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There's an Intact Ancient Virus Lying Dormant in Human DNA

Don’t worry. It probably won’t come back to life.<p>Research has shown that our DNA houses the ghosts of viruses fended off by your ancestors, and some …

Genetics

10 Smart Ways to Garden on a Budget

Throughout my twenties I ran a gardening business in Silicon Valley. People paid me obscene amounts of money to build ornate vegetable gardens behind …

12 Tiny Tabletop Terrariums You Can DIY

The Surprising History Behind Leap Year

The ancient Egyptians did it, and so do we. Here's how a leap day—which occurs February 29—helps keep our calendars and societies in sync.<p>It's that time again: This Monday, February 29, is a leap day, the calendar oddity that occurs (almost) every four years.<p>For centuries, trying to sync calendars …

Five Time-Management Tips To Lower Your Stress

Time management techniques let you get more done at home and at work, but I like them for another reason. When you have a handle on your day and you know that you’re doing exactly what you should be doing nearly all the time, that knowledge also lowers your stress level!<p>Here are five …

24 Daily Habits That Will Boost Your Intelligence

The inner workings of the human brain are still one of humanity’s great mysteries.<p>As neuroscience has advanced, we’ve learned that we can train our …

Homemade Garden Insect Spray #Organic Gardening

Gardening<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>4 cups of warm water<br>• 1 onion<br>• 5-6 cloves of garlic<br>• 1 tbsp of cayenne pepper<br>• 1 tsp of paprika<br>• 1 tsp of dish soap<p><b>How to prepare the</b> …

Better Homes & Gardens Home

Terrariums are a beautiful addition to desks, dining room tables, and other well-lit spots. Check out our easy step-by-step instructions to learn how …

20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decision-Making

We all make bad decisions sometimes, but have you ever wondered what mental obstacles can lead you astray? This infographic goes over 20 of the most …

7 Ways Intermittent Fasting Can Transform Your Health

Follow these simple steps to eat what you want while losing weight, building muscle, and sharpening your mind using intermittent fasting.

Four New Elements Added To The Periodic Table

That's some heavy stuff<p>Elements with atomic numbers 113, 115, 117, and 118 have been added to the periodic table.<p>The new elements were added after the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) reviewed scientific studies published by teams of researchers in the United States, Japan, …

Chemistry

10 Mind-Melting Paradoxes

In the centuries since the ancient Greeks first pondered them, paradoxes have flourished throughout society, delighting and infuriating millions of …

15 Things She’s Thinking When You’re Naked

Use these insights to peek inside her brain when you’re in the buff<p>Okay, let’s get something out of the way first: she’s probably not comparing you to Brad Pitt.<p>“Women don’t pick apart your naked self as much as you might imagine,” says psychologist Jill Weber, Ph.D, author of <i>Having Sex, Wanting</i> …

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Key dates in the life of Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963 and called the Second Vatican Council, was elevated to sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church on …

8 Of Google’s Craziest Offices

Google is known for its zany office designs, from stroopwafel ceilings to slides to scooters. And you thought your office’s foosball table was cool.<p>While most of us 9-to-5ers hunch over in boxy, fluorescent-lit cubicles, feeling lucky if our office has a snack machine, the Google employees of the …

Tel Aviv

Which is More Likely: Teleportation or Space Colonies?

A new poll by Pew documents what Americans believe about the tech of the future.<p><i>May 1975 PopMech.</i><p>How do Americans feel about the sci-fi technologies promising to invade their lives? This week, pollsters from the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey of 1001 adults, revealing which …

Why Facebook and Google are buying into drones

Back in the bad old days of the cold war, one of the most revered branches of the inexact sciences was Kremlinology. In the west, newspapers, thinktanks and governments retained specialists whose job was to scrutinise every scrap of evidence, gossip and rumour emanating from Moscow in the hope that …

Reinvent Your Workday

Flip the script for your 9-to-5 with these 5 tips from a top entrepreneur<p>“Think outside the box.” Every exec from New York to Silicon Valley still throws out this worn-out bromide for a reason: To be successful, people and companies have to differentiate themselves from the competition. And that …

The land of myths and mountains

Intrepid travellers are increasingly heading to the remote fjords of East Iceland, drawn by superior bird-watching experiences, isolated hiking trails and Elvish lore.

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Goal Setting Tips For Professionals: Stick To Your Goals By Making Them SMART

With the new financial year about to begin soon, you will soon be setting personal and professional goals. When you are setting goals and objectives, …

8 Things Women Think Turn Men On But That Don Not

All the men of this world must burn all the female glossies that make our women follow dumb advices on how to win us over. Seriously, nothing …

15 Qualities That Instantly Make A Woman Look Cool

Women have a lasting effect on us and it's very rarely her outer appearance that does the trick. We may sigh looking at a gorgeous woman, but there …

7 Reasons Vegetarians Live Longer

The latest study shows that meat abstainers have lower blood pressure<p>There’s nothing wrong with eating meat if you’re doing so in moderation (I for one, will never give up the occasional cheeseburger), but research does show that vegetarians tend to be healthier overall, and even live longer.<p>Now …

The botanist's guide to the sexiest plants of the world

Plants can be sexy. Raise your eyebrows if you will, but to a plant lover, certain plants possess an undeniable allure. And plant-love can make you do crazy things, like scaling a muddy cliff to snap a photo of an extremely rare tropical flower or travelling to a remote corner of eastern Oregon to …

National Parks

You've Never Seen Pi Like This

Nerdfeast!<p>Science artist Martin Krzywinski has turned the infinite randomness pi—and other mathematical constants—into a thing of visual beauty. Krzywinski, building on images created by Cristian Ilies Vasile, has compiled a series of eye-catching circular diagrams based on relationships between …

Leaves In Chernobyl Area Are Decaying Unusually Slowly

They just linger in a thick layer on the forest floor.<p>Strange to say, fallen logs, leaf litter and other forest debris doesn't decay as quickly around Chernobyl's most affected areas as it does elsewhere, <i>Smithsonian</i> reports. When scientists set out to study the phenomenon, they found that lingering …