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9 Things You Didn't Know You Could Get for Free on Flights

Craving more soda? All you have to do is ask!<p>You already shelled out major money for a plane ticket, checking your bag and an expensive (but unsatisfying) dinner during your layover. We feel your pain, traveling isn't cheap. But not everything has to cost an arm and a leg. Here are a few things …

The Dark Knight Returns Story That Shows Why Bruce Wayne Stopped Being Batman

30 years ago, <i>The Dark Knight Returns</i> showed an old, dissolute Bruce Wayne putting on the cape and cowl to become Batman again. This week, we get to …

See the Exact Moment the World's Biggest Cities Were Born

The world is urbanizing faster than ever, with over half of the planet’s population currently living in cities—more than any time in history. But …

How Your Handwriting Reveals Your Personality

Your handwriting reveals a lot more about your personality than you might think. In fact, there is a science known as Graphology, which involves …

5-minute morning routines that can make your whole day better

If you feel a twinge of jealousy each time you read about another successful person who wakes up at 4 a.m. to meditate, jog, read a novel, and eat …

University of Pennsylvania

Black holes are colliding: Scientists confirm more ripples in spacetime

New findings suggest LIGO’s original discovery was not an aberration but a preview of astronomical events to come<p>Gravitational waves have struck again. Scientists who in February announced their landmark discovery of these ripples in spacetime revealed on Wednesday that they had detected more—again …

Physics

The Heavy Water War and the WWII Hero You Don't Know

Leif Tronstad was a standout scientist. World War II made him a freedom fighter, spymaster, and above all, a patriot who helped prevent Hitler from getting an atomic bomb.<p>They were going to sabotage the Nazi atomic bomb. But only Capt. Leif Tronstad, Sr. knew it.<p>A week before Christmas, 1942, …

52 Movies That Are So Clever They'll Have You Thinking For Days

All these films will stay with you long after they've finished playing.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Win at Rock, Paper, Scissors Every Time With This Brilliant Trick

There's a way to increase your odds of winning rock, paper, scissors — if only we had known these techniques in elementary school.<p>Research has found …

Why you can never tell what your friends really think of you

We like to think we can judge how we present ourselves to others – but psychology says we’re wrong.<p>If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got a firm idea about your own personality – whether you’re outgoing or shy, nervous or calm, and so on. But how far do you think other people’s impressions …

Psychology

How to Make a Relationship Last: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

Love is wonderful, love is joy, love is the greatest thing in the world… Love is also an enormous pain in the ass. Marriage is hard work.<p>(Older …

Relationships
University of Pennsylvania

Scientists Have Figured Out How to Turn CO2 Into Solid Rock Within Months

This could change everything.<p>When it comes to dealing with human-caused carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, one of the more ambitious but still largely …

Extracted

The Importance of Losing Yourself to Awe Once in a While

When’s the last time you felt real, genuine awe? That you felt lifted up out of yourself, connected to a vaster, more important truth? If it’s been a …

Teacher writes notes to 130 students after teen's attempted suicide

Brittni Darras can still remember the shock of finding out from a parent that a student she assumed was doing fine had nearly committed suicide.<p>The English teacher from Rampart High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, started crying when she heard the news at a parent-teacher conference in March. …

Teaching

What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological?

In early 2012, a neuropathologist named Daniel Perl was examining a slide of human brain tissue when he saw something odd and unfamiliar in the wormlike squiggles and folds. It looked like brown dust; a distinctive pattern of tiny scars. Perl was intrigued. At 69, he had examined 20,000 brains over …

The Brain

Why do we really need space travel?

To paraphrase Einstein '<i>Passion without science is blind, and science without passion is lame'</i>. The case for human expansion into the cosmos is often made with passion but involves little actual science. Here's what I mean.<p><b>Manifest Destiny V2.0</b><p>First of all, whether humans reach the stars, or even …

Habitats

5 Ways to Break Bad Habits That Harm You (And Replace Them With Good Ones)

From biting our nails to eating junk food, we all have bad habits. Some of us have figured out how to break these bad habits, while others continue …

The Big ‘What If’: 5 Alternate History Books Done Right

Over the years, ambitious novelists have applied the great <i>what if</i> to tales of alternate history on a grand scale, teasing out hypothetical versions of reality that illustrate both the elasticity and the limitations of human endeavor. These conjectural narratives serve as bracing reminders of what …

Parents who see failure as negative bring up children who do not believe they can improve, research suggests

Parents who believe failure is harmful have children who think ability is fixed, and risk hindering their determination to succeed, new research …

Psychology

It’s official — the internet is making us dumb: The more you read online, the worse you write

A study of MBA students finds both complexity and style in writing suffer when people read mostly digital content<p>I’ll always remember the year 1993 as a good one because that’s when I learned how to read. I was four years old, and desperate to engage in conversation with the adults (my parents, …

Business Administration

This Is Why Smart People Prefer Fewer Friends

Many of us have pondered at one time or another, what makes a life well lived. Is it being surrounded by family and a lot of friends? Could it be …

Couples Who Are Truly in Love Connect in These 5 Ways | Women's Health

Instead of focusing on whether a connection is real with your partner, consider the depth and the width of the connection you have. Think about the main areas where partners can connect: physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.<p>In how many areas do you share a bond with your …

All the Books You Desperately Need to Add to Your 'To Read' Pile This Summer

Summer is upon us, which means there’s no TV on, which means it’s finally time to dig into those books you’ve been saving for your weekends, …

Books

Do You Prefer Mountains Or Beaches? Study Says It Reveals Your Personality

Think about your last few holiday destinations. Were they spent loading the car with beach towels, umbrellas, and sandcastle tools? Or did you load …

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10 Habits You Need To Adopt If You Don't Like Being Average

We’re part of a set that combines to make average, which means that we’re likely to be better or worse at whatever we’re considering than average. …

How your smartphone is making you miserable without you even noticing

In a study recently reported at the 2016 Computer-Human Interaction Conference, authors Kostin Kushlev, Jason Proulx, and Elizabeth Dunn carried out a two-part experiment:<p>For one week, participants (drawn from the general population) were asked to <i>maximize</i> phone interruptions by keeping notification …

Mindfulness

The 1 Trait All Great Leaders Have In Common

Spoiler: It's not their title.<p>In every facet of the world, there have been magnificent leaders. Leaders of ideals, leaders of beliefs, leaders of countries, religions, states, orders, governments, congregations, and businesses. Even in our earliest years, going back to kindergarten, leaders made …

Leadership

Why it's SO important to check in on your friends and let them know you care

Recently, Kristen Bell very candidly discussed how her notable “bubbly” personality doesn’t change the fact that she deals with anxiety and …