The Daily Word in The Wage Gap, Long Lost Poetry and Petite Pterosaurs
There's no denying America's economic inequality, but a new census shows that the median middle-class income went up by 5.2% in 2015, due to rising wages and low inflation. Thanks, Obama.
… But don't celebrate just yet. College costs are rising steadily relative to middle-class income, with an increase of a whopping 171% over 40 years. Yeesh.
Here's an idea for all you outdoor adrenaline junkies.
Cute tiny dinosaurs! Gah.
“I really felt connected every time our luminescence collided” and more drug-induced Burning Man missed connections.
Roald Dahl, author of The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox and so many more quirky stories would have turned 100 today. Here's a poem he wrote that was stashed in a desk drawer for a couple decades.
Five states will vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in November and the prospect of legalization is sparking questions about our overall knowledge of the plant's effects on the brain.
The Daily Word in Clones, Solar Power and A Damn Good Speech
Michelle Obama gave a killer speech during the Democratic Convention Monday night. This one's for the books.
How long does it take a Starbucks barista to get ready in the morning?
A British study offers a new, less expensive, method of treating depression.
The fuel-free, sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 completed a 22,000 mile trip around the world—and it only took a year! Complications were many but the landing was flawless.
Some birds swoop and snatch their prey. This one kicks things to death.
The Daily Word in Fishes, Dinosaur Kisses and Magnets (How Do They Work?)
Check out this badass hand puppet designed by Barnaby Dixon.
When operated using two hands, it can point, grasp small objects, and move its mouth.
ESA’s Swarm satellite trio has found that the protective magnetic field around the earth has been weakening.
The future of fish: beautiful 3D-printed aquarium "Waterscapes" by designer Haruka Misawa.
Mystery solved: Dinosaurs probably had lips.
Volunteers from The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park found a World War II German code machine on Ebay.
The Daily Word in Global Warming, Dinosaurs and Golden Toilets
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 pregnant dinosaurs, sainthood and Merrick Garland
Dahling, your neighborhood is just sooooo charming.
#TrumpUniversityMascot is the best hashtag game ever.
The food industry doesn't want you to know which products are genetically modified. Gross.
Also gross: a video of molten copper being poured over a Big Mac ... to no effect.
Ready for the real life Jurassic Park? Scientists have discovered a fossilized pregnant T Rex!
N.M. has a serious opiate abuse problem so the government has awarded the state $1.7 million for health centers and treatment providers.
Divers in Indonesia found endangered animals trapped in underwater cages.
The Ferguson City Council has unanimously agreed to a DOJ overhaul on its police force and municipal court system.
Mother Teresa may be coming up on sainthood but she was no saint.
The Daily Word in naked tourists, aluminum foil and a pool party fiasco
According to the Malaysian government, an earthquake was caused by naked tourists.
Volcanoes are what killed the dinosaurs.
At a music festival in Germany, a lightning strike sent 33 people to the hospital.
Our favorite fast food chains feature some peculiar menu items in other parts of the world.
People in indigenous tribes don't have back problems.
This photographer captures the human side of pets.
In Florida, a man wrapped his house in tinfoil.
The Daily Word in dinosaur erotica, reading along with David Bowie, and yes, the government shutdown
Especially if you're a kid with difficult-to-treat cancer.
But hey! At least congress will still get paid!
To take your mind off of it, read about several alternate endings that Breaking Bad writers kicked around. Basically, different horrible things happen to different horrible people.
If you're too high-brow for that, you could check your favorite-books list against David Bowie's.
Or maybe read some "dinosaur beast erotica" if that's your thing.
But definitely check out this lake that turns animals into stone.
RIP Tom Clancy, master of the political techno-thriller. I bet Jack Ryan could use his testosterone-powers to get those congressional malingerers back to work.
“Primeval: New World” on Syfy
¡Viva la Science!
When tiny arms became crooked legs
Big Bird is a terrible example to us all, at least when it comes to bird anatomy. Check out those gams and you’ll see why. Like humans, real birds are bipedal, but their legs aren’t straight up and down. Instead, bird legs zigzag in such a way that birds are essentially in a permanent crouch, using their muscles to resist gravity. We humans don’t have to do that―our weight is borne passively on our straighter frames.
But of course, we can’t fly. The crouching posture peculiar to birds, says a recent study published in Nature, has everything to do with their evolution from dinosaur ancestors into animals capable of flight.
Previously, it was believed that the bird stance came about as a way for bird bodies to balance as massive T-Rex-style tails disappeared. Using 3-D digital reconstruction, however, the authors of the study determined that the key change was actually in the size of those adorable dinosaur arms. According to co-author John R. Hutchinson:
The tail is the most obvious change if you look at dinosaur bodies. But as we analyzed, and reanalyzed, and punishingly scrutinized our data, we gradually realized that everyone had forgotten to check what influence the forelimbs had on balance and posture, and that this influence was greater than that of the tail or other parts of the body.
