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Ladies, do you have a Toblerone Tunnel? The ‘thigh gap’ that Insta fans want to look good in photos

AS if it wasn't bad enough that we have to master the thigh gap and ab crack in time for bikini season, the new body must-have trend has been …

Jupiter at Its Best, and More Can't-Miss Sky Events in May

The solar system's largest planet will take center stage, while a meteor shower and a planet-hopping moon also light up the night.<p>Sky-watchers will get a chance in the coming weeks to catch a storied meteor shower, gaze at the largest planet shining its brightest, and witness the moon playing …

Astronomy

World's Happiest Countries? Don't Be So Sure.

For the third year in a row, the world’s 10 happiest nations remain the same. Nordic countries have consistently landed atop the Happiness Index in recent history, with Finland snagging the top prize for 2018.<p>The World Happiness Report, an annual publication of the United Nations, is based on the …

Modi May Pay the Price as India’s A.T.M.s Run Out of Cash Again

NEW DELHI — For the second time in 18 months, India has a shortage of cash. And like last time, economists say, it’s primarily the government’s fault.<p>Empty A.T.M.s and bank restrictions on withdrawals have been reported in eight states this week, and some bank managers said the cash crunch had been …

Threatened 700-year-old Banyan tree put on intravenous drip

A Banyan tree said to 700 years old was put on a special intravenous drip to ward off a termite infestation, after Indian officials feared the insects could kill the ancient tourist attraction.<p>The Forestry Department in the southern state of Telangana began the “saline treatment” to the tree, in …

Dramatic video shows safari guide stopping a charging elephant with his hand

Dramatic video shows a brave safari guide in South Africa stopping a charging elephant with a wave of his hand.<p>The guide prevented the bull elephant from trampling to death newlyweds Brett Larsen and Lulu Shi in Kruger National Park five days ago, the South African news outlet Independent Online …

Photos of the Chinese Town That Duplicated Paris

Tianducheng isn’t the only city in China with an uncanny familiarity.<p>On the eastern coast of China—some 6,000 miles from the City of Light—a 354-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower dominates Tianducheng’s skyline.<p>Known as the “Paris of the East”, the luxury real estate development in Zhejiang province …

France

Cherophobia is the fear of being happy – here are the signs that you might have it

You know that feeling when something seems too good to be true – when it looks like a lot has happened in your favour recently, so it's …

Happiness

A Luxury Space Hotel Is Taking Reservations for Anyone Who Wants to Get the Hell Off This Planet

The Aurora Station, the "world's first luxury space hotel," orbiting 200 miles above the earth, is looking for guests.<p>There's a place you can go on holiday where the sun rises and sets 16 times a day, the stars are clearer than you've ever seen, and there are only a handful of people around for …

British man jailed for 37 years for bouncing a cheque in Qatar fears he will never see his family again

A British businessman believes he might never see his family again after being jailed for 37 years for bouncing a cheque in Qatar.<p>Jonathan Nash will …

United Arab Emirates

Every Single Will Smith Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best

From After Earth to Men in Black<p>It's easy to label Will Smith with the broad stroke of a sci-fi blockbuster actor. And though he's best known for the likes of <i>Independence Day</i> and <i>Men in Black</i>, the actor is so much more than that. Look at touching, award-caliber roles in <i>Ali</i> and <i>The Pursuit of …

These Are The 'Smartest' Dog Breeds, According to a Canine Psychologist

Where does your dog rank?<p>There's no easy way to rate dog intelligence. It can be focused on more than one thing.<p>As canine psychologist Stanley Coren …

Earth - The strange fate of a person falling into a black hole

<i>This was the most-read story on BBC Earth in 2015. Here is another chance to read it.</i><p>It could happen to anyone. Maybe you're out trying to find a new habitable planet for the human race, or maybe you're just on a long walk and you slip. Whatever the circumstances, at some point we all find …

