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Should Dolphins and Whales Have Human Rights?

Because of their complex brains and rich social lives, should dolphins and whales be considered non-human legal persons, with full legal rights?

The translated conversation is displayed on a monitor.

Glasses Provide Subtitles For Foreign Language Conversations

Powell designed glasses with built-in screens that translate speech, the translation appearing live as subtitles floating in front of the wearer's eyes

The offending garden in Drummondville

City Officials Declare War on Lawn Gardens


Superheroes’ Most Amazing Power: Getting Kids to Choose Healthy Snacks Over French Fries

Cornell researchers exploit kids' adoration of Batman for the better, using the superhero as an impetus to encourage kids to eat healthy

Documenting “the Last Green Spot Between NYC and Philly”


The Messy History of Tacos

There's so much more to the humble taco than meets the hungry North American consumer's eye - or palate

$2 Million in Ivory Seized From Manhattan Jewelers

Two New York City jewelers, caught with $2 million worth of illegal ivory, plead guilty to charges of commercializing wildlife


Should We Kill Man-Eating Alligators?

Should we hunt down and kill man-eaters?

In Sports, Winning Streaks Are Just Flukes

Winning streaks are engrained into our sports psyches, but are they actually a legitimate phenomoenon?


People Are More Rational When Speaking in a Foreign Language

Oscar Pistorius

Double-Amputee Oscar Pistorius Will Compete In Olympics 400 Meter Race Without Qualifying


What if Newton’s Principia Mathematica, Published Today, Had Been in Comic Sans?

The rage over CERN's font choice drives the question: How would the world have reacted to Newton's world-changing tome had Comic Sans existed at the time?

Dust jacket of the book Mein Kampf, written by Adolf Hitler.

Germans un-Kampf-ortable With Reissue of Hitler’s Tome

Starting in 2015, Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf will once again be available to German readers

Are Millennials Too Strung Out on Antidepressants to Even Know Who They Are?

Why We Set Off Fireworks on the Fourth of July

Because we always have

Laura Ingalls Wilder

‘Little House on the Prairie’ Author’s Autobiography Published for First Time Ever


Science Answers Age-Old Question, Should We Live to Work or Work to Live?


Wrecked Rivers of T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Wasteland’ Teem With Life Once More


The New York Fire Department Is Burning 20 Houses Down — On Purpose

Mom Keeps Kid Out of Cookie Jar, Forever

Should you raise a sugar-free baby? One mother makes a case for this radical move

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