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Make It: Quick and Easy Fairy Garden

Photo: I Heart NaptimeI have a serious soft spot in my heart for fairy gardens. I mean, who wouldn't? Miniature oases filled with teeny-tiny …

Miniature

Build a Giant Collapsible Vortex Air Cannon You Can Take Anywhere

I built this giant vortex air cannon to “bring the boom” to Maker Faire Atlanta in 2015.<p>My first design used a 32 gallon round plastic trash can. I followed one of the many tutorials on YouTube to figure out how to do this. It worked great but it just wasn’t big enough (the “boom” was lacking) so I …

Science has answered the question: Why do dogs love to sing?

Anyone who’s ever had a dog or even just been around dogs know that the critters love to make themselves heard. Patches barks at cars; Toast won’t …

Scientists Say This Strategy Can Help You Learn Anything Fast

We've been studying all wrong.<p>In his book <i>Fluent Forever</i>, opera singer Gabriel Wyner suggests that one of the best ways to learn a new language is to …

Eddie Izzard

37 Energy Bites Recipes for On-the-Go Snacking

Whether it's first thing in the morning or midafternoon, we all need an energy boost at some point during the day. Coffee is one solution; a sugary …

Dessert

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

The Dude abides: A white Russian with wine, plus other great bottles for dad

If you've not bought a Father's Day gift yet, relax. You've got plenty of company. Fewer than half of Canadians – just 45 per cent – said they plan to spend a penny on Dad this year, according to an online survey conducted by IPG Mediabrands, which manages and buys marketing and advertising …

Trying to Be Less Stupid: The Hard Work of Brain Science

A renowned neuroscientist discusses where the next big breakthroughs in understanding the brain will come from.<p>Michael Gazzaniga was still a graduate student when he helped make one of the most intriguing discoveries of modern neuroscience: that the two hemispheres of the brain not only have …

Smart babies can spot a bully at one year old

At just 13 months, babies can comprehend what constitutes bullying, friendship and what it means to be a bystander, a study has found<p>Babies are smarter than previously thought and can understand complex social situations at 13 months old, psychologists have claimed.<p>They can comprehend what …

Planetary system older than once thought possible -- 11.2 billion years old

The oldest planetary system ever found has been spotted by astronomers. The ancient star and five small, Earth-like planets are about 11.2 billion years old.<p>Until now, scientists questioned whether rocky planets could have formed so long ago, just 2.6 billion years after the big bang. Now they have …

Astronomers watch black hole choke on a star 'blob' - Futurity

An event first captured on a small telescope appears to be the first-ever view of a black hole choking on a star.

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New amazing metal is so hydrophobic it makes water bounce like magic

Scientists at the University of Rochester have created a metal that is so extremely hydrophobic that the water bounces on it as if it were repelled …

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Why Buddhist Teacher Pema Chödrön Says There's No Need For Self-Improvement (VIDEO)

The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect on where you've been and where you want to go. But before you start making a resolution list of self-improvements, watch this "Super Soul Sunday" clip with world-renowned Buddhist teacher and best-selling author Pema Chödrön. As one of the first …

Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life

New discovery is likely to be a rocky world in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone of its parent star where the temperature is just right for liquid water to flow<p>An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.<p>The …

Astronomy

What the 'marshmallow test' can teach you about your kids

<b>(CNN) —</b> The premise is simple: You can eat one marshmallow now or, if you can wait, you get to eat two marshmallows later.<p>It's an experiment in self-control for preschoolers dreamed up by psychologist Dr. Walter Mischel. While the rules of his experiment are easy, the results are far more complex …

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2 planets may lurk in solar system beyond Pluto, study says

There is evidence of at least two planets larger than Earth lurking in our solar system beyond Pluto, a new analysis of "extreme trans-Neptunian objects" reveals.<p>After studying 13 of these "extreme trans-Neptunian objects," or ETNOs, the obits of these objects are different from a theory that …

Astronomy

Heroin-laced Bible plot fails wholly thanks to Ohio sniffer dog

Bible had coffee-like stain that raised alert in K-9 sweep Analysis confirms 30 to 40 hits of narcotic in stain<p>Law enforcement officials in southwest Ohio said two people attempted to smuggle a heroin-laced Bible into a county justice centre.<p>Hamilton County sheriff’s office spokesman Mike Robison …

Bible

Bed nets can't stop new 'super mosquito' - Futurity

Insecticide-treated bed nets are no match for a new mosquito species in Mali.

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A 3D slice of the universe 10.8 billion years ago

Mapping out the ancient universe is a major astronomical goal, but there's a huge challenge: the galaxies there are so dim, scientists can't make out any of the dark parts. But researchers from the Max Planck Institute and US Berkeley/Berkeley Lab have made a breakthrough that may help. They turned …

NJ official: Female health care worker who'd been in Africa isolated with fever

One day after New York officials announced a Doctors Without Borders physician had tested positive for Ebola, another person who treated patients in West Africa developed a fever and was put in isolation at a northern New Jersey hospital.<p>The second health care worker, a woman who hasn't been …

Stinkbugs Have Spread to 41 States; Can We Stop Them?

Parasitic wasps may be one solution to controlling the invaders' march.<p>If you don't yet know what a brown marmorated stinkbug (<i>Halyomorpha halys</i>) is, consider yourself lucky.<p>These invasive insects are marching their way across more and more of the United States, spoiling fruit harvests and driving …