Look around New York City, and you will see hundreds of this town's young, hip denizens picking up a bundle of organic kale at their local farmers' markets while chatting about their rooftop beekeeping operations or basement brewing ventures. And many of those people are taking their hobbies one ste ... More >>
It isn't enough that the United States consumes nearly 23 percent of the world's old, chewed-up dinosaur bones. Nor was it enough for Hollywood to commission Jurassic Park sequels 2, 3, and 4. Clearly, one of us had to go steal a gen-u-ine dinosaur bones from Mongolia to satisfy our collective pre- ... More >>
For the longest time, Solana Rowe just wanted to be Lisa Simpson. "She was so jazzy. She played the saxophone. She was an outsider," the 23-year-old musician giggles in a basement bar in the East Village, leaning back into a brick wall. She touches the pile of floppy curly hair on top of her head, ... More >>
The dinos of Jurassic Park are coming back next month, this time in 3D, which makes me wonder: If they ever remade it with people as the creatures, who would get the roles? Here are my incredibly helpful suggestions. As the velociraptor..
You may want to check the certificate of authenticity for your Stegosaurus skeleton. Yesterday, a Florida man pleaded guilty to illegally smuggling dinosaur skeletons. Don't be alarmed if you were unaware that dinosaur bone-smuggling was an issue because we didn't know either. But yesterday's guil ... More >>
The woman who lives down the hall from me in my Crown Heights apartment building is a late-middle-aged Caribbean islander who spent months telling everyone in my building that I was an undercover K-9 cop sent in by the feds to blend in and gather intelligence on any potential drug dealers who may li ... More >>
The Leipzig team of genetic scientists has announced that it was able to completely decode the genome of an extinct species of humans, the Denisova, using DNA extracted from a single 10-milligram bone fragment of a 50,000-year-old skeleton. The skeleton was found in Southern Siberia in 2010, and cam ... More >>
Here is your bizarre yet enlightening scientific knowledge of the day. According to research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, a gene that occurs frequently in redheads (a/k/a, gingers) makes them experience "heightened anxiety" when they visit their dental professional. T ... More >>
Are you one of those unlucky people dubbed "nice" by everyone? Worse, do you live in the South, and therefore people call you "sweet"? According to a new study by those super nice folks known as scientists, having two copies of the "G" gene in your DNA tends to mean that you are more empathet ... More >>
From "Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea"Using genetics, historical data and odds, scientists have concluded that 1 out of every 200 men in the world is a direct descendent of Genghis Khan. Discover Magazine reports that the Y chromosomes of roughly 0.5% of Earth's male population ... More >>
An international study has proven what many a New Yorker has had an inkling of for a long while: People who live or were raised in cities are different. The study, conducted by researchers at University of Heidelberg and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute at McGill University, fou ... More >>
via @EcoOutfittersWe're already had a number of shark sightings this summer, and now it seems we've moved on to dead whale sightings. Specifically, a poor, dead finback whale, gender unknown, estimated at 30 to 40 feet long, which has washed up on Atlantic Beach in Long Island. According to t ... More >>
According to a new study, radiation from your cell phone does something to your brain. Or, more specifically, "cell-phone radiation waves increase activity in certain parts of the brain." But is this bad? Good? Can it lead to brain cancer? Should we talk less? No one is willing to go out on a ... More >>
The city's Department of Environmental Protection announced a new pilot program today that officials say will use cutting-edge technology to convert algae at a Queens waste-water treatment plant into biofuel for cars. How environmental! From our toilets to your cars.
Just in case you doubted it, scientists have now confirmed that falling in love basically generates the same "euphoric" feeling as using cocaine. It also stimulates intellectual areas of the brain as well as the stereotypical areas of the heart...and it only takes a fifth of a second to get y ... More >>
Hello, brave new world. This week, researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will send "an army of microorganisms into space" in an effort to learn how to prevent the spread of bacteria clusters that could pose a threat to the health of astronauts.
This is ironic: Studies are now suggesting that Charles Darwin's family suffered from a rash of birth and growth defects. Because of inbreeding. Like, serious inbreeding. Like, he was schtupping his first cousin. Via Yahoo/LiveScience:
Oh brother. Here we go again with the evolutionary psychologists.There's no denying that evolutionary psychology has a sort of hip cache -- the general idea goes that we humans act the way we do because of the way we evolved on the African savanna millions of years ago, even if those inherited behav ... More >>
Since last year's Department of Health report found that one-fourth of our sexed-up citizens have herpes, New Yorkers should be exceptionally interested to learn that a Harvard Medical School researcher has found a "topical treatment" that, via RNA interference (RNAi), disables key genes necessary f ... More >>
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