Scientists discovered that so-called “giant radio pulses” coincide with X-rays, suggesting they are hundreds of times more energetic than previously thought.

By Becky Ferreira

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In the year 1054, skywatchers in China and Japan witnessed light from an exploding star reach Earth, creating a dazzling bright spot in the sky. More than a millennium later, scientists have now revealed amazing new details about the powerful and unexplained radio signals that eerily emanate from the remains of this ancient supernova.

For years, scientists have been baffled by extremely loud radio signals, known as giant radio pulses (GRPs), that can be traced to…


Psychedelics now appear in patent applications for Philip Morris e-cigarettes, periodontal disease, hair loss, weight loss, and food allergies.

By Shayla Love

The author and podcast host Tim Ferriss has done his share of heavy lifting when it comes to supporting and promoting research on psychedelic drugs. He’s invested millions of his own, and also organized half the $17 million in commitments it took to start up the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic & Consciousness Research.

While his efforts highlight the reality that psychedelic therapy, like any other medical treatment, requires significant amounts of money for research, Ferriss recently tweeted…


A quest to find the origin of a pizza place led me down a rabbit hole of clickbait restaurants — with Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick’s new company at the end.

By Emilie Friedlander

Logging on to a delivery site when you’re too tired to cook is an indulgence that can be hard to avoid, especially during a pandemic. But what happens when a restaurant pops up in your feed that seems too strange to actually be real? That exact scenario happened to me a few days before Christmas, when I opened DoorDash and discovered a new restaurant in Durham, North…


He is literally worshipped by a cargo cult in the South West Pacific.

By Sarah Roman

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This morning, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died in his sleep. The oldest prince of all time had a few brushes with death in recent years; there was the 2008 chest infection, the 2011 heart surgery, the 2012 bladder infection, the 2013 abdomen operation and another infection in 2017. Then, in mid-March, he finished up his longest ever hospital stay, after a heart procedure and yet another infection.

To mark the passing of the Queen’s husband, here are a few facts you might…


Republicans have compared gender-affirming health care to child abuse and Nazi war crimes. But they’re more than happy to let doctors perform surgeries on intersex children.

By Carter Sherman

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Republicans across the country have spent the better part of 2021 trying to cut off transgender children’s access to gender-affirming health care. Some have falsely compared it to child abuse, “genital mutilation,” and even Nazi war crimes.

But for children born with intersex traits, or in a body that differs from social expectations about “boys” and “girls,” legislators…


After studying the origins and actions of several prominent Canadian anti-maskers, we can now offer you the definitive primer to becoming a conspiracy-baiting, immensely annoying influencer.

By Mack Lamoureux

This is part of a special series, The Future of Fame Is the Fan, which dissects how celebrity became so slippery. It’s also in the latest VICE magazine. Subscribe here.

So you want to be an influencer, do ya?

Well, I have news for you: That ain’t happening.

The online world is chock-full of hyped-up humans willing to pose sweetly on top of some sexy rocks or vlog about psychotically pranking…


Aten, dubbed a “Lost Golden City” by Egyptian officials, is one of the most important finds in decades, said one archaeologist.

By Becky Ferreira

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In what is being hailed as a major archaeological discovery, a lost city that dates back more than 3,000 years has been discovered in the southern province of Luxor, Egypt.

The settlement, known as Aten, is “the largest city ever found” from that time period in Egypt, according to archaeologist Zahi Hawass, who led the excavation and announced the incredible news in a Facebook post on Thursday. …


False memories are more common than you think, and can have terrible consequences in the criminal justice system. Now, they’ve been reversed.

By Sarah Wells

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For most of his childhood, famed Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget believed that he was kidnapped as a child, and the memory was so vivid that he recalled the subway station where it happened. It was only at the age of 14 that Piaget learned this memory was completely false.

While the average person may not have false memories to this degree, the experience of remembering something that didn’t really happen is incredibly common — and…


Planetary astronomer Andy Rivkin talks to VICE News about the first flight demonstration of planetary defense, called the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission.

By Becky Ferreira

During this horrible pandemic year, humans around the world have had ample opportunity to reflect on the threats we face here on Earth. But if you’d like to take a break from the existential dread provoked by deadly contagions and shift your focus to a possible apocalypse-from-space, you might be interested in a new NASA mission that aims to defend our planet from future asteroid impacts.

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)…


Stars that have gone missing from the Hyades cluster may have been torn away by a dark matter monster with the mass of 10 million Suns.

By Becky Ferreira

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An invisible cosmic behemoth might be tearing apart the closest star cluster to the Sun, leaving one side of the cluster eerily dark and devoid of stars, according to a new study.

The culprit may be a dark matter substructure, a relic that contains the mass of 10 million Suns and is made of a mysterious non-luminous substance. …

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