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The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

United Nations

Why everyone is talking about this interactive art display, The Rain Room

Have you always loved the sound and beauty of rain, but hated the whole “getting wet” part? You may want to check out an absolutely stunning art …

Los Angeles

Interview: Erin Hanson Pioneers the Energetic Style of Open-Impressionism

Artist Erin Hanson began to study oil painting when she was only eight years old. By the age of ten, she had completed her first paid commission. Her portfolio of work only grew from there, and after graduating from UC Berkeley, the creative established <i>open-impressionism–</i>her own distinct style of …

Artist Turns Her Cat Into Characters Of Disney, Tim Burton, Other Cartoons

<b>Webcomic artist</b> Julia K., also known as Miyuli, has illustrated her cat in the styles of various cartoon artists.<p><b>Her reinterpretations</b> include …

Amazing Face Paintings by Jordan Hanz

Even though halloween is already past, I found this amazing artist over the weekend and I had to share her work. The most amazing face paintings I've …

Steampunk-Themed Bar Hypnotizes Guests with Moving Kinetic Sculptures

The Enigma Cafe and Bar in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, is the perfect caffeination destination for fans of steampunk. Its unconventional decor includes a variety of visually interesting features such as metal gears, machine parts, and a mysteriously mechanical cyclist dressed in a gas mask. Although …

Artist’s Delicate Paper Zoo Bridges the Gap Between 2D and 3D Art

Paper artist Calvin Nicholls continues to develop a paper zoo that's as diverse as it is beautiful. Using scissors, a scalpel, glue, and an X-ACTO knife, the creator forms intricate paper sculptures that look as though they're about to come alive. He recreates a variety of animals—from birds with …

Artist Creates Living, Breathing Paintings. This Is Anything But Normal.

If you thought these were regular paintings, think again. You could try to guess what makes these pictures so brilliant, but I’m pretty sure you’d be …

New Clues to Van Gogh’s Suicide

AMSTERDAM — In the voluminous letters of Vincent van Gogh, who lived on the brink of abysmal poverty and deep depression in the 1870s and ’80s, he …

Arles

Picasso's muse sparks anger by claiming there are fewer rapes in France because women smile at wolf whistlers

Pablo Picasso's former lover has sparked outrage following her claims that fewer women would be raped in France if they just smiled at men.<p>Francoise …

How the widening urban-rural divide threatens America

Of all the growing divides in America, none is sharper than that between city and country. For rural residents, existential issues on the national level are seen as magnified versions of personal considerations: Does the country have enough food, fuel and minerals? Can America defend itself, …

How a Man's Unborn Twin Fathered His Child

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The 42 Best Science Memes On The Internet

Science

This Luke Skywalker Theory Destroys Everything You Thought You Knew About 'Star Wars'

One evening, while geeking out with my daughters I decided to share a theory I had with them about <i>Star Wars</i> -- specifically <i>Return of the Jedi</i>: Luke Skywalker turned to the Dark Side at the end of the trilogy.<p>I shared this story with them because I think my theory is reinforced by trailer for the …

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

The Holy Grail (aka Witnessing a 'Monty Python' Reunion)

It's tempting to compare the five surviving members of Monty Python's Flying Circus to rock and rollers, but that comparison creaks slightly when the …

Human DNA found in hot dogs - and 10% of vegetarian sausages contain meat

In news that is likely to shock meat eaters and herbivores alike, some very disturbing ingredients have been found in hot dog sausages<p>Not only is processed meat apparently really bad for you, it also could be making us cannibalistic.<p>A study of both meat and vegetarian hot dogs showed that they …

These Sneakers Will Let You Ditch Socks for Good

Anyone who has ever frantically searched around for a matching sock in the early morning knows that getting dressed come fall time requires a bit more effort. Thankfully, a Switzerland-based company has created a solution to help you skip the sock scramble (and keep your feet smelling fresh) for …

Washing Machines

Two paths through the wasteland: Brian Fargo on Wasteland 2 and Fallout 4

26 years is a long time to wait for a video game sequel, especially when those intervening years have spawned a similar, but more critically and …

Co-op action RPG Forced arrives on PS4 this week

Today a unique game with a unique story comes to PlayStation 4. <b>Forced</b> is a 1-4 player co-op action arcade RPG with puzzle and tactical elements. …

Easy White Cheddar ‘n Broccoli Mac and Cheese Shells Casserole

Easy White Cheddar ‘n Broccoli Mac and Cheese Shells CasseroleThis is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organics. The …

5 Gruesome Real-Life Murders That Inspired Spooky Ghost Stories

Nearly every town’s got a ghost story. Far more rare is when a ghost story can be traced back to one specific, legally documented criminal case. …

Chinese scientists are developing color-changing paint you can remotely control

The Chameleon paint has been developed by scientists at the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology in China and could be the best thing in interior design since Willy Wonka's lickable wallpaper.<p>The bright idea uses controllable nano cells, or crystalline micro beads, that can be inflated or …

9 incredible photos of an eerie ship graveyard in the middle of the Uzbekistan desert

The Moynaq Ship Graveyard is literally a ghost town in the middle of the desert.<p>It was once a busy Soviet fishing port on the Aral Sea — once one of the four largest lakes in the world — but today, nothing but desert remains.<p>Let's take a closer look and see how these ships came to be stranded in …

A plague of penalty flags rains down on the NFL

Bad weather has yet to hit NFL games this season, but yellow flags have been raining from the start.<p>There were 884 penalties called in the first three weeks of games, an NFL record. Oakland and Tampa Bay are tied with the most flags, 33, and Arizona has had the fewest, 17. The most common offense …

Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Here's a simple magic trick anyone can do, thanks to a basic mathematic principle

Flickr / Jin Arthur Benjamin is a math professor at Harvey Mudd College, but he's got a side gig, too: as a magician.<p>His new book, "The Magic of Math," combines his two passions — which actually have a lot in common. "Mathematicians and magicians both want their audience to wonder: How did you do …

Mathematics

The 12 countries you must visit - by the man who's seen them all