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26-Minute Execution Deemed "Humane" in Ohio Analysis

When Ohio executed convicted rapist and murderer Dennis McGuire in early 2014, it set off a maelstrom of controversy. Ohio used a drug cocktail that appeared to leave McGuire gasping for air for some 11 minutes until he was pronounced dead--26 minutes after the initial injection of his drugs...

April 29, 2014 — Dina Fine Maron

The Life Cycle of Your Reusable Trash

Check out this Earth Day video featuring LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Cofounder and Curator-in-Chief of the award-winning Reading Rainbow app and host of the original PBS series)...

April 22, 2014 — THE EDITORS
Happy, Hot Earth Day! [Interactive]

Happy, Hot Earth Day! [Interactive]

Almost no one had heard of global warming when the U.S. commemorated its first Earth Day 44 years ago. Now most Americans know about anthropogenic climate change--whether or not they accept the science is another story...

April 22, 2014 — THE EDITORS

Twin Earth May Be Better than Earth for Life

Pseudo-Earths are out there. That's the message of today's exciting announcement that a planet about the same size as Earth lives in its star's habitable zone--the temperate region around a star where liquid water might flow...

April 17, 2014 — Michael Moyer
Debate Flares over Identity of Celebrated Human Fossils

Debate Flares over Identity of Celebrated Human Fossils

CALGARY--In 2010 paleoanthropologists announced to great fanfare that they had recovered from a South African cave two partial skeletons of a previously unknown member of the human family that lived nearly two million years ago...

April 17, 2014 — Kate Wong

Beat Jet Lag With This Scientist-Developed App

Fed up with jet lag when you fly long distances? University of Michigan mathematicians have your back. They've developed a free app, available today, based on mathematical models that can tell you when to go outdoors and when to stay in bed to avoid the sleepiness and other side effects of crossing multiple time zones [...]..

April 10, 2014 — Amber Williams

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