V.25 No.25 | 06/23/2016
The Daily Word in Inequality, Abortion Rights and Helium
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 28 2016 11:11 AM ]
On Monday the Supreme Court struck down on abortion clinic restrictions in Texas, stating that the strict requirements “constitute an undue burden on [a woman's] constitutional right to [seek an abortion].”
The ruling could have a ripple effect on many other Republican-run states with strict abortion laws.
Evolution favors simplicity, which is one of many reasons why it doesn't make sense for our ape cousins to evolve into humans. Take it from the experts; I only minored in anthropology.
Scientists discovered more than a trillion liters of helium beneath Tanzania, a relieving find after some researchers feared an impending helium shortage. Scientists rely on the gas for MRI scanners which I guess is more important than high-pitched birthday party entertainment.
Boba already exists, Starbucks.
Harrison Ford for president.
V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016
The Daily Word in Emojis, Artful Expression and A Chicken Thief
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 21 2016 11:05 AM ]
A mama Black Bear attacked a marathon-runner at Valles Caldera National Park in defense of her cubs. The runner survived by playing dead, but the Department of Game and Fish euthanized the bear, who was part of a study and wearing a tracking device.
You may be able to purchase a semi-automatic rifle in a number of minutes, but don't count on sending a rifle emoji.
Young artist Kaylin Andres who has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer expresses the realities of her illness through timeless art exhibits.
So, this is strange: In Jackson, Mississippi a 77-year-old man stole three boxes of frozen chicken before hastily riding away on a bicycle.
Looks like the Great Pyramid of Giza is a bit crooked. Ah well, we all make mistakes. Even extraterrestrials.
Anyone else growing as impatient as I am to see Steven Spielberg's rendition of Roald Dahl's fantastically imaginative book The BFG? The director and producer explains why he feels a distinct connection with the Big Friendly Giant.
In case you're looking for some fresh summer road trip jams.
V.25 No.23 | 06/09/2016
The Daily Word in the Senate Filibuster, Gun Control and the Dog Head Fire
By Renee Chavez [ Wed Jun 15 2016 12:39 PM ]
Looks like two senators are finally taking a stand on gun control in a "filibuster-style blockade."
You can watch it live right now!
In Florida, it's easier to get a gun than solar panels, a driver's license, an abortion, an exotic pet...
The Dog Head Fire is burning without containment.
A badass Twitter user is calling out politicians who are "praying for Orlando" but refuse to support gun control laws.
Check out this heroic Rio Rancho teen.
Look back at the history of the gun control debate.
A state worker started a relationship with Nehemiah Griego.
What does a map of a hallucination look like?
This is the first mammal to go extinct from global warming.
Did you know noise has color?
The Daily Word in Heroic Women, Chemistry and Photogenic Monkeys
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 14 2016 11:46 AM ]
The true art of seduction, told by a heroic 90-year-old woman.
On his quest to photograph all 12,000 captive species in the world, photographer Joel Sartore adds the majestic proboscis monkey to the list. Apparently the noses on these guys are a pretty attractive trait to female proboscises.
Ah, the blame game. The NRA claims that Obama and his policies are responsible for the heartbreaking mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Meanwhile, thousands of people attend a vigil determined to spread love and support, and prove that hate cannot win.
Next on the summer reading list.
An atmospheric chemist collects air samples in movie theaters and discovers that emissions from peoples' breath are most likely influenced by emotions.
Be nice to your waitstaff, or pay the price.
Neither her wedding dress nor her agenda got in the way of this just-married woman from saving the day.
V.25 No.22 | 06/02/2016
The Daily Word in Wonder Drugs, Justice and The Science of Cuteness
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Jun 7 2016 10:52 AM ]
Norway takes a bold stance against deforestation, banning it across the nation in hopes of protecting the quickly declining rainforests.
Don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
It's electric! And it can jump.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, in real life.
Ever wonder why babies' round faces and Bambi eyes never fail at getting attention? Cuteness is really just an evolutionary advantage, and not just in humans. Your brain's neural networks are playing tricks on you.
Speaking of cute animals... You decide.
