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You Can Visit This Abandoned, Ivy-Covered Town in China for Just 50 Cents

Houtouwan, a once-thriving Chinese fishing village located about 40 miles southeast of Shanghai, is now empty and eerily overgrown with ivy. Well, …

Real Estate

Water Has More Than One Type of Molecule, And That's Even Stranger Than We Thought

Scientists have finally managed to separate them.<p>Not that you could tell by looking at it, but the glass of water sitting on your desk contains two …

Nature Communications

Alien life might thrive on the moons of these 121 giant planets

There's been a lot of excitement in recent years around the discovery of thousands of exoplanets, including dozens that might have the right conditions for supporting life. But new research suggests a number of moons around giant planets beyond our solar system might also be lively places.<p>An …

Astronomy

How To Understand Quantum Logics — Red Bull Mind Gamers

“I guess no particular one other than an open mind and a natural curiosity to make sense of the plethora of things one can observe in nature.”<p>Does …

Quantum Physics

What is The Ultimate Beard and How to Grow One

The beard is back as one of the main trends today. You can see bearded guys everywhere, ranging from top fashion runway shows to Instagram profiles …

Hair Care

17 Times Celebrities Had To Stop Their Interviews To Point Out Blatant Sexism

"Do you do that to the guys?"

Record-Breaking Evidence Just Changed What We Know About Star Birth After The Big Bang

We are getting super-close to the cosmic dawn.<p>Astronomers using some of the most powerful telescopes on Earth have found evidence that stars were …

Satellite images reveal which countries cheat on their economic statistics

The temptation is great for government officials to manipulate economic statistics. Foremost among them is gross domestic product, the most commonly used measure of a country’s economy, which often serves as a proxy for a government’s financial stewardship. In a free society, groups like the civil …

How One of Bogotá’s Original Suburban Oases Got Its Groove Back

Go to La Soledad and whole blocks might feel abandoned and ghostly. Maybe it’s the weird residue from 2006, when residents began to flee after a …

see these 7 expedia ancient sites wondrously restored before your eyes

apr 12, 2018<p>with this cave-like townhouse, H&P architects takes more inspiration from the natural world than from the man-made environment.<p>with this …

Why archaeologists are arguing about sweet potatoes

It’s a hot (potato) mess.<p>At some point, sweet potatoes crossed the Pacific. This much we know. As for the rest—How? When? Why?—we’re just not sure.<p>Or, to be more clear, some people are sure they’re sure, and others disagree.<p>Sweet potatoes have been at the center of a massive archaeological debate …

Anthropology

The Entire "Dawson's Creek" Cast Reunited For The Show's 20th Anniversary And I'm Not Okay

I didn't wanna wait!!!

Restaurants make big bucks off people who aren’t eating a thing

If you can’t sell enough food and booze, try marketing the toilet.<p>Slammed by soaring costs for food, labor and rent, New York’s bars, restaurants and …

The truth behind the mysterious holes in Hong Kong's high-rises

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Repulse Bay is a luxury apartment complex in Hong Kong that is famous locally for the curious hole cut into the body of its undulating façade.<p>It is not alone. Along the coast of Hong Kong Island, you can find multiple properties with gaps in their midst. There's the Larvotto residence …

Hong Kong

The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality

There’s a hole at the heart of quantum physics.It’s a deep hole. Yet it’s not a hole that prevents the theory from working. Quantum physics is, by …

Deleting Facebook is easier said than done

Over the past few days, Facebook has come under intense scrutiny due to its previous relationship with Cambridge Analytica, a data-science company that secretly culled information from 50 million Facebook users. This has raised questions not only about the social network's role in the data harvest …

Here are the fastest growing cities in the world

Thanks to drastic increases in crop yields and the falling need for manual farm labor, a mass migration towards cities started in the years following the Industrial Revolution.<p>This phenomenon first originated in developed economies as people moved to work in factories that produced consumer goods …

What Is An Enneagram? This In-Depth Personality Test Can Reveal Your Hidden Strengths

You're probably in the know about the Myers-Briggs Type Indictor personality assessment, but you might not be familiar with another disposition test. …

Psychology

Ariel Pink shares new video for ‘Acting’

Entertainment

Understanding quantum computers: The basics

Theoretical physics isn’t the easiest field in science to translate into laymen’s terms. Until recently it’s solely been the domain of geniuses like the late Stephen Hawking and fictional characters such as <i>The Big Bang Theory’s</i> Sheldon Cooper. As companies like Google, IBM, and Intel work to build …

Why Ravens and Crows Are Earth’s Smartest Birds

Their brains may be tiny, but birds have been known to outsmart children and apes.<p>Until the 21st century, birds were largely dismissed as simpletons. How smart can you be with a brain the size of a nut?<p>And yet the more we study bird intelligence, the more those assumptions are breaking down. …

Washington State

A new tool uses legal loopholes to get you cheaper flights by checking prices 17,000 times a day

A new service is trying to exploit legal loopholes to get people cheaper plane tickets by automatically checking flight prices 17,000 times a day.<p>DoNotPay, an automated legal tool, is branching out into helping users book airline tickets, it announced on Monday. It says its services have previously …

These Are the Prettiest Places on Earth to Feed Your Wanderlust

It's normal to overlook the simple pleasures in life when we feel stuck in a place or routine that doesn't fulfill us. But ironically, those are also …

Travel

21 Sci-Fi Books To Read After You Watch 'Annihilation'

With the film adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's New Weird novel in theaters, it seems appropriate to give you a list of 21 suggested books to read …

Books

This Amazing Map Depicts The 13,000 Hidden Wonders Of The World That You Need To Visit

Consider this your source of travel inspo for life.<p><i>This post was translated from Spanish.</i>

Wonders of the World

Self-evident

Contrary to recent opinion, there is such a thing as the self, and it is empirically amenable to scientific investigation<i>By Şerife Tekin</i>Read at Aeon

The Good Place: how a sitcom made philosophy seem cool

• <b>Warning: contains spoilers!</b><p>Oh, to have been a fly on the wall during the pitch meeting for The Good Place. Who’d have thought that ratings gold would be found in a sitcom about the afterlife, with regular references to Immanuel Kant, David Hume and Aristotle? It presumably helped to have comedy …

Kristen Bell

6 Abandoned Step Wells with Amazing Architecture in India

Overview of Step Wells in India<p>India's abandoned step wells are an important part of the country's history and architecture. Although information …

Why we shouldn't be concerned that the Y chromosome is becoming extinct

The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring. Although it …

Genetics
Language