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Is darkness the key to feeling more rested at night?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that insufficient sleep is a serious public health concern, because it can lead to many immediate dangers such as car crashes as well as long-term health problems like diabetes. The blame for sleep deprivation is often pinned on our …

8 Podcasts That Will Captivate Your Mind

A month ago, if you asked me what my favorite podcast was I would have paused awkwardly and asked, “What’s a podcast?” A lot has changed since …

5 Must-Do Adventures in Central America

Photo: Matt Hosford<p>With the temperatures cooling down and the earliest signs of winter starting to peek through the fall, we're already day-dreaming of a tropical escape - and we know you are too. That's why we've put together this list of must-do adventures in Central America. Whether you want to …

5 Guacamole Commandments From Chef Aarón Sánchez

Chef Aarón Sánchez of Cooking Channel’s Taco Trip doesn’t play around when it comes to guacamole.<p>Chef Aarón Sánchez of Cooking Channel’s <i>Taco Trip</i> …

Can You Survive Five Days on the Amazon?

I picked up a book called '1000 places to visit before you die' today and discovered one of my recent trips had made the cut, specifically my excursion down the Amazon River.<p>I had, in fact, done the trip twice.<p>For those of us used to ease and access of freeways, it may be difficult to imagine what …

Here Is Every Ingredient in Your Favorite Fast-Food French Fries

I'll never forget my high-school nutrition teacher telling us to be wary of any food that has more than five ingredients. Most fast food fries go far beyond that rule of thumb.<p>With the help of Grant Imahara, a former Mythbuster, McDonald's has tried to myth-bust their way into explaining why the …

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

Here's Some Undeniable Proof That Tahiti Is, In Fact, Paradise

This time of year is the ultimate challenge for those of us who suffer from wanderlust: The holidays are over, but the frost is still sticking. Spring still seems to be eons away.<p>However, a remedy exists for this existential monotony, and that is to plan a trip. Where better to go than …

The 15 Most Surreal Destinations to Visit in 2015

Be prepared for dropped jaws, kids.<p>1. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives<p>photo: Doug Perinne<p>2. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States<p>photo: Laura Grier<p>3. Cave of Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico<p>photo: Adventure Medicine<p>4. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia<p>photo: PlanetDen.com<p>5. Tunnel of Love …

What Every Country in the European Union Is Best At

By: Kate Peregrina<p><i>Credit: All images by Thrillist/Jennifer Bui</i><p>The European Union has 28 member countries, and much like snowflakes, they're all special in their own way. You already know what each country is worst at. Well, every country excels at something, too -- and to that end, we found one …

10 Dishes Every Beginner Cook Should Master

What's the best dish for a beginner cook to try? We asked star chefs from all over the country for their recommendations. Here’s what they had to say.<p>…

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If Dropbox's CEO Could Give Advice To His Younger Self, It'd Involve A Tennis Ball And The Number 30,000

At Web Summit in Dublin on Tuesday, CNN's Laurie Segall asked Houston to clarify what two things mean.<p>Houston said the tennis ball reminds him to work on a business he's obsessed with — like a dog who is focused on retrieving a tennis ball. He once started an SAT prep company and lost interest; he …

Dropbox

The Diet That Can Save Your Life

What you eat can dramatically affect your chances of developing heart disease, a.k.a. the number-one killer of women in the U.S.<p>When many women think of something that could seriously threaten their health, the bogeyman often starts with a "C": cancer. But if you're going to fear anything, it …

How 3 First-Time Founders Turned One-Third Of Their Employees Into Millionaires — And No One Found Out About It

One-third of the company's 70 employees became millionaires. Everyone kept their jobs. And the founders are leading Google's Android enterprise group.<p>But most people have never heard of the company, Divide, or its CEO, Andrew Toy, age 36. The acquisition was reported, but no price was disclosed and …

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The Real Reason Taylor Swift Is Single: You. And You. And You.

If Taylor Swift had a dime for every time she's been asked, "So, are you a feminist?" she could drape Olivia Benson in diamond necklaces while spoon-feeding her caviar and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. (To clarify: Olivia Benson is her cat, and the 24-year-old singer already has enough money to do all …

Jennifer Lawrence Buys $7 Million Beverly Hills Mansion

An inside look at the actress's new Los Angeles home.<p>Jennifer Lawrence is the new owner of a gorgeous $7 million mansion located in Beverly Hills, E! News reports. The 5,550 square foot pad boasts five bedrooms, a home gym, backyard pool and outdoor courtyard (leading to a serene koi pond, of …

Ebola 'could become airborne': United Nations warns of 'nightmare scenario' as virus spreads to the US

Exclusive: Anthony Banbury, chief of the UN's Ebola mission, says there is a chance the deadly virus could mutate to become infectious through the air<p>There is a ‘nightmare’ chance that the Ebola virus could become airborne if the epidemic is not brought under control fast enough, the chief of the …

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Scientists Have Found A Crystal That Can Let You Breathe Underwater

It’s a great scientific irony that water is full of oxygen yet none of it is breathable to humans. But that might be about to change, thanks to a research team in Denmark and a bizarre crystal they’ve discovered.<p>Carrying the catchy label of [{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O, and what we’re …

100 people potentially exposed to US Ebola patient

Up to 100 people had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola on US soil<p>Up to 100 people may have been exposed to America's first Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan.<p>The figure was a significant increase from the 18 people who were previously being monitored for …

Your nose knows death is imminent

Losing the sense of smell predicts death within five years, according to new research<p>Until as recently as 1987, British coal pits employed caged canaries as sentinels that alerted miners to the presence of poisonous gases. Being more sensitive to them than we are, the birds would get distressed …

You Eat It All The Time, But What Exactly IS Ranch Dressing?

"With ranch" is the only way some will ingest their carrot sticks. The gloppy everything-edible-topper is a reliable staple at salad bars across the country. Certain palates claim it is the <i>single</i> addition that improves the taste of pizza.<p>It's no wonder, then, that ranch is the most popular dressing …

25 Beautiful Places You Won't Mind Getting Lost in on Your Next American Roadtrip

<i>This article was originally published on AskMen.</i><p>Being stranded somewhere usually means you're in an awful predicament, but America has some of the most marvelous landscapes that can make desertion a pretty OK situation (if you don't mind sweating, being bored and eventually starving). Here are 25 …

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Monstrous rocky planet nicknamed 'Godzilla of Earths'

The 'mega-Earth' Kepler-10c is the most massive rocky planet ever discovered and its surface may be cool enough for life<p>A giant rocky planet roughly twice the size of Earth and with nearly 20 times as much mass has been spotted in orbit around a faraway star. The planet is the first to be classed …

'Hunger Games' salute used as protest in Thailand

BANGKOK (AP) — The three-finger salute from the Hollywood movie "The Hunger Games" is being used as a real symbol of resistance in Thailand. Protesters against the military coup are flashing the gesture as a silent act of rebellion, and they're being threatened with arrest if they ignore warnings …