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A New Study Suggests There Could Have Been Intelligent Life on Earth Before Humans

Looking for aliens across deep space is great, but have we looked hard enough in our own terrestrial backyard—here on Earth?<p><i>One author of the new study, leading climatologist Gavin Schmidt, wrote a work of fiction to explore its findings. Read 'Under the Sun', which we published at Terraform</i> …

Research

Study: Your Android phone may be hiding security updates from you

• Some Android vendors are purposefully lying about the latest security update on their phones.<br>• ZTE and TCL are among the worst offenders, followed by HTC, LG, Motorola, and Huawei.<br>• Phones with Mediatek chipsets are far more likely to deceive users about the latest updates.<p>Android brands can definitely …

Android Phones

Things to Do in Marrakech Morocco - A Marrakech Travel Guide

170 Shares<p><b>Marrakech is one of my favourite destinations for a short break. It’s so easy to access, yet when you step off the plane you are plunged</b> …

Travel

Bookish Good Looks: The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

It seems like everyday, we are hearing about another made up national week or day. They keep getting more and more ridiculous (seriously, do we need …

Libraries

What Kind of Friend You Are, According to Myers-Briggs

I<p><b>t took me a long time to have an interconnected group of friends, even longer to understand the interpersonal dynamics at play between us, and the</b> …

Personality

Republicans rigged our democracy. Here's how Democrats can fight back

Donald Trump wasn’t elected because Democrats lost a policy fight in 2016. What Democrats did was lose a procedural fight that has been going on since the early 1990s, when Republicans began waging a relentless, brutal, and completely one-sided war, systematically using their lawmaking power to …

Political Science

Hidden Marrakesh: a guide to the city's best-kept secrets

Marrakesh is a city that fizzes with life, where the default-blue of the sky sings against peach-gold architecture. Whether it’s your first visit or your 15th, the technicolor souqs and the street theatrics of Djemaa El Fna, the city’s main square that's perpetually filled with monkeys, snake …

Travel

The Lessons of a School Shooting—in 1853

How a now-forgotten classroom murder inflamed the national gun argument.<p>This weekend, thousands of people are expected to gather in cities and towns across America for the “March for Our Lives,” a national response to the horrifying school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Will it change policy? …

Guns

The best Roku features you might not be aware of

Roku's media streamers have long received strong reviews from Engadget, thanks to their compact designs and high feature-to-price ratio. You probably know you can rearrange your home screen or listen privately with headphones plugged into the remote, but chances are, you aren't taking advantage of …

7 Italian Towns (That Aren’t Rome or Florence) You Have to Visit

Look, we would never complain about a trip to <i>Roma</i> or <i>Firenze</i>. But when there’s nary a single nook or cranny of the entire country that’s not …

Chrome makes it easy to switch to a password manager of your choice

Google Chrome does an okayish job of saving your logins on various sites, but dedicated password management apps are way better. If you’ve been meaning to switch, you’ll be glad to know that a recent update to the browser now lets you export your passwords so you can import them into a different …

Apps

Blacks Were Enslaved Well into the 1960s

More than 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, there were black people in the Deep South who had no idea they were free. These people were forced to work, violently tortured, and raped.<p><i>Historian and genealogist Antoinette Harrell has uncovered cases of African Americans still living as</i> …

Black History

'One in a Million' Yellow Cardinal Spotted

Experts propose different theories for why bird's plumes have a mysteriously mustard hue.<p>Looking out at her quaint Alabama backyard in late January, Charlie Stephenson noticed something unusual. A strange species of unfamiliar yellow bird was pecking at her hanging birdfeeder.<p>As a seasoned …

The Second Amendment was ratified to preserve slavery

The real reason the Second Amendment was ratified, and why it says “State” instead of “Country” (the Framers knew the difference – see the 10th …

The real reason Congress banned assault weapons in 1994 — and why it worked

Last week's horrific massacre of 14 students and three staff members in Parkland, Fla., has reinvigorated the national debate over assault weapons. A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday, for instance, found that 67 percent of Americans, including 53 percent of gun owners, say they favor such a ban — …

