Should Two Children Be Imprisoned For Plotting To Kill Their Classmates?

Should Two Children Be Imprisoned For Plotting To Kill Their Classmates?

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In Washington state, a 10- and 11-year-old were sentenced to years in a detention facility after being caught with weapons and claiming they were going to murder other kids at their school. Where is the line between a childish game and a real threat? View this image › Illustration by Adam Setala for BuzzFeed Colville is in Stevens County, far eastern Washington state. A town of 4,600 people, it is a roughly 12-block center where a scattered rural population can come for necessities before returning to farms and homesteads. There is a hospital, a post office, a courthouse, and a border patrol station, as the town is only 50 miles south of Canada. The proximity to the border, and its relative isolation, mean that visitors without clear business are likely to be regard...
Canary Species Can Sing Songs That Warn Of Ecosystem Collapse

Canary Species Can Sing Songs That Warn Of Ecosystem Collapse

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Too big to fail. That expression could often be heard in 2008. The meltdown in the international banking system was choking off the supply of cash to finance and industry. The US, the UK and other nations rushed through moves to shore up teetering corporations. General Motors was bailed out while the British bank Northern Rock was nationalised and brought under control by the government. To not act would have been to risk large sections of our globalised economy going to the wall. We can think of these large corporations as keystone species in an economic ecosystem. Remove them and the entire system can come crashing down. This may support the view that the affairs of smaller corporations can be safely ignored. Businesses go bust every day. However, there may be vital information about th...
Top Ten Signs You Are Not a City Person

Top Ten Signs You Are Not a City Person

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It’s very easy to recognize someone who doesn’t quite have city life down. The city is definitely a beast that requires careful examination and acquaintanceship before you just up and mount the thing. For those who ride the beast as per a daily routine, the interface is smooth, but for those who stare with a cocked head at it for too long, might very well get sucked up by its invisible mystique. For the former, the easily-overwhelmed latter can’t be missed, and here are ten signs that the bearers of such perpetually-tilted heads are in fact not from the city. Sign: You Wait For the Crosswalk. Everything is neat and orderly in the outer-lying suburbs. You are used to things like school zones and crossing guards and courteous drivers, whatever those are. In the ...
Why ‘Runaways’ Are So Much More Than Girls Who Leave Home

Why ‘Runaways’ Are So Much More Than Girls Who Leave Home

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A popular stereotype about runaways is they are bad kids whodeservewhatever happens to them, since they willingly left home. Society often considers kidnapped victims the only ones worthy of being searched for and found. This was one of the main reactions when news outlets clarified most of themissing black DC girlsare runaways. Media outlets like TMZ and the Washington Postseemed to push the narrative that since the girls were runaways, the online reaction should not have been as explosive. D.C. Missing Girls, Cops Say They're Runaways, Not Crime Victims https://t.co/YZmHOu67wT TMZ (@TMZ) March 25, 2017 Washington Post reporter Paul Kane even went so far as to suggest the DC girls arent even missing. The quotations mark his skepticism. Amazing story about how the Twitter mob crea...
Top 10 Things I Have Learnt From This Site

Top 10 Things I Have Learnt From This Site

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Since the site started way back 6 months ago, I have come to learn a lot about myself, the readers here, and life in general. This is my personal top 10 list of things I have learnt from this site. 10. You Shouldn’t Mention Led Zeppelin on a Beatles List In a historic moment for the site, the top 15 Beatles Songs became the most commented on list with over 200 comments (that was eventually surpassed by the Geek Movies list). The reason? Someone mentioned Led Zeppelin on the list and World War II.5 broke out on the site. There are some classic comments in the list so be sure to check it out. 9. Listversers Have “Interesting” Taste in Food I decided to write a list about bizarre food thinking everyone would love to be repulsed by the awful stuff therein. Little did ...
Genome Study Reveals The Genetic History Of Europeans

Genome Study Reveals The Genetic History Of Europeans

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When agriculture was introduced into Europe some 8,500 years ago, early farmers quickly adapted to new diets and pathogens. Now, researchers analyzing DNA from hundreds of West Eurasians who lived several millennia ago reveal how genomes were changed by the transition from hunting and gathering to farming. The findings, published in Nature this week, demonstratehow ancient DNA allows us to observe natural selection on humans directly. Researchers can study the way we adapted genetically to past events both indirectly and directly. Indirect evidence of adaptations can be detected in patterns of genetic variation in modern genomes today, but these patterns are difficult to date and interpret. The direct way of studying these patterns would be ancient DNA, and until recently, large sample si...
16 Brilliant Summer Hair Hacks You Never Knew You Needed

16 Brilliant Summer Hair Hacks You Never Knew You Needed

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Humidity’s a bitch. 1. To cut down on horribly hot blow drying time, absorb extra moisture in your hair with paper towels. View this image › parlordiary.com This crazy simple trick will surprise you — squeezing paper towels along the length and at the root of your strands will draw out wetness. 2. Another way to avoid excessive drying time? Blowpro, a magical blow dry lotion that speeds up the process. View this image › shop.nordstrom.com It’s $21 at Nordstrom. 3. To combat frizz on a daily basis, try this coconut spray (a little goes a long way). View this image › indianbeautyspot.com Find out how to make it here. 4. And here’s a DIY yogurt and honey anti-frizz hair mask for more heavy duty protection. View this im...
Top 10 Chilling Quotes During School Shootings

Top 10 Chilling Quotes During School Shootings

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It baffles the mind how somebody could enter a school and kill innocent students. In 2012, educational facilities have started to create prevention programs that will prohibit any student from attempting this kind of violence. Schools have imposed strict laws against weapons and will expel any child that brings a gun or knife to school. Authorities have also started to take online threats seriously. Police will do whatever it takes to prevent this kind of violence, including presenting information on past cases and giving links between killers and the media. Most people who carry out school shootings commit suicide. This suggests that the culprits don’t want to deal with the consequences of their actions. It also prevents authorities from interviewing the killers. A large am...
Two Brothers Happened Upon A Trapped Bald Eagle…And Set It Free In Epic Fashion

Two Brothers Happened Upon A Trapped Bald Eagle…And Set It Free In Epic Fashion

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Ann, Michael, and Neil Fletcher were enjoying a cold afternoon in the woods of Sudbury, Canada, when they stumbled across something strange in one of their hunting traps: a bald eagle. Instead of letting the poor guy suffer in a trap intended for smaller game, the two brothers bravely decided to free him. With the aid of their (non-helpful) dog, they were able to get the massive bird free.(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Me and Neil found this eagle in a trapPosted by Michael Fletcher on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 Thankfully, they thought ...
The F*ck It List: 11 Reasons This Generation Should Just Say F*ck It

The F*ck It List: 11 Reasons This Generation Should Just Say F*ck It

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Tumblr F*ck it — all of it. Why? Well, why the hell not? I recently came to understand why people so often frustrate me. It’s not that most people are especially dumb, but that they consider dumb things to hold significant importance. They fill their lives with trivialities and then act as if the survival of the human race depends on whether or not they’re having a good hair day. Stop caring so much about things that don’t deserve attention. Your life is nowhere as difficult as you’re making it out to be; your luck isn’t that bad; your situation isn’t horrible. Stop allowing poisonous thoughts and people to ruin your life. It’s all eating away at your soul and you don’t even see it. Forget all the haters and mopes. Do you and live the life you want to live b
The Social Life Of Sea Mammals Is Key To Their Survival

The Social Life Of Sea Mammals Is Key To Their Survival

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The beguiling behaviour of marine mammals in their natural environment is fascinating to us human observers. Watching dolphins leap gracefully through the surf, or whales making waves with their massive tale flukes is the stuff of countless bucket lists and high definition wildlife documentaries. Perhaps part of the appeal lies in marine mammals behaving a lot like we do. They share many of our biological characteristics, such as bearing live young, suckling them with rich fatty milk and investing time and energy into rearing them into adulthood. Studying their behaviour, what makes them tick as complex social creatures, is essential for their conservation in an aquatic environment which remains almost entirely alien to us. And while it may be alien, it is an envir...
8 Examples of Evolution in Action

8 Examples of Evolution in Action

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Evolution is one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time. Armed with the knowledge of the interconnectedness of all life on earth, biologists have made startling discoveries. There is so much evidence in favor of evolution, that arguing against it is like denying that there is a moon in the sky. Yet people do still actively deny evolution occurs. Speciation, the formation of a new species from an ancestor species, takes a very long time yet there are evolutionary steps which can be observed. Here are eight examples, amongst many, of evolution in action. I’ll start this list with a classic example of evolution which can be found in many textbooks. Originally, the vast majority of peppered moths (Biston betularia) had a light, mottled coloring which was a good camouflage ...
10 captivating photos show why people are leaving Panama’s Guna Yala islands.

