To help feed billions of people, scientists braved the snake-infested and croc-filled swamps of northern Australia in search of rice.
Since the Supreme Court's ruling legalizing gay marriage nationwide, Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. On Thursday, she was taken into custody after being held in contempt of court — here's a primer on what's going on.
There is no better way to grasp the enormity of space than hitching a ride on a photon from the Sun. Take an hour, and just let the sheer vastness of our universe sink in. And this video stops at Jupiter.
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The amount of mental clarity — and number of takes — this requires hurts our head.
A new survey from Pew Research shows that "millennial" isn't really how millennials see themselves. Pew asked respondents to identify the generation with which each identified, and sorted them by their "actual" generation. Millennials were less likely than other groups to identify as their "correct" generation.
Hey! Stand still! We're trying to watch a documentary about jellyfish!
High-tech armored suits that track damage are donned by the world's best martial artists and weapons masters while sports commentators give us blow-by-blow action. Welcome to the ring.
Upon the release of Chvrches’ “Leave A Trace” video last month, Mayberry’s insistence on her individuality came under fire. The notoriously vile online community 4chan began a thread about her attire in the clip and tweeted it at her.
The Dutch tilt is one of film's best tools for making the viewer feel anxious and uneasy without knowing exactly why. Fandor took the time to take compile a variety of shots from movie history in order, from the faintest of angles to the full 90-degree flip of "2001: A Space Odyssey."
Today the company rolled out a new version of Chrome with further improvements oriented around performance, and they promise to make life easier for laptop warriors who regularly find themselves with dozens of open tabs (ahem).
If this is what life is like with Neil deGrasse Tyson, count us out.
Should you head out the door for a 30-minute run or a 3-miler? If you train for a marathon, are you working up to a 26-mile run or to a certain number of hours? You can plan your workouts by time or distance, but each has its advantages. Here’s how to decide.
Hours after resigning his post as the president of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, a former general and the nation’s most powerful man, was sent to jail to await the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing into his role in a multimillion dollar customs fraud.
Can the DMV start using this to get student drivers off the road?
@Possible_Urban_King was a top-notch redditor with an uncanny sense for what people like to read about. He wasn’t real, of course — but the algorithm he used could have implications for newsrooms and beyond.
Journalist detentions and rewards for informants: Turkey goes 1984.
We did not change this headline at all, and for that we'd like to say great job NPR Skunk Bear. Birds should know their place.
Given the muted elegance of the product — the delicacy of its drape, the coziness of its texture, the cool of its blue — it was inevitable that the fashion system should snap up the chambray shirt and recontextualize its appeal.
Some people see threats even when none are present. Strangely, it can make them more creative.
If you’ve seen "The Force Awakens" trailer, then you’ve probably wanted your own BB-8. Now you have your chance. Sphero brings to life the newest drone hero from the Star Wars universe and has ambitious goals for the future of drones in your home.
To what extent are the uniquely human elements of our lives, things not reproducible by mechanical or technical substitutes, the result of spontaneous or unplanned experience? Such experience, whatever we think of it, is made possible by the arts of give-and-take that we learn in the physical presence of human beings.
Jeb Bush decided to raffle off a ticket to Stephen's premier show... without asking if that was OK. So as one giant middle finger, Stephen is holding his own, markedly better raffle. Proceeds go to injured veterans.
When it comes to true crime, women are often both victim and audience. Why are female readers drawn to tales of their own destruction?
Thanks to online resources like Ancestry.com, tracing your family tree has never been easier. Which means it has never been easier to discover skeletons hidden in the family closet — obscure distant relatives; long-held secrets; a mass murderer.
Megan Kelly, a 24-year-old project manager for a marketing company in Pittsburgh, is not former attorney and current Fox News personality Megyn Kelly. But unfortunately for Megan-with-an-“a”, the furious pro-Trump supporters who keep sending her emails seem to disagree.
"Fran Hoepfner is an adult. She began dating at the age of 17 in her hometown of Mount Prospect, Illinois. Her earlier relationships were defined by proximity and convenience and a taste for chubby male musicians who let her call the shots."
French prosecutors said on Thursday that further analysis of a piece of an airplane wing that washed up on a remote Indian Ocean island had allowed investigators here to determine “with certitude” that it came from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014 with 239 people on board.