Guns

Superb Owl Sunday II

A special Sunday event, a photographic essay celebrating a few of these magnificent raptors. Not Eagles (nor Patriots), these superb owls hail from Europe, Asia, North and South America, captured in photos over the past few years. If you have some time today before the big game (or are skipping the …

Snowy Owl

27 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US

In a country as vast as the United States, you're hardly ever going to find a consensus on how to say something.<p>Do you drink soda, or do you call it pop? Do you wear sneakers, or tennis shoes? The answers vary depending on where you ask the question.<p>Linguists Bert Vaux and Scott Golder surveyed …

Linguistics

Avocado Nutrition | Women's Health

The five other main breeds of avocados—Bacon, Fuerte, Gwen, Pinkerton, and Zutano—are “heritage varieties” because they’re not widely sold and are grown mostly as cross-pollinators to help keep Hass avocado trees healthy. “The volume is really light, so you’ll really only see them in farmer’s …

20 Reasons You'll Want to Visit Marrakesh in 2018

For most travelers, Marrakesh conjures images of riding horseback through the Ourika Valley, passing emerald hills and lonely villages high in the …

Yves Saint-Laurent

Women are becoming 401(k) millionaires much sooner than their male coworkers

Ladies, you've got this.<p>Usually when you hear the words "retirement" and "women" in the same sentence, the news is grim. But finally, there's some positive news: The number of women who've reached the $1 million-plus mark in their 401(k) accounts has doubled over the last 12 years, according to …

Retirement

Global market cap is heading toward $100 trillion and Goldman Sachs thinks the only way is down

If you calculate the value of all stocks, in all companies, in all countries, globally then technically you get the market cap of Planet Earth. In just the last few months, total market cap has rocketed to $80 trillion and is heading steadily toward $100 trillion worldwide.*<p>What is worrying about …

Markets

28 Important Facts about Galápagos National Park

Ecuador’s amazing Galápagos Islands are a collection of rocky, volcanic lands that are protected as part of the Galápagos National Park. Best known …

This 60-Year Old Egg-Shaped Three-Wheeler Is Actually the Best City Car

The 1957 Brütsch Mopetta has the charm of a moped and the cool of a car. What's not to love?<p>Like mopeds, small classic city cars like the Peel P50 are comically easy to drive around tightly packed streets thanks to their microscopic size and fantastic maneuverability. But what if you don't like the …

Chefs reveal the only 3 supermarket brands of rice worth buying

Cooking can be daunting. Whether you're making steak or pasta, there's always the fear you'll make a mistake and mess up the meal.<p>And although it may seem like a simple side, rice is something that a lot of of cooks — pros and amateurs — have a hard time getting right.<p>Half the battle is starting …

Restaurants

The True Story Behind This Mysterious Mutant VW Beetle

Raph showed me this picture the other day, and was clearly confused and disturbed. Ashen and shaking, he pulled the picture out of his worn leather …

60 years after Sputnik, Russian space program faces troubles

MOSCOW (AP) — Six decades after Sputnik, a refined version of the rocket that put the first artificial satellite in orbit remains the mainstay of Russia's space program — a stunning tribute to the country's technological prowess, but also a sign it has failed to build upon its achievements.<p>And …

Space Exploration

25 Trips to Take During Your Lifetime

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Gardening

31 US cities where you don't have to earn 6 figures to live well

You don't always have to earn six figures to live well.<p>In fact, in 31 cities across the US, it's possible to cover your necessities, and still splurge and save money while bringing home a $50,000 annual paycheck — or less.<p>That's according to a recent study by GOBankingRates, which gathered data for …

El Paso

Why Robert Mueller Has Trump SoHo in His Sights

The Russian money trail leads right through the president’s troubled project in downtown Manhattan. A series of e-mails reveals new details.<p>Trump SoHo, the gleaming 46-story condominium and hotel that bears the president’s name in Lower Manhattan, was a troubled project even before it broke ground. …

Donald Trump

Precious Toddler And Giant Poodle Have The Most Adorable Friendship

Move over Theo and Beau! There’s an adorable new duo taking over Instagram.<p>One-year-old Mame has a precious bond with a giant poodle named Riku. Her grandmother posts photos of the cute pair on Instagram under the name Tamanegi.<p>Mame, who lives in Japan, also gets along well with her grandmother’s …

Cute