10 captivating photos show why people are leaving Panama’s Guna Yala islands.

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Photojournalist Greta Rybus visited two remote island communities off the northeast coast of Panama in April 2016. She wanted to go because of a weird reason: Many of the people who lived on these islands were making preparations to leave them. As the island's population has grown, living spaces have become crowded. Worse, climate change is creeping into daily life, affecting everything from rainfall to fish numbers. Rybus stayed there for a month, spending most of her nights camping on an uninhabited island. During the day, she photographed the islanders, who told her their thoughts and stories. She visited two small island communities one called Gardi Subdub and a more remote island called Coetupu. The islands are home to about 900 people each. This is what Rybus saw and what the...
A Lot Of People Would Laugh At What They Did. Personally, I Wish I Had Half The Guts They Have.

A Lot Of People Would Laugh At What They Did. Personally, I Wish I Had Half The Guts They Have.

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"Living out of your car" can have a negative connotation, but many people wouldn't spend their life any other way. Photographer Andrew Waits discovered this when his aunt and uncle quit their jobs to buy an RV and live the rest of their lives on the road. Even though it seems crazy, there are people all over the country who do it. You may be inspired to as well once you realize the amazing lives these people can live. Andrew began driving out to meet people who lived like his aunt and uncle. He visited them in his hometown of Seattle and down the West coast. Andrew Waits He was surprised by just how many people sought this unconventional life. People wanted to live out of their vans, trucks, RVs, and compact cars. ...
Top 10 Awesome Films Hollywood Ruined With Lies

Top 10 Awesome Films Hollywood Ruined With Lies

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To “hollywoodize” a film is to distort historical or scientific facts deliberately for the purpose of enhancing the drama – essentially, to wreck a film. Below are ten movies with great potential that, alas, in the hands of Hollywood, have de-educated the masses by their errors – simply for the sake of entertainment; much in the same way as some unnamed top 10 list sites do. Read on for an education in what not to do when making historic films. This makes the list because of one particular scene, and anyone who has seen it knows what it is – the scene in which Jones escapes an atomic blast by hiding in a lead-lined refrigerator. George Lucas, who wrote most of the story, swears that he consulted nuclear physicists on the plausibility of the scenario and w...
Top 10 Adventurers Who Never Returned Home

Top 10 Adventurers Who Never Returned Home

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For every handful of successful adventurers and pioneers who retire in comfort, there are probably many who died, or were killed, or disappeared underway. Many, probably most of them, died young and early, often of disease, before they had the least chance to make a name and reputation for themselves. So perished the younger brother of the great Alfred Russel Wallace, in Brazil. To become an immortal martyr to adventure you have to be a well-known achiever before your curtains close, or be part of some stirring enterprise such as space flight, or otherwise catch the public imagination. All my individuals, pairs or parties fall into one or other of those categories. To avoid controversy I have set them out chronologically by the dates they died or disappeared. My selection is based on cases...
Knowing Names Makes Cooperation More Likely

Knowing Names Makes Cooperation More Likely

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Names are powerful things. Just knowing what someone calls themself makes us more likely to cooperate rather than compete with them, a new study has found. The discovery could prove useful in reducing conflict, but some writers of fiction might be asking scientists what took you so long? Social scientists have spent much effort testing variations of the Prisoner's Dilemma to find out under what circumstances people prefer to cooperate for the common good, rather than seek their own advantage. It's hardly surprising that people are more likely to cooperate with those they already trust or are likely to interact with in the future. However, according to Zhen Wang and co-authors, even the tiny connection provided by knowing another participant's name inc...
What it’s like to be black when your state is 94% white.

What it’s like to be black when your state is 94% white.

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When Cherie Buckner-Webb was 5 or 6 years old, someone burned a cross in the front yard of her Boise home. Buckner-Webb and her family had every reason to leave the neighborhood, or even Idaho, after that. Instead, her mother turned an act of bigotry into a powerful teachable moment. "My father would've liked to taken it and hidden it away," Buckner-Webb says, "and my mom was saying 'Put it on the front porch. We've been living here a year in this neighborhood, and they are late.'" Buckner-Webb is a black face in a white space. And like her mother before her, she's not going anywhere. She is a fifth-generation black Idahoan, and her family has deep roots in the state. One of her great-grandfathers even founded and built the first black church in the Boise area. Her parents were acti...
73 Songs You Need In Your Life This Spring

73 Songs You Need In Your Life This Spring

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Lovable pop, rap, rock, reggae, electronic, and country for April, in no particular order. 1. Drake tells Jennifer Lawrence she could really get it over a Lauryn Hill sample on “Draft Day.”2. Then Drake brags that Erykah Badu made him tea once and talks about a girl that may be Rihanna on “Days in the East.” nrdnavy.tumblr.com nrdnavy.tumblr.com   3. “2 On,” Tinashe’s turnt up 2014 version of Cassie’s “Me & U.”4. Super-sparse percussion kisses acoustic guitar on Mapei’s light-beaming “Don’t Wait.”5. Wu-Tang Clan return with a first taste of their $5 million album, “Keep Watch”6. The strings-and-bass jam that will be stuck in your head all summer, C...
When her 5-year-old broke his leg, this mom raised $0. It’s actually inspiring.

When her 5-year-old broke his leg, this mom raised $0. It’s actually inspiring.

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Freddie Teer is a normal 7-year-old boy. He loves Legos, skateboarding, and horsing around with his older brother Ollie. But two years ago, his mother faced every parent's worst nightmare. Freddie was doing tricks down the stairs of his front porch when he fell off his bike and his bike fell on him. "[He was] just crying, wouldnt let us touch his leg, couldnt put any weight on his leg. We knew," mom Ashley says. Ashley rushed Freddie to the emergency room, where an X-ray confirmed the bones in his left shin were broken in half. He needed to be sedated, his bones set and put in a cast. It was an agonizing day for the Teers. But it's what happened next that was truly inspiring. We've all seen heartwarming stories of communities coming together to raise money online to help people cov...
A Navy SEAL Shows You How To Survive Drowning Using These Tips

A Navy SEAL Shows You How To Survive Drowning Using These Tips

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No one needs to be reminded that the threat of drowning is very real and dangerous. However, if you're able to take precautions AND learn what to do to prevent panic...via: Guff…you’ll not only be safer, but you’ll also be more comfortable and relaxed in pools and oceans.Navy SEALs go through intense training to survive in the water, and one of them is sharing the tips and techniques with the world.His name is Clint Emerson, and he's published a survival book to address many different life-threatening situations.via: GuffIt’s called100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operatives Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.He discusses surviving even when restrained.via: GuffHe writes in his book,“Instead of being taken to trial, he...
Perpetually outraged libs up in arms after Paul Ryan reveals he hunts deer with revolver

Perpetually outraged libs up in arms after Paul Ryan reveals he hunts deer with revolver

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http://twitter.com/#!/EmilyMiller/status/263703205899296769 Yesterday, Washington Times writer Emily Miller kicked off a series about high-profile gun owners with a piece spotlighting avid hunter Paul Ryan. The article revealed that Ryan sometimes hunts deer using a .357 revolver: [Ryan's friend and brother-in-law Mark Olcott] said the Wisconsin congressman got him interested in hunting.  “When we met nine years ago, one of Paul’s first questions to me was whether I had a problem with him hunting, since I’m a veterinarian,” he explained  “I said, ‘No, I’d be interested to learn more about it.’ And I’ve been hooked every since.” The two hunt mostly in Wisconsin and at their wives’ family ranch in Oklahoma. I asked M...
10 Dreadful Places Named For Horrifying Events

10 Dreadful Places Named For Horrifying Events

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There are some places that have a very tainted past. Maybe people died there, or still do. Whether it’s through human activity or the forces of nature, many of these places earn a creepy nickname for their reputation. These are 10 places whose nicknames encourage you to stay away and whose pasts do everything to reinforce the message. 10 The Railway And Road Of Bones Soviet Russia was not a very nice place. Two legacies of the hell inflicted on people under Stalin’s regime are the Railway of Bones and the Road of Bones. While they’re different places, their stories are very similar. The railway was part of Stalin’s plan to conquer the Arctic, egotistically named the “Great Plan for the Transformation of Nature.” Stalin wanted to build a 1,600-kilometer (1,000-mi) railway through Siberia l
Lions Hunt People Because They Can’t Find A Good Dentist

Lions Hunt People Because They Can’t Find A Good Dentist

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The mystery of why the most famous man-eating lions in history developed their taste for human flesh may have been solved, 119 years after their rampage. In the process, we may have discovered the cause of other lions' transition to two-legged prey. Despite their fearsome capabilities, lions seldom kill humans unprovoked. Yet a small number of Panthera leo eat multiple people, earning the title man-eaters even though they're at least as likely to feed on women. When two lions started preying on workers building a railway in Tsavo, Kenya, they not only attracted a mention in the British Parliament, but had three films made about them, most prominently The Ghost and the Darkness. When the lions were finally shot, their bodies were preserved at The Field ...
Steampunk Sculptures That I Create From Trash

Steampunk Sculptures That I Create From Trash

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Hello, my name is Artūras and I'm from Lithuania. I create steampunk art and use various antique stuff and metal details. I hope to get some support from you. There are my steampunk style works. #1 Chameleon #2 Octopus Jewelry Box #3 Royal Penguin I've been thinking about creating a penguin for a long time. These creatures are funny for me but at the same time graceful and elegant. The royal penguin catched my eye. He seemed to be the perfect one to realise my ideas. While I was holding an old motorcycle lamp housing in my hand, the idea came - it will be the main part of the body! The rest came... I've been thinking about creating a penguin for a long time. These creatures are funny for me but at the same time graceful and ele...
Community Post: 16 Unbelievably Ridiculous World Sports

Community Post: 16 Unbelievably Ridiculous World Sports

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1. Eukonkanto - Finland and Estonia View this image › Flickr: visitlakeland What it is: The time honored tradition of a wife carrying race! Winner of the annual competition reportedly wins his weight in beer. Why you couldn’t play it: The same couple, Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen, have won for the past five years. Obviously, Finns take this seriously and spend all year running through obstacle courses with their wives strapped on; do you have that dedication? 2. Buzkashi - Afghanistan and Central Asia
If you’re super outdoorsy, this is the awesome way it’s changing your brain.

If you’re super outdoorsy, this is the awesome way it’s changing your brain.

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J. Phoenix Smith lost her job during the Great Recession. Smith is from Oakland, California, and she has worked in community health for her entire career. But in 2010, with the economy stumbling along, Smith suddenly found herself without a job. "I was having a rough time," says Smith, in a voice that immediately makes you feel like she's an old friend. Like many people in California at the time, losing her job gave Smith a lot of free time and a lot of anxiety. So, as her own form of therapy, Smith turned to the outdoors. "Everyday I'd go for a hike," Smith says. Oakland might be just a hop, skip, and a jump from San Francisco and Silicon Valley, but it's surrounded by a wealth of wild places, which Smith started discovering once she was unemployed. "I was doing more hikes by mys...
‘American Sniper’ Widow Picked Up Hunting To Feel Connected With Him (Video)

‘American Sniper’ Widow Picked Up Hunting To Feel Connected With Him (Video)

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Taya Kyle embarked on a hunting trip to bring her closer to her late husband, the subject of Oscar-nominated film “American Sniper,” Chris Kyle. The Wyoming excursion was made into a short film titled “He Is With Me,” in which Taya, 40, shoots antelope and discusses her husband’s relationship with hunting. It was this pastime that unlocked Chris’s natural talent as a marksman as a child, and Taya believes her husband is with her in spirit every time she ventures out into the wild. Accompanying her on the trip were hunters sponsored by gunmaker Weatherby Inc., a team Taya says her husband had wanted to join. Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/american-sniper-widow-hunting-feel-connected/915646/
11 Of The Most Magical German Christmas Markets Across The U.S.

11 Of The Most Magical German Christmas Markets Across The U.S.

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Okay, so not all of us have the luxury of visiting Dresden or Nürnberg this winter to attend one of their amazing Christmas markets. Luckily, German heritage runs deep here in the US, so there are plenty of German-style Christmas Markets here to choose from. We have taken the liberty to design the perfect Christkindl road trip for all you Christmas - or German culture - enthusiasts out there. Here is your route… View this embed › This 5,488 mile, 84 hour journey may seem daunting, but think of all the Lebkuchen and Glühwein you will get to ingest at every stop! Also, this is a great way to get all of your holiday shopping done without having to face any black
A Philippines Island Has The Worlds Greatest Concentration Of Unique Mammals  Heres Why

A Philippines Island Has The Worlds Greatest Concentration Of Unique Mammals Heres Why

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Were taught that evolution is all about survival of the fittest. But thats not always the case. In fact, sometimes evolution can be the result of a lucky animal finding any port in a storm. And the finding that Luzon, an island in the Philippines, has the greatest concentration of unique mammals in the world even more than Madagascar is the perfect example. Islands are often examples of an evolutionary free for all, where a newly-introduced species may find itself in the perfect situation, whether thats a new and different type of habitat and resources or even a complete lack of competitors and predators. Being introduced to an island ecosystem can turn a rather mediocre mainland species into a weird and wonderful new creation. Examples of species found on one island and nowhere else (...
Picture of the Day: Cliff Camping in Norway

Picture of the Day: Cliff Camping in Norway

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CLIFF CAMPING IN NORWAY Photograph by Peter Przybille on Flickr In this stunning evening photograph, we see a group of hikers camping out on the famous cliff of Preikestolen in Norway. In English this place may be known as Preacher’s Pulpit or Pulpit Rock, or by the old local name, Hyvlatonna (“the carpenter-plane’s blade”). Preikestolen is a massive cliff 604 meters (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau, in Forsand, Ryfylke, Norway. The top of the cliff is approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet) square, almost flat, and is a famous tourist attraction in Norway. A trip to Preikestolen from the closest car park takes about 3-4 hours for a round-trip hike. Even though the elevation differential is only 334 metres (1096 feet) and the walk
Community Post: 7 Rappers Kendrick Lamar Forgot

