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A Simple Poop Transplant Could Fix a Debilitating Brain Disease, Study Shows

Everything is linked in your body.<p>Scientists have been increasingly discovering how our gut bacteria affect health, and how a poop transplant to …

Medical Research

Breakthrough: Researchers fix Alzheimer's gene

Groundbreaking research shows, for the first time, how the most well-known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease causes signs in human brain …

Neuroscience

'Ikigai': the Japanese lifestyle trend promising to find your life purpose

From yoga retreats and weekly mindfulness classes to downloading meditation apps such as Headspace and Calm, many of us spend our lives (and pay cheques) on trying to achieve happiness and fulfilment.<p>However, having tried out the Danish concept of finding contentment in cosiness with the pursuit of …

Happiness

Hygge Supply: The Kit House Reimagined from Northern Michigan

After working in fashion event production for 12 years, Kelly Sean Karcher, who splits his time between Brooklyn and the Leelanau Peninsula in …

Hygge

Casa Jardim do Sol By Hype Studio

Hype Studio have designed a new modern family house in the neighborhood of Porto Alegre, Brazil, that has three floors, including an underground …

Architecture

Physicists Find a Way to See the ‘Grin’ of Quantum Gravity

A recently proposed experiment would confirm that gravity is a quantum force.<p>In 1935, when both quantum mechanics and Albert Einstein’s general …

So You're Smart, But You're Not Rich? This Eye-Opening New Scientific Study Tells You Why

Could there be a reason? Yes, it seems there could.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Don't you look at rich people and find too many of them, well, dull?<p>Don't you listen to rich people and think: "What have they got that I …

Research

Could the design of your bedroom help you get more sleep?

The bedroom is often a rather neglected part of the house when it comes to interior design - we may spend a third of our lives in bed, but most of us spend more of our money and energy on decorating more ‘public’ areas, such as the kitchen and sitting room. The concept of well-being in the home is, …

Melioidosis kills half the people it infects, but you’ve probably never heard of it

Every morning, Prasart Songsorn used to wake before dawn to head out to the fields before the tropical sun and oppressive humidity made it impossible to work. Prasart, who spent all his 56 years on his family’s small rice farm in north-eastern Thailand, worked barefoot in the warm mud. Boots …

Physicists Just Stuffed an Atom Full of Atoms And Created a Brand New State of Matter

Here's what you need to know.<p>An international team of scientists have provided the first proof of an exotic new state of matter, known as Rydberg …

China's hypersonic aircraft would fly from Beijing to New York in two hours

The double-wing plane just aced wind tunnel tests at speeds of nearly 5,600 miles per hour.<p>A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have tested a hypersonic plane in a wind tunnel to speeds of Mach 7, or 5,600 miles per hour, according a paper published (PDF) in the Chinese journal</i> …

Physicists Have Confirmed a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, And It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever

Noooooo.<p>Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it's not symmetrical challenges the fundamental …

If The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old, How Can We See 46 Billion Light Years Away?

There are a few fundamental facts about the Universe — its origin, its history, and what it is today — that are awfully hard to wrap your head around. One of them is the Big Bang, or the idea that the Universe began a certain time ago: 13.8 billion years ago to be precise. That’s the first moment …

Galaxies

These Award-Winning Homes Take Tiny Living to the Next Level

A recent micro dwelling competition pushed international architects to the limits of what can be designed in a 270-square-foot space—and the results are spectacular<p>Designing a home is never easy. But the prospects become significantly easier if the architect is not bound to any required dimensions. …

Translucent 'hugging' towers could help clean Hong Kong's air pollution

Architect Suraksha Acharya from Midori Architects has proposed a pair of ultra-green translucent towers for the Hong Kong skyline. The futuristic …

Madness Inducing 1000-2000 Piece Micro Puzzles Featuring Tiny Pieces That Are All One Color

The Japanese puzzle manufacturers at Beverly have created a series of madness inducing 1,000 and 2,000-piece micro puzzles that are each made up of …

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Telescope Captures The Most Massive Black Holes Ever Found In The Universe

Scientists have discovered the most massive black holes — or “ultramassive” black holes — in the universe. This set of gigantic black holes located …

Storytelling Techniques: 15 Hardwired Expectations

A Reader’s Manifesto: 15 Hardwired Expectations Every Reader Has for Every Story<p>February 16, 2018<p>First, a question. We’re writers, not to mention …

Interior design: how strategic use of materials can create visual intrigue

Have you ever thought about how you move around a house and how you notice things in some parts but not others? I hadn't until we stayed in a house …

This 91-Inch-Wide Skinny House Is Packed With Brilliant Small-Space Storage Ideas

The inside has left us speechless.<p>Tiny house living has been all the rage the past few years, and has given rise to an entire cottage industry of …

Alzheimer's Plaques Erased in Mice—What's Next?

The remarkable results suggest a route for future medications, but a great deal of work remains.<p>Now more than ever, Alzheimer's disease poses an enormous burden. The neurodegenerative disease afflicts more than five million Americans, robbing them of their memories and placing strain and heartache …

Anxious People Focus on Negative Cues That Others Don't

It's an ingrained habit—but one you can teach yourself to break.<p>Let’s pretend for a moment you’re giving a presentation in a room full of very important people. You want their feedback—ideally, some sign of positive approval—because you know you’re being evaluated.<p>You look to a person in the front …

Psychology

As Trump Seeks Climate Funding Cuts, Intelligence Community Highlights Risks

New research suggests that large parts of the world are headed for record-breaking extreme weather events. At the same time, the U.S. intelligence …

Climate Change

For The First Time Ever, Astronomers Have Observed a Black Hole Ejecting Matter Twice

Wow.<p>Black holes don't just sit there munching away constantly on the space around them. Eventually they run out of nearby matter and go quiet, lying …

Scientists Just Found a Super-Powerful New Class of Antibiotics in Dirt

It can kill MRSA.<p>The modern medical era began when an absent-minded British scientist named Alexander Fleming returned from vacation to find that one …

25 Years of Satellite Data Uncover Alarming Error in Sea Level Measurements

Climate change is worsening faster than we thought.<p>The Earth is changing in ways that could cause an actual mass extinction during our lifetimes. In …

Global Warming

These Lego-style homes can withstand earthquakes and cost under $6,500 to build

India has a history of intense earthquakes. In the past two years, the country has suffered seven quakes and aftershocks -- the highest hitting a 7.8 …

Natural Disasters

Scientists Have Figured Out How to Make Wounds Heal Without Scars

Like it never happened.<p>Whether it's from a surgical procedure, clumsy shaving, or that traumatic biking incident that happened when you were five, …

Humans Share a Relevant Gene With This Fish That Can Repair Its Spinal Cord

This has huge implications.<p>The lamprey looks about as different from a human as you can imagine. This fish has an eel-like, finless body, bulging …

Fish

Over three billion barrels of Alberta bitumen has become carbon pollution absorbed by the oceans

Lost in the heated arguments over Kinder Morgan's proposed Trans Mountain pipeline is this simple fact: more than a quarter of the bitumen flowing …