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Here’s How We Made Our Study Reproducible

This story was originally published on the Conversation and is republished here with permission. If you keep up with health or science news, you’ve probably been whipsawed between conflicting reports. Just days apart you may hear that...Show More Summary

Misguided Attempt to Free Thousands of Minks Goes Horribly Wrong

Between 30,000 and 40,000 farm-raised minks were released into the wild near Eden Valley, Minnesota. earlier this week when burglars—presumably animal rights activists—cut the fence to a mink-pelt farm and opened the cages holding the...Show More Summary

Trump Is 'Silencing Civil Servants, Stifling Science'

Joel Clement wants you to know he's not a member of the "deep state," or a representative of Big Government. Instead, call him "a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant … a worried citizen"—and now, per his opinion piece Wednesday in the Washington Post, a "whistleblower" on the...

Innovative Whales Discover Easy New Food Source

The hatcheries of southeast Alaska spend months raising juvenile salmon until they're ready for life on their own in the wide-open ocean. The big day comes, the young fish are released, and they're... immediately eaten by a hungry whale that's been waiting for this exact moment. A study published Tuesday...

Classic Chords #23 Rush Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer is perhaps the best known Rush song. It was the Canadian power trio’s breakthrough hit in terms of sales and popular appeal and was the opener on their 1981 album Moving Pictures. I remember listening to it on vinyl the day it came out and wondering how on earth I was going to … Continue reading "Classic Chords #23 Rush Tom Sawyer"

You Can Now Buy Chocolate Powder to Snort

If news reports are to be believed, health-conscious club-goers have a new drug of choice—instead of cocaine, they’re snorting chocolate. Chocolate snuff, designed in 2007 for the birthday party of two members of the Rolling Stones, has made its way through Europe’s club scene in recent years. Show More Summary

How to use a guitar capo properly

One guitarist friend, Ted from local band The Lonely, refers to the guitar capo as the “Devil’s Clamp”. We all know what he means, it’s a necessary evil sometimes if the singer needs to be up a tone or two to match their range but the guitarist really doesn’t want to re-learn the song with … Continue reading "How to use a guitar capo properly"

Stinky-feet-and-cheese researcher’s research gets new attention

Ig Nobel Prize winner Bart Knols‘s sure-footed malaria-mosquito research is featured in a new Discovery Channel documentary called “Mosquito.” The New York Times celebrates “Mosquito,” contrasting it with the “frivolous” Shark Week films...Show More Summary

Malicious Tree Planting Is a Slow, Expensive Way to Exact Revenge

People seem particularly spiteful these days—perhaps that’s why a riveting tale of tree-based revenge has taken the internet by a storm this week. An epic Reddit rant from an aging arborist from Redondo Beach, California, related a harrowing...Show More Summary

Even Moving to Mars Has Become Political (and Depressing)

Deep in the sunken place of Elon Musk’s Twitter mentions, a political proxy war is playing out over one of the few things I thought was safe—the age-old, universal, nonserious lament that if shit gets real here on Earth, we can just move to Mars. Show More Summary

Top Ten Pop Cameo Appearances

There are plenty of actors who try their luck as musicians and lots of musicians who do the reverse. Some of them start out as wannabe actors and end up as musicians and vice verse. And, then there are those who just fancied a cameo appearance in a pop video for the lulz. 10 Christopher … Continue reading "Top Ten Pop Cameo Appearances"

Perimeter Public Institute: The lessons and legacy of Star Trek

Watch a Perimeter Institute panel discuss why science without creativity is highly illogical, live on Jun. 14 at 8:30 PM ET The post Perimeter Public Institute: The lessons and legacy of Star Trek appeared first on

A Second Chance for Anna Stubblefield

In 2015, former Rutgers philosophy professor Anna Stubblefield was found guilty of raping a mute young man with cerebral palsy. Last week, a three-judge panel overturned that conviction, ruling that the judge in Stubblefield’s original trial unfairly excluded evidence related to the man’s capacity to give consent. Show More Summary

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