Rachel Feltman
at 10:52 AM Jan 13 2017

While many animals become less fertile as they age, only three species—humans, pilot whales, and killer whales—have females that regularly live well beyond their reproductive prime. These are the only species where we see grandmas acting like grandmas: they've long stopped producing offspring of their own, so they pivot to helping care for their children's children.

Sara Chodosh
at 10:52 AM Jan 13 2017
Nature // 

We like to think that human speech is special. It defines our species and separates us from those animals that we'd rather think of as inferior. The trouble is that it's difficult to know when and how human speech arose because “language expressed via speech leaves no fossils behind.”

Marlene Cimons
at 10:52 AM Jan 13 2017
Science // 

Pretend for a moment you are a climate scientist, or maybe a layperson curious about climate change research. Which of the following intro sentences would prompt you to keep reading a study?

Mary Beth Griggs
at 10:52 AM Jan 13 2017
Nature // 

California is usually drenched with sunlight. But this week, it's just drenched. A series of storms have pummeled the state, dropping staggering quantities of rain and snow—leading to flooding, mudslides, and a whole lot of water pouring into reservoirs that were just about dried out. But is it enough to end the state's persistent drought?

Sara Chodosh
at 10:39 AM Jan 12 2017

I'm three and half years into a lifelong diet. It's not to lose weight or build muscle, and there are no cheat days—no, not even for a freshly-baked chocolate croissant that I can smell a block away. I get a metal probe put down my throat every year so my doctor can confirm that I'm really, truly, 100 percent adhering to my diet. As if that wasn't awesome enough, I also get to pay anywhere from 30-500 percent more for basic food.

Rachel Feltman
at 10:39 AM Jan 12 2017

It's a fact frequently shared at parties and across social media: urine is sterile, so you should drink it if you find yourself in a waterless pinch. But like so many cocktail party factoids, this one is absolutely not true. Urine ain't sterile, friends, and neither is any part of you.

Sarah Fecht
at 10:39 AM Jan 12 2017
Nature // 

The population of rusty patched bumblebees has declined by 87 percent since the 1990s. It is just one of many species suffering in the global pollination crisis.

 
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