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Unicorn-like creatures did exist and probably lived alongside humans

Palaeontologists have found the skull of a unicorn-like creature which roamed the Siberian plains up to 29,000 years ago, meaning they lived …

The incredible secret lives of sea lilies and feather stars

<b>Once thought to be extinct, these lesser-known cousins of sea stars and sea urchins are some of the prettiest creatures in the ocean.</b><p>Prepare to be …

Particles

Astronaut Capt Scott Kelly's year in space

<b>The longest-serving American astronaut in space is returning to Earth after living on board the International Space Station for 340 days.</b><p>While there, Capt Scott Kelly shared fantastic images of our planet via Twitter and Instagram, as well as videos documenting everyday life in space.<p>Capt Kelly's …

Space Science

The Scold

Mr. Money Mustache’s retirement (sort of) plan.<p>Mr. Money Mustache, the father of Mustachianism, isn’t perfect. He allows himself occasional luxuries, gets drunk now and then, and admits to two regrettable “five-to-ten-dollar mistakes” in 2015. The first was buying his ten-year-old son, Simon, a …

9 Deadliest Rocks And Minerals On Earth

Lead found in Flint, Michigan water is an unfortunate example of negligence leading to the mass exposure of elemental lead found naturally in iron ore. Much in the same way humans communicate warnings of deadly plants and animals, it’s important to communicate the risks and exposure of deadly rocks …

Pollution

Intimate Photos of Tender Moments Shared Between Couples in Love

Photographer Natalia Mindru Photomicona captures the raw, unabashed love between couples in a series titled <i>Iubiri Urbane</i> (translated, it means <i>Urban Love</i>). The emotional images showcase relationships that are passionate and caring, without appearing excessively sweet. Presented in mostly a black and …

How the First Gravitational Waves Were Found

After decades of speculation and searching, a signal came through. It promises to change our understanding of the universe.<p><i>Note: On October 3, 2017, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics would be awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish, three</i> …

The world's highest, longest glass bridge – and more travel news from around the world

<b>China can’t seem to get enough of building terrifying glass bridges</b>. Last September an epic 180m clear-bottomed bridge was opened in Shiniuzhai national geological park. This week, photos were released showing the construction of a new bridge set to open in May 2016, in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province, …

Travel

Is there something weird about our taste for apocalypse stories? – Frank Bures

One day in the early 1980s, I was flipping through the TV channels, when I stopped at a news report. The announcer was grey-haired. His tone was …

Is dark matter subatomic particles, a superfluid, or both? – Sabine Hossenfelder

Most of the matter in the Universe is invisible, composed of some substance that leaves no mark as it breezes through us – and through all of the …

The self-reliant individual is a myth that needs updating – Kimberley Brownlee

Great loners are fascinating. Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond, Buddhist monks in their hermitage, and fictional heroes such as Robinson Crusoe are …

The marriage of democracy and liberalism is not inevitable – Josiah Ober

A quarter-century ago, the American political scientist Francis Fukuyama announced that history had ended. The long search for the best possible …

We're the Only Animals With Chins, and No One Knows Why

Despite much chin-stroking.<p>“Little pig, little pig, let me come in,” says the big, bad wolf. “No, no, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin,” say the three little pigs. This scene is deeply unrealistic and not just because of the pigs' architectural competence, the wolf's implausible lung …

The Resilient Pagans of Russia

When the Bolsheviks went about counting and cataloguing the ethnicities they had inherited from the Russian Empire, they identified not one but two Mari nations: the Mountain Mari, numbering about fifty thousand, and the Meadow Mari, a hundred and fifty thousand strong. Both were related to the …

The Triumph of Email

Why does one of the world’s most reviled technologies keep winning?<p>Email, <i>ughhhh</i>. There is too much of it, and the wrong kind of it, from the wrong people. When people aren’t hating their inboxes out loud, they are quietly emailing to say that they’re sorry for replying so late, and for all the …

A Major Correction

We recently published an article naming Jupiter “the best planet.” As everyone knows, Saturn is the best planet. We regret the error.<p>Last October, <i>The Atlantic</i> published, “Jupiter Is the Best Planet,” an article by Adrienne LaFrance. As editor of that article, I must take responsibility for the way …

The Silicon Valley Suicides

Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?<p><i>The air shrieks, and life stops. First, from far away, comes a high whine like angry insects swarming, and then a trampling, like a herd moving through. The kids on their bikes who pass by the Caltrain crossing are eager to</i> …

Parenting

A Poem About How Trying to Break Your Heart Broke Mine Instead | Artparasites – How Art you today?

The night I broke your heart<br>My sadness was as deep as the snow<br>Wine gave me warmth<br>Back then, I was kissing bottles more often that your lips.<br>How do …

Lips

Let’s ditch the dangerous idea that life is a story – Galen Strawson

‘Each of us constructs and lives a “narrative”,’ wrote the British neurologist Oliver Sacks, ‘this narrative <i>is</i> us’. Likewise the American cognitive …

Is great philosophy, by its nature, difficult and obscure? – Keith Frankish

Great philosophy is not always easy. Some philosophers – Kant, Hegel, Heidegger – write in a way that seems almost perversely obscure. Others – …

Brussels on Lockdown

Belgian officials extended the area’s terror alert on Sunday as police searched for suspects in the Paris attacks.<p>The city of Brussels and its suburbs remain on high alert as police searched for suspects in the Paris terrorist attacks.<p>Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Sunday that the area …

The Objectification of Muslims in America

In the wake of terrorist attacks, the United States shows the worst of its everyday bigotry.<p>The first Muslims who came to the United States were likely African slaves. Later, in the middle of the 19th century, Muslims emigrated from the territories that would become Syria and Lebanon and settled in …

Religion

Why You Bought That Ugly Sweater

The scientific tricks stores use to part you and your money<p>There is a science to every sale. Among other findings of interest to retailers, researchers have shown that customers are drawn to items sitting on the middle of a shelf, as opposed to the ends <b>[1],</b> and that we perceive prices to be lower …

Nostalgia Is Ruining Video Games

The gaming industry can't seem to move beyond its lucrative, long-beloved franchises.<p>In the recent bestselling video game <i>Life Is Strange</i>, a teenage heroine gains the ability to rewind time. She uses it to solve problems, address regrets, and return to a period in her life when she was completely …

Can live-action role-play games bring about social change? – Alexa Clay

One Sunday evening recently, I went to a stranger’s apartment for my first ‘larp’ (live‑action role-play). I was ushered into the living room, where …

Would you be the same person if you were a different gender? – Charlotte Witt

A few years ago a blog called <i>The Philosophy Smoker</i> hosted a discussion of women’s dress. The blog’s motto (‘In which issues concerning the profession …

Science needs the freedom to constantly change its mind – David P Barash

Coming from a scientist, this sounds smug, but here it is: science is one of humanity’s most noble and successful endeavours, and our best way to …

Winter on the Great Wall in China: Pictures

Beijing

Are Emojis Words? Science And Language Experts Explain.

The Oxford Dictionary’s dubbing of the “tears of joy” emoji as the word of 2015 epitomizes the world’s fast-growing obsession. Rather than embrace …

Language