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Why Did the Genetic Code of All Life on Earth Suddenly Stop Evolving?

Around 3,000 million years ago, something stopped the genetic code from growing.<p>All life on Earth exists thanks to a universal genetic code. This biological rulebook tells our cells how DNA should be translated into life-supporting proteins, without which we couldn't survive.<p>Even though the genetic …

Genetics

How to Pick Music for People on LSD, From a Scientist Whose Job That Is

Neuroscience PhD student Mendel Kaelen researches the relationship between psychedelics and music. He explains how he picks the songs.<p>Since its 60s counterculture heyday, LSD has been closely associated with music. But it's not just artistic proclivities that link them: Researchers have found that …

Consciousness

The 10 Most Popular Summer Vacation Destinations, According to Pinterest

The world is truly a beautiful place.<p>Summer is already on everyone's mind — especially on Pinterest. Since the beginning of 2016, Pinterest has tracked the most-pinned summer travel destinations, and this year, it looks like Pinners are itching to skip town and go off the grid. Topping the list are …

Seven unknown architectural wonders

Forget the Taj Mahal and the Colosseum – some of the world’s most impressive structures remain out of the public eye.<p>We’ve all heard of the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, and the Taj Mahal. But what about the world’s undiscovered architectural wonders: the man-made marvels where most crowds …

European Travel

12 Best Foods To Boost Brain Power

We all know that the food we eat can affect our bodies. But, what about the greater impact food can have on the brain? An article written in Psychology Today discusses the mind-gut connection in relation to the immune system and how food can either prevent or cause certain sickness. We are …

Wellness

18 Valentine's Day Grooming and Fashion Gift Ideas to Get Your Stylish Man

This Valentine's Day, guys will be giving their special someone chocolates, flowers, diamonds or pearls, and wine and dine her at an expensive restaurant. Unfortunately, getting the perfect Valentine's day gift for him can be a little trickier -- it's tough to know what he wants.<p>That said, it's …

Top 10 Underground Cities

In cities large and small around the global, there's a whole other world lying beneath the streets. Shaped by history, weather and geography, these underground cities are fascinating foundations and reflections of life above. While many of these subterranean worlds have long since become obsolete, …

Meet Jurassic World's monstrous new dinosaur

What is the Indominus Rex?<p>Not content with the thousands of identified species of real-world dinosaurs, beasts that grew so huge, with claws so sharp and teeth so long that their collective name literally means "terrible lizard," the makers of the upcoming <i>Jurassic World</i> decided to make a new …

How Paleontologists Uncovered the World’s Biggest Rhino

Standing 16 feet tall at the shoulder and weighing 20 tons, <i>Paraceratherium</i> was one of the largest mammals to ever walk the Earth. That may seem pretty puny by dinosaurian standards, but, at the American Museum of Natural History and other institutions that house reconstructions of the 34-23 million …

Paleontology

Sundance Film Festival Announces 2015 Short Film Winners

The Sundance Film Festival announced the winners of this year’s short film competition during a ceremony last night in Park City. This year’s short …

Frankie Shaw

10 of the Most Impressive and Exhausting Hiking Routes

For many, synonymous with the word “crusade” is A few hours walking the Transition, Which is more like A Walk good. But These Stories – no more than …

Hiking

Was 'The Lion King' Copied From A Japanese Cartoon? Here's The Real Story

Ever since "The Lion King" debuted a little more than 20 years ago, everything the light touches has been its kingdom. The movie is one of the most cherished Disney films of all time, it was turned into the most successful musical ever and its soundtrack was Disney's most decorated until "Frozen" …

5 Easy Places to Feel Like a Backpacking God

Who hasn't wanted to break loose with nothing but a backpack? To one day sit with your grandchildren on your knees as you thrill them with stories of how you rode a surly Yak deep into the Himalayas, or crossed the Andes on a bus with a howling meth addict for a driver.<p>But what if you can't just …

How To Make The World's Best Hot Chocolate

The secret is to use really great chocolate, and not much else.<p>James Beard award-winning pastry chef Jacques Torres is so committed to using only the highest-quality chocolate that in 2000 he left the restaurant world to open his own chocolate factory in Brooklyn. Today he has two factories and …

5 Recipes That Prove Sriracha and Cheese Are All You Need In Life

No matter what happens on Sunday, Sriracha is the true MVP.

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain

For 15 years, Pulitzer Prize-winning #photographer @VincentLaforet has been participating in #aerial photo missions around the world, and yet, he's never felt as vulnerable as he did on Nov. 8, 2014, harnessed into a helicopter 7,500-feet above #NewYorkCity. Click the link in our profile to see more of Laforet’s high-flying adventure. #NYC (Image: Vincent Laforet)

Photo // @jimmy_chin @deanpotter walking the walk on a high line swaying a few thousand feet above Yosemite Valley. The art of high lining has progressed over the years, getting longer and higher each season. Only the imagination seems to be the limiting factor. Shot on assignment for @natgeo @thephotosociety

The Most Highly Anticipated Films At The 2015 Sundance Film Festival

There are all kinds of movies for all kinds of people at this year's premier Park City-set independent film fest. Here they are, grouped by recurring themes.

The Quest to Find the Perfect Buffalo Wing Recipe

We set out on a quest to create the best Buffalo wing recipe. Here's what we came up with<p>We have a lot of chicken wing recipes here at <i>Bon Appétit</i>. We’ve got vinegar-ed, we’ve got herbed, spicy peanut, and even crab fat-caramel (trust us, they’re delicious). But you know what we didn’t have? A good …

Cooking

Can 36 questions help you fall back in love? Putting our marriage to the test

"To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This."<p>That was the seductive promise of the New York Times' "Modern Love" headline that exploded across social media this month, leading millions of readers to wonder if a scientifically-determined set of 36 questions could really lead to romance.<p>Are you looking for …

10 Relationship Mistakes Men Are Prone To Making

I’m well aware that not every man out there is interested in hooking up with women off Tinder, having random one night stands, and maintaining …

Your Horoscope Is Horrifying Thanks to These Illustrated Zodiac Nightmares

If these creature concepts by Damon Hellandbrand are any indication, the future looks grim.<p><b>This article originally appeared on The Creators Project Germany.</b><p>Shortly before the beginning of the Year of the Goat in Chinese astrology, concept artist and illustrator Damon Hellandbrand published a …

Art

45 Pieces Of Advice For Falling In Love This Year

<b>1.</b> Do not ask for anyone’s approval or permission.<p><b>2.</b> When you realize you’re in love with someone, tell them.<p><b>3.</b> Forget about playing games.<p><b>4.</b> Ignore …

The 50 Recipes Every Cheese Lover Needs

There aren't many occasions in life that encourage you to eat a whole wheel of brie cheese without feeling shame. Except for today. Today, you can down that brie, follow it with mozzarella sticks and <i>own it</i>. Because today, January 20, is National Cheese Lovers Day.<p>Every other day of the year, us …

12 Daily Habits of Super-Happy Couples

It really is the little things.<p>You know those couples who are so darn cute all the time? Those people who are so in love and just seem to have it all figured out? <i>What</i> is their secret? Well, it might be simpler than you think. We asked real women and relationship experts to share some of the daily …

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

Relationships