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Glíma, the Martial Arts System used by the Vikings

Share this:<p>Viking warriors had the skills to survive against various forms of warfare and combat.<p>The reason for the Vikings fighting prowess is found …

The Magic of "Untranslatable" Words

<i>Frisson</i>. What a strange word. It evokes that peculiar intermingling of excitement and fear that can attend momentous events. The spark of electricity …

Language

The fear factor: gothic novels

Angela Wright reveals how five Gothic novels – dark tales of violence, tyranny and supernatural revenge – reflected the anxieties of the age in which …

Hitting The Virtual Roads Of Euro And American Truck Simulator With Retired Truckers

<i>Truck driving games like American Truck Simulator [official site] and Euro Truck Simulator 2 [official site] are popular because they offer a</i> …

Delving into the Welsh Dark Ages

<b>Manuscripts chronicling the history of Wales and Britain from Roman rule onwards are a new focus for experts.</b><p>The Welsh Chronicles are a collection of texts that both attempt to mark historical events - and according to some - act as propaganda.<p>It has been suggested that some of the texts even urge …

National Libraries

Hundreds of Antibiotics Built from Scratch

A 64-year-old class of antibiotics that has been a cornerstone of medical treatment has been dramatically refreshed by dogged chemists searching for …

Biology

Japanese artist's beautiful macabre tattoos

<b>Black cherry blossoms, ravens, severed heads and war demons - Japanese tattoo artist Gakkin isn't afraid to incorporate macabre elements into his tattoos, turning them into delicate and beautiful works of art.</b><p>In fact he's known for it - combining eroticism with beauty.<p>"I'm not a painter but a …

Art

New phones let Japan's government secretly track its citizens

The <i>Japan Times</i> is reporting that local mobile network NTT DoCoMo is embracing government surveillance. The company launched five new smartphones on Tuesday that lets the authorities to track a user's location without their knowledge or consent. Existing handsets, however, currently alert a user …

Wax Tablets, Chicken Rustling And The Medieval Roots Of The Modern University

When we think of colleges, we imagine sprawling campuses, big-time sports programs, hefty endowments, and massive libraries stuffed with thousands of books.<p>But the earliest universities were a little less grand.<p>They were formed before Gutenberg invented the printing press, and before paper was …

College & University

With Just Pencil And Paper, A Patient Found Escape Inside State Hospital No. 3

In 1970, a teenager found a handmade album in a pile of trash in Springfield, Mo. Inside, there were 283 drawings of trains, cars, animals and portraits of people with haunting, circular eyes that stared dead ahead. The album had no name or signature. The only clue to the artist's identity was the …

Art

Bill de Blasio: Tech companies ‘owe it to the nation’ to share data with law enforcement

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio became the latest liberal politician to call for a balancing of security and privacy in the midst of the clash between the Apple and the Justice Department over access to a terrorist’s cellphone.<p>“I think the companies do owe it to the nation to come up with a procedure …

Privacy

YouTube creators stand a real chance of winning Emmy awards

While movie and TV award shows are increasingly willing to recognize internet video, they still tend to focus on conventional productions with reasonably big budgets. However, they're about to broaden their horizons: the Television Academy has expanded the Emmys to not only include more …

West Virginia Votes To Block Science Standards Because They Teach Global Warming

Beginning this summer, public school students in West Virginia were supposed to learn about human-induced climate change three times — in sixth-grade …

Here's why Danny DeVito should voice Detective Pikachu

<b>Update:</b> Some talented video editor out there has decided to further the cause by giving us an idea of what DeVito as Detective Pikachu would feel …

Dynamic Touchscreen Could Display In Braille

The future, at everyone's fingertips<p>One of the weaknesses of screen-based media is how inaccessible it can be for people with impaired vision, who must instead rely on screen readers and other specialized tools to speak aloud the words in an online article. A special touchscreen tablet, made by a …

Visual Design

Study: Over half the population supports basic income scheme

According to a recent survey conducted by the Foundation for Municipal Development, 51 percent of Finnish respondents support the idea of a basic …

Nikola Tesla: Maverick, Visionary & Master of Light

“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” -Nikola …

Last-minute chemistry gifts for the scientist in your life

Still not bought a present for your chemistry-mad partner/sibling/child? You’ve left it late, but you’ve still got a couple of days left: here are some suggestions<p><b>21st Century Chemistry Sets</b><p>When I was 12 I got a chemistry set for Christmas. Back then in the pre-health and safety 1980s you still got …

Jokes

And the winner of the (medieval) Bad Sex in Fiction award is ...

The winner of the Literary Review’s 2015 award for Bad Sex in Fiction will be announced on December 1, and the nominated extracts include the usual …

Books

Fallout 4: Here's All the Names That Codsworth Can Say

Fallout 4's robot pal Codsworth can say 924 names, which run the gamut of regular-sounding names like John and Kate to pop culture references like Katniss and Neo, as well as a variety of expletives and other dirty things. A Reddit user claims to have pulled the complete list of names from the …

Google Doodle Honors Actress and Inventor Hedy Lamarr

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Google Doodle

Online Gaming Harassment Movie in the Works, Could Star Scarlett Johansson

A movie about harassment in the video game industry is in the works and could star Scarlett Johansson. Former Sony Pictures executive Amy Pascal's new Pascal Pictures company has obtained the rights to "<i>Crash Override: How To Save The Internet From Itself</i>," an upcoming memoir written by Depression …

Romania's bear dancers | CNN Travel

Romania

What Horror Film Would Make The Most Terrifying Game?

Welcome back to GameSpot Q&A, a weekly section where we ask our staff and readers a discussion question about video games. Look at this as a forum where you and others can discuss and compare your opinions of this beloved hobby of ours. Let us know what your answer is to this week's question in the …

Horror

Does racial bias show up in the crosswalk? - Futurity

Do drivers choose to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk based on their race? A new small study suggests the answer might be yes.

Watch this heartwarming video as a baby cheetah and a Lab puppy bond for life at Virginia zoo

Kumbali and Kago are besties (or is that beasties?) for life, even though one's a zoo-born cheetah and the other's a rescue dog.<p>The two live at the Metro Richmond Zoo in Virginia, where visitors can go and watch the remarkable pair play together.<p>"Kumbali and Kago will stay with each other for life, …

Play as Jason in the first official 'Friday the 13th' game since 1989

When Gun Media's Wes Keltner and Ronnie Hobbs announced <i>Summer Camp</i>, a slasher-inspired horror game set in a creepy campground, it was already more than an homage to <i>Friday the 13th</i>. The developers were open about their love of ghostly, hockey-masked murderer Jason Voorhees and they had even …

Norwegian Escape breaks with tradition to pick rapper Pitbull as godfather

Aren't cruise ships usually christened by godmothers? Yes, but Pitbull has pulled off a coup by being named to christen and perform at the rollout of Norwegian Cruise Line's biggest, baddest ship to hit the sea.<p>The Miami rapper, a.k.a. Armando Christian Perez, just finished a stint in Las Vegas. …

This $650 Selfie Stick Comes With the Camera Built-In

A handheld stabilizer helps you up your selfie game.<p>DJI, the Chinese company churning out consumer-priced, camera-equipped drones, has just announced …

Drones

The Witch of Ringtown; a Medieval 20th Century Murder

"True!--nervous--very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why <i>will</i> you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses--not …