The National Weather Service Began as a Crowd-Sourcing Experiment

Illustration by Lucille Clerc For centuries, humans complained about the weather. In 1848, the Smithsonian Institution decided to do something about it. Weather conditions had been considered to be either God’s will or explainable only by homespun nostrums like “Clear moon, frost soon” or by observing, say, the behavior of ants, which don’t like rain. […]

Amateur Divers Discover Trove of 53 Roman Gold Coins in Spain

Two men found the coins while diving in Portitxol Bay along the Mediterranean coast. University of Alicante Last month, two men snorkeling off Spain’s Mediterranean coast during a family vacation found a stash of Roman coins that turned out to be one of the largest of its kind ever discovered in Europe.  The gold coins […]

Boomerang-Shaped UFO Reported Over Sydney, Lights Up Social Media | VIDEO

Did you see the UFO that flew over Sydney? You are not alone      Melbourne may have earthquakes, but Sydney has problems that are totally out of this world. Late on the evening of Monday, September 28, Sydneysiders began reporting sightings over the city, as far north as the Central Coast, of a strange […]

Colonial-Era Papers Stolen From Mexico’s National Archive Return Home

The cache of newly returned items includes 15 handwritten papers and a small collection of looted antiquities. Consulado General de México en Nueva York via Facebook Thanks to a group of eagle-eyed scholars, a trove of stolen colonial-era documents has been returned to Mexico City. Unidentified thieves smuggled the 16th-century papers out of Mexico’s Archivo General […]

The Sake Master Who Bucks Ancient Tradition—In America

By Richard Grant Photographs by Pete McBride In the old Route 66 town of Holbrook, Arizona, close to the Navajo reservation and far from anywhere else, a 41-year-old man named Atsuo Sakurai is making the best sake produced outside Japan. When, by happenstance, I heard about this extraordinary achievement some months ago from a bartender […]

Viking Map of North America Identified as 20th-Century Forgery

In the modern era, the European discovery of North American became a proxy for conflicts between American Protestants and Catholics, as well as northern Europeans who claimed Vikings like Leif Eriksson (left) as their ancestors and southern Europeans who touted links to Columbus (right) and the monarchs of Spain. Photo illustration by Meilan Solly / […]

La Palma Island Volcanic Eruption Sends Lava Flowing to Residential Buildings

Some experts suspect that the lava’s heat at a scorching 1,800 degrees could trigger landslides or explosions and release toxic gases when it reaches the ocean and collides with the ocean water.     Desiree Martin/Getty Images On September 19, the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain’s La Palma Island exploded into a fury of red plumes and […]

The meaning of colors

When Luisa Maffi was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley in the late 1980s and early 1990s, she helped redefine what we talk about when we talk about color. Together with her advisors Brent Berlin and Paul Kay, she analyzed how people around the world name and categorize colors. The team reached […]

Sex Is More Complex Than A Simple Binary Suggests

Parrotfish are well-known for their shimmering beauty. But these colorful reef fish are also notable for a scientific reason. Individuals start out adult life as females, before switching to male later in life. This attribute places parrotfish among the many sequential hermaphrodites of the animal world, organisms that can switch between male and female reproductive […]

How Long Does CBD Stay in Your System?

This article contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of the many cannabinoids found in hemp plants. Over the last few years, CBD-infused products have continued to grow in popularity, especially as growing research uncovers the many therapeutic benefits […]

Are These Snail Shells the World’s Oldest Known Beads?

Believed to be the world’s oldest jewelry, the perforated shells date to about 142,000 years ago. A. Bouzouggar / INSAP From ancient beads to modern bling, jewelry has allowed humans to make statements for millennia. Now, reports Ann Gibbons for Science magazine, a new analysis of beads found in Morocco offers a clearer picture of how […]

Why Humans Don’t Have Tails

A mutation in a gene called TBXT be behind the sudden loss of great ape’s tails, according to researchers. Jabid Ishtiaque via Flickr under [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] Our primate ancestors used their tails for balance as they navigated treetops, but around 25 million years ago, tailless apes started appearing in the fossil record. How and why some primates […]

Former Pentagon UFO Official To Reveal Shocking Never-Before-Shared Details

The former head of the U.S. government’s secretive UFO program will pen a book for HarperCollins that includes “profound implications for humanity.”      The former director of a secretive U.S. government UFO program is ready to tell his full story. Luis Elizondo, who headed the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program’s effort to study […]