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20+ Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017

It's been an incredible year for science.<p><b>1.</b> The speed of gravity is pretty much identical to the speed of light! This year, for the first time ever, …

Carl Sagan

When It Comes to Dog vs Cat Brains, It Looks Like We Have a Clear Winner

At least in terms of neuron count.<p>Ever since humanity split into dog and cat people, we've been arguing over which one of our beloved companions is a …

An indoor plant expert reveals a simple trick to keep your houseplants from dying

Plants aren't the most demanding creatures in our homes — they need just three things to stay alive: water, air, and sunlight.<p>So why do so many indoor plants end up dead?<p>New York City indoor plant expert Matthew Schechter believes everyone should be able to bring a little greenery into their home. …

Plants

Scientists Have Discovered That The Tomb of Jesus Christ Is Far Older Than People Thought

The cave has been dated to 345 CE.<p>The tomb in which Jesus Christ is believed to be buried is older than everybody thought, scientists have …

Babies Who Get More Cuddles Have Their Genetics Changed For Years, Study Shows

Hold me.<p>The amount of close and comforting contact that young infants get doesn't just keep them warm, snug, and loved. A new study says it can …

Genetics

In 1964, Popular Science answered 'stupid' questions about what you eat

From the archives: things you're afraid to ask about digestion.<p><i>In November of 1964,</i> Popular Science <i>published "Stupid Questions About What You Eat" because "most [people] have many mistaken notions" about the digestive process. The article sought to answer "fundamental questions about what and why</i> …

Nutrition

Use of Hand Sanitiser Can Seriously Mess With Breath Alcohol Test Results

This is important.<p>Many humans have gone way too far in their need to have squeaky clean, completely germ-free hands at all times.<p>And while …

8 'Facts' About The Human Body Debunked by Science

No, you're not "double-jointed".<p>When you know a particular topic really well, you might say you know it like the back of your hand. But how well do …

Sleep

Dog Ownership Is Linked to Yet Another Great Health Benefit, Says Study

Especially if you're single.<p>If you enjoy the companionship of canines, they could be benefiting you in more ways than just their happy furry …

Why do humans lie?

Sometimes we need to bend the truth to get what we want.<p>Most people lie occasionally, although there are individual differences in how often lies are …

The Chemical Reaction That Cleans Everything

<b>Q. What exactly does bleach do? If I soak a cracked dish, the stains seem to be gone — but are they really?</b><p><b>A.</b> The active ingredient of bleach is sodium hypochlorite, which is made up of three common elements, sodium, oxygen and chlorine, said May Nyman, professor of chemistry at Oregon State …

Chemistry

How to Lower Your Blood Pressure

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have released new treatment guidelines that sharply lower the threshold for high blood pressure, also called hypertension. As a result, tens of millions of Americans now qualify for the diagnosis.<p>The new guidelines have raised a …

Diabetes

11 high-paying jobs you can do from home

There are plenty of other industries looking to compensate skilled workers handsomely for doing the same work remotely.<p>FlexJobs, an online service specializing in telecommuting and remote work, recently sifted through its listings for high-paying remote jobs.<p>Each of the below positions pay at least …

Employment

Promising autism drug shows early success in animal tests

There is currently no single drug treatment for autism. Many doctors treat autistic patients with a variety of psychotropic drugs geared at managing …

Scientists just used a brain implant to improve human memory, and it could change everything

The human brain is truly a wonder, and nature has honed it to be an incredibly efficient tool for processing information and hanging on to things we …

The Brain

How you should design your home to maximize happiness

Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Explorer and the author of "The Blue Zones of Happiness: Lessons from the World's Happiest People." Here, he shares his insights on how to design your own home, so you can feel more overall happiness.<p><b>Dan Buettner:</b> My name is Dan Buettner. I'm a National …

Happiness

The music psychopaths listen to

Psychopaths may not prefer classical music, despite movie stereotypes of villains listening to Beethoven and Mozart, The Washington Post's Amy Ellis …

Peer-Reviewed

A Neuroscientist Reveals The Most Important Choice You Can Make in Life

Choose wisely.<p>According to Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University who has been studying decision-making for over a decade, the …

Self-improvement