Heather Bowles

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From Psychedelics To Alzheimer's, 2016 Was A Good Year For Brain Science

With a president-elect who has publicly supported the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism, suggested that climate change is a hoax dreamed up by the Chinese, and appointed to his Cabinet a retired neurosurgeon who doesn't buy the theory of evolution, things might look grim for science.<p>Yet …

By Returning To Farming's Roots, He Found His American Dream

Eighteen years ago, on New Year's Eve, David Fisher visited an old farm in western Massachusetts, near the small town of Conway. No one was farming there at the time, and that's what had drawn Fisher to the place. He was scouting for farmland.<p>"I remember walking out [to the fallow fields] at some …

Don’t make New Year’s resolutions this year. Redesign your life instead, Stanford professor says.

By Neda Semnani<p>Throughout our lives, there will be moments when we’ll find ourselves stuck or worried that we’ve fallen short of our potential and greatest ambitions. We might find ourselves fantasizing over a different career or another partner, wondering if it is too late to change.<p>In their new …

Prototypes

Race to save rare breed of pig hinges on eating them

Susan Frank and her dogs spend their days shepherding hairy, black pigs with names like Bacon, Pork Chop and Yummy around a chunk of Maine woods. Her farm, which raises and fattens the rare American mulefoot hogs for slaughter, is essential to their survival, she believes.<p>Frank's mulefoots are …

Cure For Cancer Found? Brain Tumors Disappear In Patient Receiving CAR-T Cell Therapy

2016 brought along a bevy of medical research breakthroughs among the international scientific community, from HIV and AIDs prevention to new …

A Rare Comet Is Zooming Past Earth Right Now, And You Should Be Able to See It With Binoculars

Surprise!<p>Forget the New Year's Eve fireworks, NASA has announced that a comet currently zooming through the inner Solar System will be so bright over …

Whip up Some Homemade Butter in a Jar

Shake your way to fresh butter and buttermilk. Making butter is a great way to use up any heavy cream that you have left over after making another …

Recipes

A world in a jar: potted landscape photography – in pictures

After becoming a father two years ago, Finnish photographer Christoffer Relander started feeling nostalgic about his own childhood. He began photographing landscapes that reminded him of growing up in rural Finland, and using double-exposure photography – and no digital manipulation such as …

Photography

People are wildly misinterpreting a “heartwarming” video of a polar bear playing with a dog

By now, you may have seen the new feel-good video making the rounds on the internet featuring a polar bear “patting” a dog on its head in Churchill, Canada. The CBC called the bear a “gentle giant.” The Huffington Post praised its “cuteness factor.” A Facebook commenter said, “We are fortunate to …

Animals

Physicists Think These Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

"Strange stars" could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other material. …

INFOGRAPHIC: NASA's top houseplants for improving your wellbeing and removing air pollution

Next time you’re cruising Amazon for an air purifier, consider heading to your local nursery instead. Thirty years ago, NASA studied houseplants as a …

Self-improvement

A Pasta So Rich and Creamy You'll Never Believe It's Vegan

This is one of my favorite pastas in the world—creamy farfalle pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms. I’ve hosted millions (well, maybe not …

The 1 Surprising Ingredient to Roasting Perfect Brussels Sprouts

Roast the brussels sprouts in bacon, which acts as the fat, while brown sugar gives everything a sweet finish. Once the sprouts are about halfway done cooking, sprinkle in the sweet shallots, and cook until soft. After everything is nicely roasted, the sprouts, bacon, and shallots are tossed with a …

Children and Sleepovers: What Parents Need to Know

My family doesn’t do sleepovers. Before our children were even old enough to ask, Aileen and I talked it through and determined that we would not …

Parenting

OLBlog

The main serial killer of startups and SMEs is a bad execution. A business without a plan is like a ship without navigation systems. Eventually, it …

3 Practices For Letting Go Of Looping Thoughts

Your partner screams at you because there was a miscommunication. Your client takes an action that you specifically warned him against, then blames …

Mindfulness

29 Unconventional Thanksgiving Sides That Should Be the New Normal

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving dinner is really all about the side dishes (am I right?), but the same old menu year after year can get pretty …

Cooking

49 Modern Thanksgiving Recipes to Cure You of Any Holiday Fatigue

Try new takes on Thanksgiving favorites, like stuffing-crusted turkey cutlets and cheesy stuffing.<p>From pastrami and bacon-wrapped turkeys to malted walnut pies and BLT oyster stuffings, these tweaks on traditional recipes will keep the vibe fresh and exciting at your holiday table, year after year.

You'll Be Able to See All 47 National Parks Along This Insane Road Trip

Start packing.<p>We already know the most efficient and sight-packed route to drive to see all the continental states, but what if you only wanted to focus on seeing the most beautiful nature in America? A map for that exists now too.<p>Randy Olson, senior data scientist at the University of …

Farmer stumbles across a brand new 'bus-sized' species of dinosaur

About 95 million years ago, a bus-size and scaly-skinned sauropod dinosaur with a long tail and even longer neck lumbered across what is now …

Dinosaurs

These Solar Panels Pull Clean Drinking Water Straight From The Air

“We started this company to provide water to everyone, everywhere,” says Cody Friesen, CEO of Zero Mass Water, the startup making the new solar …

Water

Lighting Wildlife

<i>1. Fill Light<br>One of the primary uses of flash or a small LED is to introduce fill light to balance exposure and light your subject. Fill light is</i> …

Monkeys create stone tools forcing scientists to rethink human evolution

The path of human evolution may need to be rewritten after archaeologists discovered that monkeys also produce ‘tool-like flakes’ that were thought to be uniquely man-made.<p>In a discovery that calls into question decades of research, a band of wild bearded capuchin monkeys in Brazil were seen …

Anthropology

9 horrible body language habits that are hard to quit

It's an old cliché, but it's true. That's why body language is such a crucial part of communicating. The way you act can warp the entire meaning of what you're saying.<p>That being said, bad body language habits are the often hardest ones to break. We become so accustomed to slouching, averting our …

Body Language

We Now Know Which Parts of The US Are at The Highest Risk From a Devastating Solar Storm

Be ready.<p>Scientists have drawn up the first ever map of areas of the US that would be at the biggest risk if a catastrophic geomagnetic storm – …

18 Genius Ways To Repurpose Your Old Jeans

Don't let great denim go to waste.

Fasting Gives Us Longer Life, But It Goes Against Everything We Think of as Healthy

New health revolution or dangerous nonsense?<p>For his breakfast on 11 July 1966, 27-year-old Scotsman Angus Barbieri ate a boiled egg, a slice of bread …

21 No-Bake Thanksgiving Desserts That Practically Make Themselves

With so much to cook on Thanksgiving, your oven doesn't have much room to spare. Save yourself the hassle of worrying about dessert with these easy no-bake Thanksgiving desserts, including pumpkin cheesecakes, chocolate pies, and apple cups. You'll be able to focus on cooking the perfect turkey …