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19 Different Foods That Surprisingly Bloom Beautiful Flowers

In January, we showed you what some of your favorite foods look like growing in their natural habitats. Now, as winter melts into spring, we're looking at some of the most floral-tastic versions of common fruits and vegetables. Did you know that onions, lemons, and soybeans are all flowering …

Will These Mysterious Photos Ever Be Explained ?

<b>10 Mysterious Photos That Cannot Be Explained.</b><p>A picture is said to be worth a thousand words, though fact versus fable can be difficult to determine …

Rediscovered Manuscript Shows How Isaac Newton Dabbled In Alchemy

The 17th century manuscript, which was handwritten by Isaac Newton, describes a procedure for making mercury—a substance that alchemists thought …

Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Collection in a New York Sanitation Garage

Garbage can be beautiful, if sorted correctly.<p>On the second floor of a nondescript warehouse owned by New York City’s Sanitation Department in East …

Mapping Where to Find Elves in Iceland's Proposed New National Park

An incredibly detailed map shows where Icelanders have come into contact with “hidden people.”<p>It’s an oft-reported, can-you-even-believe-it fact that many people in Iceland still believe in the possible existence of elves. This myth from the country’s folk traditions has persisted, and the niggling …

The mystery of the Tully Monster, solved at last

Since 1958, when amateur collector Frank Tully found a mysterious fossil sample, a bizarre creature has had palaeontologists scratching their heads. The Tully Monster, as it came to be known, or Tullimonstrum gregarium, was so named because scientists could not even determine to which phylum the …

Fish

Mathematicians Discovered Something Super Freaky About Prime Numbers

Mathematicians have discovered a surprising pattern in the expression of prime numbers, revealing a previously unknown “bias” to researchers.<p>Primes, …

Mysterious ‘Fairy Circles’ Discovered In Australia’s Outback

Uniformly spaced gaps called “fairy circles” often appear in the grasslands of Namibia. The unprecedented discovery of these enigmatic patches in the …

National Academy of Sciences

A Travel Photographer Upped His Photo Game By Adding Toy Dinosaurs

The land before time is here and now.

Science Seems Like Magic as This Spilled Couscous Perfectly Organizes Itself

Science presenter Steve Mould used a simple bow to demonstrate how when played like a violin, a metal plate will resonate and cause a bunch of …

A new way to judge a book at speed: read only page 112

Do you read for two hours to decide if you’ve found a good book? From now on, I’m just reading page 112<p>I try my hardest to keep up with literary prize-related reading but I’m hopelessly behind on the latest Booker, Costa and Samuel Johnson winners (although I thoroughly and wholeheartedly recommend …

Books

An adorable species of octopus was discovered and it's basically a cartoon character

In one of science's cutest recent discoveries, a deep-diving robot — associated with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ship …

Google Maps Just Got A ‘Legend Of Zelda’ Upgrade

As we all know, it’s dangerous to go alone. Fortunately, Google Maps and Nintendo, fully understanding this, have given us something to light the way. Namely, they put the Street View guy in a Link outfit, so he’s finally armed when he wanders whatever mean streets you may send him down.<p>It’s not a …

Retrogaming

What Mars Would Look Like Mapped by Medieval Cartographers

What can one expect to find out on the dusty plains of Mars? This new map shows you through the eyes of a medieval cartographer.<p>The map is the work …

9 Mermaid Legends From Around the World

Not all mermaids are the shimmering versions of femininity often seen in pop culture. In fact, those mermaids—which seem to be a combination of the …

There's an unsettling reason why we know about the gigantic fireball that no one ever saw

This fireball likely exploded with the energy equivalent to 13,000 tons of TNT, but it did so over the Atlantic Ocean more than 600 miles away from the nearest inhabited region.<p>So, if no one saw or heard this enormous explosion — which, to date, is the largest since the Chelyabinsk meteor rampaged …

Scientists Studied How Our Brains Would React to Teleportation

Neuroscientists offer some surprising results about how the brain finds its way around.<p>Teleportation turns out to be an easy thing to simulate, neurologically speaking. The rhythmic brain patterns that appear in real-world spatial navigation reappear as subjects navigate virtualized environments on …

Player Discovers Secret Menus In Mortal Kombat Games After Over 20 Years

Through a series of button inputs, a player has found previously undiscovered menus that lay dormant in the arcade versions of <i>Mortal Kombat</i> <i>1</i>, <i>2</i> and <i>3.</i> …

One of World's Longest-Running Experiments Is Buried in a Secret Location in Michigan

The coolest experiment you've never heard of.<p>In 1879, a botanist called William Beal buried 20 glass bottles in a secret spot on the grounds of …

Gardening

NASA is giving away these awesome futuristic posters of the cosmos

What would it be like to tour our solar system and beyond?<p>Check out them out below below.<p>You can download the high-resolution PDFs for free here and print them out.

The radical plan to destroy time zones

Last Summer, North Korea did something a little odd. On the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, the closed and authoritarian state announced it was permanently turning its clocks back half an hour. The country was creating its own time zone: Pyongyang time.<p>As a plan, it …

timezones

What The Lowe’s Robot Will Do For You–And The Future Of Retail

The humble hardware store is getting a lot more high-tech.<p>One of the most well-known employees at the Orchard Supply Hardware store in downtown San Jose, California, is a 5-foot-tall autonomous robot. OSHbot, as he’s called, just recently celebrated his one-year anniversary at the store, which is …

Lowe's

Wall writings on Apollo 11 command module revealed

<b>Marking time has long been a human obsession - from the first rudimentary cave markings to wall planners, desk diaries and computerized charts, calendars have always been with us.</b><p>Now scientists at the Smithsonian Institution have rediscovered what may be the first calendar created in space.<p>An …

NASA Just Released Even More Awesome Interplanetary Travel Posters

Here's the whole collection<p>Yesterday we posted about three awesome new posters commissioned by NASA. Well, it turns out the agency had more up its sleeves. The gallery above contains the whole collection, including a few exoplanet posters that were released last year.<p>The universe is full of …

Astronomy

Kids' Creative Drawings Become Real Inventions We Can Use

Designer Dominic Wilcox asked 450 kids to draw the most imaginative inventions they could think of and later, surprisingly, made their dreams a reality. In collaboration with The Cultural Spring, Wilcox created the Inventors! project, which aims to harness and display the power of childhood …

Congressional Clocks Have a Secret Code

Library of Congress rotunda clock (Photo: Library of Congress)<p>In Washington, D.C., on Capitol Hill, there are clocks everywhere. Every Congressional …

One of Saturn’s rings was playing a trick on us

One of Saturn's rings may not be all it appeared to be. According to a study published recently in the journal Icarus — the first study to "weigh" the inner portion of Saturn's B ring using data from NASA's Cassini orbiter — an optical illusion makes the rings look more dense than they are.<p>Saturn's …

Why Being Eaten by Mushrooms Is the Best Way to Die

Some cultures burn their dead, others carry corpses up the nearest mountain. Some make mummies, some hold burials at sea and, once in a while, some shoot their journalists out of cannons. Today, a little less than half of Americans are choosing the traditional route of being buried in the ground …

Earth Is Made Of Two Planets, According To A New Study

New research published in the journal <i>Science</i> proposes a stunning origin story for modern Earth: The planet we thought we knew could actually be made of <i>two</i> planets, which fused together 4.5 billion years ago after a collision that also formed our moon.<p>Astronomers have long suspected that the moon …

Research

Everything We Know About Harry Potter's 4 New Wizarding Schools

J.K. Rowling continues to expand the Harry Potter universe ahead of the November release of the spin-off movie <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find …