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6 Famous Thought Experiments Explained in 1 Minute Each

Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”<p>The Open University, an online educational institute, took …

One Fixed Point: “Sherlock,” Sherlock Holmes, and the British Imagination

[<i>The only real spoilers for the new series of Sherlock, which concluded last weekend in the United Kingdom, are for the first episode, “The Empty</i> …

Ordinary Objects Cleverly Interact With Simple Line Drawings

The world is filled with possibilities according to clever Ecuador-based artist Javier Perez. From the graphic designer's perspective, any little object can be redefined to communicate a whimsical idea that will make just about anybody smile.<p>Perez first began his <i>Instagram Experiments</i> last fall with …

50 Essential Mystery Novels That Everyone Should Read

<i>Editor’s note: This post was originally published in January 2014. We’ve selected it as one of the posts we’re republishing for our 10th anniversary</i> …

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3D Typography by Lex Wilson

Lex Wilson is a illustrator and graphic designer from Cambridge, UK - currently based in London. he studied at The Nottingham Trent University where …

68 Songs in 6 Minutes: Pop Danthology Video Recaps 2013's Biggest Hits

In case anyone’s having trouble remembering the many megahits of 2013, Daniel Kim has assembled all of them – well, 68, at least – in one must-watch …

This Is Bo, Who's Putting New Beats In New Places. You Should Meet Him

Every so often — and it isn't often, because while I'm always looking, always hoping, it's so rare to find — but this week it happened. A friend sent me an email that said, "You've got to check out this video."<p>I did. And what I saw was somebody doing something new in the world, something deeply …

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

12 Award-Winning Photos Beautifully Capture Daily Life

You might think that professional photographers, whose craft is being co-opted by Instagrammers and selfie-takers, would be the last to crowdsource “Likes” as a metric to judge a photography contest. Think again: the Morpholio Project, an online creative community of architects and academics, used …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

TIME's Best Photojournalism of 2013

Jan. 21, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama places his hand on two bibles as held by first lady Michelle Obama as his rec<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Brooks …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

When Ian Rankin met Arthur Conan Doyle: An extract from Dead Interviews

With the help of a Ouija board, Ian Rankin summons the spirit of Conan Doyle to discuss Sherlock, Rebus, and the best way to kill off a character<p>Arthur Conan Doyle: What’s happening? What am I doing here?<p>Ian Rankin: Amazing what you can do with a Ouija board and a bit of channelling, Sir …

Literature

15 Breathtaking Images Of Cities Viewed From High Above

Whenever you visit a city anywhere in the world, some of the hardest shots to take are those sprawling images of the city beneath you.<p>Unless you’re …

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

Holiday Movie Preview: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ and More

Must-See<p>It's movie time! All the films to look forward to this holiday season, from ‘The Hunger Games’ sequel to Scorsese’s latest.<p>11.20.13 5:45 AM ET

11 Expert Tips To Beat Stress In 5 Minutes Or Less — Really!

Let's face it: Stress is one of those things that can sneak up like a thief in the night, with no regard for your jam-packed schedule. And while we …

Tiny gene shift sparks new species of butterfly - Futurity

A few genetic changes can spark the evolution of new species, even if the original populations are still in contact and exchanging genes, a new study …

Electronic printable ink developed by scientists

A graphene-based electronic ink that paves the way for wearable, printed electronics and sensors, such as heart monitors, has been developed<p>An electronic ink that can be printed on a laser and then conducts electricity has been developed by scientists.<p>The graphene-based ink was used to make a small …

Nanotech

Hybrid solar eclipse on November 3

Much of the world can see at least a partial solar eclipse on Sunday, November 3. From North America’s east coast, the eclipse will be in progress at …

The Unlikely Network at the Core of Your Brain’s Internet

Author: Emily Singer, QUANTA Magazine. Emily Singer, QUANTA Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.29.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>To …

Nurturing parents shield child's brain from poverty - Futurity

Nurturing may protect children from negative brain changes linked to poverty, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis say.

6 Signs It's Time To Start Taking Better Care Of Yourself

Photographed by <b>Kava Gorna</b>.<p><i>You've probably noticed by now that, in addition to being adorable, Zooey Deschanel is also really, really funny. So, it</i> …

Deep Frying

Eid al-Adha by Muhammed Muheisen - in pictures

AP's chief photographer in Pakistan documents preparations for the Muslim holiday

Observing the Earth: Incredible Satellite Photos of Earth from the European Space Agency | Colossal

<p>Though I don’t have a homepage set, the first page in my daily rounds is always the Astronomy Picture of the Day (site currently down), a website …

Rare Jewish prayer book predates oldest known Torah scroll

Scholars are calling a rare Hebrew text dating back to the 9th century the earliest known Jewish prayer book, predating the world's oldest Torah scroll.<p>The 50-page book is 4.3 inches tall and about 4 inches wide and is written in an archaic form of Hebrew, on pages of aged parchment. The text …

A human brain was preserved for 4,000 years after being boiled in its own skull

Ancient, well-preserved human remains aren't exactly a common thing to find, which makes the discovery of a 4,000-year-old brain in western Turkey pretty noteworthy. The brain was found in 2010 in an ancient burial ground that appeared to have been burned — charred skeletons and wooden objects were …