Black Holes

All the Monopoly rules you've probably been playing wrong your whole life

Over the Christmas period, it's likely you'll bust out the Monopoly board at least once.<p>But this can turn nasty very quickly, with tantrums and flipped boards, because Monopoly isn't actually supposed to be a game that's fun to play.<p>We know this, because there's always one victor, while everyone …

For the first time ever, a robot was granted citizenship

Sophia of Saudi Arabia<p>In an historic move for both human- and robot-kind, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia officially granted its first-ever robot …

An ex-Tesla engineer created an FDA-compliant cure for hangovers

But what started out as a fun side project to find a cure for hangovers has grown so big, he felt he had to quit his job this week and launch a company.<p>On July 5, his startup Morning Recovery, will be open for business, where it will sell an FDA-compliant hangover cure.<p>The whole thing started about …

How the Voyager Golden Record Was Made

Forty years ago, we sent a message to extraterrestrials—a collection of sights and sounds of life on Earth.<p>We inhabit a small planet orbiting a medium-sized star about two-thirds of the way out from the center of the Milky Way galaxy—around where Track 2 on an LP record might begin. In cosmic …

The 20 best sci-fi and fantasy films on Netflix

<b>From epic space adventures and wisecracking superhero capers to post-apocalyptic thrillers and existential mindbenders, there should be something for</b> …

Science Fiction

Meghan Trainor's 'All About That Bass' Passes 2 Billion Views On YouTube

Just over three years after it was first posted on YouTube, Meghan Trainor’s debut hit “All About That Bass” has hit the two billion mark on YouTube, which was instrumental in turning the throwback pop tune into a global phenomenon.<p>The song now joins an incredible exclusive, but growing, list of …

Music

The purpose of life is to be a nobody

We all experience the world like we are at the center of reality.<p>We think and we feel in relation to how our senses absorb information and how this information mingles with our personal memories. The subjective perception created by these interactions provides the illusion of importance.<p>We forget …

Self-improvement

5 underrated sci-fi films to stream on Netflix

In space, no one can hear you scream. But in your living room, everyone can see you yawn.<p>With director Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant chest-bursting …

The 1 Book Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Say You Should Read to Succeed | Inc.com

Both Bill Gates and Warren Buffett--two of the most successful businessmen of our time--have said that <i>Business Adventures</i> by finance journalist John Brooks is the read that brought them enlightenment in business.<p>Why this book in particular? Well, the nonfiction publication--released almost half a …

Bill Gates

101 Quotes From Lao Tzu That Will Blow Your Mind Wide Open

Lao Tzu was an ancient philosopher and writer who founded the philosophical framework for Taoism, which has had a huge influence on Chinese …

Sci-Fi Show 'The Expanse' Preps Us For The Future

The great jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis once told an interviewer: "There's only freedom in structure, my man. There's no freedom in freedom."<p>He meant that when an artist chooses to work within the structure of something like a sonata or a three-act play, their creativity can actually be …

Science Fiction

Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in January

Get the new year off to a streaming start<p>I think it’s safe to say that we’re all looking forward to 2016 dancing itself right off the stage of history and ushering in a new year where hopefully everything isn’t the most terrible thing ever. But despite the promise and potential that a new year …

This simulation of a monkey talking is the creepiest thing ever

Monkeys are cute right? And if a monkey could talk, that would be adorable, right? Wrong. Scientists ruin everything sometimes. Researchers of the …

Monkeys

Chief Minister of India's largest state promises free smartphones to lure voters ahead of elections

How do you convince a youth-dominated population to vote for you? You take care of their gadget needs. At least, that’s what Indian politicians are …

Here are the 10 most-streamed Spotify songs of summer 2016

LONDON — If you've ever found yourself wondering how your most-played Spotify tracks from the summer measure up against everyone else's, then today's …

Top 10

10 Classic Political Insults

The invective and verbal broadsides that have surrounded both the UK’s Brexit referendum and the U.S. Presidential election have grown increasingly …

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