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The Google Earth Of Radio Lets You Listen To Any Station In The World

Browse the world’s radio stations, just by spinning a globe.<p>Ever since the first commercial station–Pittsburgh’s KDKA–began broadcasting on November 2, 1920, radio has functioned as a powerful cross-pollinating medium, capable of bringing new culture and ideas across even the most impenetrable …

Google Earth

We've been using the Gregorian calendar for 434 years. It’s still bizarre.

Today is the 434th anniversary of the introduction of the Gregorian calendar, as a subtle new Google Doodle reminds us.<p>Back in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII decreed that the 10 days following October 4 <i>simply</i> <i>wouldn’t exist.</i> The next day would be ... October 15. Thereafter, a new calendar would come into …

Johns Hopkins University

How to Instantly Click With Everyone You Meet

Why is it we click with some people and not others? What if we could actually click with everyone we meet? What would it take?<p>Try these simple steps …

Building a 13th-Century Castle in the 21st Century

Guedelon Castle is a project started in 1997 by Michel Guyot and Maryline Martin in the Burgundy region of France. The castle is styled on typical French medieval chateau-fort, modeled on designs from the 13th century, and is being built using techniques and materials available to masons and …

Archaeology

Amanda Knox review – slick documentary excels with unprecedented access

Netflix’s sharp look at the murder of Meredith Kercher has no big revelations, but is an expansive and detailed account<p>Thanks to her extreme representation within the media, Amanda Knox – the former US student twice convicted and twice acquitted for the murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher …

Social Media

What to do if your child is being bullied at school

Schoolyard bullies don’t pick on just anyone. Like wolves culling caribou, they single out the wounded, the stragglers, the loners who stray from the herd.<p>More often than not, bullies are the popular kids, the ringleaders with a competitive streak, researchers say. In their baboon-like displays of …

British Columbia

Proof English makes no sense

EVER wondered how hard it would be to learn English? Here’s one single sentence that shows just how bloody ridiculous it is.

Language

This Seal Escaping Killer Whales Will Give You Heart Palpitations

It's basically a Pixar film IRL.<p>Sometimes when you're out boating, a seal jumps into your boat to avoid a violent death at the fins of a marauding pack of killer whales.<p>So it went yesterday, apparently, when YouTuber Kirk Fraser posted this series of videos. The resourceful seal, which seems to …

Killer Whales

There's a Fake iPhone Scam Popping Up On Amazon

But it might not be the customers who are getting ripped off.<p>Several negative reviews on a popular iPhone 6 listing on Amazon have recently been getting some attention. The item has 570 reviews, 69 percent of which are five stars and another 9 percent that are four. So when one-star ratings popped …

Groundbreaking gadget claims to fit in your ear and translate foreign languages in real-time

Trying to understand someone who doesn't speak your language could be a thing of the past, thanks to this new piece of technology.<p>Pilot earphones act like much like Babel Fish in 'Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy' - they let two people who speak a different language understand each other.<p>The gadget …

Language

52 Movies That Are So Clever They'll Have You Thinking For Days

All these films will stay with you long after they've finished playing.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Why babies all over the world are now sleeping in boxes

<b>Nearly three years ago, the Magazine reported on the Finnish baby box - a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys the state gives to expectant mothers. The story went viral and was read by 10 million people in 18 months. Now the box idea itself is spreading around the world.</b><p>It's a tradition that …

Pregnancy

The creeping fascism of American literature

Every few years, a public figure proposes repression and violence in the name of patriotism, and we go back to the dystopian novel <i>It Can’t Happen Here</i>. Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 book is currently being read in the context of Donald Trump’s presidential run, built on bare-faced xenophobia and an …

Political Science

Ignite Her Curiosity: 20 Books Starring Science-Loving Mighty Girls

A great way to encourage girls’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields is by sharing stories starring girls and women …

Books

Thousands of Undelivered Letters Offer Rare Glimpse Into History

For about 300 years, thousands of “dead letters” have been sitting in a waterproofed trunk in the Netherlands. They were originally held there by …

Terry Wogan

Dia de los Muertos, A Colorful Animated Short Film Showing the True Meaning of the Mexican Holiday

Ringling College of Art and Design graduates Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds, and Lindsey St. Pierre created “Dia de los Muertos,” an animated short …

Dia de los Muertos

This Web App Will Help You Craft Polite Emails

If you’ve ever struggled to strike the right tone in an email, the FoxType Politeness Checker might be just the thing for you. The free web app …

Paris catacombs: Airbnb stay in 'world's largest grave'

<b>Airbnb has sparked mild controversy in Paris after offering curious travellers the chance to spend a night in the "world's largest grave".</b><p>The accommodation rental website says the winners of a Halloween-themed competition will become the first people to wake up alive in the catacombs underneath the …

France

Un Français a documenté plein de pays qui n’existent pas

La République du Saugeais, Seborga ou le Sealand sont autant de pays minuscules que personne ne reconnaît – à part leurs créateurs.<p><i>Toutes les photos sont de Léo Delafontaine et tirées de son projet « Micronations ».</i><p>La glande a parfois du bon. Un soir, alors que je bavais mon ennui devant mon …

In pictures: women in WWII

An exhibition that explores the impact of the Second World War on women's lives through the photography of Lee Miller, one of the most important …

'It's Your Allies, Stupid' -- America's Greater Middle East Disasters (Pt 1)

The devastation of the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan by an American AC-130 gunship is a microcosm of much that is wrong with U.S. policies across the entire region: in a couple of words -- America's allies. I'm making this point in two separate blog posts: First, …

Afghanistan

A Couple of Whales Keep a Lone Paddle Boarder Company in the Tranquil Waters of Esperance, Australia

While at a beach in his hometown of Esperance, Western Australia, videographer Jaimen Hudson, who calls himself the “Quadriplegic with a …

Western Australia

Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel prize in literature

Swedish Academy praises Belarusian writer’s work as a ‘monument to suffering in our time’<p>The news and reaction – as it happened Everything you need to know about Svetlana Alexievich: an introduction Her life and career, in pictures<p>Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian writer whose oral histories have …

Literature

11 Successful Products Originally Invented for Something Else

Although some of these are sort of cringe-inducing in their original applications, they found new life—and commercial popularity—in unintended …

Kim Jong-un's recipe for success: private enterprise and public executions

Reforms have brought record harvests and economic growth, but the leader won’t risk giving North Koreans more personal freedom, writes Andrei Lankov<p>North Korea at 70: welcome to our series Forget nuclear tests, look at our football: North Korea dreams of World Cup glory<p>Kim Jong-un, the third …

North Korea

Disney’s Crazy New Tech Brings Coloring Books To Life

In the age of iPads and apps, coloring books are evolving from the go-to distraction for kids into a hobby for mindful adults. But Disney Research’s latest invention–bringing coloring books to life through augmented reality–might make the children’s version cool again.<p>As Disney’s team–based in …

Augmented Reality