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23 Jul 13:27

White lies keep society intact


In other news, water is wet.

Small fibs bring communities closer together
04 Dec 05:00

Bat Out of Hell? Egyptian Tomb Bat May Harbor MERS Virus



A snippet of RNA offers new clues about the origins of a deadly new microbe
05 Sep 13:10

Deputies greeted by pot plant at front door in marijuana bust

by Michelle Hunter, | The Times-Picayune

Stealthy like a fox.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies who responded to an anonymous tip of a marijuana grow house in Old Jefferson got a bit of confirmation before they even knocked: marijuana planted next to the front door. A search turned up...
27 Aug 20:09

Archaeologists Uncover First Use of Spices in European Cuisine

Charred remains in ancient pottery suggest cooks in Denmark and Germany were spicing up dishes 6100 years ago
26 Aug 20:51

A political office that no one wants? Deep in Plaquemines Parish, it's true

by Drew Broach, | The Times-Picayune
What if they called an election, but no candidates signed up to run? That's been the case in Plaquemines Parish for at least 4½ years, where the justice of the peace position for Pilottown failed again Friday, on the last...
22 Aug 19:45

ScienceShot: Facebook Is Making You Sad


But Reader makes you happy!

All your "friends" aren’t bringing you happiness
22 Aug 19:41

Jindal administration says special congressional election not rigged

by Lauren McGaughy, | The Times Picayune

LOLOLOL. Yeah, right.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander did not plan his departure from Congress to rig the election in favor of state Rep. Neil Riser, Gov. Bobby Jindal's office said Tuesday. State Rep. Jay Morris made the claims during an interview with The...
17 Aug 13:28

6 Louisiana cities among nation's 10 most expensive for health care, report says

by Rebecca Catalanello, | The Times-Picayune


Six of the 10 most expensive places to buy health care in the nation are in Louisiana, including Metairie, Baton Rouge and Lafayette.That’s according to a new Institute of Medicine study that attempted to examine geographic differences in health care spending among...
15 Aug 15:46

ScienceShot: A Shot of Coffee That Gets You Drunk

Alcohol made from fermented coffee grounds doesn’t taste great, but it does the job
05 Aug 00:43

Arkansas school to arm teachers, staff

by The Associated Press

This story is awful, but I can't help emphasizing the ABSOLUTE WORST detail: the fact that they used children to train these vigilante wanna-bes:

"Using students as actors helps trainers re-create the environment that teachers and staff would face in a typical school shooting, Hodoway explained. The students who participated in the exercise were children of the teachers and staff who were being trained."

In Clarksville, more than 20 teachers, administrators and other school employees will carry concealed weapons throughout the school day, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus.
03 Aug 21:35

In July in Jefferson Parish, the problem is teenage coyotes

by Adriane Quinlan, | The Times-Picayune

Get off my lawn, you whipper-snapper coyotes!

The cat's head was discovered two doors down, the legs nearby. The collar ended up in Sherri Cabal's yard, near the puddle of blood. And on a security camera recording, the culprit showed up: Coyotes. That surprised the Cabals. They've...
03 Aug 18:06

Apes Capable of 'Mental Time Travel'


The question is, when will we have an ape Doctor?

Chimpanzees and orangutans have humanlike memories of specific activities
15 Jul 13:22

Ice cream and crime: Where cold cuisine and hot disputes intersect

by John Harper, | The Times-Picayune

Please put some cookie dough bits in my assault with a deadly weapon.

As summer heats up, sometimes tempers flare, and it's not uncommon for criminal activity to spawn from disagreements and disputes regarding icy treats, including America's favorite dessert, ice cream.The correlation between homicides and ice cream sales, -- when ice cream...
08 Jul 00:44

SUNO is close to getting what it has lacked since Katrina: a library

by John Pope, | The Times-Picayune
In the eight years since Hurricane Katrina and its floodwaters pummeled Southern University at New Orleans, thousands of students have enrolled, and graduated. None of them has had access to something that educators deem vital to a college education: a...
08 Jul 00:42

ScienceShot: Vibrating Genitals may Ward off Predators


Sometimes the headline speaks for itself.

Threatened moths shake their things to avoid being eaten by bats
08 Jul 00:39

Fat Cells Feel the Cold, Burn Calories for Heat


Good news! Now all I have to do is wear a freezer on my ass.

Fat's surprisingly direct response to low temperatures may point to obesity treatments
08 Jul 00:37

Saying it With Flowers—14,000 Years Ago


"which led some archaeological pundits to suggest that Neandertals were the original flower children,"

Leave the puns to professionals, archaeologists.

Archaeologist unearth earliest use of flowers to mark human graves
06 Jul 14:04

ScienceShot: 'Dead' Cabbage Keeps on Kicking


I, for one, welcome our new cabbage overlords.

Veggies still respond to their environment long after they've been plucked
02 Jul 13:24

huntingtonlibrary: William Sharp, one of the first...

by ushishir


William Sharp, one of the first chromolithographic printers in the U.S., created these extraordinary illustrations for the large folio Victoria Regia (1854) by John Fisk Allen. Allen, a well-known horticulturalist, cultivated a specimen of the rare, huge (up to 8 feet in diameter), fast-growing (up to an inch an hour!) water lily, native to the Amazon. After months of careful tending, the plant—named in honor of the recently-crowned Queen Victoria—blossomed on the evening of July 21, 1853. Sharp’s depictions of this exotic wonder—in various stages of bloom—were masterpieces and elevated the then-nascent art of chromolithography to spectacular new heights.

image captions: All images are from a copy of Victoria Regia in our collections. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

01 Jul 21:27

ScienceShot: Your Tongue, Inside Out

New 3D computer model reveals inner workings of our wriggly organ
08 Apr 01:22

ScienceShot: The Ghost of Oceans Past



Traditional shark tooth weapons reveal declining biodiversity in the Pacific
23 Oct 15:01

Caesar, the Orchid Chief

Temple erected by Roman emperor among earliest evidence of orchids in Western art
23 Oct 14:56

Raw Food Not Enough to Feed Big Brains



New study supports idea that cooking helped human ancestors expand their minds