Where do fish go in a storm? It’s a weird question to ask, but think about it: just because fish are wet all the time doesn’t mean a rainstorm has no effect.
Nicholas Fraser is a 21-year-old college student living in Queens, N.Y. and earlier this month, he created a Vine that could, potentially, be the Song of the Summer.
Automatic faucets, toilets, paper towel dispensers — all super convenient, until they inevitably break.
Why is the school year almost always limited to 180 days? And why do most schools still operate on an agrarian calendar with a huge 12-week break in the middle? For parents, summer break often means expensive extracurriculars and an incredibly inconvenient schedule.
Will recording every spoken word help or hurt us?
Signing the Republican loyalty pledge shatters the independent image that is the key to his appeal — and that's not all.
The blog Digital Week says it had to cough up $868.39 for using the image of the penguin, which was shot by George Mobley by National Geographic. Getty handles the photo’s licensing.
From the New York Times to the Santa Cruz Sentinel and Associated Press, journalists did their best to define this bubbling subculture that was no longer seen as just a fad. (This was a glorious time if you loved scare quotes.)
Compared to previous generations, studies report, we’ve been sleeping less and less every year. And that is making us “more likely to suffer from chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, and obesity, as well as from cancer, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life and productivity.” It sounds terrifying, but it’s probably not true.
The site's egalitarian structure and the political leanings of its user base match up nicely with the philosophy and policies driving Sanders' candidacy. And a lot of it is thanks to a few dedicated armchair organizers who created and oversee the community.
On this week’s episode of "Reply All," a terrible customer service phone call leads us down a rabbit hole of obfuscation, subterfuge, and goofing off.
Ninth Circuit Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced Thursday that her office will seek the death penalty for Dylann Roof — the 21-year-old accused of killing nine people in a historic black South Carolina church in June.
As we tediously while away our days down here on Earth, satellites are zooming through space, snapping incredible pictures of Earth, the solar system and outer space. Here are the highlights from August.
On Thursday morning, a judge struck down the 4-game sentence imposed on the New England Patriots' Tom Brady by the NFL for his role in DeflateGate, the latest development in the ridiculous controversy that has plagued the league since last January. Here's a primer on what's happened, and what's going on now.
He was a political operative who once debated a cardboard cutout of the Democratic governor of New Hampshire to protest tax rates. And he was a congressional aide who was arrested after he brought a gun to work, then sued when he did not get it back.
Never in life have we been so amused by so few cards.
Most letters are ink or pixels, static in their existence. The letters Ori Elisar creates, however, are not.
Last one to exascale is a second-rate world power.
“What rap did that was impressive was to show there are so many tone-deaf people out there,” Keith Richards says. “All they need is a drum beat and somebody yelling over it and they’re happy. There’s an enormous market for people who can’t tell one note from another.”
How Sophie’s has managed to survive for over 100 years.
A look at the life and career of Irene Bergman — the 100-year-old woman who still works as an investment adviser and manages clients down on Wall Street.
A small West Virginia town slowly poisoned by DuPont, a young man's escape from the cultish Jesus People USA, and the tough road ahead for Atlantic City.
In this country, we celebrate the First Amendment, which prevents the government from interfering with religious beliefs and practices. But what if those beliefs and practices make children suffer?
From public school to gastropub to makerspace.
It seems like, at long last, Biebs is growing up.
St. Augustine, Florida, was the first city founded by European settlers in North America.
Haven't we been over this already? And what is a "Christian-Muslim?"
During last weekend’s preseason St. Louis Rams game, a familiar ritual played out: With a stadium full of fans and a television audience watching, Rams cheerleader Candace Ruocco Valentine was surprised by the arrival of her husband August Valentine, a Marine Corps first lieutenant, who had just returned home from service abroad.
A vast network of 200-year-old tunnels lies beneath Liverpool’s streets — and no one knows why they’re there.
As the life of Tokyo's iconic Hotel Okura draws to an end, Monocle Magazine is granted exclusive access to capture the gracious ways of this much-loved modernist gem.
The shady money and politics behind the country's biggest, most expensive sports arenas.
Climate change means the end of our world, but the beginning of another — one with a new set of species and ecosystems.
Hornussen is a traditional team sport popular in the Swiss countryside. While one team swings what is practically a six-foot metal whip to hit a puck, the other team remains in the field, waiting to hit the puck with large wooden signs.