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Pipe dreams: can 'nano apartments' solve Hong Kong's housing crisis?

The city with the world’s tiniest and costliest living spaces may soon convert drainpipes into homes. The aim is to get young people on the property ladder – but how small is too small?<p>“Both indoors and out, life in Hong Kong can feel pretty suffocating at times,” says 39-year-old finance worker …

Hong Kong

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Science Fiction

The Roman dead: new techniques are revealing just how diverse Roman Britain was

Our knowledge about the people who lived in Roman Britain has undergone a sea change over the past decade. New research has rubbished our perception …

Archaeology

11 Simple Changes That Help Your Body Burn More Fat

Looking at our culture, it doesn't take long to see how obsessed we are with dieting and working out. We all want to be at a healthy weight in order …

Wellness

Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.

James Priest couldn’t make sense of it. He was examining the DNA of a desperately ill baby, searching for a genetic mutation that threatened to stop her heart. But the results looked as if they had come from two different infants.<p>“I was just flabbergasted,” said Dr. Priest, a pediatric cardiologist …

Genetics

How Tree Trunks Are Cut to Produce Wood With Different Appearances and Uses

As wood is one of the most widely-used materials in the world, architects are accustomed to being able to easily obtain sawn wood at a nearby store. …

Woodworking

An Incredible Fossil Just Changed What We Know About The Split of Pangaea

Earth's super-continent lasted longer than we thought.<p>A 130-million-year-old fossil has revealed that the ancient super-continent Pangaea may have …

Paleontology

An Advanced Civilization Could Have Ruled Earth Millions of Years Ago, Says the Silurian Hypothesis

Have you ever wondered if a different animal would evolve to have human-level intelligence, long after humans have passed away from this planet? We …

Ancient Civilization

‘It’s like an itch that I have to scratch’: F***boys and F***girls explain why they do what they do

<b>Ever wondered what goes on inside the mind of a f***boy?</b><p>When you’re dating one, it can be close to impossible to know where you stand or what they’re …

Relationships

Violence, rebellion and sexual exploitation: the darker side of ancient Rome

The Roman elite may have prided themselves on their dignity and honour, but - as Harry Sidebottom reveals - the ancient city of Rome was a hotbed of …

Ancient History

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind – Quartz

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.<p>If you met him socially, Rovelli wouldn’t assault you with abstractions and math to …

Equations

9 Unexpected Ways To Clear Negative Energy From Your Life That Actually Work

When your life gets clouded with negative energy, it can be hard to see through it. It can feel like there's an all-encompassing fog that's never …

Self-help

How to avoid being kidnapped abroad (by someone who was)

Most of my friends roll their eyes these days if I mention the time I was kidnapped while reporting in Somalia.<p>For one thing, they've heard the story far too often, and for another, very few had much sympathy for me in the first place. After all, I'd gone there in the hope of interviewing Somali …

Africa

Details Emerge About 'Smallville' Star Allison Mack's Alleged 12-Year Involvement With Sex Cult

It seems like cults, and the celebrity names who get caught up on them, are a pretty recurring theme in Hollywood. Former <i>Smallville</i> star Allison Mack …

Crime

'Surprising' study suggests exercise may make dementia worse

Exercise does not slow down mental decline and may even make dementia worse, a new study suggests.<p>Oxford University found that people with mild to moderate dementia who went to the gym twice a week for up to 90 minutes went downhill faster than those who abstained.<p>Although the difference between …

Dementia

Former worker of Area 51 Talks about the Aliens, Stargate and the Cube of Orion

<b>Dan Burisch, Ph.D. in microbiology and former worker of the secret military forces of the United States, details great puzzling information about</b> …

Paranormal

Ancient fish species discovered in Nova Scotia, opens door for future research

A species of fish that lived 350 million years ago has been discovered in Nova Scotia, casting new light on a little-understood time period.<p>The …

Paleontology

Thracian Treasure Chest

<b>"The Thracians are</b> the most powerful people in the world, except, of course, for the Indians,” wrote the fifth-century B.C. Greek historian …

Archaeology

Arizona’s mysterious clock of ancient times

Like clockwork, a recently discovered Arizona rock art calendar marks the passing of the seasons.<p>All day the sun had been hiding behind clouds, but Kenneth Zoll wasn’t worried.<p>Standing in front of panels of rock art carved nearly a millennium ago, the researcher pointed to petroglyphs of snakes, …

Archaeology

Someone, somewhere, is making a banned chemical that destroys the ozone layer, scientists suspect

Emissions of a banned, ozone-depleting chemical are on the rise, a group of scientists reported Wednesday, suggesting someone may be secretly manufacturing the pollutant in violation of an international accord.<p>Emissions of CFC-11 have climbed 25 percent since 2012, despite the chemical being part …

Climate Change

This Push-Up Challenge Will Make You So Much Stronger

Finally master the mechanics of this notoriously challenging full-body burner. Then take things up a notch.<p>Build Your Foundation<p>Nailing perfect …

Workouts

Steve Jobs' secret for eliciting questions, overheard at a San Francisco café

Last month I was enjoying the remarkably good crab cake and poached eggs at Just for You Café in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood, when I overheard a mentoring session taking place at the next table. I recognized the mentor as the famous, 50-something ex-CEO of a household-brand internet …

Silicon Valley

What Is a Sociopath? Signs and Behaviors

The term "sociopath" is often used loosely in media and pop culture. But despite being frequently lumped together with psychopaths as likely …

Psychology

Fossilized Pre-Human Creature Dated to 3.67 Million Years Old

Scientists have announced an earlier time frame than previously estimated for the lifetime of an early proto-human dubbed Little Foot — as much as …

Paleontology

This Ancient Map Challenges The Entire Human History - Mysterious Times

The baffling Piri Reis Map of 1513: It showed Antarctica centuries before discovery, but without its ice cap<p>Late in 1929, Gustav Deissmann, a German …

Maps

THE CIA DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS CONFIRMS EXTRATERRESTRIAL ACTIVITY ON OUR PLANET

Having a glimpse into the latest declassified UFO files and high ranking government officials statements, we are witnessing how UFO phenomenon all of …

Paranormal

Historic discovery: Archaeologists find the 12th Dead Sea Scrolls cave

<b>According to reports, archaeologists have made a historic discovery as they have found the 12th Dead Sea Scrolls Cave, once home to the ancient</b> …

Archaeology

Remains of ancient Roman horse found at Pompeii in dig started by tomb raiders

Archaeologists have made an unusual discovery at Pompeii – the remains of a carbonised horse which died when the ancient Roman city was engulfed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius 2,000 years ago.<p>The horse was found in the remains of a large Roman villa, which tomb raiders had been excavating illegally …

Archaeology

The Top 2 Archaeological Finds of All Time

The Rosetta Stone<p>The Rosetta Stone, which Napoleon's troops found in 1799, was really the first and greatest archaeological find because on it were …

Archaeology

A New Study Has Shown The Oldest Hand Axe, And Remains Of A Fire In Europe Date Back Over 800,000 Years Ago

The hand axe and remnants of a fire were discovered hidden in a rock shelter in the southeastern region of Spain.<p>In the southeastern region of Spain, …

Archaeology