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Acid trips, black power and computers: how San Francisco’s hippy explosion shaped the modern world

On 12 July 1967, Florida newspaper the St Petersburg Times had an eye-catching front-page headline: “Dame Margot, Nureyev seized in hippie raid.” Police had busted a party in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, and unexpectedly ensnared two world-famous gatecrashers: Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, …

Silicon Valley

'A story with sex and money at its heart': Evie Wyld on I Capture the Castle

From its famous first line to its haunting ending, Dodie Smith’s novel captures the moment a young woman discovers her place in the world<p>I don’t remember exactly what I thought Dodie Smith’s <i>I Capture the Castle</i> was about before I read it. I was in my early 30s and it was one of those books I had …

Books

World-First Experiment Finds Our Eyes Are Capable of Detecting Individual Photons

Incredible.<p>Our eyes might be more awesome than we ever imagined.<p>A new experiment has shown for the first time that the human eye is capable of …

Researchers say nearly all books follow one of these six emotional arcs

Ever thought two books felt nearly identical? The déjà vu isn’t in your head.<p>Researchers from University of Vermont mapped the sentimental fluctuations of over 1,700 books. By tracing the emotional changes in the stories, they noticed an overall arc for each novel. They found that the emotional …

Writing

The Bright Spots On Ceres Just Got Even Weirder

The ever changing lights make for a complicated, tiny world in the middle of the asteroid belt.<p>Ceres was already a strange world, a relic of the early solar system hiding out in the asteroid belt, just a hair under 600 miles in diameter. It also has bright lights of what are probably salts …

Lunar New Year 2016 in Pictures

Beijing

The World's Oldest Hotel Has Been a Family Business for 1,300 Years

That family business in your town that has been passed down for four generations can’t hold a candle to Japan’s Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan.<p>For roughly …

Can a Plant Remember? This One Seems to—Here’s the Evidence

There’s this plant I’ve heard about that had a really bad afternoon a few years ago. It was in its pot bothering nobody and then, suddenly, it fell. Not once, but 56 times. (I’ll explain in a minute.) But it’s a plant. Things happen to plants, and as far as I know, they go on as before. They don’t …

Western Australia

ISIS has a remarkably simple way of calculating taxes

While most terrorist groups, like Al Qaeda, rely on donations for funding its operations, ISIS is self-sufficient.<p>One of the keys ways in which is does that is by taxation. In fact, according a fantastic in-depth report by the Financial Times, ISIS "earns at least as much from taxation, extortion …

Al-Qaeda

The Oxford online dictionary’s “word of the year” isn’t even a word

Sometimes, an emoji is the best way to describe how you’re feeling.<p>Oxford Dictionaries thinks so. For the first time, it has chosen an emoji as its Word of the Year. The organization said the “face with tears of joy” symbol (or  to you and me) was selected as the “word” that best captured the …

Language

Bill Nye says bubbling air into Earth's oceans might save the planet from ourselves

In keeping true to form, Nye laid down his opinion on yet another contentious but intriguing field during an interview with National Geographic on Nov. 15.<p>In the chat, Nye said he believes that geoengineering — a family of techniques to hack the environment — could be a game-changer for combating …

Astronomers saw a black hole wake up after 26 years and do something extremely violent

Such events are very rare, but astronomers managed to record incredible footage of the aftermath this summer.<p>The black hole is part of star system called V404 Cygni. The black hole is about 12 times more massive than the sun and is nearly 46 quadrillion miles away from Earth. Over at least the last …

Black Holes

Weather On Sunless Planet Is Cloudy With A Chance Of Molten Iron Rain

Bring an umbrella<p>Most planets orbit stars, but sometimes, a planet just has to go it alone. Scientists discovered the strange lonely planet PSO J318.5-22 in 2013. The size of Jupiter, the planet was all alone in the universe, going on its merry way with no star to tie it down.<p>The planet is 75 …

Researchers at Large Hadron Collider are confident to make contact with PARALLEL UNIVERSE in days

The astoundingly complex LHC “atom smasher” at the CERN center in Geneva, Switzerland, will be fired up to its maximum energy levels ever in an …

Physics

The Avenger

After three decades, has the brother of a victim of the Lockerbie bombing solved the case?<p>When Ken Dornstein learned that Pan Am Flight 103 had exploded, he did not realize that his older brother, David, was on the plane. It was December 22, 1988, and Ken, a sophomore at Brown University, was at …

Terrorism

The Unsettling Arrival of Speculative 9/11 Fiction

When I was in high school, my English class read a famous short story called “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge,” written in 1890 by Ambrose Bierce. Its central character, Peyton Farquhar, is a slave-owning Southern planter. As the story opens, Peyton is about to be hanged by the Union Army for …

Books

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Time Travel

This is what 365 days without a vacation does to your health

If you live in the US, the odds are high that you haven’t taken a vacation this year (or last year, for that matter).<p>Before enduring another year without an official getaway, either because of work commitments or an otherwise hectic routine, consider the following: A growing body of literature …

Mental Health

Salman Rushdie: These Days, 'Everyone Is Upset All The Time'

Salman Rushdie's new novel, <i>Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights,</i> seems to transpose the Arabian Nights of long ago to modern-day New York City. A thunderstorm overturns the city and upsets the laws of the universe with myth and magic.<p>The jinn have come back after an 800-year exile, and …

Books

Earth - The bizarre beasts living in Romania's poison cave

In the south-east of Romania, in Constanța county close to the Black Sea and the Bulgarian border, there lies a barren featureless plain. The desolate field is completely unremarkable, except for one thing.<p>Below it lies a cave that has remained isolated for 5.5 million years. While our ape-like …

Carbon Dioxide

A Photographer Is Trying To Solve The Mystery Behind These Beautiful Vintage Photos She Found

Thousands of people have joined in the hunt for the women featured in the pictures.<p>"Now, I've seen plenty of vintage prints, but never a set of negatives that was in such beautiful condition," she wrote.<p>Abell wrote she originally thought the pictures were negatives, but later learned they were …

Photography

Photos Released of Bush Administration After 9/11 Attacks: Pictures

Terrorism

Go inside the abandoned Chinese village that nature is taking back one house at a time

Now only a handful of them remain.<p>Houtouwan clings to the lush green coastline of a tiny island in the Zhousan archipelago at the mouth of the Yangtze River in China. Half a century ago, it was a busy regional center and a port of call to a sizable fishing fleet.<p>But as was the case with so many …

Here's how Tokyo — the largest city in the world — brilliantly eliminated traffic deaths

According to a new report on city safety from the global research organization World Resources Institute, traffic fatalities are near rock-bottom for Tokyoites. They occur at a rate of only 1.3 per 100,000 people.<p>That's incredibly for a city that, by metropolitan area, is the most populated in the …

Today is a blue moon: What does that really mean, anyway?

Today, people the world over are learning the origins of the expression “once in a blue moon.”<p>That’s because the second full moon in a month, known as a “blue moon,” will be appearing in the Americas this evening (a little after 8pm ET, although technically it already revealed itself at 6:43am …

Astronomy

The Bowerbird's Sexy Optical Illusion

When she’s looking for a mate, how does a female know what she likes? Macho mating displays—turkeys strutting, lions roaring, bighorn sheep …

Conditions on Pluto: Incredibly hazy with flowing ice

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Pluto is hazier than scientists expected and appears to be covered with flowing ice.<p>The team responsible for the New …

Solar System

Why 'Earth 2.0' is actually nothing like Earth

Nasa's discovery of Kepler-452b, a planet orbiting around a distant star in deep space, has predictably caused waves of excitement on the internet, …