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Switzerland shocked by Muslim teens who refused to shake hands with female teachers

It's widespread practice for schoolchildren in Switzerland to shake the hands of their teacher at the beginning and end of each day. Now, one school's decision to exempt two children from this tradition – because the children are Muslim and their teacher is a woman – has caused a storm of …

NASA just released an incredible photo of Pluto’s frozen canyons

This time around, we get to see in detail some canyons on the surface, further evidence of tectonic activity on the dwarf planet billions of years ago.<p>The image, taken from a distance of 33,900 kilometers (21,100 miles), shows the north polar region of Pluto, with the North Pole labeled in the …

Mysterious 'Floating Hills' Of Pluto Revealed In New NASA Images

The hills of ice appear to be drifting in a sea of frozen nitrogen.<p>Pluto just keeps getting weirder.<p>NASA released new images last week of what the space agency described as "floating hills," essentially massive icebergs drifting in a sea of frozen nitrogen.<p>These hills, which can be several miles …

The Simple Way to Activate More Muscle During Your Favorite Exercises

If you can travel a little farther every rep, you can maximize your strength and muscle gains<p>This total-body muscle-building circuit includes the sumo deadlift, decline pushup, Bulgarian split squat, kettlebell swing, and calf raise.<p>You may have done the standard version of these movements …

Workouts

A new hideaway for the Loch Ness monster? Skipper claims to have uncovered deepest crevice yet

Retired fisherman uses sonar equipment to uncover new crevice nine miles east of Inverness, big enough to fit the phantom beast<p>It has evaded capture for years, with dozens of alleged sightings and endless speculation about its whereabouts.<p>But the hunt for the Loch Ness monster has just become even …

5 Things Not to Do When Running a Small Business

I’ve been a creative entrepreneur since 2005. My first design company was a partnership with my significant other. It was largely a freestyle …

7 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Universe To Put Your Ego In Check

It's time for a little perspective.<p>We are, as the saying goes, but a tiny speck.<p>And from time to time, it's important to put things into perspective. Or, as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson would tell you, have your mind blown.<p>Just consider for a moment that while Earth has an equatorial diameter …

Where Did These Hip-Hop Clothing Labels Go?

From FUBU to Phat Farm, Rocawear to Sean John, here's what happened to these once-hot early aughts brands.<p>For decades, rap music has served as the arbiter of what is in and hip for the urban community, especially when it comes to style. The 2015 documentary Fresh Dressed details fashion’s …

These maps show the world's insane population concentration in cities

In the simple map above lies a stark spatial imbalance: half the people in the world cram into just 1 percent of the Earth's surface (in yellow), and the other half sprawl across the remaining 99 percent (in black).<p>Data viz extraordinaire Max Galka created this map using NASA's gridded population …

Mexican marijuana farmers see profits tumble as U.S. loosens laws

He started growing marijuana as a teenager and for four decades earned a modest living from his tiny plot tucked at the base of these rugged mountains of western Mexico.<p>He proudly shows off his illegal plants, waist-high and fragrant, strategically hidden from view by rows of corn and nearly ready …

An amateur astronomer found something intriguing in the sky on Christmas Day

He made the discovery using the online Slooh observatory, whose telescopes are located in the Canary Islands. It was the second time Conseil had discovered a nova this way.<p>Slooh did a live broadcast of the galaxy and its "new star" on its webpage Tuesday afternoon, and will host a second show next …

The 10 best comics of 2015, plus one more | Polygon

Comics are great, so let's celebrate the best new comics of the past year<p>As Polygon wraps up each year with a look back at the best of film, television and music — oh, right, and games — our editors and writers come together to collaborate on those lists. The ranking becomes a mathematical and …

Graphic Novels

The U.S. Found The People Who Can Beat ISIS. The Only Problem Is Everyone Hates Them.

The Kurds who pushed ISIS out of Kobani seem like the perfect allies. If only it were that simple.<p>ISTANBUL, Turkey -- One day in the fall of 2012, Salih Muslim Muhammed walked into the boxy gray American embassy in Stockholm and applied for a U.S. visa.<p>At 61, with a thick mustache and bushy black …

Donovan McNabb Released from Jail: Latest Details and Comments

Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was reportedly released from jail Friday after serving 18 days for a DUI arrest in June.<p>TMZ Sports reported McNabb, who began his stay in jail shortly after Thanksgiving, will now be forced to serve 72 days of house arrest. He must also complete 30 hours of …

Football (U.S.)

