Cathy Gardner

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The Amazing Origins of 15 Etiquette Rules

Nowadays, they’re just considered good manners, but some of our most familiar etiquette rules have long and surprising histories.<p>1. Saying “Bless …

Mystery Surrounds Delicate Nasca Lines Threatened by Greenpeace Stunt

Peru protests damage to ancient desert designs, still enigmatic to scholars.<p>Ancient line drawings in the Andean desert, one of history's biggest mysteries, generated a firestorm of complaints against an environmental group that damaged the lines in a stunt this week.<p>The environmental group …

'Vice' Squad: The Movies' 7 Most Eccentric L.A. Private Detectives

The Los Angeles private detective of literature and film endures because deep down we all imagine ourselves doggedly searching for truth and light in …

Nasa researches Star Trek warp drive for future space travel

Nasa scientists are developing a Star Trek-style “warp drive” that may eventually allow spacecraft to travel to the stars faster the speed of light.<p>Dr Harold White, a physicist at Nasa’s Johnson Space Centre, is conducting research to create a warp in space and time.<p>These so called “warp bubbles” …

8 Symbols That We Turned Into Words

The symbols we use also have names: dollar sign, treble clef, asterisk, etc. But sometimes the name for a symbol takes on a different sort of …

This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People

City waterways could provide more space for new habitats in which urban nature can flourish.<p>As cities sprawl and get more crowded, most don’t have much space left for urban wildlife–at least not on land. A Dutch architect plans to begin using city waterways to build floating habitats for …

Meet the first lady of graphene, turning harmful gases into the wonder stuff

Catharina Paukner is building a supersized graphene factory in Cambridge that can turn methane from landfill - or even cows - into modern-day black gold<p>The birthplace of graphene – the one-atom-thick carbon – is Manchester University, where it was created by two physicists. But Cambridge could …

15 Fun Phrases Popularized During Prohibition

Prohibition ended in 1933, but the colorful colloquialisms it brought about will live on forever.<p><b>1. Blind pig</b><p>An illegal drinking establishment, …

DIY Origami Bows From Magazine Pages

Add an unique twist to your gifts this holiday season by making your own origami bow from upcycled magazine pages with this clever tutorial from How About Orange, which uses an origami pattern from Let’s create.<p>There are plenty of origami bow patterns out there that you can try, but using scrap …

The strange case of the man with two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

The UK's Tasty War on Grey Squirrels

When Victorian banker Thomas Brocklehurst returned to England from a transatlantic journey in 1876, he brought with him a pair of American grey …

Puppies

12 Animals Named After The Noises They Make

If you were asked to name an onomatopoeic word, then you’d probably come up with something like <i>boom</i>, <i>boing</i>, <i>whizz</i>, <i>smash,</i> or <i>tick-tock</i>. They’re all …

"Sybil" and the History of Multiple Personality Disorder

In the 1970s, a patient known as "Sybil" was the focus of a popular book exploring a condition then called Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD). While …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

21 Phrases You Use Without Realizing You're Quoting Shakespeare

William Shakespeare devised new words and countless plot tropes that still appear in everyday life. Famous quotes from his plays are easily …

Literature

What It Takes to Fix American Education

We’re spending way too much time focusing on who is ‘winning’ and ‘losing’ debates over education, and not enough on implementing proven solutions.<p>As …

There may be languages lurking in your unconscious mind

How much do the experiences you have as a baby shape your mind? A Canadian researcher devised a clever experiment to tease out the answer, using Canadian children who had been adopted from China.<p>These kids heard Chinese spoken during the first year or two of their lives, but left China before …

The 25 most Florida things to happen in 2014

If you hear a news anchor start a report with the words, "A Florida man..." chances are the next few sentences are going to be good.<p>Whether it’s …

11 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in December

Keep your holiday spirit high heading into the end of the year with a roster of quirky celebrations to fill these final weeks before Christmas.<p>1. …

New England

Plane Gets Frozen To The Ground In Siberia, Passengers Get Out To Push

Russians braved temperatures of -62 degrees to get the aircraft on the runway.<p>That's exactly what 74 passengers had to do Wednesday in Igarka, located some 163 miles north of the Arctic Circle in the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia, when they joined a seven-strong crew in shifting a Tupolev Tu-134 …

5 more apps that make you say 'Wow!'

There are approximately 1.3 million apps available for our smartphones and tablets. Many are simply a bad idea. Most are average in use or scope. Fortunately, some very innovative developers have changed the way we used to do things for the better. Here are five mind-boggling apps that I know …

Stone Age Axe Discovered Stuck Into The Ground With Handle Still Attached

Archaeologists have unearthed an incredibly rare flint axe from the Stone Age that just may have been used in an ancient ritual.<p>The 5,500-year-old discovery -- found jammed into the Earth with its wooden handle still attached -- was part of an ongoing excavation on the island of Lolland in …

A Visual Guide to All 37 Villains in the Batman TV Series

Here they all are with a little extra <i>Bam! Pow! Zap!</i> for good measure.<p><b>1. THE RIDDLER (FRANK GORSHIN)</b><p><b>SEASON 1 (EPISODES 1, 2, 11, 12, 23, 24, 31, 32),</b> …

Entertainment

How-To: Fornasetti-Inspired Tattooed Plaster Hands

I’m always a fan of decor pieces that are made to catch your eye and start a conversation, so this cool Fornasetti-inspired tattooed plaster hands tutorial from Mark Montano is definitely right up my alley!<p>Even if you aren’t familiar with Italian artist and designer Piero Fornasetti by name, you’re …

Millennials Really Don't Think Everybody Should Vote

WASHINGTON -- Young Americans aren't just less likely to vote than their older compatriots. They're also less likely to believe that everyone should cast a ballot, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll.<p>Most Americans age 45 and over say everyone should vote, according to the survey. But people …

San Francisco window washer falls onto moving car

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A worker fell screaming 11 stories from the roof of a bank building Friday morning onto a moving car, crushing its roof and …

50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World's Teaching Superstar

Today, NPR Ed kicks off a yearlong series: 50 Great Teachers.<p>We're starting this celebration of teaching with Socrates, the superstar teacher of the ancient world. He was sentenced to death more than 2,400 years ago for "impiety" and "corrupting" the minds of the youth of Athens.<p>But Socrates' ideas …

That Time They Found Those Bodies in Ben Franklin's Basement

From 1757 to 1775, Ben Franklin lived in an elegant four-story Georgian house at No. 36 Craven Street in London during his time as an ambassador for …