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The Inca Left Behind a Strange, 3D Code That Scientists Still Can't Figure Out

They communicated in multiple dimensions.<p>The Inca Empire (1400-1532 CE) is one of few ancient civilisations that speaks to us in multiple dimensions. …

Harvard

You Can Now Watch 10 Hours of Uninterrupted Footage of Life Below the Sea

Oceans are the largest habitat on our planet, and yet few people acknowledge its importance on a daily basis. In a bid to change this, BBC Earth has teamed up with OceanX Media to launch the <i>Our Blue Planet</i> project. The team aims to get “one billion people talking about our oceans” on Twitter by …

Whale Sharks

This "I'm On Vacation" Auto-Reply Email Is Freaking Brilliant

Why should you be burdened with digging through two weeks of emails the moment you get back?<p>it's hard or even impossible to relax on vacation when you constantly have to answer emails. (Is that a vacation, really?) That's why most people set an "out of office" email response, promising that you'll …

Productivity

What It's Like to Have Gender Dysphoria - them.

<i>In MAN-MADE, Chella Man, a 19-year-old queer, deaf, genderqueer artist, documents his journey transitioning on testosterone.</i><p>Dear cis people,<p>I am …

LGBTQI

Homemade Hummingbird Food - Sugar and Water Recipe

<b>How to Make Hummingbird Food from Sugar and Water</b><p>by Jane Lake<p>Bee balm, hollyhock, hibiscus, trumpet honeysuckle, clematis, impatiens, phlox, purple …

Birds

Need a pick-me-up? These Lin-Manuel Miranda tweets are pure love and joy.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a ray of light in a world that can sometimes (OK, often) feel like it's shrouded in darkness.<p>Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Husband of Dying Author Who Wrote Heartbreaking Dating Profile for Him Speaks Out 1 Year Later

It’s been more than a year since Chicago author Amy Krouse Rosenthal died from ovarian cancer on March 13, 2017, after penning a headline-making …

Dining Rooms

A 'Devastating' Earthquake Hit England, And The Brits' Reactions Are Typically Hilarious

An earthquake hit the north of England on Saturday. The UK, not known for its faultlines, only very rarely gets earthquakes, and when it does they're …

Earthquakes

This super clear video of a nearly perfect tornado is stunning

Mother nature is terrifyingly beautiful.<p>Storm chaser James Hammett caught footage of this tornado in Laramie, Wyoming. Driving along a highway, he …

Weather

People Who Say These 5 Words Have Very Low Emotional Intelligence

They mean the exact opposite of what you think. But only emotionally intelligent people understand why.<p>The words hit me like a hurricane: "I know how you feel."<p>They're right there on pages 80 and 81 of my colleague Justin Bariso's new book about emotional intelligence. They're simple words, and …

Emotional Intelligence

'Oceans 8' Shows Women Hitting Back At The System That's Long Been Scamming Them | HuffPost

Women's Fashion

I Photographed Different Types Of Dads

Father’s day is around the corner. This year in the United States of America we will be celebrating it on June 17th. I wanted to make a photo series …

InterAct

40+ Hilarious Pride Signs That Will Make Even Homophobes Laugh Out Loud

June is Pride month, with marches and festivals taking place in many places around the world. While the fight for freedom, acceptance and protection …

LGBTQI

Woman Shows How Easy It Is To Lose Weight By Making 20+ Genius Food Swaps

Losing weight is tough. It takes a lot of dedication, hard work and discipline to stay on track, especially with temptations all around. However it …

Nutrition

Japanese Compete To See Who Can Turn The Back Of Their Truck Into The Best Garden, And The Result Is Awesome

Gardening is increasingly becoming a luxury for the younger generation. As more people move to small apartments in the city, having a plot of land to …

