Her skin is perpetually on fire. He can’t even feel a bone break. Together they might hold the key to ending America’s opioid epidemic. The post How a Single Gene Could Become a Volume Knob for Pain appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest
The ISS is a major launch platform for CubeSats—it has ejected more than 100 small payloads from companies and universities into orbit in the past few years. The post Watch NASA Launch 38 Itty Bitty Satellites to the ISS appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest
Along parts of the East Coast, the entire system of insuring coastal property is beginning to break down.… Read the rest
Scientists are investigating whether releasing tons of particulates into the atmosphere might be good for the planet. Not everyone thinks this is a good idea.… Read the rest
Donald Worster, environmental historian
The worst environmental catastrophe in Earth’s history occurred 66 million years ago, when an asteroid struck, killing an estimated 70 percent of all species. Nothing humans have done compares. But the 1930s Dust Bowl was the worst catastrophe in America’s history, and such a phenomenon may become global as the world’s climate changes.
John McNeill, history professor, Georgetown
The deliberate rupture of the dikes on China’s Yellow River in 1938, by Chinese troops trying to halt a Japanese advance. It killed half a million Chinese, displaced millions more, and led to a decade of flooding.
David Yarnold, president and CEO, National Audubon Society
DDT was a human-made environmental disaster that caused the shells of bird eggs to thin, which crushed … Read the rest
Neutering your pet isn’t exactly an aesthetic decision. But if for some reason you find Buddy’s postprocedural appearance disconcerting, you have options—like Neuticles, a set of testicular implants that promises to give your pet a more “natural” look. The manufacturer claims to have sold more than 500,000 implants, prompting a question: Just how big is the pet economy?
According to the American Pet Products Association, pet spending has risen every year since 1994, even during the Great Recession, and is estimated to have reached almost $63 billion last year. Some of us contribute more to that total than others, however. For example, people who have attended college are more likely than those who didn’t to make “specialty purchases” for their dogs. 
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The two brown bears were found by Ukrainian charity Four Paws.… Read the rest
The reports this weekend were breathless. Mashable said Russia was sending a “death dealing” robot with the power to shoot guns to the International Space Station. Pravda reported that the Russian cyborg, Fyodor, had frightened the West. It was like the Terminator, only in space, and only for reals.
In reality, probably not. The stories were written after the Russian deputy prime minister overseeing military and space activities, Dmitry Rogozin, posted on Facebook and Twitter about the country’s humanoid robot, Fyodor. Rogozin was proud that the robot had demonstrated the ability to shoot from both hands. “Fine motor skills and decision-making algorithms are still being improved,” he tweeted. But maybe we shouldn’t call upon Arnold Schwarzenegger to save us just… Read the rest
Aerial photo shows mass of Atlantic herring that will soon be supper for humpback and killer whales in glowing water off the north Norway coast… Read the rest
Poaching, illegal logging and fishing are threatening some of the world’s most iconic natural heritage sites.… Read the rest
The giant shipworm has mostly been known for its elephant tusk-like shells. Now we’ve finally found some live ones – they eat noxious mud and smell like rotten eggs… Read the rest
Self-taught computer algorithms could save thousands of lives and improve our understanding of how our bodies work.… Read the rest
Solving the mystery of the giant shipworm—a scientific legend that can grow to over five feet long. The post The Mystery of the 5-Foot-Long Shipworm Just Got Stinkier appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest