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Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

New Atheism’s fatal arrogance: The glaring intellectual laziness of Bill Maher & Richard Dawkins

For all their eloquence, New Atheists show little interest in understanding how believers really think or feel<p>Atheism has a storied history in the West. From the irreverent Voltaire to the iconoclastic Nietzsche, the godless have always had a voice. But the New Atheists are different. Religion, …

Why Texting Should Be Part of Teaching

By Scott HammResearch into texting between teachers and students shows that it can drive engagement and deliver results.

Trevor Noah Will Be The New Host Of "The Daily Show"

The 31-year-old South African comedian is the surprise pick to replace Jon Stewart, who will leave the show this year.<p>The 31-year-old, who joined the show as a correspondent in December 2014, will replace Stewart, who will step down from hosting duties later this year after 16 years at the …

A Card Game That Makes Players Fight Over Pop Culture

What best represents the soul of America: The Bible, or Facebook? Which is more style over substance, a Jackson Pollock painting or Powerpoint? Sound …

Cards Against Humanity

How Video Games In The Classroom Will Make Students Smarter

Around a billion and a half people all play video games of some sort. That’s more than 20% of the world’s population. Video games have become a part of life. They are now more than just leisure and entertainment. They are mainstream media, an everyday method of storytelling and representation. …

Globalization

The campaign to make national parks relevant to millennials

WASHINGTON — After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the most beautiful and historic places in the country, though there's …

National Parks

An Introvert's Guide To Small Talk: Eight Painless Tips

Introverts tend to dread small talk. They worry that it will be boring, awkward, or that they’ll run out of things to say.<p>But in today’s world, small talk is difficult to avoid. Cocktail parties, networking events, and even the line for coffee at work may require a brief exchange of …

This adorable cat commercial answers the question: "What would a cat conversation sound like?"

<b>Cats</b> are generally known for being the quieter choice of pet compared to dogs, but anyone with a talkative cat will tell you – it’s hard to shut them …

Pets

'Mozart effect': can classical music really make your baby smarter?

Does the so-called “Mozart effect” exist?<p>The 'Mozart effect' phenomenon was first suggested by a scientific study published in 1993 in the respected journal Science.<p>It showed that teenagers who listened to Mozart's 1781 Sonata for Two Pianos in D major performed better in reasoning tests than …

Flute

We’re educating our kids all wrong: The progressive argument against standardized-test mania

Backlash against overtesting, “accountability” and Common Core is right on. Here’s how we empower teachers and kids<p><b>Failing grades for the accountability movement</b><p>I’ve been delighted to watch a popular backlash building against an educational “accountability” movement that has robbed students of …

A Growing Chorus Is Trying To Rewrite The History Of Net Neutrality -- And Blame Absolutely Everything On Netflix

With either an ISP lawsuit or a 2016 party shift the only way to kill our new net neutrality rules, neutrality opponents have some time to kill. As …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

Hiking

From Ellie Kemper to “The Mindy Project,” 10 wonderful things pop culture owes “The Office”

On the sitcom’s ten year anniversary, we look at how the show changed the face of television<p>“The Office” premiered a decade ago today, and it’s hard to overstate the impact the show had on pop culture over the course of its (admittedly rocky) eight year run. While it began as a weak copy of Ricky …

100 Iconic Costumes Of Popular Characters From Pop Culture

Here's a neat infographic-type, sort of poster illustration of 100 famous costumes from characters in movies, television and video games. It's fun to …

Costumes

5 Pop Culture References Nobody Got in Movies and TV Shows

References are usually pretty easy to catch. Just know a thing or two about pop culture's past and present and you should be able to keep up with the …

Arrested Development

Book Cover: The illustrated version of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ | Buzzfeed

"The best pop culture blog on Tumblr." -<i>BuzzFeed</i><p>"Pop Culture Brain is what you want to know about pop culture, not just what’s trending." …

11 Exercises That Will Make Your Abs Cry

That stronger core you've always wanted? Just learn these moves and do them regularly.<p>No one doesn't want a stronger core. That's why BuzzFeed Life asked Rob Sulaver, C.S.C.S, personal trainer and founder of Bandana Training, to tell us his favorite exercises for building better abs. He came up …

Why the DC vs. Marvel Rivalry is Good for Superhero Movies

Without question, there’s plenty of room for moviegoers and comic readers to support and enjoy characters from all corners of the superhero genre – …

Superhero Bits: Superman, Captain Marvel, X-Men: Apocalypse, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman – /Film

Who are the all-new, all-different <i>Avengers</i>? Where did <b>Ben Affleck</b> make some <b>Batman</b> jokes? What place to sidekicks have in modern comic book movies? …

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5 Apartment Improvements You Can Do in an Hour

<i>Presented by Apartments.com</i><p>When looking for a new apartment, it's hard not to notice the improvements (on large and small scale) needed prior to …

This Personality Trait Leads To Wealth And Happiness; Do You Have It?

Dear Business Owner,<p>The last time we talked, I know I was pretty hard on you, telling you the 7 Reasons You Won’t Ever Be Successful.<p>But I want to make it up to you. And I think I can.<p>Let’s leave the past behind us. No hard feelings, okay? Let’s focus on the future. On what you <i>can</i> do to be …

How To Live A Long, Healthy & Happy Life

When I share health guidance, I assume everyone wants to live as long and pain-free as possible. If comfortable longevity is our common goal, then …

These 14 Epic Hiking Spots in South Carolina Are Out Of This World

Forty Acre Rock Preserve actually spans 2, 267 acres, however, the rock itself is really only 14 acres. There are many trails for hikers to enjoy and …