In an alternate universe — one where Americans had a LOT more enthusiasm for spending money on massive space projects than we've ever actually demonstrated — the 1970s and 1980s might have been the era of manned missions to Mars and Venus. Amy Shira Teitel writes about how this could have been possible, using only the now-antiquated technology that got us to the Moon and back.
The toxic secretions of millipedes are a real trip for Lemurs who know not to eat them, but to lick them and rub the enslobbered arthropods around their furry flanks. The ritual has an evolutionary narrative with it—the toxins kill parasites—and getting high is part of the package. READ THE REST
Spoilers below. From Aeon Video: Native to central and southern Europe, the amphibious alpine newt breeds in shallow water, where its larvae are born, hatch and feed on plankton, before sprouting legs and moving to land. This timelapse video from the Dutch director Jan van IJken tracks the development of a single-celled zygote into the… READ THE REST
Laurent Simons, 11, earned a bachelor's degree with distinction from the University of Antwerp in 18 months of study. His major was quantum physics. Now Simons, who is half Belgian and half Dutch, is planning for his doctorate that will take him to several different countries including Israel, a hub of biotechnology. He says that… READ THE REST
The trick to the Adobe Creative Cloud isn't what it can do. As the gold standard in digital creation for as long as most of us can remember, there isn't much this app collection can't accomplish in editing video, enhancing photos, creating graphics, fine-tuning audio, and more. No, the trick of Adobe CC is all… READ THE REST
For those who enjoy the relaxation and health benefits of sweating it out in a sauna, the charges can start adding up. A typical sauna session will usually set you back about $1 per minute. Heck, you can even throw back a Whopper or two while you sweat, although we wouldn't recommend that for detoxing… READ THE REST
What's your stockpile of available light bulbs like these days? We're guessing it's a little thinner than it used to be. Not too long ago, when incandescent bulbs roamed the Earth like dinosaurs, we'd invariably have a 6-pack, 10-pack, or a freakin' kitchen cabinet chock full of light bulbs whenever one needed to be replaced. … READ THE REST