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‘Impossible Things’ Trailer: Kickstarter-Backed Horror Film Co-Written by Artificial Intelligence

If you run from your past, you can not be sure whose past will catch up to you…<p>Greenlight Essentials has combined science and art to revolutionize …

Ingenious Software Transforms Any Still Photo Into an Animated Cinemagraph

Cinemagraphs have the power to transform any previously-still photograph into a compelling and dramatic scene. The subtle looped movements are undoubtedly dynamic, and it’s no wonder that their popularity has skyrocketed throughout the years. For those who want to create their own Cinemagraph, …

Dani Olivier: Women Dressed Only in Light

In his striving to create a nude portrait “that has not been shot before”, Paris-based photographer Dani Olivier sets the female form aglow with …

Surreal And Imaginative Photos That Will Confuse Your Eyes

Using a little Photoshop wizardry, Russian photographer Alexey Menschikov is able to conjure up all kinds of unusual and strange images loaded with …

Here are the real Pokémon Sun and Moon Starters

Not too long ago, a few leaked Pokémon Sun and Moon starters hit the internet – but they were a work of fiction; some sort of faux fan fantasy. Here …

Pokémon

Star pupil finds lost Mayan city by studying ancient charts of the night sky from his bedroom

A Canadian schoolboy appears to have discovered a lost Mayan city hidden deep in the jungles of Mexico using a new method of matching stars to the location of temples on earth.<p>William Gadoury, 15, was fascinated by the ancient Central American civilization and spent hours poring over diagrams of …

Archaeology

Clinton's frustration grows, as primary race continues

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton snapped at a Greenpeace protester. She linked Bernie Sanders and tea party Republicans. And she bristled with …

Seeing firsthand why Olympic National Park is one of the nation's great wilderness areas

The bald eagle was soaring on an air current above frosty Lake Crescent, its wings spread wide, white head and electric-yellow beak tilted slightly down. It was hunting, and a few seconds later it rocketed toward the surface of the lake. In an instant it was aloft again, carrying a small trout in …

10 Signs You and Your Partner Are a Great Match

No couple is perfect, but you two are pretty close.<p>You’re pretty sure you’ve finally found that right person for you. You know, the one who listens intently while you vent about your grueling day at work and is there to hold you tightly on the couch with your Netflix queue already lined up. But how …

University of Chicago

Step Into A Playfully Disorienting Pastel Digital Art World

The work of Blake Kathryn is full of rose gold impossibilities.<p>The bright colors in Blake Kathryn’s digital artworks draw you in first. The saturated colors make each piece feel futuristic— as if every work is a message sent from some other time or a parallel universe.<p>“By no means did the palette I …

The Devil Lives in Florida! We Saw His Den.

Apart from some other devilish entities I will not here name, Florida has its fair share of weirdness and oddities. Many are artificial, but this one is natural. The tiny town of Williston (less than 3,000 inhabitants) is famous for its peanuts and the festival that goes with it, but also for an …

Florida woman fights to keep pet alligator who wears clothes and rides on the back of her motorcycle

Mary Thorn is trying to keep her beloved and unusual pet, who she says is a 'local celebrity'<p>A motorcycle-riding alligator may seem like something out of a children's book, but this creature is very real, and lives in Flordia.<p>His owner, Mary Thorn, is fighting to keep him after Florida Fish and …

Weekend Science: Turn Your Smartphone Into a Microscope

Ahh, Sunday. Time for coffee, lounging around, and … microbes? Why not? The video above will show you how to make your own microscope so you can see …

Ronny Garcia: The Careful Planning of Surreal Imagery

<i>All images by Ronny Garcia. Used with permission.</i><p>Ronny Garcia is 26 years old, currently studying graphic and multimedia design, born in …

This Lake Turns Any Animal That Touches It Into Stone

Now if we were to tell you that there's a lake located deep in Tanzania that turns any animal that touches it into stone, you'd be forgiven for …

The incredible shrinking man: the photographer who gets a whole film into one frame – in pictures

Hiroshi Sugimoto photographed cinema halls – exposing his shots for the length of the film. The results are spectacularly eerie

Photography

How the World's Oldest Secret Society Is Becoming More Transparent

British Freemasons want to be interesting but not weird. So what's the truth about that famous handshake?<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>In 2017, British Freemasonry will celebrate its 300th birthday. The exact origins of the infamous secret society are still unknown. While the first …

How the Rivalry Between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton Changed History

<b>Correction appended, Feb. 16, 2016</b><p>Think Great American rivalries, and Lincoln-Douglas or LBJ-RFK or maybe even Bill Gates-Steve Jobs jumps to mind. …

Happy President's Day! These are the 15 smartest US presidents of all time

The top 15 who appear on this list were compiled by Libb Thims— an American engineer who compiles high IQ scores as a hobby — using the results of Simonton's study.<p>Because IQ scores weren't available for all of the presidents, Simonton estimated their scores based on certain personality traits …

Bill Clinton

Bad Day For Bacon: Processed Meats Cause Cancer, WHO Says

The World Health Organization has deemed that processed meats — such as bacon, sausages and hot dogs — can cause cancer.<p>In addition, the WHO says red meats including beef, pork, veal and lamb are "probably carcinogenic" to people.<p>A group of 22 scientists reviewed the evidence linking red meat and …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Immune System

Cherokee blood: Why do so many Americans believe they have Cherokee ancestry?

“I cannot say when I first heard of my Indian blood, but as a boy I heard it spoken of in a general way,” Charles Phelps, a resident of Winston-Salem …

‘This Is a Shock’: Scientists Put Mealworms on a Diet of Styrofoam and Were Surprised to See What Happened

Fifty years — that’s about how long it takes a plastic foam cup to decompose naturally in the environment.<p>New research though suggests that a tiny animal could do the work much faster, providing the first evidence that bacteria inside mealworm guts can degrade plastic materials.<p>The researchers at …

Mark Wahlberg Asks the Pope for Forgiveness on Behalf of Ted

“I’ve always hoped that the good Lord has a sense of humor, when it pertains to many of the movies that I’ve made.”<p>If <b>Mark Wahlberg</b> was going to seek divine forgiveness for one of his movies, you’d think it’d be <i>The Happening</i>, right? Maybe the <i>Entourage</i> movie? But no, Wahlberg was somehow forced to …

Hypersonic aircraft to go 5 times the speed of sound

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The U.S. Air Force aims to develop an unmanned flying weapon by 2023 that would travel at least five times the speed of sound and might transform the nature of warfare.<p>"The key thing is, hypersonics go really fast," outgoing Air Force chief scientist Mica Endsley told CNN …

Aviation

Silverback Gorilla Attacks After Little Girl Pounds Chest — Cracks Three-Inch Glass [Video]

A video clip shows the terrifying moment that an angry male gorilla, a silverback, charges angrily at a little girl and cracks the glass to his …

Deaths of 100 dolphins in Japan triggers speculation of earthquake

Expert plays down link between beached dolphins and earthquake after a similar incident in 2011, when 50 whales beached themselves on a nearby coast just six days before an earthquake<p>Virtually all the <b>156 dolphins that beached themselves</b>over the weekend on the coast of north-east <b>Japan</b> have died, …

Whales

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

In ‘The Sculptor,’ cartoonist Scott McCloud tackles mortality, love, art

<i>Cartoonist Scott McCloud, best known for the “Understanding Comics” series, talks about “The Sculptor,” his first graphic novel and his first work of</i> …