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Could there be a new ice age? The sun is ‘going quiet’, researchers warn

Our sun is about to go quiet, possibly by the largest amount in 300 years – with sunspots dwindling away almost to nothing.<p>The change could mean that …

Earth's magnetic poles could be about to flip - this is what will happen when they do

Mass extinctions are highly unlikely, but a reversal could cause trouble for our electronic infrastructure.<p>Phil Livermore, <i>University of Leeds</i> and Jon …

Why People Are Upset About the Batman: The Killing Joke Movie

<i>The Killing Joke</i> was already one of the most controversial stories created in comics. In the graphic novel, the Joker paralyzes Barbara Gordon, …

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Scientists just confirmed there's a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

That's something biologists have known for years, and they've even been able to figure out some of the proteins responsible for folding up DNA. But now a group of physicists have been able to demonstrate for the first time through simulations how this hidden information controls our evolution.<p>Let's …

8 Things to Eat for a Healthier Gut

Healthy food stimulates healthy bacteria, and probiotic-rich foods are a delicious way to start building a healthier gut. Grow your community of good …

Star pupil finds lost Mayan city by studying ancient charts of the night sky from his bedroom

A Canadian schoolboy appears to have discovered a lost Mayan city hidden deep in the jungles of Mexico using a new method of matching stars to the location of temples on earth.<p>William Gadoury, 15, was fascinated by the ancient Central American civilization and spent hours poring over diagrams of …

The tree of life: with Darwin from Genesis to genomics | Petter Hellström

A new “tree of life” has prompted a re-evaluation of our place in evolution. But why are these diagrams named after the tree in the biblical Garden of Eden?<p>Last week a team of scientists published a new “tree of life” in the journal Nature Microbiology. The evolutionary diagram, representing the …

5 surprising foods you should eat and avoid for weight loss

Trying to stay fit and healthy can be an exhausting task with the amount of information available on nutrition. With social media giving voice to …

Spring Clean Your Parenting Mindset

Are you clearing out the garage, dusting off the patio furniture and donating all the clothes your kids have outgrown? Spring cleaning is a lot of hard work but a great way to make a new beginning with the start of the season.<p>The same can be true with your parenting skills: this is a fabulous time …

The Dangers of a Bad Night's Sleep Are More Than You Think

Over 60 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder. And as many as 1 in 6 of those use potentially-addictive prescription sleep medications with harmful side effects, which are associated with a threefold increased risk of cancer and death.<p>Research from Harvard University has shown …

5 'healthy' habits to avoid

With so much conflicting evidence and information out there, it’s no wonder some commonly accepted “healthy” habits and diet strategies have made their way into our lives, despite their pitfalls. Rethink these five popular “healthy” habits and make a change for the better.<p><b>Fat-Free</b><p>Cutting out fat …

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6 Desk Must-Haves to Keep You Happy and Productive

If you work in an office, chances are you spend a large amount of your time sat at a desk. Now whether you love it loathe it, there are ways and …

How to Feel Happy: 11 Awesome Tips for Being Happy

“<b>I feel like I need to be taught how to feel happy.</b> It’s as if I don’t know <i>how</i> to be happy on my own anymore”, she says to me, her voice trembling as …

Happiness

Why Crunchy Food Might Help You Lose Weight

A recent study has revealed a weight-loss trick that couldn’t be simpler: Turn down the volume in your environment (or your earbuds), and listen to …

Nutrition

10 basic rules for a happier life — and most may surprise you

Happy International Day of Happiness! How did you celebrate?<p>The United Nations sets aside March 20 as a time to recognize "the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings."<p>Rejoicing yet? Or do the stresses of everyday life mean little …

Happiness

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

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8 Men Share the Things They Actually WANT You to Lie to Them About

The truth is overrated sometimes.

Your Phone Knows If You're Depressed

Paul Thompson—FPG/Getty Images<p>Keystone/Holton/Getty Images<p>Kypros/Getty Images<p>Lyn Alweis—Denver Post/Getty Images<p>Bill Dow—NBC/Getty Images<p>Mark …

Science Finds Even More Evidence That Anxiety Isn't Just 'All In Your Head'

Thank your genetics.<p>One of the largest misconceptions about anxiety is that the disorder is something people "bring upon themselves," a concept that is as malignant as it is incorrect. Adding to the evidence against this isolating stereotype, a new study from the University of Wisconsin, Madison …

27 Sex Facts You Need in Your Life

This is not your high school sex ed class.<p>Even if you consider yourself a total sexpert, there is always something new to learn about sex. From all the crazy ways it can improve your health to the downright weird things that happen during the act, read on for <i>everything</i> you could possibly want to …

9 Foods To Fight Inflammation + Boost Your Mood

Foods have a marked impact on our moods, but too many times when we’re struggling to get through the day, we reach for the very snacks that only …

5 Ways to Make Water Taste Better (So You'll Drink More of It)

Hate plain H2O? We've got you covered.<p>There's always a trendy new health drink, but you'll never do better than good-old water. H20 has a long list of health benefits, and it can even help promote weight loss.<p>That said, water can't boost your health if you don't drink up—which is hard if you hate …

4 Reasons Why You’re Always So Damn Hungry

Don’t worry, you don’t have a tapeworm.<p>It has been exactly two hours and 36 minutes since your last meal. You know because you’ve been watching the clock. For you, cravings are a way of life. Your stomach is a bottomless pit. Second dinner is a must. And getting “hangry” is a real and ever-present …