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'80s and '90s Things The World Desperately Needs to Come Back

In case you’ve been blissfully enjoying your summer in a lake or ashram or some other non-Internet place, we are here to tell you that Weird Al …

In 1899 The French Attempted To Illustrate & Predict The Year 2000

Rewind the clock back some 115 years to 1899 in France, people were immensely curious as to what the future might hold, just as we are today. In fact …

62 of the World's Most Beautiful Libraries

<i>For the last couple years, Jill Harness has been rounding up the world's most beautiful libraries by continent. Here they are all in one place, in no</i> …

Architecture

Here's A Guide To All The Hidden References In Marvel Movies

As "Guardians of the Galaxy" flies into theaters this weekend, the film (which is getting rave reviews) adds another storyline to the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe.<p>As with its predecessors, it is sure to come with a bunch of easter eggs.<p>Much like Pixar, Disney's Marvel Studios has been …

British developers rushing to copy New York should be wary of its mistakes

Start spreading the news, they’re arriving tomorrow. Urban revamps inspired by New York are cropping up all over the UK. A £3.5bn project to turn East London’s Silvertown Quays into a “London version of New York’s Meatpacking District” was announced recently, while redevelopment plans for south …

Box office: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' rockets to $94-million opening

A raccoon in space and a talking tree may not seem the stuff of box-office magic, but "Guardians of the Galaxy" exceeded expectations with an estimated $94 million in the U.S. and Canada this weekend at the box office.<p>That set a record for the biggest August opening of all time and is the …

Film Industry

Genetic disorders: 'It is devastating to watch your child lose every ability'

Lewis was fine until the age of two-and-a-half. A lively toddler, brilliant at sports, he gave his parents no cause for concern. But then began a decline that was both swift and brutal. At first he began to limp. Then one morning his legs gave way. He began to have fits. Six months later he was …

Taste For Rare, Wild Pangolin Is Driving The Mammal To Extinction

Traditional Chinese medicine holds that the scales of a pangolin, a small ant-eating mammal, are "cool" and "salty." Eating those scales, the TCM thinking goes, may help expel wind, reduce swelling and boost lactation. But pangolin scales also seem to induce something far less beneficial: …

Tiny flying robots are being built to pollinate crops instead of real bees

Honeybees, which pollinate nearly one-third of the food we eat, have been dying at unprecedented rates because of a mysterious phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). The situation is so dire that in late June the White House gave a new task force just 180 days to devise a coping …

Europe's Rosetta Probe Reaches Climax of Its Comet-Chasing Mission

After a 10-year, 4 billion-mile journey through deep space, the European Space Agency's Rosetta probe is finally arriving at its comet destination.<p>The Rosetta spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Wednesday. If all goes according to plan, Rosetta will become …

Space

Iron Age Bones Discovered In Denmark Reveal Bizarre Ancient Rituals

The bones of dozens of Iron Age warriors found in Denmark were collected and ritually mutilated after spending months on the battlefield, archaeologists say.<p>At least six months after the soldiers died, their bones were collected, scraped of remaining flesh, sorted and dumped in a lake. Some were …