Canada's top 8 spots to see spectacular fall colours

<b>The question</b><p>Where do I send visitors to see the best fall foliage in Canada?<p><b>The answer</b><p>I look forward to autumn – as my Brit background insists I call it – the way other Canadians revere summer. With its crisp temperatures, rewarding blue skies and rolling patchwork of flaming golds, pumpkin-oranges …

Train Horn Prank Turns Into The Funniest Arrest We Have Ever Seen!

<b>Train Horn Prank Turns Into The Funniest Arrest We Have Ever Seen!</b><p>While pranksters on the web these days will sometimes search far and wide to come …

Pranks

America is full of buildings named for people who were horribly racist. What should we do about it?

It’s hard to walk through Princeton University’s picturesque New Jersey campus without passing a tribute to former US president Woodrow Wilson, an alumnus and favorite son.<p>Students live and study in Woodrow Wilson College, where a mural of the grinning ex-president covers a wall in the dining hall. …

Australia's gun-control solution

Reutres<p>A man and woman dressed in tactical gear — what police called " prepared " — shot and killed 14 people on Wednesday at a Southern California center for the mentally disabled.<p>This massacre comes just five days after three people died at a shooting that targeted a Planned Parenthood. And it …

This lingerie brand for young women refuses to airbrush ads — and sales are soaring 21%

Aerie defied norms last year by abandoning photo retouching of its models.<p>The idea to use unretouched photos in ad campaigns dawned on the creative team as a way to appeal to young women.<p>"We definitely had a creative moment where the team got together, and we just said, 'really, what's happening …

How Europeans became tall and fair-skinned 8,500 years ago

When agriculture arrived in Europe some 8,500 years ago, humans didn’t simply adapt their lifestyles and eating habits, but also their genes.<p>Researchers, led by geneticist David Reich at Harvard Medical School, analyzed the DNA of 230 ancient humans who lived between 3,000 and 8,500 years ago and …

The greatest trick the satanists ever pulled: They may be truer to the words of Jesus than most Christians

The church is vital not just for its dogged pursuit of religious equanimity but how it exposes Christian hypocrisy<p>For those who think Christianity a fount of goodness and love, one of the more ironic images in recent weeks has been Christian youth loudly jeering a small group of Satanists who …

A playful scuffle of polar bears, crows feasting on fruit trees and mountain gorillas in the wild are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Wildlife

How Is It Possible That Galaxies Are Moving Away From Us Faster Than the Speed of Light?

According to Albert Einstein, the speed of light is an absolute constant beyond which nothing can move faster. So, how can galaxies be traveling …

First genetically modified salmon cleared to enter human food chain

The Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) in the US has approved production of the first gentically modified animal which will enter the food chain before 2018<p>The first genetically modified animal will enter the human food chain within two years after GM salmon was cleared for production in the US, …

Agriculture

Did the Kepler telescope just find the first signs of alien life?

A recent paper published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society describes a star more than 1,400 light years away that dims and glows in a strange flickering pattern. A number of theories have been suggested to explain why this might be happening, but one of them has gained outsized …

First look at the 'Harry Potter' prequel 'Fantastic Beasts' channels that old magic

Hungry for wands, stuffy spell books and elaborate magical alleys with complicated villain back stories? Never fear, the Harry Potter universe has returned with the new prequel film "Fantastic Beasts."<p>Entertainment Weekly has debuted a collection of stills for the "Harry Potter" prequel, "Fantastic …

Vitamin D Can Turn You Into Superman, Says Science

Vitamin D Can Turn You Into Superman, Says ScienceStaff Photo by Derek Davis: Monday, Nov. 10, 2008. Vitamin D Capsules. (Photo by Derek …

If The Characters On “The Walking Dead” Looked Like They Do In The Comics

Warning: There's a lot more amputation.

7 Small Ways You Cheat On Your Spouse Without Realizing It

<i>By Clayton Olson</i><p>Most of us think that cheating is the ultimate act of relationship betrayal.<p>But let's get real -- people don't just suddenly decide to trash their marriage vows like that out of nowhere. They don't go to bed 100 percent bed faithful and then wake up with adulterous morning …

Humans created a new top predator that's taking over the Northeast — and that's just one example of the evolution we're driving

Evolution, it turns out, isn't the long, invisible process we once thought.<p>Instead, it's happening all around us, all the time, and we are its primary drivers.<p>Numbers of the coywolf, a new hybrid of the coyote and the wolf, likely just topped a million.<p>By shaping landscapes, dumping pollutants into …