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So You Want To Be A Mermaid?

From Singapore to Phoenix, Ottawa to Marseilles, “mermaid school” has gone mainstream

Photo from Mermaid School at Sanderling Resort

In January 2015, I traveled to Great Falls, Montana, to play guest mermaid for the night at a legendary tiki bar known as the Sip ‘n Dip. And while some folks might come for the drinks, it’s the mermaids that are the stuff of local lore. Appearing underwater through the glass-only back bar, the highly-skilled, tail-wearing swimmers wave to customers, flip through hula hoops, and blow the occasional kiss or two throughout the course of a night. It’s below-the-waves, fully-committed performance art that’s unlike anything out there.

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Abuse Or Innovation? Genetically Modified Animal Fur

Lions, And Tigers, And Dogs–Oh No!

Animal lovers have long sought ways to add a little bit more pizzazz to their pets, from cutesy cat sweaters to the curious Chinese subculture that colors and shapes dogs’ fur to mimic other animals. Now, one professor is attempting to take animal glamour to a whole different—tattoo-like—level. Dr. James West of Vanderbilt University has found a way to make animal dye jobs permanent through his start-up AgGenetics, which is pioneering a genetic modification technique said to be the first-of-its-kind.

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Meet The Newest Soldiers In California’s Drought Battles

Worms are helping high-end wineries process all their wastewater

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My fellow Americans, it’s time we stop worrying and learn to love the bug. Not only are they imperative to our life here on this planet, but these squirmy little heroes are always finding new ways to help us out of our jams. The most recent case-in-point is California, where worms are being used to tackle a massive wine industry issue: wastewater disposal.

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Planting More Than 100,000 Trees Should Be How We Celebrate The Birth Of All New Royals

"We are now nurturing the plants as if we are nurturing the little prince.”

Bhutan's King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and his wife Queen Jetsun Pema sit with their new baby and his grandfather, His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo (Dragon King). Image courtesy of People.

Last week, the Internet went collectively nutty over a photo of a tiny, night-robe-wearing Prince George, who was allowed to extend his bedtime in order to properly say goodbye to President Obama. Our fascination with baby royalty has been around for eons—primarily in the form of ahh-ing and ogling. Rarely, though, does social good spring forth from this gawking.*

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The Cult Of The Wood-Burning Car

Giving the term “smoke trees” a whole new meaning

With the price of gasoline ebbing and flowing based on supply, demand and the ever-shifting winds of global politics, a favorite guessing game among transportation wonks and scientists has been the next vehicle power source to go mainstream.

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