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Mystery of our 145 ‘alien’ genes: Scientists discover some DNA is NOT from our ancestors – and say it could change how we think about evolution

Humans contain ‘alien’ genes not passed on from our ancestors, researchers have discovered.<p>The say we acquired essential ‘foreign’ genes from …

Discovered the sixth DNA base?

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is the main component of our genetic material. It is formed by combining four parts: A, C, G and T (adenine, cytosine, …

If Tesla's new solar power batteries are as good as its cars, they could be a game changer

If you’re one of the millions of people around the world who’ve put solar panels on your roof, you're never happy about cloudy weather. No sun means no power.<p>That in itself is old news, and a problem plenty of people are working on. But now a big name is trying to come up with a way to crack the …

The Real Reason You Should Use A Cast-Iron Skillet

There's a lot of talk about cast-iron cookware. Here at The Huffington Post we've talked about how to care for it and how to cook in it, but has anyone ever stopped to wonder why we'd use a heavy cooking tool that demands such special care?<p>Lisa McManus of America's Test Kitchen puts it best in her …

Kitchens

Scenic day-long hikes: walking in New Zealand

New Zealand may be justifiably famous for its Great Walks and other multi-day hiking trails, but don’t break out the cooking stove and sleeping bag just yet. Much of the same wilderness can be explored on day hikes, which means less gear, less effort, and quite possibly more fun.<p>1. Twilight–Te …

Hiking

Could we 'de-extinctify' the woolly mammoth?

A team from Harvard made headlines by announcing it had put mammoth DNA into elephant cells. But should we ‘de-extinctify’ the beasts and return them to their old stamping grounds?<p>Extinction, it seems, may no longer be for ever. Several weeks ago, scientists in George Church’s lab at Harvard …

Paleontology

The 10 Best Party Beaches On Earth

<i>By the Editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>These are the world's best beaches to eat, drink and play, as chosen by <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> readers.<p><b>10. Super Paradise Beach, Mykonos, Greece</b><p><i>Courtesy Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort</i><p>If the name alone isn't enough of a hook, Super Paradise Beach on the island's …

Beaches

China for beginners: 7 first-timer fails to avoid on your trip to Beijing

Beijing's contradictions create a rip-roaring adventure for first-time visitors. Neon lights flash alongside swaying lanterns. Enormous squares yawn next to labyrinthine <i>hútòng</i> (alleyways). Catcalling market sellers and car horns provide a constant soundtrack.<p>In a city as deafening as it is …

Loneliness

The 2015 Way to Travel on the Cheap

You'll be a jetsetter in no time.<p>The digital age is bittersweet for those of us with wanderlust. On one hand, your Instagram feed is filled with idyllic snaps from exotic locales that are merely pipe dreams due to your lack of funds. On the other, you have a million sites and apps at your finger …

Travel

25 Fantastic and Funny Photos Celebrate Photoshop's 25th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Photoshop! Twenty-five years ago, this week, a little graphics editing program named Photoshop was born. Fast forward a few decades and now we're living in a world where surreal-looking images are all around us. As part of the celebration, Adobe has launched a search for 25 of the …

Photoshop

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

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17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain

What's in a Dream?

Not all dreaming is the same. Dreaming runs the gamut of human experience (and sometimes beyond), incorporating a dizzying range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad and strange. Flying dreams can be euphoric; chasing dreams can be …

Sleep

Incredible street art tours

Streetwear

Baby, it's cold outside! Here are 9 films that'll keep you toasty warm in a blizzard

The East Coast is currently being blanketed by a blizzard that's expected to drop more snow at once than some of us have seen in a lifetime. And while there are sure to be snow bunnies who'll be happy to frolic in the flakes, plenty of us are all set to hunker down at home for the duration.<p>So if …

Shades of Grey

These Are the States Where People Live Longest

<i>This post is in partnership with 24/7 Wall Street. The article below was originally published on 247WallSt.com.</i><p>The United States has a health …

The Ideal Work Schedule, as Determined by Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — …

Employment

Scientists Discover That Exercise Changes Your DNA

<i>The human genome is astonishingly complex and dynamic, with genes constantly turning on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive</i> …

17 Holiday Romances to Stream on Netflix

'Tis the season not only for decking the halls and doling out gifts, but also for staying in on frosty evenings, snuggling up, and relishing in the air of love that is also par for the course during the holidays. We've rounded up romantic Christmas movies that are streaming on Netflix right now. …

Top 10 Things You Must Do in Amsterdam

You know how you have that long list of the top places you want to travel? Well, Amsterdam was never on my list and now I'm kicking myself wondering why it wasn't! I still haven't figured out why, but I sure am glad our paths crossed because I am now in love with it. Love may not be strong enough …

European Travel

The Mayo News - The Mayo News

Tread the path of a bygone age<p><b>Walking<br>Tom Carolan</b><b><br>Deserted Village to Dooagh Path</b><b><br>Distance</b> 2.5 miles<b><br>Trail Surface</b> Gravel path and bog road<b><br>What to bring</b> …

5 'Harry Potter' Fan Theories You'll Think Are So Crazy They Might Just Be True

This is not a part of the Hogwarts curriculum. The last <i>Harry Potter</i> book may have come out in 2007 and the last movie in 2011, but fans still debate the intricacies and nuances of J.K. Rowling's masterful and magical series. True Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, Hufflepuffs and Slytherins alike will …

Trek-worthy gifts for outdoor adventurers

Going gear-shopping for your favorite outdoors-loving friend or family member can be harder than trekking up Mount St. Helens as she’s about to blow. There are so many options, but so much crap.<p>To help you out with your holiday shopping, Cult of Mac waded through the endless lists of camping and …

These Trips, Treks And Travels Were Totally Worth The Effort

Whether it's a 16-story staircase to the best view in Paris or a flight, hike and cable car ride to a Swiss summit, a daunting journey always makes the final destination feel so, SO much sweeter.<p>We asked the community of photographers at EyeEm to share their adventures that were totally worth the …

Mission to discover hundreds of black holes could unlock secrets of the Universe

A team of Cardiff University researchers have made a breakthrough in helping scientists discover hundreds of black holes throughout the universe.<p>When …

Autism’s Gut-Brain Connection

The different gut bacteria in autistic individuals may be contributing to the disorder.<p>Stress can send your stomach into a painful tailspin, causing cramps, spasms and grumbling. But trouble in the gut can also affect the brain.<p>This two-way relationship may be an unlikely key to solving one of …