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Cheap wine rated as good as expensive wine

Vox demonstrates that expensive wine isn't preferred by drinkers until they are "trained" to like it. The distribution of gold medals in competitions …


Prostate cancer breakthrough as scientists crack genetic code behind nine in 10 tumours

Nine out of 10 cases of late stage prostate cancer can now be linked to changes in the DNA of sufferers, the Institute of Cancer Research<p>Thousands of men suffering from advanced prostate cancer have been offered new hope of a cure after scientists discovered the genetic cause behind 90 per cent of …

Helen Keller, feminist, radical socialist, anti-racist activist and civil libertarian

Helen Keller's activism on behalf of people with disabilities was rooted in her radical socialism, which held that the problems of the most …

Rights & Freedoms

VISUALIZE: Daily routines of accomplished creative people

This chart summarizes data from Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, providing that rarest of treasures: an infographic that actually improves the …

Cory Doctorow

Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

An anonymous reader writes <i>Comedian and journalist John Oliver set out to understand US Government surveillance in advance of the June 2015 expiration</i> …


Brain Lapse

Stunning image of Earth seen from ISS during total solar eclipse 2015

NASA's beautiful photograph taken by Expedition 12 crew members on board the International Space Station, observing Earth during a total eclipse of …


Fun web-based drum machine

The HTML 5 Drum Machine is simple enough not to need instructions. You can record and download your patterns, too.


After shaking hands, people sniff their hands

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel secretly videoed 153 volunteers to see if they sniffed their hands after shaking …


Strangely realistic graffiti portals

The spray-painted portals created by Hamburg, Germany-based artist 1010 are rather inviting, aren't they?<p>See many more on 1010's Facebook page.


Scientists turn ant clones into dwarfs or giants using epigenetics

In nature, carpenter ants in the same colony vary dramatically in size even though they are genetically very similar or identical to each other. …


Homeopathy not effective for treating any condition, Australian report finds

Report by top medical research body says ‘people who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments’<p>Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition, Australia’s top body for medical research has concluded, after undertaking an extensive review of …


11 Ancient Board Games

Some of these games have been around for over 4000 years, and although some have disappeared from history, archaeologists have worked tirelessly to …

Crystal amaze: how a chameleon changes colour revealed

Altering the space between tiny crystals allows lizards to reflect a specific wavelength of light and camouflage themselves, study finds<p>It is one of nature’s most spectacular displays and now scientists have shown how the chameleon changes colour.<p>A study has found that the lizards possess a layer …


How to Be Someone People Love to Talk To

When do we really learn good conversation skills? Well, we don’t. We’re just kind of expected to pick them up…<p>And we wonder why people aren’t better …


The 50 Most Essential Kitchen Secrets

Helpful tips and tricks.<p>These helpful tips and tricks, adapted from Rebecca DiLiberto's Penny Saving Household Helper, will save you time and money. This article originally appeared on

A nutty weapon to fight peanut allergy

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents in 2000 to keep peanuts far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them.<p>But a new study suggests that advice …

Stiller Studios, Love High Speed and Mr Moco Bolt - Behind The Scenes

The US is about to drop its decades-old warning against cholesterol

'Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.'<p>Every five years, the United States government updates a set of Dietary Guidelines intended to help its citizens make healthier food choices. These guidelines also help inform how companies package and market their products. …


Breakfast: the most important meal of the day?

In this episode of Gastropod, Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley explore the science and history behind the most designed, most industrialized, and …

Holistic Medicine

A Security Expert Just Published 10 Million Passwords And Usernames

Here’s what you can do to keep yours from making any future lists<p>Yesterday, security consultant Mark Burnett released 10 million passwords and corresponding usernames in a data set he made using existing information. And he promises it's for the greater good.<p>Burnett says he had to write a blog post …

GoSun Stove: Bring It Anywhere And Cook Just About Anything Under The Sun

<b>Take The GoSun Stove Anywhere</b><p>How would you like to have a hot meal anywhere you go? On a picnic, in the backyard, camping, on a hike? With the GoSun …