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'Earliest shrine' uncovered at Buddha's birthplace

<b>Archaeologists digging at Buddha's birthplace have uncovered remains of the "earliest ever Buddhist shrine".</b><p>They unearthed a 6th Century BC timber structure buried within the Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini in Nepal.<p>The shrine appears to have housed a tree. This links to the Buddha nativity story - his …

Archaeology

This a Cappella Version of Lorde's "Royals" Gives Us Chills

If <i>Pitch Perfect</i>'s Barden Bellas really existed, we're sure Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, and the gang would be scheming up strategies on how to beat the Florida State University AcaBelles in a sing-off. This real-life a cappella girl group is fierce—and their gorgeous rendition of Lorde's catchy …

Karl Lagerfeld

You Won’t Believe These Shots Of Snowflakes Were Taken With An Ordinary Cam

The macro-photography of Alexey Kijatov will make you feel like it’s your first time seeing a snowflake.<p>Snowflakes teach us many lessons when we’re children. It teaches us about the fractal beauty that lies beneath all things; it teaches us about uniqueness, patterns, and infinity. But for some …

Cameras

Around The World In ... A Lot Of Steps

Paul Salopek has discovered that the best way to take in information, to be a journalist and a storyteller, is not flying around the world with the latest technology. It's by walking.<p>"There's something about moving across the surface of the earth at 3 miles per hour that feels really good," he …

The National Institutes of Health Ends Chimp Testing, Over 300 Animals to Be Released

After many decades of hard fought battles over animal rights and the immorality of animal testing, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently …

Chimpanzees

World’s first malaria vaccine on course for 2015

Encouraging results from the longest and largest trial of a malaria vaccine could see the world’s first anti-malaria jab approved by 2015. The …

Neural stem cells pulled from rat’s brain using magnet

It’s like pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Researchers have reached inside the brain of a rat and pulled out neural stem cells – without harming the …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …