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23 Science Books That Are So Exciting They Read Like Genre Fiction

Some of the greatest nonfiction books about science read like novels. They borrow tropes and narrative tricks from science fiction, fantasy, horror, …

Books

The Top 12 Dirty Produce Items You Should Avoid

Ok, so you probably already know that unless it’s marked organic, the fruits and vegetables you are eating have been sprayed with pesticides. What …

Agriculture

Chocolate Hummus Is Better Than Cookie Dough—Here’s How to Make it at Home

Not going to lie, when I first heard chocolate hummus was a new thing, I couldn't decide whether it was genius or downright weird. Now that I've made …

Dessert

How chilly water might change emergency medicine forever

Surgeon pioneers procedure that sends body temperature plummeting.<p>For more than 50 years, doctors have sought to exploit the protective effects of cold on the human body, and therapeutic hypothermia to chill a patient's body temperature by a few degrees is now used for conditions ranging from heart …

Medicine

Amazing moment hero whale saves snorkeler from shark by hiding her under giant fin while pushing her to safety

This is the heart-stopping moment a giant 50,000-pound humpback whale protected an unsuspecting snorkeler from a SHARK by pushing her through the …

Cook Islands

It Snowed in the Sahara and the Photos Are Breathtaking

Look, I know we cover a lot of the bad types of weather here. Wildfires, droughts, extreme cold, hurricanes. But allow me to make it up to you with …

The rare ‘Slurpee Wave’ happened again, witness it in this incredible video

The natural phenomena that has hit the island of Nantucket the past few winters due to freezing cold temperatures has struck again. That’s right, the …

29 of The Most Surreal Landscapes on The Planet

Alien landscapes on Earth.<p>Earth is full of bizarre landscapes. Some are land formations moulded over thousands of years, while others are human-made …

Strange Atomic Ripples in Graphene Could Unlock Clean, Limitless Energy

Holy crap.<p>By all measures, graphene shouldn't exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of …

Nanotech

High-Tech Cocktail Glass Lets You Experience Plain Water as the Perfect Cocktail

If you’ve been having trouble finding the right cocktail to suite your taste, look no further than the Vockatil, a high-tech cocktail glass that …

Augmented Reality

Draw Inspiration From These 21st Century Bathroom Designs

The bathroom is one of the most static and traditional spaces in any residence. However, in recent times, this space has gained an identity that …

Architecture

Deep in The Ocean, There's a 'Shadow Zone' Where The Water Is 2,000 Years Old

An airless, mysterious abyss.<p>The oldest water in the ocean didn't reach its advanced years by accident.<p>Deep in the North Pacific, a vast stretch of …

Atlantic Ocean

An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the …

Dessert

​The Conscious Buyer's Guide To Safe Seafood

Take this cheat sheet to the seafood aisle with you to buy more sustainable, safe fish.<p>You know that eating fish—particularly fatty fish like salmon or mackerel—offers some pretty impressive health benefits, from boosting heart health to keeping your brain sharp. But as soon as you get to the …

Aquaculture

How to Fake Matrix-Style Bullet-Time Effects Without a Hollywood Budget

Five months ago, the Russian/Ukrainian musical group 5’Nizza released a music video for their track, <i>Samoliot</i>, featuring a series of mishaps that were …

This floating lightbulb just went Peak Wireless Charging

The Flyte Magnus 2.0 is a flying lightbulb that’s powered by a wireless charger. This is a solution similar to what’s used in wireless smartphone …

Step Aside, Fireball: Fire Cider Is Our Spicy (and Healthy!) Shot of Choice - Chowhound

Fire cider—the throat-stripping, sinus-clearing, hot-spiced, thoroughly modern cider vinegar concoction that devotees down in daily shots—has its …

Alternative Medicine

The Best Places to Learn an Adventure Sport

Head to class in one of these stunning destinations for the world’s best adventure lessons.<p>Our favorite outdoor obsessions can take years to master, but everybody has to start somewhere. If you've always wanted to surf, dive, or climb and aren’t sure how to start, try going back to school. A week …

