What’s going on with Hawaiian seals? Nobody nose

By Matthew Robinson, CNN – An endangered Hawaiian monk seal was spotted with an eel lodged up its nostril in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.   (CNN) Endangered seals are baffling conservationists with an unlikely predicament — getting eels stuck up their noses. The …

 

Consumer Alert: Free trials can cost you

Free trial offers can grab your attention. They’re easy to sign up for. And they’re, well, free – right? Not exactly. Some free trials can be expensive. Scammers often use “free” trial offers, with undisclosed or buried terms, to enroll you – without …

The value of owning more books than you can read

Or how I learned to stop worrying and love my tsundoku. By Kevin Dickinson – Melk Abbey Library. Tsundoku Library.  Many readers buy books with every intention of reading them only to let them linger on the shelf. Statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb believes …

How Christians co-opted the Winter Solstice

Christmas has many pagan and secular traditions that early Christians incorporated into this new holiday. Mike Colagrossi – – Saturnalia (1783) by Antoine Callet, showing his interpretation of what the Saturnalia might have looked like.  Christmas was heavily influenced by the Roman festival …

Hubble spots a strange new type of celestial object

  By Michael Irving – Astronomers have discovered a brand new type of celestial object: an active binary asteroid, meaning it’s made of two rocks orbiting each other while leaving a trail of gas like a comet. (Credit: ESA/Hubble, L. Calçada). Astronomers have …

How genes influence preferences for tea or coffee

  Rich Haridy – Sensitivity to the bitterness of caffeine has been found to actually increase a person’s propensity to drink coffee (Credit: massonforstock/Depositphotos). Intriguing new research has revealed that people with a preference for drinking coffee over tea tend to display a genetic variant …

Rains bring death to the Atacama Desert

  David Szondy – – A small, ephemeral lagoon in the hyperarid core of the Atacama Desert (Credit: Carlos González-Silva/Provided). Water may be an essential element of life, but to the scarce microbes that inhabit the Mars-like Atacama Desert in Chile, it’s death. …

RFIQ tech uses cheap stickers to detect tainted food

  Ben Coxworth – RFIQ is based on a process known as “weak coupling” (Credit: MIT). Passive RFID (radio frequency identification) tags are small, inexpensive, battery-less labels that are already used to track and identify a wide variety of items. If MIT’s experimental RFIQ …

New sphinx uncovered in Egypt

By Barry Neild – (CNN) — Some amazing archeological finds involve daring adventures into hidden tombs. Others — as is the case with the discovery of a beautiful new sphinx in Egypt — simply involve a spot of drainage. – The newly uncovered …

Science confirms: Earth has more than one ‘moon’

Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist. Scotty Hendricks –  Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two “pseudo-satellites” in orbit around the earth. These dust clouds were first discovered …

What’s going on with Hawaiian seals? Nobody nose

By Matthew Robinson, CNN – An endangered Hawaiian monk seal was spotted with an eel lodged up its nostril in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.   (CNN) Endangered seals are baffling conservationists with an unlikely predicament — getting eels stuck up their noses. The …