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Now you can renew your passport with an app

Forget schlepping to the post office or the DMV. If you have a smartphone, an envelope and a credit card, you can now renew your passport at home.<p>Ten years after the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) required Americans traveling to Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Bermuda to carry U.S. …

An Unexpected Technique Brings Artifacts to Life

Light painting is a tricky photographic technique. You may have seen images that use light painting to write someone’s name in the dark or illuminate a campsite, but it has many uses and can come in handy in tough situations, such as on an archaeological dig. On a recent assignment to the …

Archaeology

A psychiatrist says this is the best way to break a bad habit

No matter that you're embarrassed to shake people's hands or that you can't concentrate on work tasks — in the moment, the bad behavior feels so <i>good</i>.<p>Or does it?<p>During a recent TEDMed Talk, Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist at University of Massachusetts Medical School, proposed that the key to breaking …

Hypnagogia, The State Between Sleep And Wakefulness, Is Key To Creativity

We all experience the borderlands between sleep and wakefulness. Here's how to make the most of it.<p>We're all familiar with the two basic states of consciousness: sleep and wakefulness. But what about what happens <i>in between</i> those states?<p>In the borderlands between wakefulness and rest is a strange …

Taoism

Taoism (also known as Daoism) is a Chinese philosophy attributed to Lao Tzu (c. 500 BCE) which contributed to the folk religion of the people …

This Is The Type of Light Bulb to Use if You Want to Avoid Attracting Insects

Bugs, be gone!<p>If you've ever dined outside during summer, you'll know that it's a constant balancing act - if you leave the porch lights on, you risk …

Zika virus: Brazilian scientists decipher its genome, agency says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Brazilian scientists in Rio de Janeiro have obtained the genome sequence of the Zika virus and found the disease is indeed related to the incidence of microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with small heads and impaired cognition, that country's official news agency said Saturday.<p>The …

Public Health

Notice: Two sentry guards killed at the archaeological site at Deir el-Bersha in Egypt

The Coptic village of Deir el-Bersha is located on the east bank of the Nile, south of Hermopolis, what is known today as El-Ashmunein. It sits on …

Download and 3D-print real fossils for free

Last fall, scientists announced the discovery of a new species of early human, Homo naledi, deep in an underground cave in South Africa. The ancient …

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The Heroic Effort to Digitally Reconstruct Lost Monuments

After terrorists released a video last winter showing themselves smashing artifacts at Iraq’s Mosul Museum, Matthew Vincent and Chance Coughenour …

Archaeology

You Can Now 3D Print the Ancient Artifacts That ISIS Destroyed

History, replicated.<p>Last year, members of ISIS tore through Nineveh Museum in Mosul, Iraq, armed with sledgehammers and power drills. They were there with a singular purpose: to destroy the precious, millennia-old artifacts stored inside the museum. They succeeded.<p>Now, anyone with an internet …

9 Deadliest Rocks And Minerals On Earth

Lead found in Flint, Michigan water is an unfortunate example of negligence leading to the mass exposure of elemental lead found naturally in iron ore. Much in the same way humans communicate warnings of deadly plants and animals, it’s important to communicate the risks and exposure of deadly rocks …

Hot Springs

Bernadette Russell’s top 10 philosophical questions children should ask

From how should we treat animals to are the best things in life free? Here are the 10 questions children should ask themselves, along with inspiration from some of the most important thinkers of our time: Winnie The Pooh, Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl<p>I’m a big fan of taking action, with less talking and …

Kids

Why the Banning of 'A Birthday Cake for George Washington' Really Matters

On Sunday, January 17, 2016 Scholastic Inc., withdrew my book <i>A Birthday Cake for George Washington</i> from publication stating it provided a "false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves." The company claims otherwise, but certainly public outcry determined its decision.<p>In the aftermath, it …

See New Discoveries at the Mysterious City of the Jaguar

More than 200 elaborate sculptures hint at the rituals and the tragic end of a lost city in Honduras.<p>Over the past month, the excavation of an ancient city in Honduras has yielded a trove of remarkable stone artifacts from a mysterious, unnamed Pre-Columbian civilization. A joint American-Honduran …

Archaeology

The Scientists Who Are Deciphering 'Unreadable' Ancient Texts

The Lazarus Project has a secret to reading invisible ink: capturing it with multispectral imaging.<p>Sometime around the year 1491, the German cartographer Henricus Martellus produced an influential map of the world, which was likely used by Christopher Columbus on his 1492 expedition to the Americas.<p>…

10 fascinating Regency facts

Did you know parmesan cheese flavoured ice cream was popular in Regency times, or that young ladies carried miniature portraits of Lord Byron around in their bags to swoon over? Alison Goodman, author of The Dark Days Club, shares her favourite gems from the Regency period<p>In my cheekier moments, I …

England

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Crete: Sculptures of Greek gods Artemis and Apollo discovered in ancient city of Aptera

Two very well preserved statuettes depicting the Greek gods Artemis and Apollo have been discovered in the ancient city of Aptera, Crete. The …

Real History at the Downton Abbey Set Goes Back to Ancient Egypt

What’s the biggest conception about <i>Downton Abbey</i> location Highclere Castle among viewers of the show? According to the current Countess of Carnarvon, …

Inside the $80M scam that rocked the art world and hits courts this week

The painting was easy to love, and Domenico and Eleanore De Sole fell hard.<p>The Rothko even came with a romantic back story. As explained to the De …

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Young American smokers get half of their smoke through hookahs: Study<p>Ohio teacher to donate kidney to 10-year-old girl<p>Should we be concerned with …

Riverside County

Meet the Indiana Jones of Stolen Art

At the center of art world drama between the Netherlands and Ukraine, you'll find art historian Arthur Brand.<p>On a warm August day in 2015, Dr. Arthur Brand is in an office building not far from the Dutch embassy in the Ukraine capital of Kiev. Standing, Brand is a cool 6’3, topped with …

5 Steps to Get the Right Mindset for Success | Inc.com

What sets those who accomplish great things apart from those who fail to realize their ambitions? You might guess intelligence, appetite for risk, or even creativity. Those are all sensible-sounding suggestions, but that's not what science has found.<p>According to work by pioneering Stanford …

Self-improvement

World's Oldest Temple to Be Restored

The ancient site of Göbekli Tepe in Turkey has rewritten the early history of civilization.<p>The world’s oldest monuments may soon get an image makeover. A new project will promote and preserve Göbekli Tepe, home to the most ancient temple structures ever discovered.<p>Turkey hopes to eventually boost …

These Exotic Animal Photos Are Literal Eye Candy

In David Liittschwager's photos, beauty isn't in the eye of the beholder—just in the eye.<p>Science tells us that you can get kind of high by staring into another person's pupils for a long period of time, so use photographer David Liittschwager's new series on animal eyes responsibly. Shot for a …

Belvoir's Jasper Jones proves the enduring appeal of coming-of-age stories

Kate Mulvany’s stage adaptation of Craig Silvey’s best-selling book is packed with mystery, mortality and Australian memories<p>There’s a line from Stand By Me that just kills me: “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?”<p>Those years – 12, 13, 14 – …

Books

The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups

<b>"One of the premier experts on parenting, Dr. Leonard Sax brilliantly articulates the problems parents experience with their children, then gives</b> …

The Art of the Con: Maria Konnikova on scams, grifters and being easily duped

While writing The Confidence Game, her new book on con men, Maria Konnikova found how social media and oversharing have made scams easier<p>While researching her book on con artists, Maria Konnikova spent a lot of time posting on message boards, asking for help in tracking down one particular hustler. …

Loneliness