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The World's Loudest Sound Caused Shock Waves 10,000 Times That of a Hydrogen Bomb

It shattered eardrums more than 50 km away.<p>On 27 August 1883, Earth made the loudest noise in recorded history.<p>Emanating from the island of Krakatoa, …

Geology

NASA shares spellbinding picture of the Aurora Borealis seen from the International Space Station

NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold captured this stunning picture of the Northern Lights from aboard the International Space Station (ISS).<p>We may call them …

Astronomy

Mosquito Repellent: 5 Flowers and Herbs to Keep Pests Away

Mosquito repellent plants are garden heroes: colorful flowers and herbs with natural fragrances that chase away buzzing insects even as their …

Gardening

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

In the early 1950s, the psychologist Muzafer Sherif brought together a group of boys at a US summer camp – and tried to make them fight each other. Does his work teach us anything about our age of resurgent tribalism?<p>• Read an extract from The Lost Boys<p>July 1953: late one evening in the woods …

Psychology

I Finally Figured Out How to Make the Crispiest, Crunchiest Chickpeas—And They’re Seriously Good on Everything

Crispy chickpeas are one of those things you either need to nail, or it’s a total disappointment. <i>Almost</i> crispy chickpeas just don’t cut it. In my …

Country Lifestyle

Scholars Have Found a Rare Copy of Heretical Writings on Jesus And His 'Brother'

This didn't make it into the Bible.<p>Near what is today the Egyptian town of Nag Hammadi, some 1,400 years or so ago, somebody buried a whole bunch of …

Theology

A lyricist to rival Dylan and Cohen – Simone Felice: The Projector, review

Every music fan has his or her private heroes, gifted artists who, for one reason or another, rarely register on the mainstream radar. Simone Felice is one of mine. He is among the most poetic lyricists working today, capable of touching the rarefied heights of Dylan, Cohen and Cave. Bad luck, bad …

Felice

Green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals added to endangered list

It sports a green mohican, fleshy finger-like growths under its chin and can breathe through its genitals.<p>The Mary river turtle is one of the most striking creatures on the planet, and it is also one of the most endangered.<p>The 40cm long turtle, which is only found on the Mary river in Queensland, …

Zoology

Why Grandma Piggyback's Coffee Cake Was *That* Good

<i>Good food is worth a thousand words—sometimes more! In My Family Recipe, a writer shares the story of a single dish they've inherited, and why it's meaningful to them.</i><p>My grandmother Henrietta Ring, aka Grandma Piggyback—because she gave piggyback rides—was the most idolized cook in our family. …

Dessert

Proxima Centauri Just Released a Flare so Powerful it was Visible to the Unaided Eye. Planets There Would Get Scorched

Since it’s discovery was announced in August of 2016, Proxima b has been an endless source of wonder and the target of many scientific studies. In …

Science

The ESA Just Discovered a Second Magnetic Field Surrounding Our Planet

How are we only seeing this now?<p>A trio of satellites studying our planet's magnetic field have shown details of the steady swell of a magnetic field …

Earth Science

A magnetar just woke up after three years of silence

When stars reach the end of their main sequence, they undergo a gravitational collapse, ejecting their outermost layers in a supernova explosion. …

Universe

Ancient sea reptile was one of the largest animals ever

<b>Sea reptiles the size of whales swam off the English coast while dinosaurs walked the land, according to a new fossil discovery.</b><p>The jaw bone, found on a Somerset beach, is giving clues to the ''last of the giants'' that roamed the oceans 205 million years ago.<p>The one-metre-long bone came from the …

Paleontology

Darwin's lost fossils – including a sloth the size of a car – to be made public

Fossils collected by Darwin on his global voyages on the Beagle will be digitally scanned and made available online<p>On 23 September 1832 a young naturalist, thousands of miles from home and frequently seasick and homesick, found the fossil of an enormous skull embedded in soft rock. It took Charles …

