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An Astronomer Explains Black Holes at 5 Levels of Difficulty

You probably know the basics when it comes to black holes: A lot of mass squished into not a lot of volume makes for an entity so prodigiously dense, …

Black Holes

4 Truths You Need to Accept If You Want to Lead a Happier Life

4) Nobody's perfect.<p><i>What fact have you accepted about life that has made you happier? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Joshua Otusanya, Accountant, Stand up Comedian, Former</b> …

Comedians

Where to find the best free stuff online

Why pay?<p>The internet is brimming with freebies—you just need to know where to look for them. There are a lot of sites that offer free items—but there are also a lot of scams. We've handpicked the most trustworthy sites and apps for you to turn to, whether you're hunting for a sofa or a smartphone …

Freebies

Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Butt Hair — Really

Let's talk about butts, baby. While it's always the season to show off your peach emoji, come Summer, it may be especially on your mind. Perhaps you want to tan it, tone it, cover it in glitter — and, you know, remove some pesky butt hairs while you're at it. Do you! Here's everything you need to …

Time crystals could be the miracle quantum computing needs

Scientists at Aalto University in Finland recently published research indicating “time crystals” may hold the key to creating a quantum computer that doesn’t require near perfect-zero temperatures to operate.<p>There’s a reason you might not have heard of time crystals: they’re a wickedly difficult …

Quantum Physics

These Books on Mindfulness Will Help You Practice Being Present

Meditation and mindfulness are two concepts that have received quite a bit of buzz in recent years. While their origins lie in ancient teachings and …

99 Incredible Products That Will Totally Transform Your Skin

If you're a beauty junkie who loves trying new products every chance you get, you've come to the right place. We did the hard work for you and unearthed 99 amazing products we think are worth the hype. Whether you're on the hunt for a zinc sunscreen or you're looking for a hydrating new mask, it's …

Skin Care

Oculus TV launches this month with a ton of streaming partners

Given that the main function of an Oculus headset is to let you escape reality for a while, using one to watch TV seems almost pedestrian. Yet it's a feature that's often overlooked, until now. Oculus TV is launching later this month and it's got a raft of entertainment partners on board, including …

How to worry less, ease anxiety and tame toxic thoughts

The average person spends almost 80 percent of the time focused on regret about the past or anxiety about the future. How to get a handle on your worries.<p>Life would be so much different without a wall of worry in the way.<p>May is Mental Health Awareness Month, bringing attention to the one in five …

The simplest skincare routine for men to hold onto youth as long as possible

The simplest skincare routine for men to hold onto youth as long as possible<p>We need less shit to worry about in our lives, not more. That’s why a …

Ranking The Best New Shows On Netflix You Can Stream Right Now

Michael C. Hall stars in a new show -- it's silly and dark.<p>For the weekend of May 12, Streamline recommends “Dear White People” in the top Netflix spot for the second time.<p>The first season was very good, but this second season is even better.<p>There are few shows that I truly “binge-watch” these …

Scientists Just Found Naked Mole Rats Have Another Freaking Weird Superpower

Move over, tardigrades.<p>Naked mole rats may look like wrinkly skin sacks, but they have some pretty bizarre superpowers, including a total immunity to …

New wireless headphones revealed by Sony and Sennheiser

<b>There were no shortage of wireless headphones on offer at CES, with some of the biggest names in audio, including Sony, Sennheiser and B&O all</b> …

Consumer Tech

11 EXPERTS REVEAL SECRETS OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW

Twenty-six experts from around the world were asked about what most people do not know about the subconscious mind and the answers were …

Brilliant Gifts Under $20 When a Card Just Isn't Enough

When it comes to close friends and family, buying gifts is often a lot easier. You know them, and you're probably willing to spend a little more (not …

5 toxic habits I've quit to be happier, smarter, and more productive

Do you want to know the honest reason why I study productivity?<p>I'm lazy. And I love life.<p>I also sincerely believe that productivity is the key skill that leads to a successful career and happy life. Why? When you're productive, you know how to get the <i>right</i> things done so you never have to worry …

A Better Way To Deal With The Negative Thoughts In Our Heads

If you’re familiar with contemporary definitions of mindfulness, you’ve probably heard something along the lines of not getting too attached to our thoughts, but letting them arise and subside of their own accord, like clouds. Our job is just to witness them, non-judgmentally, and let them fade …

Mindfulness

13 questions that will change your life

When things aren’t going quite the way you’d like them to, it’s often the result of not asking yourself the right questions. Some questions are hard …

A Gun to His Head as a Child. In Prison as an Adult.

LEBANON, Conn. — Rob Sullivan still remembers the gun and the sound of his mother’s high-pitched pleas. Two thieves had burst into his parents’ Hartford home. Demanding his father’s dope stash, one of the men placed a gun to Rob’s right temple. “Just give it to them,” his mother begged his …

Ancient Viruses Are Buried in Your DNA

In July, scientists reported that a strange protein courses through the veins of pregnant women. No one is sure what it’s there for.<p>What makes this protein, called Hemo, so unusual is that it’s not made by the mother. Instead, it is made in her fetus and in the placenta, by a gene that originally …

Hurricane Irma tracker: watch latest path of storm in Florida - live

Watch Hurricane Irma in real time as it travels along its destructive path by using this graphic.<p>The storm weakened on Monday morning as it headed towards Tampa, on the Western coast of Florida.<p>It pummeled the Florida Keys on Sunday, with winds up to 130mph, swamping homes and boats, knocking out …

Our sun might have been born with an evil twin called 'Nemesis'

The family isn't close.<p>Sunlike stars often come in twos and threes, and astronomers and astrophysicists have long wondered why. Are these pairs and trios born as multiple stars orbiting the same point, or do they meet up when the gravity of one star captures another?<p>A new analysis out of Harvard …

All Known Existence

<b>Contemplation of the day:</b><p>Quantum physics suggests the existence of multiple universes and that mankind may be able to access these realms in the not …

Charting Music’s Big Revolutions

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

High-tech light shutter could help turn your windows into LCD displays

Researchers at the Pusan National University in South Korea have developed an advanced light shutter that can rapidly switch between transparency and …

Nanotech

Samsung’s plan to distance itself from Android is finally taking shape

The Tizen app store is now live across the globe, according to the Wall Street Journal, which means anyone with a Tizen-powered phone can download and use apps. But there's just one tiny detail that'll stop most of you from getting a Tizen phone.<p>There's currently only one model, the Z1, that runs …

Can 3D-Printed Rhino Horns Stop Poachers?

Conservationists debate whether the biotech helps or hurts<p>With poaching on the rise, Africa's rhinos could be extinct within a few decades. Thousands are slaughtered every year for their horns, which sell for about $30,000 a pound. The horns are used in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese medicines, …

How to Transform Teaching with Tablets - Educational Leadership

Over the past four years, we at EdTechTeacher have seen an incredible surge in another type of technology in schools: the tablet computer. Led by …

Education Technology

A Clear Day For Lake Michigan And Other Amazing Images Of The Week