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This series of brilliant maps reveals the literal meaning of every county name in the UK

Can you guess where 'People of the Horn' is?<p>The United Kingdom is a country steeped in fascinating history, culture and heritage, which is reflected …

Scotland

Aliens Could Detect Life on Earth. Here's How.

From gases in the atmosphere to satellites in space, Earth is sending plenty of signals that something here is alive.<p>As the universe's only known harbor for life, Earth is arguably one strange rock. But light-years from our solar system, other intelligent beings on a similar planetary oasis might …

Star Trek

A Man Who Studied Rich People for 5 Years Found That They Avoid One Type of Person

Who you hang out with can effect your net worth.<p>Who you hang out with matters more than you may think.<p>After researching the daily habits of wealthy …

Self-improvement
Israel

Drinking hot tea linked to cancer

Hot tea can increase the risk of a deadly cancer five-fold for people who also regularly drink alcohol, Chinese research suggests.<p>People who drink at least one alcoholic beverage and a "burning hot" cup of tea on a daily basis were five times more likely to develop esophageal cancer than people who …

The Arctic could release the world's largest reserve of natural mercury as permafrost melts

The permafrost has trapped more than twice the mercury found in all soils, oceans, and the atmosphere combined.<p>Researchers have found the largest …

Cambridge University receives 173 sexual misconduct complaints in 9 months

The majority (119) of complaints were by students against other students.<p>University says it views the numbers "as a metric of success" for its online …

Israel's defense minister says there's no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Here are the facts

This week, the chief of staff of Israel's army warned that Gaza is facing a humanitarian crisis that could expedite the threat of war. A few days …

Israel
United Kingdom

Free movement vote could result in ‘Swiss Brexit’

Switzerland may not be in the European Union but it could nevertheless face its own ‘Brexit’ if the Swiss people were to vote against the free …

Europe

British Prime Minister May appoints first ever 'Minister for Loneliness'

The move is aimed at addressing what is considered a national health issue, and honoring slain Labour MP Jo Cox. Cox, who was murdered in the run-up …

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Dutch Drone Hunting Eagles Fired After Re-Examination of Program

Drones are a boon for many and a bane for others, all the while providing endless fodder for quirky stories like the following.<p>There are some crazy …

20+ Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017

It's been an incredible year for science.<p><b>1.</b> The speed of gravity is pretty much identical to the speed of light! This year, for the first time ever, …

Carl Sagan

Everything you need to know about the protests in Iran

On Thursday (Dec. 28), thousands of Iranian citizens began protesting government corruption and a poor economy. Although the exact number of participants is unclear, the protests are the largest in Iran in recent history.<p>Over the weekend, the demonstrations grew to include counter-protestors, some …

Israel withdraws from UNESCO

Israel's withdrawal will take effect on December 31, 2018, the same date that the US ends its membership.<p>Israel has filed notice to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) alongside the United States.<p>Israel has blasted UNESCO in recent years over …

Israel

Two kids sent their favorite toy on a trip to the edge of space

Two science-mad kids have successfully launched their favorite toy astronaut three times higher than planes fly — reaching the dizzy height of 23 …

Saudi Arabia

A NASA astronaut films his spacewalk — and a breathtaking view of Earth

On its surface, Earth is chaos. It is traffic jams and the threat of nuclear war and fake news operations trying to punk real ones but owning themselves spectacularly in the process.<p>But launch yourself a couple hundred miles above the atmosphere, and Earth seems a different world. It is quiet. It …

Social Media

Get Cozy with Comfort Foods from Around the World

Whether we're homesick, heartbroken or just plain old hungry, comfort food warms us right up (without asking us to get out of our sweatpants). …

Bizarre, Enormous 16th-Century Map Assembled for First Time

The largest known world map of its time—made of 60 individual sheets—can finally be seen as the mapmaker intended.<p>This colorful and intricately detailed map from 1587 is more than nine feet by nine feet when fully assembled. For the last 430 years, its 60 individual sheets were bound together as an …

Siri and Alexa are under fire for their replies to sexual harassment

“I’d blush if I could” is not the response you’d expected to hear when you tell Siri she’s a slut—but it is.<p>In February, months before the #MeToo movement erupted, I ran an experiment in which I sexually harassed Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google’s Google Home to …

Sexual Harassment

I Made My Shed the Top Rated Restaurant On TripAdvisor

And then served customers Iceland ready meals on its opening night.<p>Once upon a time, long before I began selling my face by the acre for features on VICE dot com, I worked other jobs. There was one in particular that really had an impact on me: writing fake reviews on TripAdvisor. Restaurant owners …

Hospitality

If you missed these 10 books in 2017, go back and read them now

Drawing on <i>Maclean’s</i> monthly book reviews over the last year, here are the 10 best works of fiction and non-fiction in 2017 as chosen by Brian …

The best books of 2017, if you combine 21 “best books of 2017” lists

Best-books-of-the-year lists are a way for editors to promote the books they loved the most, but it’s easy to forget such lists are subjective. One way to get a view of what the industry thinks as a whole is to look at the lists in aggregate. That’s why we combined 21 of 2017’s best-books roundups …

Books

Soil Management: Key to Fighting Climate Change?

An important tool for mitigating climate change may lie beneath our feet—soil management could increase our ability to keep carbon out of the …

Best Day Trips from London

Sun-soaked beaches, Roman Baths, rolling hillsides, famous castles and so much more are easily reachable within just an hour or two by train, coach …

England

16,000 scientists sign dire warning to humanity over health of planet

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than 16,000 scientists from 184 countries have published a second warning to humanity advising that we need to change our wicked ways to help the planet.<p>In 1992, 1,700 independent scientists signed the "World Scientists' Warning to Humanity." The letter warned that "human beings and …

Climate Change

40 MPs from May’s Conservative Party Sign Letter of No-Confidence in British PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May faced on Sunday mounting opposition as 40 lawmakers from her Conservative Party agreed to sign a letter of …

Chemical found in red wine and dark chocolate rejuvenates cells, study finds

A compound in dark chocolate and red wine could help rejuvenate cells, according to a scientific breakthrough.<p>Researchers from the Universities of …

Research