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The Boy Who Lived and Continues to Live On

"Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?"― J.K. Rowling, <i>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows</i><p>I am not sure when I read the first book or when I finished reading them for the first time. I do remember it was 2006 when I read them the …

Will Human Beings Ever Reach ‘Earth 2.0’?

Kepler-452b is the most Earth-like planet ever discovered, a place with just enough sunlight to possibly support the crops and house plants of life forms like ourselves.<p>But don't pack your bags just yet. While the planet might seem like a tantalizing target for NASA's next mission, it's extremely …

Universe

El Niño Could Bring Extreme Weather, Fewer Anchovies

Conditions are right for a strong El Niño this year, and scientists are predicting a wide range of effects.<p>It looks like we’re in for a strong, lengthy El Niño this year.<p>Warmer-than-usual water in parts of the Pacific Ocean indicates that a developing El Niño is intensifying and might become one of …

Weather

George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

The novelist goes deep on the future of his books and the TV series they begat<p>On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean …

TV Series

Original outline for George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones reveals wildly different storylines

The original outline for <i>Game of Thrones</i> has been revealed in a three-page letter author George R.R. Martin sent to his publisher back in 1993, a good …

TV Series

3,800-year-old statuettes found in Peru

The mud statuettes were found inside a reed basket in a building at the ancient city of Vichama in northern Peru, which is today an important …

Superfast Lasers Create A Hologram You Can Touch

At quadrillionth-second bursts<p>The halls of science fiction are well-decorated with dreams of holograms—Jules Verne introduced holography to literature in 1893 with <i>The Castle of the Carpathians</i>, and how else would we know that Obi-Wan was Leia’s only hope?<p>Now, researchers at the Digital Nature …

Google AI chatbot hates children

We know Google is big on AI research – it acquired Deepmind last year, has partnered with Oxford University and is packing intelligence into everything from self-driving cars to Google Now. But sometimes that can be a little creepy.<p>A research paper published this week, blandly titled ‘A Neural …

Artificial Intelligence

How Leonard Cohen’s Stint As a Buddhist Monk Can Help You Live an Enlightened Life

There is a certain kind of thinking that the Buddha called "monkey mind," a state in which our nervous habits become compulsions, hauling us around …

Evidence of 430,000-year-old human violence found

<b>Human remains from a cave in northern Spain show evidence of a lethal attack 430,000 years ago, a study has shown.</b><p>Researchers examined one skull from a site called the Pit of Bones, which contains the remains of at least 28 people.<p>They concluded that two fractures on that skull were likely to have …

Anthropology

Life, Then Death, on a Trawler in Freezing Antarctic Seas

When the boat sank 170 miles from land, the author survived despite a leaky life raft, sub-zero waters, and waves so high they cast shadows.<p>Matt Lewis, a British marine biologist and author of <i>Last Man Off: A True Story Of Disaster and Survival On The Antarctic Seas</i>, was only 23 when he was hired as …

Sailing

Search for advanced civilizations beyond Earth finds nothing obvious in 100,000 galaxies

Roger Griffith, a postbaccalaureate researcher at Penn State and the lead author of the paper, scoured almost the entire catalog of the WISE …

In the gut, one key probiotic helps by orchestrating others

Next time you eat a tub of probiotic-enriched yogurt or pop a probiotic capsule, you can thank a strain of bacteria called <i>Lactobacillus rhamnosus</i> for doing more than just joining the party in your gut. A new study suggests that the single-organism probiotic behaves less like a solo customer and …

Microbiology

Among Millions of Galaxies, Survey Finds No Obvious Signs of Life

A long, laborious study of a huge number of galaxies has found no clear signs of life or civilization other than our own. Researchers at Penn State University sifted through nearly 100 million data entries from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer satellite.<p>"If an entire galaxy had been …

Universe

Where the Black Death happened: 9 places connected to the plague

<i>This article first appeared in the February 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine</i><p>Advertisement<p>The Black Death, which swept across Europe during the 14th …

