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A new explanation for why we have nightmares contradicts the conventional wisdom about sleep

The predominant thinking has been that most of us get too little sleep, and that we should all be worried about the loss of productivity, dips in mood, and buildup of waste proteins in our brains that are a result of staying up too late.<p>But there may be a frightening side effect of getting too much …

Sleep

If you swam in the ocean 251 million years ago, here’s what would’ve probably eaten you

Nowadays, sharks are often seen as the most feared creatures roaming the world’s oceans, but what we think of as modern sharks have only been around …

World's Oldest Bottle of Wine Remains Unopened Since the 4th Century

Wine has a long and rich history in human existence that predates even written records—but suffice to say that our love affair with the beverage is ancient. One theory postulates that the fermentation of alcohol took off sometime between 10,000 to 8,000 BC, thanks to the shift from nomadic to more …

Archaeology

King Arthur's Stone

A 6th-century stone lies at the site of the mythical battle waged between King Arthur and his nemesis Mordred.<p>“Mordred was indeed the boldest of men …

King Arthur

Make Your Own Floating Terrariums

I’m moving into my new house this week and it just so happens that some rooms are still missing walls and there are building materials everywhere …

Soil

The World's Most Beautiful Built-In Bookcases

Bookcases are always beautiful, because they're full of books. But this post is devoted to bookshelves that are especially beautiful, and the shelves …

Living Rooms

These bugs are the most gruesome clues in forensic science

The first murder solved with the help of insects, per an account written in the year 1235, took place in China. A villager was found slashed to death. The judge summoned local farmers and told them to bring their sickles. As the farmers stood in the summer heat, insects swarmed around one man's …

Insects

Human Sacrifice: A Practice as Old as Time

A discovery of skulls in Mexico City was just the latest in our obsession with Mesoamerican human sacrifice. But Native Americans were far from the …

Ancient History

The facts about online predators every parent should know

Talking to kids about online predators gives them the tools they need to handle themselves in a web-based world<p>Every parent worries about online predators at some point. And while it's smart to be cautious, the facts show that it's actually fairly rare for kids to be contacted by adult strangers …

Social Media

Learn To Speak Cat

In the newest episode of Simon's Cat Logic, we get some insight into the language of cats. No, not LOLspeak, that's an internet language. This is …

The Bible Says Canaanites Were Killed, But New DNA Evidence Suggests Otherwise

July 29, 2017 by Hemant Mehta<p>It’s not surprising that science has (once again) shown something in the Bible to be wrong. But I can’t recall ever …

Middle East

Forget sharks — here are 7 things in the water swimmers should actually be scared of

But, as you probably also know, shark attacks are incredibly unlikely. You're 75 times more likely to be killed by lightning than by a shark. On average, one person dies of a shark attack every other year in the United States.<p>But just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water … just …

Microbiology

19 robber barons who built and ruled America

Many of these men gained their vast fortunes either at the expense of their factory workers or by methods that were considered unscrupulous even back then — a time when insider trading wasn't yet outlawed. But some of them also gave away their fortunes to build universities, hospitals, libraries, …

Mark Twain

The White City Devil’s early life: “I think that he would have killed her”

Accounts differ on serial killer H.H. Holmes as a boy and a young man. We know his first marriage didn’t end well<p>Herman never did anything wrong; he never had to be scolded for not doing as he was told, nor for playing pranks . . . I never knew him to torment anyone, especially animals. Some boys, …

New Hampshire

One Of Saturn’s Moons May Be Home To Some Very Strange Aliens

We’ve been hunting for aliens for decades and we’ve mostly been disappointed. But Saturn’s moon Titan has been a promising potential cradle for weird, wild new forms of life, and another step towards discovering extraterrestrial species has just been discovered.<p>Titan, at first, seems an unlikely …

Clever Street Artist Is Transforming NYC’s Streets into One Giant Playground

We love clever street art, so we couldn't help but admire the work of artist Tom Bob, who has been running amok on the streets of New York and Massachusetts. If you're a fan of famous street artist OakOak, you'll love Tom Bob's work, as he uses forgotten elements of the street to create whimsical …

Streetwear

Blueberries are good for you. Don’t be afraid to grow them.

Loaded with vitamins, antioxidants and other good things, blueberries are the trendy health fruit of summer. This isn’t hype: Have you ever seen a sick catbird?<p>If you don’t net your blueberry bushes, the catbird will clean you out, taking fruit once the berries start turning from pink to blue, a …

Gardening

Researchers Are Using Vibrators to Give Turtles Boners

“It did appear that we got a better response when the vibrator had fresh batteries and was on its fastest setting.”<p>Turtles are among the most imperiled animals on the planet, yet we still have a lot to learn about these secretive swamp dwellers. Even for experts, telling apart the males and females …

Turtles

Medieval Crime Museum

Horrifically creative torture devices and shame punishments line the walls of this chilling museum.<p>In medieval Europe, sharing a juicy piece of …

CC BY-SA

You can unsend emails in Gmail — here's how to do it

There are two big rules when it comes to email: Always proofread and never send an email when you're upset. I've learned these lessons the hard way. …

Apps

10 Creative Solutions for Blank Walls

If you're anything like me, and your home is filled with big, empty walls, you are constantly on the lookout for inspiration to fill those empty spaces. Today, I'm sharing 10 creative and easy blank wall solutions!<p>diy nature artwork from bhg<p>folded paper wall art from how about orange<p>canvas art from …

Wall Art

29 Clever Kitchen Cleaning Tips Every Clean Freak Needs To Know

Get your yellow rubber gloves ready.

23 Teeny Tiny Party Favors You Can DIY

Whether you’re picking out party favors for a summer wedding or spring party, there’s no going wrong with ones that are itty bitty in size. They’re compact, easy to carry and a great idea, especially when it comes to making a bunch for a large group. Plus, there’s just something about …

Chemicals

DIY Under Sofa Storage On Wheels

I will start by saying I’m not the most organized person on Earth when it comes to my coffee table area. In fact, I am the worst when it comes to …

17 Rad Beach Towels to Buy or DIY This Summer

Summer is officially here, and you’ve probably been busy stocking up on all the essentials like a ’90s graphic bathing suit, DIY after-sun lotion, sun hats and an ambitious reading list. All that’s left to fill out your tote (and give you an Insta-worthy backdrop) is an awesome beach towel. Whether …

Decorations

How to make a summer dress with t-shirts

Nothing better than a comfy dress for the nice summer days. I can't believe I'm saying that! I use to wear denims all year long, but I started to …

Sewing

23 Easy DIY Ways To Make Traveling So Much Better

Before you hit the road, hit the glue gun.

27 DIYs For The Classiest Person You Know

These are a class act.

33 Ways to Turn Your Favorite Memories into a Treasured Keepsake

To corral all the ticket stubs, sand dollars, and souvenirs carefully collected from your last vacation, consider these two options: If you want to display your treasures, line the bottom of a shadow box with a map of the place you went and arrange items on top.<p><i>Glass shadow boxes, from $39 each,</i> …

24 Outlet Stores That You Didn't Know You Could Shop Online

Stay home, save money, become a baller.