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People are wildly misinterpreting a “heartwarming” video of a polar bear playing with a dog

By now, you may have seen the new feel-good video making the rounds on the internet featuring a polar bear “patting” a dog on its head in Churchill, Canada. The CBC called the bear a “gentle giant.” The Huffington Post praised its “cuteness factor.” A Facebook commenter said, “We are fortunate to …

Animals

8 Extraordinary Examples of Constrained Writing

Constrained writing is a catch-all literary term for a whole host of written forms or techniques that limit what or how authors or poets write by …

Why do cats have slit-shaped eyes? | Cosmos

<b>Ever wondered why</b> cats have vertical slit-shaped pupils, while sheep have horizontal bars? A recent study suggests it has to do with their place in …

This Video of Kids Attempting to Explain What Their Teachers Really Do is Too Funny

It's guaranteed to put a smile on your face.<p>From shopping for new clothes to finding everything on the supplies list your kid's teacher sent out, back-to-school season is beyond busy. When you're in dire need of a break from pencils and notebooks, watch the above video for a much-needed breath of …

Teaching

Cute cat surprises owner with ability to walk through walls

This kitten won’t let anything get between <b>him and his human</b>.<p>While we know how curious cats can be, some cheeky felines can let curiosity get the …

Man Rescues Kitten from the Road and Helps Him Walk Again

A young man was on his way to work when he spotted a tiny kitten lying lifelessly on the road. He immediately got off his motorcycle to check on the …

"I Didn't Know You Were A Writer"

At 61, I was unemployed. Sooner or later, my severance package would stop arriving in my checking account, and although I've never worried much about money, I began thinking of ways to cut back, something I've never been known for. I tried not to surrender to my bent for the dramatic, but once in a …

11 Mental Habits That Will Improve Your Business Savvy

Want to become a savvier entrepreneur? Follow these tips.<p>Psychology and business success go hand in hand. It's been well documented that people like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Richard Branson all have unique mindsets that have contributed to their success.<p>Thoughts become words, words become …

Self-improvement

Woman Finds Missing Cat 6 Months After He Was Lost During a Fire

A San Francisco woman has been reunited with her missing cat six months after she was forced to evacuate her home due to an encroaching …

Pets

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Many military veterans' PTSD claims 'fabricated or exaggerated'

Former top military psychiatrist says 42% of cases had no firm link to military service, diverting resources from genuine needs<p>Almost half of the service personnel assessed by military pyschiatrists had mental health issues that were not clearly linked to their career in the armed forces, or were …

Mental Health

Russia airstrike appears to kill many in Syrian marketplace

BEIRUT — Airstrikes believed to have been carried out by Russian warplanes killed at least 18 people and wounded dozens more on Sunday in a northern …

11 Tiramisu-Inspired Desserts Even a Novice Baker Can Handle

The distinct flavors of strong espresso, soft and creamy mascarpone cream, fluffy ladyfinger biscuits and a generous dusting of cocoa powder are just a few reasons tiramisu is still a crowd favorite. But making a classic tiramisu cake at home can be a daunting process, and it takes both time and …

Dessert

Photographer Captures Stunning South Korean Landscapes Reflected in Mirror-Like Lakes

South Korean photographer Jaewoon U has gathered quite the following on 500px, and rightly so. His majestic landscape shots of his home country are nothing if not magical, overflowing with colors and rich details. The Seoul-based artist is particularly skilled at capturing beautiful outdoor scenery …

Photography

Death of northern white rhino leaves just three worldwide

Nola, 41, a northern white rhino, had been a much-loved feature of San Diego Zoo Park. Her death leaves just three of the critically endangered animals alive anywhere in the world<p>And then there were three.<p>An aging and much loved northern white rhino died on Sunday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park …

Endangered Species

Adele dons disguise for TV prank

British singer Adele wore a prosthetic nose and a fake chin to go undercover for a TV prank.<p>The “Rolling In The Deep” singer added the prosthetics to her face and teamed them with a wig to disguise herself as a singer called Jenny in a skit for U.K. TV special “Adele at the BBC.”<p>In the sketch, the …

New Albums

Carrot Recipes That Make This Root Vegetable Worth Eating

Carrots aren't the most exciting veggie out there. For many of us, they were one of our first foods, fed to us as a pureed mush before we could even talk. After a lifetime of eating this root vegetable it's no wonder that few people get excited about cooking with them. But here's the thing: carrots …

Healthy Eating

This Singer Says His Muslim Uber Driver Was Moved To Tears Over The Paris Attacks

Folk artist Darren Hanlon tells a small story of a moment of shared humanity with his Uber driver.<p>According to Hanlon, it was as if he was waiting to dovetail the topic into conversation, the events of the day playing over in his mind.<p>"'I'm a Muslim,' he said almost as a confession, 'and this is …

Why Dogs Will Eat Anything But Cats Are Fussy as Hell

Anyone who’s watched a cat throwing up after munching on grass knows that our feline friends aren’t natural plant eaters. So you might be surprised …

Teachers can tell 'in a nanosecond' if a child has potential

A leading head has said children are so honest during entrance interviews that he can "unpick the coaching and tutoring"<p>Spending thousands on tutoring is a waste of money as headteachers can tell in a nano second if a child has the natural ability to thrive.<p>"Within a nano second you can tell …

Education

Your Cat's Grooming Habits Could Help The Mars Rover

Turns out, your cat's grooming habits could lead to future scientific breakthroughs.<p>According to The Huffington Post<i>,</i> David Hu, an associate …

Mars Rover

Peaceful Kitten Playing an Invisible Harp Might Be the Sweetest Thing You See All Day (VIDEO) - One Green Planet

The sweet, delicate sounds of the harp make most people think of huggable baby angels playing games in the clouds. While this video doesn’t have any …

Cute Animals

Hereditary Traits: What Kids Get from Parents

From style to sense of humor, kids can inherit traits that aren't genetic. Find out the science behind how that works<p>My toddler thinks she can do …

Did A Tiny Star Wars Toy Just Confirm A Huge Force Awakens Theory?

Fitzsimmons fans are about to get their moment on <i>Agents of SHIELD</i>. <i>Justice League</i> could introduce another female superhero. <i>The Flash</i> teases a surprise …

Star Wars

You Are Not Just Your Brain

For some time now, I've been skeptical about the neuroscience of consciousness. Not so much because I doubt that consciousness is affected by neural states and processes, but because of the persistent tendency on the part of some neuroscientists to think of consciousness itself as a neural …

Consciousness

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22 Times Cats Made No Sense

Cats are weird.

El Nino sends rare tropical visitors to California waters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - El Nino's warm currents have brought fish in an unexpected spectrum of shapes and colors from Mexican waters to the ocean off California's coast, thrilling scientists with the sight of bright tropical species and giving anglers the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime big …

Sport Fishing

Pakistan: An incredible journey to the glaciers of the Karakorams

"There are a lot of ways to die here".<p>Not the most comforting of words when among forboding mountain crags and shards of ice, each the size of a small house.<p>But given that travellers from the Karakoram Anomaly Project had just seen a giant boulder break loose from the ice, and free fall 50m into a …