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All 341,805 Photos Snapped by NASA’s Cassini Space Probe

Back in July, we shared an eye-popping roundup of some of the best space photos captured by NASA’s Cassini space probe. If you’re the type that …

Scientists find DNA differences between gay men and their straight twin brothers

For men, new research suggests that clues to sexual orientation may lie not just in the genes, but in the spaces between the DNA, where molecular marks instruct genes when to turn on and off and how strongly to express themselves.<p>On Thursday, UCLA molecular biologist Tuck C. Ngun reported that in …

Genetics

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

18 Things Mentally Strong People Do

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The neuroscience of placebo effects: connecting context, learning and health.

2015 Jul;16(7):403-18. doi: 10.1038/nrn3976.<p>1Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado, Boulder, 345 UCB, Boulder, Colorado …

The Role of Serotonin and Glutamine in Aggression

A few years ago, a quote by the Dalai Lama went viral. According to the Tibetan spiritual leader, if every kid in the world is taught to meditate …

Neuroscience

Alaska ghost villages are recalled by Native elders and scholars in two new books

Alaskan maps are dotted with settlements that once thrived with businesses and families, names to which the ghostly word "abandoned" is attached in …

National Parks

'The living walls': Russian artist breathes life into abandoned & shabby buildings (PHOTOS)

Dilapidated buildings and ramshackle structures in Russia and beyond are now wearing expressive faces, thanks to a talented young Russian artist. …

Modern Ghost Town – Motor City, Detroit USA | Strange Unexplained Mysteries

The top 100 unexplained mysteries of the world<p>0 0<p>Americas newest ghost town<p>Detroit – The fastest growing ghost town in USA?<p>Once the cornerstone of …

Ghost Town of Monte Cristo Snohomish County Washington

Monte Cristo located in Eastern Snohomish County northwest of Monte Cristo Peak.<p>In 1889 Joseph L. Pearsall discovered gold and silver bearing ores in …

Ghost Town Left in the Wake of the Bayou Corne Sinkhole in Louisiana

Bayou Corne, 77 miles west of New Orleans, can be added to the growing list of communities destroyed by industrial accidents.<p>“I wanted to stay in …

Melmont Ghost Town

<b>Area:</b> Wilkeson / Carbonado<p><b>Hike Type:</b> Dog-friendly<p><b>Pass:</b> No Pass Req<p><b>Distance:</b> 3.84 mi RT<p><b>Duration:</b> 2-3 hrs<p><b>Difficulty Level:</b> Easy<p><b>Elevation Start:</b></b> …

Hiking

Haunting Beauty: Visit the Ghost Town of Bodie, California

<i>By Lauren Walser</i><p><i>Bodie is preserved in a state of "arrested decay" -- meaning everything stays just as it was when the abandoned town was acquired by the state parks department in 1962.</i><p>No one comes to Bodie, California, for the gold anymore.<p>That kind of traffic peaked in the late-19th century, after …

Gunkanjima: Ruins of a Forbidden Island

Gunkanjima – every urban explorer’s dream. A deserted island of concrete ruins slowly crumbling away off the West coast of Japan. Travellers have …

The Ghost Village Of Kayakoy

Kayakoy ghost village lies a short distance from the bustling and popular resorts of Fethiye and Olu Deniz. It is deserted, it is lifeless, the …

National Parks

Germanwings crash: No algorithm can stop a pilot bent on killing himself

One of the subtler ironies of the Germanwings accident — though the word "accident" may no longer be appropriate — is that the airplane involved used so-called fly-by-wire technology. The flight crew's control inputs go not to the ailerons and elevators, but instead to a computer that decides how …

Airlines

5 Reasons to Have Hope for the Planet - Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall with Freud, a chimpanzee from Gombe. Photograph © Michael Neugebauer<p>Rhett A. Butler and Jeremy Hance, <i>Mongabay</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Jane …

7 Jump Rope Workouts To Blast Fat And Get Fit

<i>By A.C. Shilton for Men's Journal</i><p>Forget any association you had with jump ropes and gym class. The jump rope is a powerful workout tool. It builds cardio fitness, balance, agility and bone strength. It's also one of the best go-anywhere fitness accessories, fitting easily into even a crammed …

Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars

A Martian day is 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth—a seemingly small difference that adds up quickly.<p>What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?<p>Not 40 minutes shaved off some regular daily activity to devote to something else, but an extra 40 minutes actually tacked on to the 24 hours …

Astronomers Find Supermassive Black Hole 12 Billion Times Size of the Sun

Black Holes

Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed

A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are.<p>As bizarre as that …

Spectacular Works of Land Art Celebrate the Beauty of Nature

Since 1972, Bavarian artist Nils-Udo has worked directly with nature to create stunning, site-specific works of art that celebrate the beauty of the land. Found berries, leaves, branches, and blossoms are transformed into captivating pieces evocative of mysterious portals and dreamy fairy realms …

Art

Obama's climate change wonk

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is in the forefront of President Obama’s climate change agenda, but don’t call her a politician.<p>President Barack Obama’s plan to combat greenhouse gases is entering its final lap, and now, with White House climate change hawk John Podesta gone, the baton has been …

Clean Technology

Human DNA gives mice bigger brains

Injecting mouse embryos with a human DNA sequence leads to a marked increase in brain size -- and may provide insights into Alzheimer's.<p>The human genetic code is very similar to the genetic code of our closest living relative -- the chimpanzee -- sharing around 95 percent. Of all the differences, …

Genetics