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Ancient Teotihuacan Tunnel in Mexico May Lead to Royal Tombs

MEXICO CITY — A sacred tunnel discovered in the ancient city of Teotihuacan is filled with thousands of ritual objects and may lead to royal tombs, the lead Mexican archaeologist on the project said Wednesday.<p>The entrance to the 1,800-year-old tunnel was first discovered in 2003, and its contents …

Archaeology

Mexico Is Looking For 43 Missing Students. What Has Been Found Is Truly Terrifying

After a student protest in Iguala, Mexico, last month, dozens of young men were seen being hauled off into police vans. Then, they vanished.<p>One month later, 43 students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers college are still missing and presumed dead. Instead of finding the students, authorities …

How Sneeze Particles Travel Inside An Airplane

Simulation technology shows why you should sit very far behind a sick passenger.<p>At first, the video displays the virtual insides of a crowded passenger airplane. Then all of a sudden, one of the passengers seated in the middle "sneezes." Hundreds of multicolored particles are jettisoned into the …

Particles

Should Buying Sex Be Illegal?

<i>Editor’s Note: Reporting for this article was funded by a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.</i><p>“Felicia Anna” is the <i>nom de Internet</i> of …

What Our Eyes Say About Our Sexual Preferences

Women are more flexible in their desires than men, study suggests<p>Cornell University researchers used porn and measures of pupil dilation to study arousal in straight-, gay- and bisexual-identifying men and women, reports a study published April 3 in <i>PLoS ONE</i>. The results, which point to surprising …

Vancouver Banned Doorknobs. Good.

Levers are the way of the future.<p>In Vancouver, the humble doorknob is being phased out. Kind of. Effective in March, new housing will be required to install levers on doors and faucets, instead of the good-ol' round knobs of our forefathers.<p>Cue: libertarian cries of government overreach and …

Uncontacted Amazonian Tribe Voluntarily Contacts Scientists, Catches Flu

The flu can be deadly to populations that have never encountered influenza viruses.<p>Late last month, something extraordinary happened at the edge of the rainforest in Acre, Brazil. Members of an uncontacted Amazonian tribe voluntarily approached scientists from the Brazilian government, <i>Science</i> …

Ethnology

CDC Calls Ebola Outbreak ‘Forest Fire’

As the worst outbreak of the virus ever recorded spreads rapidly through West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains what’s …

What the Hell is Up with 'Bae'?

It's in a Pharrell and Miley Cyrus song now, not just in your text to your girlfriend. Is this sticking around? We asked the dictionary.<p><b>Here it is, the dawn of "bae,"</b> word of indiscriminate origin and now 1/4 of the title in the new Pharrell and Miley Cyrus music video. "Come Get It, Bae" is here …

Language

This Tour De France Cyclist Has The Most Insane Legs Ever

They're quite a pair, aren't they?<p>Cyclist Bartosz Huzarski is getting lots of mileage off a photo he posted on Facebook of his pumped, veiny legs after he completed the 18th stage of the Tour de France.<p>They "looked more like a Spider Man costume than actual legs," Bleacher Report wrote.<p>Huzarski and …

Interpol Come Out of the Black in 'All the Rage Back Home' Video

Interpol frontman Paul Banks sings in shadows as black-and-white imagery of a man riding a surfboard opens the video for "All the Rage Back Home," …

Austin City Limits

New Order and Joy Division Guitarist Bernard Sumner Penning Memoir

New Order, Joy Division and Electronic guitarist Bernard Sumner will release his autobiography – <i>Chapter and Verse [New Order, Joy Division and Me]</i> – …

Songwriting

The 10 Most Annoying Concert Behaviors

Going to rock concerts has always meant dealing with a bunch of unruly people, many of them very drunk – but it seems like lately things have been …

Filmmaking

Interpol's Paul Banks Previews 'El Pintor': 'We're a New Band Again'

Interpol's fourth LP, 2010's self-titled, debuted after founding bassist Carlos Dengler left the band, and when promotion came to a close, the …

Indie Music

Game Time for Parquet Courts

The last day job Parquet Courts frontman Andrew Savage had was delivering weed. It was a pretty good gig – flexible hours, interesting co-workers, …

Indie Music

How India’s Honor Culture Perpetuates Mass Rape

In India’s countryside, where the absence of law and order creates a breeding ground for revenge, village councils can order women to be gang-raped …

This Squirrel Breaks Record For Tail Size... And May Eat Deer's Hearts

It usually eats fruits and seeds, but it has been said to have a taste for blood.<p>Behold the tufted ground squirrel, one of the strangest tree-dwelling rodents found on Earth. Native to Borneo, it is rarely seen--one camera trap study in a park on the island turned up only one of these squirrels, …

Lost At Sea? Survive With These Tricks

A handy manual to prepare you for life's misadventures.<p>Jose Salvador Alvarenga was fishing off the coast of Mexico in late 2012 when a powerful storm sent his boat adrift. Marshall Islanders found the battered vessel nearly 16 months later, stuck on a reef—with Alvarenga still alive inside. …

The End Is Nigh For the Guinea Worm

Eradicating this this nasty parasite would be great for humanity, but should we consider the ecological impacts?<p>The guinea worm is one seriously disturbing parasite. When someone ingests its larvae by drinking unfiltered water, the worm reproduces and incubates for months in the person's abdomen, …

These are the images from Gaza that are too graphic for many US news outlets to publish (DAY 31)

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Why Do We Hate Hipsters So F'ing Much?

Hip trendsetters are blamed for everything from gentrification to expensive beer. But do these evil hipsters even exist?<p>During the last 18 months, …

How All 50 States Got Their Names

<b>Alabama</b><p>Before Europeans landed on American shores, the upper stretches of the Alabama River in present-day Alabama used to be the home lands of a …

Native Americans

20 Common Sex Myths—Debunked!

In this episode, special guest host Dr. Aaron Carroll debunks some common myths about sex. If you'd like a transcript, there's one right here.<p>Don't …

Exclusive: Listen to Generationals' 'Gold Silver Diamond'

<b>When New Orleans duo</b> Generationals went into the studio to record their fourth album, <i>Alix</i>, out September 16, they knew they wanted to shake up the comfortable rhythm reached after nearly a decade of writing together. Enter producer Richard Swift, who has worked with notable acts including The Shins …

New Orleans

Make An LED Holiday Light Out Of Pennies

And a lemon, and some other stuff. But mostly pennies.<p>Skip the tangled strings of holiday lights this year and go wireless using a few copper-coated cents. U.S. pennies minted since 1982 conceal a zinc core. If exposed to acid, the zinc dissolves and frees electrons for use in a circuit. The …

cheer

What Sound Does A Fox Really Make?

A Norwegian dance-pop song called "The Fox" asks the question: the cow goes moo, the duck goes quack, but what sound does the fox make? We have the answer!<p>A music video from a Norwegian duo called Ylvis is primed to, as the<p>kidsmarketers say, "go viral," because it is catchy and weird and foreign …

Nobel Peace Prize Goes To The Organization That Destroyed Syria's Chemical Weapons

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a group few have heard of, was just awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. It's well-deserved. Here's who they are.<p>The Nobel Committee announced today that this year's Nobel Peace Prize will go to a group few outside the world of international …