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Samsung Rumored to Launch Fully Bendable Smartphones in 2017

Smartphone maker and display manufacturer Samsung is believed to launch a pair of smartphones in early 2017, each with a bendable OLED display. According to people familiar with the smartphones' development (via <i>Bloomberg</i>), the two devices could be unveiled as early as Q1 2017 -- potentially at …

9 mythical-looking animals that actually exist in the wild

Nature

A Thousand Hours of Early Jazz Records Now Available Online

It’s easier than ever to indulge in a passion for old-school jazz. For instance, you can listen to 1000 hours of jazz recordings released from 1921 …

Typography

19 of America's most surreal travel destinations

From massive underground caves to rainbow-clad natural formations, the country is teeming with breathtaking spots that leave travelers in awe.<p>We've put together a collection of 19 such sights to visit in the US, from the world's largest gypsium dunefield to shimmering ice caves hidden within a …

National Parks

A 12-year-old girl just aced one of the hardest IQ tests in the world, rivaling Einstein and Mozart

How many different ways could you combine three numbers below to add up to 60?<p>2 3 5 10 15 20 25 50*<p>Lydia Sebastian knows the answer.<p>In fact, the …

6-foot alligator removed from south suburban home

A 6-foot alligator was removed from a south suburban home last week, state and local officials confirmed Friday.<p>Police Chief Dennis Murrin Jr. said the incident was a first for Lansing.<p>"In 25 years, I've never had anything like it," he said.<p>Murrin said the village's animal control officer called in …

Sarah, the world’s fastest captive cheetah, put down

Big cat, which was recorded hitting a top speed of 61mph, put to sleep by Cincinnati zoo because of her diminished quality of life<p>Sarah, the world’s fastest captive cheetah which was once recorded running at 61mph, has been put to sleep at Cincinnati zoo.<p>The decision to put down the 15-year-old …

The magic of cinema unlocked one man’s coma-bound world

An Alfred Hitchcock film helped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years. The discovery shows that neuroscience may still have lots to learn from the ancient art of storytelling, says Tom Stafford.<p>If brain injury steals your consciousness then you are in a …

The Brain

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Paleontology

6 awkward conversation topics for Obama, Xi

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Washington on Thursday for his first official state visit, and his interactions with President Barack Obama are sure to include some awkward conversations.<p>Xi will be welcomed to the White House at two dinners -- a smaller dinner on Thursday …

China

Do Babies Know When They're Skyping?

Grandparents, take heart! Research suggests your little dumplings know they're interacting with you in a way that's more profound than watching Sesame Street.<p>Long before most babies toddle or talk, they begin to make sophisticated inferences about the world around them. By as young as 3 months old, …

Pediatrics

The “five-second rule”—a scientist evaluates whether your eating habits could make you sick

When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up within five seconds? This urban food myth contends that if food spends just a few seconds on the floor, dirt and germs won’t have much of a chance to contaminate it. Research in my lab has focused on how food and food …

E.coli

How Sound Shaped The Evolution Of Your Brain

Acoustic biologists who have learned to tune their ears to the sounds of life know there's a lot more to animal communication than just, "Hey, here I am!" or "I need a mate."<p>From insects to elephants to people, we animals all use sound to function and converse in social groups — especially when the …

Forestry

7 key questions about our newly discovered human ancestor, answered

In groundbreaking new research published on Thursday, a new species of human relative has been discovered in South Africa. The findings, published in …

You've Never Seen Art History Quite Like This

Alexey Kondakov's series <i>Art History in Contemporary Life</i> places famous masterpieces in typical settings found around Kiev.<p>Pairing the dark, seedy …

Literature

Someone Catapulted A Flaming Piano Into The Air At Burning Man And It Was Caught On Video

Burning Man: the festival that combines a feeling of absolute freedom with art and music -- and what better way to illustrate this concept than …

Burning Man

Jon Batiste And The Legacy Of Jazz On Late-Night TV

When Stephen Colbert takes over the <i>Late Show</i> tonight on CBS, he'll have a new partner in crime on stage: pianist Jon Batiste.<p>Batiste falls into a long line of jazz musicians to lead bands on late-night television. But this particular fit has a lot of people talking: He and his band are known for …

Trumpeter

Brad Wilson's Affinity II series of animal portraits - Telegraph

Literature

Why Boosting Poor Children’s Vocabulary Is Important for Public Health

One key difference between low-income and affluent babies: the number of words to which they’re exposed.<p>Air­on Pate is boun­cing off the walls.<p>The not-quite-2-year-old is wait­ing with his mom Domi­n­ique and broth­er Aiden, 4, to be seen at a fed­er­ally sub­sid­ized clin­ic for low-in­come wo­men …

Clinton Foundation

Six lesser-known wonders of the ancient world

While many historical landmarks attract millions of travellers every year, these ancient sites lie off the typical tourist trail.<p>When it comes to ancient wonders, there’s more to explore than Petra, Angkor Wat and the Coliseum. So to uncover a few structures that aren’t typically on the tourist …

Pacific Ocean

Learn to Paint from the Masters at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

In this class, copying is encouraged.<p>Have you always wanted to paint like Michelangelo, the Renaissance master, but find your skill level is more on …

Art

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Octopuses

Notting Hill Carnival in London

England

Congress's Cold Shoulder to the Arctic

The U.S. is behind Russia and several other nations in mobilizing for the impact of the Arctic's melting, the New York Times reported this weekend. …

Republicans

19 Fears That Plague All Writers

"I hate writing, I love having written." —Dorothy Parker, and also you

These 6 Electronic Instruments Go from Retro to Bananas

There are all kinds of DIY instruments available for you to experiment with, but electronic instruments have to be some of the craziest. From the Theremin, using radio waves to control pitch and volume, to an instrument controlled, literally, by bananas, the options for “electro-musical” creativity …

27 Art Destinations Around The World To Visit Before You Die

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso