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Need Less, Have More: Life Expands When We Eliminate the Excess

<b>“Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day” ~Zen Saying</b><p>Simplicity, at its heart, comes down to …

Minimalism

10 Most Common Mistakes in Landscape Photography

After your next photo shoot, examine your images for these common mistakes in landscape photography so you can avoid them next time.

How A Simple New Invention Seals A Gunshot Wound In 15 Seconds

An Oregon startup has developed a pocket-size device that uses tiny sponges to stop bleeding fast.<p>When a soldier is shot on the battlefield, the emergency treatment can seem as brutal as the injury itself. A medic must pack gauze directly into the wound cavity, sometimes as deep as 5 inches into …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Astronomers Get First Glimpse of Cosmic Web

Changing Planet<p>Computer simulations suggest that matter in the universe is distributed in a “cosmic web” of filaments, as seen in the image above from a large-scale dark-matter simulation. The inset is a zoomed-in, high-resolution image of a smaller part of the cosmic web, 10 million light-years …

How to Take Care of Yourself During Tough Times

<b>“Have respect for yourself, and patience and compassion. With these, you can handle anything.” ~Jack Kornfield</b><p>Several years ago, within a matter of …

What to Do When You Find It Hard to Do What’s Good for You

<b>“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” ~Lao Tzu</b><p>I know how you feel.<p>You know you shouldn't eat that cookie, but it's …

Taoism

Learn from Your Mistakes and Find Opportunities in Your Problems

<b>“Mistakes are a great educator when one is honest enough to admit them and willing to learn from them.” ~Unknown</b><p>We have all made mistakes and bad …

50 Ways to Find Inspiration

<b>“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” ~Daisaku Ikeda</b><p>I have always loved that scene in <i>American Beauty</i> …

Why You Should Do That Thing You’ve Always Wanted to Do

<b>“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” ~Robert H. Schuller</b><p>In March this year, I did something I had wanted to do since …

Interesting Photo of The Day: Cute Puppy Wants To Go Home

The internet is a great resource for photographers and lovers of photography, with multitudes of great photos right at our fingertips just waiting to …

The Antidote to Criticism: Turn Others’ Doubt Into a Standing Ovation

<b>“Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” ~Aristotle</b><p>Gangly and skinny, I never attracted …

The Cyber Security Arms Race Is About To Go Nuclear

Quantum computers–which use advanced physics to go way faster than computers bogged down in 1s and 0s–are going to blast our passwords out of the water.<p>Cyber security presents a big enough challenge as it is when it’s just your Gmail password and online banking. A whole other underground Internet …

Could Hunger Make Us More Charitable?

Hunger can make people emotional, that's for sure. Some people get "hangry" when their blood sugar levels drop and their irritability rises. Others get greedy.<p>But new research suggests that we may have another, innate response to hunger: a desire to encourage others to share what they …

High number of Latinos in California choose community college - Futurity

Even among those attending the top performing high schools in California, nearly half of Latinos choose to attend community college after graduation.

Solvent safely turns semiconductors into 'ink' - Futurity

A new solvent can dissolve semiconductors safely at room temperature, making them useful as a thin film for low-cost electronics.

Stephen Hawking On The Future Of CERN

Plus some cheesy jokes from one of the world's most famous living physicists<p>That Stephen Hawking, always looking for trouble. In a speech at the London Science Museum, the physicist said "physics would be far more interesting" if scientists had been unable to find evidence of the Higgs boson. Of …

Physics

Crater Burning for Over 40 Years is a "Door to Hell"

<i>Door to Hell</i> is an aptly named natural gas field in the Karakum Desert of Darweze, Turkmenistan that has been burning for over forty years. The flaming crater was originally a level surface identified by Soviet scientists in 1971 as an area rich in gas resources. Unfortunately, the ground collapsed …

Natural Gas

Exercise during pregnancy gives babies' brains a boost

Attention pregnant women: If you want to help your child get into Harvard, lace up those sneakers and exercise!<p>Hardly a week goes by without science delivering new evidence that exercise boosts the brain. Studies have linked exercise to brain health in senior citizens, middle-aged adults and kids. …

The Math Trick Behind MP3s, JPEGs, and Homer Simpson’s Face - Facts So Romantic

Nine years ago, I was sitting in a college math physics course and my professor spelt out an idea that kind of blew my mind. I think it isn’t a …

Mathematics

It's time to listen to the voices in your head

Voice-hearing is no longer seen merely as a psychiatric disorder, and could teach us a lot about how language operates in the brain<p>Hearing voices in your head when there's no one around … that's a sign of madness, right?<p>In the popular imagination voice-hearing is often viewed with fear and …

How Biking In Traffic Affects Your Body

The interesting biology of breathing in diesel exhaust<p>Ever wondered what all those fumes are doing to your lungs while bike or walk in heavy traffic? I certainly have, especially when biking up a hill behind a bus. (Argh, not again!) So I had to check out this <i>Globe and Mail</i> story about a recent …

Just Liking A Cause Doesn't Help: Internet Slacktivism Harms Charities

Contrary to some previous studies, research from the University of British Columbia says "liking" a charitable cause publicly allows people to feel they've done their part without committing any actual money or time to it.<p>Changing your Facebook profile picture, wearing a pink ribbon or signing an …

Social Media

Infographic: The Chaos Of Outer Space Simplified Through Flat Animation

See how our solar system works–and how it all ends.<p>There are two tropes for science fair projects: baking soda volcanoes and styrofoam ball solar system mobiles. Consider the latter, and compare it with even most superficial knowledge we all retained from elementary school. Those planetary …

Astronomy

Type Your Own Animated Movie With This Crazy Software

Inside this playful screenwriting software may hide the future of filmmaking: You simply write what you want to see, and that vision plays on screen.<p>Here’s how Hollywood works today: Somebody writes a script. And especially if it’s an animated feature–a piece that will take hundreds of Pixar …

Animation

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Education

Google presumed builder of floating data center

An enormous floating barge has emerged in the San Francisco Bay, which tech-savvy sleuths suspect is a massive data center being constructed by …