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On 13 October an act of kindness joined four strangers in Jacksonville, Florida in a story they will probably never forget. It started with the quiet gesture by a grandmother called Vanessa Philips who went to a local bakery to anonymously pay for the birthday cake of a child turning one.
http://www.ted.com In this highly personal talk from TEDMED, magician and stuntman David Blaine describes what it took to hold his breath underwater for 17 minutes -- a world record (only two minutes shorter than this entire talk!) -- and what his often death-defying work means to him. Warning: do N
Nasa believes it has fixed a malfunction with the Hubble telescope which threatened to limit the orbiting observatory's performance...
Armed robbers walk into a shop. The owner asks them to come back later when he has more money, and when they do... It feels like the makings of a joke, but for a Belgian e-cigarette shop owner this was a frightening reality.
Nasa has released a striking photo of a rectangular iceberg floating in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica. The US space agency said the object's sharp angles and flat surface suggested it had recently broken away from an ice shelf...
The 23m (75ft) wreck, found in the Black Sea by an Anglo-Bulgarian team, is being hailed as officially the world's oldest known intact shipwreck. The researchers were stunned to find the merchant vessel closely resembled in design a ship that decorated ancient Greek wine vases...
Some of the biggest names in science are pleading for a deal on Brexit to avoid damaging British and European research. Science needs "the flow of people and ideas across borders", it says...
For thousands of years, nutrition has been a driving factor behind the success or failure of human exploration. This is particularly true in the case of space flight. It is vital to prevent the astronauts from becoming malnourished during missions, which often last months.
Around the world, the illegal wildlife trade is having a devastating effect on many species of animal. Targeting profits made by those involved could help protect them. Animals - both dead and alive - are being bought and sold on an industrial scale as food, pets, medicines and even ornaments.
Picture a wide snowy expanse as far as the eye can see, edged by mountains on one side, and an iceberg-filled sea on the other. That is the view from the Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island, off the coast of mainland Antarctica.
According to the People's Daily state newspaper, officials at a private aerospace institute in Chengdu want to launch this "illumination satellite" in orbit by 2020, and say it will be bright enough to replace street lights...
The pair had lived in the same enclosure at Indianapolis Zoo for eight years. According to the zoo, there had never been any unusual aggression between the pair before the attack last week.
Netflix has denied altering a viewer's experience depending on their race. It's been accused of "misleading" black users by showing promotional shots of black cast members in films and TV shows - even if they had a minor role...
The Museum of the Bible, in Washington DC, sent five of its 16 fragments for analysis in Germany. But results showed "characteristics inconsistent with ancient origin", the museum said...
The world's longest sea crossing bridge is set to open on Tuesday, nine years after construction first began. Including its access roads, the bridge spans 55km (34 miles) and connects Hong Kong to Macau and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai...
President Donald Trump has warned that the US will bolster its nuclear arsenal to put pressure on Russia and China. Speaking to reporters, he repeated his belief that Russia has violated the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which he has threatened to leave. Russia denies this.
British mountaineer George Mallory took his last breath on the imperious slopes of Everest in 1924. But three years before that, he made history as part of the first British reconnaissance expedition to the world's highest peak...
The anti-plastic "fervour" sweeping across the UK is weakening the fight against climate change, the founder of an organic food company has said. Guy Singh-Watson, a prominent green entrepreneur and campaigner, said more focus should be put on cutting carbon...
There has been an outpouring of anger in the US from politicians, celebrities and human rights groups over a report alleging the US policy on gender recognition could be changed. The policy would rescind previous policy which eased trans recognition.
Angry rumbling of thunder. Little boy Thor shouting: "no, he mustn't do that!" Is this how religions came to be? https://vacilando.org/essay/thors-quarrel …

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