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12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

Pain

What "Introvert" and "Extrovert" Really Mean

Think about what an ideal evening for you might look like. Do you imagine yourself going out to dinner with a large group of friends, attending a …

Psychology

The Secrets of Neutrinos, One of the Strangest Particles in the Known Universe

<i>Brian Koberlein is bringing the story of science to the world. His Kickstarter project — a television series called Big Science — recently garnered</i> …

Physics

Here's What the Cassini Spacecraft is Revealing During its Final Days

A Swan Song<p>The Cassini spacecraft is locked in a death dance with Saturn, yet its time there has not only revolutionized our knowledge of the ringed …

Astronomy

How to map the circuits that define us

Neuroscientists want to understand how tangles of neurons produce complex behaviours, but even the simplest networks defy understanding.<p>Marta Zlatic …

Neuroscience

Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His …

She thought she was Irish — until a DNA test opened a 100-year-old mystery

Five years ago, Alice Collins Plebuch made a decision that would alter her future — or really, her past.<p>She sent away for a "just-for-fun DNA test." When the tube arrived, she spit and spit until she filled it up to the line, and then sent it off in the mail. She wanted to know what she was made of.<p>…

Genealogy

Accepting your darkest emotions is the key to psychological health

Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in …

Psychology

Language-learning apps that you need now

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How Whales Became the Biggest Animals on the Planet

Whales are big. Really big. Enormously big. Tremendously big.<p>Fin whales can be 140,000 pounds. Bowhead whales tip the scales at 200,000 pounds. And the big mama of them all, the blue whale, can reach a whopping 380,000 pounds — making it the largest animal to have ever lived.<p>But for as long as …

Whales

Expecting the Unexpected on Saturn's Moons

NASA’s epic Cassini mission wouldn’t have worked without a little improvisation.<p>In deep space exploration, as in life, planning gets you only so far. Preparation is essential, but you have to be ready to improvise when you encounter surprises -- such as a world constantly erupting with ice …

Astronomy

The Curious Case of the Quantum Theory of Humor - MIT Technology Review

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.<p>For psychologists who study humor, this statement is a classic. It embodies the ambiguity of …

Quantum Mechanics

The Most Stunning Visions of Earth

See phenomenal photos of the world’s wonders from the March 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine.

With celebrity scents falling out of fashion, these are the niche fragrance brands to know about

The popularity of celebrity fragrances has been dwindling for a while, but the category took a 22 percent dip in sales from £56 million in 2015 to £44 million last year. That’s not to say our interest in perfume has diminished altogether, but rather our tastes have changed.<p>Luxury fragrance houses …