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Exploring Viñales, Cuba's scenic backyard

The Valle de Viñales is a stunning national park blessed by fertile rust-red soil, layered in chartreuse green expanses of tobacco plantations and studded by precipitous limestone buttresses of rock. It offers Cuba’s very best hiking, climbing, caving and vistas, based around the tranquil farming …

Here’s How to Scientifically Train Your Mind to Be Happy

Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like accounting and law) can lead you toward a pervasive pessimism that …

Solar System’s Largest Moon Has a Saltwater Ocean Greater Than All the Water on Earth

Ganymede's ocean is 10 times deeper than any on Earth.<p>Jupiter’s largest moon Ganymede may have a subterranean saltwater ocean that is thought to have …

Neuroscientist Describes Cases Of Out of Body Experiences

Scientific knowledge is expanding every day at an exponential rate, and the implications of new developments, particularly those that challenge the …

10 Great TED Talks on How Our Brain Works

March 8, 2015<br>If you have sometime this weekend, you might want to check this list of TED talks on the human brain. The original list curated by TED …

The Brain

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15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning

by Saga Briggs<p>What are some of the most encouraging known facts about learning? From taking a walk to learning a new language, there are countless …

World Falls in Love with Quokka, Australia’s Most Adorable Animal

The world has spoken: the always-smiling quokka is both the happiest and the most photogenic animal on the planet. Known for its charismatic grin and friendly disposition, the quokka is the perfect selfie co-star, as made apparent by the popularity of the hashtag: #quokkaselfie.<p>Interestingly, the …

DIY Wood Bench

If you have not noticed, our kitchen is not the largest kitchen. Plus, our kitchen table is located in the kitchen, making things a little tight. …

Average penis size revealed in study results

International study of 15,000 penises is being used to reassure men concerned they are not within the ‘normal range’<p>The enduring question now has a scientific answer: 13.12 centimetres (5.16 inches) in length when erect, and 11.66cm (4.6 inches) around, according to an analysis of more than 15,000 …

What scares the new atheists | John Gray

The vocal fervour of today’s missionary atheism conceals a panic that religion is not only refusing to decline – but in fact flourishing<p>In 1929, the Thinker’s Library, a series established by the Rationalist Press Association to advance secular thinking and counter the influence of religion in …

Atheism

One nation without God: Why a post-religious America is upon us

<b>Joni Ernst (Reuters/Joshua Roberts)</b><p>The yoke of fundamentalism is loosening. New data reveal Americans are turning away from religion in record numbers<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>March 3, 2015 9:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>With fire-breathing religion figuring anew in global …

Light's wave-particle duality imaged for the first time

The weird way that light can behave as both a wave and a particle has been known to physicists for about a century, but a team in Lausanne has only …

Avijit Roy was hacked to death for his secular views. Let’s share his story | Alom Shaha

Those who challenge religion challenge power. Exercising free speech puts some people in grave danger, and the least we can do is back them up<p>“No trips to the old country, yeah?” This was the brief message I got from a dear friend who sent me an email with a link to the news that Avijit Roy, a …

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Particles

The Dark Heart Of The Milky Way

Dark matter, the mysterious substance that makes up four-fifths of the stuff in the universe, has been found for the first time in the centre of the Milky Way.<p>The rivals have proposed an alternative hypothesis, called modified Newtonian dynamics (Mond), suggesting that the laws of gravity work …

Why Are Elephants and Other Animals So Wrinkly?

Weird & Wild<p>For African elephants, baggy skin keeps them cool in the hot sun.<p>When you write a column called Weird Animal Question of the Week, it's inevitable that you get some smart-aleck inquiries. Recently someone asked me: "What happens when you put anti-wrinkle cream on an elephant?" (See …

Elephants

Emerald Pools via Kayenta Trail Beginner

A relatively easy just over 2 mile trail to Zion’s Emerald Pools – miniature oases nestled in the impressive cliffs of Zion. Depending on the season, …

Microsoft is trying to lure Dropbox users to its cloud storage service by offering 100 GB of space for free

In an effort to recruit new users, the company is offering 100 GB of space for free for one year to any Dropbox user who installs OneDrive.<p>You also have to have a Microsoft account to sign up. If you do, you can verify that you have a Dropbox account and then get your free space here.<p>Wanna see …

How Many People Are Actually Doing S&M? We Decided to Find Out

Sex surveys are the best surveys.<p>The moment I heard that <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> was coming out, a question popped into my mind: Who out there is <i>actually</i> engaging in S&M (or B, or D) activity? From bondage to discipline to whips to handcuffs, who's got their own mini (or massive) Red Rooms of Pain?<p>So, …

Shades of Grey

Another winter storm hits East Coast; more cold temps coming

The latest in a seemingly unending parade of snowstorms moved over the East Coast on Saturday, dropping a wintry mix as far south as northern Georgia …

CT Scan of 1,000-Year-Old Buddha Statue Reveals Mummified Monk Hidden Inside | Colossal

<p>What looks like a traditional statue of Buddha dating back to the 11th or 12th century was recently revealed to be quite a bit more. A CT scan and …

Stunning Life-Like Animal Sculptures Made with Layers of Galvanized Wire

Artist Kendra Haste uses the ubiquitous galvanized wire and transforms it into life-like sculptures of wild animals. By layering, fraying, and sometimes painting it, she's able to mimic the anatomical appearance of creatures both large and small.<p>Haste masterfully crafts the wire so that even subtle …

3 places better than Craigslist to buy and sell used items

When you want to buy or sell something used online, your first thought might be to use Craigslist. After all, it's the site that brought the newspaper classifieds into the digital world and today has nearly 40 million new listings every month.<p>Of course, using Craigslist does have valid concerns. …

A Practical Guide to Creating Superresolution Photos with Photoshop

We’ve seen it in plenty of thriller/crime solver TV shows and movies: upon reviewing some grainy and very low-resolution surveillance footage, …

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Samsung teases Galaxy S6 with metal design and curved, anti-reflective display

<b>Update:</b> Read the Galaxy S6 review.<p>Samsung wants to get everyone excited for its newest flagship, the Galaxy S6. The company has released two more teasers of the upcoming device, and they do give us a bit more information on what to expect. A dramatically lit profile shot of the new phone posted on …

Photographer Travels the World to Capture the Diversity of Beauty in 37 Different Countries

Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc is on a mission to capture portraits of women from every country in the world in order to shed light on the beauty that exists everywhere. A little over two years ago, at the age of 27, Noroc quit her job, withdrew all her life savings, and embarked on an …