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The best space facts ever – in pictures

Did you know Venus spins in the opposite direction to all the other planets in our solar system and there are thought to be trillions of diamonds on Uranus? Space experts Dr Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman tell all – with the help of Professor Astro Cat

Astronomy

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the hoverboard craze

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and one of the most sought-after gifts is loved by celebrities and athletes alike, happens to be illegal to use in some countries—and catches fire on occasion. The hoverboard is everywhere right now, and Quartz has complied a guide to help you understand …

Hoverboards

The 8 Best Movies of 2015 (So Far)

As movie releases go, 2015 is kind of a big deal.<p>From "Avengers: Age of Ultron" to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," this year is packed with sequels, blockbusters, and potential awards bait -- all vying for our hard-earned allowance money and, more importantly, our coveted thumbs up.<p>Audiences have …

Movies

Revealed: The secret menu items you didn’t know you could order at McDonald's

Stunning aerial photographs of London by Jason Hawkes - Telegraph

5 creepy new British books guaranteed to scare you this Halloween

LONDON — Perhaps unsurprisingly for such a spooky and haunted isle, Britain never ceases to inspire ghoulish tales.<p>This autumn, a slew of ghost …

Never touch an Englishman: The cuddliest nationalities in Europe, ranked

Do you greet a stranger by kissing them on the cheek or giving them a firm handshake?<p>In the largest study ever quantifying where people were comfortable being touched and by whom, 1,300 men and women were asked the same question. The results suggest that when greeting most people, you’re better off …

University of Oxford

There’s a Mystery Machine That Sculpts the Human Genome

Geneticists can’t see this machine, but they can see its works—and they say it might be the key to reshaping the genome.<p>Genomes are so regularly represented as strings of letters—As, Gs, Cs, and Ts—that it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just abstract collections of data. They exist in three …

Japanese Bonsai Tree Takes a 10-Year Journey Around the Globe

Conceptual artist Azuma Makoto pushes the boundaries of traditional Japanese flower arrangement, taking his plant and flower designs to entirely new levels. Makoto's 10-year project <i>Shiki: Landscape and Beyond,</i> captures the journey of a Japanese white pine bonsai tree around (and above) the globe. …

Art

6 Sleep Habits Of Productive People

For starters: They don’t need alarm clocks, stick to their bedtimes, and don’t sleep with their smartphones.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 habits to adopt to be better at your job in 2016. See the full list here.</i><p>You may feel super productive by pulling all nighters, but you’re …

7 Books for Your October Reading List

Reading suggestions for every fall goal, from making a strong one to working well with others.<p>Reading suggestions for every fall goal, from making a strong one to working well with others.

Books

Hypnotic 3D Canvas Sculptures Play with Vibrant Colors and Swirling Textures

Partners Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman, collectively known as Stallman, marry their individual talent and vision to create mesmerizing three dimensional sculptures out of canvas and paint. Their newest collection of work, titled <i>Canvas on the Edge</i>, aims to highlight the nature of the materials by …

Sculpture

10 Oktoberfests to Visit If You Can't Make it To Munich

As throngs of thirsty folk head to the halls for Oktoberfest 2015, we round up our favorite Oktoberfests around the country.<p><i>This post originally appeared in 2014 and has been updated.</i><p>Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg, Texas<p>Texas has strong ties to Germany—Texas German, a dialect, is still used amongst …

This Porn App Is Secretly Taking Photos of You

And will try to charge you a ransom.<p>People who downloaded a free porn Android app called Adult Player were in for a rude awakening when the app locked their phones and revealed it had secretly been taking pictures of them the whole time. A message on screen demanded a ransom of $500 if the …

Apps

Mars: we're going to need a bigger parachute, says Nasa

The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as Nasa prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.<p>For decades, robotic landers and rovers have hitched a ride to Earth's planetary neighbour using the …

(Read D.) Tales Of Xillia 2 Playthrough w/ Commentary - Part 9 - Muzet!?

Greece

China

Hungary (Axis Power Hetalia)

England and Norway

Iceland - Hetalia

Hetalia

Hetalia Franchise Gets Musical Adaptation in Tokyo in December

Hidakaz Himaruya's original manga centers on anthropomorphized nations<p>Hidekaz Himaruya's Hetalia - Axis Powers manga and television anime franchise …

6th Hetalia Anime's 1st Video Unveils July Debut, Italy's Theme Song

Daisuke Namikawa sings "Hetalia Jet" for Hetalia The World Twinkle<p>The official website for Hetalia The World Twinkle, the sixth anime season inspired …

The “five-second rule”—a scientist evaluates whether your eating habits could make you sick

When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up within five seconds? This urban food myth contends that if food spends just a few seconds on the floor, dirt and germs won’t have much of a chance to contaminate it. Research in my lab has focused on how food and food …

Microbiology

The World's 18 Strangest Hotels

For the intrepid, quirky and adventurous traveler, the flower-quilted double bed and lacquered furniture of a typical hotel room is just plain boring. Here are the world's 18 strangest hotels.<p>The first thing every hotel developer considers before construction is "who is the guest, and why are they …

Living Rooms

Man Freezes Alongside Icy Painting in Surreal Self-Portrait Sculpture

If an artwork could ever give you a chill, it’s a sculpture by Laurent Pernot. His piece titled <i>Self Portrait Face to a Winter Canvas</i> features a life-sized replica of the Paris-based artist as he stands in front of a framed snowy scene. While that might sound innocuous, the artwork has a strange and …

Art