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DNA from Inca boy sacrificed 500 years ago shows how humans spread to South America

It sounds like something straight out of a "Hunger Games" novel: The rulers of a sprawling empire select beautiful children from throughout their vast territories and kill them in a ritualistic event to reinforce their power.<p>During the Inca civilization, which thrived in South America before the …

Pokémon Shuffle Is The First Official Pokémon Game For Smartphones

Gotta catch 'em all on iOS and Android<p>The Pokémon Shuffle mobile app has finally hit iOS and Android. The free-to-play title is the Pokémon first to start on a Nintendo gaming system and migrate over to iPhone and other popular smartphones.<p>While the Pokémon Company bringing a game to the mobile …

Pokémon

25 of the weirdest houses from around the world

Some dwellings are more unique than others. From domes to caves, treehouses to igloos, people across the globe live in unconventional houses.<p>Here are some of the strangest.<p><i>(An earlier version of this story was written by Christian Storm. Captions by Business Insider</i> and Reuters.)

Ivory Coast

'House of cards' theory of evolution wins big - Futurity

Which model of evolution works best? The "house of cards" theory applies "across vast evolutionary time—in yeast, worms, and flies," says Jeffrey …

Biology

Encode your own time

We, and the world around us, may have a more important role in determining our inner sense of time than we thought<p>Those split second decisions, made almost without thinking. When to put your foot on the pedal when you’re at the red light. When to check how those sausages are doing. Remembering to …

Neuroscience

The oldest medical journal in the US just backed same-sex marriage

New England Journal of Medicine to Supreme Court: recognize gay marriage<p>Same-sex marriage in the US just received the backing of one of the world's most well-respected medical journals. <i>The New England Journal of Medicine</i> published an editorial today outlining its position — a position that is, …

LGBTQI

Reg Spiers: the man who posted himself to Perth in a box

The epic 63-hour journey from London to Perth has been chronicled in a book by McSorley's wife and son titled <b>Out of the Box: The Highs and Lows of a</b> …

Sri Lanka

Google Earth Pro Is Now Available For Free

Today Google has announced that Google Earth Pro is now available for free. Google Earth Pro used to cost $399 per year. Google Earth is a geospatial software application that displays a virtual globe, which offers the ability to analyze and capture geographical data. Google Earth was created after …

Google Earth

New device allows deaf people to 'hear with their tongue'

Cochlear implants are expensive, invasive and are occasionally unsuitable for elderly patients - so scientists are working on a device which sends small electric shocks to the wearer's tongue and allows them to 'hear' sounds<p>Cochlear implants have had great success in restoring hearing to deaf …

Jet lag pill developed that fools body into thinking day is night

Experimental drug created by medical researchers manages to synchronise blood cells in a move that could help business travellers and millions who work nights<p>Scientists have invented a pill to reset the body clock and end the sleepless misery of millions of nightshift workers, frequent fliers and …

Jet Lag

15 Delicious Mug Snacks You Can Make In The Microwave

For your dorm room or anywhere else. Just make sure you don't share these with anybody.<p>Find more easy recipes at <b>SpoonUniversity.com</b> and stay in the loop by liking <b>Spoon on Facebook.</b>

Make Perfect Homemade Granola by Avoiding These Common Mistakes

Avoid these common mistakes to turn out perfect batches of golden-brown homemade granola every time.<p><b>Granola is the blank canvas of breakfast foods.</b> A simple base of oats and nuts plus a little oil or butter and your sweetener (hello, maple syrup) of choice, and you've just paved the way to dozens …

Breakfast

Fifty Shades of Grey Will Not Be Rated NC-17 After All

Big news for teenagers today: you’ll be able to (legally) see <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> in theaters! Yes, the M.P.A.A. ruled yesterday that the film will be receiving an R rating, as opposed to the NC-17 most had expected for the flick, given the, obviously, very racy subject matter. The organization …

Movies

Kids with this gene variant may be extra vulnerable - Futurity

A certain gene variant may signal that a child is particularly sensitive to his or her environment. Should this lead to personalized interventions?

Your Sugar Might Be Made With Animal Bones. Sorry, Vegans.

Marshmallows, beer and even some orange juices are not considered vegan foods. And, depending on one's definition of "vegan," neither are some sugars.<p>Refined sugar -- the kind that's added to coffee, cookie dough and cake batter -- is made from either sugarcane or sugar beets. The two have …

10:04 by Ben Lerner, review: 'I doubt I'll read a finer novel all year'

I read the first 70 pages of 10:04 sceptically. I had enjoyed Ben Lerner’s debut, Leaving the Atocha Station, in part because it did not outstay its welcome – it’s an autobiographical novel about a poet (like Lerner) who wins a scholarship to Madrid (as Lerner did) where he attempts to medicate …

Books

Scientists hope man with killer mutant gene who refuses to die will provide clues to cure disease

The new approach was turning genetics research on its head, said Dr Eric Schadt, director of the Icahn Institute, a medical research institute at …

Genetics

Lessons in Red Lipstick: Jeanne Damas and the Art of Instant French-Girl Beauty

For all its laissez-faire simplicity, achieving that elusive French-girl level of beauty demands a fairly complex lineup of prerequisites: a preternaturally glowing complexion, the staunch belief that blow-dryers are superfluous, a penchant for cutting your own bangs—and, of course, the ability to …

The World of Buttercreams: 6 Varieties to Try at Home

Let me start this lengthy guide with a very simple, but often overlooked, tip: don't ever serve buttercream—any kind of buttercream—cold. Don't do it! Why? Because cold buttercream is very, very firm, which makes it way less creamy and a whole lot more like you're just eating sweet cold butter. So …

The Simpsons at 30: the 40 funniest quotes

Men really are more stupid than women, research shows

It's official! Men really are stupider than women, accounting for 90 per cent of people who have died in foolish ways, according to the Darwin Awards<p>It's enough to start a new battle of the sexes, but when it comes to needless and untimely deaths, men win hands down.<p>A <b>20 year study of the Darwin</b> …

Nasa creates stars with interns' pop parody All About That Space

Meghan Trainor’s hit song All About That Bass has been given rocket boosters by a group of Nasa interns<p>Turns out, Nasa isn’t just OK at this space-exploration thing, the aeronautics agency is also a dab hand at musical parodies.<p>To help celebrate this week’s successful Orion mission-to-Mars practice …

9 Healthy Potato Recipes That Could Maybe, Possibly Help You Lose Weight

Everyone knows that starchy carbs cause weight gain, right? Maybe not in the case of potatoes, suggests a new paper by researchers at McGill …

Glow in the dark Harry Potter books go viral

Hungarian student Kincső Nagy's university coursework has become a hit after her pop-up, glow in the dark illustrations went viral<p>A student from Hungary is in "the middle of a storm" after <b>Harry Potter</b> book designs she made for her university coursework went viral.<p>Kincső Nagy, 26, an MA graphic …

Which weird science stories have proved to be a hit on social media?

How long chocolates survive on hospital wards, evidence of time travellers online and how sensitive dogs are to the Earth's magnetic field all feature in a list of this year's most shared scientific articles on social media<p>They were some of the stories that had us all thinking: 'Oh my God, really?' …

Billionaire bought James Watson’s Nobel prize medal in order to return it

Alisher Usmanov wants medal to remain with Watson and for money he paid for it to be donated to scientific research<p>The richest man in Russia and a major shareholder in Arsenal football club has come forward as the buyer of James Watson’s Nobel medal – declaring that he now plans to give the piece …