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Mosquitoes and why they might be attracted to your blood more than the person's next to you

You accidentally leave the screen door open, and tragically realise — the mozzies are back.<p>Unprepared, you're left chasing them around the room …

How the flu kills: What happens when a person dies with influenza

An electron microscopy image of the flu virus. Photo: Rob Ruigrok/ UVHCI<p>It's been a shocker flu season that started early, peaked at record levels …

Turn on Your Phone's Kill Switch So It's Useless If Stolen

A stolen smartphone can ruin anyone’s day, though our smartphones’ built-in anti-theft software seems to be working, according to San Francisco …

San Francisco

Before We Say Goodbye to Winter: Frozen Niagara Falls

Before we say goodbye to winter let's remember the good times, the wonders that only weeks upon weeks of freezing temperatures can bring us. Let's pay tribute to one of the most visited natural spectacles in North America, and the beauty of its frozen sculptural white:<p>This <i>3 Minute Postcard</i> was …

Daily What?! What Are Those Numbers Counting in Union Square?

It’s been a centerpiece in Union Square now for 15 years, but it still bewilders many a passerby. No, these numbers don’t count the national debt or …

Then & Now: Remnants of the Vanderbilt Mansion in New York City

<i>Cornelius Vanderbilt II’s Mansion at 742-748 Fifth Avenue (between 57th and 58th Streets)</i><p>The rise and fall of the Vanderbilt family still pervades …

How to Enable Offline Maps in the Google Maps App

Guess what! Google Maps has a hidden offline feature that can be used anywhere.<p>It may be 2015, but Zuckerberg's mission to get the whole world on the Internet has yet to be fulfilled. Thankfully, Google Maps has a dark horse ready to ride us out of the Internetless-danger zones -- OK Maps. This …

The 7 Bra Myths You've Got to Stop Believing

It's time, don't you think?<p>We all wear bras, all day every day, and yet there are still <i>so</i> many contradictory facts about what's good and what's not. In fact, there's so much underthings-folkloregoing around that it's like our bras (which according to said folklore could very well be the wrong size) …

Successful El Capitan climber: Find your own Dawn Wall

<b>(CNN) —</b> Nineteen days. Three thousand feet of some of the hardest climbing in the world. And just their bare hands and sticky-soled shoes to get them up the granite-faced monster known as the Dawn Wall.<p>Many other people had climbed El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. None of them ever reached the …

Climbing

The Top 10 Secrets of NYC’s Ellis Island

Ellis Island is one of the requisite stops for visitors and residents alike in New York City. It was the entry point for over 12 million immigrants …

Daily What?! The World’s Largest Garnet Was Found in the NYC Subway

In 1885, a press sensation erupted over the discovery of the “Subway Garnet” or Kunz Garnet, as it is otherwise known, underground at West 35th …

Inside the World’s Largest Tiffany Clock at Grand Central Terminal

Join us for an upcoming tour of the secrets of Grand Central Terminal, which does not go into the clock but visits the hidden tennis courts and more: …

Your planet in 7 seconds: Arctic March

Arctic Ice

The Cold & the Beautiful: A Brief History of Arctic Exploration, Pt 2

The Arctic has called to us since before we even knew it was there. By turns beautiful and fearsome, serene and violent, vast and yet often …

North Pole

Abandoned NYC takes us into the abandoned Wyndcliffe Mansion, a house so grand it inspired the phrase Keeping up with the Jones': http://ow.ly/DXTUe

Inside the Abandoned Renaissance Theater and Casino in Harlem

<i>Currently abandoned interior of the Ballroom inside the “Rennie”</i><i><br>Source: AbandonedNYC</i><p>If you were to transport yourself back in time to Harlem in the …