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Visualizing the U.S.-Mexico Border

What would it mean to try to see the entire southwest border at once?


The New Science of Single People

Now that single people are such a big share of the population, maybe social scientists will stop ignoring them.

Source: The New Science of Single People — Science of Us

World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns


Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact



Amazon projects 2,000 grocery stores in the US over next 10 years

Amazon’s internal market research identified the US market capable of supporting up to 2,000 Amazon Fresh-branded grocery stores.


What is the secret to success?

Two researchers set out to find out why some people might be better at achieving goals than others. The answer, they found, could lie in implicit beliefs.

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A Retro Chick database would not be complete with out adding Hot Lips Houlihan (Loretta Swit). Who hosts this monstrous meta blog post. This issue also celebrates Halloween and space out science


Embrace Your Office Misfits

Having too strong a company culture can actually hurt your company

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March 1943. “Freight operations on the Chicago & North Western between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The train going through Clinton to the yard two miles beyond.” Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.


Jim Allison and the Search For the Cure For Cancer

Jim Allison has always gone his own way—as a small-town-Texas kid who preferred books to football, and as a young scientist who believed the immune system could treat tumors when few others did. And that irreverence led him to find a potential cure for cancer.


Snowden slaps Assange over tactics



FCAB railway crossing the 35 kilometers (22 mi) long route over the west side of the Ascotán salt flat, southwestern Bolivia. The train covers the route Antofagasta – Calama – Ollagüe – Uyuni – La Paz, from 0 metres over the sea level in the coastal city of Antofagasta to over 4,500 metres (14,800 ft) in the area where the picture was taken (exactly in Collahuasi) and has a total length of 1,537 km (955 mi). The locomotives have engines EMD GT22CU-3 2406, Clyde GL26C-2 2009 and Clyde GL26C-2 2004 whereas th


Is free college possible? Germany shows there are downsides to tuition-free college

The country makes an ideal test case for the proposals that have become a centerpiece of Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.


Adolescence is no longer a bridge between childhood and adult life



The Salt Valley of Añana


Animal Farm at 70

What havoc “a little squib” can cause! Seven decades ago, George Orwell’s Animal Farm was published in the United States. Its publication launch was August 26, 1946, almost exactly a year after its appearance in England. Subtitled “A Fairy Story,” the “little squib”—Orwell’s modest term for the book when he wrote the Russian émigré scholar Gleb Struve—was only thirty thousand words, a brilliantly original hybrid of Aesopian fable, Menippean satire, and historical allegory.


Meet the worst ants in the world

Argentine ants have invaded every continent in just one century. Can they be stopped?


Legends of Mount Shasta: “The Abode of the Devil” Part 3 – Prehistoric Traditions of Giants and Mysterious Beings, Part Two | Ancient Origins

When I began to research the J.C. Brown mystery, I suspected that if any element of Brown’s story was true, there might be something in the historical record–or prehistoric lore of the region–that could help validate his claims.


Brain Origins of Mystical Experience

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The Tombstones of 25 Famous People


Marijuana is made up of 400 compounds

Marijuana contains roughly 400 compounds, each of which is thought to potentially affect the brain and body in a different way.


The Boy Who Came Out of a Coma Speaking a Whole New Language

Rueben Nsemoh knew only a few words of Spanish — until a head injury made him fluent.

Source: The Boy Who Came Out of a Coma Speaking a Whole New Language — Science of Us

24 Rules For Being A True Gentleman

Always text back promptly, even if it’s to let someone down gently. The worst thing you can possibly to do someone is leave them hanging so they can torture themselves with worst case scenari…


For over 40 Years, This Guy Photographed the Same Buildings as he Watched them Decline

We all see familiar buildings in our neighbourhoods change over the years, but what if you photographed them from the exact same spot, documenting them over a time span of over four decades? That’s exactly what Chilean-born photographer Camilo José Vergara did. Focusing on the poorest and most segre


Teens who mix booze and caffeine are basically doing cocaine

Drinking alcohol mixed with highly caffeinated beverages could have lasting effects on the teenage brain. It’s a lot like doing cocaine.

Source: Teens who mix booze and caffeine are basically doing cocaine – Futurity

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Why the New York Times Is Buying The Wirecutter


Ötzi the Iceman’s Patchwork Ensemble

A man who lived 5,300 years ago wore a mix-and-match wardrobe, including a bear fur hat, a sheepskin loincloth and a goat coat, DNA shows.

Source: Ötzi the Iceman’s Patchwork Ensemble – The New York Times

Rita Kluge’s Distinctive Photos Capture The Humpback Whale Calving Season In The South Pacific


Strange, 6.5-Foot Sea Creature Found in New Zealand

Museum curators have identified a sea creature whose remains were recently located on New Zealand’s Waitarere Beach.

Source: Strange, 6.5-Foot Sea Creature Found in New Zealand | Discovery Blog | Discovery

The Rise and Fall of Biba


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Best Exercises to Fight the Effects of Alcohol on the Body

This means YOU!


 Neanderthal Apocalypse 2015


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A casino magnate is spending millions to fight legal marijuana in three states

About $40 million has been raised for marijuana measures this year, with the majority going in support of legalization.


Meet the Dapper White Nationalist Who Wins Even if Trump Loses

Alt-right founder Richard Spencer aims to make racism cool again.


Kamchatka, Russia: Why You’ve Never Been There

A brief trip to a remote part of Russia, Kamchatka, which is a peninsula that dangles down near Siberia, and is full of bears, volcanoes and funny people.


You are now data, and your doctors are becoming software

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, recently announced a $3 billion effort to cure all disease during the lifetime of their daughter, Max. Earlier this year, Silicon Valley billionaire Sean


Five myths about the Web

It’s disrupted everything! Or has it?


“I keep getting a recorded message that says, ‘You just kinda wasted my precious time, but don’t think twice it’s all right.’ ”


How to Use Statistics to Understand Poll Results

Learn how to use statistics to understand the significance of the latest political polling results and to keep yourself from being duped by misleading information

Source: How to Use Statistics to Understand Poll Results – Scientific American

The Inept Story Behind 100 Missing Brains at the University of Texas

Were they ever missing at all?


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We Need to Literally Declare War on Climate Change

We’re under attack by a powerful enemy—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.


Literature of the Forever War – The New York Times

Are we ready to view our own wars without clear winners or losers?

“When a man is plunged up to his neck into the caldron of war,” Vasily Grossman writes in “Life and Fate,” his epic novel of the Russian experience during World War II, “he is quite unable to look at his life and understand anything; he needs to take a step back. Then, like someone who has just reached the bank of a river, he can look round: Was he really, only a moment ago, in the midst of those swirling waters?”