In a breakthrough scientists successfully did gene editing of a human embryo to eliminate a dangerous gene mutation. The birth of an actual baby with genes selected by technological means hasn’t happened yet, but that is on the way — and soon. Science and technological capacity are racing ahead of ethics, safety regulations and our understanding […]
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No conspiracy theory has captured the imagination quite like that time we faked the moon landing. That’s right, we never landed on the moon. According to a 1999 Gallup poll, 6% of Americans thought the moon landings were fake, and 5% said they weren’t sure. So what gives? Why would otherwise normal, critically thinking adults believe […]
The scourge of the betel nut. It is used by almost a tenth of the world’s population. It gives people a buzz equivalent to six cups of coffee and is used variously as a symbol of love, marriage and a cure for indigestion and impotence. But it is also leading tens of thousands to an […]
Do words get removed from a dictionary if they are not used? The Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary [OED] is generally regarded as the single most comprehensive record of the English language to exist. Included in this work are many thousands of words considered completely “obsolete” by lexicographers. You see, in something of a Hotel California […]
When 22-year-old Australian car-crash victim Ben McMahon woke up from a week-long coma, the only language he could speak was fluent Mandarin. So fluent, in fact, that he is now a popular TV star in China! The incident took place in early 2012 – Ben was in a terrible car crash in Melbourne that left […]
The warning signs of online fraud and how to avoid it. Logged 207,000 Internet fraud reports to the U.S. Internet Crime Center.
Fish create huge underwater spirals. American photographer Octavio Aburto thrives on the fascinating world of life in the sea. He has spent decades studying and researching marine biology in order to educate the world about the protection and conservation of ocean life. Since 1994, Aburto has photographed marine ecosystems in Mexican coastal waters. He has documented […]
Groom tried to drown himself. A young groom from China’s Hubei province was so disappointed after seeing his bride for the first time, he actually tried to kill himself at his own wedding! 33-year-old Kang Hu was all set to marry 30-year-old Na Sung, a woman chosen by his parent, who he had never even seen before. […]
If you are paying a company less than five hundred a month for Search Engine Optimization, then you are being scammed.
Foreign lottery scams have been circulating online and offline for years.
Scams. Unfortunately, RSA was forced to file a civil complaint for theft in seeking the return of its funds against Mr Brewer
The Outbreak In September of 2015, the German car Company, Volkswagen, was caught in the act of a huge emissions fraud scandal which impacted the entire world. This fraud, beginning in 2008, lasted until 2015. It ended when America’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discovered that Volkswagen had intentionally cheated emissions testing. The scandal erupted in […]
Hyper-environmental skyscraper acts like a squid. Animal-inspired architecture has undoubtedly been on the rise. The long legs of giraffes and spiders seem to naturally lend themselves to lofty buildings floating on spindly appendages. But what about creatures of the deep? You won’t need scuba gear to witness the squid-like form of Biotic-Tech Skyscraper City by GPT Architecture in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. Responding to economic, ecological, […]
Life-size transformer sculptures. A Chinese scrapyard became a tourist attraction after the staff built Transformers from metal junk. One day, the workers at a scrapyard in China recently decided to get creative with all the metal junk lying around by building a giant Transformer statue. And when the life-size replica of the popular Autobot started […]
Homeless Man Lives In A Grave. Bratislav Stojanovic, a 43-year-old homeless man from Serbia, has been living with the dead in a cemetery in Nis. He has made a grave his home and says he is more scared of starving and of the living than of his dead neighbors. A former construction worker, Stojanovic has […]
Guy Sues Parents. Bernard Bey, a homeless man from Brooklyn, New York, is suing his parents for not loving him and supporting him enough. He is actually asking for $200,000 in compensation. 32-year-old Bernard Bey is an aspiring rapper from Brooklyn. He’s also homeless, and blames his parents for his current situation. In a recent […]
If you truly believe great things come in small packages, then you’ll want to use the World’s Smallest Postal Service to surprise your better half, on Valentine’s Day. The World’s Smallest Postal Service was created by San-Francisco-based postmistress Lea Redmond, who decided to put the crazy idea into practice as soon as it popped into her head. […]
Trained eagles tackle pesky drone problem. The Dutch are using an ingenious, low-cost, totally organic solution to the country’s increasing drone problem – they’re having eagles trained to attack the flying machine as they would their usual prey. Drones are becoming a major problem all over the world – they block airspace and interfere with official operations like […]
Silicon Valley tech companies turn to a Wiccan witch to deal with pesky computer viruses and demons. Modern technology doesn’t exactly go hand in hand with witchcraft, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping Silicon Valley companies from employing the services of a Wiccan witch to help them deal with hackers, computer viruses and demonic […]
Alpaca Wedding Witness. The Epinard Nasu Hotel, in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture, offers a highly unconventional wedding service. Newlyweds can rent a cute, fluffy alpaca from a nearby zoo to act as a witness to their wedding. No one really knows when the hotel started using alpacas to attract customers, or how they came up with […]