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A cockroach’s karate kick is the trick to fend off killer zombie wasps

A cockroach’s karate kick is the trick to fend off killer zombie wasps

Humans loathe roaches, so we don’t feel remorse about killing them, and don’t mind if other living things do it, either. Emerald jewel wasps routinely…
NASA’s Parker Solar Probe just made the fastest and closest-ever sweep of the sun

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe just made the fastest and closest-ever sweep of the sun

It lights our sky day after day, so the sun feels familiar to us. But there’s a lot we still don’t know about it. That’s…
Apple pulls software update after it “bricks” users’ Apple Watches

Apple pulls software update after it “bricks” users’ Apple Watches

Apple released an update to its Apple Watch software yesterday (Oct. 30). But just a day later, the company removed the option to update amid…
The rise of the 4-letter baby name

The rise of the 4-letter baby name

My friend wrote me the other day to tell me her new baby’s name was Nyla. My first reaction was excitement about the miracle of…
50 powerful men told us their biggest insecurities about being a man

50 powerful men told us their biggest insecurities about being a man

What does it mean to be a man, and a feminist, in America today? Baratunde Thurston tells Quartz: “‘Male privilege’ isn’t just privilege. It’s a…
It’s very weird that Trump is recruiting for his appointees on job boards

It’s very weird that Trump is recruiting for his appointees on job boards

It’s never been easier to step up for a highly-coveted position with the federal government. On Nov. 7, the day after the midterm elections restored…
Three wildfires rage in California, forcing mass evacuations

Three wildfires rage in California, forcing mass evacuations

On Nov. 7, California’s governor-elect Gavin Newsom issued a State of Emergency, as three major wildfires—the Camp, Woolsey, and Hill fires—continue to burn across the…
Nigerian authorities seized shipments of half a billion painkillers, showing the huge scale of the country’s opioid crisis

Nigerian authorities seized shipments of half a billion painkillers, showing the huge scale of the country’s opioid crisis

Recent evidence suggests that Nigeria’s drug abuse problem is not going away anytime soon. Nigerian authorities have seized over half a billion tablets of Tramadol,…
Bloomberg’s donation is great, but there are better ways to help low income kids graduate from college

Bloomberg’s donation is great, but there are better ways to help low income kids graduate from college

Michael Bloomberg made an important announcement Nov. 18. No, he is not running for president (at least not yet), but he is doing his part…
The Auschwitz Museum hits back at Lindsey Graham’s Holocaust mansplaining

The Auschwitz Museum hits back at Lindsey Graham’s Holocaust mansplaining

Earlier this week, representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in support of Central American asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border. She referenced previous global refugee crises,
Universal Standard is teaching fashion how to design for the average American body

Universal Standard is teaching fashion how to design for the average American body

The long-neglected plus-size market gained yet another champion today when Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness and lifestyle company, announced a partnership (paywall) with premier size-inclusive
Scientists just ruled out any chance that Greenland ice melt is “normal variation”

Scientists just ruled out any chance that Greenland ice melt is “normal variation”

The Greenland ice sheet is melting faster than it has at any time in the last four centuries, and possibly faster than it has in…
George W. Bush’s emotional eulogy for his father ended with words about his mother

George W. Bush’s emotional eulogy for his father ended with words about his mother

Today (Dec. 5), George W. Bush delivered an emotional eulogy for his father, the late George H.W. Bush. As the Washington Post points out (paywall),…
Les Moonves did something he might actually be punished for: lie to CBS lawyers

Les Moonves did something he might actually be punished for: lie to CBS lawyers

There’s a lot a CEO can do and still get an out-of-court settlement and a $120 million check—like, say, allegedly harass or assault 12 women.…
All hail Gallus gallus domesticus—we are living in the age of the chicken

All hail Gallus gallus domesticus—we are living in the age of the chicken

Culinarily, chicken has somehow become all things to all people. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and the recipes built around them, are stand-ins for bland, unadventurous…
US Customs and Border Protection is using retinal scans to try to catch liars

US Customs and Border Protection is using retinal scans to try to catch liars

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is using a futuristic eye-scanning device to weed out dishonest potential recruits during the initial application phase. That’s according…
Google created a ‘responsible innovation team’ to check if its AI is ethical

Google created a ‘responsible innovation team’ to check if its AI is ethical

The newest job at Google: checking its AI to make sure it’s ethical. The company has added a “formal review structure,” which consists of three…
Juul employees can no longer vape at work

Juul employees can no longer vape at work

Employees at Juul Labs got some awkward news last week: no more vaping in the office. Juul is a hot and richly-valued startup that sells…
Admitting failure: Psychologists call out faults in their own research to improve their field

Admitting failure: Psychologists call out faults in their own research to improve their field

In 2016, psychologist Dana Carney made quite a splash in the research community. Carney, along with her colleagues Amy Cuddy and Andy Yap, were well-known…
Netflix hired a CFO from the video-game industry, a space even more addictive than Netflix

Netflix hired a CFO from the video-game industry, a space even more addictive than Netflix

On the heels of Netflix’s big experiment in interactive video, Black Mirror‘s “Bandersnatch,” the streaming giant poached an executive from the video-game industry to be…