V.25 No.21 | 05/26/2016
The Daily Word in Robots, Cadavers and Cheese
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue May 31 2016 10:57 AM ]
What's with all the barbecues and pool parties? The U.S. has got to adopt some more entertaining traditions, like chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill, perhaps. England is clearly doing it right.
If you're as disturbed by animal cruelty as I am and sick of hearing about it, watch this video instead.
Is this real life or part of a Mary Shelley novel?
Let's set the record straight: The meaning of life is probably not the number 42. This mechanical engineering professor offers an explanation from a purely scientific standpoint.
How's this for an exciting internship?
Barton Elementary School recognizes the importance of art education, and the results are inspiring.
A hug a day keeps the Prozac away.
V.25 No.20 | 05/19/2016
The Daily Word in Nature, Banksy and Stonehenge
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue May 24 2016 12:59 PM ]
Today marks The European Day of Parks, a cause for celebration and appreciation of the region's protected natural places. Find that last bit of inspiration needed for a European adventure in these stunning photos.
Works by the forever anonymous and controversial artist Banksy are lent by private collectors and shown at a gallery in Rome.
Governor Martinez is one Burqueña who will neither support nor protest the Albuquerque Trump rally. The reason? She's “really busy.”
Venezuelans, furious about food shortages and inflation, protest against President Maduro on the streets of Caracas.
Don't fear trans people in bathrooms, fear diaper changing stations. Learn from this woman's mistake and remember to put the table back up.
The Daily Word in Local Police Brutality, Truck Drivers and Climate Change
By Megan Reneau [ Thu May 19 2016 3:03 PM ]
Who could have guessed that vigilante justice could go wrong?
Metal mantra: Fuck the system, not the people oppressed by the system.
Kim Jong Un looks really great, nowadays, huh?
Yeah, let's make truck drivers who drive over 70 hours a week drive more. What a good idea.
Yes, killing an 88 year old man who is having a mental breakdown cause by his wife's death with over 60 pepperballs and an attack dog is super professional. Wow, APD, you're so good at your job.
The Catholic Church in Mexico opposes legalization of same-sex marriage but the gang violence can slide.
“God, Riley, Jessica is such a player!” —Every seven-year-old
V.25 No.19 | 05/12/2016
The Daily Word in Shakespeare, Giraffe Evolution and Hallucinogens
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue May 17 2016 12:14 PM ]
Caught red handed! A group of Olympic participants get in trouble for conducting forbidden experiments.
College Shakespeare professors are probably going bonkers over this. A London archaeological team proves their geometry knowledge and reveals a chunk of history no one knew was missing.
Technological advancements sometimes give me the heebie-jeebies. I remain skeptical about this “safe” form of texting while driving.
These gentle giants have genes specially designed for pumping blood two meters up to the brain. Good work, natural selection. Scientists decode the genome to learn more about these mysterious creatures.
Lake Michigan is shrinking substantially, leaving only a few feet of sand on the community's beloved dog beach. Still think global warming is a myth?
There's a fine line between good intentioned and stupid and these guys crossed it. Keep the wildlife wild, ya dummies. Poor Bison baby was doing just fine before you insisted on knowing what was best for him.
Never lose hope, but if you do, never underestimate the power of magic mushrooms. Psychedelic experiences might be the cure for the incurable.
The Daily Word in Crime, Animals and Global Warming
By Megan Reneau [ Thu May 12 2016 11:40 AM ]
Step one to dealing with a smart phone when you have ADHD: Turn your notifications off.
“I like him!” Paul Ryan says smiling while submerging himself in a tank of bleach.
Um, Loretta Lynch for president, PLEASE!
These pups can bring world peace.
What is the most watched television show in New Mexico? Have you ever heard of it?
Instead of stopping our use of fossil fuels, let's give cows oregano to combat global warming.
For-Profit schools are watching this closely (unless they're swimming in a pool of money).
Police are on the lookout for a man who may be connected to a double homicide that happened on Tuesday.
The horrible nitwit George Zimmerman tried to auction off the gun he used to murder Trayvon Martin.
