Shannon Chaffin

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What Higher Consciousness Really Means, How We Attain It, and What It Does for the Human Spirit

“At such moments, the world reveals itself as quite different: a place of suffering and misguided effort … but also a place of tenderness and longing, beauty, and touching vulnerability. “<p><i>“[Leonardo da Vinci’s] unique brain wiring … allowed him the opportunity to experience the world from the</i> …

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Best Science-Fiction & Fantasy of 2015

The end of 2015 marks the completion of this blog’s first year of existence, and what a year to start with: we can’t remember the last 12-month …

Pictures: Grand Teton National Park

Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park encompasses some of the most ruggedly beautiful scenery in the country.

National Parks

Earth stole water and more from the young Moon

Earth may have stolen away water that would otherwise have gone to the moon.<p>New research suggests that after the impact that formed the Earth and its moon, our planet may have snatched up easily vaporized material known as volatiles, including water and other molecules. As the newly formed moon …

Researchers discover the source of animals' natural compasses

For years, biologists have pondered how so many members of the animal kingdom -- from fruit flies and pigeons to sea turtles and wolves -- are able to navigate long distances apparently by sensing the Earth's magnetic field. Two theories have emerged in recent years: one that the ability derived …

The Most Beautiful Lakes in the U.S.

Glaciers, geysers, crystal clear water: What more could you ask for? These 15 American lakes are gorgeous—and worth a visit—any time of year.<p>Caddo Lake, Texas<p>Lake Powell, Utah<p>Lake McDonald, Montana<p>Diablo Lake, Washington<p>Lake Clark, Alaska

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …

8 Boulders You Need To Remove On Your Way To Success

Are you guilty of any of these 8 bad habits that are holding you back from success? This article explains these habits and how to beat them …

How to see all of Switzerland in a single day

The stool on the porch of a Swiss farm labourer’s cottage offered the chance to rest and admire the village of wooden chalets and farm buildings dotted about the green countryside.<p>A few cows were dozing, and chickens scratched about in the yard. Across the gravel road beyond a neat kitchen garden …

How Big is the Universe?

As technology has evolved, astronomers are able to look back in time to the moments just after the Big Bang. This might seem to imply that the entire …

Scientists Have Pieced Together The Skeleton Of An Adorable New Dinosaur

Move over, <i>Indominus rex</i> - there’s a new dino in town.<p>Paleontologist Mike Triebold first started digging up the bones of a previously unknown species …

4 Scientifically Proven Ways to Have a Happier Morning

In the past, I would have never described myself as a "morning person." In fact, I used to hate mornings. I would often begin the day by hitting the snooze button on my cell phone alarm. When I would finally wake up, it was usually a race to get out the door. I would rush to shower, do my hair and …

Here’s what happened when a group of friends built a scale model of the solar system in the desert

But in reality, the solar system is extremely vast.<p>To get an idea of just how far that is, it would take about 4 hours to reach the furthest planet from the sun at the speed of light.<p>In the words of James Irwin, an astronaut on Apollo 15:<p>As we got farther and farther away, the Earth diminished in …