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Can the World Afford Cheap Water?

More people in India have access to cellphones than to basic sanitation. Meanwhile, more than 7,000 villages in the northwestern part of the country suffer drinking water shortages as the water table in this breadbasket region continues to drop...

March 29, 2013 — David Biello

How Many Asiatic Cheetahs Roam across Iran?

How many Asiatic cheetahs still prowl on the planet earth? Compared to their African cousins, the Asiatic cheetah is more imperiled and known to be a critically endangered subspecies.

March 29, 2013 — Sam Khosravifard

Khalil s Picks (29 March 2013)

This week we have the science of The Walking Dead, dinosaur embryos, a reminder of why spring is awesome and more. Of note, I can get a little hyper when talking about dinosaurs.

STAFFMarch 29, 2013 — Khalil A. Cassimally

Tunnel Vision: Probing the Physics of Fire Ants

"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise. It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, Yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." -- Proverbs 6:6-8The above proverb adorns the Web page of Nathan Mlot, a graduate student in mechanical engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology...

March 29, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

A budding crescent

I'll return to blogging by starting off with a stunningly boring micrograph. Here, you can see a narrow blob, with a blob attached, and a stem below.

March 28, 2013 — Psi Wavefunction

Guinness World Records holder will perform during the Best Illusion of the Year Contest

Thomas Blacke, magician, escape artist, and Guinness World Records holder, will perform during the vote counting at the 9 th Annual Best Illusion of the Year Contest on May 13, 2013, in Naples, Florida.  Thomas Blacke Blacke holds 11 world records, including the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Handcuff Escape Blindfolded and the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Escape from Handcuffs Underwater.According to the Guinness World Records: “The fastest handcuff escape blindfolded is 3.45 seconds, achieved by Thomas Blacke (USA), in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, USA, on 10 April 2012...

March 28, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

True-ish (and Hilarious) Facts About the Anglerfish

Anglerfish and comedy always seemed like a natural pairing. But it took internet humorist Ze Frank to bring the two together in one delicious dish. The natural history documentary parody series "True Facts About ..." by Frank has become a minor youtube sensation...

March 28, 2013 — Jennifer Frazer

Scientists Use Tiny Robots to Understand Ants [Video]

Want to know how ants think? Look to the robots.A study published in PLOS Computational Biology explains how researchers used tiny robots to investigate ant behavior.The researchers wanted to know if real ants use geometry to navigate their environment...

March 28, 2013 — Seth Wharton

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