Community Post: 7 Rappers Kendrick Lamar Forgot

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Kendrick Lamar recently laid down a gauntlet to the MC’s he considered the current best: “I heard the barbershops be in great debates all the time bout who’s the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas, Eminem, Andre 3000 […] Jermaine Cole [J Cole], Big KRIT, Wale, Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake, Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller.” However, there were a few notable admissions… Imma let you finish Kendrick, but these guys really should have made the list: 1. Childish Gambino View this image › Combining pop culture references with dee
10 Fascinating Battle Strategies In The Animal Kingdom

10 Fascinating Battle Strategies In The Animal Kingdom

Animals
A lot of animals should feel lucky that their species doesn’t have an ethics committee. These creatures employ some mighty bizarre, shrewd, and sometimes despicable “battle strategies” to capture their prey. 10The Sea Star’s Extendable Stomach Strategy Sea stars—once known as starfish—can’t see their prey, but they can detect and follow the chemical scents that it leaves behind. Once a sea star smells a clam, it uses hundreds of suction cup-like tube feet on the back of its arms to track down the clam and crawl onto its closed shell. The star then uses its feet to turn the clam around until the crack between its two shells is aligned with the star’s mouth. This crack is very small—roughly 0.65 centimeters (0.25 in) in diameter—bu...
The 34 Kinds Of Tattoos That Look Insanely Hot On Guys

The 34 Kinds Of Tattoos That Look Insanely Hot On Guys

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Because people with tattoos are so much more fun to see naked. View this image › Flickr: 63301805@N00 / Via Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed 1. A Geometric Forearm Tattoo View this image › loveandswagkid.tumblr.com Especially if said arm is cradling an adorable animal of some sort. instagram.com 2. The Triangle View this image › flickr.com Stark and simple. instagram.com 3. A Compass instagram.com Shows he’s got at least some direction in life. 4. His Astrological Sign View this image › Facebook: jiescleodore Think of all the horoscopes you will read in bed together. 5. Tree/Forest-Inspired View this image › Facebook: Tattoos-by-Eddie-Oakes Your new camping partner awaits. View this image › ...
How some Syrian refugees can pay for food with the blink of an eye.

How some Syrian refugees can pay for food with the blink of an eye.

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"I used to be a farmer, growing tomatoes and potatoes ... I dream to go back home." It was 2012 when Abu Alaa finally decided to flee his country with his wife and five kids amidst the dangerous Syrian conflict that took the life of his brother and burned down his house. Still, it was hard for him to leave home. And it's hard for most people to even imagine being put in that situation to begin with. Image via Morgan Shoaff/Upworthy. Syrians like him have gone through unthinkable hardships in the past few years. Since 2011, more than 650,000 Syrian refugees have fled to Jordan for safety due to the ongoing conflict back home. They now make up 10% of Jordan's total population that's a lot of people to take in over such a short amount of time. While some countries have been cri...
They Thought Their Blind Dog Was Lost Ever, But Then He Saw Something In The Woods

They Thought Their Blind Dog Was Lost Ever, But Then He Saw Something In The Woods

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If you've ever had a pet go missing, you know that sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach. Thinking about your best friend out in the cold is heartbreaking enough, but for the Cole family of San Lorenzo Valley, California, that sadness was compounded by the fact that their missing pup was elderly and blind.Sage the 12-year-old yellow lab had gone missing on February 24 and after days and days with no luck, they had all but given up hope. They searched high and low for the pooch but she was nowhere to be found. But then something caught neighbor Dan Estrada's eye a week later. As he was walking around in a wooded area not far from his and the Cole's homes, he noticed what he thought was a white trash bag thrown into ...
These Women Made Incredibly Difficult Decisions To End Their Non-Viable Pregnancies

These Women Made Incredibly Difficult Decisions To End Their Non-Viable Pregnancies

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10 More Great Ads That Are Just Copy

10 More Great Ads That Are Just Copy

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1. Volkswagen (Don’t Text and Drive) View this image › Via adsoftheworld.com Great PSA campaign via South Africa for VW. Ad agency: Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town. 2. Volkswagen (Don’t Text and Drive) View this image › Via adsoftheworld.com 3. The Invisible Orthodontist

14 People Reveal Their Reasons For Being Banned From Certain Places

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When I was 11 I got banned from Scouts because I was cast as a merry man in the Robin Hood play and I was so furious that I didn’t turn up, sabotaging the play (I like to imagine). That – from what I can remember – is it. Pretty boring really… Luckily there’s a reddit thread where people go into why they were banned from certain places and, well, it’s gold! Have a look… 1. My husband was banned from the mall in our college town. For having a fake snowball fight with the fake snow from the Christmas display 2. I got banned from an anime forum for suggesting that King of the Hill is the greatest anime of all time 3. I was banned from overnight Girl Scout trips. I binge-read my grandmother’s old pulp murder mystery magazines & made ...
Many Tall Men Can Be Traced Back To Paleolithic Mammoth Hunters

Many Tall Men Can Be Traced Back To Paleolithic Mammoth Hunters

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Men from Herzegovina are some of the tallest in the world, averaging an ample 183.4 centimeters (6 feet) tall. Thats pretty impressive considering that the average guy in the US is just 175.7 centimeters (5 ft 9 in). The male population of Bosnia, the Netherlands, Montenegro,Croatia, and other pockets of North-Central Europe equally resemble a gang of basketball players with high heels on. Oddly enough, these corners of Europe with tall male populations all appear to have strong genetic ties to a population of badass mammoth hunters from theUpper Paleolithic. A new study by Masaryk University in the Czech Republic has recently looked into the roots of Europe's lofty populations through an anthropometric survey of young men in Bosnia and Herzegovina. To...

Marvel made a comic of a Syrian family. It tells a story you won’t see on the news.

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Since July 2015, the Syrian mountain town of Madaya has been under siege by their own government. 40,000 people live there, and the government (mostly) allows people to move freely within the town limits. But with a few exceptions for emergency aid, no one has been allowed in or out of the mountainside town for more than a year, effectively turning the former resort town into an open-air prison. Government officials have consistently denied travel visas to visitors, too, which means no one knows exactly what's going on within city limits except that dozens of people have already starved to death and that it's all in retaliation for a few rebels in the town who opposed the brutal actions of the Assad regime. ABC News producer Rym Momtaz became obsessed with the city of Madaya early o...
Why This Spot On The Jersey Coast Was Like A Magnet For Neanderthals

Why This Spot On The Jersey Coast Was Like A Magnet For Neanderthals

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We all occupy a world in which particular places remain important to individuals and societies for thousands of years. The world around these places may alter beyond all recognition, but certain places seem to demand both our attention and physical return for generations. In research we recently published, we suggest that this cultural phenomenon is not unique to modern humans. From at least a quarter of a million years ago, Neanderthal populations can be seen to have persistently and deliberately returned to particular places over tens of thousands of years. This is despite radical climate-driven changes in environment and landscapes. Our study focused on one such site: La Cotte de St Brelade in Jersey in the Channel Islands. This cave and ravine system is on a granite headland on the m...
Take BuzzFeed’s Get Fit Challenge, Then Take Over The World

Take BuzzFeed’s Get Fit Challenge, Then Take Over The World

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This is a four-week exercise plan that doesn’t require a gym membership. And no workout is longer than 30 minutes. View this image › Photos by Lauren Zaser for BuzzFeed / Design by Chris Ritter for BuzzFeed 2. This 28-day challenge will get you into the habit of working out for 30 minutes a day, five times per week. "Getting in shape" is a popular New Year's resolution, but it's important to have structure when working toward it -- otherwise it can be too vague, too confusing, and too intimidating to know where to begin. So we asked personal trainer Rob Sulaver, C.S.C.S., founder of Bandana Training, to create a realistic month-long...
Enzymes Versus Nerve Agents: Designing Antidotes for Chemical Weapons

