brendan cooper

89 Flips | 4 Magazines | 25 Likes | 4 Following | @fivebrendan | Keep up with brendan cooper on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “brendan cooper”

My stolen childhood - investigating Ghana's practice of 'trokosi'

Thousands of women across West Africa have been enslaved by a centuries-old practice called “trokosi”.<p>Girls are forced to live and work with priests in shrines, some for the rest of their lives, to “pay” for the sins of family members.<p>Brigitte Sossou Perenyi was one of those girls. Twenty years …

Africa

Scientists believe alien life may exist in other universes after discovering a mysterious 'force'

ALIEN life could exist in other universes, according to a group of scientists studying a mysterious force known as dark energy.<p>Previous theories …

Dark Matter

This 22-year-old college student makes $10,000 a month off Amazon's Alexa

David Markey, a 22-year-old senior studying applied mathematics and economics at Brown University, got his first Amazon Echo during the e-commerce …

Automation

Rainbow Six Siege is getting ... aliens?

The Rainbow Six team will face a new biohazard threat<p><i>Tom Clancy’s</i> <i>Rainbow Six</i> <i>Siege</i> is a tactical shooter that is, for the most part, grounded in realism. But a forthcoming event, titled Outbreak, will apparently give the latest Rainbow Six some sci-fi flavor in the form of ... aliens?<p>Ubisoft has …

Gaming Industry

Whales can mimic human speech, and you have to hear it to believe it

We’ve known for some time that orca whales are incredibly intelligent creatures, capable of advanced social behaviors and coordinated hunting …

Cute

Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song for 15 Seconds Will Instantly Make You More Creative | Inc.com

Innovation matters. Creativity matters. Finding new solutions to old problems is what businesses -- and careers -- are often built on.<p>Sound therapy is a popular way to relax and reduce stress. But now you can use the power of music to be more creative.<p>Researchers at Radboud University split …

Creativity

Mysterious Radio Blasts from a Distant Galaxy Draw Attention of Alien Hunters

Repeating bursts of radio waves coming from a distant dwarf galaxy probably aren't signals from an extraterrestrial civilization, but that hasn't …

Samsung's graphene batteries could charge your phone in 12 minutes

While persistent efforts in phone design and software optimization have got us to the point where our handsets can now last a day on a single charge, there’s work to be done yet if we’re heading for a future rife with VR and AR apps.<p>To that end, Samsung says it’s inching closer to making better …

Aztec Society

Aztec society was hierarchical and divided into clearly defined classes. The nobility dominated the key positions in the military, state …

Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses

The Large and Varied Pantheon of Sumerian and Akkadian Deities<p>Mesopotamian gods and goddesses are known from the literature of the Sumerian people, …

400 mysterious ancient stone structures discovered in Saudi Arabia

Almost 400 mysterious stone structures dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Saudi Arabia, with a few of these wall-like formations draping across old lava domes, archaeologists report.<p>Many of the stone walls, which archaeologists call "gates" because they resemble field gates from …

Earth's Underworld is Real and Scientists Just Mapped It

<i>Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate,</i> reads the gates to the <i>Inferno.</i> “Abandon all hope, you who enter,” which is a pretty nice way of saying …

Exoplanets 101

Exoplanet– a planet that orbits another star<p>The blocky space telescope was still getting its bearings, just a few months after launch, when the …

You'll never be Bill Nye, but you can be a data scientist

If Bill Nye reinvented his show for the modern era, he'd probably be the <i>Data</i> Science Guy. Skilled analytics professionals are in high demand across …

Data Science

NASA wrapped its most famous spacecraft in aluminum kitchen foil — a last-minute move that may have saved the mission

NASA launched its twin Voyager probes four decades ago, one of the most exalted missions in the space agency's history.<p>The Voyager mission explored Jupiter and Saturn more deeply than ever before, surveyed Uranus and Neptune for the first time, then left the solar system. The probes are now …

Astronomy

A new website lets you design custom maps of anywhere in the world — and the results are undeniably cool

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Grafomap<p>I've lived in my current apartment for six months, and I still have yet to find wall art my partner and I both like enough to hang …

A New Record Nears: The World's Largest Telescope Prepares For Completion

If you want to learn more about the Universe than you ever have before, there’s only so much you can do. You can improve your optics and your seeing, making your mirrors smoother and defect-free than ever before. You can improve your conditions, through adaptive optics or optimizing your …

Hubble Space Telescope

These routers encrypt everything and anything you do online

This year both Norton and Asus have released new, privacy-focussed routers. In an age where attacks on data are on the rise, upgrading router …

We Just Picked Up an Intense Burst of 15 Weird Signals From a Distant Galaxy

What do they mean?<p>In the early hours of Saturday morning, researchers searching the Universe for signs of alien life detected 15 explosive radio …

Giant 'Rivers in The Sky' Are Causing Widespread Chaos in California

We finally know what's causing these historic floods.<p>This month, the percentage of California still stuck in a drought dropped by 22 percent in a …

Going Bananas: The Real Story of Kepler, Copernicus and the Church

<i>Paul Sutter</i> <i>is an astrophysicist at</i> <i>The Ohio State University</i> <i>and the chief scientist at</i> <i>COSI Science Center</i><i>. Sutter is also host of</i> <i>Ask a Spaceman</i>,</i> …

How Photographers Captured the Biggest Full Moon in 70 Years

We won't see anything like it again until 2034.<p>Early this morning, astrophotographers got their closest look at the moon in 70 years, and the internet won't stop talking about it. The so-called "supermoon" is a flashy name for any full moon in October, November, and December, when its elliptical …

Was 1356 the Greatest Year in European History?

Back in 2012, I wrote a detailed article explaining that Europe became rich in part because Europe didn’t exist.The geographic landmass of Europe …

Europe

3tags.org is coming soon

Philly's Young Artist, Lindsay Rapp, On Female Subjects, Crashing Waves And Owning Her Own Gallery

At just 24 years old, Lindsay Rapp, proud and petite, owns her own art gallery in the hub of Old City, Philadelphia. After graduating from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Rapp took her passion for painting and worked towards having a space of her own, where her nautical, ethereal paintings …

This Sculptor Will Deceive Your Eyes Into Believing His Ceramic Sculptures Are Wood

Christopher David White is a sculptor, but he’s also an illusionist of sorts. Take a look at his amazing creations to see what we mean. Then take a …

This Weird Meteorite Could Be Our First Ever From The Outer Solar System

It's like no other space rock on Earth.<p>It’s taken us 16 years, but we might finally know the origin of one of the strangest meteorites to ever …

Why do we wake up stiff in the mornings? Scientists discover the answer

Scientists have discovered why we wake up stiff in the morning - because our body's natural ibuprofen has not kicked in yet.<p>Researchers revealed the reason our limbs can feel rigid and achy when we rise is because the body's biological clock suppresses anti-inflammatory proteins during sleep.<p>When …

Back Pain