Sing For Your Heart Brightens Up Commuters Journeys Across Yorkshire

Cancelled or delayed trains, expensive tickets- there’s often not a lot to be happy about at train stations. We love anything that can make commuters smile, like this fantastic initiative at Hove Station. This December, choirs will be bringing some festive cheer to commuters across Yorkshire.   Choirs – like the one above from St. Francis…

12 Books We Loved in 2017

As curator of National Geographic’s Book Talk, Simon Worrall interviews authors of books about science, animals, adventure, history, and the wonders of the world. As publisher and editorial director of National Geographic Books, Lisa Thomas spends her time working with authors to create just those sorts of books. Worrall and Thomas got together to talk about their…

Teaching Artificial Intelligence Humour

We have a long history of yelling at our machines — cars that break down, televisions broadcasting our failing teams. But now, our machines understand us. And they’re talking back. They’re digging out recipes for us in the kitchen, navigating our car trips, finishing our sentences on Internet search engines, and translating foreign languages. For that we…

‘Spider lightning’ caught on video amidst an Australian storm

“Spider lightning”: It’s a thing. An especially hard weather phenomenon to catch on film but one savvy videographer managed to capture it illuminating the sky in South Australia. During an electrical storm illuminating the seaside suburb of Glenelg outside of Adelaide, local man Caleb Travis shot the stunning lightning on Monday night. What’s spider lightning? It…

The World’s Steepest Cliff Railway Just Opened in the Swiss Alps

  After 14 years of planning and construction, the world’s steepest funicular railway has opened to the public in Switzerland. The cliff railway runs from the town of Schwyz to the car-free Alpine village of Stoos. To ensure that passengers stay upright on the incline, specially constructed cylindrical carriages were used as the funicular climbs…

MIT Scientists Develop Method to Make Plants Glow in the Dark

MIT researchers have made an important breakthrough in their quest to make plants that glow in the dark a reality. In what they call Plant Nanobionics, the engineers embedded nanoparticles into the leaves of a watercress plant that caused the plants to give off a dim glow for three and a half hours. Their next…

Disney reveals first look inside new Millennium Falcon ride

Video could not be loaded. If you have Ad Block enabled, please add this site to the white list. New details were announced about Disney World’s new Star Wars land Saturday evening at Hollywood Studios. Disney revealed during it’s Star Wars: Galactic Nights event what the inside of the Millennium Falcon will look like when…

The Story Behind the Epic Photo of a Snake-Swallowing Frog

Before a big storm strikes in North Queensland, Australia, Julie-Anne O’Neill says the air outside begins to teem with life. “Everything goes ballistic. It’s like a feeding and mating frenzy,” she says. In 2011, O’Neill was taking a late evening walk on one such night. She was carrying a large flashlight called a dolphin torch with…

Some Genius Is Recreating Classic Album Covers With Cats

Fact: cats make anything better. Case in point: The Kitten Covers, a Tumblr from digital artist Alfra Martini, in which she adds cats to classic album covers. If you’re wondering why this is so popular, first of all, welcome to the Internet! (And how was your coma?) And second, you have a lot of catching up…