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15 Of The Best Dive Spots In The World

Found Nemo.<p>It’s time to slip on some flippers, because these locations should not be missed.<p>The experts at the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) have scoured the globe and compiled a list of must-see dive spots around the world.<p>The locations span six continents and vary from …

The Incredible Brain Benefits of Silence

Scientists were shocked to discover the outsize impact of silence on the brain. You will be too.<p>When was the last time you experienced true silence?<p>If you're lucky enough to live in a quiet, remote place, that might be a simple question to answer. But for most urban dwellers, escaping the cacophony …

9 Hidden Islands You've Never Heard Of

Everyone may not have actually visited them, but most everyone has at least heard of the world's more popular island getaways -- Key West, Jamaica, Fiji, Bermuda, to name a few. And even some more obscure island getaways are now being discovered...one example? Curacao, a Caribbean destination that …

You Can Fly to Australia for Less Than $400—Round Trip

That's at least $500 in savings.<p>In November, we forecasted that airlines would start slashing prices on flights to New Zealand, thanks to rivalry …

If You Have This Gene, Don’t Smoke Weed

The genes that predispose pot dependence are also linked to schizophrenia and depression.<p>According to new research, you don’t sit around in …

8 Frugal Habits That Will Make You a Millionaire

While becoming a millionaire rarely occurs overnight, it's still an achievable dream if you work hard and use these habits.<p>There are approximately 35 million people who are millionaires in the world. As Robert J. Samuelson states so perfectly in <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i>, "That's about 5 percent of the …

These are some strong genes! TODAY fans share pics of strong family resemblances

Can identical twins be born generations apart? Either that or there's been some weird time-travel thing happening lately.<p>After a Reddit user posted what appears to be look-alike pictures of her mom and herself Monday, the Internet swiftly took notice.<p>My mother and I, both age 25<p>Shaylybri isn't the …

Professor Brian Greene answers everything you wanted to know about string theory and the multiverse

Lateline asked you to send in science questions for famed physicist Professor Brian Greene.<p>Professor Greene is the author of The Elegant Universe, a …

Russian teen wins month in hotel with pornstar in online competition

Ruslan Schedrin, 16, delighted with prospect of living with Ekaterina Makarova, while his mother is furious<p>Some people win a trip of the lifetime when they win a competition. Others are handed a bundle of cash.<p>Few - if any - have been given the prize recently awarded to a 16-year-old Russian boy: a …

Million-year-old lizard species discovered on remote Pacific island

A newly discovered lizard species has been living in isolation on the far-flung Mussau Island in the Pacific Ocean for over a million years<p>It’s been roaming a remote island undetected for more than a million years but now a new species of blue-tailed monitor lizard is finally in the spotlight.<p>The …

Zoology

10 Tips for Capturing the Essence of a Rainforest

Australia is home to some of the most extensive areas of subtropical rainforest in the world. These protected environments are often the highlight of …

Astronaut Scott Kelly's photos from the International Space Station

Astronaut Scott Kelly, who is spending a year in space, is sharing his photos taken from the International Space Station on social media. He is scheduled to return to Earth on Tuesday evening by which time he will have compiled 522 total days living in space over four missions. We've gathered a few …

So your store-bought parmesan cheese is made with wood pulp. Is that so bad?

News that the FDA has found non-dairy filler ingredients used to make paper in your parmesan cheese isn’t great, but will it kill you? Probably not<p>The grocery store parmesan cheese in the green-topped plastic container you shake over pasta dishes contains non-dairy filler ingredients like wood …

Italian Food

Officials fear that source of iridium-192, taken from US company facility in November, could end up being used by Isis in a dirty bomb<p>Iraq is searching for “highly dangerous” radioactive material stolen last year, according to an environment ministry document and seven security, environmental and …

Middle East

The incredible filming locations of The Revenant

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View-Master is launching an improved VR headset this fall