Landscaping

20 Genius Solutions To Problems Every Car Owner Has

How to remove scratches, hide your cash, and cool down your steering wheel.<p><b>Read more:</b><p>• 21 Hacks For Cleaning Up Your Car You'll Be Mad You Didn't Know About Until Now<p>• 29 Things From Walmart You Never Knew You Needed For Your Car<p>• 22 Useful Little Tips That'll Actually Keep Your Car Clean And …

Cleaning

Killer whales spotted swimming off the Welsh coast

Killer whales have been spotted swimming off the coast of North Wales.<p>An eagle eyed member of the public managed to snap the beautiful mammals in …

Killer Whales

This Crazy, Cheap Technology Can Turn Carbon Dioxide into Fuel

Scientists are working on a new method for creating carbon-neutral fuel that sounds like science fiction.<p>It sounds a bit like an environmental dream: a factory that sucks carbon dioxide from the air itself (cheaply, too), and converts it into fuel that can be used for cars and planes. But it's an …

Carbon Dioxide

Sneaky plane luggage trick which could see you get your suitcase back first

It's a scenario most people have encountered when travelling.<p>You've all dutifully filed out of the plane, eager and ready to being your holiday, all …

Luggage

Irish Women in Record-Breaking Skinny-Dip for Cancer Charity

Cancer

Biologists Have Discovered an Underwater Octopus City And They're Calling It Octlantis

I, for one, welcome our cephalopod overlords.<p>At the end of last year, scientists discovered a small octopus city – dubbed Octlantis – a find that …

Zoology

The $2 Ingredient That Will Make Your Chicken Taste So Much More Flavorful

<i>"Of all the ingredients used in Italian cooking, none produces headier flavor than anchovies. … Chopped anchovy dissolving into the cooking juices of</i> …

Italian Food

Mister Rogers Is Back, When We Need Him Most

The new documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" explores the radical notion that someone this decent really was who he said he was.<p>“The greatest thing that we can do is to help someone know that they’re loved and capable of loving.”<p>Those words belong to Fred Rogers, the cardigan-clad television …

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Scientists Share The Terrifying Creatures They Found In 16,000 ft Deep Ocean, And We Almost Wish They Hadn’t

You don't need to go to space to explore places that no man has ever been to. Recently, an international team of scientists went on the world's first …

Oceans

Wedding Photographer Shares A Ridiculously Simple Photography Trick And The Results Are Stunning

If you haven’t yet mastered the inner workings of a camera, simple photography tricks can help you a great deal. Recently, wedding photographer …

Wedding Photography

Honey Bees Are the First Insect Known to Grasp the Concept of Zero

By giving bees visual math quizzes, scientists discovered that these insects know a null set when they see one.<p>Despite their small brains, bees are capable of complex behavior, such as solving puzzles and learning skills through imitation. Now, researchers have discovered that honey bees also grasp …

Insects

The FBI wants you to factory reset your router. Here's how to do it

Good news, everyone! Remember that FBI reboot-your-router warning in response to Russian malware VPNFilter? Turns out it's worse than originally thought, and a lot more people are going to need to do a lot more than just reboot their routers.<p>According to a new report from security firm Cisco Talos, …

Wi-Fi

"Mind-boggling" Stanford research turns human blood cells into functional neurons

In breakthrough new research described as "somewhat mind-boggling," a team at Stanford University has developed a technique than can transform human …

Neuroscience

Doctors hail world first as woman’s advanced breast cancer is eradicated

A woman with advanced breast cancer which had spread around her body has been completely cleared of the disease by a groundbreaking therapy that harnessed the power of her immune system to fight the tumours.<p>It is the first time that a patient with late-stage breast cancer has been successfully …

Cancer

The Wild Life of Suze Randall, Playboy's Legendary Photographer

A rare insight into the secret world of the 72-year-old pornographer from London who charmed her way to the top.<p>A stuffy male interviewer asks a woman who looks just like Marilyn Monroe if all the filth she has written about herself is true. The mischievous look answers first. "Yes, it's true. …

Hyde Park