Since the beginning of time, animals have gone extinct on Earth for many different reasons, such as a dramatic climate shifts, natural disasters, or human intervention. For decades, the notion of “de-extinction”—or the resurrection of an already extinct animal— has hovered on the scientific fringes. Now, new advances in science and genetic engineering, specifically biotechnology, could enable scientists to bring some of these animals “back” from extinction, and there are a few already on the list. Here are some of the candidate species scientists are currently considering for de-extinction.
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Some superstitions are so ingrained in modern English-speaking societies that many people tend to succumb to them (or, at least, feel slightly uneasy about not doing so). But why don’t we walk under ladders? Why, after voicing optimism, do we knock on wood? Why do nonreligious people “God bless” a sneeze? While some of these superstition origins come from religious thoughts, some come from a practical place. After all, it’s probably a good idea not to open an umbrella in cramped spaces, whether it’s bad luck or not. From the avoidance of black cats to the fear of the number 666, here are the surprising origins of 21 of the most common superstitions and customs.
Terrified of flying? Scared of slithering snakes? Well, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, phobias affect approximately 10% of American adults. Phobias are distressing emotions initiated by out-of-proportion-fears, both real and imaginary. To the sufferer, a phobia can seem unbearable or even life-threatening, while others might find these strange and bizarre phobias quite fascinating. Phobias are surprisingly common, but what exactly do people fear the most? Are there any phobias that tend to be more common than others? Here are the ten most common phobias, so sit back and be prepared to be equally terrified, amazed, surprised and entertained.
Few stories have the power to captivate us more than those that remain unresolved and a mystery. Despite the efforts of our most revered historians, scientists and researchers, history is filled with riddles that continue to confound us today. And the lack of answers only makes these enigmas more intriguing. Here is a look at 20 of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries that may never have any definitive explanations.
“I have a dream.” These timeless words echoed from the mouth of Martin Luther King Jr. and pierced the heart of a nation. Now, on every third Monday of the year, hundreds of millions of people across the United States, Canada, and elsewhere celebrate the fact that the world is a better place because of MLK. And although most people are familiar with those four famous words, we would venture to say that there are at least a few things about King’s life you may not be aware of. So, as we honor one of the greatest civil rights leaders of our time, here are 30 surprising facts about the civil rights leader and 1964 Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Watch out! This Friday is Friday the 13th, known by many as the unluckiest day of the year. Fear of Friday the 13th has spawned a horror movies franchise and a tradition of widespread paranoia when it rolls around each year. While many will laugh off the superstitious day, some people will be so paralyzed with fear they simply won’t get out of bed in order to avoid daily tasks. Others will steadfastly refuse to fly on an airplane, conducts business, buy a house, or act on a hot stock tip. Here are 13 things to know about why the day is considered so ominous.
Puzzling ancient finds have a way of captivating the public, perhaps because it’s just too easy to dream up interesting explanations for how and why things exist. But for all of the time we spend researching and documenting our past, there are still many questions left unanswered. Our ancestors left a lot of traces in this world, and not all of them were ever meant to be understood by other cultures. Despite our best efforts, these 15 archaeological discoveries remain mysteries to this day and have left scientists scratching theirs heads year after year.
Barack Obama is about to finish his second term in the White House. What will he do once he’s returned to a quasi-normal life? In a video screened at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, Obama joked about a number of potential options: Getting a driver’s license, playing golf every day, wearing comfortable mom jeans. But maybe he’ll also follow in the footsteps of some of his predecessors. Here’s a look at some of the interesting paths that 13 other presidents took after retiring from the nation’s highest office.
Over the course of every year, news emerges that promises to finally put to rest some longstanding mystery that has stumped us for ages, and 2016 was no different. Hobbits were established to NOT be human, we learned what killed off an ancient, giant ape, but we still don’t know what caused the “Wow!” signal nor what happened to Malaysian Flight 370. Here are some more of the biggest solved, and unsolved, mysteries from the past year.
December 26 is not only a day for Santa Claus to catch his breath, but it’s also a public holiday known as Boxing Day that is celebrated in the United Kingdom and other British Commonwealth countries. In spite of its peculiar name, Boxing Day has nothing to do with fist-fighting, the trashing of empty Christmas boxes, nor the return of unwanted presents to department stores. Here’s everything you need to know about the day and why it is celebrated.
Have you ever thought about the expressions people use on a daily basis and wonder how they became such a widespread part of the English language? Some sayings are now so commonplace, we’ll utter them with no idea of where they came from. But every phrase, saying or proverb starts somewhere. In this post, we’ve uncovered the surprising origins and history behind 40 common phrases and expressions we still frequently use today.
Inventions have been boosting economic growth and productivity since the dawn of man. Unsurprisingly, it is the inventor who is often the early tester of those inventions. And some of those inventions pose deadly risks. While some inventors enjoy fame and fortune thanks to their inventions, for a handful of inventors, their devices proved to be their own worst enemies. Here’s a short list of 15 brilliant engineers, scientists, and old-fashioned daredevils who fell victim to their own ideas.