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Why do we have allergies?

Allergic reactions to everything from pollen to peanuts make life a misery for millions. But why does our body over-react to seemingly benign intruders? Carl Zimmer reports.<p>For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a …

Immunotherapy

How Would Superheroes Have Looked In The 16th Century?

French photographer Sacha Goldberger has created a quirky photo series that perfectly expresses the timeless quality of some of our favorite …

Art

The planet’s deadliest infectious diseases, by country

Tuberculosis and AIDS aren’t trending on Twitter like Ebola, but perhaps they should be<p>The worst Ebola outbreak in history has killed nearly 5,000 people and infected more than 10,000 in West Africa. In places like Monrovia, Liberia, people are living a nightmare, but if you live anywhere else in …

Once Upon an Alphabet: Oliver Jeffers’s Imaginative Illustrated Stories for the Letters

In the 1990s, three decades after the debut of his now-iconic grim alphabet book, the great Edward Gorey reimagined the letters in a series of 26-word cryptic stories. Now comes a worthy modern counterpart by one of the most original and imaginative children’s book storytellers and artists of our …

Mark Twain on Racism, How Religion Is Used to Justify Injustice, and What His Mother Taught Him About Compassion

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as <b>Mark Twain</b> (November 30, 1835–April 21, 1910), is celebrated as America’s greatest humorist — from his irreverent advice to little girls to his snarky stance on creativity to his masterwork on masturbation. But underpinning his winsome wit was piercing …

How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself: A Timely Vintage Field Guide to Self-Reliant Play and Joyful Solitude

Legendary psychoanalyst Adam Phillips has written beautifully about why the capacity for boredom is essential for a full life and Susan Sontag contemplated the creative purpose of boredom. Perhaps we understand this intellectually, but we — now more than ever, it seems — have a profound …

11 Unsung Science Heroines You Really Should Have Heard Of

You might not know who these women are. But the world would be a different place without them.

Watch: A Mind-Bending Experiment That Makes Water “Freeze” In Mid-Air

Brusspup is the closest thing YouTube has to a<p>wizardmagician. Almost a million people subscribe to his channel, where he regularly posts videos of optical illusions and natural phenomena, which he then explains with “science” or whatever.<p>His latest video takes on a phenomenon we’ve written about …

Filmmaking

5 Health Myths That Aren't True

<b>The truth:</b> Digestion and exercise both need your blood, but as long as you’re not gunning it like Michael Phelps after chowing down, you’re fine. “As with any exercise immediately after eating, you might feel somewhat uncomfortable after a big meal, but it’s very unlikely you’d be completely …

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Happiness

Comics - The Gem of the Mediterranean Sea - Chapter 2 - Page 14

The Gem of the Mediterranean Sea - Chapter 2 - Page 14<p>October 11th, 2014, 3:59 pm<p>Average Rating: <b>5.00</b><p>Author's Comments<p>, February 15th, 2018, 7:34 …

Malala and Nabila: worlds apart | Afghanistan

On October 24, 2012 a Predator drone flying over North Waziristan came upon eight-year-old Nabila Rehman, her siblings, and their grandmother as they worked in a field beside their village home. Her grandmother, Momina Bibi, was teaching the children how to pick okra as the family prepared for the …

These Are The Most Terrifying, Ghostly GIFs On The Internet

Kevin Weir made these imaginative GIFs using historical photos and they are creeeeepy.

Photographer Uses Neuroscience To Redefine The Meaning Of Beauty

This fascinating photographic project by Scott Chasserot is an impressive blend of neuroscience and photography.<p>Titled the 'Original Idea' it …

Beautiful Chemistry: Amazing Chemical Reactions Filmed with a 4K UltraHD Camera | Colossal

<p>Beautiful Chemistry is a new collaboration between Tsinghua University Press and University of Science and Technology of China that seeks to make …

Scientists Turned Carbon Dioxide into Oxygen by Zapping It with a Laser

The finding would explain early oxygen in Earth's atmosphere—and it's some fodder for sci-fi space breathing apparatuses.<p>Photosynthesis sure is a miracle, isn't it? It allows plants, bacteria, and algae to take carbon dioxide and, with the help of a little sunlight, turn it into the oxygen we all …

Carbon Dioxide

14 Books That Change When You Reread Them Later in Life

As you get older, you start seeing the world a little differently — the same goes for the books you read.<p>Whether it was a book you were forced to …

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - 2014-09-17

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Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win 2014 Nobel peace prize

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage education campaigner shot on school bus in 2012 by a Taliban gunman, has won the 2014 Nobel peace prize.<p>Malala won along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist.<p>The two were named winner of the £690,000 (8m kronor or $1.11m) prize by the …

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for Aug 27, 2014

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for Oct 27, 1992