Mattel revived its iconic View-Master toy brand last year when it unveiled a $30 VR headset that supported Google’s Cardboard platform. It’s now set to launch an improved version this fall that it demoed at the ongoing New York Toy Fair.<p>The upcoming View-Master Viewer DLX includes enhanced optical …

Way beyond diamonds: A look at some of the rarest minerals in the world

There are more than 5,000 known minerals on Earth, and most of them are much more rare than Valentine's Day diamonds.<p>After all, diamonds can be found in more than 700 locations around the world, and miners pull tons of them out of the ground each year.<p>Compare that to the beautiful Valentine's Day …

El Salvador

Einstein Saw Space Move, Long Before We Could Hear It

Here we are in an election year — once again asking the great see-into-the-future question in politics — who will be the next president?<p>Yesterday, I picked up the paper (I still have a paper to pick up) and read about a man who did see into the future, Albert Einstein. He developed his theory of …

Why Now Is the Time to Travel to Canada

Canada is arguably one of the best places in the world to spot the Northern Lights—specifically in the Yukon Territory, where the Aurora Borealis …

Titanic II interiors unveiled ahead of maiden voyage in 2018

The inaugural journey of the Blue Star Line’s Titantic II, which was originally scheduled to take place this year from Southampton to New York, will be launched in 2018, travelling instead from Jiangsu, China to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, where the company is reported to have business …

Scientists announce discovery of clear gravitational wave signal, ripples in spacetime first predicted by Albert Einstein<p>Physicists have announced the discovery of gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of spacetime that were first anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago.<p>“We have detected …

Physics

14 Items That Will Make You Loathe The Airport A Little Less

Just when you thought TSA pre-check was your golden ticket.<p>A trip to the airport is typically filled with dread, anxiety and a great deal of stress. So many things can go wrong -- weather delays, unpredictably long lines, no available outlets -- and for the most part, travelers have little control …

45 Of The Most Stunning Paradises In The World

<i>Ever wonder where the next paradise you should run off to is? These 45 travel bloggers have revealed their perfect place from all over the world. NOTE: If you have an extreme case of wanderlust, look away now! These places are beyond stunning!</i><p><b>New Zealand</b> - A Broken Backpack<p><i>"What if Paradise is in</i> …

Indian officials claim man was killed by a meteorite impact over the weekend

However, nothing's been confirmed yet<p>Indian officials claim that a man was killed by a meteorite strike on a college campus in the southern state of Tamil Nadu over the weekend. A large object reportedly fell from the sky on Saturday, causing an explosion at the Bharathidasan Engineering College …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has shut down rumors that the company is planning to replace its chronological feed with an algorithmically sorted one.</b> That doesn't mean that an algorithmic timeline won't happen though, it could just be an optional feature.<p><b>2. Programming site GitHub is going through</b> …

Britain heading for June EU referendum as David Cameron is offered 'red card' to block EU laws

The Prime Minister looks set to call a June referendum on membership of the EU after being offered a deal allowing Parliament to block unwanted Brussels laws<p>Britain is heading for a June referendum on membership of the EU as it emerged that David Cameron will be offered a deal allowing the UK …

These male mice don’t have Y chromosomes, but they had babies anyway

Mostly usable sperm<p>Males are supposed to need a Y chromosome to reproduce — it's what's responsible for the testes, after all — but a new study on mice suggests that the genes located on that chromosome may not be entirely necessary. Researchers from the University of Hawaii said this week that …

Scientists create first monkeys with autism gene in hope of breakthrough

Researchers hope that genetically creating monkeys with a gene linked to autism will give them a better understanding of the disorder<p>Genetically engineered monkeys with a human autism gene could help researchers learn more about the disorder, a controversial study has claimed.<p>Scientists in China …

Autism

Meet Workhorse, The Company That’s Competing With Amazon For Delivery Drones

This maker of electric trucks is testing drones at an Ohio airfield.<p>At a small airport in Ohio, a truck manufacturer is testing out something decidedly futuristic: Small, retractable drone aircraft that pop off a delivery truck’s roof and fly packages to delivery points a mile away. The …