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Smoking Doesn’t Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

56 Acronyms and Initials All Spelled Out

So that's what it stands for!<p><i>Don't miss an episode of mental_floss on YouTube—subscribe here! Images and footage provided by Shutterstock. Here's a</i> …

Pop Culture

80s movies in lists: the best songs, fashion, quotes and British baddies

There’s a lot you can learn about life from the era that brought us Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and When Harry Met Sally. Let’s get into the groove<p>Hadley Freeman: why I owe it all to 80s movies<p>Why were so many 80s movies racist?<p>The 10 best rock songs on an 80s movie soundtrack<p><b>10 When the Going Gets</b> …

Die Hard

10 Science Fiction Writers Predict How Our World Will Change In The Next 10 Years

In the epilogue to his book on data, privacy, copyright and what the changing tides of these big ideas mean for writers and other creative types, prolific sci-fi behemoth and tech blogger Cory Doctorow tries to guess what the future will hold. He begins with a disclaimer: “Science-fiction writers …

Hip-Hop Was the Biggest Revolution in American Music and That's Backed By a Study of 17,000 Songs

The explosion of hip-hop onto the music scene in the 1990s was the biggest musical revolution in American pop history.<p>That’s according to a team of …

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Pop Culture

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Geoscience

Homeland's Carrie Mathison is hardly the first spy who loved men

As women in the CIA complain about the way they are portrayed by TV's Homeland - not least by Claire Danes's bed-hopping operative - Anna Maxted says: hasn't a bit of sex always been part of a spy's job description?<p>The antics of bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison, portrayed by Claire Danes in hit …

Counterintelligence

Secret 15 Fat Burning Foods - Eating Your Way To Natural Fat Loss

Quickly, can you name 15 fat burning foods in the next 30 seconds? How did you do? Well, there are a wide variety of fruits and vegetables that are …

76 of Our Best Steak Recipes, from Rib Eye to Skirt Steak, Fajitas to Skewers

Our biggest, baddest, and best steak recipes—all in one place.<p><b>There are some days when you just really need a big steak.</b> Whether you're in the mood for a seared rib eye or a skewer wrapped in pita, we're here for you.

Cooking

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

There may be a simple way to lose weight using only the power of thought. You just have to know how, says David Robson.<p>Eric Robinson has a surprising tool for weight loss. It’s something we all have, but perhaps don’t use it as much as we’d like: our memory.<p>Dieters often feel that they are waging …

Nutrition

Working at Netflix

I've been at Netflix now for several months, and have found it to be an amazing place to work. What has surprised me most is the culture, how …

Ebola’s Hidden Costs

The number of people who die from the disease could be only a fraction of the number who go hungry from it.<p>On September 3, 2014, Agnes Ngekia learned by phone that her son was dead and that there would be no burial. He had died of Ebola. Ngekia is a nurse in the Kono district of Sierra Leone, and …

After The Sun Incinerates Earth, Life Could Evolve On Titan

In about 4 billion years, our sun will become a red giant star, engulfing the inner planets and basking the outer planets in its ebbing heat. When …

Moon

Who Shot Bin Laden? A Tale of Two SEALs

Two different alumni of SEAL Team Six, the secretive group of highly trained warriors that killed Osama bin Laden three years ago, have been profiting off their role in the terror leader’s death since leaving the military.<p>Former Team Six member Matt Bissonnette, who wrote a bestseller under a …

National Security

Here's A Breakdown Of The Ebola Treatments Used So Far In This Outbreak

As the Ebola outbreak rages on in West Africa and begins to slowly spread in the United States, the race for a cure or vaccine for the deadly virus is more pressing than ever.<p>Because of relatively few Ebola patients (2,418 cases in total before this current outbreak) scientists simply didn't know …

How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time

If the odds of finding one’s soul mate are so dreadfully dismal and the secret of lasting love is largely a matter of concession, is it any wonder that a growing number of people choose to go solo? The choice of solitude, of active aloneness, has relevance not only to romance but to all human bonds …

20 Life-Changing Hacks for Doing Your Nails

Spray PAM to dry your nails, use glue to remove glitter polish, and more!<p><b>1. Line your nails with petroleum jelly or white craft glue before painting them for an easy clean up.</b><p>If you're working on a nail look that's messy, use a cotton swab to rub petroleum jelly like Vaseline on the skin around …

Octopus Broods Its Eggs For 4.5 Years, Longest For Any Animal

This is commitment.<p>In April 2007, Bruce Robison and colleagues happened upon a deep-sea octopus more than 4,500 feet below the sea off California. When they came back about a month later it was guarding a clutch of eggs that appeared quite new and small. So Robison, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium …

Zoology

10 Best Vintage Roadsters For The Modern Gentleman

There’s no shortage of cool cars for today’s auto aficionados, but it comes with a cruel irony. As we’re faced with more and more automotive options, …