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15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

Why it's time for brain science to ditch the 'Venus and Mars' cliche

As hardy perennials go, there is little to beat that science hacks' favourite: the hard-wiring of male and female brains. For more than 30 years, I have seen a stream of tales about gender differences in brain structure under headlines that assure me that from birth men are innately more rational …

JK Rowling reveals she nearly killed off Ron Weasley

The Harry Potter author has confessed she considered giving red-haired Weasley the chop midway through writing the series<p>What would Hermione say? JK Rowling has revealed that she "seriously" considered killing Ron Weasley "out of sheer spite" while she was writing the Harry Potter series.<p>Although …

JK Rowling tells story of alter ego Robert Galbraith

JK Rowling chose her alter ego of Robert Galbraith by conflating the name of her political hero Robert F Kennedy and her childhood fantasy name "Ella Galbraith", the Harry Potter writer has explained on her alternative persona's official author website.<p>The author, who was outed last week as the …

You Can Now Enjoy Cole Sprouse In Comics Form Thanks To Riverdale

Comics<p>Comic Book News, Reviews, Previews, and Commentary. Get info on well-known characters and comic movies for real comic book fans.<p>Comics<p>An …

Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis talks new JK Rowling movie: There’s more to explore now.

Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, has revealed his thoughts on the Potter-inspired movie Fantastic Beasts …

Are You A Psychopath?

Photo: Jeff Blackler/Rex/REX USA.<p>A new week, a new study on the perils of social media. Today's frightening findings? Your Facebook profile might …

Nightwing: Prodigal Son (fan film)

Why must we accept the casual racism in pop videos?

Parenting website Netmums published a survey last week that highlighted huge concern over young children viewing – and perhaps imitating – moves in music videos. A predictable debate ensued: paternalistic/moralistic comment on one side and, on the other, those who'd have us calm down and just turn …

Study: Playing video games can increase brain size

Playing video games can increase brain volume in regions of the brain responsible for spatial navigation, strategic planning, memory and motor skills, according to a new study from research centers in Berlin.<p>The study, which appears in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, was conducted by researchers …

Extinct Megalodon, the largest shark ever, may have grown too big

A megalodon shark could grow up to 60 feet long and had a bite more powerful than that of a Tyrannosaurus rex.<p>LOS ANGELES — Megalodon, the most massive shark ever to prowl the oceans, may have gotten so big that it was prone to extinction.<p>For some mysterious reason, though the biggest and smallest …

Robyn Lawley: Why The Dangerous ‘Thigh Gap’ Trend Makes Me Mad

A disturbing trend online encourages girls to be so thin they can see a gap between their thighs. Model Robyn Lawley reacts.<p>“Thinspiration” has …

Skull of Homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray

The spectacular fossilised skull of an ancient human ancestor that died nearly two million years ago has forced scientists to rethink the story of early human evolution.<p>Anthropologists unearthed the skull at a site in Dmanisi, a small town in southern Georgia, where other remains of human …

Alan Taylor Says TERMINATOR 5 Is Inspired by BATMAN BEGINS

Asteroid 2013 TV135: doomsday again (yawn)

Head for the hills (although that won't save you). A number of lurid internet headlines today are heavily hinting at doom in 2032 because a 410-metre-wide asteroid could hit the Earth.<p>If it does, the reports say, it could create an explosion 50 times greater than the biggest nuclear bomb ever …

Sorry Stoners: Hemp Isn’t A Miracle Material After All

Most of us have long-suspected that hemp supporters were just marijuana supporters. Modern Farmer’s takedown of the crop proves it.<p>We all had that friend in college (heck, maybe “that friend” was even one of us). Hemp necklace. Hemp bracelet. A Grateful Dead T-shirt, even in the dead of winter. But …

Eminem Rap God Instrumental Remix - Hyperaptive (Official Video) [UK VERSION]

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What does the Earth look like from space?

How can a desert turn blue? And how can Penguins be spotted from thousands of miles away? As a new book reveals, satellites can change the way we see the world<p>"The view was magnificent. But I did not see the Great Wall of China," said Yang Liwei, China's first astronaut, adopting a nearly regretful …

Northern Territory

Yeti DNA: has the mystery really been solved?

Tales of the yeti, the "Abominable Snowman" of the Himalayas, have been recorded for centuries. Mountaineers tell of coming face-to-face with a hairy, ape-like creature that walks on two legs. There have been blurred photos and even the odd shaky home video. But no one has ever come close to …

'Yeti lives': Abominable Snowman is 'part polar bear and still roams the Himalayas'

Research by an University of Oxford scientist has found a genetic match between an ancient polar bear and samples said to come from the Yeti - suggesting the creature known as the Abominable Snowman is still living in the Himalayas<p>The Abominable Snowman in pictures<p>It is one of the world’s most …

Paranormal

Bright eyes, clean brains: sleep might scrub away gray matter waste

A new theory on why we need shut-eye<p>It's long been known that sleep, much like eating or breathing, is a vital process for humans and animals. Insufficient shut-eye in people impairs cognition, curbs energy levels, and has been linked to a bevy of illnesses. But while scientists have explored …

Scientist Reveals Abominable Snowman Is Really a Bear

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Atheism starts its megachurch: Is it a religion now?

<b>(Artur Bogacki via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>The non-religious Assembly is perhaps the fastest growing church in the world — and it’s coming to a mall near you<p>Katie Engelhart<p>September 22, 2013 10:59am (UTC)<p>Organized Atheism is now a franchise.<p>Yesterday, The Sunday Assembly—the London-based “Atheist …

A Haunted House That You Walk Through Naked?

Gold iPhone 5s sells for US$10k on eBay

<b>We assumed that the gold-coloured iPhone 5s would prove popular, but this is a little overboard.</b><p><i>Business Insider</i> has spotted that a recent eBay …

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

A mixing and matching game of life and death

Dan Davis's The Compatibility Gene tells the story of the discovery of a central component of the immune system, one that affects not only our ability to fight off disease, but also the success of transplant operations, pregnancies and, rather unexpectedly, brain development and possibly even mate …