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28 Cold Weather Engagement Photos That Will Warm Your Heart

Something about the holidays just makes you want to grab a mug of hot chocolate and snuggle up with the one you love.<p>In the spirit of winter romance, we've rounded up 28 adorable engagement photos that will warm your heart.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Snowy Wedding Photos

Photography

Hermione is not black, but she's not white either...

It wasn’t until the films that the image of each of these characters solidified in people’s minds as a certain race or ethnicity, and that, argues site member Hawwa, is why some people are now so astounded at the casting of Noma Dumezweni to play Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If …

Books
Weather

Scientists discover oldest words in the English language, predict which ones are likely to disappear

The oldest words in the English language include "I" and "who", while words like "dirty" could die out relatively quickly, British researchers said …

A Dead Disease Still Lives in Lab Freezers. What Else Does?

In the summer of 1977, an influenza epidemic began to spread through China; by fall, it was in Russia, and over the winter, it spread across the Northern Hemisphere. That was very normal, of course. Winter is flu season, and this was not a bad flu, as flu seasons go: It affected mostly people …

A few fireworks as mystery object falls to Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> The long-anticipated arrival of that mysterious object from outer space came and went Friday without alien invasion or planetary destruction.<p>But scientists who orchestrated a rapid response to the recently discovered object declared their effort to be a smashing success.<p>The International …

Sri Lanka

Android Marshmallow requires devices to show all battery stats

On top of the big changes coming with Android Marshmallow, Google is also forcing Android device makers to be more transparent about battery usage on all of their devices. Specifically, Google notes that devices "MUST be able to track hardware component power usage," as well as attribute usage to …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Stephen Hawking talks technology, AI and more in his first Reddit AMA

Stephen Hawking, genius that he is, is just like us. He finds <i>The Big Bang Theory</i> hilarious, and his favorite song ever written is Rod Stewart's "Have …

Singularity

New Horizons images show Pluto has blue skies and red water ice

First spacecraft ever sent to the dwarf planet continues to transmit data after sending the first color images of Pluto’s atmospheric hazes last week<p>Pluto has blue skies and exposed, bright red water ice, Nasa announced on Thursday, as the first spacecraft ever sent to the dwarf planet continues to …

Solar System

DNA from 4,500-year-old Ethiopian reveals surprise about ancestry of Africans

DNA from a man who lived in Ethiopia about 4,500 years ago is prompting scientists to rethink the history of human migration in Africa.<p>Until now, the conventional wisdom had been that the first groups of modern humans left Africa roughly 70,000 years ago, stopping in the Middle East en route to …

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …

Genetics

What elephants can teach scientists about fighting cancer in humans

You've heard that elephants never forget, but did you know they almost never get<p>cancereither?<p>It turns out just 4.8% of known elephant deaths are related to cancer. For humans, cancer-related deaths are between 11% and 25%, scientists say.<p>The low cancer rate among elephants is particularly …

I Forgive You, English Speakers

"But, everyone speaks English anyway!"<p>I forgive you if you've ever said this phrase. You may not want nor need my forgiveness, but you have it anyway.<p>Let me tell you why.<p>As a teacher of modern foreign languages, I am accustomed to understanding people when I travel. For instance, when I traveled …

Language Learning

There's a secret feature in Android phones that will let you prank your friends

It involves going into a hidden menu and some settings designed for developers, but it's completely harmless and reversible.

Android News

Here's McDonald's Unofficial Secret Menu

Fast food fans love to speculate about the existence of secret menu items. And now McDonald’s lovers have proof the restaurant is in on the fun—sort …

McDonald's
Climate

Large tech companies side with Samsung in its appeal against award for infringing Apple’s patents

In the latest news in the patent case that feels like it will never end, a number of tech giants have taken Samsung’s side in its appeal against the damages it was ordered to pay for infringing Apple’s patents.<p>It’s almost three years since Apple was awarded $1B in damages after a jury found that …

58 Of The Most Beautiful Sentences From "Paper Towns"

“Forever is composed of nows.” —John Green<p><b>1.</b> “What a treacherous thing it is to believe that a person is more than a person.”<p><b>2.</b> “I like this. I like the consistency. I like that I can drive fifteen hours from home without the world changing too much.”<p><b>3. “</b>Everyone demented with the mania of owning …

Your Best Cooking Advice for a Young Foodie

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline—it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge—and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: Wisdom is meant to be shared.</i><p>Family recipes serve a purpose. Beyond their "just like …

So Is Avocado Toast Actually Good for You?

Should we worship avocado toast as much as we do?<p><i>We teamed up with nutritionist McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN from Nutrition Stripped to give us some friendly feedback on how we’re doing in the snack department. Are they good for us? Could they be better? We don’t always know, but McKel does. These are</i> …

Breakfast

Does having more sex make you happy? Not if you're told to do it more

Does having more sex make you happier? Or do happy people just have more sex?<p>Behavioural scientists been trying to untangle the relationship between …

Happiness

Pope Francis Will Be a Powerful Voice on Climate Change

The forceful encyclical, reflecting the pontiff’s spiritual and personal views, aims to influence key world decisions on greenhouse gases.<p>The first-ever papal encyclical on the environment, though widely anticipated and foreshadowed by earlier Vatican communiqués, still landed with elemental force. …

Surprisingly Healthy Teeth Write a New Chapter in Ancient History

Changing Planet<p><i>Haagen Klaus studies the ancient and mysterious remains of societies along Peru’s northern coastal areas. A recent project has seen him racing against the clock in the modern-day town of Olmos to rescue skeletons from a looming construction project and the scathing rains of El Niño.</i> …