Category Archives: Society

Is the Quest for the Holy Grail Over?

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Author: Christopher Klein

For centuries, the quest for the elusive Holy Grail has consumed Crusaders and archaeologists, inspired Arthurian legends and Hollywood blockbusters and sparked both the pen of Alfred Lord Tennyson and the comedy of Monty Python. Now, a pair of historians claim they have discovered the sacred relic inside a Spanish...

Airlines Call for More Security…

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Author: Associated Press

The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 highlights the need for security improvements both in tracking aircraft and screening passengers before they board planes, the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday. The global airline body also announced it is creating a task force that will make recommendations by the end...

Psychic Spies of the Cold War

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Author: Paul Darin

The U.S. government’s use of trained psychics for military application has a history dating back at least a few decades. Project Stargate was an umbrella codename for a project funded by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It was created in response to intelligence reports that the Soviet Union was engaging...

How the 1964 Alaska Earthquake Shook Up Science

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Author: Becky Oskin - Video

The earthquake struck at 5:36 p.m. Alaska Standard Time on Good Friday. When the first shaking hit, many parents were in the kitchen, fixing dinner. For more than 4 minutes, the earth buckled and lurched all across southern Alaska. Few people returned home to their meals that night. In Anchorage,...

Walk on by Britain: Two Little Girls Pretend to be Lost in a Busy Shopping Centre

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Author: Sam Greenhill

One little girl was clutching her favourite toy while her younger sister was sucking her thumb – and both looked utterly lost and forlorn. In a bygone era, a concerned adult might have stopped to ask them where their mother was. But in a damning indictment of modern Britain, hundreds...

Giraffe Kisses Dying Zoo Worker Final Goodbye

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Author: Heather Saul

Heart-breaking pictures have emerged of the moment a giraffe said goodbye to a terminally ill zoo worker, who had spent most of his adult life cleaning the animal's enclosures. Maintenance worker Mario has terminal cancer and had asked to be taken into the giraffe enclosure at Rotterdam’s Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo....

Power Lines Look Terrifying to Animals

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Author: Anna Newby - Video

It’s surprising that more animals don’t crash into power lines. The wires don’t look like much of a barrier, yet scientists have found that animals will avoid them even after they’ve been in place for 30 years. This suggests it is not the human presence, noise, or other construction-related disturbances...

‘Gay Rights Cause Tornadoes, Autism is a Punishment From God. God is Angry’

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Author: Heather Saul

A congressional candidate in Chicago, who blames natural disasters such as tornados on gay rights and claims autism is a punishment from God, has won the GOP nomination and will challenge Democrat Jan Schakowsky for the 9th Congressional district of the city. Among her many controversial views, Susanne Atanus is...

Drowning in Light

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Author: Dirk Hanson

In 1996, Yale economist William D. Nordhaus calculated that the average citizen of Babylon would have had to work a total of 41 hours to buy enough lamp oil to equal a 75-watt light bulb burning for one hour. At the time of the American Revolution, a colonial would have...

How Poor Discipline Techniques Create Lifelong Problems

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Author: Chris Weller

As child psychologists learn more about the way kids’ brains develop, they’re unearthing clues about how that development is shaped by outside forces. Discipline remains chief among those forces, as the way kids come to understand punishment is, in turn, reflected in their adult actions. “Tough love” used to mean...

Secrets of Chinese Terra-Cotta Warrior Weapons Revealed

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Author: Tia Ghose

One of the most astounding archaeological discoveries of the 20th century is arguably the life-size terra-cotta army buried alongside China's first emperor. Now, scientists have figured out how the bronze triggers for the crossbows of the 8,000 terra-cotta warriors were manufactured. Teams of craftspeople worked in small groups to produce...

Threat of Monster California Quake Even Greater Than Feared

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Author: Rong-Gong Lin

If a 9.0 earthquake were to strike along California's sparsely populated North Coast, it would have a catastrophic ripple effect. A giant tsunami created by the quake would wash away coastal towns, destroy U.S. 101 and cause $70 billion in damage over a large swath of the Pacific coast. More...