Kerianne Johansen

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Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List by The Observer

Alonso Quixano, a retired country gentleman in his fifties, lives in an unnamed section of La Mancha with his niece and a housekeeper. He has become …

Dynamic Flower Arrangements Look Like Exploding Fireworks

In a nod to New Year’s festivities, artist Sarah Illenberger creatively re-imagines bouquets of flowers as brilliantly exploding fireworks. She carefully arranged the cascading blossoms in front of black backdrops to achieve the illusion of night-sky depth and quick-burst movement.<p>Making static …

Art

Samsung's new 'ring' speakers pipe sound in every direction

Samsung has tackled just about every kind of speaker you can imagine, but it hasn't had an answer to hot-selling 360-degree speakers like the UE Boom. Well, that changes today: the Korean firm has unveiled the WAM6500 and WAM7500, its first compact one-piece speakers to promise room-filling sound. …

The Right Bangs for Every Face Shape

Should you go thick and blunt or soft and side-swept? Plus, check out all the past #BeautySchool columns.<p><b>Question:</b> Which bangs best flatter each face shape?<p><b>Answer:</b> Say what you will about winter and its not-so-great effects on your skin, there's one thing the season is great for: bangs. No …

Stunning Photos of a Man Awestruck by Nature by Chris Burkard

Whether he's shooting Half Dome at Yosemite National Park or Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland, photographer Chris Burkard always finds a way to make us step back and appreciate the awe-struck beauty of the world. According to Slate, Burkard's recent trip to Iceland had him carrying a Lytro Illum, a …

Photography

2014's Dumbest Local Ordinances

Put these laws on the wall of shame.<p>No U.S. legislative body rolled in to 2014 with higher clout than local government. Fully 70 percent of Americans lacked faith in the federal government at the outset of the year, according to an Associated Press poll, yet over 50 percent felt at least …

Extreme Body Painting Turns Humans into Animals

While at first glance you think you're seeing ordinary paintings of animals on canvas, look a little closer and you'll notice that the canvases are actually naked human beings. Shannon Holt is a body painter based in Florida who has the incredible ability to transform the human body into a canvas …

Art

30 great New Year jokes and quotes