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The Big Bang Wasn't The Beginning, After All

The Universe began not with a whimper, but with a bang! At least, that’s what you’re commonly told: the Universe and everything in it came into existence at the moment of the Big Bang. Space, time, and all the matter and energy within began from a singular point, and then expanded and cooled, …

Galaxies

Apparently We've All Just Been Cooking Mashed Potatoes Wrong

...according to Food Network chef Tyler Florence.

Cooking

Microsoft’s chatbot, Zo, has gone rogue and is slating Windows

Zo was Tay’s second chance, but Microsoft’s replacement bot is now attacking its creator<p>Last year, Microsoft’s Tay was a gamble, letting an AI learn …

Schizophrenia Found to Be Caused by Faulty Helper Cells in The Brain

A new hope for treatment.<p>New research on mice has suggested the symptoms produced by schizophrenia could largely be the result of defective cells …

Allegations Banana Boat sunscreen causes burns continue to pour in to Health Canada

Shayna Pickle says her five-year-old son got badly burned this month after wearing Banana Boat sunscreen.<p>The Bracebridge, Ont., woman blames the …

Is The Universe Conscious?

The history of science — in particular the physical sciences, like physics and astronomy — can be told as the incremental realization that there is large-scale coherence in the universe.<p>By large-scale coherence, I mean that some of the same physical laws hold at scales as diverse as the atom and …

Particles

8 websites to find recipes that will shake up your food rut for good

Even if you <i>love</i> cooking and eating, it’s hard to keep your food game fresh. Buying the same old stuff at the grocery store and cooking up the same …

Cooking

This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

No, seriously.<p>One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time …

Nickelback Fans Told Us Who Is Their 'Nickelback of Music'

Because Canada Day.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey Canada.</i><p>For more than a decade, Nickelback has been the band that people love to hate. You can even argue that the intense, unwavering dislike is one of the reasons the Albertans have managed to stay somewhat relevant after all these …

July Pet Horoscopes for Your Favorite Animal Companion

<b>ARIES (March 21-April 19)</b><br>It’s a very big month for your Aries pet, especially if they are free to run around and already have quite a big …

Canadians are funny that way — at least that’s the myth | The Star

<b>The myth:</b> SCTV. Wayne and Shuster. Lorne Michaels. Russell Peters. Canadians have developed our own brand of comedy. And it’s turned us into some of …

Comedy

Canadian myths: 'We were told there would be snow' | The Star

<i>The myth: Canada is a snowbound land where we live in perpetual winter. The impression likely originates both through our geography — it is a</i> …

National Parks

12 flavors of instant ramen, ranked

There are endless combinations of things you can add to really bring it to the next level, but there's actually a more important part: The soup base of the ramen is what you build on.<p>This base that makes ramen better. There are so many flavors and brands that sometimes it can be extremely …

Flavors

ProtonMail makes its free VPN service available to everyone

The free tier isn't as robust as the paid ones, but it's free forever.<p>ProtonMail, the encrypted email created by CERN and MIT scientists, has released a new product in response to the administration's roll back of Obama-era internet privacy rules. Starting today, you can try out the company's VPN …

Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies

1K<p>1K<p>I often get asked when I put pictures of things that I’m baking on social media, “Where can I find that recipe?” or less-delicately,</i> …

Homemade Self-Rising Cornmeal Mix for Cornbread

Self-rising cornmeal mix is an essential pantry item in the South. It is convenient to have on hand for cornbread, muffins, and corn sticks.<p>If your …

This Mom Nails Why Teaching Girls To Dress 'Modestly' Is Bullsh*t

Mom and popular blogger says she won’t teach her daughters to dress modestly<p>When was the first time your clothes were criticized? Were you a young …

99-million-year-old bird fossil has been found preserved in amber and it's truly exquisite

We might just be one step closer to a real life <i>Jurassic Park</i> scenario.<p>A three-inch fossil of a 99-million-year-old baby bird was found in an amber …

6-Minute Pineapple Cream Pie Recipe

This 6-minute pineapple creamy pie is so rich, creamy, and tasty! It is extremely quick to prepare – it took me exactly 6 minutes to make it! If you …

Dessert

52 genes associated with intelligence discovered

Anytime discussion of a genetic basis behind intelligence comes up we immediately enter a minefield of social and ethical controversies. What …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Taste Beyond The Tongue

A great tree 'migration' is underway

And an invisible soil community is helping making the trip safer.<p>Last summer, the popular podcast series RadioLab aired an episode that caused …

The Merger of Humans and Machines Has Already Begun

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> The Conversation.<p><i>Republished with permission from Millenials Strike Back, the 56th edition of Griffith Review.</i> …

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Almost every speed limit is too low

When lieutenant Gary Megge of the Michigan State Police attends a meeting, he sometimes asks, “How many of you broke the speed limit on your way here?”<p>Hearing his question, you might assume that lieutenant Megge is a particularly zealous police officer. The type of person who walks half a city …

Science just figured out there's a reason why some men think they're right more often

So what is the next big thing that science is working on these days? Flying cars? Plastic eating bacteria? There are so many possibilities. Most …

Self-confidence

How to Be Mindful When You Are Angry

“Anger is a natural, life-affirming emotion. It lets us know when a boundary has been crossed, when our needs are not being met, or when someone we care about is in danger. But when misdirected, anger can harm our physical health and our relationships. Being mindful of anger means not suppressing, …

Mindfulness