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The Pop-Up Store Where Women Pay Less Than Men

Earlier this month, graphic designer Elana Schlenker made headlines for her pop-up store 76<100 where women pay less than men for everything on the …

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15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in May

Spring is in full bloom, it's National Vidalia Onion Month, and there are plenty of holidays to celebrate: Happy May!<p>1. May 1: Mother Goose …

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Sensory Fiction: Read Your Books and Feel Them Too

In Aldous Huxley’s <i>Brave New World</i>, good citizens attend the feelies—movies that allow them to feel the warmth of a bear rug or the flutter of a kiss. …

10 Clever Ways to Conceal Clutter

Hyper Dimensional Photographs in the Streets of So Paulo

Imagine walking down a busy, metropolitan street and suddenly looking up to see a huge, hyper dimensional photograph of a person staring down at you. Street artist Raquel Brust has been introducing this kind of experience in So Paulo, Brazil since 2008 with <i>Projeto Giganto</i>, which she describes as “a …

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23 Children's Books You Need To Read Again As An Adult

With help from The New York Public Library's Youth Materials Specialist, Betsy Bird, we put together a list of 23 books worth giving a second read.

How to learn like a memory champion

Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom?<p>For most of his 20s, Ed Cooke had been hovering around the top 10 of the World Memory Championships. His achievements included memorising 2,265 binary digits in 30 minutes and the …

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Scientists can now control flies' brains with lasers

A laser beam can alter a fly’s behavior and make it mate with just about anything — even a ball of wax, according to scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The researchers have developed an experiment which involves shining an infrared laser directly at the head of a fly whose brain has …

Math Square #204

Happy Monday, and welcome to a brand new <b>mentalfloss.com</b> Brain Game challenge, <i>Monday Math Square #204.</i><p><b>Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks</b> …

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Ancient native boy's genome reignites debate over first Americans | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For more than 20 years anthropologists have debated whether the first Americans arrived in the New World by walking over a land bridge across the Bering Strait, as millions of schoolchildren have been taught, or by sea from southwest Europe, perhaps in animal-skin kayaks.<p>A new …

6 Terrifying Beauty Practices from History

Chemical peels that burn layers of skin from your face. Appetite suppressants that come with a risk of heart failure. Cosmetic surgeries that change …

Hiding GPS Inside Shoes To Keep Track Of Wandering Alzheimer’s Patients

New technologies can improve the lives of not only the exploding elderly population, but also the people who care for them.<p>With the number of dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers set to double by 2030, there’s likely to be a growing need for technology that keeps the elderly safe and gives caregivers …

Star-Studded Timelapse Video From Chile’s High-Desert

<b>When stargazers dream of the ultimate destination for looking up at the heavens, the high-altitude Atacama Desert in northern Chile likely stands at the top of the list.</b><p>Nature videographer Nicholas Buer recently shot this stunning film, taken over 12 days while he camped out in the San Pedro de …

Your Houseplants Can Think, Talk, Read Your Mind: New Research Adds Evidence

New research by a team of scientists at the University of Western Australia (UWA) shows plants have long-term memory. This adds to a body of research …

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

13 More Wonderful Librarian Tattoos

We've already shown you 11 great librarian tattoos, but as I’m sure you can imagine, that is by no means the full extent of librarians with …

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More than 750,000 spam emails sent from fridges and TVs

More than 750,000 spam emails were sent from smart household appliances such as fridges and TVs over a two week period, according to a security firm<p>US-based Security firm Proofpoint claims to have uncovered the first proven Internet of Things cyberattack involving household "smart" appliances.<p>More …

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WATCH: Scientists Suspend Objects in Midair with Sound Waves

No smoke, no mirrors, just sound was all scientists needed to levitate objects in midair.<p>NPR reports that researchers at the University of Tokyo have …

Man's severed hand attached to his ankle

Doctors have kept a Chinese man's severed hand alive by stitching it to his ankle after a work accident severed it. Xiao Wei's right hand was reportedly temporarily attached to his left ankle for a month before surgeons reattached it, largely because injuries to his arm required immediate attention …

YouTube defends copyright crackdown

Google today responded to widespread outrage at its recent crackdown on game videos on YouTube.<p>In recent days the company has sent out thousands of copyright infringement notices to video producers of game walk-throughs and Let's Plays. These notices deprive producers of advertising revenues. The …

YouTube Unleashes Strange Storm Of Copyright Claims On Video Game Content Producers

YouTube, game publishers and video creators have always had something of an uneasy relationship. Video content creators, those who make gameplay videos or review games on YouTube, have gone through approved services like Machinima to make games content for years now. They can often make lots of …

A gorgeous, colorful look at the cellphone signals we never see

Invisible signals are all around us, and now we can finally see what we've been missing. Data visualization artist Nickolay Lamm created psychedelic images of the cellphone signals that live in the air, but are invisible to us.<p>At first glance, the visualizations look like tiny mountains illuminated …

Here's How Crazy-Long German Words are Made

German is known for its extra long compound words. When Mark Twain complained that some German words were “so long they have a perspective,” he was …

Infinity Imagined

<b>The gravitational orbit of any moon, planet, star or galaxy forms a helix, when you view it traveling through a time dimension.</b> A 3-dimensional helix …

Elven Ear Clips

What manner of Elf are you?<p>Pointy ears like Elves or Vulcans<br>• Choose from Future Elf, Forest Elf, or High Elf<br>• Clip over your ear - doesn't require …

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