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EyeLock Myris is a USB eye scanner offering security that's unique to you

When it comes to unique passcodes, it doesn't get much more secure that an eye scan. Thanks to EyeLock's Myris, you'll be able to create super complex passwords that you won't have to remember -- using a USB-powered add-on to authenticate your identity instead. Myris is about the size of a makeup …

Golden Globes 2014: this year's awards ceremony – as it happened

Follow our live coverage from the first major awards ceremony Our critics predict wins for 12 Years A Slave Jennifer Lawrence, Breaking Bad among early winners View our red carpet fashion roundup

North America’s top amusement parks

Nowhere can you find more family-friendly daredevil thrills (and gentler rides) than in the USA and Canada. Here are our 10 favorite amusement and water parks in North America (diplomatically listed in alphabetical order):<p>Canada’s Wonderland, Vaughan, Ontario<p>The first major park in Canada (25 miles …

Walt Disney Company

Associated Press News

When Is It OK To Ask Whether A Public Figure Is Gay?

BuzzFeed chief Los Angeles correspondent Kate Aurthur and Legal Editor Chris Geidner discuss the question of the weekend: What's off limits when it comes to figures like Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, soon-to-be MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, and others? A …

Ten Things We Love About Italy

Shares 16<p>We traveled across Italy to make this short film., searching out our favorite foods (we know, mozzarella and many other things are missing), …

Cranberries May Be the Fountain of Youth

If you start eating cranberries at any point (teenaged or middle-aged, young or old) you can extend the length of your life significantly, a new study to be published in the February 2014 issue of Experimental Gerontology says.<p>The study was conducted on groups of 100 to 200 Drosophila, a type of …

Cranberries

Break a Sweat

Scientists have long known that happiness and stress are two sides of the same coin: the less stressed you are, the happier you’ll be. They’ve also known that exercise lifts mood by releasing feel-good chemicals like endorphins and dopamine into the brain. But last spring, researchers at Princeton …

Neuroscience

How can I survive a night in the cold?

<i>A:</i><p>On my Knife-Only Survival Courses, students and instructors sleep out in the cold by burrowing into a thick bed made of pine needles. By thick, I mean four to five feet of needles or leaves piled high into a framework of logs. Stack the logs into a rectangular frame about a foot wider and longer …

Product Recalls

Ice Baths: Myth or Recovery Miracle?

"Love your legs,” my running coach shouts back over her shoulder. “Think of all the cool shit they do for you!"<p>I’m in Ashland, Oregon, trying to keep up with ultramarathon legend Jenn Shelton, 29, who’s agreed to train me for my first-ever 50-miler. Shelton is pacing me through the crux of Pete’s …

Muscle

What Would Survivorman Do?

In the sprawling genre of survival television, there is one man who has managed to earn both huge ratings and the respect of bearded guys with big knives on their belts: Les Stroud, a.k.a. Survivorman. Stroud, 52, grew up in Toronto watching Jacques Cousteau and <i>Tarzan,</i> then became a rock-and-roll …

Slot Machines

Why Does Exercise Make me Itchy?

<i>A:</i><p>Barring any mildew or mold growth on your neglected workout clothes, it’s likely the itch is related to an exercise-induced histamine response.<p>Histamine is a substance found in the body that’s most commonly associated with allergic reactions, itching, and inflammation. But researchers are just …

Immune System

Is Any Amount of Sugar Safe?

It's official. Sugar is killing us—and our economy. With the average American eating 40 teaspoons of the sweet stuff a day, the related health care costs have reached a startling number: $1 trillion. And it's not just limited to the sedentary among us. High-energy lifestyles may not be enough to …

Diabetes

Is it true that it's warmer to sleep naked?

<i>A:</i><p>Of course I can give you a definitive answer, which is: The idea that sleeping naked will make you warmer is ridiculous. To suppose otherwise is to suppose that you'll also be warmer if you wear a down jacket without wearing anything underneath. Have your friends tried that recently? Moreover, …

Empiricism

Four Travel Resolutions You Can Keep

I get it. We see New Year’s as a fresh start and all that. But, really, are those life-changing resolutions such a good idea? Many people say no, and point to the failure rate of such promises–particularly the more pie-in-the-sky ones (say, a resolution to cut out greasy food or to jog more <i>and</i> use …

Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else.<p><b>Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why:</b><p><b>> Iceland and Greenland</b><p>“I have a strange love for quiet, empty, ‘desolate’ …

Slow Down Your World

Yesterday afternoon, during a mad dash to hustle my two daughters out the door to soccer practice—so I could write this post in peace and quiet—I screamed so much and so loudly that half an hour after they left, I was still hoarse. I slunk guiltily around the silent house feeling wretched, taking …

Kids