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Vampire Scare Triggers Mob Violence, Prompts U.N. to Pull Staff

LILONGWE, Malawi — The United Nations has pulled staff out of two districts in southern Malawi where a vampire scare has triggered mob violence in which at least five people have been killed.<p>Belief in witchcraft is widespread in rural Malawi, one of the world's poorest countries, where many aid …

Africa

10th Century Viking Treasures Unearthed In Scotland

Now comes the hard part: preserving 1,000-year-old gold and silver artifacts for centuries to come.<p>Since its discovery, the Galloway Hoard has alternatingly made headlines in the UK as a metal detectorist's dream, a cultural policy battle, and a fascinating glimpse into Scotland's Viking past. …

Archaeology

6 Deadlift Variations Your Butt Will Thank You For

The deadlift is one of the best full-body exercises you can do. Many trainers would argue it's THE best, because it's the perfect example of a …

Workouts

Harvard doctors say this overlooked move is the quickest way to get strong abs

Instead of crunches, they suggest doing planks, the exercise that involves holding yourself on your hands and toes in a pre-push-up position. The findings are detailed in a Harvard Medical School health report called "Core Exercises."<p>As opposed to sit-ups, which target only your abdominal muscles, …

Workouts

The 7 Best Fantasy Books for the Holiday Season

Whether you're looking for a last minute holiday gift or want a story for yourself, here's fantasy that isn't grimdark.<p>Thanks to the popularity of</i> …

Books

The genesis of 'Rogue One,' the first 'Star Wars' you might not want to take your kid to

For nearly 40 years, the "Star Wars" franchise has been targeted at all ages, from the youngest padawans to the most grizzled Jedi masters. Speaking to The Times in 1977, shortly before the release of "A New Hope," George Lucas said he thought of the film — which was initially rated G until its …

The Case Against Reality

A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses. As we go about our daily lives, we …

Consciousness

Your Essential Sci-Fi Reading List for December 2016

These are the winter science fiction books you're looking for.<p>Just because 2016 is almost over doesn’t mean there’s not still time to head into the …

Science Fiction

The One Theory of Quantum Mechanics That Actually Kind of Makes Sense

But most physicists don't buy it.<p>Quantum mechanics is baffling. On the atomic and subatomic scale, matter seems to behave in ways that we, in the macro world, would generally think of as impossible. Particles can exist in two different places at once, and particle-like interferences in space are …

Quantum Mechanics

We're closer to robots than you think. Intelligence could be the product of a basic algorithm

<b>THEORY OF CONNECTIVITY</b><p>The human brain is the most sophisticated organ in the human body. The things that the brain can do, and how it does them, have …

Wigtownshire Iron Age roundhouse reconstruction bid lodged

<b>Plans have been submitted to reconstruct an Iron Age roundhouse near the site of the discovery of a major settlement in southern Scotland.</b><p>Julia Muir-Watt, of the Whithorn Trust, described it as their "most ambitious public archaeology yet".<p>It follows the discovery of the remains of a group of …

Archaeology

Mental Floss

MENTAL FLOSS STUDIOS<p>Fun<p>Brooklyn's rooftop farm<p>Fun<p>Brooklyn's rooftop farm<p>Art<p>Drawing with paper<p>Art<p>Drawing with paper<p>History<p>How a sideshow saved …

Pop Culture

An ancient site spotted from space could rewrite the history of Vikings in North America

The ancient chronicles told of a larger-than-life Viking warrior with a shock of red hair, banished from his home for killing another man, who sailed with hundreds of followers to an icy island in the sea. And they told of his son, who set out only a few years later to an even more distant place he …

Archaeology

The Prime Science Fiction and Fantasy Humble Bundle: eBooks by Elizabeth Bear, Ellen Datlow, Paula Guran, Mary Robinette Kowal & More

Humble Bundle has teamed up with Prime Books to bring you an awesome Sci-Fi and Fantasy ebook bundle and if you’re not familiar with Humble Bundle, …

Science Fiction

New Discoveries Suggest We Live In a Multiverse Teeming With Alien Life

Are we alone in the universe? That question has boggled many minds. The author in an attempt to debunk myths claim we are living in a Multiverse with …

Guns in Scotland: the manufacture and use of guns and their influence on warfare from the fourteenth century to c.1625

<b>Guns in Scotland: the manufacture and use of guns and their influence on warfare from the fourteenth century to c.1625</b><p>By David Caldwell<p>PhD …

Medieval

Huge ritual monument found hidden near Stonehenge

The super-henge of Durrington Walls has been hiding a secret for thousands of years: a row of 90 massive standing stones<p>A huge ritual monument which dates from the time of Stonehenge has been discovered hidden under the bank of a nearby stone-age enclosure.<p>Durrington Walls, a roundish ‘super-henge’ …

The Secret to Creating Your Own "She Shed"

Your backyard storage can do so much more than shelter old lawnmowers.<p>Wouldn't it be nice to have a getaway that didn't involve any travel? It's possible, thanks to customizable "she sheds." Despite the somewhat tongue-twisting name, these pint-sized backyard escapes have proven to be a big trend. …

Ancient 'warrior princess' skeleton unearthed in Kazakhstan

8/12/2015 09:00:00 PM<p>The remains of an ancient female warrior have been discovered in South Kazakhstan. The perfectly preserved skeleton, believed to …

Tomb of Nefertiti, Egypt's mysterious ancient queen, may have been found

The apparent discovery, based on scans of King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber, could yield treasure beyond what was found in his famous resting place<p>Hidden doorways in the ancient Egyptian tomb of King Tutankhamun may lead to the long-lost resting place of Queen Nefertiti, a scientist has …

Ancient History

10 Mysterious Ancient Civilizations Modern Science Cannot Explain | Watercooler

<b>Story Views</b><p><b>BE SURE TO GO MY PROFILE’S BELOW AT OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA:</b><p><b>Do you ask a lot of questions? Do the things you were taught growing up just not</b> …

Grizzly Bear Attacks: How wildlife investigators found a killer grizzly in Yellowstone.

<i>On Friday a hiker was found dead in Yellowstone National Park. CNN reports that based on a preliminary invesitgation, "an adult female grizzly and at</i> …

Bigger

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24 Wooden Accessories As Unique As You Are

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Jewelry

50 Key Components to Decorating Your Entire Home

Are you moving into a new house? Are you looking to give a makeover to the one you already have? Then you’re in the right place. When you’re trying …

What to Do With Your Mind During Meditation

<i>By Lodro Rinzler</i><p>I have been teaching peaceful-abiding meditation for 14 years now, and over that time I have realized that there are many misconceptions about what to do with your mind during meditation. If you have ever sat down in a cross-legged posture, began focusing on your breath, and …

Meditation

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Access to healthier choices can mean healthier living

My neighborhood is a food and exercise utopia.<p>I have access to so many grocery stores that I wonder how they all stay in business. During the summer, I can walk to a farmers market twice a week.<p>In my part of Chicago — a safe neighborhood full of bike lanes, parks, gyms, Divvy bike stations and …