Humanity has been extremely lucky to get this far, considering how over the last few million years or more, there have been some very close calls for the planet Earth. Although we have been fortunate in many ways, there have been multiple occasions when the human race was almost confronted with an apocalyptic situation. Even in what we think of as modern history, the planet has been in greater danger than most people realize. Thankfully, these real-life “doomsday” events worked themselves out naturally or with the brain power by some very bright problem solvers. What will come at us next that we don’t know about is still in question, but for now, here are the 10 times the world almost ended.
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The discovery of the “New World” has been written about extensively, but what can sometimes be forgotten is how states and areas became known for what they are now. As it turns out, there are actual meanings behind all 50 US state names. Travel site Expedia recently published a map showing the literal translation for each state name. They offer a unique insight into the forgotten history of the continent and may teach something new about your home. Scroll through to see what your state name means. The full map by Expedia can be found at the end.
In humans very brief time on this planet, science has managed to make some truly fascinating discoveries and achieve many things that were long deemed impossible. In the last two centuries alone, great scientific minds have been responsible for creating electricity, discovering DNA and putting man on the moon. Despite the scientific milestones we have made, a far more complex subject continues to baffle and bewilder the world’s greatest minds – humans. In fact, many of our everyday behavioral traits and bodily functions are still a mystery to scientists. From why we laugh and dream, to why we express ourselves artistically, here are 15 common human behaviors that science still has yet to fully explain.
With millions of pictures taken every day we can easily get lost in the vast world of images. That’s why TIME magazine decided to create a list of 100 most influential pictures ever taken. They teamed up with curators, historians, and photo editors around the world for this task. The result they ended up with is not only a collection of superb images, but incredible human experiences as well. Here’s a look back at 30 iconic photographs that have helped define modern history.
Aging can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There are plenty of cases in which human beings peak well into middle and old age. Many of the points mark the middle of an age range that scientists have identified, which means they are all determined by averages. Some are also surveys, not controlled trials, so there is a possibility the self-reports don’t capture the most accurate picture. But for whatever reason, the same range of age numbers keep cropping up, indicating that life isn’t the ill-perceived downhill slide from youth that many think it to be. Here’s what you have to look forward to in every phase of life, according to science.
Thanks to the work of several recolorization artists who have digitally colored some of the most important and eye-catching photos from history, we can now truly see into the past in ways we haven’t been able to before. Black and white photos remove us from what really happened. But when you see these in color, you’ll be shocked by how much you can identify with the images now that they have been brought to life in color. While you’ve probably seen most of these black and white photos before, you’ve almost certainly never seen them like this. So get ready for a blast from the past because these are 27 famous black and white photographs brought to life with color.
The human body is a marvel of evolution that amazes scientists on a consistent basis. And why wouldn’t it? Though in many ways we are similar to other life-forms on our planet, the human is a unique animal with traits and capabilities unrivaled in the animal kingdom. Our bodies’ unique and sometimes bizarre physiology is a testament to this. From being the only animal with the ability to cry emotionally to possessing superhuman strength (enough to even lift cars), these are 25 amazing facts about the human body you may not be aware of.
People have disappeared without a trace for centuries. And when people inexplicably vanish into thin air, the curiosity and mystery surrounding their disappearance makes people fixated on what really happened. Our fasciation with mysterious disappearances arises largely because of one of human’s most integral and innate characteristics: “closure” — our desire to find definite, clear answers to questions, and our corresponding discomfort with the unknown and the ambiguous. Not to mention, the circumstances surrounding these disappearances fuel our love of a good mystery. Here are some of the most enduring stories of mysterious disappearances (and presumed deaths) that still puzzle historians to this day.
Contrary to what many people think, science by definition doesn’t prove anything. In fact, the job of a scientist is to disprove the work of former scientists. This is how science as a whole progresses. By figuring out what doesn’t work, we can figure out what does. At any rate, there are some things that we just haven’t figured out yet. We may have a vague idea of what is going on, but the jury is still out. These are 20 things that scientists are surprisingly still unsure about
No, your teachers probably weren’t trying to pull the wool over your eyes. In some cases, science has advanced. For example, Pluto is no longer a planet. In other cases, your teachers were probably just misinformed. But no need to worry! We’re here to bring you up to speed. These are 25 things you were misinformed about back in your early school days.
We’ve all heard Albert Einstein’s famous line: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” As it turns out, insanity might be crediting that quote to Einstein over and over again. He never said it. Misattributions like this happen pretty often. One person misquotes someone, and all of a sudden, they become the original speaker. Or we just decide a quote sounds like something some historical and memorable figure would say. Here are 10 surprising examples are credited to people who never really said them.
Government and military secrets can range from terrifying to amusing to downright absurd, but most are nothing short of intriguing. From a secret U.S. Air Force project to build a supersonic flying saucer, to a now-famous World War II-era research program that produced the first atomic bombs, to a plan to train domesticated cats to spy on the Soviet Union, here are 15 declassified military and CIA secrets.