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Martin Luther’s defining act that sparked the Protestant Reformation probably never happened

The Catholic church of the 16th-century was rotten with corruption. Among other things, the Church was running a roaring businesses in indulgences, slips of paper excepting the holder from time in Purgatory, the interim step before rising up to Heaven. The more money paid, the more time off. One …

Theology

Signs you're smarter than you think

Here's the thing about bad habits.<p>Many of them can hurt you when taken to the extreme. But in small doses, those same "bad" habits can be part of a healthy lifestyle.<p>As in you don't want to live like a total slob, but a desk in slight disarray could make you more creative. Who knew?<p>Below, we …

If You Say Yes to Any of These 7 Questions, You're Much More Successful Than You Think | Inc.com

Sometimes comparisons can be useful... but where your sense of satisfaction and fulfillment are concerned, they're definitely not.<p>Like if you constantly you compare yourself to other people. Do that and it's easy to feel unsuccessful. If you're an entrepreneur and you compare yourself to Richard …

Self-improvement

3 Steps to Create Powerful Results in Any Area of Your Life

Whether your goal is to lose weight, go back to school, be a great parent or start your own business, follow this method for guaranteed success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Oftentimes, budding entrepreneurs wonder how I've managed to transform my life from being a …

7 Daily Habits Extremely Successful People Swear By

Start doing these now.<p>How do you become an uber-rich mogul in the vein of Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey? Well, it might help to emulate the way they …

Fastest way to lose weight and get fit in 10 minutes

Fastest way to lose weight and get fit in 10 minutes<p>Turns out you don’t need more than ten minutes to lose weight fast, and get fit. There’s nothing …

Fitness

11 Clever Life Hacks Anyone Who's Anxious Needs To Know

Everyone experiences some level of anxiety from time to time, but if you're someone who is always anxious AF, you're likely always on the hunt for …

Mindfulness

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

So you bought that new iPhone. If you are like the typical owner, you’ll be pulling your phone out and using it some 80 times a day, according to data Apple collects. That means you’ll be consulting the glossy little rectangle nearly 30,000 times over the coming year. Your new phone, like your old …

Here are the ages you peak at everything throughout life

Ageing can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn't all it's cracked up to be. There are plenty of …

Demographics

Genetic Body/Brain Connection Identified in Genomic Region Linked to Autism

<i>Summary: Researchers have identified a direct link between deletion in two genes and specific brain and body traits. Both genes are in the 16p11.2</i> …

For your brain’s sake, keep moving

NEW YORK: Because we can never have enough reasons to keep exercising, a new study with mice finds that physical activity not only increases the …

Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains

It is unclear what they do—but they likely play a central role in aging and disease.<p>You are now among the first people to see the brain’s lymphatic system. The vessels in the photo above transport fluid that is likely crucial to metabolic and inflammatory processes. Until now, no one knew for sure …

Immune System

Time is understood very differently across cultures

Is the future forward or backward? Left or right?<p>Forget the gears of a watch. those collections of cogs and springs might help us track the passing hours, but the way we visualize tempo is far more nuanced. “Time is abstract. It can’t be tall or short or big or small,” says Emanuel Bylund, a …

A new finding raises an old question: Where and when did life begin?

Science Source/Getty Images<p>Geologists are analyzing ancient clues to tell our origin story.<p>The rock is a deep rusty red, shot through with gray stripes. It rises above shrubby tundra, part of a hummocky terrain that slopes down to the Hudson Bay in northern Quebec, as it has for a very long …

The world’s bananas are under attack

But no, they’re not about to go extinct.<p>Bananas are serious business. Around the world, roughly 145 million tons of bananas are grown each year. In some areas, they are a staple food; in the East African highlands, people consume them several times a day. In these areas, annual banana consumption …

Forestry

Infections during pregnancy may help autism develop—and scientists are finally figuring out why

Our immune systems aren’t perfect.<p>The immune system is a complex beast. It often does a fantastic job of fighting dangerous pathogens, preventing microbes from infecting and harming you. But it’s not infallible. Cancer cells can squeeze past undetected, for example. And sometimes the immune system …

