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Human Head Transplant Proposed—How Did We Get Here?

Yes, in case you haven’t heard, a doctor in Italy has announced plans to transplant a guy’s head onto a new body two years from now. Sound nuts?<p>Many of the headlines say so. “No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible by 2017,” said <i>Popular Science</i>. The <i>International Business Times</i> pronounced …

The World's Top Beaches for Perfect Sand

<i>by Krisanne Fordham and David Jefferys</i><p><b>10. Playa Negrita, Vieques, Puerto Rico</b><p>Hawaii's not the only island with beautiful black sand beaches: a small stretch of Puerto Rico's Vieques coast is similarly blessed with inky, jet-black sand. The color of the sand at Playa Negrita can be attributed to …

Puerto Rico

7 Floating Destinations That Are SO Much Better Than A Cruise

<b>Lindsey DeSimone for Architectural Digest.</b><p>From Thailand to Canada, these floating structures feature the kind of innovative design and masterful engineering that you have to see to believe.<p><i>(photo: Piyatat Hemmatat, courtesy of Búro Ole Scheeren)</i><p>Devised by 2014 AD Innovator Ole Scheeren, the …

Architecture

5 Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Families in the Caribbean

Whether you're a family of three or of five, with toddlers or with teens, these five best Caribbean all-inclusive resorts promise carefree good times in a natural paradise with unbridled fun under the sun for the whole family. Above and beyond delicious cuisine and decadent spa treatments, each of …

Dominican Republic

The Surprising Amount of Time Kids Spend Looking at Screens

New research suggests children are far exceeding the two-hour daily limit recommended by pediatricians.<p>Slouching posture, carpal-tunnel, neck strain, eye problems. The negative effects that technology use is having on humans’ bodies are surprising. Kids who spend much of their days in and out of …

Pediatrics

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Affordable Family-Friendly Hotels in Paris

(Photo Credit: Hotel Ares Tour Eiffel)<p><b>Hotel Ares Tour Eiffel</b><p>A quick walk away from the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars, this stylish boutique hotel is ideally located to visit Paris' main attractions. The fashion conscious will appreciate the sleek modern bathrooms with their Versace tiling and …

France

Welcome To Sandy Island, Anguilla's Tiny Niblet Of Total Paradise

We've seen some precious little islands in our past, but nothing <i>this</i> small or <i>this</i> spirited. Sandy Island is a self-proclaimed "little speck of sand," and while that's true, it also has 360 VERY big degrees of ocean-view awesomeness.<p>Because apparently in the Caribbean, happiness does not depend on …

Mexico's No. 1 Baja Beach Resort: The Villa del Palmar, South of Loreto

If you're at your wits end, desperate to find a last-minute gift for your parents, your daughter or your club's long-serving president, treat him, her or them to a vacation at the Villa del Palmar resort, in Mexico, south of Loreto on the west coast of the Sea of Cortes.<p>Buy a card, sign it "for …

FBI warns military of ISIS threat

The FBI issued a warning Sunday to members of the U.S. military that ISIS is calling for attacks against them, according to a law enforcement source, saying that "overseas based individuals are looking for like-minded individuals in the U.S. to carry out these attacks."<p>"We also request members of …

Meet 5 "Zombie" Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts

Hairworms turn crickets suicidal, wasps make spiders spin their last web, and more.<p>Zombies may still be a thing of fiction, but some parasites more or less turn their hosts into the walking dead.<p>These masters of mind control manipulate their hosts from within, causing them to act in …

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

Adventure<p>These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

'You Have The Right To Remain Silent.' Or Do You?

"You have the right to remain silent."<p>Any devotee of TV crime dramas or police procedural shows hears the phrase regularly. But new court decisions in recent years have chipped away at that principle.<p>Take the case of California resident Richard Tom. In 2007, he broadsided a car, injuring a girl and …

The Best, Worst and Weirdest of the Week - PAPER

<b>Worst Art Show of the Week:</b> XVALA's. This artist douchebag is exhibiting the private nudes of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and the other female celebrities who were violated by the 4chan leak at a gallery in LA as "social commentary." Ugh, no thanks. <b>-- Gabby Bess</b> [via Dazeddigital.com]<p><b>Weirdest</b> <b>Sex</b> …

You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience

We humans spend a lot of time waiting in lines: People queue up for days in order to get their hands on the latest iPhone, or what feels like eons for a table at that hip new brunch place.<p>You may be better off spending time and money on the latter. A growing body of research has shown that …

Burning Man Festival at Black Rock: Pictures

America's 7 Deadliest Landmarks

By: Kate Peregrina<p><i>Credit: Flickr user David Saddler</i><p>The United States is the most visited country in the Western hemisphere, due in no small part our historic landmarks, abundant attractions, and the unparalleled popularity of Eddie Murphy's 1988 blockbuster, <i>Coming to America</i>. But mostly, the …

Mental Health Cops Help Reweave Social Safety Net In San Antonio

It's almost 4 p.m., and police officers Ernest Stevens and Ned Bandoske have been driving around town in their unmarked black SUV since early this morning. The officers are part of San Antonio's mental health squad — a six-person unit that answers the frequent emergency calls where mental illness …

ThinkPower claims to be world’s fastest battery pack

Hey look, another mobile power pack to keep our devices juiced up on the go. If you were to stop reading there, you would be missing out on why ThinkPower is in a league of its own and worth looking at.<p>ThinkPower is a new Kickstarter project for a mobile power pack, this pack is rated for 10,000mAh …

These Waves Keep Sharks Away From Swimmers

Interest in sharks peaks every summer, when more people hit the beach and start looking for that tell-tale fin. This year, between <i>Sharknado 2: The Second One</i> and Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" — which kicks off Sunday — sharks have been making a particularly large splash on TV screens across the …

Dave Olinger, 87-Year-Old Nudist, Running For Sheriff

An 87-year-old-nudist is gunning for a new job: the sheriff of Island County, Washington.<p>But if Dave Olinger is elected, he could face a big problem: Where would he pin the badge?<p>Olinger is running as a write-in candidate, mainly because he was unhappy that a number of Republicans were running for …

Funny Photos of Cats That Pose Like Pin Up Girls

Right after we showed you some hilarious photos of sexy men and adorable cats in similar poses, we knew it was just a matter of time before we found the female equivalent. <i>Cats That Look Like Pin Up Girls</i> is a funny Tumblr blog that pairs the scintillating ladies found in 1940s and '50s calendars …

Cute

Environment: News & features

Christopher Boffoli's Tiny Worlds on Food

<i>Despite their best efforts, they never did manage to find Cecil’s lost wedding ring.</i><p>Christopher Boffoli’s little friends must have big appetites. At …

Woman Accidentally Wins Marathon

Running the half-marathon at the Run for Heroes race last Sunday, Meredith Fitzmaurice planned to take it easy. She wanted to test herself with a 13-mile run in Amherstburg, Ontario, to prepare for her first long marathon in Detroit next month, where she would try to qualify for the Boston Marathon.<p>…

Toes Wanted By Downtown Hotel For 'Sourtoe' Cocktails

This bar wants your toes.<p>The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon, suffered a major blow last month when the Canadian establishment's signature cocktail -- a drink containing a mummified human toe -- was ruined by a troublemaker known only as "Josh from New Orleans."<p>The "sourtoe" cocktail dates …

Portraits of Dogs With Human-Like Expressions

Is it just us or do most of these dogs look incredibly serious? Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Ralph Hargarten is behind this intriguing new series called <i>A Dog's Life</i> where he's shot portraits of dogs with facial expressions we often attribute to humans. Set against a simple black background, …