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Ugh. I just want it to stop already.
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How DNA can take on the properties of sand or toothpaste

Diary of a somebody: could I solve the mystery of 148 lost notebooks?

Just How Little Do We Know about the Ocean Floor?

That Time Europe Air-Dropped Vaccine-Loaded Chicken Heads to Bait Rabid Foxes

Discovery of a fundamental limit to the evolution of the genetic code

Parasites Are Us

Just When Was America Great?

Inside the Bizarre, Racist Scheme to Import Siberian Workers to Hawaii in 1909

Is There A Better Way To Pay For America's Schools?

Paul Le Roux could have been Mark Zuckerberg. Instead he became a 21st century John Gotti, running a massive criminal empire from his computer until he became an asset of the United States government.

Why the People Picking California's Tomatoes Can't Afford to Eat Them

Migrant children kept from enrolling in school

Big data breaches found at major email services - expert

The faces of homelessness today

Texas: prisoners whose families maintain their social media presence face 45 days in solitary

Mentally ill in solitary: 'We're not addressing the problem, we’re making it worse'

As the climate shifts, tradition threatens Sri Lanka's rice harvest

Puerto Rico skips bond payments, says Congress must help

They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil.

How a Small Town Became the Capital of HIV in America

Why Is American Home Birth So Dangerous?

Dominoes fall: Vanishing Arctic ice shifts jet stream, which melts Greenland glaciers

Islamic State boosts attacks in response to territorial losses: IHS

Climate-exodus expected in the Middle East and North Africa

‘It could get a lot worse for Muslims in America’
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If this isn't just the cutest video you've watched today, you're lying.

Allure of the Antihero: Why we’re drawn to characters who act badly—and what that says about us

The Extraordinary Lives of Istanbul's Street Cats

Antibody infusions provide long-term defence against HIV-like infection

Gene therapy reverses sight loss and is long-lasting

The Age of Drone Vandalism Begins With an Epic NYC Tag (Older article)

When teachers think empathically, and not punitively, about misbehaving students, they cultivate better relationships and help reduce discipline problems, Stanford research shows.

Teen birthrate hits all-time low, led by 50 percent decline among Hispanics and blacks

Egypt explorers hunt gold in the desert, following ancients

René and Juan Carlos set out to convert their Colombian megachurch to Orthodox Judaism. This is what happened.

What Burglars Can Teach Architects

TV & Class

What online misogynists really want is silence

Hear no evil: Farmed fish found to be hard of hearing

Two of the world's top three insecticides harm bumblebees – study

Chinese Investors Reeling After Wealth Management Firm's Collapse

House committee votes to require women to register for draft

The truth about millennials in New York City

Insomnia That Kills

Myanmar protesters denounce term 'Rohingya' outside U.S. Embassy

Angry Venezuelans take to streets, setting up barricades and raiding shops for food

More Than 300 Million People in India Are Reeling From the Worst Drought in Four Decades

Oklahoma court: oral sex is not rape if victim is unconscious from drinking

Hunger Strike in San Francisco Puts a Spotlight on Police Brutality

For Nebraska’s Poor, Get Sick and Get Sued

Poor Children More Likely to Have Food Allergies

How Segregation Has Persisted in Little Rock

Great Barrier Reef bleaching made 175 times likelier by human-caused climate change, say scientists
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It's fun!

Yesterday our testing was interrupted by some kid outside playing on a recorder for literally hours (because it's Passover, all the public schools are having Spring Break), and you can't tell a kid to not make noise in the middle of the day.

But today was nice and quiet!

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At 12 I grew a beard and had a period

Socially meaningful sounds can change ear, improve hearing, study finds

What men and women wanted in a spouse in 1939 — and how different it is today

Artist Envisions Futuristic Fort-Like Homes Designed To Withstand Hurricanes

The gay Anzacs who refused to stay silent

Do bed bugs have favorite colors?

The sinister, secret history of a food that everybody loves

Nurturing during preschool years boosts child's brain growth

Unemployed? Hawaii wants you to move there so it can give you a job.

Extremely Accurate Charts for Book Nerds

Sorry, You Can’t Speed Read

The war of words over who does Saudi Arabia's housework

Bubble Runner Again Picked Up By Coast Guard, Which Is Tired of This

The disturbing thing scientists learned when they bribed babies with graham crackers

Rising tide of climate migrants spurs Dhaka to seek solutions

Old-growth forests may provide buffer against rising temperatures

Superman v. capitalism

A majority of millennials now reject capitalism, poll shows

Parents in prison: How to help US children?

