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'Rogue planet' spotted 100 light-years away

Astronomers have spotted a "rogue planet" - wandering the cosmos without a star to orbit - 100 light-years away. (via BBC News; image via ESO)


Meet the Meathead Using Science and Sarcasm to Get Grilling Right

Meet the Meathead Using Science and Sarcasm to Get Grilling Right - Bloomberg

from BBC News

Richard III's DNA throws up infidelity surprise

Richard III's DNA throws up infidelity surprise. Article for the BBC by Paul Rincon, summarizing the recent publication in Nature Communications.

from Science News

Mothballs, rubbing alcohol score poorly in tests of DIY bedbug control

WAR ON BUGS  Battling the resurgence in bedbugs has been hampered by the development of pesticide resistance in the bugs. Do-it-yourself methods are being widely embraced, but new studies show that some may work better than others. ~~ A.L. Szalanski/Wikimedia Commons

from BBC News

The ultra-Orthodox Jews combining tech and the Torah

Haredi schools do not teach math, science or English. Haredi men are expected to spend most of their time studying the Torah and Talmud, Judaism's sacred texts, leaving their wives to go out and work. About half of Israel's Haredi men live this way. But while the cost of living has risen in recent years, child benefit has been cut - bad news for Haredi families, which often have eight-to-10 children and rely on benefits to make ends meet.

from The Independent

How songbirds island-hopped their way from Australia

the common ancestor of all modern songbird species is likely to have lived just over 30 million years ago. In evolutionary terms, this is surprisingly recent, especially compared to the probable age of the ancestor of all birds (about 95 million years). When you consider that songbirds account for over half of all bird species on Earth (over 5,000 species), the relatively recent origins of songbirds mean they evolved into new species at an even faster rate than previously thought.

from BBC News

Beard trend is 'guided by evolution'

A trend that appeared to be in London in 2014 can be seen trending in specific groups. The trend of males having facial hair can be seen specifically in the hipster community. However like most trends it reaches a peak and slowly gets less popular. -Bethany R.

from MTV News

Here's Why My Chemical Romance Is Good For Your Health

Here's Why My Chemical Romance Is Good For Your Health - MTV

from the Guardian

Nasa: Earth is warming at a pace 'unprecedented in 1,000 years'

Climate Change: Increasing temperatures will shrink the polar ice caps, make large areas of the Middle East and North Africa unbearable to live in and accelerate what’s known as Earth’s “six mass extinction” of animal species.

from NBC News

Siberian Holes Could Be 'Visible Effect' of Global Warming, Experts Say

There's a scary answer for why Siberia is turning into Swiss cheese: Mother Nature has gas, so to speak, and we gave it to her.