So why do male seahorses get pregnant?

With their distinctive snouts and vertical posture, seahorses are some of the most unique creatures in the ocean. And with new genetic research, scientists are getting important insight into what made them that way. In a new report published in Nature, researchers have pinpointed a gene activated in one of seahorses’ most intriguing adaptations: the…

via Scientists just made an important discovery about why male seahorses get pregnant — Quartz

The TSA Just Made This Giant Teddy Bear Homeless

One giant teddy bear won’t be heading home for the holidays, thanks to the Transportation Security Administration and an airline that flies out of Los Angeles. The TSA posted a photo of a forlorn stuffed bear dwarfing the trash can it leans against in an LAX terminal. Security decided that the bear was too large…

via The TSA Just Made This Giant Teddy Bear Homeless — TIME

Satellite imagery of the Arctic reveals bleak outlook for polar bears

Polar bears have long been the poster animals for climate protection. But this week, scientists who have been studying data from NASA and other satellite operators on changing environments had more bad news for the Arctic bears, and for reindeer, mountain lions, and other creatures suffering the effects of drought and warming seas. Detailed satellite…

via The latest satellite imagery of the Arctic bodes very poorly for polar bears — Quartz

A high-speed train line in France could spell the end of Chanel No. 5

Chanel No. 5, a staple of vanities around the world for nearly a century, is in danger. Chanel, the fabled fashion house, is warning that state-owned railway company SNCF’s plans for a high-speed train line through a stretch of flower fields in Provence (link in French) would lay waste to the precious petals used to…

via A high-speed train line in France could spell the end of Chanel No. 5 — Quartz

More Proof that Dinosaurs Had Feathers

Palaeontologists have discovered a 1.4-inch dinosaur’s tail, complete with delicate feathers, bones and soft tissue, preserved in amber. The lump of resin was recovered at an amber market in northern Burma near the Chinese border, where it was destined to become jewelry. It originally came from a mine in the Hukawng Valley in Kachin state.…

via Here’s More Proof that Dinosaurs Had Feathers — TIME

Raise a Glass for Classy Beer! Belgian Beer Has Been Added to the World Cultural Heritage List

BRUSSELS — Next time you raise a glass of Belgian beer, rest assured: It’s a cultural experience. UNESCO added Belgian beer to the list of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” on Wednesday. Belgium is known throughout the world for its wide array of tastes, from extreme sour to bitter, produced in just about every…

via Belgian Beer Has Been Added to the World Cultural Heritage List — TIME

Prince Reigns

Fans will soon get the chance to celebrate Prince’s music with a series of concerts at his Minnesota home on the anniversary of his death. Celebration 2017 will be hosted at Paisley Park, Prince’s Chanhassen, Minn. compound, between April 20-23. Prince’s former bands, such as The Revolution and members of 3RDEYEGIRL are among the acts…

via Paisley Park Will Honor Prince’s Death With 4-Day Celebration — TIME

Google Doodle Celebrates Scotland’s St. Andrew’s Day

Google celebrated St. Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s national day, on Nov. 30 with a brand new Google Doodle. The day marks the feast of St. Andrew, Scotland’s patron saint, and is also the nation’s official flag day. The Scottish flag, known as the Saltire or Cross of St. Andrews is flown from buildings across the nation.…

via Google Doodle Celebrates Scotland’s St. Andrew’s Day — TIME

For a career that makes you truly happy, find your purpose—not your passion.

As the director of career discovery at a prestigious liberal-arts school, I have the pleasure of working with hundreds of highly accomplished liberal-arts students and recent graduates as they navigate the professional world. When speaking with alums, I find they generally fall into two groups. Some have developed careers that make them feel engaged, challenged,…

via For a career that makes you truly happy, find your purpose—not your passion — Quartz

Home on the Range: the simple things in life make my day, everyday.

When the challenges and push-back of people start bringing me down, I go out in search of the simple – the reality – of living a good life.  For me, this means driving down country roads, past open fields dotted with horses, cows, sheep and other lovely creatures.  Yesterday was such a day for me, I needed an escape from the myriad of issues causing me pause and angst.  I was rewarded when I came upon these beauties grazing and lazing in a field alongside an area roadway.