Enzymes Versus Nerve Agents: Designing Antidotes for Chemical Weapons

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A chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people, including children, triggered the Trump administrations recent missile strikes against the Syrian government. The use of illegal nerve agents apparently by the Assad regime violated international law; President Trump said he was moved to act by images of the victims horrible deaths. But theres another path to mitigate the danger of chemical weapons. This route lies within the domains of science the very same science that produced chemical weapons in the first place. Researchers in the U.S. and around the world, including here at the University of Washingtons Institute for Protein Design, are developing the tools needed to quickly and safely destroy nerve agents both in storage facilities a...
Meet Mieps, My Ridiculously Photogenic Guinea Pig

Meet Mieps, My Ridiculously Photogenic Guinea Pig

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Meet little Mieps, she is my guinea pig and I love taking photos of her! Especially because she is ridiculously photogenic, she looks better in photos than I do! It's not fair... I must admit that I spend a little more time on her photos than on my own. I usually create these photos in my backyard or in my DIY studio (see photo below). With a tiny bit of Photoshop magic, these images are the results! The props I use in my photos are made by me or I found them at budget stores, flea markets or secondhand stores. My father and I are going ''treasure hunting'' every Sunday. Sometimes we come home with nothing, most of the time I find amazing things like beautiful books or pretty tea cups. If you want to start taking photos of your pet, please be patient with them. Just go with the flow, they ...
Brainless Slime Is Capable Of Learning

Brainless Slime Is Capable Of Learning

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Slime is not something thats normally thought of as particularly intelligent, but one particular type of primordial sludge has just learned a new trick, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Researchers from Toulouse University taught a single-celled organism called Physarum polycephalum to adapt its behavior when exposed to certain substances a remarkable achievement for a gooey mold that has no brain or neural system. Also known as true slime mold,P. polycephalums skills may pale in comparison to the mind-reading mood slime that appeared in Ghostbusters 2, but it has helped to shed light on the evolution of learning behaviors in simple organisms. Like most unicellular beings, P. polycephalum is typically unconcerned with life...
Community Post: Chuck Aoki: Top 10 Struggles Of Being A Summer Paralympian In Winter

Community Post: Chuck Aoki: Top 10 Struggles Of Being A Summer Paralympian In Winter

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10. Needing cold weather gear far more than summer clothing I’ve found myself envying the sweet hats and jackets all the winter Paralympians get, especially Sweden’s sweet coats and hats. It’s cold where I live. I have to find a way to PyeongChang in 2018 so I can get bundled up. It’s a matter of personal survival, really. 9. Seeing athletes as old as my parents still playing Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=3ZAcgjnlnHM. I know that my wheelchair rugby career will eventually come to an end some day. But these wheelchair curlers, they can play forever. Sonja Gaudet, the Canadian lead is goi
25 Animals With Insane Survival Adaptations

25 Animals With Insane Survival Adaptations

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From squirting blood out of their eyes to stabbing their ribs through their owns chests these are 25 animals with insane survival adaptations. 25. Shooting Blood When the Texas Horned Lizard feels threatened it literally shoots blood out of its eyeballs. 24. Dirty mouths The mouth of a wild Komodo dragon is so filthy that many times it will bite its prey and then follow it around until it dies from the resulting infection. In fact, scientists aren't entirely sure how wild dragons survive with so much bacteria on their tongues. 23. Shock Waves The pistol shrimp can snap its claw so quickly that it creates a pressure wave in the surrounding water. The resulting bang is louder than a jet engine and hotter than the surface of the sun. 22. Breaking bones The ha...
Guy Proposes To His Girlfriend With A Puppy And She Just Can’t Hold Her Emotions

Guy Proposes To His Girlfriend With A Puppy And She Just Can’t Hold Her Emotions

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Shelby Tucker got the surprise of her life when her boyfriend brought her an adorable new puppy with a special surprise tied onto his collar – a wedding ring! Tucker, already overwhelmed by the adorable puppy, nearly broke down when she found the ring – but she still managed to say yes! The little chocolate lab, who the boyfriend said would be a hunting dog, seemed somewhat oblivious to the plan he had been a part of. Fortunately, he will now be part of what looks like a loving new family! Watch full proposal video below: Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/puppy-proposal-ring-collar-shelby-turner/
Which "House Of Cards" Character Are You?

Which "House Of Cards" Character Are You?

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14 Gorgeous Ways To Carry Around Knives

14 Gorgeous Ways To Carry Around Knives

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View this image › ludwigschiffcutlery.com Chefs love their knives. They carry them everywhere in knife rolls, which are bags designed to house a whole bunch of very sharp knives in the safest and most discreet way possible. You may not think you need to carry around knives and other kitchen tools. But if you’re planning a blowout barbecue at your summer rental house, or a camping trip that will involve fireside cooking, you should consider getting a knife roll. The one above is good and basic and costs $44 here. But if you want to upg
23 Dramatic And Easy Canvas Drop-Cloth DIYs To Try

23 Dramatic And Easy Canvas Drop-Cloth DIYs To Try

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These DIYs transform the (literal) blank canvas used to safeguard floors from paint spills into cool stuff. At different sizes, you can pick a canvas drop cloth that will fit your project—and use any remaining scraps, too. 1. Chevron Picnic Blanket View this image › twigandthistle.com Create the perfect little picnic spot with painter’s tape and fabric paint meant to last through grass stains, mimosa spills, and machine washes. 2. Colorful Camera Strap View this image › designlovefest.com Sub in a strip of drop cloth for the called-for cotton webbing and you’ll have a camera strap that looks like a fashion designer paid you to wear it. 3. Anthropologie-Inspired Shower Curtain View this image › Flickr: hazeldog Artfully sewed-o...
Six Extreme Sports You’ve Never Heard Of

Six Extreme Sports You’ve Never Heard Of

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1. Wingsuit Flying View this image › tumblr.com Ever wanted to fly without surgically implanting wings onto yourself? With a wingsuit (and substantial training so you don’t meet your immediate death), you can do just that. Wingsuit flying is a relatively new extreme sport, in which you wear a large jumpsuit that essentially gives you wings. You then jump off a cliff or out of a plane and, well, fly! In the last few years, people have even started to develop jet-powered wingsuits, making an incredibly extreme sport even that much more extreme. 2. Q
Rescue Kitten Doesn’t Let Broken Jaw Keep Her From Having A Beautiful Smile

Rescue Kitten Doesn’t Let Broken Jaw Keep Her From Having A Beautiful Smile

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A smile says a lot about a person. We use them to tell the world that we are happy, make a friend feel better, and pose for photographs. So, what happens when you suffer an injury that takes away your ability to smile? What does that do to your personality, not to mention your confidence? That's exactly what happened to Duchess, a stray cat who was brought to an animal hospital in Texas after getting hit by a car. The accident broke her jaw and left her face crooked as a result. For a stray like Duchess, the chances of survival didn't seem good. Other animal hospitals might not have treated her with the same care and compassion she received at Adobe Animal Hospital and Clinic, but the kind souls there decided to give Duchess their all. Check out the images below to see what Duchess looks ...
The Definitive Guide To Cheering Your Way Through The 2012 Olympics

The Definitive Guide To Cheering Your Way Through The 2012 Olympics

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1. Cheer For Your Country View this image › JONATHAN ERNST / Reuters If you’re the enlightened, wordly sort, the Olympics allow you to partake in harmless red-white-and-blue-ing that’s without feeling guilty. If you’d rather drive a garden stake into your chest than live anywhere but AMERICA, the Olympics make your jingoistic urges seem temporarily normal. It’s a win-win! Unless we lose. 2. Root Root Root For The Home Team
Forget Eggs! This Mom Hosts an Easter BEER Hunt for Her Kids

Forget Eggs! This Mom Hosts an Easter BEER Hunt for Her Kids

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1This year put a different kind of hop into Easter, as in, literally hops, by starting a new tradition an Easter Beer Hunt! Via: YouTubeWhen YouTuber John Halcyon Styn and his siblings hit their20s, their mom could tell the easter egg magic was gone.One year, after a nice Easter breakfast, sheannounced, Time for the Easter Hunt! 2Naturally they groaned until they went out in the yard and saw a front-yard filled with microbrews throughout. Via: YouTubeShe set out a bunch of empty cardboard 6-pack holders, filled with plastic green grass, and announced that everyone wasresponsible for finding 6 beers. 3And with that, a tradition was born, and here's how you go about planning your very own. Via: YouTubeFirst, one must obviouslybuy the beer for the eager hunters. 4Once the beer is procured an...
She takes photos of survivors of gun violence and hopes they’ll change your mind.

