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The 11 best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2016

Fill your bookshelves, fill your mind<p>We’re living in a world that looks increasingly like science fiction, so I find myself looking to the genre not for predictions of what the future holds but for some guidance for dealing with this strange and changing world. 2016 was a difficult year, but a …

Science Fiction

If we made contact with aliens, how would religions react?

The discovery of life on another planet might seem incompatible with faith in a deity. Yet many theologians are already open to the existence of extraterrestrials, argues the writer Brandon Ambrosino.<p>In 2014, Nasa awarded $1.1M to the Center for Theological Inquiry, an ecumenical research institute …

New Jersey

Hydroponic Gardening: How to Easily Grow Plants In Water

We've finally found a solution for people who love houseplants, but don't love when their feline roommates treat the fiddle leaf fig like their own …

Plants

The sometimes excruciating realities of childbirth are depicted in Chinese documentary 'This Is Life'

The Chinese documentary, "This Is Life," directed by Chen Weijun, opens with an instrumental "Ave Maria" playing over the sound of crying newborn babies while a camera floats angelically above the fray of a hospital floor. It's the single moment of respite in the film until the end, where the film …

The science of good parenting

Every parent asks it at some point: <i>What is going on in my kid's brain?</i><p>And if you don't understand kids it can be hard to give them what they need to …

New Antibody Neutralizes Nearly Every HIV Strain

NIH scientists find most potent, wide-reaching HIV antibody so-far known.<p>Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have isolated an antibody from an HIV-positive patient that is capable of neutralizing 98 percent of HIV strains. It's a success rate that makes it easily the most potent, …

Genetic Engineering

Ikea Re-Created a Syrian Home in Its Store to Shoppers' Surprise

Shoppers at Ikea's Norwegian flagship store in Slependen must have been shocked when they happened upon a showroom that didn't look at all like the retailer's typically sleek and minimalist rooms. Instead, this particular showroom had cinder block walls and scarce cooking supplies — the replica of …

Ways a Person Could Die Trying to Get to Mars

Vox science reporter Brian Resnick shares a list of several ways a person could die trying to get to Mars. NASA and private space companies like …

Space Exploration

Amazon Is Searching For A New Children's Author - It Could Be You

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be a literary success<p>If you’ve ever thought of yourself as an aspiring children’s author just waiting in the …

Christmas Eve

How To Reset Your Circulation And Metabolism For The Next Day With This 10-Second Reflexology Trick

Many cultures have seen the importance of feet and have developed and perfected ways to ensure that they stay healthy.<p>While self-care is definitely a …

8 Steps To Write a Business Plan Outline

Business-Plan<p><i>Write a</i> <i>business plan</i> with step by step guide. Before sitting down to write a business plan for your LLC, first write a business plan …

Genetically engineered humans will arrive sooner than you think. And we're not ready.

"What's happening is bigger than any one of us": a conversation with historian Michael Bess.<p>Artificial intelligence has become the pet anxiety of luminaries like Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Stephen Hawking. They have all expressed concerns about our Promethean quest to develop machine intelligence, …

The Future

BOO! Did you really see a ghost?

Seeing a shadowy figure out of the corner of your eye or hearing footsteps in the attic may set your mind racing with thoughts about the paranormal. But, before you call the “Ghostbusters,” you might want to make an appointment with your doctor. The ghostly haunting you believe you saw may be …

Sleep Paralysis

Why Aren't Doctors Prescribing PrEP?

PrEP is a near-miraculous tool to fight HIV, but blind spots in our healthcare system and clinician biases may be inhibiting its use.<p><b>Get the VICE App on</b> <b>iOS</b> <b>and</b> <b>Android</b><p>Dr. David Glidden remembers the lowest moment of his research career. The year was 2012, and he was attending a major HIV conference. …

Health Care

This is what work-life balance looks like at a company with 100% retention of moms

When Phil Graves, a father of three young girls, worked for Deloitte, his days looked a lot like those of many working professionals. He left before the kids were up to commute to work in San Francisco. He raced through his day, and dashed home to make the bedtime crush: bath, bedtime stories, a …

Parenting

The Bible and the Perils of ‘Evolution’

The Good Book of Human Nature: An Evolutionary Reading of the Bible<p>by Carel van Schaik and Kai Michel<p>Basic Books, 472 pp., $29.99<p>The Mediterranean …

Anthropology
Whales

This Is What Would Happen If Nature Had the Same Rights as Corporations

In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has solidified the concept of corporate personhood. Following rulings in such cases as Hobby Lobby and …

U.S. Supreme Court

When Is the Best Time to Tell Your Kids They're Adopted?

<i>When is the best time to tell your kids they're adopted? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Jhanvi Thakkar on Quora:</b><p>Well, considering that I'm adopted, my advice is that you should tell your …

The Happy/Sad of Adoption

<b>Question (from an esteemed adoptee)</b>: There’s a the fallacy that if adoptees are happy and connected to their (adoptive) parents, it follows that they …