Ancient History

9 unsolved historical mysteries

<b>1) The Mary Celeste</b><p>What became of the crew and passengers of this British-American brigantine remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the …

Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Fall Out Boy To Induct Hall of Famers

Patti Smith, John Mayer, Peter Wolf and Steve Cropper will also deliver induction speeches<p><b>UPDATE 2:</b> Legendary psychedelic art painter Peter Max has …

Stevie Wonder

Warning: your fridge is full of danger

Rose Prince examines two books that hold the food industry to account and reveal the truth behind what we eat<p>You have to read the labels to know exactly what you are eating – that is, if you care. Some people think that if we do not consider such things, we should, and every now and again there’s a …

Buzz Aldrin sends message to Mars from Stonehenge

<b>Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon, has sent a "message to the Red Planet" from Stonehenge.</b><p>The 85-year-old donned a T-shirt urging travel to Mars as he was snapped striking a Superman pose in front of the pre-historic monument.<p>Following his Wiltshire visit, he tweeted: "While at …

Buzz Aldrin

50 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences In Canadian Literature

"We thought we had such problems. How were we to know we were happy?"<p>"We all fight on two fronts, the one facing the enemy, the one facing what we do to the enemy."<p>― <b>Joseph Boyden</b>, <i>Three Day Road</i><p>"Dare I say I miss him? I do. I miss him. I still see him in my dreams. They are nightmares mostly, but …

74 Essential Books for Your Personal Library: A List Curated by Female Creatives

<i>Public domain image originally taken by George Charles Beresford.</i><p>When Open Culture recently published Jorge Luis Borges’ self-compiled list of 74 …

Philip K. Dick Makes Off-the-Wall Predictions for the Future: Mars Colonies, Alien Viruses & More (1981)

Philip K. Dick died in 1982, but readers — more readers than ever, in all probability — still thrill to his daring, unconventional imagination, and …

Huxley to Orwell: My Hellish Vision of the Future is Better Than Yours (1949)

In 1949, George Orwell received a curious letter from his former high school French teacher.<p>Orwell had just published his groundbreaking book <i>Nineteen</i> …

Literature

Rusia: aumentan a siete los cráteres misteriosos descubiertos en Siberia

<b>El descubrimiento de un gigantesco cráter en una zona remota de Siberia, en Rusia, el viernes, aumenta la cifra de cráteres hallados en la región a siete.</b><p>Según le dijo a la agencia AFP el director del Instituto de Investigación de Petróleo y Gas, adscrito a la Academia de las Ciencias de Rusia, …

Circular thinking: Stonehenge's origin is subject to new theory

Wiltshire monument may have been equivalent of ‘an ancient Mecca on stilts’ according to an idea put forward by former museum director Julian Spalding<p>Whether it was a Druid temple, an astronomical calendar or a centre for healing, the mystery of Stonehenge has long been a source of speculation and …

Pedacitos de chocolate; o de felicidad. Y son tan tan tan fáciles de hacer...

Punto de nieve Idea guardada <b>9</b> veces<p>La valoración media de 187 personas es: Muy buena<p>Muchas veces nos empeñamos en buscar la felicidad en cosas …

Anglo-Saxon pendant found in Norfolk

The pendant is the undoubted star find from the excavation, but there are other items to indicate that this was a noblewoman of wealth and taste. …

Prepara tu propio yogur casero siguiendo los pasos que se explican en este post

La Despensa de Viv Idea guardada <b>50</b> veces<p>La valoración media de 51 personas es: Muy buena<p>Yogurt casero<p>¿Os apetece un yogurt cremoso y fresco?<p>No …

Ganímedes esconde un océano más grande que todos los de la Tierra juntos

Descubrir agua líquida es una de las cuestiones fundamentales en la búsqueda de mundos habitables más allá de la Tierra, lugares que puedan albergar …