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Curing cancer or AIDS could be the next frontier in Silicon Valley innovation

Y Combinator is known for backing highly successful technology startups such as Airbnb and Dropbox. Now the incubator is looking for opportunities in biotechnology, an industry that was considered unfit for the model as recently as 2008. And with a new wave of bootstrapped biotech companies, we can …

Startups

Science teacher suspended over 'dangerous' projects returns to classroom

A Los Angeles high school science teacher returned to the classroom Friday two months after being suspended over concerns that two students had assembled "dangerous" science projects under his supervision.<p>Both projects overseen by teacher Greg Schiller were capable of launching small objects. A …

Education

To Breathe Upside-Down, Sloths Tape Organs To Their Ribs

If you spent a lot of your life hanging upside-down, you’ve got a problem. Your liver, kidneys, stomach and other internal organs would press down upon your lungs and diaphragm, making it marginally harder to breathe. This won’t matter in the short term but in the long run, you’d spend a lot more …

20 Fun Facts About Penguins

To celebrate World Penguin Day (which is today, April 25), here are a few fun facts about these adorable tuxedoed birds.<p><b>1.</b> All 17 species of penguins …

8 Quirky Chopsticks For Playing With Your Food

Add some flair to your meal with a set of chopsticks that put those splintery disposable kind to shame.<p><b>1.</b> Clothespin chopsticks for pretending the …

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30 Things You Might Not Know About Cheers

On May 20, 1993—25 years ago today—television audiences said farewell to Sam Malone, the fictional Red Sox pitcher-turned-proprietor of Cheers. …

Pop Culture

50 Common Misquotations

"Mental Floss has the best channel on YouTube" —Betty White<p>...is an example of a misquotation.<p>This week John Green discusses 50 others and what was …

Pop Culture

How we all could benefit from synaesthesia

Sitting in a small, computer-lined room trying to remember a succession of different-coloured words scrolling past on a screen doesn't sound like the cutting edge of scientific research. However, academics at the University of East London are using word tests to assess the impact synaesthesia can …

You may have billions and billions of good reasons for being unfit

Excerpt: "We have determined that our genome's ability to modify itself is partly hard-wired – the open question is how does our genome react to …

Our godless brains: Emerging science reveals mind-blowing alternatives to a higher power

Science has yet to uncover many mysteries of the mind. But there are more reasons than ever why God isn’t necessary<p>Physics is the mother science. As such, it holds the greatest power for discovering the true nature of the universe and life within it. Physicists these days seem preoccupied with …

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Search<p>CrimeAn Arizona Mom Was Arrested After Her Baby and Toddler Were Found Dead in Their Car Seats<p>hawaiiHawaii Considers Building a Statue of …

Under the Bridge

2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

The 26th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is under way, and entries will be accepted for another six weeks, until June 30, 2014. First prize winner will receive an 8-day Alaskan expedition for two. National Geographic was once more kind enough to allow me to share some of the early …

Articles about suburban sprawl photographed above on Dwell.com - Dwell

Christoph Gielen's aerial photography reveals the patterns created by suburban development.<p>It’s become an all-too-familiar scenario all across America: A city’s downtown, once a thriving place to live and work, has...<p>When an urban expat couple decided to build the suburban house they wanted rather …

Architecture

The Final Member movie: Exclusive Clip From the Documentary

Why would a man want to remove his fully-functional, healthy penis? That’s the focus of an exclusive clip we’re proud to premiere from <b>Jonah Bekhor</b> …

Kate Upton And Cameron Diaz's 'The Other Woman' Is Essentially 'The First Wives Club'

"The Other Woman" hits theaters this weekend, but you may have seen something similar before — at least according to the trailer.<p>The Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann, and Kate Upton-starring comedy is essentially a modern day "First Wives Club."<p>In "The Other Woman," the women strike up an unlikely …

Review: 'Bright Days Ahead' takes a graceful look at aging

There's a twinkly dual meaning to the title of the French import "Bright Days Ahead." It refers to the optimistic name of a seaside town's senior activities club as well as to the immediate future of the group's newest member, 60-year-old retired dentist Caroline (Fanny Ardant, gorgeous and …

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'Mean Girls': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Classic High School Comedy

"Fetch" may never have happened, but "Mean Girls" certainly did become a thing.<p>Released 10 years ago this week (on April 30, 2004), the high school comedy not only gave Lindsay Lohan her best role and made a star out of Rachel McAdams, but it also launched the movie careers of several of its …

Trailer for Richard Linklater's Epic Coming-of-Age Film BOYHOOD

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Box office: 'The Other Woman' on pace to unseat 'Captain America'

The revenge comedy<p>"The Other Woman"is on its way to topping the box-office charts this weekend, the first film to surpass the Marvel sequel"Captain America: The Winter Soldier"since that film's release.<p>Directed by<p>Nick Cassavetesand starringCameron Diaz,Leslie Mannand Kate Upton, "The Other Woman" …

Box Office

Director Ron Howard: I Would Like To Return To Acting

Howard, who got his start acting on television series including "The Andy Griffith Show," went on to make some of Hollywood's biggest films from "Apollo 13" to "A Beautiful Mind." He also brought us cult television favorite "Arrested Development."<p>The director made the comments during a Tribeca Film …

Four Weddings and a Funeral 20 years on: Richard Curtis remembers

Writer Richard Curtis and producer Duncan Kenworthy look back on the making of Britain's most successful romantic comedy ever – and the heady days of its astonishing reception<p>Gallery: Richard Curtis and Duncan Kenworthy reminisce about Four Weddings… memorabilia<p>In the early 1990s, when screenwriter …

The Other Woman review – cliched women-on-top revenge comedy

Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton are wasted in a contrived series of capers<p>Hmm. It would nice to be able to declare that this women-on-top revenge comedy presents a sparky gender-role inversion, but instead it just trots out the usual cliches in tired and increasingly tiresome fashion. …

Exhibition review – Joanna Hogg's chilly but distinctive tale of middle-class unease

Hogg's often uncomfortably frank depiction of the relationship between two artists rewards patience<p>Joanna Hogg's latest distinctive exercise in the cinema of middle-class unease finds two artists trapped in a modernist house that has become the third person in their emptily overcrowded marriage. …

Ideas & Advice

Photo<p>26 Must-Have Wedding Photos You Don’t Want to Miss<p>Trust us—you’ll want to capture all of these moments.<p>Flower Arrangements<p>Your Complete Guide to …

The New Safety App for Women

In the age of Snapchat, Angry Birds, and Candy Crush, why did no one think of this sooner?<p>It reads like a <i>Law & Order: SVU</i> episode, but it's true: A year ago, a friend of mine left her two roommates at a bar to walk the three blocks home to their apartment in a yuppie Boston neighborhood. She wanted …

Apps

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Go Bold! 10 Ways To Liven Up Your Front Door

We're suckers for a door with a bit of personality.<p>Paint your front door to update your home's entire look in just an afternoon — the toughest part is choosing the color! This piece originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com