Kieron Monks, Metro World News

Why do we get bored? Professor weighs in

It might not be your fault that you're bored.Credit: Colourbox You might think it's your fault you’re dozing off in a classroom or office, but that's not always the case. There are clear categories of boredom triggered by environment, says pioneering researcher Dr. Thomas Goetz from the University...

Friday, April 4, 2014, 5:52 PM

Designers create music-making ice cream activated by licks

Lickestra — 3D-printed ice cream cones embedded with sensors that create music.Credit: LickestraThe greatest taste experiences can feel like sweet music, and one of mankind’s favourite treats can now provide a soundtrack. Designers Carla Diana and Emilie Baltz have created ice-cream that can be...

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 8:12 PM

Three Brits to walk from Uruguay to Brazil for World Cup

Adam Burns, Pete Johnson, David Bewick.Via Metro World NewsMany of the teams competing in Brazil for this year’s World Cup have had a difficult journey. None of their challenges match that of Adam Burns, David Berwick and Pete Johnston, three friends from England who begin a 1,221-mile walk (in...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 10:02 PM

'Open Games' by LGBT Sports Federation will follow Sochi Olympics

An activist holds a placard with a slogan over the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin depicted with makeup during a demonstration against Russia's anti-gay legislation on the day of the opening ceremony the Sochi Winter Olympic Games.Credit: Getty ImagesSochi’s Olympics ended on a high note...

Monday, February 24, 2014, 7:57 PM

The best and worst Sochi moments to remember

Thailand's Vanessa Vanakorn (Mae) reacts in the finish area during the Women's Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom Run 2.Credit: Getty Images"$50 billion down the drain" was the early verdict from outraged journalists arriving in the Black Sea resort town to discover their hotel rooms were not ready. No...

Friday, February 21, 2014, 6:08 PM

World's sword swallowers to unite for day of recognition

Hungry Dan Meyer, world record holder, takes on 15 swords.Credit: Dan Meyer/swordswallower.netBeyond juggling, unicycle riding and eating glass lies the most challenging of novelty acts: sword swallowing. The danger and difficulty have caused the number of practitioners to diminish in recent years...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 7:43 PM

North Korea calls UN report witnesses 'human scum'

Public hearings of the Commission in Tokyo.Via Metro World NewsNorth Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un should be tried at the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, a United Nations report found Monday.Following a yearlong investigation, the UN's commission of inquiry on human...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 5:55 PM

Second Danish zoo may kill a healthy giraffe

Marius, a healthy young giraffe, was shot dead and dissected in the presence of visitors to the gardens at Copenhagen zoo on Feb. 9.Credit: ReutersDeath threats sent to Copenhagen Zoo, which last weekend killed a healthy giraffe named Marius and fed it to lions in front of a young audience, have...

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 4:17 PM

For asexuals, Valentine's Day is about intimacy, not sex

Asexual Valentine E-cards.Credit:With its barrage of teddy bears, flowers and heart-shaped candy, Valentine’s Day can be a stressful time. You might think it would be even more challenging for asexuals – people who do not experience sexual attraction.But members of this increasingly visible...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 8:33 PM

Pimp my brain: A week on smart drugs

One week on smart drugs.Credit: David Salas HidalgoEditor's Note: The following piece is a first-hand account by Metro World News reporter Kieron Monks.It’s an open secret that the great brains of Silicon Valley have a little helper to stay sharp when the pressure mounts and the body screams for...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 3:25 PM

'The Soccermen' documentary charts sport's rise in Mongolia

Credit: Getty ImagesIn 2010, football writer Paul Watson led the tiny Pacific island of Pohnpei to its first ever win, the culmination of an adventure with friend Matthew Conrad in pursuit of the soul of the game.Their story served as inspiration for the film “The Soccermen," to be released this...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 5:49 PM

Coffin Dodgers Disco moves to exclude young people

The Coffin Dodgers Disco.Credit: Metro World NewsIf you’re sick of fancy phones, modern slang and spoiled kids with bad manners, then sign up for the Coffin Dodgers Disco in London — nights of entertainment reserved for people over 28. Run by cockney chancers known only as "Don and Reg," the...

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 10:09 PM

Facebook celebrates 10th birthday, faces turbulent teens

Credit: ReutersWhen a 2013 academic paper suggested Facebook could swiftly go the way of MySpace, the social media giant was able to laugh off the claims, showing that its client base was growing while the university in question was sliding.Marking 10 years on Feb. 4, Mark Zuckerberg’s baby has...

Monday, February 3, 2014, 6:03 PM

Amanda Knox verdict puts US credibility on trial

Amanda Knox was convicted, then acquitted, of the murder of her British flatmate, Meredith Kercher, in Italy in November 2007.Credit: ReutersAmanda Knox faces judgement day for the fourth time in six years Thursday, with a Florence court set to deliver its verdict on whether to uphold her...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 6:28 PM

5 ways texting screws you up

Credit: Metro File PhotoIf you’re prone to losing your balance and bumping into things, overactive thumbs may be to blame. Medical experts at the University of Queensland, Australia have studied the impact of texting and walking, and discovered it is an unnatural motion that "may undermine...

Monday, January 27, 2014, 8:33 PM

Russia’s 'fan law' against hooligans demands cultural change

Supporters of FC Zenit St. Petersburg fire flares during the Russian Football League Championship match between FC Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast at the Petrovsky stadium on December 6, 2013.Credit: Getty ImagesEvents of Oct. 31, 2013 proved that Russia had no choice but to...

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 10:29 PM

Massive inflation could be side effect of marijuana legalization

Sam Walsh, left, a budtender, and facility manager David Martinez set up marijuana products as the 3-D Denver Discrete Dispensary prepares to open for retail sales on Jan. 1 in Denver.Credit: Getty ImagesThere has been a party atmosphere around Colorado’s marijuana dispensaries since recreational...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 3:13 PM

Could scandal be the making of French President Francois Hollande?

In this composite image a comparison has been made between Francois Hollande (L) and Julie Gayet.Credit: Getty ImagesWith a 15 perfect approval rating, French President Francois Hollande was in crisis before allegations of an extra-marital tryst with actress Julie Gayet emerged. His refusal to...

Monday, January 13, 2014, 5:55 PM

London riot fears as police escape punishment over killing of Mark Duggan

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley speaks to reporters outside The Royal Courts of Justice on January 8, 2014.Credit: Getty ImagesThe death of Mark Duggan at the hands of police marksmen in 2011 sparked the worst civil disorder Britain has seen in modern history, causing five...

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:27 PM

Half of men fall asleep while driving, survey finds

Have you ever nodded off at the wheel?Credit: BrakeDriving tired carries similar risks to driving drunk. But sleeping at the wheel is common, with men by far the worst offenders. In a survey of 1,000 drivers, British road safety charity Brake found that 45 percent of men admitted "microsleeps" of...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 8:38 PM