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Steve McCurry Retrospective Presents 150 Striking Portraits of People and Cultures Around the World

In his new exhibition <i>Oltre lo Sguardo</i>, acclaimed American photographer Steve McCurry displays 150 of his photos from a career that has spanned over 30 years and countless treks across the globe. McCurry, who is perhaps best known for his iconic <i>Afghan Girl</i> photo, is celebrated for his rich, …

Photographers

The Unexpected Origins Of Chopsticks, And How You're Really Supposed To Use Them

The wooden set of paper-tucked utensils that are hastily shoved into a greasy Chinese food takeout bag have much more of a sophisticated history. The first-known chopsticks were found in tombs in the Henan province, located in a central part of China. They were initially used for cooking -- made of …

Science determines catchiest hit song of all time

What makes that earworm an earworm? Musicologists at the University of Amsterdam recently set out to find out, collecting data from 12,000 participants who listened to a random selection from 1,000 hit singles in the UK dating back to the 1940s.<p>The results were unveiled at the Manchester Science …

5 Illegal Photos Of London’s Abandoned Underworld, Captured By Daring Place-Hackers

A new book showcases the work of 12 anonymous photographers obsessed with spelunking London’s forgotten tunnels.<p>Aboveground, London is an exceptionally clean and well-groomed city, but its streets hide an dystopian-looking underworld, blocked off from the vast majority of the public for decades. …

8 Lady Video Bloggers Who Make The Internet A Better Place

The Internet can be a scary place for women. (See here, here and here.) There are, however, <i>many</i> badass women bravely combatting online misogyny. Many of these fierce females can be found right on YouTube, talking about a range of important issues every day -- and they deserve a round of …

The Entrancing Cinemagraph Creations of Julien Douvier

The cinemagraph genre is one of the most exciting to follow because, unlike almost every other type of “photography” (in quotes since you they aren’t …

76 of 79 deceased NFL players' brains had evidence of degenerative disease

Majority of football players who submitted their brains to Department of Veterans Affairs' study had chronic traumatic encephalopathy<p>New data from the United States' largest repository of human brain samples has shown that an overwhelming majority of NFL players who submitted their brains for …

Four Predictions About The Ebola Outbreak

One epidemiologist's outlook on what the Ebola epidemic has in store for West Africa—and the rest of the world.<p>The latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that 128 more West Africans have contracted Ebola since Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,975, including 1,069 …

11 Must-Try Japanese Foods You've Never Heard of

Sure you know sushi, but there's a whole world of amazing, lesser-known Japanese foods that deserve a taste (and an Instagram post) too.<p>Next time you're in your favorite Japanese restaurant, or if you're lucky enough to make a trip to Tokyo, step outside your comfort zone and order one of these …

Elon Musk: We Need a Million People to Colonize Mars

Space Travel

This Physicist Says She Has Proof Black Holes Simply Don't Exist

Scientists have lots of bizarre theories about black holes. Black holes gobble up everything that gets too close, even light. They can cause time to slow. They contain entire universes.<p>But here's something about black holes you might not have heard: they simply don't exist.<p>At least that's the …

Portal 2 Improves Cognitive Skills More Than Lumosity Does, Study Finds

What does it mean when "entertainment" games improve players' test scores more than brain-training programs?<p>Like many people, Val Shute likes playing video games. But while she's gaming, she doesn't exactly think about the same things the average person does.<p>For example, Shute loved playing the …

Research

The Best Way to Reheat Pizza at Home

<i>Reheating pizza is an important skill, especially since we're talking Italy all week long! So we're re-running this post. Thank us later.</i><p>So you've managed—by some divine grace—not to finish your entire pizza. That alone is accomplishment enough, and you should be proud of your noble restraint. You …

Cast Iron Skillet

Stuff People Say to Photographers: A Funny List of the Most Infuriating Comments You’ll Hear from Clients

Sometimes, you just have to laugh to keep form crying, and that’s what this fun video from Clint Decker of The Crossroads DSLR Photoclub tries to …

Ben & Jerry's New 'SNL'-Inspired Flavor Is Their Best Yet, But You Won't Find It In A Pint

Food people are a very giving people, but every once in a blue moon we're delivered a gift that is too good to share. A gift that turns us into Gollum-like beasts, cowering over a pint of ice cream and whispering, "My precioussss." This time, the treasure is Ben & Jerry's latest flavor, Two Wild & …

Dogs Can Be Optimistic Or Pessimistic Just Like People, Study Shows

Some see the bowl as half-empty; for other dogs, it's half-full.<p>At least that's what researchers at The University of Sydney in Australia say. Their new study shows that some dogs are inherently more optimistic than others.<p>"This research is exciting because it measures positive and negative …

Old, Inexpensive, and Tack-Sharp: Canon’s Best Lenses You Don’t Know About

These days, it seems that if you want to get a nice sharp lens, you have to spend $1000 on a piece of L glass. Aside from the nifty fifty’s of the …

Ig Nobel Prizes Celebrate Jesus Toast and Other Silly Science

Even seemingly silly science can be useful — for example, it's good to know that if you're experiencing a raging nosebleed, shoving a slice of cured pork up your nose just might save your life. Or that it's normal to see the face of Jesus on a piece of toast.<p>Those published scientific findings, and …

Science

People Really Do Look Like Their Dogs, And Here's Why

Dog owners look like their dogs. Or so people say.<p>Take Huffington Post sports columnist Jordan Schultz (below), who says he and his wife, Breanna, are often told they're the spitting image of their pups Lexi and Zepplin. "People always say that," he said. "And I love it, huge compliment for …

What is the Shape of the Universe?

If you could somehow manage to step outside of the universe, what would it look like? Scientists have struggled with this question, taking several …

Photographer Creates a Fantasy World for Her One-Handed Daughter to Show Her Anything is Possible

Photographer and mother Holly Spring‘s photography has always been about her daughter. Born with only one hand and suffering from something known as …

Fly Past Neptune’s Moon Triton in this Video Made from Real Pictures Shot by Voyager 2 in 1989

25 years and two days ago today, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft passed right over Neptune’s largest moon Triton. It’s the only spacecraft to have ever …

11 Controversies Caused by Cartoons

For a medium that lends itself to silly subjects, cartoon controversy is more common than you might think. From toons driving drunk to WWII satire, …

8 More S'mores

If you're lucky, you went camping this summer. You cooled your tired feet in a bubbling stream, went to sleep with a knockout view of the stars, and woke up with your hair smelling like woodsmoke. There may or may not have been ghost stories and sing-alongs. We hope there was a guitar. One thing's …

Dessert

Ebola outbreak: 'Even worse than I'd feared'

"It's even worse than I'd feared," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday of the Ebola outbreak rampaging through West Africa. "Every day this outbreak goes on, it increases the risk for another export to another country.<p>"The sooner the world …

Do We Live in a 2-D Hologram? Physicists Aim to Find Out

Physicists at Fermilab in Illinois have turned on a laser-based experiment that could reveal whether the three-dimensional world we perceive is merely a "Matrix"-style illusion generated by a cosmic two-dimensional hologram.<p>The Holometer experiment is the result of years of work by particle …

Physics

In Ferguson, 'Everybody Had A Bad Experience' With Police

FERGUSON, Mo. -- Two weeks ago, before a massive police crackdown on protests over the death of an 18-year-old, community members in this small Saint Louis suburb were cleaning up businesses along the main stretch of shops hit by looting.<p>Conversations with employees at some of those stores were …