Research shows sugar substitutes may affect body’s ability to control glucose levels, but its conclusions are contested<p>Artificial sweeteners, which many people with weight issues use as a substitute for sugar, may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research.<p>The study was …

Diabetes

In Mexico, Weavers Embrace Natural Alternatives to Toxic Dyes

TEOTITLÁN DEL VALLE, Mexico — As a child, Porfirio Gutiérrez hiked into the mountains above the village with his family each fall, collecting the plants they would use to make colorful dyes for blankets and other woven goods.<p>They gathered pericón, a type of marigold that turned the woolen skeins a …

DNA editing in human embryos reveals role of fertility 'master gene'

Scientists in Britain have revealed the role of a fertility “master gene” in one of the world’s first demonstrations of DNA editing in human embryos.<p>The study, which marks a first for the UK, could help uncover the cause of recurrent miscarriages and lead to more effective fertility treatments. It …

Genetics

Ancient Text Reveals New Clues to the Origin of Zero

New carbon dating provides insights on one of the most pivotal moments in the history of mathematics.<p>One of the biggest mathematical achievements in human history has to do with the origin of nothing—or zero, to be more specific.<p>Researchers at the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library recently …

Mathematics

What Does Einstein's Handwriting Tell Us About His Personality?

We know so much about Albert Einstein, from his Theory of Relativity to his role in kickstarting the Manhattan Project to his love of the violin. …

From tapeworm heads to weevil sex, 10 big photos of tiny things

This year's winners of Nikon's small world photography contest<p>For the last 43 years, Nikon has recognized the world's best views of the small, the tiny, the minuscule and the microscopic. While big things have their fans—everyone loves elephants, mountains and whales—weevils and lily pollen can be …

Halloween Costume

Scientists Show Why Genetic Disease Persists, Despite Evolution

It's not as simple as it might seem.<p>To anyone with a basic understanding of evolution, it should seem puzzling that deadly genetic diseases, passed …

This Fungus Discovered In A Pakistani Landfill Likes To Eat Plastic

Polyester polyurethane makes a delicious meal for the Aspergillus tubingensis fungus, offering a potential solution to some of our insane plastic problem.<p>Out of all the plastic ever made–an estimated 8.3 billion metric tons–most of it still exists as waste in some form, whether that’s in a landfill …

Ancient Viruses Are Buried in Your DNA

In July, scientists reported that a strange protein courses through the veins of pregnant women. No one is sure what it’s there for.<p>What makes this protein, called Hemo, so unusual is that it’s not made by the mother. Instead, it is made in her fetus and in the placenta, by a gene that originally …

2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to 3 Americans for Body Clock Studies

Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for discoveries about the molecular mechanisms controlling the body’s circadian rhythm.<p>The three scientists used fruit flies to isolate a gene that controls the rhythm of a living …

Nobel Prize

2017 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to LIGO Black Hole Researchers

Rainer Weiss, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Kip Thorne and Barry Barish, both of the California Institute of Technology, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for the discovery of ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves, which were predicted …

Physics

Scientists awarded Nobel prize in chemistry for work to visualize biomolecules

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017 has been awarded to three scientists for their pioneering work developing new methods of visualising biomolecules, such as those in the Zika virus.<p>Jacques Dubochet of Switzerland, Joachim Frank of the US and Richard Henderson of the UK were awarded the …

Nobel Prize

'Fatbergs', faeces and other waste we flush could be a fuel

The stuff we flush down the toilet and the fat washed down the drain could be the surprising fuel of the 21st Century – improving sanitation and creating green energy worldwide.<p>Our planet has a problem. Humans, like all living creatures, produce a lot of… well, unpleasant waste. In the form of pee …

Coconut

Nobel Peace Prize 2017 awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

A nuclear disarmament group has won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its decade-long campaign to rid the world of the atomic bomb.<p>As nuclear-fuelled crises swirl over North Korea and Iran, the International Campaign To Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) was awarded the honour on Friday.<p>"The organisation …

Nobel Prize