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30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

Meet Hideo Muraoka, Your New Favorite Male Model

He's half Japanese, half Brazilian, AND ALL PERFECTION.<p>h/t Imgur.

10 Credible Mermaid Sightings? (+Videos)

Mermaids have been a subject of fascination for centuries. Cultures from all over the world, that had no contact with each other, have mermaids in …

Mermaids

Nintendo Pioneer Dead at 85

Ex-<b>Nintendo</b> president <b>Hiroshi Yamauchi</b> -- who revolutionized the video game industry by introducing the world to <b>Super Mario</b> -- died this morning of …

‘TRL’ Turns 15: The Daily Beast Staff Picks Their Favorite Moments

In honor of the anniversary of MTV’s countdown show, The Daily Beast staff picks their favorite memories.<p>Today’s reminder that you’re old: <i>Total</i> …

9.11.01: The Photographers' Stories, Pt. 1—"Get Down Here. Now."

On a bright, clear morning in September, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 was commandeered by terrorists and steered into the North Tower of …

Living Fossils: Prehistoric Species Still Among Us

Creatures we thought were long gone, creatures from millions of years ago, have been discovered alive and well, living among us. These living fossils …

Dinosaurs

The 10 Most Important Questions In Science*

I noticed in <i>The Guardian</i> that there's a book coming out this week listing the 20 biggest challenges for modern science. I'd like to go over 10 of them today, perhaps coming back to the other 10 next week.<p>*Every list of "most important questions" comes freighted with a certain amount of …

Fall Movie Preview: ‘Gravity,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ and More

What to See<p>From ‘Gravity to ‘The Counselor,’ see what Marlow Stern is looking forward to after a miserable summer.<p>09.03.13 4:45 AM ET

An Adorable Animation Of The Sun Destroying Earth

Plus some other fun facts about the solar system!<p>Hello, tiny human! If you needed a quick reminder of how small you are in the universe, just check out this video, created by designer Philipp Dettmer. It'll give you the basic run-down of the solar system: how many moons each planet has, how far …

Chernobyl Now

Are nuclear disasters the new normal?<p>On April 26, 1986, two powerful explosions tore through Unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, flipping the reactor's giant 2,000-ton concrete lid into the air like a coin. White-hot chunks of the nuclear core rained down on adjacent buildings, setting …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

The Girl Who Turned to Bone

Unexpected discoveries in the quest to cure an extraordinary skeletal condition show how medically relevant rare diseases can be.<p>When Jeannie Peeper was born in 1958, there was only one thing amiss: her big toes were short and crooked. Doctors fitted her with toe braces and sent her home. Two …