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Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)

Hint: A brain-infesting worm carried by gastropods is spreading around the world.<p>Sam Ballard was 19 years old when friends at a party dared him to swallow a slug. Within days, the Australian teen developed a rare form of meningitis and fell into a coma that lasted more than a year. Even after …

Zoology

Coffee Fights Disease and Extends Your Life, Especially If You Drink It This Way

Coffee is the ultimate super-food, especially if you know the right way to drink it.<p>As I explained last month, a meta-analysis of 127 studies revealed that drinking two to four 8 ounce cups of coffee each day results in enormous health benefits. The consensus of these studies is that coffee:<p>Reduces …

Coffee

25 Years of Satellite Data Uncover Alarming Error in Sea Level Measurements

Climate change is worsening faster than we thought.<p>The Earth is changing in ways that could cause an actual mass extinction during our lifetimes. In …

Global Warming

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

... and the movies and TV shows we watch<p>Pamela Paul’s memories of reading are less about words and more about the experience. “I almost always remember where I was and I remember the book itself. I remember the physical object,” says Paul, the editor of <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>, who reads, it …

Books

“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral

Facebook was always famous for the sign that hung in its offices, written in big red type on a white background, that said “Move Fast and Break Things.” Every time I think about the company, I realize they have done just that—to themselves.<p>Years ago, long before <b>Mark Zuckerberg</b> became Mark …

First monkeys cloned in historic breakthrough - could humans be next?

The first monkeys cloned in the same way as Dolly the Sheep have been born, raising fears that it may soon be possible to clone humans.<p>Chinese scientists today announced the births of Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, a pair of healthy macaques who are completely genetically identical.<p>The babies are …

Captured USS Pueblo displayed as N. Korean propaganda prize

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Fifty years after it was seized by North Korea, the USS Pueblo is the only U.S. Navy ship held captive by a foreign government. And though mostly forgotten in the United States, the "Pueblo Incident" for North Korea remains a potent symbol of military success.<p>The spy …

A robot chef cooked my lunch, and it was delicious

About a week ago, my wife and I ate a meal that was entirely prepared by a robotic chef.<p>The GammaChef — a machine akin to a large coffee maker — did …

Here's what's affected by the shutdown

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the final moments leading up to Friday's midnight deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a stopgap funding measure to continue government services.<p>Throughout the day Saturday, government agencies are either letting their respective staff know they must stay …

Government Shutdown

What North Korean propaganda posters reveal

<b>(CNN) —</b> To the outside world, North Korean propaganda posters are notorious for their militaristic and anti-American messages. Recent topics include Donald Trump being attacked with an axe and missiles pointing at Capitol Hill.<p>But one former Pyongyang resident is hoping that her sizable Korean …

Hong Kong

What to look for from the Republican tax bill, month by month

On Friday morning, President Trump signed into law the sprawling tax bill that was hastily built out by Republican leaders over the past month. In doing so, he formalized a huge range of changes to how Americans — and American businesses — will pay their taxes.<p>Given that U.S. tax law was not …

Personal Finance

Explorer declares himself 'king' of unclaimed no man's land

An Indian adventurer has declared himself the ruler of an unclaimed strip of land in North Africa and is encouraging interested parties to apply for citizenship.<p>Suyash Dixit travelled hundreds of miles to Bir Tawil, an 800 square mile piece of uninhabited land between Egypt and Sudan that neither …

Which American city offers the best protection from zombies

A RECENT study by CareerBuilder, a recruitment firm, has ranked the 53 largest metropolitan areas in America according to their ability to withstand …

Disney tried to hide the Millennium Falcon with shipping containers — but it's on Google Maps

• <b>The Millennium Falcon used for the "Star Wars" movies is on Google Maps.</b>• <b><br>The iconic spaceship, which was most likely used in filming "The Last Jedi," out next month, is surrounded by shipping containers, seemingly in an attempt to hide it.</b>• <b><br>It's hilarious, especially because Disney has been very</b> …

Google Maps

Stranger Things: 11 Things to Remember From Season 1

<i>Stranger Things</i> came out well over a year ago, and if you're like most people, your <i>Stranger Things</i> knowledge may be a little rusty. If you don't have …

The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State

<i>Welcome to Urban Legends, a month-long collection of articles dissecting persistent myths, unexplained phenomena, shared nightmares, and tales so</i> …

