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How far is the Earth from the moon? Take a look yourself

The distance between London, where I live, and Oxford, where I used to live, is about 100 km (or 60 miles). It takes about 90 minutes by car and about 120 minutes by bus. I can easily make sense of that distance.<p>Harder to consider: the distance between the Earth and the moon, which is 384,400 km …

Astronomy

California wildfires now larger than New York City and Boston combined

<b>(CNN) —</b> One week after the Thomas Fire exploded from a brush fire to a raging inferno, thousands of firefighters made some headway Monday in their struggle to contain it.<p>The blaze is larger than all of New York City and about 20% contained as of Monday evening, according to the fire protection …

California

31 Posts Guaranteed To Give You Nightmares

Good luck getting through the night after this one.

Outrank Your Competitors on Google with This 1 Simple Strategy

Don't let your low search ranking cause you to miss out on business opportunities. Show Google that your site is relevant by launching this strategy.<p>Search engine optimization has become a necessary component of any modern digital marketing plan. If potential customers cannot easily find your …

SEO

10 Little-Known Words You Need to Add to Your Vocabulary Right Now

Your vocabulary needs a little agerasia. Please trust me on that.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>As the dark parts of the day get ever longer, I find myself contemplating what's been lost.<p>And, of course, what's been overwhelming.<p>…

Robert Mueller

How To Quit the Toxic Behavior of Saying but Not Doing

Saying and doing are two totally different things, don't fool yourself.<p>You've made a big decision, whether it's to attend law school, run a marathon, finally start your own business or to buy a house, and you're proud of yourself. In your mind, you've already passed the bar exam, crossed the finish …

Condominiums

The Tsunami’s Wake

It was just after 10:30 a.m. when Noppasri Jailak received a panicked phone call from a neighbor about water surging through their street. The …

Natural Disasters

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs triggered a global disaster far worse than scientists previously thought

Fighters may prefer to land straight-on punches, but when it comes to asteroid and comets, scientists are discovering that angled strikes can be far more dangerous.<p>The dinosaurs had a rough go of it when a rogue space rock the size of a city struck Earth 66 million years ago, near what is now the …

How Nike's hijab sports gear is taking on Islamophobia and patriarchy

In March, when sports manufacturer Nike launched its “Nike Pro Hijab”, it made obvious business sense. What Nike - perhaps inadvertently ̶ has done, …

Religion

Wits SRC calls for ‘FeesMustFall’ shutdown Another installment of ‘FeesMustFall’ is set to take place at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). This after students took a decision on Thursday, to bring academic activities to a halt. The Economic Freedom Fighters-led Student Representative Council (SRC) held a mass meeting outside the Great Hall on Thursday, where it was agreed that a shutdown be set for Friday morning. Year end examinations are taking place at universities across the country. Following the students’ meeting, university management sent a letter issued out a letter on Thursday evening, assuring staff and students that examinations would continue on Friday.

Archaeologists Unearth ‘Grave of Giants’ in China

Researchers in China have uncovered the skeletal remains of an unusually tall group of individuals who lived in China’s Shandong province some 5,000 …

Anthropology

A rare 2,700-year-old water reservoir with ancient engravings was unearthed in Israel

According to Gilad Itach, director of excavations at the Antiquities Authority, the ancient reservoir - which had numerous engravings on its walls - was critical to the survival of local inhabitants living in the region during protracted dry seasons.<p>"It is difficult not to be impressed by the sight …

Dustin Hoffman Is Being Accused Of Sexual Harassment By An Intern Who Worked On ‘Death Of A Salesman

In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment and assault scandal, it’s become a time of reckoning for anyone in the entertainment or media business who has ever made inappropriate language or unwanted sexual contact in the workplace; those with skeletons in their closet are pretty …

Sexual Harassment

Video Shows Omarion Performing in Nearly Empty Venue in Namibia

Omarion—who's had some trouble getting his latest album released—is having trouble getting listeners to pay attention to him. The last time he made a …

South Africa

US court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Monday barred President Donald Trump's administration from proceeding with plans to exclude transgender people …

Rosie O'Donnell to Kevin Spacey You're Like Weinstein ... We All Knew!!!

<b>Rosie O'Donnell</b> is calling out <b>Kevin Spacey</b> for allegedly having a rep as a predator in Hollywood, akin to <b>Harvey Weinstein</b> ... saying everyone in …

Entertainment

Why pain can feel so good

For many people, the act of enduring pain is in fact quite pleasurable.<p>Think of those guys you see at the gym who are wrestling with heavy weights as …

Depression

I Went to an Orgasmic Meditation 'Turn-on,' and Things Got Intense

Last year, at a workshop titled Introduction to OM, I learned the practice of orgasmic meditation: Someone strokes the upper left quadrant of your clitoris for 13 minutes and then presses on your vulva to "ground" you for two minutes—all with no goal other than to be aware of your sensations in the …

Sept. 11, 2001: A Look Back in Pictures

10 'Bad' Habits That Are Actually Signs You're Smarter Than You Think

Not an excuse to be gross though!<p>Here's the thing about bad habits. Many of them can hurt you when taken to the extreme. But in small doses, those …

14 People Described Something That Happened To Them That They Still Can’t Explain, And Their Stories Are CREEPY

1.<p>When I was 12 our household helper went on a month long vacation. We hired a temporary helper, she was about 18 or so, from one of the provinces …

Press freedom declines in US and globally, report says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Press freedom in the United States and across the world is at its lowest point in 13 years, according to a new report by the independent watchdog group Freedom House.<p>The group makes its annual analysis based on the legal, political, and economic environment for journalists in the prior …

What Buddhism and Dark Comedy Have in Common

Comedians worth their salt know that neuroses, awkwardness, and dissatisfaction are often the best places to plumb for material. The Buddha knew it, …

Comedy

A Saudi man has been sentenced to death after insulting the prophet Muhammad on Twitter

The Saudi religious police had gotten word of Ahmad Al-Shamri's tweets and went to his door sometime in 2014.<p>He was accused of using social media to say disparaging things about Islam and the prophet Muhammad, according to activists. The charge: apostasy, a crime punishable by death.<p>But activists …

Human Rights

Review: Transgender ‘Street Children,’ Out on a Pier

The characters in some plays — generally the not-so-good ones — leave your consciousness almost as soon as you leave the theater. Others stay a while, or never leave at all. I’m confident that the three central characters in “Street Children,” an affecting and saucily funny new play by Pia …

People Tossed $1.5 Million Into Rome’s Trevi Fountain Last Year

If you’ve ever visited Rome, you’ve probably heard that the best way to ensure a return visit is by using your right hand to toss a coin over your …

Real Estate

Photographer Creates Brilliant Photo and Video Mashups of People, Places, and Everyday Objects

Atlanta art director and photographer Stephen McMennamy has created brilliant photo and video mashups of people, places, and everyday objects. An …

Black actors are too often overlooked. It’s even worse for other ethnic minorities | Andrew Rajan

As an ‘Asian’ actor, all the roles I’m offered are of racial stereotypes. If our history is ignored, no wonder ignorance and racism prevail<p>Recent research by the British Film Institute reveals that six out of 10 British films made in the past 10 years featured no named characters portrayed by black …

Acting

23 Genuinely Scary Horror Movies You Have To Watch This Halloween

It's not really Halloween unless you watch a scary movie.<p><i>Note: submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>