She takes photos of survivors of gun violence and hopes they’ll change your mind.

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Laura's soon-to-be ex-husband stood over her body for nearly half an hour before dialing 911. The husband, a former Marine and police officer, had fired a shotgun into Laura's stomach from point-blank range. On the ground and beginning to bleed out, Laura begged him to call for help. When it finally came, she was given a 1% chance of survival. Luckily, she pulled through. Her story, and the stories of 100 other people across the U.S., are featured in a new book chronicling survivors of gun violence. The book, appropriately titled "SHOT: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America," is the work of New York-based photographer Kathy Shorr, who was inspired by her own brush with gun violence. Years ago, Shorr was at home when two armed men broke in to rob her, holding her and her daughter at...
What Period In History Do You Actually Belong In?

What Period In History Do You Actually Belong In?

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You kind of wish #TBT were every day, don’t you? View this image › Pepsi / Justine Zwiebel for BuzzFeed Check off anything that applies to you! ✓ You think indoor plumbing is overrated. ✓ You can go a day without showering and feel OK about yourself. ✓ Maybe even a few days. ✓ Also, you hate what shampoo does to your hair. ✓ And B.O. doesn’t bother you THAT much. ✓ You also aren’t afraid to skimp on deodorant and go au naturel. ✓ Also, brushing your teeth is overrated. ✓ You wouldn’t mind hunting for your food, if you got the chance. ✓ In a perfect world, you would throw out your microwave. ✓ And get rid of your oven. ...
How to Impress Potential Employers in a Video Interview

How to Impress Potential Employers in a Video Interview

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For many, the video job interview is an intimidating proposition — and for good reason. You're familiar with chatting with friends or a significant other online, and bringing your professional game to the office, but when you're ask to blend the two, it can be disorienting. Many people opt to dress as if they're going to the office (at least from the waist up), and others wear makeup as if they're on camera to be sure their souped-up appearance translates through to the viewer. The prepping applies to your space, too — turn off any devices that might beep (and warn family members or roommates who might wander in). Finally, make eye contact the best way you can on a video call by looking right into the camera. Check out the below infographic made by SparkHire to get more tips for your vid
Health Care Day In Romneyland

Health Care Day In Romneyland

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View this image › Alex Wong / Getty Images WASHINGTON, D.C. — Eighteen hours before news that the Supreme Court had upheld the Affordable Care Act was splashed across cable news chyrons, Mitt Romney stood confidently in front of a crowd of roaring partisans at a Virginia electrical manufacturing warehouse, and winked at its coming demise. “My guess is they’re not sleeping real well in the White House tonight!” he said tauntingly, eliciting hearty cheers from his audience. “That’s the way it ought to be!” The room had the energy of a high school pep rally the n
A Snake That Tried To Eat Its Owner: Mike Told Us This Story And Swore It Was True

A Snake That Tried To Eat Its Owner: Mike Told Us This Story And Swore It Was True

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An unusual story of survival—and Mike swears it happened. A night like any other. A man goes to sleep in his own home. But he wakes up suddenly in the night to an unusual sensation—and a horrifying sight. He looks down to the foot of his bed to see his own gigantic pet snake, its massive jaws wrapped around his legs almost up to the waist, gradually working its way up to swallow him whole—and alive. Sound like something from a horror movie? That’s what we thought too, at first.But Mike told us this story—and he swears it’s true.The whole surreal incident took place sometime last week, or the week before, “somewhere in Florida,” Mike said, who has zero reason to make something like this up. The snake, possibly a pyt
Here’s The Ultimate Itinerary For Conquering Lollapalooza

Here’s The Ultimate Itinerary For Conquering Lollapalooza

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You going to Lollapalooza this weekend? Good. Sit down and shut up. I’m about to school you inhow to do this festival up RIGHT. Let’s be real, music festivals are a war of attrition. It’s survival of the fittest out there, and if you don’t thoroughly prepare, you’re likely going to die. Flat out die. Your life will end, and there will be a funeral for you. Everyone will cry, as is the norm when the musical festival godssend another concert-going sheep to the Vitamin Water-sponsored slaughter house. Am I exaggerating? I don’t know, AM I?!?! *I throw a smoke bomb at the ground and ride away on a gold phoenix.* The key is preparation. Going to a music festival without a semi-structured plan of attack would be like showing up to climb Mount Everest with a t...
20 Award-Winning Action Photos from the 2013 Red Bull Illume Photo Contest

20 Award-Winning Action Photos from the 2013 Red Bull Illume Photo Contest

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The 3rd Red Bull Illume Image Quest photography competition has just announced the winners, so it’s time to take a look at some of the best pictures. The competitions was really intense this time – there were over 28 000 entries, submitted by 6417 photographers from 124 countries around the world. The overall winner was Lorenz Holder from Germany. His image (below) of snowboarder Xaver Hoffmann performing a jump at a satellite dish in snowy Raisting, Germany won universal praise from the judges. [Read more...] The photo contest was first held in 2007, followed by the second one in 2010. This year the participants had 10 different categories to choose from, ranging from close-ups to experimental, or from sequence to illumination. The jury had to pick 50 winning pictures from all...
Guy Builds Cat Feeding Machine That Requires His Kitty To Hunt For Food

Guy Builds Cat Feeding Machine That Requires His Kitty To Hunt For Food

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Ben Millam who refers to himself as an “aspiring geek” built an incredible machine that takes cat feeding to a whole new level. He trained his cat Monkey to look for plastic balls hidden around the house and throw them into the machine. Once the machine recognizes the RFID-tagged balls, the feeder is activated and the ball is filled with cat treats. Monkey was trained using ‘clicker’ training that is based on associating a desirable behaviour with a distinctive click and a reward. It took some time and patience but as Millam says, Monkey successfully managed to put up with all his experiments. “This all started after I read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas: it’s partly to establish and survey their territory, but t...
Top 10 Films So Bad They Are Hilarious

Top 10 Films So Bad They Are Hilarious

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Films are an art form. Even the earliest forms, starting with nickelodeons in the 18th century, were meant to elicit some kind of emotional response from their audience. This emotional response has to be specific, though. If a filmmaker made what they thought was a stirring emotional drama, but it ends up hitting none of its intended beats, then it is considered a failure. I think the word “failure” is completely subjective. Avatar is the highest grossing movie of all-time, meaning it was obviously successful, but I thought it was pretty lame. The highest praise that I can give any movie is that I was thoroughly entertained by it. I can love a movie like The Godfather, but only watch it maybe a couple of times in my life, but I’ve seen Big Trouble in Little China probably...
Decades-Old Mystery of “Frankenstein DNA” Solved

Decades-Old Mystery of “Frankenstein DNA” Solved

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Some tumors contain massive DNA molecules that are undeniably reminiscent of Frankenstein: They’re stitched together from various other parts of the genome. Now researchers working on this decades-old mystery say they’ve figured out how these monsters appear in tumors. The findings, published in Cancer Cell this week, might explain how tumors safeguard their survival.  First discovered in the 1950s, neochromosomes are these giant, extra chromosomes found in up to three percent of all cancers. They’re especially common in tumors of soft tissue (sarcomas), fat tissue (liposarcomas), and some brain and blood cancers. They can be many times the size of our largest, normal chromosome, and they also contain extra copies of altered genes known to drive cancer development, c
Understanding Genetic Differences Between Breast Cancer Tumors Is Key To Better Treatment

