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Creativity

Nine Prayers for the Not-Yet Married

Singleness can be a long, lonely, and confusing road, especially when it’s unwanted. Through most of my twenties, I felt like I was <i>born</i> wanting to be …

Stop Eating So Much and Start Getting Results… No This Isn’t Promoting Eating Disorders

<i>Originally published at</i> <i>Biohacking Entrepreneur.</i><p>If you aren’t a caveman, it’s highly likely you eat 3 meals a day plus some munchies here and there. …

'New Era' of Astrophysics: Why Gravitational Waves Are So Important

There was big news in astrophysics this week: An experiment detected ripples in space-time, known as gravitational waves, created by two black holes …

LIGO

Poverty Can Alter Your DNA So You’re At Greater Risk For Depression

Being poor isn’t just about not having money–it also has damaging physical effects.<p>Being poor is about more than just finances. A growing body of research has shown for awhile that the cycle of poverty is also psychological–and physiological. Having no money makes people stressed, which changes …

The best time of day to do everything, from exercising to interviewing for a job

What happened?<p>Maybe it's not a question of <i>what</i> you did, but of <i>when</i> you did it.<p>As in, you drank coffee before you needed it and ended up crashing later, or you spent the whole morning answering emails so you had no energy left to work on the really important stuff in the afternoon.<p>To help make sure …

Time Management

Scientists Just Found Even More Evidence That RNA Is Behind The Origin of Life

Here's how it all began.<p>Scientists have been closing in on RNA (ribonucleic acid, the close companion of DNA) as being the most likely candidate for …

Biology

Big changes are coming to the nutritional info printed on your food

A new look is coming to Nutrition Facts labels on food packages, with more attention to calorie counts and added sugars. And no longer will a small …

Humans Could One Day Evolve to Live Forever

If jellyfish can do it, why can't humans?<p>It is a biological inevitability that just about every living organism will die—it's the <i>how</i> and the <i>when</i> that are up for debate. Some species barely make it to adulthood, while others go on for centuries. Ninety-nine percent of all species have already gone …

Biology

US companies given permission to try and bring people back from the dead

Scientists in the US have been given permission to try and bring dead people back to life.<p>Initial tests will use a range of techniques on 20 subjects …

Game of Thrones

The 5 Benefits Of Being A Dog Owner After Age 50

Besides being cute and cuddly, man's best friend also offers health benefits to those facing the challenges that can come with age. Read on to find out how a pup can improve your life.<p><b>1. They help fight loneliness.</b><p>According to a 2012 report by the Administration on Aging, around 28 percent of …

Pets

Americans Can Study In Germany For Free

Do you want to go to college, but you simply cannot afford it and you do not qualify for scholarships? Here is an interesting idea: move to Germany. American citizens can get a free college education there.<p>The German Academic Exchange Service (GARS) national report notes that approximately 4,300 …

Higher Education

New College Grad? Here Are 10 of the Best Cities For You

Armed with a degree, recent college graduates often feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment—immediately followed by a tremendous sense of unease. …

San Francisco

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

The Brain

Academia is quietly and systematically keeping its women from succeeding

Academia’s war on women is real. Even though women outnumber men both in college enrollment and graduation rates, colleges aren’t exactly bending over backwards to accommodate them. From skyrocketing costs resulting in women taking out more loans—and incurring more debt—than men to the complicity …

Humanities

NASA's Celebrating Earth Day With The Most Mind-Blowing Photos Of Our Planet

Earth Day gives us a chance to reflect on the amazing planet we live on and how we can work together to preserve it. And there's no better way to see just how lucky we are than by getting a glimpse of Earth from space.<p>That's why NASA has compiled some of its favorite photos of the Blue Planet. The …

Here's the Memory Trick That Science Says Works

If the brain could brag that’s pretty much all it would do. It’s easily the most complicated organ in your body, and, more than that, the nimblest …

The Brain

10 ways to make it through the day after a terrible night's sleep

Wait a minute—we're supposed to get a good night’s sleep to feel great all day? File that under, "Things we know we're supposed to do that are impossible." The problem isn't <i>wanting</i> to get a good night's sleep, it's actually making it happen. And between work, kids, and, let's face it, the new …

Sleep

Android beats Apple in ditching the headphone port on smartphones

There has been a lot of discussion about the rumor that Apple is doing away with the headphone port on the upcoming iPhone 7. While we in Android-land likely smirked and counted ourselves lucky, the first three smartphones with no headphone port have just been announced in China. And they run …

Mobile Technology

Here's what could happen to Earth over the next 500 years

REUTERS/Stringer<p>Hey there! Nice to meet you, I'm from the future.<p>I live in the 26th century, deep in the Anthropocene Era.<p>Humanity is officially the …

Genes influence the age at which you lose your virginity, study shows

Researchers discover extent to which DNA determines age of first sex; genetic link also found between risk-taking behaviour and early loss of virginity<p>The subtle impact of genetics on the age at which people lose their virginity has been teased apart by scientists and shown to have an effect on how …

Genetics

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

9 Great Science Fiction Books For People Who Don't Like Science Fiction

So there's someone in your life who doesn't like science fiction. Nobody's perfect. But the good news is, genre is expansive, and there's almost …

Books

13 Reasons You Wake Up in the Middle of the Night

And what you can do to control them.<p>Waking up in the night can be very frustrating and leave you screaming "Why can't I sleep?!" And, although sometimes the reason why you've woken up is obvious, there are also some lesser known physical and emotional factors that could be disturbing your sleep. …

Two Strategies for Surviving the Coming Mass Extinction

We’re all gonna die, but here’s how to die less soon.<p>The next Great Dying is coming. In fact, it's definitely already here.<p>The last time our planet saw a dying-off of global proportions was approximately 250 million years ago, and most of the life on Earth was wiped out for good. Plants, land and …

This Factor Is Key to Your Attractiveness

Humans are drawn to one another for countless reasons, and the fact that we’re often drawn to people who seem to “get us” emotionally is now borne …

Research

How Your Size Affects How You Experience the World

Just how high is that wall?<p>As anyone who’s ever tried knows, losing weight is hard. It’s not just that dieting and exercising is difficult; the …

The Brain

Mysterious chimpanzee behaviour could prove they believe in God, according to scientists

New footage of ritual behaviour by chimpanzees, taken and analysed by researchers, shows they may be engaging in spiritual practices - and could even believe in God.<p>West African chimpanzees have been captured on camera throwing rocks into holes in trees and engaging in other bizarre behaviour, …

Northern lights, blood moons and brilliant stars - in pictures

• Share on Facebook<br>• Share on Twitter<br>• Share via Email<p>Some of the best entries so far in the 2016 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. There are two weeks left to enter, and the winners will be announced in September<p>Aurora over Laksvatn Fjord, Laksvatn, Norway

Northern Lights