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A massive ocean is hiding under a Northwest China desert

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These are the 'Law & Order' episodes directed by alleged pedophile Jace Alexander

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Quote of the day: Mark Zuckerberg on wife's miscarriages: "It's a lonely experience."

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Transforming a 17th-century painting into a digitally milled sculpture

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Seattle scumbag wants Kurt Cobain's death scene photos to be released

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Graphene sensor could detect drugs and proteins in your body

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Long read of the day: Privately funded police force in New Orleans uses apps to patrol rich, white French Quarter

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Scientists want you to use fish slime as sunscreen

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Chemists unveil the magic of bacon on a molecular level

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Anti-Uber protest turns violent in Mexico City

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There's a "blue moon" tonight, but it probably won't look blue

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Song of the day: Prince drops Spotify-exclusive single, "Stare"

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"100%" effective Ebola vaccine is nearly here

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Former 'Daily Show' correspondent Wyatt Cenac to star in TBS alien abductee pilot

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Podcast of the day: A virus so big it can get its own virus

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Infographic of the day: What's your body worth on the black market?

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Video of the day: Lauryn Hill covers Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" on The Tonight Show

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Breaking news: Debris found on island "very likely" from MH370

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Norwegian golf club is on the hunt for serial pooper

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Court rules that the public isn't allowed to see Eric Garner grand jury records

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What is the mathematical probability of getting pooped on by a pigeon in NYC?
What is the mathematical probability of getting pooped on by a pigeon in NYC?

What is the mathematical probability of getting pooped on by a pigeon in NYC?

A probability expert devises the ultimate formula to finding out the likelihood of getting pooped on any given day in New York City.

Can a 911 dispatcher hang up on a caller?

Can a 911 dispatcher hang up on a caller?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today, we wonder if the 911 dispatcher who hung up on Esperanza Quintero was following protocol.

Why do we find some robots cute and others creepy?

Why do we find some robots cute and others creepy?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. Today, we wonder why humans are drawn to some robots and repulsed by others.

Tobias van Schneider on Spotify, Macromedia, and how universities are failing designers
Tobias van Schneider on Spotify, Macromedia, and how universities are failing designers

Tobias van Schneider on Spotify, Macromedia, and how universities are failing designers

The rock star designer talks to us about his first designs, leaving school at 15, and what Europe has to do to compete with the American market.

How much should you pay for a manicure in New York City?

How much should you pay for a manicure in New York City?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. In light of the NYT expose and various rebuttals, we try to figure out the ethical price for a manicure.

I'm a UFC fighter and I'm addicted to winning
I'm a UFC fighter and I'm addicted to winning

I'm a UFC fighter and I'm addicted to winning

In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears' anonymous interview series, we talk to a former Spanish teacher turned UFC fighter.

How Iceland is trying to make "actual journalism" legal
How Iceland is trying to make "actual journalism" legal

How Iceland is trying to make "actual journalism" legal

In Reykjavik, Hopes&Fears talks to Guðjón Idir, Director of the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, about how the organization aims to make Iceland the safest country in the world for journalists.

Gaming the system of money-back guarantees
Gaming the system of money-back guarantees

Gaming the system of money-back guarantees

When a company says "we know you'll like it, or your money back," what exactly are they trying to accomplish?

A timeline of Donald Trump's issues with rape and harassment

A timeline of Donald Trump's issues with rape and harassment

Following the revelation of Trump's alleged "violent assault" on his then wife, Ivana Trump, we searched the archives for prior incidents and statements.

We can neither confirm nor deny that this artist waterboarded CIA documents

We can neither confirm nor deny that this artist waterboarded CIA documents

In his new exhibition, artist James Bridle virtually simulates US and UK black sites, riffs on redacted CIA data and interprets "water damaged" documents containing things they don't want us to know.

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How long does an average marriage last around the world?

How long does an average marriage last around the world?

This week in City Index we measure up the longevity of matrimonial bliss, up until it ends.

How to shake someone who's tailing you

How to shake someone who's tailing you

You never know when you might be followed. This is how to lose that nefarious character that's hot on your heels.

I loved working at a legal brothel in Australia
I loved working at a legal brothel in Australia

I loved working at a legal brothel in Australia

In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears’ anonymous interview series, we talked to a sex worker who plied her trade in a legal brothel and had the time of her life.

Culture

The future according to anime
The future according to anime

The future according to anime

We break down the events of the next bajillion years according to the masterpieces of anime. Here is a timeline of awe, hope, nuclear wars, permanently immersive MMORPGs and giant mecha.

The photographer subculture inside Fallout, GTA and Left 4 Dead
The photographer subculture inside Fallout, GTA and Left 4 Dead

The photographer subculture inside Fallout, GTA and Left 4 Dead

The rise of in-game photography has left people asking: when is a screenshot a photograph and is it ever art?

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No, teenagers did not invent STI-detecting color-changing condoms

No, teenagers did not invent STI-detecting color-changing condoms

Scientifically, “S.T.EYE” is a pipe dream. And it's pure tabloid bait, combining some of tabloids' favorite things: smart children, sex, and shaming people.

Hackers watch "Hackers" (the movie)
Hackers watch "Hackers" (the movie)

Hackers watch "Hackers" (the movie)

To honor the 20th anniversary of "Hackers", members of the Hack Manhattan community hackerspace watch and discuss the film. Enjoy the nostalgia trip!

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I hid Illuminati symbols in broadcast news graphics because I was bored
I hid Illuminati symbols in broadcast news graphics because I was bored

I hid Illuminati symbols in broadcast news graphics because I was bored

An anonymous 3D graphics designer talks about hiding Satanic and "Freemasonry" conspiracy symbols in the broadcast news just because he could.

What are the worst ways to die?

What are the worst ways to die?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, a neurosurgeon, a forensic psychologist and two horror experts speculate on most unpleasant deaths.

Is a gun-firing drone legal under the Second Amendment?

Is a gun-firing drone legal under the Second Amendment?

Did you see that civilian-grade drone equipped with a semi-automatic handgun that was being fired remotely? We asked the experts if it was legal.