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.
Mother’s Day is about showing Mom some extra love and letting her know just how much you care about and appreciate her. If aren’t sure what to get her this year, don’t worry, we’re here to help you out. Here are 20 presents all mothers will love and that will make them feel special. They run the gamut, from a fondue set to the perfect weekend bag, a fun monthly book subscription, or a beautiful decorative herb and botanical wreath. These ideas are suited for every type of mom. Whether this is her very first Mother’s Day or her 40th, whether she’s a foodie or a fashionista, there’s bound to be a gift she’ll love on this list.
Buildings may be some of the most impressive works of art we have. Truth is, buildings can be just as expressive as songs, poems, or paintings. After sinking untold sums of money into their construction, we can walk through the finished products and even live inside them. Business Insider has selected 30 buildings that push the boundaries of structural expression — and we think you’ll love them.
Although scientists haven’t figured out how to reverse the aging process, they have discovered how to make you live longer and look younger—and the secret is in the foods in your kitchen. Meals high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and fat-melting nutrients can stave off any number of diseases, including obesity, and turn back your metabolic clock. To keep your metabolism young and revving, and watch the pounds melt away, incorporate these wholesome foods into your diet.
Easter is here and people all around the world are getting ready to celebrate. And like many other holidays, Easter is celebrated with plenty of unique and delicious food. However, what commonly eaten at these festive meals differs depending on where in the world you live. From a marzipan-topped fruit cake in the UK to a stuffed savory pie in Argentina, here’s what Easter meals look like around the world in 16 different countries.
With Easter just around the corner, it’s time to think about creative Easter egg designs. We’re not talking about dunking your eggs in dye and calling it a day. NO! What we are about to present to you are egg creations that are pieces of art combined with wit, beauty, humor, and all around full of creativity. Check out 35 of some of the most creative and beautiful Easter egg designs this season.
The Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s largest annual photography competition, recently announced the winners for 2017. Now celebrating its 10th year, the awards program received more than 227,000 images from photographers from 183 countries for this year’s competition. One of the contest’s top honors is the National Award, in which the best photographs taken by local photographers from 66 countries are judged against others from their country of origin. Here are this year’s National Award first-place winners from all 66 qualifying countries.
GlassesUSA.com, the leading online retailer for prescription eyewear, announced earlier this week the launch of TruSkin™ Invisible Glasses, the world’s first pair of invisible frames that turn completely transparent from a person’s body heat.
Cooking is a science, baking even more so. Chemical reactions timed with the proper amount of heat or cold can turn something as simple as flour, water, and yeast into mouthwatering bread that engages all the senses. While the best way to learn or become better at cooking is experience, a tip or two from experts as well as understanding the science behind them is always helpful. So go, be brave, cook that thing you never thought you could, and if you mess it up, take notes on what went wrong and go at it again. To help you out, here are 25 cool science hacks to make your cooking easier and more delicious.
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.