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The Violent Afterlife of a Recycled Plastic Bottle

What happens after you toss it into the bin?<p><i>Editor's note: This article has been significantly revised post-publication to correct for factual errors in the original version.*</i><p>Most of us do not think much about recycling. We might clean bottles and jars, crush cartons and break down boxes. We might …

Sustainability

A disease that once plagued pirates is now showing up in America's poorest people

The middle-aged man had shown up with bleeding gums, unexplained swelling, bruises, and fatigue. His team of internists suspected a skin infection, but every bacterial test came up negative. They were stumped until, Churchill recalls, "someone eventually thought to ask about this person's diet."<p>It …

Holistic Medicine

3 Reasons To Just Stop Trying To Be Happy Already

Listen up.<p>This blog post will be a little different. It’s going to be a little harsh even. So expect some form of controversy.<p>Let me say it: <b>Just stop</b> …

19 Pieces Of Street Art That Will Make You Question Your Existence

You can't fake it anymore.

The Science of Happiness

Lately, I've noticed that books on happiness seem to be springing up everywhere. There are books on how to find happiness, how to keep it, how to be content, and how to be fulfilled. Just take a walk through any bookstore and you'll likely find titles such as <i>Hardwiring Happiness</i>... <i>The Art of</i> …

This Is the No. 1 Ritual You Need to Do Every Day

You read a lot on the internet about rituals that can help you be better in the morning or leap over tall building with a single bound. Maybe some …

Two Nobel Prize winners figured out the perfect salary for happiness

His work investigates how humanity's overall quality of life has surged in the past 100 years, thanks to global advancements of tech and healthcare, as well as Asia's incredible economic growth.<p>But he's also dug into the ways that Westerners relate to money. In a popular 2010 paper, he partnered …

Happiness

How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

'Star Wars' ticket sales already breaking records, websites

The anticipation for Monday night's <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> debut — not for the movie itself, but for its third trailer — has already reached …

A new NASA website offers daily images of Earth taken from space

NASA has teased us with a few stunning images of Earth taken by the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite — but now we'll be able feast on the spacecraft's photographs daily. The space agency launched a new website today that will post a dozen new images from DSCOVR each day, showing …

How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances …

Svetlana Lazko

Fans Turn Out for Comic Con in NYC: Pictures

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …

Microsoft buys 3D physics developer Havok to boost gaming efforts

Microsoft today announced the acquisition of Havok from Intel. Havok makes a 3D physics engine and licenses it to gaming studios; its work has been featured on more than 600 titles, including popular franchises such as Assassin's Creed, <i>Call of Duty</i>, <i>Destiny</i>, <i>Dark Souls</i>, <i>The Elder Scrolls</i> and …

Food For Life: How Cooking Saved Ruth Reichl

When the former Gourmet editor lost her job, she refound a sense of purpose by experimenting with recipes. Now she’s distilled the experience into a …

You Can Eat A Holiday Feast In The Great Hall At Hogwarts

Forget your annual holiday plans because this year you can officially celebrate the season in a much more magical setting — the Great Hall at …

6 Lies Your Depression Wants You to Believe (& How to Not Fall Into the Trap)

“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without <i>changing</i> our thinking.” – Albert Camus<p>When depression hits, it …

The UK has secured its first conviction against a drone pilot

Nigel Wilson earned a large fine and was banned from flying or owning drones for several years<p>Drones are becoming cheaper and more powerful at a rapid clip, spawning new industries and setting off alarms among local authorities who are ill equipped to police the airspace above them. There have been …

Legendary Productivity And The Fear Of Modern Programming

Ritika Trikha Contributor<p>Ritika Trikha is a tech writer at HackerRank.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The Interdependency Of Stanford And Silicon Valley<p>JavaScript master Douglas Crockford once said that software is the most complex thing that humans have ever created. It’s made up of intricate bits …

Do you know the unfriendliest cities in the world? L.A. and Las Vegas made the dubious top 10

As unfriendliness goes, Moscow is the top city for giving travelers the cold shoulder, according to a new survey. Atlantic City, N.J., comes in second, followed by St. Petersburg, Russia; Marseilles, France; and Los Angeles.<p>Yes, sunny L.A. takes fifth place with a rudeness rating higher than New …

Confucius’ Top 7 Tips for a Happy Life

<i>“It is better to play than do nothing.”</i><i>“Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”</i><i>“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never</i> …

Self-help

Super Mario’s Creator Reveals The Design Secrets Of Its Famous First Level

The first level of <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> is a masterclass in game design. And now Shigeru Miyamoto–the genius game designer who gave us some of Nintendo’s most beloved franchises–explains why. Within the first few seconds of the game, a player is enticed to jump and hit that question mark block, learns …

10 Mind-Blowing Travel Destinations for Adventure Junkies and Thrill Seekers

You have already been to Italy, maybe even twice. You’ve gone to Florida more times than you can count.<p>You live big, you work crazy hard and you take risks. You are ready for a vacation that matches your curiosity, your desire for newness, your sense of adventure. You want to explore some place …

National Parks

Super-Strong Material Inspired By Squid Teeth Is Self-Healing

To repair, just add water<p>A team of researchers led by engineers from Penn State University has created the first material that heals itself in the presence of water, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Scientific Reports</i>. The material, inspired by squid teeth, could be used to repair devices …

Penn State

19 Fears That Plague All Writers

"I hate writing, I love having written." —Dorothy Parker, and also you

Guitarists Can Sync Their Brains With Other Players, Forming A Giant Hyperbrain

The neuroscience of jamming is a giant mind meld.<p>Guitarists perform a kind of mind-meld when they play together, syncing their brainwaves to the extent that they can anticipate each other’s moves. They also switch off the outside world while playing, leaving them in a tiny universe of them and …

3D Printed Fish Can Detect And Remove Toxins From Liquid

And could one day become medicine that you swallow<p>We all know that eating fish is good for your health, but what about fish shaped robots?<p>In a study published this month in <i>Advanced Materials</i>, researchers from UC San Diego announced that they'd figured out a way to 3D print tiny microrobots in the …

UC San Diego