In Florida prisons, mentally ill inmates have been tortured, driven to suicide, and killed by guards.

Why a Judge Ruled North Carolina's Voter-ID Law Constitutional

We Tracked Down the Lawyers Behind the Recent Wave of Anti-Trans Bathroom Bills

N.C. residents' question: How much is 'bathroom bill' going to cost us?

How License-Plate Readers Have Helped Police and Lenders Target the Poor

In the Footsteps of a Killer

Scarred Yazidi boys escape Islamic State combat training
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to slither.io and, fair warning, it's pretty much eaten up all my spare time.
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Me: Hey, Eva, come here and pick up the Jenga that spilled.
Eva: The what?
Me: The Jenga.
Eva: The jingles?
Me: The Jenga.
Eva: Oh, the Jenga.
Me: That's what I said.
Eva: No it's not, you said Jenga.

twenty minutes later, we've confirmed: Eva does not have the pin/pen merger.

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With three times as many neurons, why doesn’t the elephant brain outperform ours?

Want Viagra? Come back tomorrow with a note, lawmaker says

Audubon Made Up At Least 28 Fake Species To Prank A Rival

10 Hidden Talents of the Octopus

Everybody knows the Great Pyramid of King Khufu, but you probably don’t know about the Shit Pyramids of his father, King Sneferu. This is a shame, because they are amazing.

Acquisition of Grammatical Categories through Qur’anic Memorization.

How have decades of mass media and technology changed us? A writer returns to his remote hometown — once isolated, now connected. And finds unexpected answers.

You're Missing Shakespeare's Best, Most Sophisticated Boner Jokes

Gender stereotyping may start as young as three months, study of babies' cries shows

Mind. Blown. Brain-controlled drone race pushes future tech

The retired cops investigating unsolved murders in one of America’s most violent cities

The Reading Rush: What Educators Say About Kindergarten Reading Expectations

Ted Cruz Was Wrong on Murders in New York, but Perception Is Hard to Shake

Study links neighborhood greenness to reduction in chronic diseases

Amazon Doesn’t Consider the Race of Its Customers. Should It?

British spies hacked themselves and family members to get personal information to send birthday cards, new papers reveal

Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases. Scientists report that diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reverse the damage

Girls scarred by Nepal quake share friendship, but not luck

Not All Money Troubles Are Created Equal

Roads to refuge are few as Aleppo fighting escalates

Ukraine children eat food tainted by Chernobyl

Texas Tech’s Katharine Hayhoe is one of the most respected experts on global warming in the country. She’s also an evangelical Christian who is trying to connect with the very people who most doubt her research. Too bad the temperature keeps rising.

Afghan drone war - data show unmanned flights dominate air campaign

Report: Third of suicides in US are among middle-aged whites
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and gave nearly all my series books to the school library. Milk crate after milk crate filled with Sweet Valley Twins, Baby-Sitters Club, and the like. I don't know what I bothered, I know for a fact only two of us ever used the library.

Consequently, our shelves have a very high caliber of children's and YA books, which I throw at the girls at every opportunity. They, of course, ignore my suggestions.

Today I started reading The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm to them - a book which I've tried numerous times over the past two years to get them to read, with no success. "Wow, Connie, what's the name of this one?" Yeah, I'm not telling you girls, you'll just read ahead. "Well, can you give us a hint?" Sure! It's one of the books I recommended you read last time you said there was nothing good to read in our house. "But Connie! That's hundreds of books!"

Well, maybe you should start taking my excellent advice, kids!
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The reason some TV shows have their characters using funky glass boards instead of regular whiteboards is so that we can see the equations and everybody's faces at the same time.

It's so simple.

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Why Nature Prefers Hexagons

Study backs pancreas cell transplants for severe diabetes

The U.S.’s Best High School Starts at 9:15 a.m.

Why I Write Scary Stories for Children

How children perceive faces: Seven-year-olds show different brain activities than adults

Nebraska Just Abolished Civil Forfeiture, Now Requires A Criminal Conviction To Take Property

What the subway adventures of Clinton and Sanders really show us

The Intelligent Life of the City Raccoon

Supreme Court Chief Justice learned sign language to swear in deaf lawyers

Atheists More Motivated by Compassion than the Faithful

Give drug felons food stamps, many states now say

Harriet Tubman is perfect for the $20 bill, but which Tubman?

