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What Is Love? A Philosophy of Life

<b>Don't let the word love define your LOVE</b><p>Love is the most powerful emotion a human being can experience. The strange think is, that almost nobody knows what love is. Why is it so difficult to find love? That is easy to understand, if you know that the word "love" is not the same as one's feeling of …

25 books to read when you’re falling in love

So. You’ve plunged into the dreamy, confusing, wonderful-but-melancholic realm of love. You’re so head over heels, you find yourself staying up until …

7 Stunning Mineral Formations

The world is made up of wondrous chemicals that sometimes do pretty out-of-the-ordinary things. Here are seven places where minerals, carried by …

Native Americans

This STD makes crickets want to have way more sex

The downside is that the virus also makes them unable to reproduce<p>The mechanisms that some viruses employ to infect their hosts could easily be characterized as "clever." There exists a virus, for instance, that makes caterpillars climb treetops, where they die and scatter virus-infected particles …

You Yawn. She Doesn't Yawn Back. Uh-Oh

You are at a table for two, sitting with your girlfriend or boyfriend, when, for no good reason (you can't help it, you didn't mean to do it), you yawn. It's a big, gaping, jaw-extending, embarrassing yawn and because you didn't cover your face, oh, God, she/he sees it. A second or two goes by, and …

This Is Your Brain On No Sleep

If you’ve been skipping sleep, thinking you’ll make up for it on weekends, here’s some bad news. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Peking University have found that chronic sleep loss may actually lead to irreversible damage to and loss of brain cells.<p>“We live in a society where each …

Sleep

101 Amazing Facts Everyone Should Know

1. In 2006, an Australian man tried to sell New Zealand on eBay. The price rose to $3,000 before eBay shut it down.<p>*<p>2. Google's founders were willing …

16 Spooky-as-Hell Photos From Inside Chernobyl

It’s been almost three decades since the meltdown of reactor number four in Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, an unprecedented manmade …

How a human lung is kept alive and breathing for a transplant

Lung in a box. Very cool.<p>To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.<p>What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor …

Measles cases spiked in 2013, US health experts warn

It's been fifty years since the United States approved a vaccine to prevent measles — and more than a decade since the disease was declared eliminated in the country. But now, the rate of measles is once again on the rise: a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …

11 Words for People Who Hate Certain Things

Haters gonna hate. And with the Greek roots <i>mis-</i> and <i>miso-</i>, they can hate a whole lot of stuff.<p>1. Misodoctakleidist<p>Someone who hates practicing the …

Baking

Infants develop rare bleeding disorder after parents refuse vitamin K shots, CDC reports

Four infants in Tennessee developed an exceedingly rare bleeding disorder, after their parents turned down the administration of standard vitamin K injections. The cluster of illness, reported this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlights the ongoing risks of parents …

Thanks To Parasites, Moose Are Looking More Like Ghosts

The news for moose is not good across the country's northern tier and in some parts of Canada. A recent and rapid decline of moose populations in many states may be linked to climate change, and to the parasites that benefit from it.<p>In Minnesota, moose populations have dropped from a high of more …

Are Birthmarks Connected to Violent Death in Past Life?

An old woman died in Thailand with the wish to reincarnate as a boy. Her daughter dipped a finger in white paste and marked the back of the woman’s …

Crime

Why the Scots Gave One of their Roads Wiggly Lines

Stirling Council had a problem. The A811 road between Stirling and Loch Lomond, Scotland, was overrun with speeding drivers breaking the 30 mph limit …

Traffic Safety

Sex Positions That Won't Break Your Artificial Hip, According To Science

A motion capture study explores the range of hip motion required for sexual activities.<p>These are questions you try not to think about when your graddad gets his hip replaced, but when you get an artificial joint, some hip-shaking activities become a little more risky. Like, uh, dancing. Or sex.<p>As a …

Hips

If You Can Smell This, You May Not Have Alzheimer's

A new diagnostic test involves a dollop of peanut butter.<p>You may not have heard of "the peanut butter test," but it could become a fantastically low-cost and non-invasive way to test for Alzheimer's. After all, what's less invasive than asking someone to smell some delicious peanut butter?<p>"The …

Alzheimer's Disease

Einstein May Have Had An Unusually Well-Connected Brain

A new study compares Einstein's corpus callosum with those of mere mortals.<p>More than half a century after his death, we're still searching for the secrets of Albert Einstein's genius. Almost immediately after he died in 1955, the famed physicist's brain was removed from his head, dissected and …

The Brain

Centipede venom kills pain - Futurity

A molecule in the venom of the Chinese red-headed centipede shows promise as a painkiller—potentially …

The New Chromebook Is Your New Supercheap Laptop

We like cheap.<p>Chromebook is one of the most underrated members of Google's hardware lineup (which also includes the Nexus line of tablets/smartphones and the Chromecast). The original pitch--a laptop that can only run the Chrome browser, no other programs at all--is not all that enticing, but in …

Report: U. of Ala. sororities barred blacks

A report alleges sororities on campus would not invite black women to pledge.<p>A sorority at the University of Alabama says it is investigating allegations in a student publication that it was among Panhellenic organizations on the campus that allegedly blocked two black women from pledging, and a …

Why Did Pirates Wear Eye Patches?

The fact that some pirates wore eye patches most likely had nothing to do with a missing eye, and everything to do with being able to …

33 Unusual Majors Your College Probably Didn't Offer

As about 150 million college students make their way to campus this week—including arecord number of 21.8 million in the U.S. alone—they’ll be faced …

Heartbeats to replace traditional passwords

Our heartbeats could be used instead of traditional passwords to unlock smartphones, tablets and cars using a new device being developed by Canadian company Bionym.<p>Passwords scrawled on a scrap of paper are easily lost, jumbled letters and numbers are quickly forgotten and, with “password” still …

New immunity-boosting drug helps body kill cancer

A new type of drug that “revs up” the immune system to destroy cancer is being tested on humans for the first time.<p>Scientists at the University of Southampton have developed the treatment in an attempt to tackle cancers, such as those of the pancreas, head and neck, that are particularly hard to …

Immunotherapy

New Species of Hammerhead Shark Discovered Off South Carolina Coast

The <i>Charlotte Observer</i> reports that a new species of shark has been discovered off the Carolina coast. The new shark has been named the Carolina …

5 Sneaky Ways The NSA Spies On Americans

The U.S. government needs only three degrees of separation to look at Kevin Bacon's phone records.<p>The U.S. National Security Agency remains at the center of controversy this summer, nine weeks after <i>The Guardian</i> and the <i>Washington Post</i> broke the news about its PRISM online data-mining program. While …

7 Tips for Keeping Your Man (from the 1950s)

Disturbing advice from the mid-20th century. It’s about to get real.<p><b>1. Don't Talk</b><p>Oh, did Mavis from next door insult your prize winning squash? Did …