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Old as Hell Relic Galaxy Has Remained Unchanged Since the Universe Began

Big galaxies suck — and no, I’m not being rude. I just mean that they absorb other, smaller galaxies when they run into each other, like a …

Universe

The Occult Sex Magician Who Sent America to Space Is Getting a Television Show

‘Strange Angel’ will tell the story of Jack Parsons, the man who invented rocket fuel and spread the gospel of British Occultist Aleister Crowley.<p>You might not recognize his name, but Jack Parsons played a big role in getting humanity into space. Parsons was a literal rocket scientist who invented …

Yes announce The Steven Wilson Remixes box set

Contains five of their classic early-70s albums on vinyl<p>To mark their 50th anniversary as a band, <b>Yes</b> have announced that <b>The Steven Wilson Remixes</b> box …

This Timeline Shows The Entire History of The Universe, And Where It's Headed

This is how we'll die.<p>If you're the type of person who sometimes wakes up at 3am and lies in bed trying to wrap your tiny mind around the achingly …

Universe

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

July 1953: late one evening in the woods outside Middle Grove, New York state, three men are having a furious argument. One of them, drunk, draws back his fist, ready to smash it into his opponent’s face. Seeing what is about to happen, the third grabs a block of wood from a nearby pile. “Dr …

Psychology

Artist creates poster with over 170 references to Stephen King’s fiction

Check this out, Stephen King fans. A Los Angeles-based artist has created a poster featuring over 170 references to King’s novels and short stories, …

Short Horror: Scariest short stories within full length films

<i>Horror films are simply great, not matter the length or decade. Join 1428 Elm as we take a look as some of the best shorts within feature films.</i><p>They …

In Byron’s Wake by Miranda Seymour – the Lord’s ladies

On 18 September 1814, Lord Byron was dining at his house, Newstead Abbey, with his apothecary and Augusta Leigh, the half-sister with whom he had recently had a baby daughter, when a gardener brought in his late mother’s wedding ring, disinterred from a nearby flowerbed. The man’s timing was eerie. …

Literature

50 Of The Best Horror Novels

I love a good scare, but the best horror novels don’t just provide frights, they also comment on society or maybe riff on tried-and-true tropes. With …

Gustav Nachtigal and the Explorations in Africa

Gustav Nachtigal (1834 – 1885)<p>On February 23, 1834, German Africa Explorer <b>Gustav Nachtigal</b> was born. He is further known as the German Empire’s …

World History

Prize for thrillers with zero violence against women divides novelists

It's a novel idea: a new book prize that's only for thrillers which contain no sexual or physical violence against a female character.<p>The award, called the Staunch Book Prize, was created by British writer and educator Bridget Lawless, who argues that sexual assaults on female characters are an …

Writing

Watch The First Full Trailer For Ridley Scott's Chilling TV Series 'The Terror'

In the middle of the arctic surrounded by thousands of miles of nothing... no one can hear you scream<p>Having first teased us with a tense and chilly glimpse of a 19th century Arctic expedition gone very, very wrong a couple of months back, we can now reveal the first full trailer for Ridley Scott's …

This Extraterrestrial Stone Contains Compounds Not Found Anywhere Else in Our Solar System

Whoa!<p>A small pebble found in Egypt is decidedly Not From Around Here.<p>The Hypatia stone, as it is known, is not only extraterrestrial in origin. It …

100 Documentaries Every Guy Must See

Documentaries are created to open the viewers’ eyes to certain issues, most of the time controversial. Sometimes, they are filmed to preserve …

Sam Shepard's dual-voiced farewell

The difficulty of reckoning with<p>Sam Shepard's artistic legacy is primarily a problem of cartography. Indeed, negotiating the terrain of such an uncommonly broad, richly contoured oeuvre is no easy feat for the would-be elegist. Perhaps best known as a playwright (he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for …

A New History of the Second World War

In 1936, Charles Lindbergh arrived in Berlin to inspect the Luftwaffe. The visit had been arranged by Truman Smith, an ingenious intelligence officer who knew that Herman Göring, the Nazi air marshal, would find the American aviator’s celebrity irresistible; Lindbergh flew to Berlin with his wife, …

It was sex all the time at this 1800s commune, with anyone you wanted and none of the guilt

<b>Life at the Oneida Colony was kind of a like a key party, but no one had cars and everyone was doin’ it for Jesus.</b><p><b>(This article is the first in a</b></b> …

