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The scariest horror films ever – ranked!

25 Don’t Torture a Duckling (Lucio Fulci, 1972)<p>Now that Lars von Trier has offered what may be a backhanded homage to it in his serial-killer nightmare The House That Jack Built, attention may well refocus on this cult giallo classic from Italy. A journalist investigates a series of murders in a …

Horror

This Crockpot Recipe Has Been Shared 500,000 Times (It's Pure Comfort Food)

Thanks to the frigid temperatures, the crockpot is making its annual reappearance (and we couldn't be more thrilled). True to form, we're turning to …

The Pyramid Texts: Guide to the Afterlife

The Pyramid Texts are the oldest religious writings in the world and make up the principal funerary literature of ancient Egypt. They comprise the …

Ancient History

The Voyager Golden Record Finally Finds An Earthly Audience

The Golden Record is basically a 90-minute interstellar mixtape — a message of goodwill from the people of Earth to any extraterrestrial passersby who might stumble upon one of the two Voyager spaceships at some point over the next couple billion years.<p>But since it was made 40 years ago, the sounds …

Bones attributed to St Peter found by chance in 1,000-year-old church in Rome

Bones attributed to St Peter have been found by chance in a church in Rome during routine restoration work, 2,000 years after the apostle’s death.<p>The relics of the saint, who is regarded as the first Pope, were found in clay pots in the 1,000-year-old Church of Santa Maria in Cappella in the …

The revolutionary technology pushing Sweden toward the impossible goal of zero emissions

Degerhamn, Sweden<p>As far as the eye can see, the only thing polluting our pristine environment is the gas-guzzling car I’m riding in.<p>It’s a chilly April morning in Kalmar county in southern Sweden, and as we drive past pastel-colored wooden houses separated by acres of farmland, Martin Olofsson, a …

Carbon Dioxide

Who Took the Photo of the First Man on the Moon?

<i>Who took the photo of the first man on the Moon?</i><p><b>C. Stuart Hardwick:</b><p>If you mean this:<p>This is a frame from the slow-scan, low resolution TV camera …

101 Quotes From Lao Tzu That Will Blow Your Mind Wide Open

Lao Tzu was an ancient philosopher and writer who founded the philosophical framework for Taoism, which has had a huge influence on Chinese …

Wireless brain implants are helping paralyzed monkeys walk again

Are humans next?<p>Paralysis was once thought to be a permanent condition, marked by broken signals between the brain and spinal cord that could never be fixed. But in the past few years, a better understanding of the brain's neural wiring has allowed scientists to toy with the idea that this …

Neurophilosophy

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just sent back breathtaking new images of the gas giant

A probe the size of a basketball court has taken unprecedented new images of Jupiter.<p>NASA's $1 billion Juno spacecraft, launched in August 2011, took five years to reach and settle into orbit around the gas giant, which is more than 415 million miles from Earth.<p>The probe has so far photographed …

Astronomy

This Audi Ad Was Shot Using 1/43 Scale Models and a Homemade Desert

Most car commercials involve big budgets, test drivers, and excursions to exotic far-away lands—unless, of course, you hire miniature photography …

The 'Von Doom' that came to fan films

If you've ever wondered what goes into making a superhero fan film (or a tyrannical Latverian sorcerer), wonder no more. Ivan Kander of Lucky 9 Studios has written, edited and directed a 13-minute fan film about Marvel comics supervillain Doctor Doom, and he managed to get it made for the modest …

No Joke: April Fools' Comet to Pass Closest to Earth Since Discovery

An unusually favorable opportunity to view a famous periodic comet in small telescopes comes during the next couple of weeks, when passes closer to …

20 Puppies That Are So Perfect, They'll Fix All Your Problems

There is no pain a puppy can't cure.<p><i>This post was translated from Spanish.</i>

The Tahri That Binds: How A Sweet Rice Dish Connects A Woman To Her History

I have always found it difficult to explain my family's syncretic faith traditions to both white Americans and to other South Asians. We are Hindu Sindhis, originating from an area around the Indus River, in what is now modern southeast Pakistan. On our home altar, familiar Hindu idols — Lakshmi, …

Sikhism

4 basic problems cause all the cognitive biases that screw up our judgment

<i>Four months ago I attempted to synthesize Wikipedia's crazy list of cognitive biases, and after banging my head against the wall for weeks, came up with this</i> <i>Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet</i> <i>which</i> <i>John Manoogian III,</i><i>beautifully organized into the above poster. Since then, I've started working on a book</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Singularity

15 Quotes From a Buddhist Master That Will Remind You to Believe in Yourself

If you’ve read anything about modern day Buddhism, you’ve probably heard of Sharon Salzberg.<p>She’s a New York Times best selling author and a highly …

Here's How To Actually Start Exercising Again

Don't be afraid.

These Photos Of Mushrooms Will Make You Feel Like You're Tripping

This forager and photographer walks a fine line in his quest for wild mushrooms.<p>Mushroom hunter Filip Eremita has spent his entire life discovering a virtual fantasy world that most of us can only imagine, and he has amazing photos to prove it.<p>Eremita, a native of Slovenia, learned to hunt …

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Climbing On Mount Denali