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100 Christmas Cocktail and Drink Recipes to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Maybe just half a drink more...<p>It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means presents, sweets, parties, and most importantly, holiday booze. If you're already feeling eggnog'd out just thinking about the holidays, try one of these 100 cocktails we've gathered—from hot buttery rum …

Is time travel possible?

The simple answer is yes. The more complex answer is it requires travelling close to the speed of light. And always going forward. Unless you find a wormhole.<p>Cosmologist <i>Andrew</i> Pontzen and particle physicist <i>Tom</i> Whyntie show how you can time travel at home.<p><i>For more videos subscribe to the Head</i> …

Time Travel

Cyber Pearl Harbor: Why hasn’t a mega attack happened?

Despite many warnings, no major attack has taken place on the United States. So it is logical to ask why this hasn’t happened yet, and if it ever will.<p>For the past few years, US officials have warned of a coming mega cyber attack against critical infrastructure, something akin to the Japanese …

Cybersecurity

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

Why do you have eyebrows?

You’ll think twice about plucking your eyebrows when you discover their important role, says Greg Foot.<p>They are one of the most expressive parts of our bodies. With your eyebrows, you can communicate your feelings to other people whether you’re quizzical or angry. But is that their only …

Communicate

How do mirrors actually work?

Why do mirrors flip faces horizontally but not vertically? James May explains, with the help of a very childish prank.<p>A mirror is made from a sheet of glass with reflective material applied to one side. It is like an old fashioned transparency photograph viewed the wrong way around. It doesn't …

Transparency

Does a full moon make people mad?

Belief in the Moon’s power over us is widespread, and the basis of the word lunacy. Claudia Hammond examines whether science can shed any light on the ancient myth.<p>We all know a full moon is supposed to bring werewolves and vampires out into the open. Belief in its power to drive us mere mortals a …

Astronomy

How does a lightbulb actually work?

How does a fiddly little piece of wire encased in a glass bubble manage to illuminate so well? James May on how the humble lightbulb does its job, more by accident than design.<p>The lightbulb has been shedding light in our homes and workplaces since the 1870s. and it’s been doing a sterling job …

Light Bulbs

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

Creativity

The 5 Rules Of Better, Deeper Sleep

<i>By Nicole Catanese</i><p>You may think your sleep routine is as simple as PJs on, lights out, but really, most of us are not sleeping correctly. And what's worse, letting proper sleep habits fall by the wayside is one of the easiest ways to put your health at risk. It's time for a re-education: Follow …

Cleaning Uses for Fresh Lemons

Lemon, like vinegar, is a terrific cleaning agent. The acid in lemons is antibacterial and antiseptic, and it acts as a natural bleach. The citrus …

Occasional Drug Use Can Be Dangerous

One misconception connected to the increase in prescription drug abuse by teens is that using drugs is safe as long as you only do it "every once in …

Teen Beauty: Secrets Every Teen Girl Should Know

01<p>of 27<p>Or, What I Wish I Knew 25 Years Ago When I Was a Teen<p>When I was a teenager growing up in the Texas countryside, I got all my beauty tips from …

The Difference Between Adult Acne and Teen Acne

If you suffer from acne as an adult, you may wonder how different your adult acne is from teen acne. It turns out, there's quite a difference, from …

Skin Care

Why Do We Age? A 46-Species Comparison

Why we age is a tricky evolutionary question. A full set of DNA resides in each of our cells, after all, allowing most of them to replicate again and again and again. Why don’t all tissues regenerate forever? Wouldn’t that be evolutionarily advantageous?<p>Since the early 1950s, evolutionary …

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …

Tech and Science

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Would a Psychopath Cheat a Psychopath Test?

I'm a fan of endeavours that bring science to the general public in a fun and accessible way, like the DIY Science Zone at this year's GeekGirlCon or anything Neil DeGrasse Tyson does, ever. That also includes citizen science, in which the general public can actually participate in experiments, …

Let's talk about the gender differences that really matter – in mental health

Supposed differences between the brains of men and women are uncritically reported, while a very real disparity is ignored<p>Gender differences have been much in the news lately. It's a topic that exerts a powerful attraction, beguiling scientists and lay people alike. Are men and women really so …

20 Places to Educate Yourself Online for Free

It seems like these days you can learn just about anything online for free, but of course some of that information is better than others. The good …

How to Stay Happy No Matter What Happens

“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – <i>Abraham Lincoln.</i><p>Happiness is a choice; you can choose to be sad when everything …

20 Ways to Become a Better Writer

Two years ago, if you were to tell me I’d one day be writing for my favorite magazines and finishing my first screenplay… well, I wouldn’t believe …

Creative Writing

31 Thought Provoking Life Questions to Answer If You Feel Stuck in Life

Who said that there had to be an absolute answer for each and every question? Sometimes the ability to ask yourself questions’ an act to challenge …

Happiness

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Motivation

FYI: What’s The Most Durable Way To Store Information?

1. Engrave it on a piece of platinum. 2. Bury the platinum in the desert.<p>Despite claims to the contrary, the storage media in wide use today—CD-ROMs, spinning hard drives, flash memory, etc.—aren’t very durable. “You’re talking years, not decades,” says Howard Besser, a professor and archivist at …

York University

TIME Explains: The New Cholesterol Guidelines

New guidelines could double the number of Americans on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Here’s what you need to know.

8 Life Lessons From Aesop's Fables

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

How Emotional Intelligence Can Improve Decision-Making

The secret to making smarter decisions that aren't swayed by your current emotions -- particularly when your emotions are unrelated to the decision at hand -- could lie in emotional intelligence, according to a new study.<p>For instance, "people are driving and it's frustrating. They get to work and …

TV is Better Than Sex

<b>2. Drink Coffee</b><br>More than half of people said they’d rather drink coffee than engage in the <i>other</i> kind of pick-me-up, according to a survey commissioned by Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts that we told you about last month.<p><b>3. Have Some “Me-Time”</b><br>Which would suck more to do without: me-time or sex? In a …

Will Sleep Therapy Transform Treatment for Depression?

New research being presented this week at a meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies will show results that indicate treating insomnia among people with depression may dramatically boost rates of recovery. This is important news and could dramatically change and broaden …