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Scientists Have Discovered a Bacteria That Eats Plastic

Plastic can be biodegradable in the presence of a certain kind of bacteria.<p>Researchers found that a bacteria called Ideonella sakaiensis can use …

Having A Baby VS Having A Cat (9 Pics)

Matthew Inman, the brilliant cartoonist behind the highly successful Oatmeal webcomic, has created a hilarious comic that compares and contrasts the …

Exploding Kittens

Human DNA found in hot dogs - and 10% of vegetarian sausages contain meat

In news that is likely to shock meat eaters and herbivores alike, some very disturbing ingredients have been found in hot dog sausages<p>Not only is processed meat apparently really bad for you, it also could be making us cannibalistic.<p>A study of both meat and vegetarian hot dogs showed that they …

Sausages

Orphaned Raccoon Thinks She's a Dog After Being Rescued and Raised by Family with Dogs

Pumpkin the Raccoon may have an adorable face and a family who adores her, but things weren't always easy for the lovable creature. When she was only a month old, Pumpkin fell out of a tree and broke her back leg. To make matters worse, the infant animal was incredibly weak and in need of medical …

How to Stop Overthinking

Overthinking is a byproduct of trying to control. The "human" part of our being believes that we can think our way to safety and resolution when in fact, it is a combination of our left (thinking) brain and our right (intuitive/creative) brain that we form the best decisions and conclusions for our …

Ray Kurzweil: In The 2030s, Nanobots In Our Brains Will Make Us 'Godlike'

Once we're cyborgs, he says, we'll be funnier, sexier and more loving.<p>Futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil predicts humans are going to develop emotions and characteristics of higher complexity as a result of connecting their brains to computers.<p>“We’re going to be funnier. We’re going to be sexier. …

The real parenting lessons of the 'Child Predator Social Experiment'

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is probably nothing that freaks out a parent more than the fear of their child being lured away by a stranger, which is why we, as parents, constantly talk about stranger-danger with our little ones.<p>But are we keeping the conversation going with our tweens and teens when the virtual …

Social Media

My calmer, happier life after having a baby

When I was five months pregnant, I wrote a column for The Globe and Mail revealing truths about my feelings about my pregnancy and my body, and what that all meant for me as a person recovered from an eating disorder, now an eating-disorder therapist. Being transparent about this was a great relief …

Two Dudes Do Karate in Natural_Born_Human Inkblots

Or do you see a beautiful butterfly?<p>No matter what you see in @Natural_Born_Human's dusk-colored inkblot art above—we see two dudes doing karate—its abstract forms are a playground for the imagination. The only description of the project, dubbed <i>Psychorama</i>, reads "<i>Psychorama</i> is a project of obscure …

DIY Dishwasher Tablets Give You Clean Dishes for Only Pennies!

I am not usually known for my frugal grocery shopping skills. I have a tendency to zip through the store way too fast, throwing an assortment of …

20 IKEA Hacks to Make Your Dorm Look Fancy

It’s time to give dorm room decor the old “college try” — with the help of IKEA, of course. If you are looking for some inspiration, these genius IKEA hacks are perfect for making the best of a dorm room and really letting your personality shine. Whether it’s adding more storage to your work …

Decorations

Miniature brain in a dish reveals an outsized secret about autism

Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism have grown a passel of miniature proto-brains in a lab, using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain's earliest days of development. From these small creations have come potentially big insights into autism, a diabolically complex …

The Chesapeake Bay Is Turning Into Plastic Soup

Microplastics contaminate the water on a massive scale.<p>They’re in the oceans, in the Great Lakes, and now it turns out they’re fouling the Chesapeake Bay—microplastics, the remnants of unrecycled products that are damning the world’s water to seemingly eternal pollution.<p>The presence of …

She Cut Open A Plastic Bottle, And What She Did Next Is Simply Unbelievable – Design & Technology

<b>Recycling projects</b> are always fun and exciting. It’s amazing when you see old trash gets dressed up into something new and useful. Nowadays, there …

Someone built a meth lab inside a federal research facility, and it exploded

Business booming<p>Somebody built a methamphetamine lab inside a federal research facility, and a security guard was injured when it exploded. <i>Chemical & Engineering News</i> reports that the explosion took place July 18th at the National Institute of Standards & Technology, and local police say evidence …

Methamphetamine

See winning National Geographic nature photos snapped by kids

You don't have to be all grown up to take great photographs. Kids between the ages of 9 and 17 are showing off their camera talents with a collection of pictures capturing crackling light bulbs, swarming ocean life and a curious young sea lion.<p>National Geographic Kids selected 10 winning images …

Photography

10 Shockingly bloodthirsty birds - #2 will leave you in a big shock!

<b>Shockingly bloodthirsty birds</b> – Alfred Hitchcock did not know his birds very well, otherwise he would not have used mere crows and gulls in his avian …

Father Captures Photos of His Young Children Immersed in Nature Play

As we grow older, we sometimes forget the importance play had in the development of our lives. It isn’t until we have children of our own that we can …

90 minutes in nature really change the brain - Futurity

Walking in nature yields measurable mental benefits and may reduce the risk of depression, report researchers.

Germany Plans to Give Dozens of Military Bases Back to Nature

“Old soldiers,” explained acclaimed general Douglas MacArthur, during his iconic farewell speech to Congress, “never die; they just fade away.”But …

Artist of the month from Chalk Hill goes back to nature

“I've been painting all my life, really,” said Connie Shoaf, 75, of Chalk Hill.<p>Shoaf is the Fayette County Courthouse Law Library Artist of the Month …

Pittsburgh

WATCH: The Murder Of Princess Diana

Princess Diana of wales was a very popular political figure in the UK, part of the reason of her massive popularity is directly influenced by her …

Armored Spiky Worm Had 30 Legs, Will Haunt Your Nightmares

A spiky, wormlike creature with 30 legs — 18 clawed rear legs and 12 featherlike front legs that likely helped it filter food from the water — once …

Colorful Arctic Animals Revealed in Thousands of Undersea Images

New photographs of fluorescent sea creatures — including bright orange animals that resemble feather dusters with long, skinny handles, and spongy, …