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A UFO Abduction on the Streets of Dresden by OakOak

Here’s a fun piece in Dresden by street artist OakOak (previously) who also recently published a new book. You can follow more of his quirky …

Why Certain American Football Games Are Called 'Bowls'

<i>Today I Found Out</i> host Simon Whistler dug through history to explain why certain american football games are called “bowls” in his latest video. …

What are the origins of country names?

We’ve taken on an ambitious task today: we’re looking at the origin stories behind the names (in English) of every single country in the world – …

Christopher Columbus

The horrors of modern slavery, in numbers

<i>Human Rights is a key topic at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2017. Watch the session on Issue Briefing: Human Rights in a Multipolar</i> …

Snowstorm Slams into the Northeast: Pictures

Always believe in yourself

New Close-Up Image of Jupiter's South Pole is Mind-Blowingly Beautiful

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has once again delivered stunning images of Jupiter, this time giving us a glimpse at the gas giant’s south pole. The image, …

Astronomy

How to access 375,000 beautiful, copyright-free images from New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art

The sumptuous lips of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian queen’s face, and the plump belly of a 9th-century Mexican baby, are now at your disposal.<p>New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has released 375,000 images of works from its collection, with no restrictions on what you can do with them. The images, …

Art

‘Americans’

New Yorkers Band Together to Remove Swastikas Scribbled on Subway Car

On Saturday night, New Yorker Gregory Locke boarded the 1 train in Manhattan. As he settled into a car, he was shocked at what he saw: “a Swastika on every advertisement and every window.” Scribbled in permanent ink, the hateful graffiti alarmed the passengers, who sat silently and weren’t quite …

Travel

We don't pay visual artists properly – that needs to change

The Fair Pay for Artists campaign is right to push for a fees fund, super changes and an income supplement pension<p>Jane is a fairly typical artist who is trying to build and maintain her career. She has had reasonable success with her art thus far but has needed to subsidise her income by taking on …

Artists

An interesting use of American Skittles

How the U.S. Marines Encourage Service-Based Leadership

Most of us feel that we’re completely stretched to capacity at work and have nothing left to give. But according to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of the workforce is either “actively disengaged” or “not engaged,” meaning there are millions of professionals who have discretionary effort — effort they …

Leadership

Up Helly Aa Festival in the Shetland Islands: Pictures

Australian Ice Cream Shop Creates Beautiful Roses From Uniquely Flavored, Hand-Crafted Gelato

A photo posted by Nathan Hunter (@natehunt) on Jan 20, 2017 at 6:07pm PST<p>I-Creamy Artisan Gelato shop in Sydney, Australia has truly differentiated …

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

The fabric of the Universe, spacetime, is a tricky concept to understand. But we’re up to the challenge. Image credit: Pixabay user JohnsonMartin.<p>When it comes to understanding the Universe, there are a few things everyone’s heard of: Schrödinger’s cat, the Twin Paradox and E = mc^2. But despite …

Physics

A Tremendous Roundup Of Street Art Ridiculing Donald Trump

From England and Austria to New York and Los Angeles, the writing is on the wall.<p>Street artists have a lot to say about President Donald Trump ― little of it flattering.<p>Works criticizing the former reality TV personality began appearing on walls around the world soon after he launched his bid for …

Street Art

3 Things You Need to Know About the Science Rebellion Against Trump

The new president’s first moves on science spur a Twitter war and prompt a march.<p>The Trump administration was merely minutes old when all references to climate change disappeared from the White House website. Later that day, the National Park Service Twitter account was briefly shutdown because the …

Climate

Watch Alien Worlds Whirl Around a Distant Star

Scientists turned years of images into a spellbinding movie of a faraway stellar system in action.<p>Not too far away, four worlds are orbiting a young, bright star—and now, after staring at the alien stellar system for seven years, we can watch as the planets quietly trace their cosmic loops.<p>There’s …

Astronomy

Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …

Quantum Mechanics

Renowned Neurologist Oliver Sacks Quotes From an H.G. Wells Story in an Animated 1996 Lost Interview

Doctor Oliver Sacks, the renowned neurologist and author of such best-selling works as <i>Awakenings</i> and <i>The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other</i> …

I'm Not a Cat, I'm An Alternative Dog

A photo posted by Shorty and Kodi (@shortyandkodi) on Jan 23, 2017 at 6:01am PST<p>I’m Not a Cat, I’m An Alternative Dog by Shorty and Kodi<p>Related …

Lost Dark Age kingdom hidden for 1,400 years discovered in Scotland

A long lost kingdom dating from the Dark Ages is thought to have been discovered in Scotland, archaeologists have said.<p>The site at Trusty's Hill in …

Archaeology

Trump advances controversial oil pipelines with executive action

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed executive actions to advance approval of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines.<p>The decision to advance the pipelines cast aside efforts by President Barack Obama's administration to block construction of the two pipelines, while …

Dakota Access Pipeline

Badlands National Park deletes tweets on climate change

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Badlands National Park official account tweeted statistics about climate change on Tuesday that could contradict how President Donald Trump's administration may want to present it.<p>The tweets were up for a few hours before they were deleted.<p>"Today, the amount of carbon dioxide …

Donald Trump

Meet the Man to Blame for Comic Sans

Comic Sans has gone from being the ubiquitous text choice of early web Angelfire pages to being that font that everyone thinks sucks. But for its …

Typography

The 79 books Barack Obama recommended during his Presidency

Throughout his time in the White Office, President Barack Obama has recommended hundreds of books.<p>For the last two years, for instance, Obama has …

Literature

I Watched Neil deGrasse Tyson Take On a Science Skeptic

Last week, the American Museum of Natural History in New York and famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson held a press event to announce the …

Physics