For the first time, scientists have discovered all-female termite colonies, living and flourishing in Japan. While we know of several insect species that easily thrive without any males, this is an exciting new development in our understanding of asexual reproduction.
Tuesday, Oct 2nd 2018 (12:00am)
Yeah, you're laughing. But methane is a pretty awful greenhouse gas, far worse than CO2. By feeding seaweed to both cows and sheep, we could cut down on their belching out this crap into our atmosphere.
Wednesday, Aug 22nd 2018 (5:34pm)
The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050, say researchers. Is it too late?
Friday, Aug 17th 2018 (12:32am)
Urban histories can be told in a thousand ways. The archaeological research project of the North/South metro line lends the River Amstel a voice in the historical portrayal of Amsterdam. At Damrak and Rokin in the city centre, archaeologists had a chance to physically access the riverbed, thanks to the excavations for the massive infrastructure project of the North/South metro line between 2003 and 2012. The excavations in the Amstel yielded a deluge of finds, some 700,000 in all.
Each "bird" follows a fairly simple set of rules: Each bird has a velocity, direction, and an angle and accelerates or decelerates a small percentage at a time. They will accelerate when it is going towards its destination, and decelerate when it is going away. Each one decides if it should turn left or right, or up or down, depending which way is best.
Very literally raised by wolves, the now-72-years-old Marcos finds himself stuck between two worlds, being fully accepted neither by humanity nor his wolfen brethren... and it sucks.
You, a human being who we imagine likes to drive cars, are probably aware of the signs posted that state exactly how fast you can legally drive on a given road. But how the hell do those things even get determined?
Friday, Mar 9th 2018 (12:32am)
Meet Jerry Selbee, a man with a knack for solving problems and spotting patterns and flaws. Jerry made an interesting discovery about his state's lottery and started a business playing the game for huge profit, attracting the attention of competitors and investigators alike.
So you look at some global maps and you wondered what might be the most isolated places on six continents and an ocean. You think you could probably handle the job using a protractor and a compass and a lot of scratching your head to remember your high school geometry classes.
Don't despair. There is a site on the Interwebs for that. Rejoice.
Wednesday, Jan 24th 2018 (5:15pm)
A seven-year-old school girl had a legendary holiday after pulling a giant four-foot sword from the Cornish Lake where Arthur threw Excalibur. Matilda Jones was wading through water waist-deep at Dozmary Pool when she stumbled across the blade underwater. Ironically, her father Paul Jones, 51, had recounted the story of King Arthur to Matilda and her sister Lois, four, moments before the discovery.
Tuesday, Sep 5th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: arothman
From Vocal Coach Chris Beatty at vocalcoach.com & blog.vocalcoach.com
Have you ever recorded your voice on a cell phone or answering machine, then been surprised at the sound of the playback? This tip and exercises will help you get in touch with the sound of your voice that others hear. It will help you judge your sound as you speak and sing and make you a more intelligent communicator.
Well, this also applies to your spoken voice, not just music.
Friday, Aug 25th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Squid
Stay with this clip until the end, because it's not as mindless as you think.
Something very useful comes out of this and it's not just treating basalt tiles like dominoes.
Thursday, Aug 17th 2017 (12:00am)
We're not sure the first time he called. Nor are we sure who first answered the bar's wall-mounted pay phone that day and heard his voice. It could've been a customer seated at the window table beside the phone; could've been the front-room waiter, hustling to reach the receiver and shout "McSorley's!" to whomever was on the other end of the line. We're pretty sure that the call would have come on a Sunday, because once we recognized the pattern, it seemed that he always rang at the end of the weekend. We're positive what he said, because it's been the same opening line now, week after week, for about twenty years: "Your enema is ready."
Here's an oldie but a goodie. The story of how Texaco had an oil rig platform drilling into Lake Peigneur in Louisiana and accidentally sets off a chain of events that would eventually turn the freshwater lake into a salt water one.
Sunday, May 21st 2017 (12:01am)
Crank up your speakers and hit the Pink Trombone, an interactive audio whatsit that simulates and manipulates the surfaces of your nose, mouth, and throat in the process of forming speech.
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On April 21, 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, the daughter of Joseph Stalin, bounded down the stairs of a Swissair plane at Kennedy Airport. She was forty-one years old and wore an elegant white double-breasted blazer. "Hello there, everybody!" she exclaimed to the crowd of reporters on the tarmac. "I am very happy to be here."
Monday, Mar 13th 2017 (12:00am)
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)
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