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17 Adorably Nonsensical Things That Make Zero Sense, And Therefore Are Perfect

The Huffington Post | Renee Jacques | October 21, 2014 | Good News
17 much-needed things to pick you up.

New 'Global Yield Gap Atlas' Will Help Farmers And Governments Find Gaps In Crop Production

AP | James Gerken | October 21, 2014 | Green
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water. The Global Yield Gap Atlas allows farmers, governments and businesses to estimate the "gap" between potential and actual...

CDC Plans To Route Future U.S. Ebola Patients To Specially Trained Hospitals

Anna Almendrala | October 20, 2014 | Healthy Living
In the event that another person in the United States tests positive for Ebola, they could be re-routed to one of a handful of hospitals that are specifically equipped and trained to deal with deadly viruses like Ebola, confirmed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden during...

White House Halts Funding On Risky Flu Studies

Reuters | Reuters | October 20, 2014 | Politics
CHICAGO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The White House has temporarily stopped funding new research involving the flu and other pathogens in which scientists deliberately make them more transmissible or more deadly. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the government is assessing the potential risks and benefits...

You Know How The Universe Got Here. This Is Where It's Headed

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | October 20, 2014 | Science
Where did the universe come from, and how is it evolving? Those questions made little sense a century or so ago, before the existence of the Big Bang theory. "When Einstein was developing his general theory of relativity in 1915, the scientific picture of the universe was...

Orionid Meteor Shower 2014 Peaks Early Tuesday Morning

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | October 21, 2014 | Science
October skywatchers are in for a treat (not a trick) this week. The 2014 Orionid meteor shower will peak early Tuesday morning, Oct. 21, and it should be quite a show. "We expect to see about 20 meteors per hour," Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office,...

These 11 Photos Capture The Strength Of Ebola Survivors

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | October 20, 2014 | Healthy Living
The Ebola epidemic has claimed over 2,400 lives in Liberia alone, a harrowing number that accounts for more than half of the outbreak's total death toll according to the CDC. The New England Journal of Medicine estimates the current outbreak has a 70 percent mortality rate...

Another Month, Another Global Heat Record Broken

AP | James Gerken | October 20, 2014 | Green
WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. That's because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the...

Only Six Northern White Rhinos Left In The World After Death At Wildlife Sanctuary

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | October 21, 2014 | Green
One of the last northern white rhinos in the world has died, striking a heavy blow to a species already on the brink of extinction, reports the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. 34-year-old Suni was found dead in his enclosure on October 17, 2014. Rangers are unsure of...

Are E-Cigarettes A Public Health Hazard Or The Key To Quitting Smoking?

Amanda L. Chan | October 20, 2014 | Healthy Living
By Elizabeth Palermo, Staff Writer Published: 10/16/2014 11:27 AM EDT on LiveScience Scientific studies showing that electronic cigarettes actually help people quit smoking are few and far between. But that isn't stopping many smokers, as well as a few experts, from giving e-cigarettes the benefit of the...

Astronomers Create First 3D Map Of Hidden Universe

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | October 20, 2014 | Science
Mapping the cosmos sounds like a daunting challenge, but now an international team of astronomers has managed to do just that. Using a powerful new computer algorithm and observational data from one of the world's biggest telescopes, the astronomers have created a luminous 3D map of the...

Are We Trying Too Hard to Be Happy?

Psychology Today | Farah Mohamed | October 20, 2014 | World
Are we trying too hard to be happy? Social science has given mixed messages about how happy Americans are today. On the one hand, data from the General Social Survey (GSS) suggest that American happiness has rebounded from a historical low of 28.8% saying they are very happy in 2010,...

This Woman's Powerful Video Shows Just How Terrifying Life With Narcolepsy Can Be

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | October 20, 2014 | Healthy Living
Frustrated by just how difficult it was to explain her condition to others, a young woman decided to post a video on YouTube to show the world exactly what it’s like to have the chronic neurological disorder known as narcolepsy, which is characterized by uncontrollable daytime sleepiness. “I...

These Advocates Are Raising Awareness For Ridiculously Adorable Sloths

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | October 19, 2014 | Good News
As if we need an excuse to celebrate sloths. Sunday is International Sloth Day, which aims to draw the public's attention not only the creature's cuteness factor, but also promote the respect of its natural environment and protection. And The Sloth Institute Costa Rica is doing...

This Ebola Diagram Shows What The Deadly Virus Really Looks Like & How It Works

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | October 20, 2014 | Science
We're guessing that by now, you're pretty familiar with this little squiggle. But if you want to know what Ebola really looks like -- and how it hijacks cells to wreak havoc inside the human body -- you need a detailed diagram of an Ebola virus particle. The...

Bizarre Sea Creature Caught In Singapore Looks Like Kraken Come To Life

Dominique Mosbergen | October 18, 2014 | Science
Good thing this fisherman got a video of his catch (above), because otherwise he'd never have been able to convince folks of the bizarre creature he hauled in while angling off the Singaporean island of Pulau Ubin. "I know that area has a lot of seaweed, so I thought that...

How To Watch That 'Once-In-A-Lifetime' Comet Swing By Mars

Macrina Cooper-White | October 17, 2014 | Science
A comet will be swinging by Mars this Sunday, and eager astronomers say they're ready for the "once-in a lifetime event." Comet C/2013 A1, or 'Siding Spring' will make its closest approach to Mars at 2:27 p.m. EDT, coming within 87,000 miles of the red planet's...

This Map Shows Why Almost Nobody Lives In Most Of Canada

Jesse Ferreras | October 17, 2014 | Canada
Canada: land-wise, it's one of the world's biggest countries, but population-wise, it's anything but. A map posted to Imgur on Thursday shows us precisely why. The map comes from the Government of Canada's "Plant Hardiness Site," which contains images showing...

Why We're All So Freaked Out About Ebola

Carolyn Gregoire | October 17, 2014 | Healthy Living
Actual incidences of Ebola in the United States may be confined to four current cases, but that hasn't kept fear around the epidemic from spreading like wildfire across the country. Among respondents of a Washington Post/ABC News poll, two-thirds said they were concerned about a widespread...

Scientists Mull Change Of Epoch To Reflect Human Impact On The Planet

Nick Visser | October 18, 2014 | Green
By Emma Anderson BERLIN (Reuters) - Scientists from around the world met this week to decide whether to call time on the Holocene epoch after 11,700 years and begin a new geological age called the Anthropocene - to reflect humankind's deep impact on the planet. For decades, researchers have asked...