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This Is What It's Like to Fall in Love With Your Brother

Defying laws and societal taboos, one couple shares their undeniable connection.<p>Until she was 40, Melissa* thought she was an only child. For the first decade of her life, she grew up happily in a suburban, upper-middle class area of the Great Lakes. Then, her father committed suicide, and soon …

My Atheism does not make me superior to believers. It's a leap of faith too | Ijeoma Oluo

It’s easy to look at terror done in the names of different gods and think, look at these foolish religious folk. But we’re in no position to cast the first stone<p>There are many different ways in which people come to atheism. Many come to it in their early adult years, after a childhood in the …

Religion

The 'sexist' words your children are no longer allowed to use at school

Teachers are to be issued guidelines from the Institute of Physics detailling the words which are to be banned from the playground<p>Children as young as five are going to be admonished for using language that enforces gender stereotypes as new guidelines are sent to every school in England this …

The 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition: The winning pictures - Telegraph

CNN/Facebook Democratic debate winners and losers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The field of Democratic presidential hopefuls faced off in their first debate, hosted by CNN and Facebook, on Tuesday night.<p>For more than two hours, the candidates tried to make their best impressions before a national audience discovering many of them for the first time.<p>Here's …

Government

Funny Pictures – October 4, 2015

I ordered double pepperoni.<p>King of the Creepers.<p>Hyper realistic tiger tattoo.<p>Or this Cougar.<p>Bought this gem at a church yard sale.<p>A keyboard from the …

The hardest college to get into in every state

What's the hardest school to get into in the country? Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, tops Niche's list.William B. Plowman/Getty Images<p>With an acceptance rate of just 5.8% and typical SAT scores between 2120 and 2390, Harvard University is America's hardest college to get into, …

These creepy photos of the International Space Station at night will remind you of Alien

Gerst, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut from Germany, took the photos during a six-month mission last year that ended in November.<p>He's been shooting his surroundings while working at ISS and these pictures are a spooky insight into the research centre after hours, capturing the silent, …

21 Portraits That Gaze Into Your Very Soul

When it comes to portraits, it's hard to argue against the saying, "it's all about the eyes." The so-called windows of the soul can draw you in like few other features have to power to. There's a reason one of (if not the) most popular National Geographic cover ever was Afghan Girl by Steve …

21 striking photos of ballerinas, what dreams are made of

Oct. 1 is World Ballet Day — a day to celebrate some of the most skilled and graceful dancers on the planet.<p>On Thursday five of the world’s leading …

Diabolical little girl held an owl and the Internet had a Photoshop field day

It stands to reason that if you post something weird on the Internet, the Internet will find a way to make it weirder.<p>A photo of a somewhat …

Pictures of the Week 10.1.15

World Records

Photos Of Matriarchal Societies Show What Gender Equality Looks Like Across The Globe

In these Southeast Asian tribes, women share the power.<p>A girl poses confidently, hands on hips. She wears a delicate flower in her hair, and stands in the photo's background, but there's something commanding about her presence. For her age, she looks stern and self-assured -- where she lives, being …

If there is liquid water on Mars, no one—not even NASA—can get anywhere near it

NASA claims to have found evidence of liquid water on Mars. If true, you’d expect the US government to scramble to set up a new mission to test the claim. After all, discovering that Mars has life or even that in can support life will be one of the greatest discoveries ever.<p>But that won’t happen so …

Space Station

Dare you cross China's new glass-bottomed suspension bridge?

Known as the ‘brave men’s bridge’, the dizzying transparent walkway sits 180 metres above a valley in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park in China’s Hunan province.<p>Stretched 300 metres between two canyons, the bridge, which was frightening enough to cross when it was made of wood, was partly …

Faulty Nike Shoes May Have Cost Runner a Marathon World Record

<b>by Brandon Richard</b><p>With a time of 2 hours and 4 minutes, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon earlier today, but it wasn’t all smiles …

7 ways to improve your mood in less than 5 minutes

And it's no wonder bad moods can sneak up on us so often. According to psychologist Guy Winch, author of the book <i>Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt, Failure, and Other Everyday Hurts,</i> a bad mood can be caused by anything from guilt over forgetting someone's birthday, to outstanding tasks …

The Earth Just Opened Up And Swallowed This Beautiful Beach

Perfect one day, gone the next.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>There's been no injuries reported, but some people at the scene recounted the terrifying ordeal on the Clayton's Towing Facebook page.<p>"They had camped approx 200 metres from the beach next to the boundary fence of the campsite and heard a …

Scientists are looking at riskier ways to reverse climate change

Our planet is heating up. There’s mostly consensus on what’s causing global warming (we are), as well as how quickly we need to work to slow it down (very quickly).<p>Now many climate scientists are coming together around a common goal: keep the planet from heating up more than two degrees Celsius. …

Climate Change

Artist Creates Amazingly Realistic Finger Paint Drawings To Raise Awareness About Climate Change

These pictures appear to be stunning photos taken of glaciers and icebergs floating atop the water. In actuality, they are even more incredible than …

Adorable Red Panda Named “Tofu” Makes Her Public Debut at Detroit Zoo

Meet Tofu, an adorable red panda who recently made her public debut at the Detroit Zoo. Born in June, she finally stepped out on Saturday, September 19 with her mom, Ta-Shi. They were seen exploring together in a wooded part of their enclosure.<p>The Detroit Zoo announced the sighting by including …

14 Chic Ways To Decorate for Halloween

This year, make your Halloween decorations look hauntingly elegant.<p>This Halloween we recommend that you swap your blow up Frankenstein with charming white pumpkin ghosts and mini gourd candle sticks.

Decorations

The complete astronomy guide of what to see during tomorrow night's rare lunar eclipse

There is a rare total lunar eclipse on Sunday night that won't happen again until 2033. Learn more about how to watch here.<p>So while you're looking up enjoying the view, we wanted to tell you about some of the other spectacular sights that will be out that night.<p>Especially because when the moon is …

Theoretical astrophysicists have discovered that millions of planets are more habitable than we realized

The hunt for extra-terrestrials has expanded, after theoretical astrophysicists discovered that millions of planets once dismissed as inhospitable could in fact be suitable for alien life.<p>Earth-like planets are the obvious first place to look for life, but a large number of these orbit stars known …

Physics

These easy DIY costumes will make you seem super creative

Luckily, costume-makers from years past have shared their own cheap, easy, DIY costume ideas on social media.<p>We rounded up the best DIY outfits sure to please a crowd with minimal effort. Scroll down for Halloween inspiration.

Finally! Disney Store Is So Done With Gendered Halloween Costumes

Halloween just got a whole lot more inclusive, and it's utterly <i>spooktacular</i>: This year, the Disney Store's 2015 Halloween costume collection features …

The Dress Michelle Obama Just Wore For A State Dinner Will Give You Life

FLOTUS wore a stunning black number at the State Dinner for China's president and first lady.

A rare supermoon total lunar eclipse will rise Sunday

Get ready. A very special, very rare moon is rising this weekend.<p>On Sunday, the full moon will be at its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit …