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We're About to See a Rare Moon That Hasn't Appeared For More Than 150 Years

This hasn't happened since 31 March 1866.<p>If you were awestruck by the New Year's Day super moon, hold onto your pants.<p>On January 31, around midnight, …

Chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years

Beyond the glittery glass-and-sandstone walls of the University of California's new biosciences building, rows of tiny green cacao seedlings in refrigerated greenhouses await judgment day.<p>Under the watchful eye of Myeong-Je Cho, the director of plant genomics at an institute that's working with …

UC Berkeley

Take a Refreshing Dip in a Hot Tub Filled with Liquid Sand

It’s a fact that the world is an infinitely cooler place thanks to the things YouTubers decide to make and share with rest of the world. And that’s …

UK warns government agencies not to use Kaspersky software

LONDON (AP) — Britain's cybersecurity agency has told government departments not to use antivirus software from Moscow-based firm Kaspersky Lab.<p>Ciaran Martin, head of the National Cyber Security Centre, says "Russia is acting against the U.K.'s national interest in cyberspace."<p>In a letter dated …

What RoboCop Has to Do with the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Every single hint we got about Marvel’s next steps.<p>Marvel Studios runs a notoriously tight ship when it comes to deciding which new projects to announce and when. Since the interviews gathered for the Marvel Universe Holiday cover story in <i>Vanity Fair</i> were much more about looking back, studio chief</b> …

Marvel Universe

This the greatest beach on Earth (according to the experts)

Tucked away in the Caribbean and boasting some of the clearest waters and softest white sand you’re likely to come across, Grace Bay Beach in the Turks and Caicos Islands has been named the best in the world in a survey of travel experts.<p>A 12-mile stretch on the island of Providenciales, and …

You Can’t Join This Exclusive Club Until You’ve Been to 100 Countries

A globe-spanning Instagram feed may be considered the benchmark for being well traveled in 2017, but for the ultimate travel bragging rights, there’s …

Exclusive: Nearly 4 Million Bitcoins Lost Forever, New Study Says

Just as gold bars are lost at sea or $100 bills can burn, bitcoins can disappear from the Internet forever. When all 21 million bitcoins are mined by …

27 hottest photos from Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017

27 hottest photos from Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2017<p>It finally happened. The night of November 20 was L-I-T in Shanghai, thanks to all the hot …

How Jupiter saves Earth from destruction

<b>(CNN) —</b> NASA scored a bull's-eye with its latest space spectacular. From a distance of a half a billion miles, NASA guided its Juno space probe so that it went into a flawless orbit around Jupiter, only the second time in history this has been done. Some have compared this feat to trying to thread …

Astronomy

How Facebook helped this guy’s e-commerce store go from zero to $100K+ in 3 months

22-year-old Melvin Chee from Melbourne, Australia went from experimenting with e-commerce dropshipping during his semester break to a 6-figure business in just 3 months. He had previously started several different businesses, many of which failed spectacularly. Some of his efforts were featured on …

eCommerce

Eating Pasta Does Not Cause Obesity, Italian Study Finds

A new Italian study has found that pasta does not contribute to obesity — and is in fact associated with a reduction in body mass index (BMI).<p>The …

The cosplay view from the Anime Expo 2016

Gundam warriors, League of Legends characters, comic book cosplayers and a bevy of mashups (Samurai Mario, anyone?) crowded the main lobby of the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend for the 25th edition of the Anime Expo.<p>Visitors navigated their way through an artists alley for hand-drawn …

Anime

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 21 – The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S Kuhn (1962)

The American physicist and philosopher of science coined the phrase ‘paradigm shift’<p>Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996) did not invent the concept of scientific revolution, but he gave it a special meaning and created a phrase – “paradigm shift” – so popular that it received the ultimate accolade: no fewer …

British Philosophy

Scientists Just Discovered Where HIV Began

Birthplace of the disease that won't die.<p>Diseases, while disastrous, often come and go in the public eye. We hear about ebola, but then another one …

