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Forget mega yachts — this mobile private island just upped the ante on billionaire toys

Yacht design has gotten pretty extravagant in recent years, but nothing compares to Kokomo Ailand.<p>More mobile island than yacht, Kokomo is a floating, semi-submersed vessel with a level of luxury that rivals a four-star resort. According to renderings, the "private floating habitat" features …

Boating

Amateur metal detectorist to be British Museum star after finding priceless relic mistaken for 'coffee pot lid'

An amateur metal detectorist who found priceless 7th century hanging bowl will see his treasure in the British Museum<p>An amateur metal detectorist who dug up a trinket he believed was a coffee pot lid is to have his once-in-a-lifetime find put on display at the <b>British Museum</b><b>,</b> after it turned out to …

Oldest Decapitated Head in New World Found in ‘Vogue’ Pose

Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest case of decapitation ever found in the New World. The skull belonged to a young man and was buried in Brazil about 9,000 years old, with severed hands covering its face in a mysterious pose—left hand over the right side of the face, fingers pointing up, and …

Marine life on the line

Changing Planet<p>It reads like a mystery novel; the search continues for a blue whale entangled in a buoy line, heading towards Mexico from southern California. First spotted on September 4th off the coast of San Pedro, rescue teams tried to free the 80-foot whale but rough seas and failing light …

The First State Fair Marijuana-Growing Contest Could Boost Urban Farming

This past weekend history was made in Washington, D.C., but not with peace treaties or war declarations. On September 12 the DC State Fair hosted America’s first-ever state fair marijuana growing competition, solidifying Washington’s place as marijuana-policy innovator; and as an urban-agriculture …

Our Swine, Ourselves: ‘Pig Tales’ About How We Treat ‘Lesser Beasts’

The relationship between pigs and people is one of the longest ones in our human history: as longstanding as our relationship with dogs or horses, or even wheat or barley. Pigs are smart—but they are also delicious. What we do to pigs, in the name of producing their delicious protein as abundantly …

A Change of Pace on the Kenya Coast

“Do you know about diarrhea?”<p>Suleiman, lightly bearded and wearing a <i>kaniki</i> sarong around his thick waist, stoops to mime a sudden bout of the digestive malady. I nod that I do know about it.<p>“This will help.”<p>We’re in the <b>Kaya Kinondo</b>, a sacred forest, or <i>kaya,</i> of the Digo people a couple of miles from …

Number of fish in the sea has dropped by nearly half since 1970, report says

LONDON — The number of fish and other species in the sea has been almost halved since 1970, according to a new report from the World Wildlife Fund …

Climate Change

Mark Zuckerberg invites teen arrested for building a clock to Facebook HQ

Ingenuity may land you in the principal's office — and even jail —in one Texas school, but it's earned the admiration of one of the world's leading …

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7 Things You Might Not Think Are Fat Shaming That Definitely Are

<i>This post originally appeared on Bustle.</i><p><i>By Jodie Layne</i><p>This past week, it's seemed impossible to click on anything or browse any social media platform without running into a reaction to comedian Nicole Arbour's fat-shaming video. As most of us know by now, it was full of hateful words that mocked …

Feminism

Alzheimer's disease may be caught through medical accidents

University College London study finds it is theoretically possible to become infected through blood transfusion, brain surgery or root canal operation<p>Alzheimer's disease may be transmissible through blood transfusions and medical accidents in the same way as Creuzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD), …

Dementia

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Public Health
Drug Addiction

Forget Amsterdam! Iceland smokes the most cannabis: Maps reveal how much drink and drugs countries really indulge in

• <b>A series of maps shows that Iceland smokes the most weed, with the Netherlands not even making the top five</b>• <b><br>The maps, created by Recovery Brands,</b> …

Fentanyl sold as heroin causing new wave of overdose deaths

We are not alone, says Vatican: Pope's chief astronomer says alien life exists, but it is unlikely to have been visited by Jesus

• <b>Vatican chief astronomer says there may be intelligent life on other planets</b>• <b><br>Discovery of new Earth-like planet Kepler-452b has strengthened this</b> …

Italy arrests 11 mafia suspects who 'communicated in sheep code'

Police arrest close associates of Matteo Messina Denaro, 53, Italy’s most wanted Cosa Nostra fugitive, after uncovering sheep-farming code system for exchanging messages<p>Italian police arrested 11 suspects linked to the fugitive head of the Sicilian mafia in predawn raids on Monday after uncovering …

Crime

Space crab? Mars object in NASA pics totally thrills red planet fans

“Spider”, “Alien”, “John Carter”, “awesome Martian space crab” – these are a few suggestions by social media users who apparently thoroughly studied …

Pablo Escobar’s Favorite Hitman Is on Facebook and Spilling Dirt

Popeye Vásquez admitted to killing about 300 people as a righthand man to Pablo Escobar. Now he’s out of prison, on Facebook and Univisión, and …

Superfast Lasers Create A Hologram You Can Touch

At quadrillionth-second bursts<p>The halls of science fiction are well-decorated with dreams of holograms—Jules Verne introduced holography to literature in 1893 with <i>The Castle of the Carpathians</i>, and how else would we know that Obi-Wan was Leia’s only hope?<p>Now, researchers at the Digital Nature …

Nanotech

Making contact with alien worlds could make us care more about our own

The Breakthrough Message competition aims to build a digital portrait of life on Earth. Making it could increase respect for the preciousness of life<p>The scientific search for extraterrestrial civilisations has languished for more than a decade, as the hunt for habitable planets and simpler forms of …

Universe

Humans are endangering the most abundant animal on the planet

Barely longer than your thumb, weighing under an ounce and nearly translucent, delicate crustaceans known as krill are vital to ocean ecosystems around the world. In the waters that encircle Antarctica, krill are an essential food source for penguins, baleen and blue whales (which can eat as much …

Biodiversity

The Motorcycle Gang Behind Philly’s Biggest Pill Mill

How a Philadelphia doctor and a notoriously violent motorcycle gang joined forces to sell mass quantities of prescription pills.<p>Before building a …

26 Borderline Genius Ways To Sneak Alcohol Into Anything

Is there booze in your ponytail, or are you just happy to see me?