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Here's the abstract from PLOS One:Effective point-of-use devices for providing safe drinking water are urgently needed to reduce the global burden of waterborne disease. Here we show that plant xylem from the sapwood of coniferous trees...Show More Summary
Explanatory video posted in 2012 at Krulwich Wonders.
Identity fraud is a perennial concern for travelers, and particularly for hotel guests whose cards are frequently used on the road. But the problem seems to be getting worse, and there’s no quick or easy fix...“Hotels are a massive source of credit card fraud,” says John Sileo, a digital privacy expert who runs the Web site Sileo.com. Show More Summary
They look blue, but they have no pigment. The appearance of color is generated by iridescence, as explained at Ed Yong's Not Exactly Rocket Science:These little orbs are iridescent – they use special layers of cells, arranged just so, to reflect colours with extraordinary intensity. Show More Summary
Whether climate change is occurring, and especially whether such changes are the result of human activities, are hot topics in the American political landscape. Here's some fuel for the fire:"...though it is a well-documented fact, it...Show More Summary
It's amazing to me how much is known about the trilobites. Even just reading the Wikipedia summary is a lengthy endeavor. The one above is an example of the truly remarkable ones that have been recovered in Morocco (awesome specimens at this gallery). Show More Summary
YouTube link. For those who like movies, a supercut of dancing in the cinema, created from 246 movies (listed at the link under About/show more).Mostly safe for work, and in my view worthy of clicking the fullscreen icon in the lower right corner. Enjoy.
As reported by the BBC:A school dropout from a poor family in southern India has revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in developing countries by inventing a simple machine they can use to make cheap sanitary pads. Arunachalam...Show More Summary
Many years ago one of my neighbors asked permission to cut a burl from a living tree in my woods. I agreed, and learned at the time that burls are coveted by people with woodworking skills for their intricate grain patterns. But some...Show More Summary
Fishermen in the Upper Midwest are being advised that it's now time to remove their ice houses from the still-frozen lakes. Those who have not been in an ice house in decades may be gobsmacked to discover that the old-fashioned "shacks"...Show More Summary
A 2006 article in the BMJ enumerated the risks:We excluded cases in which injury was related to swallowing items other than swords, such as glass, neon tubes, spear guns, or jack hammers...Thirteen respondents did not volunteer any medical...Show More Summary
The Anchorage Daily News reports about the woes of traveling by dog sled without sufficient snow cover:The problem with the poor trail, the mushers say, is they could not set brakes on the ice and frozen mud well enough to control their sleds as eager dogs pulled them over, through and into the hazards. Show More Summary
YouTube link. Some lick, lick, lick. Lick, lick, lick. Others... not so much. Note: There are an abundance of comments at the YouTube link about why you shouldn't give dogs ice cream as a treat. Let's not repeat them here. Enjoy the moment. Via The Dish.
These apparently belong to a Harpy Eagle, according to the Reddit post. See also this image comparing different eagles' talons.It's a striking reminder that birds are descendants of dinosaurs.
The Wall Street Journal explains:Ms. DeGeneres toyed with a white Samsung phone during the broadcast, including when she handed a Galaxy Note 3 to actor Bradley Cooper so he could take a "selfie" photo of himself and other stars including...Show More Summary
A really big snowman, 50 feet high. He had to move snow away from his greenhouses, so he used skid loaders and a silage blower to create the snowman.
(Other than as a sign of otitis media in a child.) The item at the top comes from the collections of the British Museum (via A London Salmagundi), where it is described succinctly as - Plain gold box-setting from a finger-ring containing an oval sard intaglio: hand pulling ear; inscribed.- and filed as probably Roman, of 1st-3rd century. Show More Summary
Want to adopt the dog in the top photo?A terrified dog walks into a rescue shelter. He's dirty, disoriented and unsure of what's about to happen. A person he doesn't know stands over him with a camera, snaps a photo and posts it on an adoption website. Show More Summary
The photo above, of Öschinensee Lake in the Lötschberg region in Switzerland, was featured in the Earthporn subreddit. Explore that subreddit if you enjoy photos of the earth's natural beauty.There's also a SeaPorn subreddit.And a SkyPorn. Photo by Steffen Sauder.
From GeoCurrents, where the focus was on Russia, Belarus and Ukraine:A recent paper by one of our readers, demographer Boris Denisov and his colleagues Victoria I. Sakevich and Aiva Jasilioniene, published in PLoS ONE, shows that “the...Show More Summary