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New York Needs Coyotes

In January of this year, near Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan, a coyote stalked the streets around a Con Ed power station until it was captured, given the unlikely nickname of “Stella,” then released into the Bronx. In March, a coyote taunted photographers from the rooftop of a bar in Queens, running back and forth before vanishing. Show More Summary

This sentence by Thomas Mallon would make Barry N. Malzberg spin in his grave, except that he’s still alive so it would just make him spin in his retirement

Don’t get me wrong, I think Thomas Mallon is great. But what was he thinking when he wrote this: I know the New Yorker doesn’t do fact-checking anymore, but still. The funny thing is, Malzberg has similarities with Mailer both in style and subject matter. Show More Summary

New study exposes negative effects of climate change on Antarctic fish

Scientists at University of California Davis and San Francisco State University have discovered that the combination of elevated levels of carbon dioxide and an increase in ocean water temperature has a significant impact on survival and development of the Antarctic dragonfish (Gymnodraco acuticeps). Show More Summary

Ocean acidification exerts negative effects during warming conditions in a developing Antarctic fish

Anthropogenic CO2 is rapidly causing oceans to become warmer and more acidic, challenging marine ectotherms to respond to simultaneous changes in their environment. While recent work has highlighted that marine fishes, particularly during...Show More Summary

Effect of pH and temperature on antioxidant responses of the thick shell mussel Mytilus coruscus

This study evaluated the combined effects of seawater pH decrease and temperature increase on the activity of antioxidant enzymes in the thick shell mussel Mytilus coruscus, an ecological and economic bivalve species widely distributed along the East China Sea. Mussels were exposed to three pH levels (8.1, 7.7 and 7.3) and two temperatures (25°C and […]

Precursors of Life Found on a Comet

The Philae lander offers new clues to cosmic biology

The Renewable Energy Source That’s About to Boom Again

'Whether we like it or not, over the next 20 years roughly the world will double its hydropower capacity'

What we've been getting wrong about choosing gifts

Buying a gift can feel like a test. You want the gift to show how thoughtful you've been, and how you've taken the recipient's interests and personality into account. Yet according to the authors of a new psychology paper, this isn't the optimal approach. Show More Summary

Philip Glass, ‘Organic': The Week In One Song

This week: the European Space Agency’s Philae lander finds evidence of organic molecules — never before found on an object like a comet — on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko To mark this, here’s Philip Glass’s minimal composition Organic, taken from the 1982 soundtrack to the film “Koyaanisqatsi.”  

The Charles Mitchell v. John L. Sullivan draw belt

Title belts in boxing today are the ostentatious displays of official victors, but it wasn’t always thus. In the 19th century, before the rules for title championships were encoded, both the title and the waist accessory were more loosely assigned. John L. Sullivan was considered the first heavyweight champion of the world even though any [...]

Who is running the Egyptian state?

For scholars and many journalists, most non-democratic regimes look the same: they are led and designed by autocratic dictators—or sometimes by small cliques—according to the leader’s whims and interests. “Pinochet’s Chile” was often portrayed as the projection of the will of a single general, and the Chinese political system is seen as the operation of a […]

This is why the Voting Rights Act is on trial in North Carolina

In a Winston-Salem, N.C. federal courthouse, closing arguments are taking place this morning in a hotly-contested trial over North Carolina’s restrictive voting law. The U.S. Department of Justice and civil rights groups say that the 2013 law, passed by a Republican legislature over the objections of Democrats, violates the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution. The […]

Why one city in Congo is astonishingly stable and prosperous.

Several years ago, I got a request from some officials at a well-known international organization, wondering if we could chat about the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. After some polite conversation about my own research, my inquisitors got...Show More Summary

France wants Google to censor the world

Google politely suggests France should stick it Web google france right to be forgotten internet censorship

Layer of melting ice helps spheres fall faster through water

Skaters know melting ice cuts friction, it turns out the trick works under water too. Balls coated in ice fell faster in a tank of water as the coating melted

Caterpillar drugs ants to turn them into zombie bodyguards

Ants protect caterpillars in exchange for a sugary secretion, but there're more to their relationship than meets the eye

Zoologger: The giant sea spider that sucks life out of its prey

The unusual creatures of Antarctica's Southern Ocean are all legs and no body, with a long proboscis to suck up their soft-bodied prey, such as jellyfish

Home, sweet exomoon: The new frontier in the search for ET

We're fixated on the idea that life can only exist on a planet like Earth – but the most likely habitat might lie elsewhere

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