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10 Things You Should Pack (But Probably Won't)

Yes, your passport and wallet (and probably some clean underwear) deserve to be at the top of your packing list. But in the rush to remember the essentials, travelers sometimes underestimate the power of the nice-to-haves. Humble objects, ranging from an empty reusable water bottle to bandages, can …

Check Out This 3-D Scan of What Happens to Your Feet in High Heels (Kind of Scary!)

Ladies, how much do we <i>love</i> high heels? There's nothing like finishing off a perfect outfit with the ultimate elegant pair of leg-lengthening shoes, amirite?<p>But reality is that no matter how much I insist that a gorgeous pair of sky-high stilettos are comfortable, deep down inside, I know that …

Infographic: What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Personality revealed through penmanship–look out for the loops and lines of a new coworker or love interest.<p>Graphology–the study of handwriting–has long been considered a pseudoscience, in the same family as phrenology (in which a lumpy forehead could mean you’re a psychopath) and astrology (in …

How To Disappear When Someone's Spying On You

Whenever your cellphone is on, "They" know where you are, and I mean all the Theys — the spooks, the merchants, the drone pilots, the private detectives, probably even the Chinese. If you want your privacy, says artist/designer Adam Harvey, you can go to the back of your phone, pry out the battery …

Diverse Gut Microbes, A Trim Waistline And Health Go Together

Scientists have discovered new clues about how microbes in our digestive systems may affect health.<p>European researchers found that the less diverse those microbes are, the more likely people are to gain weight, become obese and develop risk factors for serious health problems.<p>Evidence has been …

Miniature 'human brain' grown in lab

<b>Miniature "human brains" have been grown in a lab in a feat scientists hope will transform the understanding of neurological disorders.</b><p>The pea-sized structures reached the same level of development as in a nine-week-old foetus, but are incapable of thought.<p>The study, published in the journal …

Scientists confirm existence of new, super-heavy element 'ununpentium'

A heavyweight contender for the periodic table<p>Swedish scientists have confirmed the existence of a new super-heavy element, temporarily dubbed ununpentium for its position at the 115th spot on the periodic table. First proposed by Russian scientists back in 2004, the new element was created by a …