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Energy drinks: power or poison?

There are dozens of so-called “energy drinks” on the market today. They promise to be magic elixirs that will keep you awake, give you superpowers, etc., but what are they really, and how (or...

Peru child sacrifice discovery may be largest in history

Early this year, archaeologists have uncovered what may be the largest single mass child sacrifice event in human history. More than 140 children were sacrificed at about the same time in Peru’s northern coastal...

Ace of Spades

Compressorhead is a project of Berlin-based artist Frank Barnes and collaborators Markus Kolb and Stock Plum consisting of a robot “band” that plays on real electric and acoustic instruments. The robots are made from...

Why you should make useless things

In this joyful, heartfelt talk featuring demos of her wonderfully wacky creations, Simone Giertz shares her craft: making useless robots. Her inventions — designed to chop vegetables, cut hair, apply lipstick and more —...

A boy ate 150 gummy vitamins for breakfast

Health Risks from Excessive Vitamin A Because vitamin A is fat soluble, the body stores excess amounts, primarily in the liver, and these levels can accumulate. Although excess preformed vitamin A can have significant...

The curse of the Olympic flame

An integral part of the countdown to the Olympic Games, the lighting of the Olympic flame at Olympia is a ceremony of great symbolic importance, one that binds the ancient and modern versions of...

How to make a cheap flies trap

Easy to make traps catch hundreds of flies in a matter of days. Make your own traps in a few minutes using a jar or plastic bottle, a piece of black plastic, a piece...

The mystery of Bulgaria’s green cat

Meet Bulgaria’s famous emerald green cat, a stray cat seen roaming the streets of the seaside town of Varna. [Via: Getty Images TV]