Read more about the evolutionary adaptation that made bird flight possible here.
Webgame Wednesday on Friday! Jurassic Heart
What kind of person mashes up a Japanese dating sim and dinosaurs? A crazy person, obviously. But that shouldn't stop you from checking out Jurassic Heart, a ridiculous, thunder lizard-themed game that has you trying to pick up on high-school-aged dinos. Of course, being a Japanese dating sim, it’s wordy as hell. But this short taste of the genre is good for a chuckle.
The Daily Word in Obamacare, bath salts and UFOs
CNN and Fox News biff it.
Lady doesn't return "Twilight" book, spends night in jail.
20 people have died on motorcycles in New Mexico this year and still no helmet law.
Wildfire in Colorado burns hundreds of houses.
Syria's high court bombed.
One-third of Americans believe in UFOs.
Dinosaurs were maybe not cold-blooded.
Julian Assange is going to turn himself in.
B.J. Novak, temp Ryan on "The Office," is leaving the show.
The agent behind the Fast and Furious gun sting speaks about why it was a good idea.
25 things you didn't know about Full Metal Jacket.
"Mad Men" are assholes in tie clips.
The Daily Word in marriage rights, Romney the bully and breastfeeding
Justice Department accuses infamous Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio of trampling civil rights in his district.
President Obama announced his support for full marriage equality, but New Mexicans don’t see it happening anytime soon.
There were Christian same-sex unions in the 10th century, says anthropologist.
Kid fell into the zebra exhibit.
Former APD union boss arrested and charged with domestic violence.
With few protections in the state, some people wind up purchasing land from folks who don’t own it.
Mitt Romney was a bully and a cutter of hair he didn’t like.
A man in his undies stabbed his computer with a samurai sword while police were looking for child porn.
Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover.
What would it be like if pterosaurs walked the Earth right now.
Fancy business types are annoyed by the way Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg dresses.
Fundamentalist Phoenix high school forfeits championship baseball game because the other team had a girl on it.
South Korea accuses North Korea of jamming GPS signals for civilian flights.
This dog is ready to play.
Double-face white shark coffee table.
Hack your triggers.
Humpback whales defend baby gray whale from orcas.
The Daily Word in Google glasses, Pussy Riot and feathered dinos
Biologist to argue for year-round cougar hunting in N.M.
Heinrich v. Balderas on the drug war and Mexico.
Los Alamos National Lab put all of its environmental monitoring info into a public database.
Sky News says it hacked into people’s emails.
No police at Lobo Village, just private security.
The best of rappers on game shows.
The real reason gas costs so much.
Amnesty International says Russia shouldn’t continue to jail Pussy Riot—a female punk rock performance troupe.
Federal judge rules that it’s discriminatory to deny insurance benefits to same-sex couples.
Snakehead is one nasty looking fish.
These great big dinos used to have feathers. Cute.
Is brain food for real?
Toys you used to have that are worth a lot of money now.
The Daily Word in Mitt's taxes, State of the State and recall in Wisconsin
It's all good guys, Mitt Romney probably pays 15% in taxes.
State House Speaker Ben Lujan has lung cancer and will not seek re-election.
Someone threw a smokebomb at the White House.
Why are your favorite websites dark today?
Governor Martinez emphasizes education and tax cuts in the State of the State address.
LAPD is treating the human head found in a bag near the Hollywood sign as a possible homicide.
Over a million signatures collected in Wisconsin to recall its Republican governor.
Los Angeles City Council approves measure requiring porn actors to wear condoms.
Joe Paterno has never heard of "rape and a man" before.
The FDA says black licorice can be bad for your health. And it's gross.
The Palestinian Muppets need to have a telethon.
If dinosaurs were alive today, what would they look like?
A lost animated version of The Hobbit by Gene Deitch has been rediscovered.
This Angry Brides game sounds about right.
Hello, is it me you're looking for?
8 things the Internet ruined.
The Daily Word: 8.5.11
Facebook, assaulting Philly buses, kidnapping babies, and weasels planning for the future
Rio Rancho bank robber still on the loose.
Gunmen shoot up Phillu bus.
Mark Zuckerberg's sister leaves Facebook.
Officials kidnap babies in China.
Head of India's Congress Party had surgery in the United States.
Juno to Jupiter!
Perhaps Obama didn't lose to GOP.
A seven-year-old kid's prehistoric blog.
South American weasel-like animals plan for the future.