Former CIA spy says he helped South Africa arrest 'communist toy' Nelson Mandela

A CIA tip off to South Africa's apartheid regime which led to Nelson Mandela's arrest and 27-year imprisonment was yesterday condemned as a "betrayal of our nation" by the grandson and heir of the former president.<p>Mandla Mandela called on US President Barack Obama to apologise and make a “full …

The Best Beaches in Europe

The focal point of this famous spot is the hulking, weathered hull of a freighter that ran aground in the early ’80s. The ship now sits in the middle …

Try Smoking a Joint With Your Next Glass of Wine

As marijuana goes mainstream, the conversation around it has become increasingly sophisticated—with the kind of emphasis on producers, clones, terroir, and even tasting notes that one more typically associates with wine.<p>For those who reside in one of the twenty-three states (and the District of …

All the space missions you should be hyped for this year

Space is the place in 2016<p>This year is filled with important test flights, as private companies like SpaceX get new orbital rockets and vehicles ready for space travel. Space tourism ventures like Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin will continue testing their sub-orbital vehicles too, which could …

What’s your year going to be like according to the Chinese calendar?

Science and superheroes: how close are we to creating real superpowers?

As Marvel’s Deadpool hits screens we ask: with three out of five fictional superheroes owing their powers to science, will we ever have real superpowers?<p>There are, according to the Marvel Super Heroes role-playing game (a source I am choosing to accept as 100% canonical), five general origins for …

US SPY CHIEF: We might hack your fridge to spy on you

Speaking to the US Senate on Tuesday, Clapper publicly acknowledged — for the first time, The Guardian reports— that intelligent agents might take advantage of the new possibilities presented by having computers built into ever-more home appliances.<p>"In the future, intelligence services might use …

Bruce Schneier

11 most incredible Instagrams from Carnaval in Rio

The samba dancers’ outfits are minuscule, but extremely elaborate.<p>Performers from over 70 different samba schools prepare all year long to succeed in …

Winners Of $1.6 Billion Powerball Jackpot Sued By Prisoner

As the Powerball jackpot topped $1 billion, the frenzy grew. It was fun to dream, even if you knew you stood little chance. But often, a winner faces suits by friends, co-workers, even family. Sadly, it has now happened to the winning Robinson family of Munford, Tennessee. Jonathan Lee Riches, also …

Finance

19 Hacks for Mastering Solo Travel

As soon as you check in, pick up a card or brochure with the hotel’s name and address (and ideally a map) on it. This way if you get lost, you can …

ISIS Releases "Message To David Cameron" Video From Fighter With British Accent

Militants claim to kill five British "spies" in the propaganda video.<p>"This is a message to David Cameron," one of the five masked militants standing over the detainees kneeling before them is heard to say in a video thought to have been filmed in Raqqa, Syria.<p>Seemingly in response to Britain's …

How to Master the Croque-Monsieur, the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich

You can’t go wrong with a basic grilled cheese, but the croque-monsieur approaches sandwich perfection. You can’t go wrong with a basic grilled …

Skunk 'causes damage to vital nerve fibres'

Skunk has been shown to damage the corpus callosum, the structure that allows communication between the brain's left and right hemispheres<p>Powerful "skunk weed" cannabis causes significant damage to vital nerve fibres linking the two halves of the brain, a study has found.<p>The damage occurs in the …

Cannabis

World’s smallest heart pump fitted to British man

Father-of-three Harry Chivers has become the first person in the world to be fitted with a miniature heart pump<p>An artificial heart pump the size of a golf ball could transform thousands of dying patients' lives, the surgeon who implanted the first in the world has said.<p>Retired father-of-three Harry …

The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world

Set in an Arctic mountainside, the Svalbard seed bank contains the world’s most prized crops. But a row has erupted over whether this is the best hope of feeding the world after a catastrophe or just an overpriced deep freeze<p>One Tuesday last winter, in the town nearest to the North Pole, Robert …