Black Dahlia murder solved? Shocking new details about aspiring actress Elizabeth Short's life and gruesome death

When Elizabeth Short showed up in Los Angeles during the 1940s, the small-town girl had big dreams of becoming a movie star. However, she would only achieve fame in death.<p>The 22-year-old’s naked corpse was found in a vacant lot on January 15, 1947. Short was scrubbed, cut in half and drained of …

13 Pieces Of Indispensable Wisdom From Ursula K. Le Guin

"The hell with The Great American Novel."<p><b>In her new</b> collection of essays, beloved fantasy and science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin meditates on aging, literature, human nature, and, of course, cats. Pulled from her blog, her short pieces are as funny as they are thought-provoking — little …

Mark Hamill Fills In The ‘Return Of The Jedi’ To ‘Force Awakens’ Gap With Luke’s Tragic Backstory

Poor Luke Skywalker.<p>After defeating Emperor “Sheev” Palpatine, he lost his father, felt personally responsible for Kylo Ren slaughtering his Jedi students, exiled himself on an island that sounds like a sneeze (Ahch-To), and almost went blind. But that’s all happiness and ewok smiles compared to …

Divers discovered a 3,000-year-old castle underwater in a Turkish lake

You never know what's lurking under the water until you look.<p>In the depths of Lake Van, the largest lake in Turkey, a group of divers just discovered a lost castle.<p>The underwater fortress is approximately 3,000 years old, according to Turkish publications.<p>Photographer Tahsin Ceylan, who headed up …

A 100-year-old US riot only now being talked about

<b>It's almost 100 years since 19 African-American soldiers were executed following a violent mutiny in Texas. Why is the US only now coming to terms with what happened?</b><p>For decades, no name appeared above the grave of Corporal Jesse Moore, only the number seven.<p>The figure corresponded to noose number …

US Navy admits aircrew drew penis in the sky

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> In case there was any doubt, the US Navy has confirmed that there is "zero training value" in drawing penises in the sky.<p>Navy officials were faced with an unusual controversy after residents of Okanogan County, Washington noticed a sky drawing many said looked like male genitalia …

Military

Britain to give Canada shipwrecks from Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition

Britain has announced it will give Canada the shipwrecks of the British explorer John Franklin, who perished with his crew while trying to chart the North-west Passage through the Arctic in the 1840s.<p>Ship found in Arctic 168 years after doomed Northwest Passage attempt<p>Read more<p>HMS Erebus and HMS …

Archaeology

This hallucinogenic honey is so prized that hunters scale cliffs and confront swarms of bees to get it

It's a long way up.<p>The journey to harvest hallucinogenic honey produced by Himalayan giant honey bees is far from easy. In eastern Nepal, select members of the Kulung people scale bamboo rope ladders up 300-foot cliffs to get it. They ward off swarms of the bees with smoke from burning grass, which …

Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet

Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth – two kilometres below the surface of the vast ice sheet that covers west Antarctica.<p>The project, by Edinburgh University researchers, has revealed almost 100 volcanoes – with the highest as tall as the Eiger, which stands at almost …

Global Warming

These 2 planets could be habitable, astronomers say

Physicist Stephen Hawking claims humans must leave Earth within 100 years or perish. But there's good news, we may have a couple places to go.<p>Astronomers at the University of Hertfordshire in England discovered two planets that could be habitable and potentially capable of human colonization.<p>They …

Universe

Greenland Is On Fire. This Is Not Normal For The Icy Nation.

NASA has called the fire “an unusual event.”<p>A massive fire has been raging in western Greenland for more than a week.<p>“In an unusual event, satellites have detected a sizable wildfire burning in Greenland,” according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The fire was first detected …

Trump’s unhinged presidency, perfectly captured in two sentences

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>New White House chief of staff John F. Kelly gets his Time magazine cover this week, and the piece is well worth a read. It depicts a man who seems to believe that at this point, changing President Trump’s behavior is beside the point — instead, he seems to be rushing to put in …

Has the true identity of Jack the Ripper been revealed? Victorian diary proven genuine contains huge clue

It remains one of the most enduring mysteries in British criminal history with a long list of potential suspects.<p>But the true identity of Jack the Ripper may have finally been confirmed, after researchers said they had proven the authenticity of a much disputed Victorian diary.<p>Twenty five years ago …