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Tarantulas evolved blue colour 'at least eight times'

<b>Tarantulas have evolved almost exactly the same shade of vibrant blue at least eight separate times.</b><p>That is the conclusion of a study by US biologists, exploring how the colour is created in different tarantula species.<p>The hue is caused by tiny structures inside the animals' hairs, but those shapes …

41 Animal Hybrid Photoshop Creations Will Blow Your Mind

Jason Lazarus November 19, 2015 8917<p>Photoshop is awesome software that has affected the planet and the Internet in many fascinating and strange ways, …

Animals

Pictures: Rocky Mountain National Park

Straddling the Continental Divide, Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park boasts some of the most spectacular high-mountain landscapes in the U.S.

National Parks

How Many of These 51 Spiritual Awakening Symptoms do YOU Have?

<b>1. Changing sleep patterns: restlessness, hot feet, waking up two or three times a night.</b><p>Feeling tired after you wake up and sleepy off and on during …

Researches Show Vitamin N Can Turn You Into A Very Different Person

Vitamin N can help turn you into a very different person, one who is healthier and more at peace. Find out how vitamin N can help you.

Things That Happen When You Become A Vegetarian

Vegetarianism is defined as the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat. Although I’m an occasional meat eater, I’ve straddled the …

Holistic Medicine

Polls: Americans believe in evolution, less in creationism.

Few issues have divided the American public as bitterly as Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Since <i>On the Origin of …

Yellowstone park proposes killing 1,000 bison this winter

Yellowstone National Park proposes to kill roughly 1,000 wild bison this winter -- mostly calves and females -- as officials seek to reduce the animals' annual migration into Montana.<p>Park officials are scheduled to meet Thursday with representatives of American Indian tribes, the state and other …

These Are the Most Spectacular Nature Photos of the Year

The winners of Royal Society Publishing’s inaugural photography competition have been announced, and they’re extraordinary.<p>These inspiring nature …

10 Natural Ways to Manage Chronic Pain

<b>Simple daily habits can help ease pain.</b><p>Berkeley Wellness / By Peter Jaret<p>Chronic pain can be tough to live with, but these 10 daily habits may help you ease your discomfort and enjoy your life.<p><b>1. Stay active</b><p>Exercising may be the last thing you want to do when your body hurts. But physical activity …

Buying These Organic Foods Is A Waste Of Money

<i>By: Kara King</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>People choose to eat organically for many reasons -- it's better for the planet, it's supposedly healthier -- but often these folks are misguided. Although it's true that USDA organic products must be free from synthetic ingredients and grown on farms that strive to …

I Drank Liquid Chlorophyll for Two Weeks—Here's What Happened

As far as healthy drinks go, chlorophyll water is new to the hype machine—but is this juice bar fav all it's cracked up to be?<p>If you've been in a …

National Geographic Photo Contest 2015, in pictures - Telegraph

The Biggest Solar Breakthrough You've Never Heard Of

You were probably expecting this story to be about a breakthrough at the bleeding edge of solar technology. It is not. Instead, the breakthrough in this story is not –technically speaking – a technical one.<p>The breakthrough is a business model used to integrate distributed energy technologies into …

Electricity

The only affordable retirement for most Americans isn’t in America

Christine Schofield, mother of three, disappeared the day after the Bowl-A-Thon: February 13, 2012. She’d co-chaired the annual fundraiser with Holly Riordan at the Brunswick Zone in the Chicago suburb of Woodridge. The Grand Prize at the auction was a wheelbarrow full of wine bottles, which …

Pew Research Center

Here's the real cost of retirement happiness

As part of MoneySense’s financial literacy week, here’s a look at three different budgets to help you plan your spending more thoughtfully<p><i>This story,</i> …

Retirement

How Does Coffee Affect Blood Sugar and Diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a massive health problem worldwide.About 29 million people, or 9% of all US adults, had type 2 diabetes in the year 2012 …

Diabetes

3 Virtual Classroom-Management Tools Teachers Love

November 13, 2015<p>Establishing a well-functioning classroom requires a significant amount of planning. Teachers have a long checklist, which includes …

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Monday voted to end protection for wolves under the state's Endangered Species Act -- even though there are just 83 wolves in the state, living in only 12 percent of suitable habitat.

<b>Oregon Strips Wolf Protection, Fight Will Head to Court</b><p>The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on Monday voted to end protection for wolves under the …

Wildlife

Spain is pioneering a beautiful new style of eco-friendly building

Commercial buildings are often boxy and glassy structures designed to maximize indoor space. But recent studies show that these modern buildings use more energy per square foot than office buildings built a hundred years ago.<p>All of our advances in building technology can't overcome the fact that …

Meditation: But I Just Can’t Stop Thinking.

As a meditation teacher people tell me this all the time. They say it in a way that makes it seem they think it’s just them—that’s it’s their unique …

Meditation

Do This Easy Calming Technique When You Don’t Know WTF Else to Do

The last two months of the year can feel like mental Jenga. Your to-do list keeps getting crazier (holiday shopping, cross-country travel, end-of-year work deadlines) and you haven’t been prioritizing your healthy habits (a nice long walk, meditating or hitting the yoga studio). The good news, …

3 Google Scholar Tips Every Student Should Know About

November 13, 2015<br>As a research student you probably are already doing a lot of research in Google Scholar which you should given the power and …

Lower Back Pain Eased by Simple Yoga Poses

Remember the days when we were able to sleep on a rock or a fluffy marshmallow mattress and wake up fresh and ready to play for the rest of the day? Childhood knew nothing about waking up with a strained lower back, because I forgot to put a pillow between my legs and stacked my legs wrong, further …

Make These 15 Small Changes If You Want To Become Happier And Healthier

So you want to be happier and healthier. If you want to make a life change for the better there are several different ways to get you there. It’s not …

Happiness

4 Ways Introverts Can Super-Charge Their Happiness

<b>“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.” ~Susan Cain</b><p>Do you get ticked off too?<p>I mean, when people say you’re awkward, …

Empathy

Pictures: Redwood National Park

See photos of Redwood National Park and the giant trees it protects in this gallery from National Geographic.

National Parks

The Life-Changing Power of Positive Ritual

Spiritual ritual takes many forms. If you're Catholic, you might think of Communion. If you're Buddhist, you might think of meditation. And so on and so forth. Among other things, these activities give people a way to "practice" their faith and stay focused. Such rituals have always fascinated …

These Stunning Ocean Photos Seek to Save Our Seas

Newly unveiled photography non-profit Sea Legacy aims to save 20% of oceans by 2020.<p>Today it is a disheartening truism that we are destroying the natural environment. Our planet is hurting, especially our marine environments, where pollution and loss of species is unignorably pronounced. Addressing …