Category: Features

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The surprising discovery at Angkor Wat

One of the largest religious structure on earth has puzzled and enchanted visitors for centuries. How did it come to be? António da Madelena, a Portuguese Capuchin friar, was one of the first Western visitors to Angkor Wat, the monumental and moated 12th Century Hindu-Buddhist temple in what, today, 1is...

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Most Beautiful Floors

The Ledge, Willis Tower, Chicago Glass floors are rarely less than exciting. Will they bear your weight? Might they trigger vertigo? Here’s one way of finding out, The Ledge, a pair of retractable glass pods projecting from the 103rd floor of Chicago’s Willis Tower, the second tallest building in the...

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The Last Things That Will Make Us Uniquely Human

In a few decades, AI will outstrip many of the abilities we believe make us special. This is a grand challenge for our age, argues researcher Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, and it may require an ‘irrational’ response. One of the most consequential pieces of news from the US in early 2017 was...

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The Surprising Benefits of Landslide

Scientists have long puzzled over how animals reach remote islands in the midst of our vast oceans. There are plenty of possible explanations, but now it seems they may have neglected an essential element: landslides. A study of weevils in the Canary Islands suggests that animals can travel from one...

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to Stay Calm in Stressful Situations

The stress is rising. You’re starting to feel frustrated with situation you’re in. Or angry. Or maybe sad and like you just want to pack up and go home. But at the same time you also know that you need to keep calm. To be able to think clearly. To not...

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Recreating the Flying Tank

When Nazi forces reached Leningrad in the summer of 1941, rather than risk the lives of thousands of soldiers battling fierce Soviet resistance, the generals chose instead to blockade the city. It left Leningrad’s three million residents almost completely cut-off from the outside world for 900 days. During those terrible...

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How Islamic Inventors Changed The World

From coffee to cheques and the three-course meal, the Muslim world has given the world many innovations that we take for granted in daily life. Here are the 20 of them and a brief story of the men behind the creation. Coffee The story goes that an Arab named Khalid...

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Most Welcoming Countries

For many expats, finding new friends can ease the often overwhelming task of adjusting to a new life abroad. But with huge variances in local culture and language capabilities, some places can definitely feel more welcoming than others. To determine where expats might find the best success of fitting in...

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The City with a Chip on Its Shoulder

I don’t know who invented the term “Second City”, but I’m willing to bet it wasn’t someone who lived in one. Yes, technically a Second City is simply a nation’s second most populous city but, let’s face it, the term also implies inferiority, second-class status. No wonder residents of Second...

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When Cities Rise from the Depth

Fascinated by mysteries of the deep Recenty we were reminded that there’s still plenty to both love and learn about our planet, as news went viral about a 16th-century church in Mexico spookily rising from the watery depths. Abandoned in the 18th Century after a plague swept through the Chiapas region,...

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The Secret Nuclear Bunker

Deep beneath a hill in the Worcestershire countryside, about 20 miles west of Birmingham, lie a series of hidden tunnels. Once home to a secret aeroplane factory during World War Two, they were later repurposed to protect the UK in the event of a nuclear war: it’s from here that...

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How mice use their brain to hunt

The part of the brain that governs emotions such as fear and anxiety also helps mice hunt. That structure, the amygdala, orchestrates a mouse’s ability to both stalk a cricket and deliver a fatal bite, scientists report January 12 in Cell. Scientists made select nerve cells in mice’s brains sensitive to...

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Free Up Hard Disk Space On Windows

Hard drives are getting larger and larger, but somehow they always seem to fill up. This is even more true if you’re using a solid-state drive (SSD), which offers much less hard drive space than traditional mechanical hard drives. If you’re hurting for hard drive space, these tricks should help...

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Bosnia’s Missing Dead

They are the unquiet dead. Laid out in rows across the interior space of a former industrial building on the edge of the Bosnian town of Sanski Most, the remains of human beings, in various degrees of integration. Some of the skeletons are almost complete, others just a pelvic bone...

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The Secret to Superhuman Intelligence

Rosenberg runs a Silicon Valley startup called Unanimous AI, which has built a tool to support human decision-making by crowdsourcing opinions online. It lets hundreds of participants respond to a question all at once, pooling their collective insight, biases and varying expertise into a single answer. Since launching in June, Unanimous...

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The Jet That Flew Higher

In 1957, a British jet bomber flew higher than any aircraft before it. Nearly 60 years later, engineers are attempting to get this historic aircraft back in the air. On 28 August 1957, the flight crew of an English Electric Canberra jet bomber climbed into their waiting aircraft, WK163, at...

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The Risk of Artificial Intelligence

Fears of a robot apocalypse mask the actual problems that we face by increasingly letting our lives be run by algorithms If you believe some AI-watchers, we are racing towards the Singularity – a point at which artificial intelligence outstrips our own and machines go on to improve themselves at...

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The Balloons That Soar to the Edge of Space

Few of us will know what it is like to venture into space. But balloons – based on designs that paved the way to the stars – may get us closer than ever. You gaze out the window – and it’s a big window – at the view outside. You’re...

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Your Desk Says About You

Do you have trouble locating your computer screen amid the jungle of old coffee mugs and scattered papers? Or is your workspace a minimalist’s dream? Every office worker has a particular type of desk they keep, and a number of studies suggest that how you keep your workspace might affect...

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The Virus That May Save Humanity

It was the early 1890s, and Ernest Hankin was studying cholera outbreaks along the banks of the Ganges. As the locals dumped their dead in the holy water, the river should have quickly transformed into a poisonous spring of the disease, with an epidemic sweeping through towns and villages down...