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Actor Kal Penn raises thousands for Syrian refugees after vile social media comment

What Kal Penn calls turning bigotry into love is a powerful force indeed.<p>The actor flipped a vile social media comment on its head Saturday, using …

Two Galaxies Zooming Past One Another Captured in Hubble Image

An unusual double galaxy sparkles in a gorgeous photo by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.<p>The object, known as IRAS 06076-2139, consists of two galaxies …

Here’s How Much Rest You Actually Need in Between Strength Workouts

When you scroll through Instagram, it's easy to believe that the truly dedicated never—ever—take a day off from strength training. But don't let …

Cardiovascular System

Juno mission first results: Jupiter isn't like what researchers expected

<b>(CNN) —</b> Beneath its heavy cloud cover, Jupiter has been able to keep its secrets from astronomers. Now, first results from NASA's Juno mission are challenging researchers' beliefs about the gas giant.<p>The results were revealed during a media teleconference Thursday with NASA researchers and …

Astronomy

We Have More Details on the Outermost Trappist-1 Planet!

The announcement of a seven-planet system around the star TRAPPIST-1 earlier this year set off a flurry of scientific interest. Not only was this one …

Astronomy

Peru: Ancient pyramid excavation reveals extremely complex society 15,000 years ago

Many artefacts and food remains have been recovered at the ancient site.<p>The ancient civilisation that populated the coasts of Peru some 15,000 years …

Archaeology

The forgotten history of how ancient Zoroastrians helped create the old Silk Route

China’s designs to build a massive network of land and sea links connecting four continents have revived popular interest in the old Silk Route, whose success was in small part owed to Zoroastrian merchants carrying goods from China across Central Asia and, often, all the way to Europe.<p>A recent …

World History

Titan Has 300-Foot Electrically Charged Sand Dunes

By on<p>Filed Under Science, Planets & Weather<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>The sand particles on Titan, …

New Simulations Suggest Dark Energy Might Not Exist

68 percent of the Universe might not exist.<p>Ever since the late 1990s, physicists have been fairly certain that the Universe isn't only getting …

These Scientists Sent a Rocket to Mars for Less Than It Cost to Make “The Martian” | Backchannel

<b>On November 5, 2013,</b> a rocket launched toward Mars. It was India’s first interplanetary mission, Mangalyaan, and a terrific gamble. Only 40 percent …

7 Ways You're Wasting Time at the Gym

How to get in, and then get the hell out.<p>Exercise too often goes toe-to-toe with free time for space in our schedules. Who has the flexibility to spend 80 minutes at the gym, not including the time it takes to get there and back home again? If you feel like your workouts take too long, you can make …

Time Management

5 Exercises Every Fit Guy Must Do

These are the key exercises that you have to be doing, regardless of your specialty.<p>What does it mean to be a “fit guy?” Do you have to bench 300 lbs? Do you have to run a five-minute mile? Do you have to have a six-pack while standing?<p>If it did, I wouldn’t make the cut. Fitness, to me, is being …

10 Surprising Ways You Can Sleep a Lot Better

Chronic lack of sleep is a performance, productivity, and creativity killer. Here's how to change that.<p>If you feel you don't get enough sleep--or enough quality sleep--you're not alone. Somewhere between 50 million and 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders that decrease daily …

Self-help

A psychologist with 20 years of experience says there are 5 simple ways to improve your self-esteem

The positives are obvious, but improving self-esteem can be challenging, especially if we've experienced setbacks in the past. In a blog post on TED, the psychologist Guy Winch, who has 20 years of experience working with patients, says the problem is that our self-esteem is rather unstable anyway, …

Self-help

Exhibition reveals hidden history of Colosseum after the fall of Rome, from medieval fortresses to slaughterhouses

Archaeologists in Rome have discovered the remains of a timber walkway used by soldiers guarding a fortress built into the remains of the Colosseum during the Middle Ages.<p>Gladiatorial contests and other spectacles held in the massive amphitheatre ground to a halt by the sixth century AD with the …

Archaeology

18 Sweet Doggos Who Are The Best Car Passengers Ever

If only all car rides were this cute.

