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We asked each other 36 questions to fall in love. Then we broke up.

Our first weekend as a couple, my boyfriend and I asked each other those 36 questions to fall in love, which appeared in a New York Times Modern Love column last year. We’d been friends for years and were giving things a shot, romantically.<p>In answering those questions — which covered our lives’ …

Relationships

10 Modern Myths About Marriage

Mark Twain once said, <i>“It’s not the things you don’t know that will hurt you; it’s the things you know for sure that just ain’t so!”</i><p>When it comes to …

9 fears only those from Trinidad and Tobago can understand

1. We’re afraid that one year, they’ll really cancel Carnival.<p>Not even an Ebola scare can cause us to miss our national stress reliever. Back in …

Scientists revive microscopic water bears after 30 years of deep freeze

The hardy tardigrade sets a new personal best<p>In the Animal Olympics event of Surviving Horrible Things, tardigrades would take home the gold, silver, and the bronze. These eight-legged, microscopic creatures — also known as "water bears" — are probably the hardiest animals in existence, able to …

High cocaine doses 'can cause brain to eat itself'

High doses of cocaine can cause the brain to eat itself, research suggests.<p>A study of mice found that the drug can trigger out-of-control “autophagy”, a process by which cells digest themselves.<p>When it is properly regulated, autophagy provides a valuable cleanup service – getting rid of unwanted …

Neuroscience

Ants Write Architectural Plans Into The Walls of Their Buildings

Imagine constructing a building with no blueprints or architects, and no inkling of what the finished edifice should look like. It sounds like a recipe for disaster, and yet that’s what ants and termites do all the time—and the results speak for themselves. They can build huge underground …

Particles

There May Be Another Painting Hidden Beneath The Mona Lisa

Here comes Tom Hanks.<p>A recent discovery seems to indicate that Mona Lisa isn't actually Mona Lisa. Da Vinci, you sly fox. As the BBC reported, French scientist Pascal Cotte analyzed the masterpiece with reflective light technology until he determined—after 10 years—that a portrait of a completely …

Strange but true: the weirdest places and creatures – in pictures

Have you ever seen gymnast goats, a rainbow-­coloured river, or a weasel riding a woodpecker? Prepare to be amazed by your weird and wonderful planet as we dip into DK’s Strange But True

Nature

Why Women Leave Men They Love: What Every Man Needs to Know

Read on HuffPost Deutschland<p>As a marriage counsellor working with men and women in relationship crisis, I help clients navigate numerous issues. While many situations are complex, there's one profoundly simple truth that men need to know: Women leave men they love.<p>They feel terrible about it. It …

How to Make Your Relationship Last: 3 Secrets Backed by Research

The beginning of a relationship is amazing. But often, it starts to fizzle out later on…<p>The things you used to love about them start to annoy you. …

Werewolf Kittens Are Real... And You Already Want One

Lykoi cats are the result of a natural mutation.<p>There's a new feline on the block, an unusual creature with features so wolflike that it's being described as the werewolf cat.<p>These cats are actually called Lykoi, from the Greek word for wolf, and they get their distinct look from a natural …

Pets

Werewolf cats are being bred and they are not cute

You may have seen headlines about a "werewolf cat" lately. If you thought they were going to be cute and cuddly, you were wrong. They are odd. Very odd.<p>The Lykoi is a new cat breed, unofficially called the werewolf cat. The felines have a fur pattern that's distinctly wolfish — the black fur is …

Scientists are raising important questions about the discovery of a new human ancestor

On September 10, scientists announced the truly remarkable discovery of thousands of bones belonging to a previously unknown species of human ancestor.<p>They gave the new species the name <i>Homo naledi</i>, after the Dinaledi chamber of the Rising Star cave where the bones were found.<p>The finding is already …

17 Times These Cats Loved Summer Produce

Summer's nearly over, but Shironeko's family of cats will always love fresh fruits and veggies.

Onions

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2015: more of the best entries so far

Wildlife

5 Apps That Are Better Than A Personal Trainer

<i>By: Joe Oliveto</i><p><i>Credit: iStock</i><p>Tech geekery and fitness have historically gone together like socks and sandals: they just don't.<p>But conventional wisdom no longer applies now that we've all got devices in our pockets. If the apps below are any indication, this geekery can help us get in the best shape …

Blind cave fish evolved a shrunken brain to save energy

At some point back in deep time, a group of fish were washed into a limestone cave somewhere in northeastern Mexico. With no way out and little more than bat droppings to eat, the fish began to adapt to their new troglodytic lifestyle. Unable to see other members of their group in the dark, they …

Biology