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7 Important Things Science Has Learned About Dinosaurs Since "Jurassic Park"

The original movie came out 22 years ago this week, and a lot has changed since then. Spoiler: BIRDS ARE DINOSAURS.<p>Brian Switek writes in <i>My Beloved Brontosaurus</i> (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013):<p>It was a small theropod called <i>Sinosauropteryx</i> and had a coat of protofeathers that weren't enough for …

Look at These Creepy 'Spirit Photos' from the Early 1900s

A British hustler named William Hope used pre-photoshop editing techniques to create ghastly ghost photos that people believed were very real in the early 1900s.<p>In the early 20th century, a British guy named William Hope rose to prominence in Spiritualist circles because of his ability to allegedly …

New study claims to find genetic link between creativity and mental illness

Results imply creative people are 25% more likely to carry genes that raise risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. But others argue the evidence is flimsy<p>The ancient Greeks were first to make the point. Shakespeare raised the prospect too. But Lord Byron was, perhaps, the most direct of them …

Mental Disorders

Mother and Daughter Collaborate on Painterly Photographs that Capture the Beauty of Childhood

Minnesota-based photographer Caroline Jensen lives across two hundred acres of wide-open prairie on which she and her family roam freely amidst the …

Hitler flower painting to be auctioned for $30,000

The still-life watercolour was painted when Adolf Hitler was in his mid-twenties, and sold by his Jewish art dealer Samuel Morgenstern, who was later sent to the Lodz Ghetto<p>Anyone doubting the banality of evil would be wise to take a long look at this 1912 watercolour by <b>Adolf Hitler</b>, which is due …

Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic

Photograph: Unimedia/Barcroft Media<p>Passengers aboard Akademik Shokalskiy were successfully transferred by Chinese helicopter to the ice surface near Australian rescue ship Aurora Australis in …

Father Devises A 'Bionic Pancreas' To Help Son With Diabetes

An alarm sounds on Ed Damiano's night stand in the middle of the night. He jumps out of bed and rushes into his son's room next door.<p>His son, David, has Type 1 diabetes. The 15-year-old sleeps hooked up to a monitor that sounds an alarm when his blood sugar gets too low. If it drops sharply, David …

Cracks May Hint at Ancient Ocean on Pluto's Moon Charon

When NASA's New Horizons probe streaks past Pluto, scientists will be looking for cracks in the surface of its biggest moon, Charon, to figure out whether it was ever warm enough to maintain a subsurface ocean.<p>It seems hard to believe, considering that the surface temperature on Pluto and its moons …

This Japanese Dessert Looks Like A Water Droplet That You Can Eat

Have you ever wanted to taste your own tears, or eat something that looks like a breast implant? Well, now you (kind of) can.<p>This futuristic dessert looks like something out of a movie, or sort of what we imagine astronauts would eat for dessert in space. But this far out dessert actually comes …

Peach Dutch Baby Pancake with Cherry Compote

6 to 8 Servings<p>Think of this Dutch baby recipe as one gigantic, stress-free pancake.<p>August 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>Compote<p>1/4 cup honey<p>2 3' strips lemon peel<p>1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice<p>2 cups cups fresh (or frozen, thawed) cherries (about 1 lb.), stemmed, pitted, halved<p>Pancake<p>4 tablespoons (1/2 …

13 Tips to Perfect Your Landscape Photography

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer—and often the supreme disappointment.” – Ansel AdamsIn my opinion, landscape …

Landscape Photography

Nanoscale research may help preserve Leonardo da Vinci’s vanishing portrait

A famous red chalk on paper drawing, widely accepted as a self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, is rapidly deteriorating from the effects of years of …

Leonardo Da Vinci

D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now – interactive

Former naval officer Bernard Jordan returns safely to his nursing home after sneaking out to catch a ferry to Normandy<p>Published: 7 Jun 2014<p>UK veterans group will never again walk in their hundreds through the white rows of headstones of Bayeux war cemetery<p>Published: 6 Jun 2014<p>'I was the only one …

Conrad Jon Godly’s Mountain Paintings Drip from the Canvas | Colossal

<p>When looking at Swiss painter Conrad Jon Godly’s mountainous paintings, it takes a moment to truly appreciate the incredible skill behind what seems …

Google's Self-Driving Car Just Got Slightly More Real

They could have done worse: as of yesterday afternoon, the Google Self-Driving Car Project has made a concerted push into the public eye with the …

Draw My Left! No, No, My Other Left! A Hidden Bias In Art History Revealed

Look at this guy.<p>He is half-smiley, half-frowny. I drew the mouth carefully to make it equal parts sad and happy.<p>But when you look at him — take him in whole — would you say he's having a good day or a bad day?<p>Most people would say: good day. He seems a little more smiley than not.<p>That's because, …

Scientists uncover a secret of aging: Young blood helps restore elderly mice

A group of studies focused on properties of blood linked to rejuvenation, and human clinical trials are coming soon<p>Sarah Gray<p>May 5, 2014 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Three studies, two from Harvard and one from Stanford, track the miraculous ability of young blood to rejuvenate both mental and physical abilities in …

Gravitational waves discovery: 'We have a first tantalising glimpse of the cosmic birth pangs'

The sighting came from a small telescope on the roof of a laboratory sat on the ice sheet three quarters of a mile from the geographic South Pole. First came the rumours. But then researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics went public. Their telescope had spotted indirect …