NASA's MAVEN Discovers How Mars Lost Its Atmosphere

In many ways, Mars is the most Earth-like planet we’ve ever examined up close, besides our own. With a history of a watery past, copious amounts of erosion, revealed sedimentary rock, volcanoes, clouds, icecaps, sand dunes and features like dried-up riverbeds, there’s an entire geological history …

Earth Science

The Secret to Looking Younger Forever

In her new book, <i>Younger</i>, Dr. Sara Gottfried, our go-to expert for all over-forty health concerns, shows why aging gets a bad rap that isn’t deserved: …

Lucy, An Adorable Little Puppy Who Was Born With a Remarkable Self-Portrait on Her Left Ear

A sweet little puppy named Lucy, who was born to a stray dog at Lollypop Farm aka The Humane Society of Greater Rochester has a remarkable pattern on …

Unusual 100,000-Year-Old Human Skulls Found in China

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, a variety of scruffy hominins roamed the planet, making tools, chasing down dinner, sitting around fires, and …

Anthropology

This adorable pup struggled to get adopted because of his grumpy face

<b>Not all dogs are snapped up from shelters in an instant. Sheldon, a grumpy-looking Pit Bull terrier was one of them.</b><p>Sheldon has a permanent frown …

First day on the job for adorable sheep dog

A brave border collie pup showed its 'shear talent' herding sheep four times her size like a pro – despite never laying eyes on the woolly mammals before.<p>Adorable seven-week-old pup Ciara can be seen bounding after the sheep, rounding them up and guiding them back to proud owner Daire Byrne, who …

Border Collie

Discovery of a Huge, Mysterious Jade Pendant Could Rewrite Maya History

It tells a fascinating story.<p>Researchers have just published a paper on one of the most fascinating and mysterious Maya discoveries in recent years - …

5 research-backed secrets for making friends as an adult

When you were a kid it was a lot easier. In college you almost had to be trying not to make friends. But then you're an adult.<p>You get busy with work. Your friends get busy with work. People get married. Have kids. And pretty soon being "close" means a text message twice a year.<p>You're not alone … …

Happiness

The discovery of a giant neuron could help explain how the brain creates consciousness

Nobody yet understands how a collection of mushy cells in the brain gives rise to the brilliance of consciousness seen in higher-order animals, including humans. But two discoveries give scientists vital clues to how human consciousness works.<p>In 2014, a 54-year-old woman went to George Washington …

The Brain

We used to have six more letters in the English alphabet

Along quaint New England streets, you’ll probably spot a sign or two declaring itself “Ye Olde Tavern” or “Ye Old Soda Shoppe.” But before you adopt a British accent and order a pint of ale inside, there’s a bit of history you should know.<p>Phrases like <i>ye olde</i> are actually just some of the late 19th …

Linguistics

Here’s Your Brain’s New User Manual For Uncertain Times

When we don’t know what’s going to happen, we tell ourselves stories about what might happen. And they often make us feel worse, not better.<p>Even if you’ve kept only one eye on the headlines lately and the other tightly clenched, you’re probably aware that these are, shall we say, some pretty …

Discovery of Time Crystals Could Radically Change Our Understanding of the Space-Time Continuum

Consider a structure that moves not in space but time, crystals that change shape and move perpetually without energy, and always return to their …

Quantum Mechanics

Pollution-fighting Vertical Forest buildings coming to China

Two living, breathing buildings will be able to produce around 130 pounds of clean oxygen a day.<p>China has pollution problems, and one Italian architect could have some answers.<p>The Chinese city of Nanjing is getting a Vertical Forest, a set of two buildings stylised with around 1,100 trees and a …

Using Skulls To Make Cups Or Bowls Has A Surprisingly Long History

As long as we’ve been human, we’ve been fascinated with the human skull. In some times and places of our history, this fascination has meant creating ritual and utilitarian objects from human bones. If you are preparing tasty snacks for your Super Bowl LI celebration later today, check out this …

Tibetan Buddhism