Paleontology

‘I try to disassociate from it’: My Dad Wrote A Porno’s Jamie on blue semen, Titanic rivets and the genius of Rocky Flintstone

exclusive<p>It has been three years since Jamie Morton decided that it was a good idea to read the erotic novels his father had written to his friends …

Books

This 9-year-old girl should be writing every caption for the New Yorker cartoons

Kids should just run everything, shouldn't they.<p>Comedy writer Bess Kalb shared pictures of the captions her cousin's 9-year-old child has written for …

Viral

Baby elephant giggles as it plays with its carer in super cute video

If the world is getting you down today, we have found what could be the cure.<p>Footage has captured the moment a baby elephant appears to giggle like a …

Cute

The best Cunk on Britain jokes: From Hard Ian’s wall to a jizz-filled King Arthur

Comedy genius Diane Morgan's incredible eye-rolling creation came out with some killer lines - here they are...<p>The first episode of <i>Cunk on Britain</i> …

British History

The Woman Who Knows Everything About the Universe

In 1965, physicist Richard Feynman was busy. He was busy winning the Nobel Prize, and he was busy learning to draw. One day during that productive …

Black Holes

The 'Unspeakably Disgusting' Way Stanley Kubrick Created 2001: A Space Odyssey's Trippiest Scene

Today is the 50th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s landmark masterpiece <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, and to celebrate the iconic scifi film we have an …

Stanley Kubrick

Birds Can See Earth's Magnetic Fields, And We Finally Know How That's Possible

Whoa, evolution. Just... whoa.<p>The mystery behind how birds navigate might finally be solved: it's not the iron in their beaks providing a magnetic …

Biology

People in Japan are turning aluminum foil into shiny 'metal' balls — and it's undeniably satisfying to watch

People in Japan are turning aluminum foil rolls into shiny "metal" balls, and it's mesmerizing to watch.<p>According to Bored Panda, the DIY trend took off after Twitter user puchuco709 shared a photo of the project on March 1. The user, who makes silver accessories and Karakuri dolls, tweeted a …

Social Media

World’s largest dinosaur found in Scotland

Rare dinosaur footprints belonging to the largest animal to ever roam the planet have been found in Scotland. Dozens of the 170 million-year-old fossils, belonging to early sauropods, have been unearthed in a muddy lagoon on the Isle of Skye.<p>Sauropods grew to be at least 49ft (15 metres) long and …

Paleontology

Meera Sodha’s recipe for katsu curry with panko aubergines and pickled radishes

Katsu curry is an unlikely looking heart thief, but this mysterious brown concoction is one of Japan’s favourite dishes. In my take on it, the curry sauce is made using plenty of naturally sweet vegetables, such as carrots and onions, plus a couple of storecupboard essentials. These modest …

Curries

Depressed People Use These Words More Often

They're not always negative words.<p>From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful effect on …

Machine Learning

Are there extra dimensions lurking at the quantum scale?

Our universe has three spatial dimensions – or rather, three that our human senses can actively perceive. Some theories suggest there could be many …

Physics

Scientists just came up with a way to control your dreams, and it sounds a lot like 'Inception'

A technique to induce lucid dreaming has been independently verified for the first time and might be even more effective when combined with others. More than half the participants lucidly dreamed during the trial, a record-breaking success rate in just a week without using external …

Consciousness

A runaway star in the Small Magellanic Cloud

Astronomers have discovered a rare "runaway" star that is speeding across its galaxy at a 300,000 miles per hour (at that speed it would take about …

Cosmology

Xiaomi goes after Alienware’s throne with a gaming laptop at 'half the price'

While Xiaomi is best known for its Android phones and home appliances, the Chinese brand is now branching out into gaming gear, with a new laptop that promises high-end graphics capabilities – and it costs only half as much in China as an Alienware with similar specs there.<p>The 15.6-inch Mi Gaming …

Computer Hardware

Weird New Theory Presents Unexpected Reason Huge Mammals Live in the Sea

"It’s not that water allows you to be a big mammal."<p>Fifty million years ago, whales were four-footed, tailed land mammals about the size of wolves. …

Biology