Lisa McWilliam

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What Happened When One Woman Had Her Picture Photoshopped In 25 Different Countries

"Make me look beautiful.”<p>That's what Esther Honig asked 40 photo editors to do -- in over 25 countries. Using the service-sharing site Fiverr, Honig, a human interest reporter, sent a picture of herself to be photoshopped around the world to see just how much cultural values are applied to …

Photoshop Experiment: 1 Photograph, 27 Countries, 27 Definitions of ‘Beautiful’

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and if journalist Esther Honig has proven anything with her fascinating Photoshop project <i>Before & …

Stonehenge was the work of cowboy builders, historian claims

Stonehenge was erected by cowboy builders and was as much 'a triumph as a catastrophe', an expert in paganism claims<p>Stonehenge was constructed by prehistoric “cowboy builders” who may have left the job half finished, according to a leading historian.<p>Professor Ronard Hutton said the building of …

Khat ban: Why is it being made illegal?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1086000/1086437_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522534189_3a84ede6b73cc74c46fa88ef6261586e<p><b>The leafy plant khat, which acts as a stimulant when chewed, is about to become a banned class C drug in the UK. But how big a problem is it and why are</b> …

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WATCH: The Science Behind the World's Biggest Wooden Roller Coaster

Your brain wants nothing to do with roller coasters—and for a wonderfully simple reason: your brain would very much like you to stay alive. So …

Roller Coasters

Rare Fossil 'Mona Lisa' Meteorites May Be Evidence Of Ancient Cosmic Collision

They're being likened to the Mona Lisa -- four fossil meteorites that may be linked to an ancient cosmic crash in the early universe.<p>Dr. Philipp Heck, curator of meteorites and polar studies at the Field Museum in Chicago, made the comparison to the iconic Leonardo da Vinci portrait -- and not …

Scientists At Yale May Have Discovered The Cure For Alopecia Universalis

Someone tell George Costanza to quit using Jerry Seinfeld’s phone to call China, because some scientists at Yale may be putting hair restoration scam artists out of business. According to Yale News, a 25-year old man with alopecia universalis had been the subject of an 8-month trial to test …

Singing the Methane Blues

While everyone else is watching the steadily increasing carbon dioxide levels reach and exceed 400 parts per million (0.04 percent of the atmosphere), another group of scientists have been fretting over the Second Greenhouse Gas: methane.<p><i>A big part of the methane problem! (Credit: BiasedBBC)</i><p>Methane …

Climate Change

Growing up in the world's largest refugee camp | Somalia

One day in 1991, gunmen from the Hawiye clan attacked my father's shop in Qoryooley, a city in southern Somalia. When my father, who belonged to one of the main clans fighting the Hawiye escaped, he told us we had to flee. My parents later told me that gunmen from a coalition of clans had killed …

19 Year Old Develops Machine To Clean The Oceans Of Plastic

Plastic might be a cheap, versatile and useful material, but it’s also an environmental disaster. We produce around 300 million tons of plastic per …

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Q&A: Creating Global Wi-Fi--With Balloons

How Mike Cassidy of Google's Project Loon wants to get internet airborne.<p>Mike Cassidy works at Google X, the company’s self-described <i>moonshot factory,</i> as the leader of Project Loon. His team’s goal is to deploy a global network of thousands of Wi-Fi–connected balloons that will provide affordable …

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Spanish 'Pit of the Bones' yields 17 remarkable early human skulls | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The name of the cave may sound bleak - Sima de los Huesos, Spanish for “Pit of the Bones” - but the site in northern Spain’s Atapuerca mountain range is providing a wondrous peek into a remote period in the history of early humans.<p>An undated picture shows Skull 17 from the …

How eating broccoli could help protect us from air pollution

New research suggests a compound in the vegetable might cause us to expel toxic chemicals<p>The average adult inhales over 3,000 gallons of air every day. That's a lot of air, and in these smoggy times, it's a given that it contains toxic substances that we'd rather keep outside of our bodies.<p>One such …

A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.14.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>It’s a question that’s perplexed …