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11 Books That Kept Us Up at Night

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These novels about Ancient Rome could be the most important political books you'll read this year

The Republic is in danger. Populist leaders — including one of the country's richest men — are stirring up resentment among the masses against the …

A New Year's list: Five great sci-fi novels to make you forget 'Star Wars'

With "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" taking the movie box office by storm, the debate is on about whether the picture is good, middling, or bad; serves its fans or takes them for granted; is it cinematic craftsmanship at its finest or merely a commercial front? (We delved into this debate ourselves …

5 Of The Most Divine Potato Recipes In Existence

Each of these sides is so outrageously good, you'll want to upgrade them to entrée level.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Sides So Tasty You Won't Even Care About The Entree

Chinese scientists want to sell these teensy genetically-engineered pigs as pets

Now, another group of researchers have created genetically engineered "micro-pigs" which they want to sell as pets, Nature News recently reported.<p>Researchers at the genomics institute BGI in Shenzhen used gene editing to modify Bama pigs.<p>Bama pigs are already teensy — they weigh about half as much …

The World's 2nd-Smartest Man Reveals The 'Brain Drugs' That He Thinks Make Him Smarter

The regimen, he says, makes his brain "work better." If you prevent age-related cognitive decline, then "that's sort of like being smarter."<p>Rosner has an IQ of 192, compared with the average IQ of 100, as ranked by intelligence tests on this list kept by the World Genius Directory.<p>The health nut …

Could the Universe Be Lopsided? - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

One hundred years ago, Einstein re-envisioned space and time as a rippling, twisting, flexible fabric called spacetime. His theory of general …

Hypnotic 3D Canvas Sculptures Play with Vibrant Colors and Swirling Textures

Partners Stephen Stum and Jason Hallman, collectively known as Stallman, marry their individual talent and vision to create mesmerizing three dimensional sculptures out of canvas and paint. Their newest collection of work, titled <i>Canvas on the Edge</i>, aims to highlight the nature of the materials by …

The Rock Trying to Get His Tiny, Lazy Puppy to Move Is the Cutest Thing You'll Ever See

Gird your ovaries.<p>If you follow Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson on Instagram, then you know he is the father of two incredibly adorable puppies named Brutus and Hobbs. These puppies rarely do what he asks, perhaps because they do not smell what he is cooking. On Sunday, he posted a new video of Hobbs …

25 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Want to expand your mind? A little bit of effort every day goes a long way.<p>In the Quora thread, “What would you do to be a little smarter every …

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The Gospel of Bernie

The surging presidential candidate on Sept. 15 in his Washington Senate office. Stephen Voss for TIME

The 10 Craziest Health Trends Of The Past 40 Years

A lot of great things have happened to our health since the 1970s (running for fun! Plant-based diets! Personalized medicine!), but these 10 fads deserve to be left in the past.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>The 6 Best Things For Your Body

A Look At Open Bionics’ 3D-Printed Robotic Hands For Amputees

Open Bionics, a startup out of the U.K. that makes bionic hands, figured out how to dramatically lower the cost of prosthetics using a combination of open-sourced 3D printing software and robotic sensors.<p>Nearly 2 million people live with the loss of a limb in the U.S., according to Amputee …


Giant Dinosaur Sculptures Made of Recycled Rice Straw Pop Up in Japan

September in rural Japan means two things: farmers are harvesting their rice and the leftover straw is being used to make extraordinary works of art. Specifically, the resulting material is serving as a tool for an artist Amy Goda, who's creating some pretty terrifying dinosaur sculptures. The …

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