14 Mind Blowing International Borders From Around the World

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Borders – we have them everywhere, because we want to divide things up. But not all countries are alike, and not all borders are alike. Some are plain, even boring, some are difficult to pass through, while others you might not even see. Borders often highlight the relationship and differences between different countries, and here are some of the most

Mysterious, ancient cemetery found in Germany

Overgrown cemetery overlooking the Danube, in Romania. Photo by Sb2s3.

It all started when archaeologists working in Germany made a surprising discovery, uncovering the bodies of children and of one adult man who was buried, strangely, standing upright. The cemetery was dated to 8,500 years, being one of the oldest – if not the oldest – ever found on the continent. The cemetery dates from the Mesolithic, a time when most

Why some countries drive on the left and some on the right

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If you’re from countries like the UK or Australia, you probably can’t understand why other countries drive on the right. If you’re from the rest of the world, you might think the British are crazy for driving on the left. But where does this striking difference come from? The history of driving on the left In 1949, most of the

Officials ask researcher to stop sharing science papers – but shouldn’t science be free?

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She’s been called everything from a pirate to the Robin Hood of science. Alexandra Elbakyan put up a portal that now gives access over 48 million journal articles – the greater part of everything that’s ever been published. Despite a court injunction and a lawsuit from Elsevier, one of the world’s biggest publishers she’s refusing to take it down… and we feel that’s

65 year-old albatross, world’s oldest bird, just hatched another chick

The Laysan Albatross "Wisdom", at at least 60 the oldest known wild bird in the United States in 2011.

Wisdom, the 65-year old albatross from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is breaking record after record.

It’s official: scientists have observed gravitational waves!

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After a century of speculation and tantalizing results, scientists have, for the first time, confirmed the existence of gravitational waves.

This man went into Japan’s ‘No-Go’ radioactive area to save abandoned animals

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When Fukushima’s nuclear accident unfolded, people fled the area without looking back. But one man realized that humans aren’t the only victims of the tragedy. Naoto Matsumura went back to Fukushima’s 12.5-mile exclusion zone to care for the abandoned animals. In 2011, one of the biggest earthquakes in recorded history struck Japan. The 9.1 temblor took even seismologists by surprise, as did

World’s largest solar plant switches on, will soon provide energy for 1.1 million people

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The 160-megawatt concentrated-solar already has 100,000 mirrors in place, focusing sunlight to create steam and generate clean energy.

Zika articles made open-source to accelerate research

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Nature, the Lancet and many other medical publishers and researchers have announced that all Zika-related scientific articles will be published freely in the wake of the recent outbreak. “We announce that Nature journals will make all papers relating to Zika virus free to access until further notice,” a statement reads. “Nature journals will also now encourage authors who haven’t already deposited

CO2 could help evaporate the water from Earth-like planets

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Carbon dioxide acts like a greenhouse gas and can heat a planet’s atmosphere – nothing new so far. But it can be so potent…