Jessica Smithers Pickett

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Canadian floating feet mystery deepens

For the 11th time in the past four years, a human foot in a sport shoe was found on a Pacific Northwest shoreline.<p>Foot No. 11 was found Tuesday near a marina in an inlet called False Creek, police in Vancouver, British Columbia, said. Foul play was not suspected because there was no sign of trauma, …

Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Returns to Earth After Nearly Two Years

No one seems to know much about the Air Force's X-37B secret space plane except that it appears to be working exactly as designed. The unmanned Boeing-built craft, which resembles a miniature space shuttle, returned to Earth on Friday after nearly two years — 674 days, to be exact — in space. It's …

A sniper shattered the kill shot record when he took out an ISIS fighter

A Canadian sniper broke records when he took out an ISIS fighter in Iraq from over two miles, 3,540 meters in total, away.<p>“The Canadian Special …

Ben Affleck and Bill Maher are both wrong about Islamic fundamentalism

On Friday, Bill Maher and Ben Affleck got into a heated debate on the question of radical Islam. Maher's general point was that fundamentalist views are highly prevalent in predominantly Muslim societies, and that well-intentioned Western liberals too often give them a pass on it. Affleck objected, …

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Far Out! Traces of One of Universe's First Stars Detected

An ancient star in the halo surrounding the Milky Way galaxy appears to contain traces of material released by the death of one of the universe's first stars, a new study reports.<p>The chemical signature of the ancient star suggests that it incorporated material blasted into space by a supernova …

John Donne’s Erotica

A friend, visiting my first New York apartment, noticed a collection of John Donne’s poetry on my bedside table. She nodded knowingly. Donne, she said, was the most erotic poet in English literature. I nodded back, leering unconvincingly. I had no idea what she was talking about. “It’s his …

Literature

Two Spaces After a Period: Why You Should Never, Ever Do It

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably <i>wrong</i>.<p>And yet people who use two spaces …

Two Americans who contracted Ebola in Africa received an experimental serum

As the health of two Ebola-stricken American missionaries deteriorated late last month, an international relief organization backing them hunted for a medical miracle. The clock was ticking, and a sobering fact remained: Most people battling the disease do not survive.<p>Leaders at Samaritan’s Purse, …

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Newly Discovered Virus Lives in Half the World's Population

A virus that lives in the human gut has just been discovered, and to the surprise of scientists, it can be found in about half the world's …

'Game Of Thrones' Emoji Are Coming

If you thought "Seinfeld" emoji were as good as it gets, you know nothing, Internet.<p>Elite Daily has developed new "Game of Thrones" emoji, and with everything from memorable characters to awesome "GoT" items, they're guaranteed to please the old gods and the new.<p><b>Tyrion Lannister</b><p>Jon …

Morning on the Moon: Apollo 11 Showed How Far We Could Go

He was absolutely still, his weight next to nothing — almost floating, and he resisted awakening from such comfort. But he was cold — too cold to sleep. He thought about it, resting there in that wonderful semiconsciousness of half-sleep and half-awake.<p>He refused to open his eyes. He would just …

Searching for Alien Life in the Universe? Don't Look for E.T.

WASHINGTON — For the first time in history, humanity is within reach of finding Earth-like planets where life exists, but these extraterrestrials may …

James Webb Space Telescope

Psychology Finally Reveals the Answer to Finding Your Soulmate

Love doesn’t make the world go round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.<p>– Shannon L. Alder<p>We all as social creatures have a deep and underlying …

Live Science

Denisovan Molar<p>Scientists have just completed sequencing the entire genome of a species of archaic humans called Denisovans. The fossils, which …

American Student Ends Up Trapped in Giant Vagina Sculpture

MAINZ, Germany -- Call it a stimulating study-abroad experience. An American exchange student sparked an "extraordinary rescue mission" when his leg became trapped inside a giant vagina sculpture. "It was a dare," fire department squad leader Markus Mozer told NBC News. "The young man had tried to …

Higgs Boson Picture Becomes Clearer as LHC Gears Up for Restart

Physicists have found more evidence that the "Higgs-like particle" they discovered two years ago behaves just as the fabled Higgs boson should — and they've begun ramping up for fresh discoveries from the Large Hadron Collider, the world's biggest particle-smasher.<p>The fresh findings about the Higgs …

Life After Pluto: New Horizons Could Carry Your Message to the Stars

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will be working at capacity during its flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto and its moons in July 2015 — but after the flyby is finished, it'll move on to its next objectives: looking for other icy objects on the solar system's rim, and carrying messages from Earth to the …

Microsoft emulates Star Trek, turns Skype into a Universal Translator

It’s been three years since Microsoft acquired Skype for a staggering $8.5 billion, but the investment didn’t end there. Microsoft isn’t just pushing …

What Is Secondary Drowning? Everything You Gotta Know About The Hidden Swimming Danger

Summer is finally here, and after that winter we had, the thought of jumping into a swimming pool on a hot day is heavenly. If you have kids, …

SEE IT: Tourists terrified when coating on Chicago tower’s glass ledge shatters 103 floors above city

When a California family visited Chicago, they never thought this would be their souvenir photo.<p>Two brothers and their cousins were standing on a …

Hello, Naia! 12,000-Year-Old Girl's DNA Reveals First Americans' Roots

In the depths of an underwater cave in Mexico, the bones of an unlucky girl named Naia preserved clues to the origins of the First Americans for 12,000 dark years. Now her bones, and those clues, have finally come to light.<p>The shape of Naia's skull and the DNA in her bones have led researchers to …

Astronomers May Have Spotted Waves On Titan's Seas

Other than Earth, Titan is the only celestial object in the solar system capable of fostering stable liquids on the surface. But now, after years of …

Astronomy

Stephen Hawking Tells Explorers to 'Boldly Go' Beyond Earth

NEW YORK — Ambitious plans to carry humans far beyond Earth were at the forefront of the Explorers Club Annual Dinner here Saturday night, as astronauts, entrepreneurs and physicist Stephen Hawking celebrated the wonder — and necessity — of space exploration.<p>"Not to leave planet Earth would be like …

Astronomers See Signs of Waves on Titan's Weird Seas

Not only are there hydrocarbon seas on Titan, a smog-shrouded moon of Saturn, but now scientists say they see the glint of waves rippling across those seas.<p>"If correct, this discovery represents the first sea-surface waves known outside of Earth," a research team led by the University of Idaho's …

How Much House Do You Get For a Million Bucks? Not Much in DC

A million bucks doesn’t get you much in the District. In fact, according to a study by Business Insider, District real estate is the third most …