Dogs seem to great all the olfactory credit, but the human sense of smell is nothing to sneeze at.   Feeling nosy about humans and their sense of smell, researchers back in 2007 blindfolded University of California Berkeley students and had them try to follow a 30-foot…

Headed to a Cinco de Mayo party tonight? Well, get your facts straight. May 5 is NOT Mexico’s Independence Day (that’s Sept. 16). It actually celebrates Mexico’s victory over France (!) in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. See this article in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution …

Known as the Poison Garden and started by Duchess of Northumberland Jane Percy in 2005, the 100 or so plants at Alnwick Garden in northeast England educate people about the healing—and killing—powers of plants.   Only 20 garden visitors at a time are permitted through the…

  Heading to an Earth Day gathering or the March for Science? Check out #earthdaysongs if you need some inspiration to ready your playlist ... She Blinded Me with Climate Science Everybody Wants to Ruin the World This Landfill is Your Landfill We Didn’t Start the…

Timely new data shows that a chocolate Easter bunny’s ears are often the first to fall victim to human amputation. A full 59% of online survey respondents stated that they prefer to eat chocolate rabbits starting with the ears. That’s compared to only 4% who like to start…

The Victorian era had a bustling black market in corpses for medical experimentation. People went to great lengths to protect the bodies of their loved ones.   Enter the great Coffin-Torpedo arms race of the late 19th century. Tinkerers designed devices inside coffin lids…

You’re in Portland. You’re thirsty. You turn not to a refreshing fair-trade, organic chai latte. No, you sip from a Benson Bubbler.

Okay, these may not be hilarious but they are diverting. :)   Mosquitoes, Get Ready for Your Close-Up – The Atlantic   How Prince Charles plans to sterilise the nation’s squirrels – with Nutella – The Guardian

In case you haven’t seen it (maybe you’re busy trying to keep your kids out of your hair long enough to hold a phone interview for work), “BBC Dad” went viral this week giving work-from-home parents everywhere some relatable comic relief. Catch up (or enjoy it again…and…

Skateboarding through the streets of Bangalore, India, these teenagers are definitely not posers. Led by Atita Verghese, India’s first professional female skateboarder, they are shredding gender norms and starring in the music video for the Wild Beasts song “Alpha Female,”…