Understanding Genetic Differences Between Breast Cancer Tumors Is Key To Better Treatment

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Breast cancer is not a single disease. It is in fact, a collection of genetic changes that all lead to the same outcome: a tumor in the breast. This means that breast cancer patients cant be treated with identical therapies. Instead, therapy must be tailored to the underlying genetic changes that causes the tumor. To do this, physicians can look at a tumors genetic markers, which are called biomarkers. Looking at these biomarkers helps oncologists choose the treatment that is most likely to be effective in a particular tumor. Based on her tumors biomarkers, a breast cancer patient could receive hormone therapy, targeted therapy or chemotherapy as her treatment course. This is called precision medicine, and it has had some successes in breast cancer treatment. Many biomarker-based, or pre...
12 Highlights from the 2014 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

12 Highlights from the 2014 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

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CONTEST CLOSES JUNE 30, 2014 The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is well under way, accepting submissions until June 30th, 2014. Official categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. The grand-prize winner will receive an eight-day National Geographic Expedition to Alaska for two aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion or National Geographic Sea Bird. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Judging consists of two rounds of evaluation based on creativity and photographic quality. The second-prize winner will receive a five-day National Geographic Photography Workshop for one in Santa Fe, N.M., and the third-prize winner will receive a six-day cruise for tw...
10 Interesting Facts About Beer and Wine

10 Interesting Facts About Beer and Wine

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Beer and wine have been called many things: delicious, evil, holy, unholy, addictive, and so on, but there is no doubt that one of the most beloved of all human inventions is beer and wine. Therefore, you should know more about it, and thus this list was born: 10 Interesting Facts About Beer and Wine. This item may be familiar to most avid Listverse readers and has been presented on numerous lists, but I found that I still had to have it in somewhere, as there seems to be the instant stereotyping of relating wine and beer to unhealthiness. However, over the course of a ten year study, wine, and specifically red wine, has been found to possess great cardiovascular benefits (aka: it helps your heart!). This has been attributed to antioxidants called flavonoids, which are present in the sk...
Community Post: 12 Completely Unnecessary Government Shutdown Events

Community Post: 12 Completely Unnecessary Government Shutdown Events

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1. Closing The Lincoln Memorial View this image › Via shotinthedark.info Although the federal government has shut down several times before, this is the first time the Lincoln Memorial has been completely closed to the public. 2. Barricading The WWII Memorial View this image › Via codewit.com The World War II memorial is now guarded by more security personnel than during
25 Insane Reasons That The Spartans Were More Hardcore Than You

25 Insane Reasons That The Spartans Were More Hardcore Than You

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From birth they were taught to fear nothing. These are 25 insane reasons that the Spartans were more hardcore than you. 25. At birth, Spartan infants were examined for physical deformities before a council, and those who did not pass the inspection were left to die in the wilderness 24. The infant would usually die of exposure to the elements although occasionally it might be rescued by strangers 23. The children that made it did not have it easy though. To make them strong infants were given baths in wine rather than water. 22. They were also ignored when they cried and taught to never fear darkness or solitude 21. At age 7 Spartan boys were taken from their parents home and began the agoge, a state sponsored program meant to turn them into fearless fight...
Dear Frenchie: Adorable Advice From French Bulldogs

Dear Frenchie: Adorable Advice From French Bulldogs

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French bulldogs are finally ready to share their wisdom with you. For your health! 1. Q: “Should I take time off to travel after I graduate?” A: I am going to say yes, but with this stipulation: you have to take your best friend with you. And I think you know who I mean. *ahem* View this image › reddit.com 2. Q: “I feel like my new neighbor doesn’t like me. How do I win them over??” A: Only one thing to do. Go over there and *boop* ‘em on the nose. All of your problems will be solved. View this image › reddit.com 3. Q: “My friend really hurt my feelings. Should I just give them the silent treatment until they apologize?” A: As cute as pouting may look on you, it’s probably not the most mature reaction....
50+ Events in San Diego, London and More

50+ Events in San Diego, London and More

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They say great minds think alike. That’s why Mashable's Events Board is here to help you make valuable connections — when you attend your industry’s leading conferences, that is. Whether you work in advertising, technology or media, we can help you find the perfect conference. This week we’ve gathered up five events, held in cities like San Diego, London and New York, to help propel you in the right direction. And if you don’t see something that strikes your fancy, check out more than 50 events in our complete listings. Sort listings by date, get discount codes exclusive to Mashable readers, or maybe watch a video of a past event so you won’t be caught by surprise. You can also follow our events account on Twitter so you'll never miss a thing. Digital Marketing Rooftop PartyDate: June
These Bugs Will Haunt Your Nightmares…They’re So Well Camouflaged, It’s Scary

These Bugs Will Haunt Your Nightmares…They’re So Well Camouflaged, It’s Scary

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In the world of insects, you could make an argument for the praying mantis being the most majestic, even though it's a ruthlessly efficient hunter. These bugs make quick work of taking down anything that gets in their way, yet still have a certain beauty about them that's hard to find in other insects. But just when you thought that the praying mantis couldn't get more majestic (or creepy), here comes the orchid mantis. The orchid mantis (pictured below) is a species native to Southeast Asia. It has evolved to look like an orchid flower, as you might've guessed. YouTube / precarious333 If you were quickly looking at one of these guys in their natural environment, you would never susp...
Mitt Romney Finally Has The Campaign He Wanted

Mitt Romney Finally Has The Campaign He Wanted

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View this image › Brian Snyder / Reuters AMES, Iowa — It was mid-afternoon by the time Mitt Romney stepped up to an outdoor podium here Friday, but the temperature still hovered stubbornly below 40 degrees, keeping the crowd to a modest size. The lofty soundtrack that accompanied his arrival felt a bit over-the-top for the smallness of the setting. But Romney, in a white shirt, dark tie, and sporty black windbreaker, was all smiles. After a blistering primary campaign, a summer of distractions, and an early autumn of flailing, the Republican nominee has final
Obama Directs Federal Government To Give Gay Married Couples Equal Veterans’ Benefits

Obama Directs Federal Government To Give Gay Married Couples Equal Veterans’ Benefits

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View this image › J. Scott Applewhite, File / AP WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday that President Obama directed the executive branch to stop enforcing two laws that prevented same-sex married couples from receiving the same veterans’ benefits as are available to opposite-sex married couples. The move is the latest fallout from the Supreme Court’s June decision in United States v. Windsor striking down the federal ban on recognition of same-sex couples’ marriages that was found in the Defense of Marriage Act. “This announcement means
6 Climbers Presumed Dead After Fall On Washington’s Mount Rainier

6 Climbers Presumed Dead After Fall On Washington’s Mount Rainier

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It was the worst disaster there in more than 30 years, officials say. View this image › TED S. WARREN / AP FILE Six climbers were killed in a 3,300-foot fall along the north slope of Mount Rainier, officials said Saturday. It was the worst disaster on the mountain in more than three decades. Tents and clothes mixed with rock and ice were found along the glacier at 9,500 feet, the National Park Service said. Citing continuous ice and rock fall that make the area dangerous even for rescuers, Mount Rainier National Park officials said that there were no plans to recover the bodies of the six climbers. The area will be checked periodically by air in the coming weeks and months, park spokeswoman Patti Wold told the Associated Press. “It’s inconceivable that an...
You HAVE to learn this tick removal trick before you go camping

