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Found: The Coldest Place on Earth

Found: The Coldest Place on Earth

The record had stood for nearly 30 years: minus 128.6 degrees F (-89.2 C), recorded a few meters above the ground at the Russian Vostok Research Station in East Antarctica.

December 10, 2013 — Mark Fischetti
Long-Term Disease Database Proves the Value of Vaccines

Long-Term Disease Database Proves the Value of Vaccines

To find out when whooping cough started making a comeback in Ohio, or how often measles kills in America, we turn to historical records. But those records aren’t very useful when they’re squirreled away in a distant office basement...

November 27, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron
Global STEM Alliance Adds SUNY and Buenos Aires to Education Network

Global STEM Alliance Adds SUNY and Buenos Aires to Education Network

The future of tomorrow’s global economy relies on the education of children today and the technology they will be able to produce, which is why the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) and Cisco established a partnership earlier this year to encourage children to take on professions in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also known [...]..

November 27, 2013 — Julianne Chiaet
Search the Web, Plant a Tree—Every Minute

Search the Web, Plant a Tree—Every Minute

Google, Yahoo and other search engines make gobs of money from advertisers who pay to have ads pop up when you look for a term. A few more socially minded search engines like Goodsearch and Everyclick donate a few cents to charity when you seek or shop...

November 26, 2013 — Mark Fischetti
How China’s Pet Dogs Might Save Wild Tigers

How China’s Pet Dogs Might Save Wild Tigers

On the streets of Beijing, little old ladies coax even littler dogs to do their business. Some even bear the little plastic bags carried by civically conscious urbanite pet-lovers everywhere...

November 26, 2013 — David Biello
A Weighty Question: Does “Plan B” have a Weight Limit?

A Weighty Question: Does “Plan B” have a Weight Limit?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock Mother Jones today has a great piece out on how a version of “Plan B” manufactured in Europe  is less effective for women who weigh more than 165 pounds, and rendered completely ineffective for women whose weight tops 176 pounds...

November 25, 2013 — Dina Fine Maron

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