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The hit Netflix show Mindhunter is based on the memoirs of FBI special agent John E. Douglas, one of the pioneers of criminal profiling. Douglas joined the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit way back in 1977 and soon thereafter began meeting with infamous serial killers and serial rapists. In many ways, Douglas’s early career mirrored that
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In 2014, Prayuth Chan-ocha became Thailand’s prime minister after leading a successful coup that ousted the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.[1] While we do not get to hear much about Prayuth (also spelled “Prayut”) over here, he remains a very controversial figure in Thailand, where he is known for his irrational behaviors and controversial
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May is the unofficial start of summer, what with the pool parties, beach vacations, and Memorial Day barbecues. That’s the part that most of us look forward to. But it is also a month of airport anxiety, body shaming, and frenzied moms hoping for the perfect gift as least once in their lives. However, there
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Hollow chambers near the Earth’s surface sometimes cave in to form sinkholes. For most part, they appear to just sit there. However, sinkholes can do some pretty amazing things. Apart from collapsing underneath people’s feet (and making great CCTV footage), sinkholes also slowly consume cities and famous landmarks. They may even develop their own weather.
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A hybrid is the love child of two different species. Some are born in nature, while others blend together in a petri dish. However, a special club exists within this strange world—hybrids that are seen for the very first time. When hybrids are created by scientists, novelty is not a factor. Hybrids can save critically
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Festivals—a hectic schedule of your favorite bands playing live, a pilgrimage into the great outdoors, a chance to meet like-minded new friends, and a lifetime of memories. At least, that’s what promoters would have you believe. So what happens when these expectations are not a reality and the event is plunged into chaos? These following
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Just about everyone reading this has likely had a McDonald’s cheeseburger in their time or at least recognizes the restaurant’s famed Golden Arches. And you may have read countless articles on the negative effects of the fast food giant and seen countless stories in the news of food safety-related issues. But that’s not what we’re
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For centuries, scientists have grappled with the storage vaults of the mind. Better technology and knowledge of the brain brought some clarity, but they also made the strangeness of memory more evident. From survival mechanisms that mess with mathematics to false recollections and anti-memories, researchers are not to be outdone by nature’s weirdness. Scientists have
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People from the 19th and early 20th centuries were fascinating, to say the least. Inspired by the Industrial Revolution and groundbreaking scientific discoveries, the average householder developed an interest in inventions, “improving” their lives by using cutting-edge (untested) science and technology in every aspect of their social and domestic lives. Unfortunately, their enthusiasm often ran
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Prehistory squeezed out an inexhaustible list of captivating creatures. Everyone already knows about the raptors, mammoths, saber-tooth tigers, and similarly legendary beasts, but that’s barely scratching the surface of nature’s creativity. From sea lion–like whales that popped above water to give birth to the VW Beetle–sized armadillo that gave up its shell for the benefit
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Are we alone in the universe? Ever since humankind discovered the existence of other planets and solar systems, we have been wondering if we might be contacted by another intelligent species one day. International SETI science projects and amateur backyard astronomers alike have directed their telescopes to deep space to find transmissions that might have
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Scientists are at it again. This time, they are creating new viruses and bacteria in their laboratories. Scientists usually prefer altering already-existing or extinct bacteria and viruses to produce new strains that will defeat our immunity, vaccines, and drugs. Sometimes, they prefer creating new viruses and bacteria from scratch. However, these strains are not always
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Serial killers have long been the focus of ghoulish fascination in the minds of the public. True crime readers experience the vicarious thrill of walking in the minds of vicious murderers, and Listverse may have published a few serial killer lists in the past. For most of us, this is as a harmless, if macabre,
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There’s no doubt about the connection between nerds and scientists. Often, the culture of one feeds the other. Perhaps it is because the phenomena of the natural and technological worlds become building blocks when creating fantastic fictional worlds. However, it is not always the scientists who inspire nerd culture to provide the elements to create
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Comets go missing. Yes, we know that sounds weird. Comets are huge and have distinctive tails, so they tend to stand out. And it isn’t like they can be stolen by aliens, or something. Nevertheless, sometimes they just disappear. Missing comets are a puzzle to astronomers. Most of the time, they suspect the comet broke
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Except for scientists who experiment on lab rats, many people scream at the sight of these creatures or try to kill them. The blanket perception is that rats are useless vermin. However, the truth is more unusual. These highly intelligent mammals have jobs in the military and medical sectors. They rescue their fellow rats and
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One out of four humans will die due to a sexually transmitted disease. It’s something that we’ve all been taught to protect ourselves from, even if everyone isn’t as diligent as they should be. However, while many sexually transmitted illnesses are commonly known to affect humans, we aren’t the only species on the planet that
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With their microscopic size, bacteria are everywhere[1] and can perform feats that are unachievable for beings like us. In recent times, we have shown you some truly extraordinary microorganisms, such as bacteria that eat radioactive waste. However, there are certain species of these little creatures with abilities that we could say are true superpowers. Now,
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