In this week’s edition: exploding toads, psychopathic hippies, and the problem with “chemical free.”
* We’re only a week into the new year, and I’m already calling it: Best new science site of 2011.
* Birds falling from the sky? That’s nothing: Exploding toads and other strange mass animal deaths.
* Suicidal soldier forced to redeploy.
* Fancy a vacation? How about Snake Island?
* Meet the man who fantasized about being hit by a female driver.
* Chemist David Nichols despairs of how his work is being abused to create dangerous drugs.
* Peek into the insane life of a taxidermist.
* Blast from the social science past: Hippies are psychopaths.
* National Geographic has stunning photos of an enormous cave in Vietnam.
* Up close and personal with the mice with two dads.
* Deborah Blum on the ridiculous notion of living “chemical free.”
* For struggling New-Year’s-Resolution-ers: Try the mind-control diet!
* A 10-year-old discovers a supernova.
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