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The Nazca Lines of Peru: An ancient riddle etched in the earth makes for a perfect family adventure

You look at the massive collection of lengthy grooves and geoglyphs in the bone-dry desert of southern Peru, and you know immediately they are one of the great unsolved mysteries of this Earth.<p>Why are they here? What message are these 300 geometric figures and 70 plant and animal images supposed to …

Watch: The world’s most mysterious whales were seen—and filmed—in the wild for the first time ever

Just a little over a decade ago, scientists didn’t know the Omura’s whale even existed. Even after they used genetic samples to determine the animals are in fact their own species, the whale remained elusive–until now. An international team of biologists captured the stunning creatures on video off …

Whales

Study This 1 Subject If You Want To Make Very Good Money Fast | Inc.com

Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.<p>You crave security, don't you?<p>The world around you seems ready to topple every minute of every day. You don't even know who or what will cause the toppling. It could be a Russian leader or a …

College & University

This bizarre experiment just produced the best evidence yet of the universe's 'spooky' side

Well, almost.<p>The idea is part of quantum mechanics, a theory of physics that describes how the cosmos works on the tiniest of scales. Specifically, scientists are squirming over a bizarre phenomenon of quantum mechanics called "entanglement," where one particle can instantly influence another — …

Quantum Mechanics

This declassified US intelligence report from 1990 is one of the most terrifying things you'll ever read

Now we finally know it was also one of the most dangerous, thanks to a February 1990 report published by the National Security Archive at George Washington University this week after a 12-year Freedom of Information Act battle.<p>The US and Soviets were dangerously close to going to war in November …

War

He had an epiphany while living in a dumpster. And it could help change the future of housing.

He was living in a dumpster when the idea first came to him.<p>His name's Jeff Wilson — Dr. Jeff Wilson, actually. He's a professor at Huston-Tillotson …

Housing

The Crime Your Brain Commits Against You (And What to Do About It)

In 1932, Frederic Bartlett was working at Cambridge University when he conducted one of the most famous cognitive psychology experiments of …

Positive Thinking

Philips $3.3-billion sale of Lumileds to Go Scale in doubt | Reuters

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Philips (PHG.AS) said on Monday the sale of its $3.3-billion Lumileds business to Go Scale Capital was uncertain, due to U.S. government concerns.<p>A Philips logo is seen at Philips headquarters in Amsterdam January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Toussaint Kluiters/United Photos<p>Philips had …

IT

Papua New Guinea students share video appearing to show women tortured for 'witchcraft'

Videos of sorcery-linked violence and murder are shared on social media out of approval rather than horror, says man involved in rescue of victims<p>Warning: this story contains an image which may be distressing for readers<p>A shocking video has emerged which purports to show the torture of four women …

Papua New Guinea

21 Decorating Ideas Every Bookworm Will Love

Book lovers are notorious hoarders. We pile books on our nightstands and squeeze them underneath our beds. We fill up bookcases and create sky-high stacks on the floor. Instead of hiding books in every nook and cranny, let's celebrate this literary passion in our home.<p>Wear your library card loud …

Home Decorating

GoDaddy Billionaire Bob Parsons' 7 Tips For Entrepreneurs

Domain name registrar and Web-hosting firm GoDaddy was founded by businessman and philanthropist Bob Parsons in 1997. The colorful entrepreneur sold the majority of the firm to private equity investors in 2011 and stepped down as executive chairman in June 2014. The company went public on April …

Entrepreneurship

People have all sorts of conspiracy theories about Denver's airport — here's why

To this day, the notoriously bizarre airport is shrouded in secrecy, riddled with weird statues and creepy art, and abounding in myths.<p>There are some crazy conspiracy theories surrounding the airport's true purpose, many of which stem from the airport's confusing origins.<p>To start with, people don't …

To This Day

Too late: 400 cities in America, including Miami and New Orleans, will likely be submerged by rising sea waters

Scientists have identified 414 towns and cities in the United States that are guaranteed to eventually be underwater, regardless of how much humans decrease their carbon emissions.<p>"Historic carbon emissions have already locked in enough future sea level rise to submerge most of the homes in each of …

Climate Change

Astronomers have spotted something in space that looks like it could have been made by aliens

"Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilisation to build," Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University in the US, told The Atlantic.<p>The star, KIC 8462852, is located about 1,500 light-years away between …

Penn State

'Steller Stories' Wants To Bring Longform Storytelling To Social Media

Unlike Instagram or Facebook, the new app hopes to enable real world communities<p>Sometime after midnight in late August, Lake McDonald was a mirror for columns of light dancing across the distant peaks of Glacier National Park. “Looks like someone’s having a rock concert behind the mountains,” …

Glacier National Park

The Tribe That Won’t Stop Killing ISIS

Its members have been massacred on several occasions, but ‘The Family of the Tiger’ fights on.<p>ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — Forces of the so-called …

The Edge of the World: Hornstrandir, Iceland

It was our last hurrah in Iceland. The twelve of us had traveled together around the ring road for the past two weeks in awe of the stark beauty this …

Grand Canyon

How California's Largest School District Blamed an 8th Grader for Her Rape

The LAUSD’s indefensible effort to defend itself.<p>When “M.S.” was 13, her math teacher at Edison middle school in Los Angeles invited her to be friends online. Soon, according to a California appeals court, the same teacher started sending her sexually explicit messages. That winter, he called the …

Judiciary

Rise in cases involving witchcraft

Number of witchcraft child abuse cases doubles<p>An increasing number of child abuse cases involving accusations of witchcraft and exorcism are being reported to police.<p>In one incident, a boy of nine was called a "devil child" and thrown out of his home by his parents, detectives revealed.<p>"Nothing is …

Taking the 'Smart Drug' Modafinil Made Me Love Work but Hate People

In the rat race that is modern life, it's sort of the only drug that makes sense. How awful is that?<p><i>More on Nootroprics:</i><p>Will 'Smart Drugs' Really Make Us Smarter, or Just Ruin Our Lives?<p>A Campus Dealer Explains How the College Drug Economy Works<p>Can the Pills That Claim to Make You Clever Also Make …

Medicine

Singapore: Recession Looms, Stocks In Bear Territory and Asia’s Favorite Currency Short

Singapore could already be in a technical recession and by the looks of it other Asian economies might be next, says prominent regional economist …

Mind-blowing things your appliances will do in the future (pictures)

Kitchens

This controversial new business model is taking over retail

Birchbox, Carnivore Club, Dollar Shave Club, Stitch Fix — simply pay a monthly fee and you have products ranging from makeup to meat delivered to your doorstep.<p>But are subscription retail models all they are cracked up to be?<p>Recently, a scandal involving Kate Hudson's athleisure company, Fabletics, …

eCommerce

20 successful entrepreneurs share the most important lesson they learned in their 20s

Mistakes are unavoidable, but the truly successful learn from these setbacks and move on all the wiser.<p>We asked entrepreneurs, including a few "Shark Tank" investors and the cofounders of popular retailer Warby Parker, to share the most important lesson they learned in their 20s.<p>Here's what they …

Entrepreneurship

These are the 10 best cities in the US to be a millennial entrepreneur, according to a hot startup valued at $1.3 billion

This might be one of the reasons that they are so predisposed to start their own businesses — plus maybe the fact that they can't find a job. According to one recent report, over a quarter of millennials in the US are self-employed. And this study claims they are creating a whopping 160,000 …

Startups

No shutdown: Congress approves bill to keep government open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just hours before a midnight deadline, a bitterly divided Congress approved a stopgap spending bill Wednesday to keep the federal government open — but with no assurance there won't be yet another shutdown showdown in December.<p>Democrats helped beleaguered House Republican leaders …

Planned Parenthood

How Hand-Washing The Dishes Could Make You A Happier Person

You may be the type to put off dishwashing until the sink is jam-packed, but new scientific findings may make you more eager to clean up. A study published in the journal Mindfulness found that washing dishes mindfully could be therapeutic, increasing feelings of well-being and decreasing …

Mindfulness

The Transhumanist Future Has No Pope

Modern values, transhumanist technology, and the embrace of reason are making many Catholic rules and rituals absurd.<p>Everywhere I look, Pope Francis, the 266th pope of the Catholic Church, seems to be in the news—and he is being positively portrayed as a genuinely progressive leader. Frankly, this …

Christianity