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New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazilian Patient

A new, highly drug-resistant type of the superbug methicillin-resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> (MRSA) recently caused a fatal blood infection in a …

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NASA Has Discovered 715 New Planets

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>NASA's Kepler mission, which has been searching the skies for Earth-like planets since 2009, has …

How Effective Is This Year’s Flu Vaccine?

Earlier today, estimates for the current flu vaccine’s effectiveness published in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The research suggests the vaccine is around 60 percent effective against the flu.<p>Researchers from the CDC and several …

A Bike Straight Out Of Tron And Other Amazing Images From This Week

The Week In Numbers: Earth's Population In 2050, Life-Saving Poop Transplants, And More

<b>9 billion people</b>: Earth's population by 2050<p><b>41 percent</b>: the portion of people treated for cat bites who were diagnosed with depression, according to a study of 1.3 million health records<p><b>12 to 14 hours</b>: the length of time a newly discovered marsupial spends violently mating. Most of the males die …

Good Idea/Bad Idea: Use A Power Drill To...

With great power, comes great responsibility.<p>Clean the Bathroom (Good Idea)<p>Like scrubbing bathtubs? Neither do we, so cut the required elbow grease with a power scrubber. Drill through the center of a circular tub brush. Then drive a threaded bolt through the hole so the threaded end pokes out of …

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The “Yoga Mat Chemical” In Bread

Vana Hari is a blogger who writes on food and nutrition issues as the “Food Babe”. She recently launched a campaign against the use of azodicarbonamide, a dough improver, by Subway: “Azodicarbonamide is the same chemical used to make yoga mats, shoe soles, and other rubbery objects. It’s not …

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Darwin's Beetle, Lost and Found

Charles Darwin had kind of a thing for beetles, and would go to great lengths to collect and study them. In 1846, he wrote to a friend about one of …

It's Been That Long?

“You Ever Dance With the Devil in the Pale Moonlight?<p>Can you believe that this year marks 25 years since Jack Nicholson’s Joker terrorized Gotham …

A Guide to Scoring Figure Skating at the Olympics

Have you watched figure skating at the Olympics and wondered what the heck is going on? Why did the guy who fell still win over guys that didn't fall …

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Welcome to Sealand

Welcome to Sealand: a Sovereign Nation. Fifty citizens call the tiny platform in the North Sea home, even if they don’t live there.<br>*<br>Completely …

10 Odd Early Interpretations of Dinosaurs

Ancient Grecians came across the bizarre one-holed skulls of long-dead Atlas elephants, and the mythological Cyclops was born. Accounts from China, …

11 Words and Phrases Popularized by World War I

This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. (Mental Floss has been commemorating it in a series of articles on the …

Monkeying Around

Monkey Think, Monkey Do<p>Science is working hard on money brain to monkey brain technology.<p>*<p>That Escalated Quickly<p>It took nine years to get a sequel to</i> …

16 Reasons We Love George Takei

George Takei may be best known for his role as Mr. Sulu on <i>Star Trek</i>. But there's far more to Takei than manning the helm of the USS <i>Enterprise</i>—here …

They Were Who They Weren’t: 6 Audacious Impostors

Throughout history, people have changed their identities and become someone completely different. Sometimes it was to avoid consequences in their …

Just say no to college! Why it’s the worst decision a young American can make

<b>John Belushi in "Animal House" (Universal)</b><p>For today’s grads, a job is no sure thing, but decades of debt may be. And don’t get me started on the “education”<p>Matt Saccaro<p>February 22, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>Each autumn, millions of young Americans parade into colleges with cheap plastic furniture in tow, …

Time travellers: please don’t kill Hitler

If you find yourself suddenly gaining access to a time machine, what’s the first thing you’d do? If you said “kill Adolf Hitler”, then congratulations; you’re a science-fiction character. Actually, the whole “access to a time machine” thing suggested that already, but the desire to kill Hitler …

Branson says SpaceShipTwo will enter service this year – with him and his children aboard – despite unproven technology<p>Richard Branson has reiterated his plan to fly with his children on the inaugural flight of his long-planned commercial space operation, Virgin Galactic, despite the relatively …

Over The Past 60 Years, A Reef Island Has Grown Out Of The Sea

It is now stable and vegetated. Great job, island!<p>How old are you? Are you of retirement age yet? If so, in your lifetime, an island has been reborn, sand grain by sand grain.<p>Between 1945 and 2010, a sediment deposit in the Pacific Ocean grew to become a "fully vegetated and stable island," two …

Bavarian pretzel given EU protected origin status

The Bavarian pretzel has joined champagne, Parma ham and Cornish pasties on the EU's protected origins list, which means only pretzels produced in the southern German state can be sold as <i>Bayerische breze</i>, or Bavarian pretzel.<p>In a statement on Friday, the EU commission said these are "characterised …

Beijing smog alert turns 'orange' as air pollution soars

<b>Beijingers have been warned to stay indoors as much as possible to avoid outdoor air pollution that has reached hazardous levels.</b><p>Particulate readings soared 15 times above the daily maximum recommended by the World Health Organization.<p>In response, city authorities have started using Beijing's new …

Putative deal aims to end Ukraine unrest

Protest leaders and Presidet Viktor Yanukovych agree to early election and new government formation<p>KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — In a fast-moving day that aimed to reshape Ukraine's political destiny, protest leaders and the beleaguered president agreed Friday to form a new government and hold an early …

U.N. Security Council considering targeted sanctions in Yemen | Reuters

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council is considering a draft resolution to impose travel bans and asset freezes on people in Yemen who obstruct or undermine the country’s political transition and those who commit human rights violations.<p>A man holds a poster of Yemen's former …

Teenage Palestinian amputees top Kilimanjaro | Iraq

In 2006, Mutussam Abu Karsh was playing soccer in the northern Gaza Strip when an Israeli tank shell exploded, ripping his leg and part of his hand from his body. He was eight years old.<p>A few years earlier, three-year-old Yasmeen Najjar was playing outside her family's house near Nablus in the West …