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Is Homosexuality Natural? Yes. So is male lactation.

As Gwenn Seemel points out in her richly illustrated book, Crime Against Nature , the non-human animal kingdom is chock-full of examples that challenge many of our deeply held beliefs about what is "natural" behavior in everything from sexual preference to lifestyle choices to gender roles and even gender identity...

May 17, 2013 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Want to be happier and live longer? Protect green spaces

Central Park almost didn’t exist. When it was first proposed, no comparable urban green space could be found in the whole of the United States—and it seemed unlikely that one would arise on land that could be put to other, more profitable use - especially with New York real estate values on a steady rise...

May 16, 2013 — Maria Konnikova

Thrifty Thursday: The Digital Herbarium

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [HP deskjet F4280 printer/scanner - $150]This week's inexpensive photo project makes use of a desktop scanner to translate a living plant into a digital specimen...

May 16, 2013 — Alex Wild

Should Research on Race and IQ Be Banned?*

The old issue of genes, race and intelligence has exploded once again. The trigger this time is social scientist Jason Richwine, who recently co-authored a study of immigration for the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank...

May 16, 2013 — John Horgan

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