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Is Your Bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Fake?

Sought-after American whiskies and Scotches are now being faked and passed off as the real deal.<p>The world of high-end whisky is reeling from the …

Scotch Whisky

'Fascinating And Also A Little Bit Uncomfortable': Andrew Wyeth At 100

In 1977, nearly 30 years after Andrew Wyeth's most famous painting "Christina's World" was created, critic Robert Rosenblum was asked to name the most overrated and most underrated artists. He put Wyeth in both categories.<p>"Robert Rosenblum's comment is accurate to a degree but also simplistic," …

Artists

Kids around the world are suing their governments for ruining the planet

What’s the point of inheriting the Earth if it’s only going to burn (or drown)?<p>Kids around the world are asking governments this question and demanding answers in court. For example, on Dec. 11, <i>Juliana v. US</i> pitted the president and American lawmakers against the very children whose future they so …

Climate

Bizarre, Enormous 16th-Century Map Assembled for First Time

The largest known world map of its time—made of 60 individual sheets—can finally be seen as the mapmaker intended.<p>This colorful and intricately detailed map from 1587 is more than nine feet by nine feet when fully assembled. For the last 430 years, its 60 individual sheets were bound together as an …

What happened when a ship packed with six million pounds of explosives went up in flames

Excerpt: The Great Halifax Explosion<p><i>One hundred years ago, a massive explosion rocked Halifax when a ship—the</i> Mont-Blanc—<i>carrying six million pounds of explosives caught fire in the harbor. The following is an excerpt from</i> THE GREAT HALIFAX EXPLOSION: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and …

Prince Edward Island

Security Flaw In Banking Apps Make Millions Of Users Vulnerable

A new study has found critical vulnerabilities in nine major banking apps including the ones from NatWest, HSBC, and the Bank of American …

Airlines Decide All Your Checked Smart Luggage Must Become Real Dumb, Battery-Free Luggage

Leading U.S. airlines have all agreed that all your expensive smart luggage is dumb luggage now, CNN reported on Wednesday. Carriers including …

Archaeologists think they’ve proven Santa was real, and they have his bones

Santa season is here, and on December 25th many young children will be tearing open gifts they believe were dropped off by an incredibly efficient …

$450 Million Da Vinci: Why Was Damaged Painting So Expensive?

<i>Leila Amineddoleh is the founder and managing partner of Amineddoleh & Associates, LLP in New York City, where she specializes in art, cultural</i> …

Use of Hand Sanitiser Can Seriously Mess With Breath Alcohol Test Results

This is important.<p>Many humans have gone way too far in their need to have squeaky clean, completely germ-free hands at all times.<p>And while …

The Switch to Outdoor LED Lighting Has Completely Backfired

To reduce energy consumption, many jurisdictions around the world are transitioning to outdoor LED lighting. But as new research shows, this …

Intel: We've found severe bugs in secretive Management Engine, affecting millions

An attacker can use Intel's flaws to run malware that's invisible to the operating system.<p>Thanks to an investigation by third-party researchers into …

10 Popular Fruit Trees Which Are So Easy To Grow in Your Backyard

One of the best ways to form an edible garden is to begin with some plans that include fruit bearing trees. No matter what climate you live in, you …

25 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Recycle

According to the EPA, Americans generate 254 million tons of waste each year. Here are a few things you may have been throwing out that, with a …

7 Weird Social Security Facts You Never Knew About

Social Security's oddest aspects, explained.<p>Though debatable, Social Security is widely believed to be America's most important social program. More …

Buried For Up to 50,000 Years, a Perfectly Frozen Cave Lion Cub Was Just Found in Siberia

There is talk about cloning!<p>With its head resting on its paw, the remains of a cave lion cub found frozen in Siberia could have been sleeping in the …

Coin collection dating back 2,500 years discovered in drawer at English castle

Coin collection dating back 2,500 years discovered in drawer at English castle<p>A vast collection of ancient coins from far-flung locations across the …

Archaeology

Scientists confirm there’s a mysterious “void” in the Great Pyramid | Ars Technica

Scientists used a muon detector to spot a large, hidden space at the center of the pyramid.<p>Though the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt is one of the …

The Subatomic Discovery That Physicists Considered Keeping Secret

A pair of physicists announced the discovery of a subatomic event so powerful that the researchers wondered if it was too dangerous to make …

The Newest Ways to Deal With Robocalls

If it seems as though you've been getting more annoying automated phone calls than ever before, it's because you probably have. In the month of …

The useless design features in modern products

Meet the hidden pressures shaping design, from the waistlines of kings to the whims of 18th Century wagon drivers.<p>It was 1872 in Reno, Nevada and Jacob Davis was worried. The Latvian-Jewish tailor had previously made mostly functional items, such as wagon covers and horse blankets for the workers …

NASA's X3 ion thruster smashes records in test firings

A human settlement on Mars is rapidly moving from science fiction to fact, with Elon Musk envisioning <i>Battlestar Galactica</i>-style fleets blasting off …

Space Travel

Climate change could spell disaster for coffee, but science may offer a solution.

Centroamericano, a new variety of coffee plant, hasn’t sparked the buzz of, say, Starbucks’s latest novelty latte. But it may be the coolest thing in …

Agriculture

New Clues Emerge for the Existence of Planet 9

Planet 9 cannot hide forever, and new research has narrowed the range of possible locations further! In January of 2016, astronomers Mike Brown and …

Universe

Our rivers and lakes contain a scary number of pesticides and pharmaceuticals

And they only tested for a fraction of the 85,000 known chemicals<p>From pesticides to caffeine, chemicals that affect living organisms are making their way into the nation’s rivers and streams. That's the conclusion reached by a pair of complimentary studies by the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the …

US Geological Survey

This French sci-fi series could be your new horror obsession

Decades of films have proven that few things are as terrifying as the infinite vastness of space, but TV has generally been more concerned with the …

Science Fiction

Remember the artist whose iPhone was searched at border? He’s suing the feds | Ars Technica

"The border doctrine does not say that the Constitution doesn't exist at the border."<p>A Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer, a California artist, a …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Learn How to Think Like Einstein

Albert Einstein's famous thought experiments led to groundbreaking ideas.<br>Read More

Physics

Learn the Secrets of Edward Weston’s Iconic Images in This Rare Visit to the Photographer’s Home (VIDEO)

Born on March 24, 1886 Edward Weston went from being a salesman in the Midwest to becoming a bohemian California artist and revolutionizing the style …

Photography