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A Homeless Man Read His Only Book Over And Over, So A Compassionate Stranger Gave Him A Kindle

A homeless man is pursuing his love of reading thanks to a good Samaritan.<p>Last week, a San Diego man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was on a business trip in Las Vegas when he frequently passed a homeless man named Paul on the street. The man noticed that Paul had been reading an old, worn book …

Empathy

NASA VolcanoBot goes where no human dares to tread

Volcanoes are fascinating beasts. Known for belching fire and molten rock, they aren't always the friendliest places to be, especially when it comes to scientists seeking to learn more about their nooks and crannies. NASA researchers have developed a couple of different VolcanoBots, little rolling …

We’re putting an end to religion: Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher and the exploding new American secularism

<b>(AP/Janet Van Ham/Fiona Hanson/Marion Curtis/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Religious right extremism, new atheists & late-night mockery have religion on the run. American secularism’s rising<p>Phil Zuckerman<p>December 20, 2014 11:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Living the Secular Life: New Answers to Old …

Volunteering -- 7 Big Reasons Why Serving Others Serves Us

For the last two years I have volunteered for a local organization called <b>The Ophelia Project</b> where I mentor teenage girls enrolled in high school. While not well known, I first learned of the organization from another volunteer named Sandy who told me how much she loved the experience. She …

Happiness

Humanist chaplain John Figdor: “Religion introduces moral problems that wouldn’t exist otherwise”

<b>Charlton Heston as Moses in "The Ten Commandments"</b><p>Let’s start with this one: “There is no God”<p>Michael Schulson<p>December 7, 2014 11:59am (UTC)<p>When students come to John Figdor, the humanist chaplain at Stanford, they’re often comfortable with their atheism. Big questions about God aren’t necessarily …

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

How to Make Small Talk with Strangers: My 21-Day Experiment | The Art of Manliness

One of the more unexpected changes I discovered upon becoming a parent is how much more you end up talking with strangers. This is in part because …

Startup Selling $2,550 Scent-Emitting Televisions

The Smell-O-Vision dream lives on<p>Oh, Smell-O-Vision, how thou hast haunted us. Engineers have imagined of moving pictures with smells practically since movies were invented. In principle, it's not too hard to do. In reality, people just don't care about smells as much as they care about image and …

Televisions

How Her Guy Friends Help YOU Have More Sex

Reap the benefits of her platonic pals<p>Is your girlfriend spending too much time with the guys? Don’t get angry—get in bed: In a study at Oakland University, men who said their partners had a lot of male friends and coworkers also reported having more-frequent sex.<p>But there was one catch: This link …

The Stupid Things You Do That Actually Turn Her On

Take a cue from your caveman ancestors<p>Get your Bear Grylls on: In a study at University of Alaska Anchorage, women found men more attractive if they took part in “hunter-gatherer” risks—those similar to challenges faced by our ancestors, like handling fire, climbing rocks in remote areas, and …

3 Things to Do With Ice Cubes In Bed

Her new favorite sex toy is hiding in your freezer<p>Want to heat things up in the bedroom? First, cool down.<p>By employing a technique called temperature play—using hot or cold sensations to stimulate the neuroreceptors under your skin—you can add a little kink to your sex life, says Talia Wagner, a …

What Our Eyes Say About Our Sexual Preferences

Women are more flexible in their desires than men, study suggests<p>Cornell University researchers used porn and measures of pupil dilation to study arousal in straight-, gay- and bisexual-identifying men and women, reports a study published April 3 in <i>PLoS ONE</i>. The results, which point to surprising …

Why Are Some People Early Birds and Others Night Owls?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Suzanne Sadedin, Ph.D. in zoology from Monash University:</b><p>Advertisement<p>Your sleep cycle is …

The Best Sex Position for Your Aching Back

If back pain has you skimping on sex, these positions can help you get going again<p>When your back hurts, sex can be more pain than pleasure. But there might be a way to stay in the game: New research from the University of Waterloo discovered that certain sex positions can be better for those with …

The Science of Why You’re an Ass Man

Researchers explain the allure of the backside<p>It's a glorious time to be an ass man: Nicki Minaj exists, yoga pants are a thing, and women everywhere are squatting their way to more shapely backsides.<p>But of course, your obsession with the female butt is nothing new. In fact, it's primal, says David …

Dance Of Human Evolution Was Herky-Jerky, Fossils Suggest

A trio of anthropologists has decided it's time to rewrite the story of human evolution.<p>That narrative has always been a work in progress, because almost every time scientists dig up a new fossil bone or a stone tool, it adds a new twist to the story. Discoveries lead to new arguments over the …

Near death, explained

<b>Mopic via Shutterstock</b><p>New science is shedding light on what really happens during out-of-body experiences — with shocking results.<p>Mario Beauregard<p>April 21, 2012 8:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was adapted from the new book “Brain Wars”, from Harper One.<p>In 1991, Atlanta-based singer and songwriter Pam …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects on many aspects of biology, and enormous potential in human medicine. As such, its ability to fill in some of the gaps in our scientific knowledge is mentioned everywhere from …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

Porn on the Brain – TV review

Britain has come a long way since 1986 when TV's red triangle would warn of (what sounds to my Australian ear as) "sex wheel imagery". Nowadays the most extreme hardcore pornography is just a few clicks away on the internet, freely available to adults, children, and cats walking across keyboards. …

The Evolutionary Mystery of Left-Handedness and What It Reveals About How the Brain Works

<i>“Sahara is too little price / to pay for thy Right hand,”</i> Emily Dickinson wrote in a poem. <i>“The right hand = the hand that is aggressive, the hand that masturbates,”</i> Susan Sontag pondered in her diary in 1964. <i>“Therefore, to prefer the left hand! … To romanticize it, to sentimentalize it!”</i> The human …

Scientists Move Closer to Inventing Artificial Life

Synthetic biology advances with a man-made chromosome inserted into live brewer's yeast.<p>In a biological first, an international team has inserted a man-made chromosome into brewer's yeast, producing a life form that thrives and successfully passes the designer genes on to its offspring.<p>The …

Teen's Science Fair Font Project Could Save Government Millions

What began as a middle-school student's science fair project could save the federal government millions of dollars -- and all it would require is a switch to a different font.<p>Fourteen-year-old Suvir Mirchandani has adapted his sixth-grader science fair project from Dorseyville Middle School in …

No More Knife: The Stem-Cell Shortcut To Injury Recovery

Stephan Drake was halfway down a backcountry ski run in Alaska last March, filming with Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia, when he aired over a steep spine onto an unexpected wind crust. The snow grabbed his right ski and Drake felt the unmistakable <i>snap!</i> of his knee ripping apart as he rolled …

Q: Are there any benefits to doing neck exercises?

Try this move to make your body look even bigger and protect your head at the same time<p>If you've ever wondered why guys in your gym are doing weird neck maneuvers, it's for this reason: You'll create the illusion of huge. "Adding muscle to your neck gives the impression that you're a lot bigger …

New Skull Reveals A Simpler Family Tree — NOVA Next | PBS

It took just one skull, but it allowed anthropologists to drastically simplify our evolutionary family tree. The 1.8-million-year-old specimen was …

Fossils

This 13-Year-Old Just Became the Youngest Person Ever to Build a Nuclear-Fusion Reactor

Remember that whole "The Effect of Carbonated Cola Beverages on Human Teeth" experiment you did for your Science Fair? Yeah.<p>It started with the Internet.<p>"One day," Jamie Edwards recalls, "I was looking on the Internet for radiation or other aspects of nuclear energy." (As one does.) Through that …

Neural Basis of Emotional Decision Making in Trait Anxiety