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Face value: How fertile women spot rivals

Women with high levels of oestradiol are best able to recognise others in the most fertile phase of their menstrual cycle, according to new study<p>It is not only animals that rely on physical cues to gauge the fertility of potential rivals for a mate, according to an unusual study published on …

Women's Health

5 Steps to Making a Magical Animal-Filled Forest with Photoshop

Before I get into the nitty gritty details of how this piece came together, I would just like you all to take a minute to appreciate how very …

Tutorials

Disney, Brain Science and Understanding Emotional Intelligence

I never thought seeing a kid's movie would become the inspiration for a new blog on emotional intelligence. Seeing <i>Inside Out</i>, the new movie from Disney/Pixar got me thinking about how we think.<p><i>photo courtesy of Disney/Pixar</i><p>Almost the entire animated movie takes place inside the brain of a young …

Emotional Intelligence

Pictures of the Week 3.12.15

Manatee Party Shuts Down Florida Refuge In The Best Possible Way

Manatee lovers -- by which we mean the entire world -- get a look at this.<p>Three Sisters Springs in Florida's Crystal River Refuge has been periodically shut down to kayakers and swimmers this week, due to hundreds of manatees congregating in the warm, clear water:<p>So many manatees! Photo courtesy …

Could This Virus Be Good For You?

Viruses are usually thought of as the bad guys — causing everything from Ebola and AIDS to hepatitis and measles. But scientists have been following the curious story of a particular virus that might actually be good for you.<p>The virus is called GB Virus-C, and more than a billion people alive today …

Disease

How Men And Women Process Emotions Differently

Are women "wired" to be more emotional? Not exactly -- but new research provides more evidence that the male and female brain may have very different ways of processing emotion.<p>Previous research has shown that women generally experience higher levels of emotional stimulation than men. Now, a new …

Gender

BELOVED SISTERS Trailer

What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

From joy and attachment to anxiety and protectiveness, mothering behavior begins with biochemical reactions.<p>The artist Sarah Walker once told me that becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where you already live. I always liked Walker's description …

Parenting

Photographer captures the beautiful chaos of parenting

Parenting is filled with precious moments. Of course, sometimes it's hard to appreciate those moments when you're scraping gum out of your kid's hair.<p>…

Get Ready to Live out Your Aristocratic Fantasies, Because Downton Abbey Will Soon Offer Overnight Stays

Thinking about Valentine's Day plans for your favorite <i>Downton Abbey</i> fan? Ready your pearls and fascinators and tailcoats, because England's Highclere Castle, the filming location for the hit show, is about to open its doors to overnight guests, just in time for the holiday (and for Season 5...for …

Downton Abbey

Urban Exploration Photographer Finds a Stash of Cash in an Abandoned House

What would you do if you came across a fat stack of cash while doing urban exploration photography? That’s what happened to Dave of Freaktography …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Watch: The Anti-Terrorist ‘South Park’ Comedy Central (Still) Doesn’t Want You to See

Watch: The Anti-Terrorist 'South Park' Comedy Central (Still) Doesn't Want You to See<p>The brutal attacks on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo have, …

“Ansel Adams” Bill Wants To Make It (Extra) Legal To Take Photos In All Federal Spaces Open To The Public

<b>UPDATE:</b> Consumerist reader Bob, who tipped us off to the Ansel Adams bill in the first place, writes in to point out a bit of a glitch that could …

Ansel Adams

10 strange and beautiful horse breeds

Horses have been domesticated for thousands of years, and in that time we've had a chance to influence some extraordinary breeds.<p><b>Akhal-Teke horse</b><p>The …

Insects

The Future Looks Bleak for Bones

How the advent of agriculture and online food ordering changed the human skeleton for the worse.<p>Somewhere in a dense forest of ash and elm trees, a hunter readies his spear for the kill. He hurls his stone-tipped weapon at his prey, an unsuspecting white-tailed deer he has tracked since morning. …

Weirdly beautiful animated GIFs by Serbian artist Milos "Sholim" Rajkovic

We've spotlighted Milos "Sholim" Rajkovic's animations before, but there's a whole crop of bizarro GIF art on his website.<p>The Belgrade-based …

Xeni Jardin

Google's Greatest Travel Hack Will Make Flights MUCH Easier

We're not sure why we've never heard about this before -- but as they say, it's better late than never.<p>Unless you're dealing with a late flight, that is.<p>When you're in a hurry to find your personal flight info, it turns out you can turn to Google. Reddit user jasenlee pointed out the trick: If …

19 Science-Backed Reasons to Meditate

With more and more people touting its life-changing benefits (we’re looking at you, Anderson Cooper!), it’s safe to say that meditation has gone …

Best of the Best in Photos 2014, Part 1

Photographer Takes on Stereotypes by Capturing the Diversity of Iranian Father-Daughter Relationships

During her time in Malaysia, roughly 3,500 miles away from her home in Iran, photographer Nafise Motlaq was troubled by the way people would talk …

5 Signs Your Hormones Are Out of Whack

Raise your hand if, in the last few weeks, you’ve felt tired, bloated, or cranky. Sound familiar? Then you know the drill: Every month, your …

Women's Health

25 Most Useful Photography Cheat Sheets – Part1

Here we have collected some very useful Photography Cheat Sheets. I am sure, these diagrams will be very useful for beginners and amateur …

8 Issues Street Photographers Run Into and How to Deal with Them

From nerves, to an obsession with a ‘decisive moment’ that may never come, to confrontations with people who don’t want you taking their picture, …

How to Cook Flat Bacon

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: A trick for making pretty, flat bacon -- no big wrinkles of fat in sight -- from our test kitchen manager Derek Laughren.</i><p>You can't cook bad bacon. Well, …

In pictures: the bizarre world of taxidermist Walter Potter - Telegraph

Diets: Fear of fat is melting (Opinion) - CNN.com

Fad diets come and go, but the idea of dieting itself has been around for centuries. From President Taft to Victoria Beckham, and the Grapefruit Diet to Slim-Fast, here's a look at some of the most famous (and infamous) moments in dieting history.<p>HIDE CAPTION<p>Diets through history<p>Diets through …

From OM To OMG: Science, Your Brain, And The Productive Powers Of Meditation

Using fMRI scans, we can now see what meditation does to the brain. The author suggests it can lead to a happier, more productive, and creative life. And even two minutes a day can do wonders.<p>Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this …

Meditation