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Scientists Have Found a Strong Link Between a Terrible Childhood And Being Intensely Creative

Beautiful things can emerge from dark places.<p>Performing artists who were exposed to abuse, neglect or a dysfunctional family as a child might …

Psychology

Black Life, White Wife and the Art Caught in the Middle

Over the weekend, Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, dropped a video for a new song called “This Is America.” You are reading this, which means …

Donald Glover

The 42 Biggest Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything

In a homage to 'Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,' two physicists explain the biggest unknowns in science. I’ve summed them up as a tweetstorm.<p>In Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams’ classic irreverent tour through the universe, a supercomputer named Deep Thought discovers the answer to …

Physics

Pretty sure Google's new talking AI just beat the Turing test

So that whole Turing test metric, wherein we gauge how human-like an AI system appears to be based on its ability to mimic our vocal affectations? At the 2018 I/O developers conference on Tuesday, Google utterly dismantled it. The company did so by having its AI-driven Assistant book a reservation. …

Artificial Intelligence

10 Golden Rules to Keep Your Sex Life Steamy

It’s easy to say there are “golden rules” to keep your sex life going strong, but the truth is—it actually <i>is</i> that simple. Who knew?<p>If you keep track of your relationship and make a conscious effort to keep things smokin’, you’ll have an advantage. Couples who give weight to their sex lives have …

Laundry Rooms

David Buckel, prominent New York LGBT lawyer, dies after setting himself on fire

A prominent gay rights lawyer and environmental advocate has burned himself to death in New York on Saturday, reportedly using fossil fuel in a protest against ecological destruction.<p>The charred remains of 60-year-old David Buckel were found by passers-by in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Police said he …

New Jersey

The Woman Who Knows Everything About the Universe

In 1965, physicist Richard Feynman was busy. He was busy winning the Nobel Prize, and he was busy learning to draw. One day during that productive …

How to Get Rid of Under Eye Bags for Good

<b>No one likes eye bags,</b> they make people look old and unattractive. There are many treatment options for eye bags, although some will not get rid of …

Birds Can See Earth's Magnetic Fields, And We Finally Know How That's Possible

Whoa, evolution. Just... whoa.<p>The mystery behind how birds navigate might finally be solved: it's not the iron in their beaks providing a magnetic …

Biology

The Best Time to Book Flights, Based on 917 Million Airfares

Anyone who has ever purchased a plane ticket can tell you there’s a “right” and “wrong” time to buy.<p>Plane ticket prices fluctuate, and when you …

This Photographer Has Shot NYC with a 1940s Camera for 50+ Years

Walk around on the streets of New York City long enough, and you may come across photographer Louis Mendes. He has shot street photos in the city for</i> …

Scientists Create 'Invisibility Cloak' Inspired by Squid Skin

A new invention could help humans hide from infrared cameras.<p>Humans have long sought ways to disguise themselves, and as technology advances, we have to be more and more creative to do so. The newest experiment in invisibility comes from University of California, Irvine where scientists were …

China's 'social credit' system bans millions from travelling

It sounds like the plot line from an episode of Black Mirror set in a dystopian future, but China's “social credit” system has already seen over 12 million people slapped with domestic travel bans as punishment for bad behaviour.<p>Nine million Chinese have been banned from buying domestic flights, …

China

This is why our phones are making us miserable: happiness isn't the same thing as pleasure, and our brain knows it

People trying to sell you a new car, a fancy phone, or a bigger home might like you to believe that money can buy a whole lot of happiness. But your brain knows that's not true. Money can buy you pleasure, but happiness has to come from somewhere else.<p>If you're confused between happiness and …

Happiness

We asked astronauts if they think aliens exist. Here's what they said

Jeff Hoffman has floated in the vacuum of space. He’s looked down at our planet from above, seen the whorls of clouds, the vast oceans, and the …

