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9 unexpected things you can make in an ice cube tray

Forget boring ol' ice. Here are nine other clever things you can do with ice cube trays.<p>Often, the best uses for kitchen equipment is anything but its original intended use. That especially holds true for ice cube trays. They're perfect for making frozen treats, sprucing up cocktails or tea with …

Dessert

Watch giant ice bridge collapse

An ice bridge collapsed at Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina earlier this month. Hundreds of tourists and locals gathered to witness the dramatic …

Global Warming

These Photos Show Everyday Insects in Terrifying Closeups

Male wolf spider<br>Vasily Menshov—Solent News/REX/Shutterstock<p>1 of 12<p>macro photography<p>Mar 17, 2016

Nature

The Sneaky Life of the World’s Most Mysterious Plant

It looks so ordinary, this vine. But it’s not. It is, arguably, the most mysteriously talented, most surprising plant in the world.<p>It’s called <i>Boquila trifoliolata</i>, and it lives in the temperate rain forests of Chile and Argentina. It does what most vines do—it crawls across the forest floor, …

Hawaii's breathtaking but illegal 'Stairway To Heaven' is in danger of closing — so now locals want to charge $100 to climb it

Would you pay $100 just to take a hike? In an attempt to save a beloved landmark, Oahu, Hawaii, residents are proposing to charge the tourists who come to climb the famed "Haiku stairs" in their state's capital.<p>The "Stairway To Heaven," as it has been nicknamed by locals, has nearly 4,000 steps …

Photos

19 natural wonders everyone should see before they disappear

America is home to some of the world's most stunning natural wonders, but many of these sights are increasingly under threat from climate change and pollution.<p>While some are slowly experiencing change, others are deteriorating at a more rapid rate.<p>We've put together a list 0f 19 incredible and …

National Parks

10 Places You Have to See to Believe

Are you ready for your daily dose of wanderlust (and then some)? These wonders around the world—from Seussian flower fields to seas that shine like stars—simply must been seen to be believed.<p>Zhangye Danxia Landform: Gansu, China<p>These striped, technicolor mountains are Mother Nature's answer to …

New Zealand

Photographer Travels Across the US with His Camera, Girlfriend, and LED Hula Hoop

This past May, photographer Grant Mallory and his girlfriend Maria celebrated Maria’s college graduation by embarking on an epic road trip around the …

National Parks

No Man’s Sky Treads New Ground In Game Design

Arriving June 2016<p>It's been a big month for one of the biggest game worlds ever planned. <i>No Man’s Sky</i>, the mysterious and long-anticipated space exploration game, has released a trailer, appeared on <i>The Late Show</i>, and set a release date of June 2016 for its huge, untested universe-sized experience. …

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Paleontology

Super-Strong Material Inspired By Squid Teeth Is Self-Healing

To repair, just add water<p>A team of researchers led by engineers from Penn State University has created the first material that heals itself in the presence of water, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. The material, inspired by squid teeth, could be used to repair devices …

7 Nutrients (Besides Fiber and Protein!) That Can Help You Lose Weight

<b>Vitamin C</b><br>To turbo-charge iron's energizing superpowers pair it with some vitamin C. That vitamin helps your body use the hard-to-absorb type of iron found in fruits and veggies, says Cording. Besides that, vitamin C's an antioxidant, which means it promotes optimal cell function. "It signals to …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Physics

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Bioluminescent worms: Photographer's stunning images of 'natural miracle'

Joseph Michael's incredible long-exposure shots of glow worms didn’t come easily. He spent long nights in damp caves for months to produce the Luminosity series<p>Joseph Michael saw his first glow worm cave at age five. They’re a fixture in the New Zealand-born photographer’s homeland.<p>"Like most …

How same-sex marriage could ruin civilisation

In the wake of the US supreme court ruling that legalised same-sex marriage throughout America, many commenters and objectors have claimed it will have disastrous consequences. But rather than just dismissing them as irrational bitterness, it’s important to consider the genuine scientific basis for …

Same-sex Marriage

California Assembly approves one of the toughest vaccination laws in the US

No more religious or 'personal belief' exemptions<p>The California Assembly has approved a law that will make it impossible for children to obtain vaccine exemptions based on their guardians' religious or personal beliefs. The law is one of the toughest child vaccination laws in the country, the <i>Los</i> …

Public Health

Why Is This Planet Acting Like A Comet?

Scientists catch a Neptune-style orbiter by its very long tail<p>Some planets that are now small, hot, and rocky may have started off as icy giants like Neptune. Orbiting too close to their stars, their gassy shells boiled off until all that’s left is a rocky core. That’s what scientists have thought …

Christopher Lee, Horror Icon, Has Died at Age 93

From Dracula to Saruman to a heavy-metal career, he made a career of playing to the dark side.<p>Christopher Lee was a versatile polymath who made hundreds of movies over a 65-years-plus career and bristled at being typecast, but even he knew, when he penned his memoir, <i>Tall, Dark and Gruesome,</i> that …

Horror