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9 Ways To Fall Asleep Faster (Without Counting Sheep)

<i>By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn</i><p>If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you're not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 …

Try To Make It Through This Post Without Smiling

You probably won't be able to.

Yes, that's a lion cub on a Porsche Carrera GT

You know, just like at your house.<p>Qatar is not like your neighborhood.<p>For instance, <i>you</i> probably don't have a super-rich neighbor who owns (at minimum) a Porsche Carrera GT and keeps a cute baby lioness as a pet. And even if you did, you might be like, "No, kitty!" were said lion cub to take a …

Read the message your dog sends with his tail

Tail-wagging is a reflection of what’s happening in your dog’s brain. Learn to read your dog’s tail signals, and you’ll know if he’s happy … or …

Decoding Vincent Van Gogh’s Tempestuous, Fragile Mind

Most people are familiar with his many famous paintings. But the real Van Gogh, the manic genius, the tortured artist, is best understood in his …

Aristotle Said Blondes Have Better Sex, New Book Reveals

The Greek philosopher and scientist wrote extensively about sex, both animal and human.<p>What is life? What is a soul? These are some of the questions Greek philosopher Aristotle asked. And we're still asking them today.<p>Aristotle also could be considered the world's first natural historian. Acclaimed …

Aristotle

Rare Black Sea Devil Caught on Film for the First Time

The anglerfish survived capture and is now being studied in a specially equipped laboratory.<p>With its gaping mouth, needle-sharp teeth, and slightly startled expression, the black sea devil anglerfish seems tailor-made for the spotlight.<p><b>And in fact, one particular female got her close-up on November</b> …

Nature

Portia Doubleday: A Funny Joke from Spike Jonze's Latest Muse

The beautiful actress from the director's new film Her will now make you laugh<p>The beautiful actress from the director's new film <i>Her</i> will now make you laugh

Joaquin Phoenix

The lion-killer who became an Israeli hero

<b>The ashes of a swashbuckling hero of the British Empire are to be reburied in Israel after a service attended by the country's prime minister. John Henry Patterson was a soldier, big-game hunter and writer, whose exploits inspired three Hollywood movies. The BBC's Kevin Connolly explains why he is</b> …

Israel

How the bow became the perfect video game weapon

You're given a bow in <i>Far Cry 4</i> almost immediately, and it's the most enjoyable weapon in the game.<p>The last <i>Tomb Raider</i> game was improved by its bow. It was the weapon I used the most, even when it wasn't the optimal choice for many situations. <i>Far Cry 3</i>, likewise, had a great bow.<p>A good bow, properly …

Symantec Uncovers Sophisticated, Stealthy Computer Spying Tool

Like Stuxnet that came before it, the Trojan dubbed "Regin" appears to be the work of a nation-state.<p>Computer security researchers at Symantec say they have discovered a sophisticated piece of malware circulating the world that appears to be used for spying at Internet service and …

In Africa, Tracker Dogs Join War Against Elephant Poachers

It's all hands (and paws) on deck when it comes to the poaching crisis in Africa.<p>MANYARA RANCH, Tanzania—On October 14, tracker dogs led game scouts to a group of armed poachers who were on the run after shooting and killing a well-known old elephant bull just outside Tarangire National Park. This …

Wildlife

Scientists Rediscover A Part Of The Brain That Was Forgotten For 100 Years

In 2012, researchers made note of a pathway in a region of the brain associated with reading, but "we couldn't find it in any atlas," said Jason Yeatman, a research scientist at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. "We'd thought we had discovered a new pathway …

The Brain

Watch: Can Drones Help Save Wildlife Around the World?