Paranormal

The Gordon Ramsay Breakfast Video Taking the Internet By Storm

Gordon Ramsay may be British, but he knows his way around a classic American breakfast. In a video, released on his Youtube channel over the weekend, the tempestuous chef shows us a hashbrown hack for the ages and a method for cooking eggs that has me waiting for the weekend. But don’t just take my …

This Map Shows You Every Hurricane’s Path in the US Over the Last 100 Years

As the Gulf Coast continues to cope with the effects of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma threatens to make landfall along the Florida peninsula …

Labor Day

The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter

<i>The Black Witch</i>, a debut young-adult fantasy novel by Laurie Forest, was still seven weeks from its May 1 publication date, but positive buzz was …

The weird power of the placebo effect, explained

Yes, the placebo effect is all in your mind. And it’s real.<p>Over the last several years, doctors noticed a mystifying trend: Fewer and fewer new pain drugs were getting through double-blind placebo control trials, the gold standard for testing a drug’s effectiveness.<p>In these trials, neither doctors …

Placebos

Psychics Who Hear Voices Could Be On to Something

The ways some “healthy voice hearers” cope might be able to help people with psychotic disorders.<p>Jessica Dorner was lying in bed at her cousin’s house when her grandmother, a “pushy lady” in an apron who had been dead for several years, appeared in front of her. “I know you can see me,” Jessica …

Mental Health

Inside The Chaotic Battle To Be The Top Reply To A Trump Tweet

The area below the president’s tweets is the most valuable real estate on the internet.<p><b>Adam Best is</b> always ready for a new tweet from President Trump. The Austin-based entrepreneur — and founder of the site FanSided — has set his phone to notify him the second the president hits “send”; since it’s …

Social Media

A New Theory of How the Moon Formed

The Moon has been a point of fascination in almost every culture since apes decided that walking was a pretty neat idea, honored with innumerable …

Astronomy

The Long, Lonely Road of Chelsea Manning

On a gray morning this spring, Chelsea Manning climbed into the back seat of a black S.U.V. and directed her security guard to drive her to the nearest Starbucks. A storm was settling over Manhattan, and Manning was prepared for the weather, in chunky black Doc Martens with an umbrella and a …

Surveillance

Inside the quietest place on Earth

Microsoft has built a chamber so quiet, you can hear the grind of your bones – and it’s helping to fine-tune the next-generation of electronic goods.<p>If LeSalle Munroe stands still for a few moments in his “office”, something unsettling can happen – he can hear the blood rushing around his body and …

British Columbia

The Mounting Evidence Against Diet Sodas

Many people think of diet sodas as healthy, low-calorie alternatives to sugary drinks. Yet a small but growing body of evidence suggests that diet …

The Unsung Hero of the Alien Franchise: The Guy Inside the Xenomorph Suit

The iconic monster has been terrifying audiences for 40 years—and wearing out the dancers and stunt performers who work inside it.<p>One of <b>Tom Woodruff Jr.’s</b> most abiding memories of playing an alien in the <i>Alien</i> movies is sitting alone in a dark corner of an empty set, deserted by the rest of the cast …

Construction

Parents Don't Want to Name Their Kids Mike Anymore

American parents don’t want their sons to be like Mike anymore.<p>Michael had been one of the most popular male monikers in American history, having held the No. 1 spot on the federal list of top baby names for 43 out of 44 years, the longest boys reign of the 20th century.<p>New federal figures released …

Social Security

Rainbow Cereal Cheesecake Recipe by Tasty

Ingredients<p>for 12 servings<p>10 oz (280 g) marshmallow<br>• 3 tablespoons butter<br>• 6 cups (150 g) fruit flavored rice cereal<br>• 16 oz (450 g) cream cheese, room temperature<br>• 2 tablespoons lemon juice<br>• 2 cups (470 mL) heavy cream<br>• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract<br>• ⅓ cup (65 g) sugar<p>Preparation<p>In a large bowl, combine …

The Secret Behind Panda Express's Famous Orange Chicken

Arguably the best item at Panda Express is its fried chicken pieces smothered in the famous chili-orange sauce. The Chinese Kitchen shared its homemade version of the recipe with us, which begins by making a "pancake-like batter" to coat the chicken in. Yum! The chicken pieces fry up in six …