New, 'Exotic State of Matter' Found Far Below Freezing

By creating atoms within atoms, the new research marks an exciting time in quantum physics.<p>Crucial to the properties of matter, atoms are widely known as the building blocks of the universe. Harking back to your grade school science classes, you might remember atoms are made up of positively …

First light which ever shone in universe picked up by astronomers in 'revolutionary' breakthrough

The first light which ever shone in the universe has been detected by astronomers scouring the skies for the earliest stars.<p>Using a simple radio antenna positioned in the quietest place on Earth - the western Australian desert - scientists picked up a signal of the long-sought ‘cosmic dawn.’<p>The …

This New Study Suggests Time Did Actually Exist Before The Big Bang

So... is physics broken or not?<p>According to a straightforward interpretation of general relativity, the Big Bang wasn't the start of …

Physics

Muslim teen watched jihadi videos, read Koran for 'courage' before Florida sleepover stabbings, cops say

A Florida teenager -- who had previously been investigated for "alleged violent tendencies" -- watched jihadist videos and read the Koran "to give him courage" before stabbing a 13-year-old boy to death and seriously injuring two others at a birthday sleepover Monday, cops said.<p>Corey Johnson, 17, …

Crime

A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal” - MIT Technology Review

The startup accelerator Y Combinator is known for supporting audacious companies in its popular three-month boot camp.<p>There’s never been anything …

Artificial Intelligence

'National Geographic' Reckons With Its Past: 'For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist'

If <i>National Geographic</i>'s April issue was going to be entirely devoted to the subject of race, the magazine decided it had better take a good hard look at its own history.<p>Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg asked John Edwin Mason, a professor of African history and the history of photography at the …

Race & Ethnicity

What It Means to Have a Micropenis—and How It Does (and Doesn’t) Affect Sex

Does size matter? You'll be surprised.<p>You've probably heard friends share stories about having sex with a guy who has a micropenis. Most likely, …

4 Reasons Retro Runners Are the Best Sneakers for 2018 | GQ

Your hunt is over: Best Stuff is GQ’s destination for finding the perfect version of whatever you need. Here are our favorite retro running sneakers, each with its own take on a classic style that looks great on any guy.<p>The spectrum of sneakers in the market today has never been wider. On one end …

Oxford’s Free Introduction to Philosophy: Stream 41 Lectures

You don't need to go to Oxford to study philosophy. Not when it will come to you. Above, find a playlist that features 41 lectures from Oxford's …

18 Best Oud Colognes for The Man of Luxury

If you’ve never heard of oud before, you’re not alone. Despite long being popular in the Middle East, oud, which is also known as […]

Virginia dad forces 'bully' son, 10, to run to school in rain after being banned from bus

A Virginia father posted a Facebook video that he says shows his 10-year-old son running to school in the rain as a form of punishment for bullying in school and being banned from the school bus.<p>Bryan Thornhill said his technique is working. He said his son was “out of his mind” last week and -- …

We tried 4 brands of jarred tomato sauce — and the winner is worth the splurge

In an ideal world, we'd always have time to whip up a batch of fresh tomato sauce from scratch "The Godfather"-style, but in reality, most days we barely have the time put together an edible meal, let alone a culinary masterwork.<p>Pre-made pasta sauces are a blessing on busy nights, and grocery …

Italian Food

What happens to your body when you stop having sex

While many of us probably couldn’t imagine a life without sex, every now and then it’s natural to experience a “dry spell.”<p>So what effect does …

This Woman Learned Her Birthmark Is A Sign She Fused With Her Twin In Utero

Chimerism is a rare genetic condition where an individual has two sets of DNA.<p>Twins often have an inseparable bond, but Muhl and her fraternal twin are actually the same person. In a rare genetic event, Muhl fused together with her fraternal twin in the womb. So Muhl has two sets of DNA: her own, …

Genetics

This Strange Species That Lives Off Nuclear Energy Is Like Alien Life on Earth

Whoa.<p>When you're trying to figure out what alien life might look like, it makes sense to be looking in the most extreme environments Earth has …