King Corn: A Review

In “King Corn”, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, above, discover that almost everything Americans eat contains corn. PHOTO: Mosaic Films Inc. By ZAZIL DAVIS-VAZQUEZ “King Corn” (2007) is a documentary about two young men, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis,...

Life On Another Planet?

PHOTO: ESO Scientists have discovered a new planet that might be able to support life. The planet may have water, which would be a sign that living things may exist there now. Scientists don’t plan to visit the new planet anytime soon–it is 20 light years away,...

New Antarctic Octopus Discovered!

In July, scientists discovered four new species of octopus living in Antarctica. Two of the octopi possess a special venom (toxic substance) that works in freezing, sub-zero temperatures. Researchers hope to use the venom to create new medicines for diseases such as...

Disappearing Plants

PHOTO: Flickr.com/SantiMB More than 20 percent of the world’s wild plant species may face extinction in coming years according to a study published in the magazine New Scientist. About two-thirds of the endangered plants grow in tropical rainforests. The biggest...

France takes to the streets

PHOTO: Flickr.com/Antoine Walter Around 3.5 million people took part in massive strikes to protest the French government’s plan to increase the age of full retirement from 65 to 67 and early retirement from age 60 to 62. Retirement is when a person stops working...