Why Revolutionaries Love Spicy Food

Cities have individual microbial signatures

Top 10 Design Flaws in the Human Body

Carbonara Purists Can’t Stop the Pasta Revolution

The Card Catalog Is Officially Dead

A tiny forest tribe built a DIY drone from YouTube to fight off illegal loggers

The Average 29-Year-Old

Fuzzy Pigs, Squash Swords And More of the World's Amazing, Vanishing Heirloom Breeds

10 Disgusting Animal Defense Mechanisms

Lambert the lion is just like Linus from Charlie Brown: he always needs a blanket.

How American oligarchs created the concept of race to divide and conquer the poor

The Racist History of Peter Pan's Indian Tribe

Why Don’t Americans Save More Money?

It's not secular stagnation; it's financialization.

IRS Urges Americans: Come Clean Now, Before We Read Panama Papers

NYC monitoring of some mentally ill sparks rights concerns

How the “Daisy” Ad Changed Everything About Political Advertising

Payday Lending: Will Anything Better Replace It?

Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases

The Other Crisis on the Mexican Border
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I asked her what she was doing, and she said "Making beds".

"For fairies?"

"YES! :D HOW DID YOU KNOW?"

She IS an adorable kid.

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12 Secrets of the New York Subway

More proof that no matter what century you were born into you always just missed the good old days.

'Winner-winner' behavior may shape animal hierarchies, study argues

Brothers bring back Roy Rogers and its ‘holy trio’ of burgers, chicken, roast beef

The Minecraft Generation

What a Tiny Fish Can Tell Us About How Humans Stood Upright

School in a language you don't speak

The Tragic History of RC Cola

Go Ahead, Give Your Toddler A Kitchen Knife

New Evidence That Grandmothers Were Crucial for Human Evolution

Chernobyl - wilderness regained It comes with pictures. Seriously, isn't this the best pic of a wolf ever?

Are humans the new supercomputer? Team blurred the boundaries between man and mac

Today I Stumbled upon a Secret Kingdom of Lost Toys

The great escape: Inky the octopus legs it to freedom from aquarium

Fame of thrones: the world's most extraordinary toilets

What the history of dogs tells us about civilization in the Americas

Flexible 'wallpaper' cameras are just around the corner

Children of older mothers do better

'No differences' between children of same-sex and opposite-sex parents

A Revolutionary Discovery in China

The Untold Story of the Teen Hackers Who Transformed the Early Internet

Apple recovered 2,204 pounds of gold from broken iPhones last year

Mysterious bacteria claims another life in the Midwest

College Student Is Removed From Flight After Speaking Arabic on Plane

Persecuted Rohingya Muslims find rare refuge in Chicago

Burma’s Treatment of the Rohingya Is Not Genocide, Says U.S.

Myanmar's shame: Living inside Rohingya ghettos

How Seattle Gave Up on Busing and Allowed Its Public Schools to Become Alarmingly Resegregated

Prison historic site takes hard look at mass incarceration

Palestinians trapped in Syria "facing starvation," U.N. says
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Innocent man ends up pals with crooked cop that framed him

E-skin: How to paint an LED onto your body

New York has plenty of values that Ted Cruz wasn’t counting on

Never-before-seen galaxy spotted orbiting the Milky Way

Here's how to uncook an egg

Jack Lew nears decision to keep Hamilton on front of $10 bill, put a woman on the $20 ("The pro-Hamilton movement gained steam after the smash success of the hip-hop Broadway musical about his life this year.")

Behind the Rich Vocabulary of ‘Hamilton’

This Bakery Offers A Second Chance For Women After Prison

Most diamonds share a common origin story

When Are You Really an Adult?

Racially diverse 'new majority' set to reshape US public schools

Fresh look at trope about Eskimo words for snow

The One Thing, Historically, That's Prompted Countries to Raise Taxes on the Rich

This is the worst argument about the national debt you’ll ever find

The murky history of moderation, and how it’s shaping the future of free speech

‘Trickle of food’ helped deep sea creatures survive asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaurs

Another aerial close call as Russian jet barrel-rolls over U.S. aircraft

Where the Abused, and Their Pets, Can Be Safe

There Is Nothing Accidental About School Segregation

You Know What’s Really Gross? Not Periods, But Taxes on Periods

Ancient mass graves discovered in Greece

March temperature smashes 100-year global record

Hundreds of Migrant Teens Are Being Held Indefinitely in Locked Detention

Republicans Are Blocking Black Voters, This Court Case Is Exposing Them
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Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade, says new study

Refugee teachers go back to school to train for work in Germany

Thirteen Anonymous Genetic Superheroes Walk Among Us

The True Purpose of Microsoft Solitaire, Minesweeper, and FreeCell

Mothers' milk and the infant gut microbiota: An ancient symbiosis

What Caused the Great Crime Decline in the U.S.?