You HAVE to learn this tick removal trick before you go camping

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Summertime is prime time to be outside with friends and family. We play sports, we barbecue and have picnics, go to music festivals, hiking, camping, the list is endless. But unfortunately, with summer comes some pests that cause quite the annoyance for us as humans, as well as our furry friends. If you get bitten by a tick you must be able to remove it without breaking its head in order to prevent the risk of being infected or contracting disease. In this video, a simple and effective way to remove a tick with a cotton swab is demonstrated. SHARE this video with all your friends and family. This is something that everyone should see! Read more: http://damn.com/you-have-to-learn-this-tick-removal-trick-before-you-go-camping/
Discovering “Blind Tom,” The Slave Turned Civil War-Era Pop Star

Discovering “Blind Tom,” The Slave Turned Civil War-Era Pop Star

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View this image › Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed Several years ago I encountered the story of Thomas Greene Wiggins in the pages of Oliver Sacks’ wonderful study of unusual neurological case studies, An Anthropologist on Mars. Born a slave in Georgia in 1849, Wiggins was one of the first African-American classical performers and composers, a well-known and widely celebrated cultural phenomenon from 1858 when he first began giving stage recitals on the piano, through the 1870s and 1880s when his popularity waned. Under the stage name “Blind Tom,” he gave mind-blowing “exh
Elon Musk Hints at Making Tesla Tech Open to Other Carmakers

Elon Musk Hints at Making Tesla Tech Open to Other Carmakers

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CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk attends a television taping on April 21, 2014 in Beijing, China. Image: ChinaFotoPress/Getty ImagesIn his global campaign to simultaneously raise the fortunes of Tesla as well as make the electric vehicles the norm, Elon Musk has now indicated that he may make the usage of his company's patented technology open to competitors. A strong indication of Musk's plans came during his presentation at last week's Tesla shareholder meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. Responding to an audience suggestion of opening Tesla's Supercharger network to other automakers as a means to accelerate electric vehicle adoption around the world, Musk seemed to already have a few ideas in mind for such a move in the future. "Ultimately we need all cars to g...
21 Things That Always Happen At Fashion Week

21 Things That Always Happen At Fashion Week

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1. People will show up to places in crop tops and no tights in 30-degree weather. View this image › Amy Odell You can pretty much count on comfort to be out of style every season. 2. Alexa Chung will DJ a party held in a store. View this image › Amy Odell As will the Richards sisters and a random model or two. (Pictured: Alexa DJing at the Marni fragrance launch.)
The Year Without Esme

The Year Without Esme

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View this image › Summer Anne Burton “Esme Barrera was” doesn’t feel like the right beginning. Esme Barrera is the biggest heart in the tiniest body. She is the kindest and most generous person I’ve ever known. When people who didn’t get the chance to know Esme started telling me they were sorry for my loss, I wanted to say, “I’m sorry for yours.” Getting to know her at all is one of the best things that ever happened to me, even more so than losing her was the worst.
23 Small Things Every Early Twentysomething Should Know

23 Small Things Every Early Twentysomething Should Know

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It’s never too early to get your shit together. 1. Learn how to cook. instagram.com And no, Ramen doesn’t count. Cooking for yourself is literally the best. You get to eat what you want, when you want. It’s way cheaper AND healthier than eating out. And of course it impresses friends AND potential romantic conquests. It’s really not that hard. No excuses, so here are some recipes to get you started. 2. It’s never too early to get your finances in order. instagram.com You may be all like “YOLO” because retirement is so far away, but remember our generation is fucked and no one wants to help us out. SO LEARN TO HELP YOURSELF. That means setting up savings, a rainy day fund, maybe even a Roth IRA. If you don’t know what those ...
Job Hunting? 190+ Openings at ‘New York Times,’ ‘Slate’ and More

Job Hunting? 190+ Openings at ‘New York Times,’ ‘Slate’ and More

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Whether you're unemployed, underemployed or just looking for something a bit more interesting, the Mashable Job Board is full of listings to take your career to the next level. Since 2005, Mashable has been committed to bringing the top digital, social and tech news and resources to our readers. Over time, we've built a readership of 20 million people who are well versed in digital trends, social media and all the hottest technologies. So when the world's best companies are looking to fill open positions, they post them on the Mashable Job Board. New jobs are added every day, and many positions are exclusive — employers know that if they're going to find the right person for the job, they're going to find them reading Mashable. Below, we've rounded up 10 recently posted jobs; check the
Relax, Shark Numbers Arent Booming, But More Research Can Make Us Safer

Relax, Shark Numbers Arent Booming, But More Research Can Make Us Safer

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A documentary airing tonight on ABCs Four Corners, Shark Alarm, comes on the heels of a spate of shark bites in New South Wales and raises questions about our relationship with these formidable animals. Why do sharks bite humans? Are shark numbers exploding? If they are, is that a good or a bad thing? And the ultimate question (from a human point of view, at least): how can we make ocean users safer? Anyone who says that they can confidently predict when, where or why sharks bite people is almost certainly wrong, regardless of whether theyre a scientist, a politician or a journalist. Why? Partly because we simply dont know enough about sharks to anticipate their moves, and partly because attacks are so rare. Despite the media hype, youre still more likely to drown than be b...
Community Post: 12 Things You Learn As The Parent of A Craft-Loving Preschooler

Community Post: 12 Things You Learn As The Parent of A Craft-Loving Preschooler

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1. 1. You can never have enough empty toilet paper rolls. View this image › Seriously, kids can think of a million uses for these, and a good supply can probably get you fifteen to twenty minutes of peace and quiet. Your bathroom looks slightly less classy when you put them on the counter rather than throwing them out, but it’s probably already full of kid stuff anyway. 2. 2. Ditto for crayons…. View this image ›
Resolving To Cure Cancer, Obama Promises The Impossible

Resolving To Cure Cancer, Obama Promises The Impossible

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In his 2016 State of the Union address last week, United States President Barack Obama declared he wanted America to be the country that cures cancer once and for all. Obamas goal is unrealistic, too simplistic and not achievable by the United States, or any other country. Cancer is not just one but a group of more than 100 different diseases, for which no single cure will ever be effective. Finding better drugs to treat cancer effectively and with fewer side effects will certainly help reduce the number of people who die from the disease. But instead of romantic hopes for cancer cures, countries need to invest more to find better methods for early detection and awareness campaigns to promote healthier lifestyles. What Do We Mean By Cure? Firstly, something this important c...
Northern Spotted Owls Are Losing To Owl Invaders

Northern Spotted Owls Are Losing To Owl Invaders

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Despite extensive recovery efforts, northern spotted owls in the northwestern U.S. are declining. Fast. According to a new Condor study, their populations have dropped by as much as 77 percent in parts of their range in just the last few years. Whats surprising is their biggest threat: not climate change or habitat loss, but other owls. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the northern spotted owl, Strix occidentalis caurina, as threatened in 1990 because their old-growth forest habitats were being destroyed throughout their rangeby logging and timber harvesting. To help with northern spotted owl management and conservation, a team led by Katie Dugger of the U.S. Geological Survey studied markrecapture, reproduction, and territory occupancy data collected between 1985 ...

No, Being A Vegetarian Won’t Kill You

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Despite what various reaches of the Internet may have told you, vegetarianism wont kill you. Youd think that, considering there are hundreds of millions around the world, theyd have noticed this incredibly inconvenient biological side effect by now. But no: the media are now reporting that being a vegetarian changes your DNA, gives you heart disease, and increases your chance of getting cancer. This, as you probably suspect, is nonsense. Its the accidental or willful misinterpretation of a study published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution. In actual fact, the study focused on the discovery of a genetic variant present in people whose ancestors primarily had a vegetarian diet, which means they processed food in a slightly different way to others. Does this mean ...