New York's Nonexistent Blizzard Has Created a Blood Supply 'Emergency'

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Our fair city may have dodged a bullet, as the so-called Blizzard of 2015 drifted eastward and spared the Big Apple most of the doomsday scenarios that meteorologists and, ultimately, public officials had predicted.

But as New Yorkers braced for the storm and prepared for the worst, they apparently stopped giving blood. And now the New York Blood Center is asking for more.

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Here's Why the 'Historic Blizzard' Weather Forecast Was Wrong

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As 2015's great blizzard fizzled into not much more than a moderate snowstorm, people started asking what went wrong. More »

Blizzard Babies Are Not Really a Thing

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Evidence suggests there will be no "blizzard babies." But, by all means, prove us wrong.
Mark your calendars, New Yorkers.

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Are New York City's Rats Really Partial to Chinese Food?

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Here's a Google Map that shows where evidence of rats was identified in official reports by inspectors for all of 2014 and up to January 20, 2015. Click over to the map to also see the more than 7,700 restaurants cited as having evidence of mice during the same period.

As anyone who's ever ridden the subway or walked through Tompkins Square Park after dark can attest, rats are a problem in New York. In fact, in a city with more than 8 million residents, there is roughly one rat for every four people in the five boroughs. So it's no real surprise that, according to public data released by the city health department, inspectors found rats at more than 900 New York restaurants in 2014. Meanwhile, a report based on that data, released by Vocativ, reveals that those rats appear to frequent American, Chinese, and Japanese restaurants more than any other establishments.

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Meet the Mutant Squirrels of City Hall Park

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The "melanistic" black squirrels in City Hall Park get their unusual color from a recessive gene.
Walk through City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan and you'll notice several things.

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There Aren't as Many Rats as Humans in NYC. Stop Saying That

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A recent study estimates that there are about 2 million rats in New York City, thus busting the urban myth that there are as many rats as people -- around 8 million -- in the Big Apple.

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New Staten Island Frog Species Could Have Been Named After Yankee Stadium

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Brian Curry via Rutgers University
Who knew this frog would be hiding in plain sight?

A new species of frog discovered on Staten Island just might have been named in honor of its New Yorker status.

The Rana kauffeldi, or Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog, was given its own name and a unique description by biologists in the scientific journal Plos One last week. But the journey to its official name didn't happen overnight.

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Q and A: Michael Lemonick On Global Weirdness, Climate Change, And How To Talk About Science

Michael Lemonick
Michael Lemonick
Michael Lemonick is a former senior science writer at Time Magazine, the senior staff writer at Climate Central, and the lead author of Global Weirdness, a new book that attempts to lay out, in simple terms, what scientists do and don't know about climate change. We spoke with him this week about climate change and his approach to science journalism.

Why did you write Global Weirdness?

Thomas Friedman wrote this column bemoaning the harsh rhetoric back and forth about climate change -- all the conflicting information people were sending out and how confusing it all was. He said that the world's greatest climate experts should sit down in a room and write a 50-page book that explains what we know and how we know it in language a sixth-grader could understand.

At Climate Central, we were interested, because the idea was very much in keeping our mission, which is to steer clear of rhetoric and hype and be faithful to the science and just talk about what climate science is telling us and be honest about what we don't know and admit uncertainties where they exist.

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Happy Manhattanhenge! Tonight's Sunset Will Align With Manhattan's Street Grid

Happy Manhattanhenge!

So what the hell is Manhattanhenge, you might ask?

On May 29 and July 12 every year, the sunset lines up with Manhattan's street grid which, as the Hayden Planetarium puts it, simultaneously illuminates "both the north and south sides of every cross street of the borough."

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That "Ring of Fire" Solar Eclipse is Happening Soon, Here Are Live Streams to Watch It

Forget Mother's Day; or Memorial Day; or Zuckerberg Weekend (what May 18th-20th should be called from now on); or any other important May event. Tonight is the annual solar eclipse and this one, as many astronomists are predicting, could be a rare spectacle to see.

At one point this evening, 80 percent of the Sun will be covered by the black Moon, creating what has been deemed a "ring of fire" because of the image it will provoke. The orb's trajectory over the Pacific, California and most of the West will guarantee great views for that side of the country.

And for the rest of us East Coasters... well, we might get a peek. But, thanks to our good, trust-worthy friends at Fox News, we have a bunch of live streams so no stargazer is left out of the fun. Here's a few to check out:

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