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About the Manchester Bee

Bees have been a heavily symbolic animal since ancient times, particularly noted as representations of hard work, diligence and industriousness. …

Manchester Bombing

Former Granada Studios to reopen as TV and film space

Full screen in popup<p>1/6<p>Manchester’s iconic Granada Studios (pictured above) – home to <i>Coronation Street</i> and seminal TV shows such as <i>University</i> …

City Politics

“I Was Devastated”: Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

Berners-Lee has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. But he’s got a plan to fix it.<p>“For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on <i>top</i> of it,” Tim Berners-Lee told me one morning in …

Privacy

This Is How Much Dark Matter Passes Through Your Body Every Second

The Universe, despite all the planets, stars, gas, dust, galaxies, and more we find within it, doesn’t quite add up. On the largest cosmic scales, we find the same story everywhere we look: there isn’t enough matter to account for the gravitational effects we observe. Matter clumps into a cosmic …

Dark Matter

11-Year-Old Nigerian Artist Is Gaining International Attention for His Incredible Drawings

Though Kareem Waris Olamilekan (known also as <b>Waspa</b>) describes himself as a “bitty artist,” his dreams are anything but small. At just 11 years old, the talented Nigerian artist has already attracted international attention and set a big goal for himself: to see his amazing <b>lifelike</b> <b>portraits</b> on the …

Drawing

The entire planet could literally be fueled by star power as soon as 2030

Your electric bill could end up being obsolete if one company succeeds at harnessing the energy of superhot plasma with a mega-reactor that could …

Energy

Man Rescues 'Stray' Kitten — Then Realizes She's Not What She Seems

She kept making a noise that was “not like a normal ‘meow’” ...<p>Jared Allen Yost works for a landscaping company in Minnesota — but he’s first and …

Rehabilitation

30 Dogs Who Are Having The Very Best Time On Take Your Dog To Work Day

"WHO PEED ON MY I-9 FORM?!"

Pets

Why Do Cats Like Boxes?

Cats and boxes: never has there been a better match since peanut butter and jelly. They <i>just go together</i>, right? Anyone who knows the feline mind can …

Pets

Let Photos Of Cats High On Catnip Be A Light In This Dark, Dark World

Cats acting the fool will always put a smile on your face.<p>We usually think of cats as graceful, sophisticated creatures. But give them a little catnip, and they can become straight-up goofballs.<p>It’s a hilarious incongruity that professional cat photographer Andrew Marttila has captured in his new …

Pets

The 9 Best Hotels in Kyoto to Book in 2018

Kyoto: the mere name conjures up images of ancient temples, pink cherry blossoms, elegant geishas and zen gardens. As the symbolic heart of Japan — …

Japan

Why your body jerks before you fall asleep

If you have ever wondered why people’s arms and legs twitch suddenly as they are drifting off to sleep, our resident psychologist Tom Stafford has the answer.<p>As we give up our bodies to sleep, sudden twitches escape our brains, causing our arms and legs to jerk. Some people are startled by them, …

Sleep

This Is The Best Cheesecake Recipe Ever

The Three Cities of Spain Cheesecake is the best cheesecake recipe, period. It was the first cheesecake I ever baked, straight out of my mom's fresh …

Dessert

That Time I Let Myself Be Taken Captive—Because I Didn’t Want to Be Rude

<i>[Illustrations by Maggie Chiang]</i>“<i>I am so so sorry Mum. In case I am dead and you find this, it was a guy in a white car. The side mirror and the</i> …

20+ Hilarious Cat Snapchats That Will Leave You With The Biggest Smile (New Pics)

Cat Snapchats are baaaack! Yeah, we've done plenty before (here, here, and here for example), but they are just too good to stay away from! As long …

This Is Why Physicists Think String Theory Might Be Our 'Theory Of Everything'

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Quantum Mechanics

Guy Goes To His Bedroom To Grab A Sweater, Finds A Cat That Just Gave Birth Instead, And The Cat Isn’t Even His

There might be a portal inside London-based filmmaker Paris Zarcilla’s room. That or cats are incredibly sneaky creatures. Whatever the reason is, …

What's the Absolutely Amazing Theory of Almost Everything?

The Standard Model. What a dull name for the most accurate scientific theory known to human beings.<p>More than a quarter of the Nobel Prizes in physics …

This Man Has Been Creating Cat Cartoons For Over 20 Years, And Here Are 40 Of The Best Ones

As much as we spend time with cats, they still sometimes are a true mystery to us humans. To explain what life with these furry creatures is all …

15+ Photos That Prove Japan Is Not Like Any Other Country

You might know Japan as home to anime, sumo wrestlers and Cherry blossoms but What about all of their extremely innovative toilets? Have you ever …

Why the extraordinary story of the last slave in America has finally come to light

“We stand as living monuments,” wrote the historian Len Garrison, of the black British descendants of slavery and empire. “For those who are afraid of who they must be, are but slaves in a trance.” For Garrison, the idea of the African diaspora as “living monuments” was to some extent figurative. …

Black History

Paws please! World's nicest dog politely requests owner's attention by repeatedly tapping her computer

• <b>A Shar Pei dog named Ava has gone viral for tapping her owner's computer</b>• <b><br>The clip shows the loyal puppy politely asking for her owner's attention by</b> …

The strangest (and tastiest) ways people drink coffee around the world

Americans love coffee – and for good reason. It reportedly has a host of health benefits (that is, if it doesn’t cause cancer); in some ways, it …

Quantum Experiment Shows How “Time” Doesn’t Exist As We Think It Does (Mind-Altering)

“We choose to examine a phenomenon which is impossible, absolutely impossible, to explain in any classical way, and which has in it the heart of …

The Strava map of the runner who made a 67-mile heart around Manchester

This incredible marathon runner ran a 67-mile heart-shaped route around Manchester to honour those who lost their lives in the Arena attack.<p>Filmmaker …

Edward Lorenz and the Butterfly Effect

Edward Norton Lorenz (1917-2008)<p>On May 23, 1917, American mathematician, meteorologist, and a pioneer of chaos theory <b>Edward Norton Lorenz</b> was born. …

Everything Stephen King Thinks You Need To Know About Writing

Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers of our generation. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and if nobody has told you yet, …

Trees May Have a "Heartbeat"

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Why Do Dogs Shake? Why Is My Dog Shaking? — American Kennel Club

When it comes to communication, dogs are significantly better at interpreting our body language than we are theirs. Humans rely on verbal language …

Pets

Moist Chocolate Espresso Cake Recipe

This Italian moist chocolate espresso cake is so rich, creamy, and chocolatey! If you like chocolate desserts then this cake definitely deserves your …