.S. from Mexico drops sharply: study

More Than 200,000 Vietnam Vets Still Have PTSD

The Omniscient Breasts: The Male Gaze Through Female Eyes

From Steinbeck to Cervantes: Confessing Our Literary Gaps

Is This a Selfie?

New evidence of cultural diversification between neighboring chimpanzee communities

Why American teenagers are having much less sex

Sizzler and the Search for the American Dream

A quick exit for Cantonese

Bionic hand uses smart wires to mimic muscle fibers

Quinoa Craze Inspires North America To Start Growing Its Own (older article)

Why Some Playgrounds Are Amazing, Most Are Lame, And What To Do About It

India making inroads in Maoist stronghold

The transformation of Synanon, founded by Charles E. Dederich, from drug rehabilitation program to wealthy, violent cult.

North Koreans ordered to start work at 5am during heatwave

First evidence of farming in Mideast 23,000 years ago
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But that's exactly what Eva plans to do when she visits her friend Eve, so we better hie us to the store soon.

And I'd better make lunch. I have no idea what I'm doing for lunch.


How to Disappear a Country

How Vandalism And Fear Ended Abortion In Northwest Montana

Facebook must hand over New York users' info to prosecutors, court rules

Armadillos cause spike in leprosy cases in Florida

DNA uncovers mystery migration to the Americas


Navajo Nation loosens language requirements for top leaders

Native Americans seek hate crime investigation in killing

Con Ed Is Begging Business Owners To Stop Air Conditioning The Sidewalks

More Teens Use 'Morning-After Pill,' Study Finds

Winner Of French Scrabble Title Does Not Speak French

Underage African footballers 'trafficked' to Laos

The Diaper Dilemma: How not being able to afford a basic baby necessity hurts mothers’ mental health and their ability to parent

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

Senate struggles over long-term transportation funding

Despite animosity, Moscow's Muslims change the city

Cracked Bones Reveal Cannibalism by Doomed Arctic Explorers

Bionic eye implant world first

Views of Pluto Through the Years

Israel ramps up punishments for stone-throwers, Palestinians protest

What We Can Learn About the Wage Gap by Mapping Where Men and Women Live

Scientists find first drug that appears to slow Alzheimer's disease

Pennsylvania couple rents chickens to egg fans, urban farmers

Gladiator Fights Revealed in Ancient Graffiti

Chain, Chest, Curse: Combating Book Theft in Medieval Times

Why American Cities Are Fighting to Attract Immigrants


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Astronauts' skin gets thinner in space, scientists say

The old suburban office park is the new American ghost town

When Prosecutors Believe the Unbelievable

Wisconsin Governor Walker signs 20-week abortion ban into law

The beautiful creatures with a deadly streak

Fox News Confused, Baffled By The Moon

How Hot Chicken Really Happened

Why everyone should stop calling immigrant food ‘ethnic’

Dolphins' collapsible lungs help them avoid 'bends', new study finds

The Onion accidentally breaks a real news story

Iridescent Pools Discovered in Undersea Volcano's Crater

George Clooney seeks to expose those who fund and profit from wars in Africa

Autism, ADHD run high in children of chemically intolerant mothers

Why can't men be Olympic synchronised swimmers?

New saliva test may catch Alzheimer's disease early

A revolution in how doctors are paid isn’t really changing how doctors are paid

How the American South Drives the Low-Wage Economy

India's ingenious solar canals save water while producing electricity

Rich, white & in total control: The clearest evidence yet that our democracy is broken

Swamp power: how the world's wetlands can help stop climate change

How High Def Is Changing Your Brain—and Driving the Prop Master Crazy

Americans favor Supreme Court term limits

How E. Coli Could Power a Predatory Robot

Our Impoverished Debate About Housing Segregation

More children living in poverty now than during recession

Search for life now extends to outer reaches of solar system

Single cell eyeball creature startles scientists

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California ripe for ‘green’ thieves of water and recyclable cans

A primer on jailhouse suicides

What we can learn from a blaze that's been burning for half a century

When Is An Act Of Violence An Act Of Terrorism?

Isolated in Zaatari camp, Syrian refugees find ways to get online

The IMF say giving money to the rich actually hurts the economy; giving money to the poorest helps the most.

Few U.S. adults meet fruit, vegetable intake guidelines

Oregon Sensibly Votes to Make Oral Contraceptives Available Without a Prescription

Muslim fundraiser for burned black churches close to $100,000 goal

Resistance isn’t futile – how to tackle drug-resistant superbugs

Pluto's Heart-Shaped Landscape Is Weirder Than We Thought

Study: Marijuana disapproval rate down among Millennials

When Schools Serve Pizza and Corn Dogs for Lunch, These Companies Make Bank

Top 10 Reasons Why The BMI Is Bogus

The Many Benefits of Making One-Way Streets Two-Way

Australia's war on wind farms threatens biggest renewable project

GOP Attempting to Kill Environmental Regulations Across the Board With Sneaky Budget Riders

Ukrainians visit Nazi atrocity sites as taboo ends

70 years later: How World War II changed America

Siren Song Of Tech Lures New Doctors Away From Medicine


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We've really had a cool, wet summer. I'd be happier about this except that several years ago I read an article predicting that the melting ice at the North Pole could lead to cool, wet summers for the Northeast, and then that's what we got. So good job, scientist, that's a great prediction, but now temperate weather in summer reminds me that GLOBAL WARMING IS GONNA KILL US ALL and I can't be too happy about it.

At any rate, we're in the 90s today, which means a heat advisory, so first I told my mom that I wanted Eva out of the house and somewhere air conditioned for her health, and then I went and told Eva the same thing about my mom (which somewhat more honesty, I will admit), and then they both went to the Met with Ana, so I have the house to myself!

...I ended up napping. What a waste.

In retrospect, I should've gone to The Strand or something. But! It's gonna be equally hot tomorrow, and Jenn's gonna be home, so if I clean the kitchen now and fold the laundry I should have enough goodwill piled up to spring this on her! (And Eva can go to the library tomorrow, and Ana can do whatever the heck she likes.)

Oh, in other news, LJ is running a survey on how to improve the site. And you know, the number 1 thing that could improve LJ is all the users who left coming back, but that's not a change they can actually effect.... Well, fill out the survey anyway.


Families hit by rare early Alzheimer's push for research

Why Austrians are opening their homes to refugees

Congress to examine FBI handling of Tennessee shooter

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A closer look at the president’s speech on criminal justice reform.

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Dinosaur find: Velociraptor ancestor was 'winged dragon'

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US wins Math Olympiad for first time in 21 years. Is math education improving?

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Apparently, many colorblind people think peanut butter is green. Who knew?

How One Law Banning Ethnic Studies Led to Its Rise</i> (LOL!)

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Burundi talks suspended ahead of polls after government fails to show

Texas residents condemn plan for Muslim cemetery

The $50 billion plan to save Louisiana's wetlands

Black Police Applicant Frustrated by Opaque Hiring Process


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