An international competition is inviting more affordable drones to aid conservation.<p>In the international fight against poaching, eyes in the sky could make all the difference.<p><b>Unmanned drones, an emblem of modern war and now a tool of modern conservation, can stop poachers before they strike by</b> …

Wildlife

Billions Have Been Spent on Technology to Find IEDs, but Dogs Still Do It Better

These working dogs have saved countless soldiers' lives—and helped prevent PTSD.<p>Next Tuesday, Veterans Day, is a time to show gratitude to all the soldiers who've helped keep America safe, including the furry, four-legged ones. In a new book, <i>War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History and Love</i>, …

Pets

As Germany celebrates Berlin Wall's demise, harsh realities lurk

To mark the 25th anniversary of the<p>fall of the Berlin Wallthis weekend, 8,000 stationary lighted balloons snake their way through nearly 10 miles of the city, tracing the path of the hated Cold War divide.<p>The softly glowing orbs, which will be released into the night sky Sunday amid the celebration …

Europe

'Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events' Will Befall Netflix

Some very unfortunate events are coming to Netflix soon - and the streaming service is counting itself lucky.<p>Netflix announced that it has acquired the rights to the bestselling book series, "Lemony Snicker's A Series of Unfortunate Events," for a live-action series. "Lemony Snicket" was adapted …

Japan's Kamikaze Winds, the Stuff of Legend, May Have Been Real

Storms in 1200s could have helped thwart attacks by Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan's fleets, a study of lake sediments finds.<p>An ancient story tells of the kamikaze, or "divine wind," that twice saved Japan from Kublai Khan's Mongol fleets. So powerful was the legend that centuries later thousands of …

Archaeology

Hidden code of two great composers deciphered

The propriety of projecting a composer's personal life onto how we hear and perform the music goes through fads. Half a century ago, the Bay Area was home to Apollonian musicologists who prized structural analysis and dismissed biography as gossip.<p>We live now in an era where symphonies are valued …

The Arts

US voters deciding on billions for conservation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Voters across the nation are deciding whether to set aside billions of dollars for parks and preservation in what some environmentalists are calling one of the most significant elections for land conservation in American history.<p>Pollsters say it's one of the few places on …

Pumpkin geometry: stunning shadow sculptures that illuminate an ancient mathematical technique

Henry Segerman and Saul Schleimer paint beautiful shadows based on the maths of stereographic projection, a method originally used by cartographers to map the Earth<p>Like a Halloween pumpkin, the hollow sphere casts a dramatic shadow across the room.<p>The curved lines on the spherical shell magically …

This London Bar’s Cocktail Menu Is A Gorgeous Pop-Up Book

A good cocktail isn’t just about the taste, or the alcohol content. It’s the peacock tail of drinks: it’s all about the look and the flair. That’s why a description or even a picture can’t do a well-designed cocktail justice. To properly get a feel for it, you’ve got to see it in 3-D.<p>That’s what’s …

19 Things Remarkable People Think Every Day

Each is a small thing, but each also has the power to change your life... and the lives of the people around you.

Monster Sunspot Threatens Earth With Solar Storms

Changing Planet<p><b>The solar eclipse may steal the week’s heavenly headlines, but a monster sunspot—the likes of which hasn’t been seen for years—has turned toward Earth and may spew some serious solar storms.</b><p>From the moment the gigantic sunspot cluster known as AR 2192 appeared on the eastern side of …

Astronomy

Why a Swordfish’s Sword Doesn’t Break

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>A swordfish’s “sword” is its most prominent feature, but scientists have only now discovered the unusual properties that keep the sword strong and ready to slash.</b><p>A study published Monday in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> reveals that the fish have an …

Fish

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Black Holes

They're thought to be what anchors galaxies — some of the largest objects in the universe.<p>And what happens past their event horizon, also known as the point of no return, can only be speculation since we will never get a chance to see it with our own eyes and live to tell the tale.<p>Despite decades …

Stephen Hawking

Why Ebola Is Such A Uniquely Terrible Virus

In its struggle to beat back the virus, your immune system's reaction ravages the rest of your body, leaving your blood vessels weak and leaky.<p>Soon, blood and plasma start pushing through, sometimes coming out of your pores and every orifice.<p>But long before the body begins to fail — around the time …

Disease

'Fury' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the Muddy Brad Pitt Action Movie

War is hell. This much we know is true.<p>It's also the fodder for prestige action movies like "Fury," about a small team of men who pilot and maneuver the titular tank in the waning days of World War II, where Hitler's Germany acted like a scared and wounded dog -- all teeth and matted fur and …