Josie Serpan

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Face of 9,500-Year-Old Man Revealed for First Time

Digital tools help researchers reconstruct the Neolithic man inside the famed Jericho Skull.<p>Researchers have reverse-engineered the ancient ritual practice that created one of the British Museum's most important artifacts—the Jericho Skull—revealing the face of a man whose remains were decorated …

Archaeology

Emotech shows off Olly, the most likable personal assistant around

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of devices you can talk to to make them do stuff. That’s all good and well, but apart from talking back to you, they don’t really seem to care about you all that much. Emotech takes a different tack with Olly, adding personality and giving the assistant a physical …

23 Funny Historical Letters to Santa

At the end of the 19th century, illustrator Thomas Nast popularized our current version of Santa Claus: a fat, jolly man with a white beard and a red …

15 Psychological Conditions Named After Literary Characters

If you’re a chemist and you make a crucial discovery, chances are they’ll name the particle or compound after you. But psychologists have always had …

5 of the Shortest Reigns in History

It’s tough at the top. History is littered with thwarted monarchs, quashed queens, and unlucky emperors. Many leaders reached power only to have it …

15 Shimmering Questions About Glitter, Answered

Everyone has feelings about glitter. Unicorns bathe in the stuff. Six year olds dream about it. It’s essential to Pride parades, a weapon of social …

TV

15 Tips from Famous Authors to Help You Finally Write That Novel

When setting out to write, it’s hard not to compare yourself to those classic authors whose work has endured for hundreds of years. Don’t let the …

The Mysterious Case of the Skeleton in the Cylinder

Around 1941, the Germans dropped a bomb on a street in Liverpool, exposing among the rubble a watertight metal cylinder about 6.5 feet long. For …

LGBTQI

Beautiful Double-Exposures Reveal Long-Standing Trauma

These portraits of Canadian Indigenous survivors are haunting.<p>At face value, Daniella Zalcman's new book, <i>Signs of Your Identity</i> explores the deep trauma that residential schools inflicted on the Indigenous students who were forced to attend them in Canada throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The …

Residential Schools

Revisiting The Anthropology of Trump: Ethnography and the Power of Culture

Two days ago the election of Donald J Trump as our 45th President shocked millions of Americans. How could a man so seemingly ignorant of foreign affairs or, for that matter, the workings of government, become the most powerful person in the world? How could so many scholars, pundits, and big data …

15 Perfect Metaphors Hidden in Word Etymologies

It's human nature to conceive of abstract ideas through more immediate, concrete experiences—which is to say, through metaphors. Most of the words we …

Language

7 Mesmerizing Animations To Help You Take A Deep Breath

For anyone who might be stressed today.

10 Intentionally Deformed Skulls From Around the World

The practice of intentional cranial deformation is perhaps best known from Mesoamerica. But deliberately reshaping the skulls of infants when their …

Here's What Your Favorite Disney Villains Would Look Like In Real Life

Being bad has never looked so good.

This Explorer's Corpse Has Been Trapped in Ice for More Than a Century

You may know the sad story of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, the British explorer who aimed to be the first to reach the South Pole—only to arrive in …

Royal Family

15 Mummies You Can See Around the World

Many regular travelers seek out their favorite series of landmarks to visit—every national park, every art museum, or every state. For the more …

The Forgotten History of Russia’s California Colony

From Sacramento to Los Angeles, Spain’s colonial fingerprints are plain to see throughout present-day California. But did you know that in the 18th …

Why Are Women Sad?

Society is all too ready to link women's problems to madness.<p>A curious fact: In Spain, where I am from, two out of three prescriptions for psychopharmaceutical drugs (such as anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants) are written for women. In the US, a report found that more than one in four …

Mental Health

21 Steamy Book Quotes That Will Make Your Heart Race

Not safe for reading in public.<p>We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed community to share the sexiest lines they've ever read in a book.<p>Here are some of the most heart-racing responses:<p>1. "Their bodies had met in perfumes, in sweat, frantic to get under that thin film with a tongue or a tooth, as …

Books

11 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Aquariums

Earth is nicknamed “the blue planet” for a reason—lakes, rivers, and oceans cover around 71 percent of its surface. Aquariums help us connect with …

Barnes & Noble

#FieldWorkScares Showcases Science’s Terrifying Side

It’s not all white coats and Erlenmeyer flasks. Scientists risk their shoes, their pants, and often their lives in the field in order to get the data …

Beyond “Buffalo buffalo”: 9 Other Repetitive Sentences From Around The World

Famously, in English, it’s possible to form a perfectly grammatical sentence by repeating the word <i>buffalo</i> (and every so often the place name <i>Buffalo</i>) …

Language

The Mysterious English Sweating Sickness

Cold chills. Throbbing head. Muscle aches. Fatigue. The sweats. If you experienced those symptoms today, you’d probably just regret putting off your …

24 Everyday Things You Never Knew Even Had A Purpose

You're using everything incorrectly. Not anymore.

To Make a Tiger Photo-Ready, Just Spritz Some Perfume

Not everyone has what it takes to be a model, but wildlife photographers face a different problem entirely—their subjects don’t even know they’re …

Cats

15 Incredible Things Revealed by Extreme Weather

High waves, violent winds, and extreme droughts can wreak terrible destruction—but they can also uncover amazing treasures. Severe weather has …

Space Science

15 Overlooked Facts about Rosalind Franklin

English chemist Rosalind Franklin was a brilliant and dedicated scientist, but unfortunately, she is best known for the honor denied her: the 1962 …

28 Underused Words You Really Need To Start Using

From absquatulate to vituperative, via Word Warriors.<p>For more underused words, visit the word warriors site.

4 Unofficial Rules Native English Speakers Don't Realize They Know

The BBC’s Matthew Anderson tweeted about a rule that “English speakers know, but don’t know we know.” It was a screen grab of a passage from Mark …

Q&A: Alex Hirsch and Rob Renzetti on Gravity Falls Fandom

Though the animated series and cult hit <i>Gravity Falls</i> wrapped in February after just two seasons, the show's devoted following is more dedicated than …