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After 35 Years, We Finally Get to See the Score of THX's Terrifying 'Deep Note'

It's the most awesome, powerful, and terrifying audio trademark in the film industry, and now we get to see how it was written.Back in 1982, Dr. …

Music Production

What's Really Happening When We See 'Stars' After Rubbing Our Eyes?

It's likely happened to you before: You start rubbing your eyes and almost immediately begin seeing colors, specks, and swirls from behind your …

The top 10 foreign words that are now in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary

If you’re hip to linguistics, you already know English is full of foreign words. For example, “hip” is from the 1920s slang “hepcat,” derived from the West African language Wolof, and its word for “one in the know,” a <i>hipikat.</i><p>To be in the know now—a postmodern hepcat, if you will—add 10 more foreign …

The Last Jedi’s porgs may be a serious threat to the galaxy’s ecosystems

Save the galaxy. Eat a porg.<p>Kylo Ren, murderous new supreme leader of the First Order, may <i>seem</i> like the biggest threat to the galaxy — but he might have nothing on an invasive species. That’s right. What if the real villains of <i>The Last Jedi</i>… are porgs?<p>Species moved outside of their native range, to …

10 little things you can do every day to improve your memory

Memory is one of the most precious functions our brain has.<p>So it's no wonder that we're constantly on the lookout for ways to improve it. Studies on the subject have recommended everything from eating chocolate to reading out loud to yourself.<p>INSIDER spoke to two experts to figure out a few simple …

Learning about graphic design is as easy as playing Solitaire with this card deck

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …

A Mathematician Demonstrates the Best Way to Cut a Bagel

What if we told you that you’ve been cutting your bagels all wrong? Like <i>all</i> wrong.<p>In a video for <i>Business Insider</i> published earlier this year, …

The Funky History of George Washington's Fake Teeth

George Washington may have the most famous teeth—or lack thereof—in American history. But counter to what you may have heard about the Founding …

George Washington

The solar eclipse burned a crescent wound on a woman's retina. She wasn't wearing proper glasses.

Like so many others, 26-year-old Nia Payne wanted to view August’s historic solar eclipse but didn’t have a pair of protective glasses. She walked outside on Staten Island and glanced at the sun — 70 percent was covered — for about six seconds before deciding she needed eye protection.<p>She borrowed …

Staten Island

8 Musicians With Incredibly Brainy Side Gigs

The Pink Floyd line “we don’t need no education” might hold true for some musicians, but for others that couldn’t be further from the truth. The …

Nostalgia’s unexpected etymology explains why it can feel so painful

Many linguists believe the words we speak have an influence on our thoughts and feelings. Each language contains terms with no direct equivalent that give us a glimpse into the intimate elements of a culture’s distinct character. Every time a new word is created, it reflects a society’s need for …

A Tired Iguana Stranded Four Miles at Sea Catches a Ride Back to Shore With a Compassionate Kayaker

A really affable guy named Steve of Key West Kayak Fishing was out in the water about four mile from shore when he came across a very tired iguana …

A Cut Above the Rest: How Finland's Orange-Handled Scissors Inspired a Design Revolution

Finland is home to brands like Marimekko and Artek, and has produced architects and designers like Alvar Aalto and Eero Saarinen. But you don’t need …

This Game About Soup Highlights How Tricky Language Is

Soup, defined by Merriam-Webster as "a liquid food especially with a meat, fish, or vegetable stock as a base and often containing pieces of solid …

Linguistics

John Green Talked About The Hardest Part Of Writing A Book, And It's Oddly Inspiring

"The hardest part is accepting when something isn't working, and letting it go, and starting again."<p>You can read the entire AMA thread here.

Bird photobombs the Space Station and Sun in awesome photo

Talk about timing! Photographers with the European Space Agency hoping to spot the International Space Station crossing the face of the sun got more than they bargained for in this sunny snapshot.<p>In the photo, which was taken in 2013 but only released by ESA on Wednesday (Oct. 4), a bird crosses …

The Difference Between a Heart Attack, Stroke, and Cardiac Arrest

Heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest—you're probably familiar with all three and know that they're serious conditions requiring medical …

Why Do Shorts Cost as Much as Pants?

Shorts may feel nice and breezy on your legs on a warm summer’s day, but they’re not so gentle on your wallet. In general, a pair of shorts isn’t any …

Here’s How Much Everyone Gets Paid on a Movie Set — From the Key Grip to the Director

The bigger the movie, the bigger the salaries.<p>Want to make money in Hollywood? Sadly, the odds of becoming a movie star are about 1 in 1,190,000, …

This Week's Best Amazon Deals You Can Still Get

As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, October</i> …

Watch the Ryan Gosling SNL Skit Everyone’s Talking About

Actor Ryan Gosling, who hosted the season premiere of <i>Saturday Night Live</i>, is being widely praised for a laugh-inducing sketch in which he portrays a …

Giant Rat That Fell From Sky Is New Species

The coconut-eating rodent tumbled from a logged tree on the Solomon Islands, a new study says.<p>For more than 20 years, people in the Solomon Islands have told scientists about huge rats that live in the treetops.<p>But no one could prove the creature actually existed—until November 2015, when loggers …

Nature

Why is This Road in Mexico 'Breathing'?

The deadly earthquake that struck the region likely produced this bizarre phenomenon.<p>As Mexico reels from the destruction of a recent earthquake, a strange phenomenon has surfaced on its streets.<p>Video shows a patch of asphalt rising and buckling as if a large animal were taking big, heaving breaths …

Mexico City

Who Was Chuck Taylor?

From Betty Crocker to Tommy Bahama, plenty of popular labels are "named" after fake people. But one product with a bona fide backstory to its moniker …

What Every Country Does Better Than The Rest, Mapped

As you can tell, here at VIVA we love nothing more than a map - whether it's delicious mac 'n cheese, great airbnbs, or terrible tourist traps - …

FIFA World Cup

Squirrels are so organized it’s nuts

They use complex memory strategies to organize their stash.<p>Squirrels are smart. One that runs afoul of a homeowner has to be relocated several miles away, preferably across a body of water, or else it will resolutely find its way back home. And this isn’t the only way that the rodents show their …

Steve Irwin’s 13-Year-Old Son is Quite a Photographer

The late Steve Irwin achieved worldwide fame as “The Crocodile Hunter,” wowing audiences around the world by getting up close and personal with …

Origin of Zero Symbol Is Centuries Older Than Previously Thought

The number zero is something we all take for granted, yet its conceptual origin has eluded archaeologists and historians. An updated analysis of an …

Florida’s floodwater is full of poop bacteria — but a marine biologist says there's a bigger threat

Florida's floodwater is full of bacteria.<p>In the wake of hurricane Irma, more than 28 million gallons of treated and untreated sewage spilled into 22 counties across the state, according to pollution reports filed with the state's Department of Environmental Protection.<p>To put it simply, "the sewage …

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Voyager missions, NASA made these stunning, free posters

The US spacecrafts Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched 16 days apart in August and September of 1977. Both the missions took advantage of a once-in-175-year alignment of planets that allowed between them to visit all the gaseous planets of the solar system.<p>PBS last month released a documentary to …

Astronomy