In these microbes, iron works like oxygen

The strange case of the woman who can't remember her past - or imagine her future

What kind of country gets its own phone number? And what happens when you call it?

Meet the "Micro-Engraver" Who Works Between Heartbeats to Keep His Hand Steady

Proud WWII Pilots Modelling their Personalised Flight Jackets

Forest discovery: Trees trade carbon among each other

Israeli kibbutz tries a new crop: high-tech startups

Iraq's Kurds declare independence in cyberspace with .krd domain name

How the NSA's CryptoKids Stole My FOIA Innocence

Obama is urging the FCC to open up the cable box so you can watch TV how you really want

Donation of surplus peanuts from US dismays Haiti farmers

The Battle Over the Sea-Monkey Fortune: A former 1960s bondage-film actress is waging legal combat with a toy company for ownership of her husband’s mail-order aquatic-pet empire.

In 1971, Dustin Hoffman’s cousin held an engineer at gunpoint at the famed Sound City studios. What happened next changed three lives

Southern Cities Move Past States on Liberal Social Issues

Matthew Keys Will Serve Two Years for Something That Was Barely a Crime. It’s a Travesty.

Thanks to Bernie Sanders, we now know how many big corporations don’t pay taxes

Families in the fields as annual Afghan poppy harvest begins

'What happened in World War II is happening again': Immigrant detention centers through the eyes of a therapist

Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more

Alabama woman keeps resurrecting shoddy day cares in God's name

Is empty nose syndrome real?

Some of Globe’s ‘Predictions’ for Trump’s America Have Already Come True

Giant prison for Afghan militants aims to avoid pitfalls of past

The oil industry knew about climate change before we landed on the moon

Clear-cutting destabilizes carbon in forest soils, study finds

Research shows — yet again — that there’s no scientific debate about climate change

Estranged From Russia, Turkey and Ukraine Join Forces

The Hell After ISIS

Will Congress Rein in U.S. Support for Syrian Kurds?
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But there's only so many creative things you can say.

Most of these links are serious and/or depressing, fyi.

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City moths avoid the light

How a US president and JP Morgan made Panama: and turned it into a tax haven

The US is dropping bombs quicker than it can make them

Neanderthals may have been infected by diseases carried out of Africa by humans

Radioactive wild boars rampaging around Fukushima nuclear site

People with anxiety show fundamental differences in perception

These Public Defenders Actually Want to Get Sued

Why Iraqis living under the Islamic State fear their liberators

There may be a hidden cost to the old adage of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. Research suggests the unintended stress spurred by upward mobility can pose an unintended health risk later down the road.

Microsoft sues U.S. government over data requests

'I was struck with multiple blows': inside the secret violence of Homan Square

Chicago Police Dept. Plagued by Systemic Racism, Task Force Finds

Putin just sent Armenia MiG-29 fighters and military aid. Here are three key reasons why.

Dozens of killings by US police ruled justified without public being notified

Secrets of the Tax-Prep Business

China's Psychological War on Taiwan

Hoarding is a serious disorder — and it’s only getting worse in the U.S.

Why it’s getting harder to stop multinational corporations.

North Korean ships with corpses on board have been washing ashore in Japan

Ansaru: Boko Haram Splinter Group Sows Terror in Nigeria

The Pillaging of America's State Universities

What happened in East New York?
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The Plan to Move an Entire Swedish Town

Implant lets paralysed man 'play guitar'

Are Incomplete Sentences the New Thing Or...?

Enough With the Canon

A Dragonfly Helmet from 17th Century Japan

What happened to the self-sufficient people of the 1970s?

Obama to forgive the student debt of permanently disabled people

Research reveals trend in bird-shape evolution on islands

Obama can appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court if the Senate does nothing (If they're not going to play ball, I wish he'd pick a better candidate, cause fuck 'em.)

California's two different visions for better foster care

Why Luck Matters More Than You Might Think

Murderers are mentors in prison once notorious for violence

The Prison Visit That Cost My Family $2,370

How Private Prison Companies Use Big Tax Breaks and Low Wages to Maximize Profit

What did Americans know as the Holocaust unfolded? Quite a lot, it turns out.

