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18 German Words That Honestly Just Make So Much Sense

Use these to build up your ~wortschatz~.<p><i>This article was first published in English.</i><p><i>This post was translated from German.</i>

Language

Greenland walrus may be to blame for mystery demise of last Vikings

The last Viking settlements may have vanished after walruses moved to safer shores to avoid being hunted for their ivory, a new study suggests.<p>Norse communities founded by Erik the Red flourished in Greenland for 500 years but then disappeared suddenly in the late 15th century leaving towns and …

Archaeology

73 Years Later, the "A-Bomb" Ginkgo Trees Still Grow in Hiroshima

"There’s a huge paradox at the heart of this ginkgo story."<p>On August 6, 1945, an Allied plane dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, creating a …

Hiroshima

Gardening 101: Lupine

Lupine, <i>Lupinus:</i> “Fine Old Garden Flower”<p>Miss Rumphius was the lupine lady, as you probably remember from the picture book by Barbara Cooney. She …

Gardening

A Study of 140,000 People Says Walking This Much Per Week Adds Years to Your Life

It's less than you think.<p>Human beings are not sloths. "We need to move," Harvard psychiatrist John Ratey has explained. "It's only 10,000 years ago that we were hunter-gatherers and we moved anywhere from 10 to 14 miles a day."<p>Which might sound kind of alarming to you.<p>While we all know that too …

American Cancer Society

A drink for the devil: 8 facts about the history of coffee

Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world, behind only petroleum, and has become a mainstay of the modern diet. Believed to have …

Coffee

The Burmese python and the fight for the Florida Everglades

The Florida Everglades are famous throughout the world, with alligators perhaps their most well-known inhabitants. However, there’s a new predator in …

Research Shows Bitching At Work Is Actually Good For Your Mental Health

Picture this: you arrive at work two minutes late, after pulling a late night shift. Your boss points an eyebrow and taps his watch. Bob from …

Interview: Artist Creates Spellbinding Sculptures of Children Covered in Moss

Finnish artist Kim Simonsson stumbled upon sculpting while playing in the snow as a young child. While his peers were creating standard snowmen, he was crafting a model of Donald Duck. Since this unexpected epiphany, Simonsson has sculpted a range of fascinating figures, including his enchanting …

Art

Why Mongooses All Give Birth on the Same Day

Weird Animal Question of the Week<p>These small, sleek mammals have some intriguing quirks in the animal kingdom—like male childcare.<p>Weird Animal Question of the Week<p>"The motto of all the mongoose family is, 'Run and find out,'" author Rudyard Kipling explains in his 1894 book <i>Rikki-Tikki-Tavi</i>.<p>In true …

Something killed a lot of sperm whales in the past—and it wasn’t whalers

Sperm whales are a genetic puzzle. The deep-diving, squid-eating giants that inspired Moby Dick are found in every ocean, where they can mate with …

Why Crows Hold Noisy Funerals for Their Fallen Friends

The next time you hear a murder of crows cackling for no apparent reason, show a little respect: You may have stumbled onto a crow funeral. Crows are …

This Photographer Caught a Bird That Caught a Shark That Caught a Fish

Florida-based fine-art nature photographer Doc Jon was walking along a beach earlier this month when he captured a once-in-a-lifetime photo showing …

Four living trees grow through this dreamy treehouse retreat in Montana

Many of us can remember having a childhood treehouse, but Montana Treehouse Retreat owners Kati and Daren Robison have taken this idea one step …

Platypuses sweat milk, use electricity to see underwater, and are composed 100% of wtf

Every time I think I understand how weird platypuses are, I obtain additional information that <i>further weirdifies</i> them.<p><i>Popular Science</i> has a great …

Scientists Have Finally Figured Out Why Babies Kick in the Womb

They're not just saying hello.<p>It’s easy to confuse the phenomenon for a bad case of gas, but moms-to-be start feeling flutters and waves in their …

Mumbai: How mosquito-infested, stench-filled Kandivli slum got squeaky clean in 4 months

In just four months, the mosquito-infested, stench-filled slum scripted a success story that even got Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis's attention …

Devendra Fadnavis

The 20 most magical places to see spring flowers

3. Ashikaga Flower Park, Japan<p>7. The Netherlands<p>10. Samarian Gorge, Crete<p>12. Val d'Orcia, Italy<p>13. Montepulciano, Italy<p>14. Chilliwack, Canada<p>15. Carlsbad Flower Fields, California, US<p>16. Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan<p>17. Hallerbos, Belgium<p>18. Luoping, China<p>20. Antelope Valley, California, US<p>1. …

Two become one: two raven lineages merge in 'speciation reversal'

Speciation, where one species diverges into two, is a well-known concept in the theory of evolution. But a new study based on almost 20 years of research has revealed that “speciation reversal”, the merging of two previously distinct lineages, may also play an important role.<p>Scientists have …

Evolution

10 Things You Might Not Know About Grizzly Bears

<i>Ursus arctos horribilis</i> is better known by the more casual term of grizzly bear. These massive, brown-haired predators have a reputation as one of …

10 More Objects Clearly Invented to Annoy Physics

A while ago we personified the nebulous concept of physics and wrote an article about 10 objects we feel were seemingly invented just to annoy it. …

Keyboard Shortcuts, Ranked

Doing stuff with your mouse is cool. Doing stuff with your keyboard is cooler. These are the most important keyboard shortcuts, ranked from best to …

Tutorials

How to Coppice Trees for Sustainable Firewood

<i>You can grow firewood in a fraction of the time it takes to raise a tree from seed.</i><p>February / March 2018<br>By Brett McLeod<p><i>Illustration courtesy Keith</i> …

Henry Viii

Walk yourself fit: how striding out could transform your body

You walk every day without giving it a thought, but what if you could unlock a better, fitter, stronger you?<p>• Plus scroll down for step-by-step instructions<p>“Some people walk like this.” Joanna Hall, sports scientist, one-time TV fitness guru and now walking expert springs off to demonstrate a walk. …

Sports Science

How These Deafening Shrimp Evolved Their Own Deadly Sonic Weapon

There are some shrimp species equipped with truly remarkable weaponry. The pistol shrimp’s massive claw closes with a powerful snap—louder than a …

Watch this cool machine trim hedges into perfect spheres

If you thought you might live out your days without seeing an industrial hedge clipper form shrubs into perfect spheres while accompanied by Wagner, …

20+ Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017

It's been an incredible year for science.<p><b>1.</b> The speed of gravity is pretty much identical to the speed of light! This year, for the first time ever, …

People Are Sharing The Best Hiding Places To Hide Your Valuables From Thieves

Do you hate people touching your stuff? Are you paranoid that burglars are stalking your home? How about that stash of questionable material on the …