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Something Weird Happened to Men 7,000 Years Ago, And We Finally Know Why

The women, on the other hand, were fine.<p>Around 7,000 years ago - all the way back in the Neolithic - something really peculiar happened to human …

Anthropology

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Climate Change

My life in sex: ‘Since both balls were removed, the anguish never stops’

I look at women forlornly – they’re amazing. I was diagnosed with testicular cancer 23 years ago, when I was 31, and both balls were removed. I had been in a relationship for six months, but it ended soon after and there’s been no one since. I was treated with a hormone replacement therapy which …

Relationships

Green-haired turtle that breathes through its genitals added to endangered list

It sports a green mohican, fleshy finger-like growths under its chin and can breathe through its genitals.<p>The Mary river turtle is one of the most striking creatures on the planet, and it is also one of the most endangered.<p>The 40cm long turtle, which is only found on the Mary river in Queensland, …

Zoology

Pictures of the Week 4.5.18

Devon

Photos of the Chinese Town That Duplicated Paris

Tianducheng isn’t the only city in China with an uncanny familiarity.<p>On the eastern coast of China—some 6,000 miles from the City of Light—a 354-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower dominates Tianducheng’s skyline.<p>Known as the “Paris of the East”, the luxury real estate development in Zhejiang province …

France

The Toughest Footrace on Earth: Pictures

Ancient Saudi Ruins to Open Up to Tourism: Pictures

Creating Hallucinations Without Drugs Is Surprisingly Easy

Try this at home, but don't blame us if things get weird.<p>The human brain is a remarkable thing. It can do things our primate relatives are thousands …

25 Dad Jokes That Are All Funny, No Filler

Jokes are funny, but dad jokes are funnier.

The brain link between coffee and cannabis

Coffee is a complex substance and — as a new study finds — its metabolic interactions are equally complex. Surprisingly, coffee influences the same …

Northwestern University

Beware 'Disease X': the mystery killer keeping scientists awake at night

Over two days in early February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) convened an expert committee at its Geneva headquarters to consider the unthinkable.<p>The goal was to identify pathogens with the potential to spread and kill millions but for which there are currently no, or insufficient, …

Disease

This Cat Named Dog Works At The Fish Market And People Love Him

"I would lay down my life for him!!!!!!"

Vietnam

50 Books from the Past 50 Years Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Challenge accepted.<p>Fifty contemporary classics everyone should read at least once—only 50? There are hundreds we could include, and if we did, this …

Stop saying “the will of the people” like the people can never be wrong

People like Coldplay and voted for the Nazis.<p>Here is a brief and incomplete list of matters on which I have changed my mind. Whether Britain should …

United Kingdom

Dark websites: The best sites to get started with on the dark web

Dark websites aren't as easy to find as those on the regular internet so here's our pick of the best and how to access them<p>There are plenty of useful …

Privacy

I asked 8 brilliant people for their best advice — here's what they told me

2017 was an interesting year for me. I turned 40, lost several close friends of mine, and came to some sobering realizations that often strike people who are in the middle of their lives.<p>I didn't have a midlife crisis per se, more of a midlife reassessment. So over the past year, I've been reaching …

Here are 200 Excel shortcuts that'll make your life a lot easier

Each workbook acts as its own separate window on your PC or Mac, while each worksheet acts as a tab within a workbook with separate cells.<p>This section of the Excel Guide offers all shortcuts you need to open, navigate between, and control all of these options.<p><i>Courtesy of GoSkills.</i>

Software

Nigel Farage 'knighted' by six-year-old girl who then asks if he hates foreigners

Nigel Farage has been accused of “hating foreigners” by a six-year-old girl dressed as the Queen during a television interview with Russia Today.<p>In a …

UKIP

Billboards attacking Brexit have popped up in Cardiff and Swansea

Billboards attacking the UK Government’s handling of Brexit have popped up in Wales.<p>The signs have been put up across the UK after members of a …

United Kingdom

Carl Sagan Predicts the Decline of America: Unable to Know “What’s True,” We Will Slide, “Without Noticing, Back into Superstition & Darkness” (1995)

There have been many theories of how human history works. Some, like German thinker G.W.F. Hegel, have thought of progress as inevitable. Others have …

Radio Industry

Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US

Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States, George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four has shot up the bestseller charts. The book’s chilling account of a couple’s struggle against a dystopian society has many elements that will strike a contemporary reader as disturbingly …

Donald Trump

Every Disputed Territory in the World [Interactive Map]

Most of the world is divided neatly into distinct nations with clearly defined borders. This map is about the locations that do not fit that model, …

The Current, Canonical Star Wars Timeline

After Disney purchased Lucasfilm in 2012, the official Star Wars canon was reset; all the books, games, and comics that had taken place in the Star …

9 questions about Russia you were too embarrassed to ask

A lot of history here. Also the backstory of a Eurodance hit.<p>Vladimir Putin and the nation he leads lurked in the background of the 2016 campaign for months and months, perhaps even shaping the outcome of the race. And now Putin’s preferred candidate, Donald Trump, appears ready to embrace him as …

This Woodland Design Farm Actually Grows Furniture

British tree farmer, artist and designer Gavin Munro talks about the art of “zen 3D printing” with wood.<p>For the last decade, Gavin Munro has been figuring out the perfect way to grow wooden furniture and art like patterned lamps, chairs and tables. More recently, this British tree farmer, artist …

Donald Trump's Campaign Lies Laid Bare In Hilarious 'The Daily Show' Video

This is utterly astounding.<p>“DRAIN THE SWAMP!”<p>“LOCK HER UP!”<p>“THE SYSTEM’S RIGGED!”<p>All heard from the mouth of one Donald Trump during his presidential …

Why is the UK's mobile phone coverage so bad?

<b>Is the UK’s 4G mobile phone coverage really worse than Romania, Albania and Peru, as a report suggested last week?</b><br>Yes and no. The report by the National Infrastructure Commission used data on how much of the time a person’s mobile is connected to 4G. On that measure, the UK scores worse than 53 …

Mobile

Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …