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5 very spooky places in the USA


43% of people in the USA and 52% of Britons believe in ghosts. 18% of Americans say that they’ve actually seen a ghost and 27% claim to have experienced something “paranormal.”* There are hundreds of haunted places around the world with more than 200 spooky places reported in the United States.

The amazing toughness of spider silk


Spider silk strands are more uniform in diameter that most man-made artifacts. Per same diameter and weight, spider silk is 5 times stronger than steel and tougher than Kevlar.

Does tapping a can of fizzy drink really stop it foaming over?


It is one of the distinct sounds of summer: the noise of people tapping the tops of their cans of fizzy drink before opening them.

Does tapping a can of fizzy drink really stop it foaming over?


It is one of the distinct sounds of summer: the noise of people tapping the tops of their cans of fizzy drink before opening them.

Beyond Asimov: how to plan for ethical robots


As robots become integrated into society more widely, we need to be sure they’ll behave well among us.

Beyond Asimov: how to plan for ethical robots


As robots become integrated into society more widely, we need to be sure they’ll behave well among us.

9 lesser known facts about Australia


The Commonwealth of Australia is the sixth largest country (after Russia, Canada, China, the USA, and Brazil) in the world, occupying the Australian continent and surrounding islands, the largest of which is Tasmania (68,401 km²).

9 lesser known facts about Australia


The Commonwealth of Australia is the sixth largest country (after Russia, Canada, China, the USA, and Brazil) in the world, occupying the Australian continent and surrounding islands, the largest of which is Tasmania (68,401 km²).

How time actually tricks us


Time is truly a complicated matter. Remember how as a child you were waiting for your birthday and how it seemed to take forever to arrive?

How time actually tricks us


Time is truly a complicated matter. Remember how as a child you were waiting for your birthday and how it seemed to take forever to arrive?

Beware the ‘awestruck effect’ – How charismatic leaders influence followers


Charismatic business leaders can cause their followers to suppress emotions, which can harm companies over the long term, according to new research.

Beware the ‘awestruck effect’ – How charismatic leaders influence followers


Charismatic business leaders can cause their followers to suppress emotions, which can harm companies over the long term, according to new research.

The 22 million digit number … and the amazing maths behind primes


It is a quite extraordinary figure. Dr Curtis Cooper from the University of Central Missouri has found the largest-known prime number – written (274207281)-1.

The 22 million digit number … and the amazing maths behind primes


It is a quite extraordinary figure. Dr Curtis Cooper from the University of Central Missouri has found the largest-known prime number – written (274207281)-1.

How to vet nonprofits before you give


Charity solicitations are as much a part of the holiday season as decorations. If you give, it’s a good idea to know what the nonprofit organization does with your money.

How to vet nonprofits before you give


Charity solicitations are as much a part of the holiday season as decorations. If you give, it’s a good idea to know what the nonprofit organization does with your money.

Eleven body fluids we couldn’t live without


How is a human being like a fish? Just as a fish never stops to think about the water in which it spends its entire life, so do many human beings rarely pause to consider the body fluids that make our lives possible.

A dozen interesting facts about roses


There are over 100 species and thousands of cultivars of roses. They vary in color, shape and size and all but one rose species have 5 petals.

Is it really OK to eat food that’s fallen on the floor?


By Paul Dawson, Clemson University When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up within five seconds?

Steam power and Jell-O


Heron of Greece invented steam power in 50 BC. But the leaders of the day thought that it would cause unemployment and the invention ran out of steam.


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