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Why People Are Kissing Camels On Social Media

Doesn't seem like a good idea<p>Health authorities in Saudi Arabia recently warned people to stay away from (sick) camels and to avoid raw camel meat and milk, after research suggested that the animals carry Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral respiratory illness that has sickened at …

Ancient Skeleton In Mexico Sheds Light On Americas Settlement

The nearly complete skeleton of a teenage girl who died some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago in a cave in the Yucatan Peninsula, has yielded DNA clues linking her to Native Americans living today.<p>The connection bolsters the prevailing theory that the sole route of human migration into North America took …

The Week In Numbers: On-Demand Lucid Dreaming, The Science Of Lucky Streaks, And More

<b>40 hertz</b>: the frequency of electrical brain stimulation most likely to induce lucid dreaming, according to a a recent study<p><b>$65</b>: cost to hack your Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures<p><b>2030</b>: the year Russia plans to colonize the moon<p><b>1969</b>: year of NASA's Apollo 10 mission (here's …

When One Fish Gets Drunk, Its Whole School Swims Faster

One fish, two fish, drunk fish, zoom fish<p>When a single fish gets tipsy, it swims faster than usual. This was already known. But what happens when it is thrown into a tank with sober fish? The fish swims even faster than when it is alone, and, furthermore, the whole school speeds up. The sober fish …

Found: North America's Most Remarkable Skeleton

Just a few months ago, a report on the remarkably preserved skeleton of a child buried 12,500 years ago in what is now Montana shed some important …

Top 10 Machu Picchu Secrets

This ancient Inca site has centuries-old secrets trapped in its walls— and more recent ones that we spill here.<p>By Mark Adams, author of <i>Turn Right at Machu Picchu</i><p>1. It’s not actually the Lost City of the Inca.<p>When the explorer Hiram Bingham III encountered Machu Picchu in 1911, he was looking for a …

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Scientists Make Hair-Growing Cells From Ordinary Skin Cells

It's a step toward curing baldness with stem cells made from a person's own skin.<p>Bald? A team of stem cell scientists has made an advance that's a step toward being able to regrow your own natural hair, using samples of your skin.<p>The scientists took adult human skin cells and transformed them into …

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Porsche's first vehicle found in shed after a century

First vehicle was electric and made in 1898<p>The first Porsche ever made has been recovered from a shed in Austria where it sat for over 100 years. The vehicle is called the "Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton model" — nicknamed the "P1" for short — and was created by Ferdinand Porsche …

A thrillseeker’s guide to Vietnam

Dense jungles, brooding mountains, endless waterways, towering cliffs, hairpin bends: the potential for adrenalin-fuelled adventure is limitless in Vietnam. Whether you prefer to scale the heights of jagged peaks or plumb the depths of coral reefs, Vietnam will deliver something special. Heck, just …

27 Reminders Why Brazil Is On Everyone's Bucket List

It has crossed your mind at least once ... You, Brazil, a beach, sipping on some fresh coconut water that an endearing elderly man probably just chopped open for you with a machete -- sun, relaxation, beauty.<p>Whether you've been dreaming of experiencing Carnaval in the South American paradise for …

Fire and ice: adventures in Iceland

You could be forgiven for mistaking Iceland's scenery for a sci-fi movie set. Boiling water blasts out of geysers, and cracks in the earth belch steam. Arid plains and mustard-coloured rocks stretch endlessly into the distance. Volcanoes lurk menacingly under a covering of snow.<p>Iceland is …

Kiteboarding in Costa Rica—Tapping into the Power of Now

You know you’re on to something good when you’re willing to travel thousands of miles for a sport, practice for days, get absolutely pummeled in the ocean, and you still want more. Welcome to kiteboarding. It’s known to be addictive—even when you face plant.<p>I couldn’t resist trying it after …