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Archeologists discover Mythical Tomb of Osiris, God of the Dead, in Egypt

A Spanish-Italian archaeological team, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, has made an incredible discovery in the necropolis …

A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking, 2nd edition, by Greg Haskins

From Abracadabra to Zombies<p>Now Available as an eBook!<p>The original “A Practical Guide to Critical Thinking” was hosted here beginning in 2004. Since …

Humans Could Be In The Middle Of A Huge Evolutionary Transition

Human life expectancy has already increased from about 45 at the start of the 20th century to 80 today. Because of advancements in technology, which will affect natural selection, Last suggests life expectancy could increase to 120 as early as 2050 — a concept known as radical life extension.<p>In …

Singularity

Warrior's 3,900 year old suit of bone armour unearthed in Omsk

'It was more precious than life, because it saved life'. Picture: The Siberian Times<p>Archeologists are intrigued by the discovery of the complete set …

Archaeology

Tibetans inherited high-altitude gene from ancient human

A “superathlete” gene that helps Sherpas and other Tibetans breathe easy at high altitudes was inherited from an ancient species of human. That’s the …

Evolution

Spectacular Satellite Images of Our Planet's Landscape

The “overview effect” is a phenomenon explained by astronauts as “the feeling associated with viewing the earth in its entirety, as a pale blue dot …

Amazing

When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents?

<i>Readers Nick and Riela have both written to ask how and when English colonists in America lost their British accents and how American accents came</i> …

Language

Micro fungi of Australia - in pictures

Photographer Stephen Axford forages for fungi in the forests of New South Wales in Australia. He doesn't harvest them, he captures their beauty on camera

Detroit activists call for UN help as city shuts off water for thousands

Detroit has too much of some things – stray dogs, abandoned houses – and not enough of others, such as residents who pay their water bills.<p>The latest sign of Detroit’s decline came from the city’s water department, when it said in March it would begin shutting off water for up to 3,000 homes and …

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Science Says Spoilers Don’t Ruin A Good Story; ‘Game Of Thrones’ Proves It

A few years ago, UC San Diego psychology researchers Nicholas Christenfeld and Jonathan Leavitt published a study in <i>Psychological Science</i> that stated that being spoiled to a story not only doesn’t hurt the experience; it may actually IMPROVE it. In fact, the study showed that people who were …

Did violence shape our faces?

What contributed to the evolution of faces in the ape-like ancestors of humans? The prehistoric version of a bar fight —over women, resources and …

The magic of the Internet

Don't Blame Slender Man for the Schoolgirl Stabbing

He might be scary but he doesn't actually exist.<p><i>A chalk drawing of Slender Man (Photo via)</i><p>On Saturday morning, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser – two 12-year-old girls – lured a classmate into the woods near their homes and stabbed her 19 times. Or, as Geyser reportedly described it, “Stabby stab …

Crime

8-Bit Tribute To Studio Ghibli Movies By Richard J.Evans.

How Officials Tried to Censor One of the Biggest Stories in the World

When Germany surrendered in World War II, military leaders told reporters to keep it a secret.<p>Sixty-nine years ago this month, world leaders tried to delay the reporting of one of the biggest stories of the 20th century. They might have been successful, too, if not for one rogue journalist.<p>On May …

Japan

Japan

'Vampire' burial in Poland keeps alive the myth that will not die - CNN.com

No top teeth and with a stake through the leg, the skeleton exhumed in Kamien Pomorski<p><i>25 years since Poland's first partly free elections, CNN's On the Road series visits the country looking at how it has been transformed since the fall of communism while taking a deeper look at its customs and</i> …

Beautiful Laser-Engraved Wooden Posters by SpaceWolf Ltd.

The unfortunate truth is that no matter how much you like a poster of a movie or television show, it probably won't last. Luckily, SpaceWolf ltd. has the solution to this problem with their limited-edition wooden posters. The beautiful and intricately-detailed pieces depict well-regarded series …

Posters

Extreme Street View: Google Employee Maps Deserted Island

Street View has mapped much more than roads in its, but sending a lone urban explorer through the haunting multistory ruins of a remote island may be …