V.25 No.18 | 05/05/2016
Gisela Merkuur / Public Domain
Kids These Days
Friday, May 13: The First Annual ABQ STEM Fiesta
By Megan Reneau [ Wed May 11 2016 12:00 PM ]
Science, technology, engineering and math activities for all ages.
V.25 No.17 | 04/28/2016
The Daily Word in Captain Cook, Anteaters and Martian Colonies
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue May 3 2016 12:18 PM ]
Ahoy! The famous Lord Sandwich, lost in the 18th century, is found!
A new world record for the 100 meter dash is set. By a 100 year old woman. Best way to celebrate? Push-ups. This lady is not to be messed with.
We all know that Beyonce's a badass but she isn't the only VIP in her new album. Her music video is comprised of an impressive and talented group of artists.
This little anteater did not just smoke a bowl. Leave him alone.
A significant percentage of antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. are given to patients who—get this—don't have bacterial infections. Drugs are great, but only when they actually work. Continuing to misuse such a powerful resource is resulting in a scary high amount of drug-resistant bugs.
In two years time Mars will say hello to an unmanned spacecraft called Dragon. The first step to Mr. Musk's ambitious goal of colonizing the planet? Only time will tell.
Mutation gene found in Labrador retrievers reveals that they are more inclined to crave food than other breeds.
Despite what Alanis Morissette tries to tell you, “rain on your wedding day” does not constitute irony. It also doesn't have to be a bad thing in the first place.
V.25 No.16 | 04/21/2016
The Daily Word in Money, Outer Space and the death of Prince
By Megan Reneau [ Thu Apr 21 2016 11:34 AM ]
Another white actor gets a role playing an Asian character.
Let's hope you're not 110% pure rage like me (just kidding, I got 39%).
Bernie Sanders is psychic? No, he's just logical, you nitwit.
Wanna go on a trip to the Pussy Vortex with rapper Dio Ganhdih?
Hillary Clinton talks about her “greatest regret” again.
Gwyneth Paltrow (and Beyonce, sources say) learned choreography from one of the toughest teachers of this century.
One local school is looking to change it's name.
NASA talks about the loneliest lil' planet that ever was.
Off to space we go! Again! Hopefully we won't crash this time!
Not only will the 20 dollar bill be updated, but the five and 10, too! Wow!
And the world lost a true talent last night, Prince.
V.25 No.15 | 04/14/2016
The Daily Word in Global Warming, Dinosaurs and Golden Toilets
By Monica Schmitt [ Tue Apr 19 2016 1:14 PM ]
A message in a bottle is discovered after 98 years of floating at sea.
The Science Guy bets a pretty penny against bodybuilder and nagging critic Joe Bastardi that the Earth is—wait for it—actually getting warmer.
Speaking of the well-being of our planet, the key to saving it might be a global transition to a vegan diet.
Apparently, “Boaty McBoatface” fails to denote even an inkling of seriousness as the new name for the U.K.'s new $300 million research vessel.
Everything is connected, even grammar and sick beats.
Humans aren't the only species who could use prosthetic limbs. A duck who lost his feet to frostbite is walking again, thanks to a 3D printer.
Lines to the restroom at one of New York City's most popular museums might be a little longer than usual pretty soon. The Guggenheim Museum is about to install a completely functioning 18-karat gold toilet designed and sculpted by artist Maurizio Cattelan.
Asteroid? Volcanic eruption? Scientists propose a new theory on how dinosaurs went extinct.
The Daily Word in Big Macs, Animal Sex and Rappers in the White House
By Monica Schmitt [ Fri Apr 15 2016 3:25 PM ]
President Obama decides its time to sit down for a talk with America's truly important figures.
Turns out excessive fast food consumption is linked to infertility, especially in men. Sorry boys, but if you want to have kids, put down the whopper.
Apparently poodles are a real turn on for some people but don't have sex with your girlfriend's dog. Just don't.
If you see a guy dragging an ATM with a rental truck, know this: he stole both of those things. Only in Albuquerque, am I right?
She got knocked down but she got up again. Nothing, not even the Boston bombing, kept this persistent woman down.
Bacteria does serve a purpose- art supplies for the nerdy.
Stealthy snake pretends to be an eight-legged insect as a ploy to catch a bird. You just can't trust anyone these days.
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