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French pilot crosses Channel in electric plane – video

French pilot Didier Esteyne flies a battery-powered two-seat Airbus E-Fan from Lydd, Kent, across the Channel to Calais in France on Friday. The flight took around 40 minutes. Airbus said it was the first flight in an electric plane across the Channel, a milestone in the attempt to make electric …

Born this way? Society, sexuality and the search for the 'gay gene'

Are our sexual desires derived from our genes? Or can we make active choices about who we are sexually attracted to?<p>Over the past decade the idea that we are “born this way” — or that our sexuality is genetic — has become increasingly important. The mantra has become a political strategy, in …

LGBTQ

Why mind-reading is a science, not a magic trick

Electrical activity within the brain means that our thoughts can be read and understood<p>You may believe your thoughts are intangible and inscrutable, but all mental activity is communicated via electrical impulses. As our understanding of the brain improves, we’re increasingly able to decode our …

The Brain

Could a trip to Mars fry astronauts’ brains?

Brain damage. Memory deterioration. Intelligence loss. This could be your brain on a trip to Mars.<p>It’s all thanks to the onslaught of galactic cosmic rays, the remnants of supernova explosions. These highly charged particles travel near the speed of light and can zoom through the hull of a …

Space Exploration

16 Ways to Create Your Own Happiness at Work

Happy people are 36 percent more motivated, six times more energized, and twice as productive as their unhappy counterparts.<p>Let's face it, happiness and work do not tend to go hand in hand. A 2013 Gallup study, which reported data from more than 180 million people, found that just 13 percent of us …

Happiness

7 gratitude exercises you should try today

Giving thanks can take less than one minute<p>By Eli Epstein<p>Presented by<p>7 gratitude exercises you should try today<p>Giving thanks can take less than one …

Truly confident people do these twelve things differently

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Confidence takes many forms, from the arrogance of Floyd Mayweather to the quiet self-assurance of Jane Goodall. True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own.<p>When …

Self-improvement

Why the UK election matters to the rest of the world

<b>(CNN) —</b> Oh, how analysts worried ahead of UK elections.<p>They were certain voters would fill Parliament with extreme political factions making it tough to form a new government, much less keep one together.<p>They feared the election would reshape Britain's global role, having ripple effects around the …

CNN

Humans are genetically modifying mosquitoes to fight a disease we helped create

It’s America’s closest thing to a tropical tourism mecca. But Key West’s biggest attraction isn’t the sun-splashed beaches. Its charm lies in its balmy evenings, with their open-air parties steeped in tequila and rum runners, drawing a blend of tourists and locals who pack the pastel-gothic Old …

Public Health

How much space the average rent gets you across the U.S.

If you think your apartment is the size of a closet, raise your hand.<p>We see you, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Since the median rental price for a …

How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the 'Eisenhower Box'

Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine.<p>Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United …

The year’s most breathtaking travel destinations, from National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler Photo Contest

With over 23 million Instagram posts already hashtagged #vacation, competition is increasingly fierce for most photogenic holiday background. Those looking for a little inspiration might consider checking out the latest batch of travel photo submissions from National Geographic’s 2015 Traveler …

Travel Photography

25 daily habits that will make you smarter

In the Quora thread, "What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?", readers shared the habits they follow to fuel their brains.<p>Here are some simple actions that could help you become a smarter person.<p>Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, …

Stack Overflow

Going back to work while grieving

This week Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is transitioning back to work, after her husband died May 1 in a tragic treadmill accident. She will begin by working at the office just during the hours when her children are at school and will not be traveling for the foreseeable future, the company …

Sheryl Sandberg

How Photographer Sally Mann Found the Light

America’s famous photographer of the Deep South and of family life looks back in a funny, profound, poetic new memoir.<p>The photographer Sally Mann has …

Books

The 5 Most Spectacular National Park Road Trips

<i>by Valerie Conners, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Nothing gets us more excited for summer than the prospect of an epic road trip: wind whipping through open car windows, highways flanked by stunning landscapes. Luckily, this is an easy reality in the U.S., thanks to an abundance of amazing national parks. …

The 13 Houseplants You Can't Kill

These sturdy beauties can handle a little neglect.<p>These sturdy beauties can handle a little neglect.

Houseplants

15 Books Every Recent College Grad Needs on Their Shelf

Graduating from college is an exciting time full of adventures, new opportunities and… uncertainty. While you’re celebrating your major accomplishment and partying with your friends and loved ones, figuring out the future can be nerve wracking. Whether you’re graduating this year, are a recent grad …

Sheryl Sandberg

My dad asked me to eat McDonald's for 10 days. This is what happened

Genetics student Tom Spector explains why his father asked him to eat junk food for every meal - and what the effects were on his body<p>The idea was hatched on a family holiday in Brazil, two Christmases ago. My father was researching microbes in the gut, which make up as much as three pounds of our …

McDonald's

Sony’s Next RX Model May Pack a Four Thirds Sensor

Bigger things may be coming to Sony’s popular RX compact camera line, sensor-wise. A new report says that Sony is field testing a new RX camera that …

Why happiness is infectious: you can actually smell joy

Utrecht University in the Netherlands found that odours produced by our bodies can communicate happiness to others<p>It is said that happiness is contagious and now scientists believe they may know why.<p>For the first time researchers have found that humans can pick up whether a person is feeling joyful …

Cardiovascular System

Hiking Jamaica’s Rasta Highlands

How Do Restaurants Serve Differently Prepared Dishes at the Same Time?

<i>How do restaurant chefs manage to serve multiple dishes to different people at the table at the same time, when it is clear that the preparation time is different for all of them?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts</i> …

What No One Tells You About Climbing Kilimanjaro

Kathleen Rellihan reaches the summit of Kilimanjaro, moments before sunrise, with a full moon lighting the way. (Credit: Kathleen Rellihan)The months …

Mountaineering

This is Why You Shouldn’t Check Your Camera Gear In When Flying

It’s often recommended that photographers keep their gear with them when flying rather than checking it in. If the risk of theft and careless baggage …

You Should Always Know The Kind Of Plane You're On, And Here's Why

(Photo: Shutterstock/hxdyl)<p>Always know your plane. The type of aircraft on which you're flying can have a big effect on the quality of your trip.<p>The most important time to "get to know your plane" is when you're selecting a flight and buying a ticket. Most airlines, OTAs, and search engines show …

Dark Matter May Be Less Mysterious Than We Thought

Unlike ordinary particles, dark matter seems to feel only gravity, not the other forces of nature. But new observations show that might not be true after all<p>Astronomers have been struggling for nearly 80 years to figure out what makes up the mysterious dark matter that pervades the universe. They …

Dark Matter

National Geographic Travel

The Best Sushi Tips and Etiquette From a Real Sushi Chef

<i>What"s the correct way to eat sushi?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.</i><p><i>Answer by Kaz Matsune, Food Director/Executive Sushi Chef</i> …