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3 Secrets for Increasing Your Happiness

How many moments of your life are happy? If you're like most people your life is a mix of up and downs. Happy moments, interspersed with lots of boring moments, and probably a few periods of absolute misery.<p>It's unrealistic to expect that you can create a life that is 100% happy moments. Chasing a …

NASA Probes Giant Magnetic Explosions Around Earth

Nine months after launch, NASA’s MMS probes return "promising initial results."<p>We tend to think of space as this totally empty vacuum, although the reality is that it's bubbling over with activity from electrically charged particles and electromagnetic fields.<p>The interplay of these electrically …

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into …

This Is Your Sex on Drugs

Some drugs can open you up to complete ecstasy, while others are complete boner killers.<p>"A lot of people use a lot of different drugs," Matthew Johnson, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University, recently told VICE. "And a lot of people have sex. You name the …

NASA releases stunning image of a supernova's remnants

NASA has released a stunning image of the remnants of a supernova taken by the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope.<p>The image reveals a small section of the expanding remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago, according to the space agency. “Called the Veil Nebula, the debris is one …

Astronomy

Destiny players, here's a glimpse of your VIP rewards in The Taken King

<i>Destiny</i> developer Bungie announced earlier this year that it was preparing an exclusive package of in-game rewards in <i>The Taken King</i> for the game's most loyal players. The company showed off those unique items in a new trailer today, including a striking shader that paints your armor with animal …

Everyone In Management Is A Programmer

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Adam Evans is the co-founder and CTO of RelateIQ.</i><p>When it comes to the task of finding and nurturing great engineering managers, misunderstandings at startups are all too common. It seems that many people assume great engineers don’t want to “give up” coding to take on leadership …

Chicken abuse allegedly revealed by undercover video at Koch Foods sites

Mercy for Animals, an animal rights group, released hidden-camera video on Wednesday that showed workers abusing chickens at what is identified as Park Ridge-based Koch Foods locations.<p>The group asked that Koch Foods, a major chicken processor in the United States, adopt new animal welfare …

Scientists discover two new particles at Large Hadron Collider

Welcome to the family! Scientists using CERN’s<p>Large Hadron Colliderin Europe have discovered two new subatomic particles.<p>The discovery of the two related particles, submitted to the journal Physical Review Letters, fills in missing slots in the subatomic roster that had been predicted but never …

Physics

Scientists Raise Doubts About Higgs Boson Discovery, Say It Could Be Another Particle

Was all the Higgs hoopla a bit premature?<p>In a new paper that has raised eyebrows around the world, an international team of scientists says there is no proof that the particle whose discovery was confirmed last year by physicists at CERN is the long-sought Higgs boson.<p>"The CERN data is generally …

The science of why we lie

We tell 10 lies every week – but what’s the reasoning behind so many untruths?<p>Lying can often be easier and kinder than the truth, and anybody who claims they’ve never lied is probably lying right then. But it’s surprising to see the stark figure that we lie, on average, <b>ten times a week</b><b>.</b> The small …

US scientists may have resolved 'Darwin's dilemma'

Charles Darwin worried about a possible hole in his theory of evolution, but some American scientists may just have plugged it. For about a billion years after the dawn of life on Earth, organisms didn't evolve all that much.<p>Then about 600 million years ago came the "Cambrian explosion." Everything …

Scientists Found Something Strange When They Looked At The Brains Of Stoners

First, you might notice that a critical part of the brain that helps us process emotions and make decisions appeared smaller than in the brains of the nonsmoker.<p>But you would see something else, too: that the connections passing through that region of the brain were stronger and thicker.<p>Thankfully, …

'Interstellar' Animators Made A Physics Breakthrough While Creating A Black Hole For The Movie

The movie-making business has, unintentionally, helped make something more: a scientific discovery. One that you can experience first-hand in the film "Interstellar," coming out in US theaters everywhere on Friday, Nov. 7.<p>In the film, a crew of explorers travel through a wormhole to reach distant …