Scuba Diving

New ‘Ruby’ Chocolate Is Naturally Pink and Will Change Desserts Forever

As any confectionary connoisseur knows, chocolate comes in three main varieties: dark, milk, and white. While this tasty trio has been left untouched since white chocolate made its delicious debut 80 years ago, Swiss cocoa company Barry Callebaut has recently released a fourth flavor: ruby, a …

Dancers and Photographers Come Together for Incredible Spontaneous Photo Shoots

What happens when you gather world class dancers, photographers, and social media influencers in dramatic settings across the United States? #CamerasandDancers. For the past few years, Jacob Jonas The Company has been hosting monthly Instameets with social influencers, allowing dancers and …

Annie Leibovitz Photographs the “Invisible Man” Who Camouflages into Anything

Chinese artist Lui Bolin, aka Invisible Man, and renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz have teamed up in two advertising campaigns for the luxury apparel brand Moncler. Fusing Bolin’s penchant for body paint illusions and Leibovitz’s incredible photographic eye, they’ve produced images that are as …

Striking Photos of the Best Wedding Photography Around the World

Every year, Junebug Weddings showcases the stunning beauty of weddings across the globe with their <i>Best of the Best Destination Photo Contest</i>. Naturally, this year's edition of the annual competition is no different, as evident in the website's striking selection of around-the-world wedding …

Trees with “Crown Shyness” Mysteriously Avoid Touching Each Other

If you look up toward certain types of towering trees—including eucalyptus, Sitka spruce, and Japanese larch—you may notice a unique phenomenon: the uppermost branches don't touch. Known as “crown shyness,” this natural occurrence results in rupture-like patterns in the forest canopy that seem to …

12 of the World’s Most Scenic Train Trips

To many people, travel is all about reaching a destination. With this mindset, they may be tempted to hop on a plane or pack up the car, oblivious to the spectacular sights they'll miss as they zoom toward their target. Hoping to open jet-setters' eyes to alternative ways of traveling, <i>National</i> …

This Vacation Rentals Site Is Like Airbnb for People Who Love Architecture

Vacation planning offers a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Services like Airbnb help to foster these getaways by letting you live like a local in an area home. And sometimes, these accommodations are the best part of the trip. Building on this idea is PlansMatter, a …

Majestic Whale Art Inspired by the Beautiful Mysteries of the Sea

Inspired by her coastal surroundings, California-based artist Marissa Quinn creates enchanting illustrations of whales. Each whimsical work of whale art features highly imaginative iconography that places the calm creatures in surreal, dream-like scenes.<p>Using black ink, Quinn realistically renders …

Nature

How to Make Your Own Temporary Tattoos

This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase, My Modern Met may earn an affiliate commission. Please read our disclosure for more info.<p>Love body art but not ready to commit to a permanent piece? If so, you've probably experimented with temporary tattoos, washable works of art that …

Lifelike Buttercream Flowers Transform Ordinary Cakes into Bountiful Bouquets

When is a bouquet of flowers <i>not</i> a bouquet of flowers? When it’s a cake, of course! Over the past year, we've been blown away by the artistic possibilities of sweet treats. From goth-inspired nuptials to confections with a painterly twist, it seems that the sky’s the limit when it comes to …

The Uncanny Sound Illusion That Creates Suspense in Christopher Nolan's Movies

Ever notice how Christopher Nolan’s movies (<i>Interstellar</i>, <i>Inception</i>, <i>The Prestige</i>) <i></i>feel like an anxiety attack? Well, maybe that’s overstating things a …

Christopher Nolan

How Insomnia Shaped Franz Kafka’s Creative Process and the Writing of The Metamorphosis: A New Study Published in The Lancet

Whatever else we take from it, Franz Kafka’s nightmarish fable <i>The M</i><i>etamorphosis</i> offers readers an especially anguished allegory on troubled sleep. …