The dark side of Guardian comments

About 40,000 unionized Verizon workers walk off the job

Despite court ruling, China gay rights movement makes gains

What Freedom Looks Like

America's still racist

How China’s fishermen are fighting a covert war in the South China Sea

Why is America pulling down the projects?

In poor neighborhoods, is it better to fix up or move out?

Goldman Sachs Finally Admits it Defrauded Investors During the Financial Crisis

Closures and court cases leave Turkey's media increasingly muzzled

Letting them die: parents refuse medical help for children in the name of Christ

The Outrage of Body-Cavity Searches
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I'm clearly going to have to force my mother to binge seasons 1 and 2 with me, that's what.

(No luck forcing Jenn, but I bet I can rope Mommy into this.)

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Monster Mystery: Scientists Solve Decades-Long Puzzle of Alienlike Creature

The Heavily Judged Female Entertainers Who Crushed Stereotypes In the Old West

This Amazing Technicolor Castle has been Abandoned for more than 20 Years

Team stores digital images in DNA—and retrieves them perfectly

Animal or Vegetable? Legend of the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary

Possible lost Caravaggio painting found in attic in France

Tiger Numbers Rise for First Time in a Century

Oh, So Now I’m Bangladeshi?

I posit that the reason Superman has killed and the reason he is so unrecognizable as the hero we grew up with and the hero we loved and looked up to is because every essence of his Jewishness has been meticulously and calculatingly been scrubbed out.

The Secret of Grey Gardens

Rich Kids on Instagram Are Revealing Their Parents' Shadiness to Investigators

Handouts Are Often Better Than a Hand Up

Driverless bus in Greece has had no accidents in six months

Facebook has another hidden inbox you probably didn't realise was there

The Autism Shift: the visibly invisible – autistic people of color

Polish anti-abortion activists borrow tactics from US in push for total ban

Researchers help explain why we favor a black and white approach to morality

How the White House Went Easy on Drug Crime—But Not for Immigrants

Border Patrol Thieves? US Border Agents Stealing from Refugees

How a federal spy case turned into a child pornography prosecution

I Know Why Poor Whites Chant Trump, Trump, Trump

Remember how Trump raised $6 million for vets? Guess how much of that has actually gone to vets.

LA's new rule: homeless people are only allowed to own one trashcan's worth of things

Scientists Blame El Nino, Warming for 'Gruesome' Coral Death

World Bank ramps up help for poor to adapt to climate change

Idomeni: Macedonian police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at refugees trying to break through Greek border

The world looks away as blood flows in Burundi

Exclusive boarding schools face reckoning on sexual abuse
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Now, listen. How often is it that I nag and pester people to watch what I watch or read what I read or listen to what I listen to? Almost never, right? Soooooo... you all have to watch iZombie. You can thank me later.
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Yay!

As a child, I read or heard somewhere that hot bread is unhealthful. Even as a kid, this seemed to me to be the most ridiculous of old wives tales so I ate up. Turns out that the belief is somewhat more recent than I'd imagined, only the 1700s. Even the one about buttering a cat's feet when you move to a new home is older than that! (And I believe that one religiously.)

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Why Some People Respond to Stress by Falling Asleep

Watching a Laser Clean a Baking Tray is Surprisingly Satisfying

Brain scans show how LSD mimics mind of a baby

New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists

A Map of the Brain Could Teach Machines to See Like You

Cubans embrace the English language as Cold War enmity fades

LOLWTF, Toronto?

The History Of How Los Angeles Became A City Of Palm Trees

Wealth of unsuspected new microbes expands tree of life

The Perilous Art of Iraqi Truffle Hunting

Teaching Neuroscience in Prison

Fetishizing family farms

How an internet mapping glitch turned a random Kansas farm into a digital hell

After the dodos were wiped out, almost all the specimens were lost – mostly due to outright carelessness.

Inequality linked to large, growing gap in lifespans

Director Brennan: CIA Won't Waterboard Again — Even if Ordered by Future President

Facial-Recognition Software Might Have a Racial Bias Problem

Study finds police fatally shoot unarmed black men at disproportionate rates

Condemned to 'private prison': the Brazilian women subjected to secret abuse

Shellfish behavior: US lobster industry at odds with Sweden

Fertilizer's legacy: Taking a toll on land and water

Denmark, a social welfare utopia, takes a nasty turn on refugees

Migrants Stuck in Limbo in Serbia After Balkan Route Closure

Syrian refugees in Lebanon at growing risk of forced labour: anti-slavery activists

Report: immigrant students blocked from enrolling in school

190 people in this Indiana town were diagnosed with HIV

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