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A Collection of Lenins, on the 100th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Russia is marking the 100th anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution on November 7, 2017. Vladimir Lenin’s Bolsheviks stormed the Winter Palace, in the second of two revolutions in 1917, which, combined, ended Tsarist rule and set the stage for the creation of the Soviet Union. Lenin died in …

Russia

The Surprising Science Behind a Bowl of Cheerios

In a fortifying episode of the PBS video series It’s Okay to Be Smart, host Joe Hanson explains how the surprising science that originated from a …

Science

There's more CO2 in the atmosphere now than any point in almost a million years

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2016. The concentration of the heat-trapping gas is higher than it’s been in at least 800,000 years, including all of human history.<p>That's the word from the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization.<p>The WMO says last year's CO2 …

Climate Change

E=mc² became famous for all the wrong reasons

If a time traveler assassinated Albert Einstein before he figured out that E=mc², would we still have atomic weapons?<p><i>Note: Below is the script for the video, above. You may want to just watch the video instead. Oh, also, subscribe to</i> Popular Science <i>on YouTube.</i><p><b>President:</b> "Suppose I gave you a chance …

Physics

Treasure hunters think they've discovered where the most valuable Nazi loot is hidden

One of the team said that radar imaging suggested the caves could be booby trapped.<p>A group of treasure hunters have been given the OK for an …

Archaeology

Here's how your spending habits compare to those of the typical American

If you have no idea how much you spent on food, transportation or online shopping last year, you're not alone: Only one in three Americans track their expenses.<p>If you're among the majority, it may be time to look at where your money is going and how much of it is leaving your pocket. Chances are, …

Personal Finance

All the countries named for or by Christopher Columbus

In 1492, Christopher Columbus set out to make the impossibly long journey by sea west from Spain to India. The Italian explorer, of course, never did fulfill his promise to Spain’s king and queen. Instead he made contact with the people who lived in what Europeans would later call the Americas, …

Christopher Columbus

Scientists just found half of the missing matter in our universe

Missing Links<p>While teams of researchers continue the hunt for clues into the nature of elusive dark matter and dark energy, which comprise most of …

Universe

These Five Apps Will Give You A History Fix

History isn’t dry, dusty books. It’s a living thing, that surrounds us and defines us in ways we may not expect. It’s just a question of learning it. While there’s a lot out there, from ebooks to podcasts, these five apps will help you get a better sense of history and start digging into the …

Khan Academy

The Secret Lives of Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson’s biography portrays a man obsessed with knowledge and almost impossible to know.<p>In Renaissance Florence, a number of designated boxes placed throughout the city allowed citizens to make anonymous denunciations of various moral crimes—in 1461, for example, the artist-monk Filippo …

Walter Isaacson

Brush up on your math history with this weirdly fascinating blog

There are plenty of ways to figure out what’s going on in the world of math today, but what about yesterday, last year or a few centuries ago?<p>That’s where Pat’s Blog comes in.<p>Each day, Pat Ballew, a retired math teacher, provides a comprehensive look at the day in math history: biographies of …

Mathematics

Father Of Vegas Shooting Suspect Was Bank Robber Who Made FBI's Most Wanted List

The Vegas shooting suspect's father was described as "psychopathic" in one FBI notice. [ more › ]

Crime

Here’s What Men and Women Dream About Most Often

Daydreams are great because they inspire, entertain, and de-stress us. And if you begin to visualize your daydreams, there’s actually a better chance they’ll become reality. But if the best part about daydreams is our ability to consciously control them, then the strangest part about our <i>actual</i> …

Relationships

51 Regional American Breakfast Foods You Should Know

Breakfast your way across the USA<p>It's morning in America, and all across the country people are rising, shining, and settling into the first meal of …

What if Everything You Think About Cats Is Wrong?

A study of feline behavior shows that cats can be taught—despite their reputation for being untrainable and aloof.<p>For those who’ve long wondered if their cats regard them merely as kibble dispensers, a report in the journal <i>Behavioural Processes</i> should be reassuring. In a study that exposed adult …

Cats

Scientists Spent a Month Scaring Guppies to Prove That Fish Have Personalities

Brave or cowardly?<p>Five minutes in the life of a guppy in the terrible spring of 2015:<p>You're swimming around with your friends in a tank. You've been …

Fish

Two-thirds of Americans don’t bother seeking out science news | Ars Technica

Survey shows only 17 percent of US citizens are active consumers of science news.<p>For a host of issues, like vaccine safety, climate change, and GMO …

Scientific Research

Beasts in Battle: 15 Amazing Animal Recruits in War

Photo Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty<p>Slide 1 of 31<p>Introduction<p>Humans have enlisted animals to help fight their wars since prehistoric times, and some of …

Military History

Could you pass this test given to black people registering to vote in America in 1964?

If you were a black American in the 1950s and early 60s, chances are you wouldn’t have been able to vote.<p>It was the height of the Jim Crow era, and …

The 6 Most Powerful Armies in History

<b>By Zachary Keck and Akhilesh Pillalmarri</b><p>In an anarchical system like international relations, military power is the ultimate form of currency. A …

Military History

How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire

Six hundred years in the history of trousers.<p>Go to a meeting with any male politician today and you’re almost certainly going to be standing in front …

Rome

Guinness World Records 2018: Longest nails, eyelashes, cat tail, top fade and oldest bodybuilder

The Guinness World Records released its 2018 book Thursday complete with bizarre and inspiring record holders.<p>Here are some of the <i>Guinness World Records 2018</i> highlights:<p><b>Longest fingernails on a pair of female hands</b>: Ayanna Williams of Houston, Texas, has nails measuring 576.4 cm (18-feet and …

World Records

Over 59,000 people are pointing fans at Hurricane Irma in an attempt to blow it away

“That just might be crazy enough to work” is the mantra of nearly 60,000 people hoping to dissuade Hurricane Irma from making landfall in Florida. A …

These Are the 50 Most Popular Trader Joe’s Products of All Time

Though we never need an excuse to celebrate all the great offerings at Trader Joe’s, the company is giving us just that with their 50th anniversary. …

Shopping

The Twitter hashtag is 10

Today is the 10th anniversary of the first Twitter hashtag. It was #barcamp, sent by former Google designer Chris Messina, in reference to a …

Five amazing natural phenomena that are harder to see than a total eclipse

Start planning your next trip.<p>That's a wrap on another total solar eclipse. And while the coincidental geometry and views of the phenomenon are certainly awe-inspiring, it's worth noting it's not <i>that</i> hard to see a total eclipse. Yes, it's a rare scenario—the last time the path of totality swept …

Amazing

16 Common Wedding Traditions—And The Shocking History Behind Them

1 of 17<p>The Origins Behind These Wedding Traditions Are Wacky<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 17<p>The Origin of Bridesmaids<p>3 of 17<p>The Origin of the Wedding …

Weddings

This is how much meat Americans eat on July 4th and one weird theory why so many young men aren’t working - MarketWatch

Happy Monday, MarketWatchers, and hope you’re all having a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. Here are the top personal finance stories of the …

The 100 Best Burgers in America, Ranked by Our National Burger Critic

<i>We sent our National Burger Critic Kevin Alexander on a year-long Burger Quest, which took him to 30 cities and saw him consuming 330 burgers. Read</i> …

Restaurants