Sometimes, on a beautiful Saturday, we find a story like this that makes the day even better.This past week, the head paleontologist at the Museum of Natural History, Mark Norell, noticed a small auction with a listing that should have probably not been there. The auction item was a 11-million-year- ... More >>
NBC reports that Peter Dinklage, the 42-year-old Game of Thrones star who's been a vegetarian since he was a teenager, will spend the show's off-season as a national spokesman for Farm Sanctuary's Walk for Farm Animals.
Barbra's half sister Roslyn Kind has a strong, lovely voice, which she applied to a series of standards at Brooklyn College the other night--everything from "All That Jazz" to "Losing My Mind" to "Meadowlark" and beyond.
And she's funny, too.
Roslyn remarked, "Apple created the best phone ever, an ... More >>
A friend of mine listened to Ozzie Guillen's press conference about his admiration of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro in Spanish and swears that he also said this - or at least this is the way it translates: "I love the United States' embargo on Cuba-- it's one of my favorite embargoes."
Is it possibl ... More >>
A dead baby dolphin washed up on the Queens shoreline, and scientists think the infant might be part of a lager group that had recently been stranded off the Cape Cod coast.
Officials from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation told the New York Daily News that the 3-foot d ... More >>
Shit just got real in the world of genetics. Like Jurassic Park -bringing-monsters-back-from-extinction real, just without Jeff Goldblum.
Scientists have determined that a sub-species of Galapagos Islands tortoise -- long thought to be dead and gone -- might actually still kinda exist.
Cornell University researchers are about to begin studying the stem cells of a dozen elderly Jewish New Yorkers to figure out how they manage to live so long. There's evidence of a "longevity gene" which protects against heart disease and cancer; a lot of these seniors are living to 100 despite b ... More >>
Bedbugs -- horrible, terrible, repugnant bedbugs -- were bad enough when they were simply infesting our homes and terrorizing our night's sleep. But they've achieved new levels of horror with the news that they may also carry drug-resistant bacteria like MRSA and Staph. Gross. Recent research ... More >>
In this day and age, it is common that many of the key mysteries of life are solved via YouTube videos. "What does a baby penguin sounds like when being tickled?" is clearly one. "What is bumblefoot?" remains unsolved by this video, however, which is why we will tell you that Cookie's ailment is "a ... More >>
via Jim BahnDucks' semen is pretty special, but you already knew that. It has the ability to kill bacteria that damages sperm and causes disease. The BBC reports that scientists have now found that male ducks with more vibrant bills have semen that is more effective at killing bacteria than d ... More >>
inhabitat.comIt's alive!In the second edition of his new op-ed column, Mark Bittman examines the regulations behind genetically modified foods. In short, the USDA now allows three types of genetically engineered foods to be used in food production and none of these will be mentioned on the la ... More >>
Ah, why is this not all that surprising? Hm. A father-daughter research team (awkward) from the University of Texas at Austin took on the question of cheating, and determined that men were twice as likely to forgive women who same-sex cheated, and far less likely to continue dating women who ... More >>
Guess what? There's a new gene identified that can turn bacteria into superbugs resistant to almost all antibiotics out there, according to health officials. It's sickened three people in the U.S. -- in California, Massachusetts, and Illinois -- and two in Canada. All of them had recently got ... More >>
woodleywonderworks/flickrThe Huffington Post has an interesting piece on how getting down and dirty with nature in, for example, a vegetable garden can keep us emotionally healthy.
The microbes in dirt, apparently, affect the same neurons that are stimulated by Prozac. A British study from a ... More >>
Photo by jere_me @ FlickrThe New York Times may have appended its recent op-ed piece on how small farm pork may be more prone to contamination than its industrially raised counterpart, but readers haven't quite yet recovered from the episode. And neither has the op-ed's author.
James McWilliams cit ... More >>