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Thrifty Thursday: a simple backdrop

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [Apple iPhone 4s - $300; collapsible light reflector - $12]While I like the convenience of my little iPhone, coaxing solid natural history images from it is challenging...

August 9, 2012 — Alex Wild

Why Bronze Medalists Are Happier Than Silver Winners

So we have the paradox of a man shamed to death because he is only the second pugilist or the second oarsman in the world. That he is able to beat the whole population of the globe minus one is nothing; he has “pitted” himself to beat that one; and as long as he doesn't do that nothing else counts...

August 9, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

Kenyan Fossils Rekindle Debate over Early Human Diversity

If I had to pick the hottest topic in paleoanthropology right now, I’d say it’s the origin and early evolution of our genus, Homo. Researchers know quite a bit about our australopithecine predecessors (Lucy and her ilk) and about later phases of Homo’ s evolution...

August 9, 2012 — Kate Wong

Tips: Journalist Of Tomorrow

Tips is a series which aims to provide young and early-career science writers with, well, tips to aid them in their budding careers. The series will attempt to link out to existing resources available online...

STAFFAugust 9, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

The Cataclysm: "Vancouver! Vancouver! This Is It!"

Dawn arrives early in the Pacific Northwest spring. The clouds are usually thick enough to filter the light to the satisfaction of all but the lightest sleepers, but on the morning of May 18th, 1980, 5:30am saw the sun rising in cloudless skies...

August 9, 2012 — Dana Hunter

Stressed Men Like Bigger Butts

Weight is a big issue in America. More than half of Americans are unhappy with their weight, spending 33 billion on dieting and weight loss programs and products every year.

August 8, 2012 — Christie Wilcox

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