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The Nocebo Effect

In this video, C.G.P. Grey explains what a nocebo is. Yes, it's quite similar to a placebo, but, you know, not good. Have a look:<p>For further reading, …

Public Health

Why Do We Kiss Under The Mistletoe?

<b>By Chris Gayomali</b><p>The history of mistletoe, which can be traced back to the ancient Greeks, is long, strange, and full of contradictions. Certain …

12 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever …

Jeff Gillooly

The best photographs of 2013 – in pictures

Extreme weather, terrorism, political protests, an emotional film star and the exit and entrance of two popes. The Guardian's features picture editor selects the images that defined 2013 ... and the obligatory selfie shot

Vast Freshwater Reserves Discovered Under Ocean Floor, Scientists Say

Massive reserves of “freshwater” are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world, including off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.<p>This is the conclusion of a new study by a team of Australian scientists that appears in this week’s issue of the journal, …

Everything You Need to Know About the Life of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela has left the planet. It is, at the time of writing, slightly more raw than the long-rehearsed curtains-down on 95 years ought to be. To South Africans like me, he has long been the man who held up the sky. Who will hold it up now?<p><i>Illustration by Victoria Sin.</i><p>Nelson Mandela has left …

South Africa

How To Open Bottles in Inventive Ways

Forgot the corkscrew? Bobbing corks in your vino? No church key? Not a problem. In the latest video from his Life Hacks series, Dave Hax demonstrates …

They Found The Stolen Truck Filled with Radioactive Material

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>Update 6:11 p.m.</i> The truck was found Wednesday not far from where it was stolen, Mexico's CNSNS …

Mexico City

An Eagle Steals a Camera, Flies Around 70 Miles of Australia with It

"Does this selfie make my talons look big?"<p><b>Perhaps taking a page from our own</b> human culture's desire -- and ability -- to document our every move, a photographically inclined sea eagle with kleptomaniacal tendencies helped itself to a ranger's video camera and documented a 70-mile journey, even …


The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

Forever (Giorgio Moroder Remix)

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Associated Press News

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Sausage and Marsala Pappardelle Pasta

We all have our favorite recipes. And we all have vices. This recipe combines the best (best?) of both of them in my little world.<p>I’ve been sitting …

Italian Food