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Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

Your subconscious is smarter than you might think

We feel that we are in control when our brains figure out puzzles or read words, says Tom Stafford, but a new experiment shows just how much work is going on underneath the surface of our conscious minds.<p>It is a common misconception that we know our own minds. As I move around the world, walking …

Consciousness

LIVING WALL DIY

When we moved into our home, we knew we had a lot of gardening ahead of us. In a bid to save water, the previous owners had killed most of the plants …

Dirty car artist leaves masterpieces in the dust

He is an Eagle Scout, a versatile bar-band drummer and a senior GUI designer for a company that creates mobile apps for the health care industry.<p>But Scott Wade is famous for drawing dirty pictures.<p>It’s not the content that raises eyebrows but the canvas on which Wade creates. Present him with a …

Stunning Animated GIFs Colorize Vintage Black and White Photos

Photographs are a link to the past, and with advances in technology, we're able to colorize what was once only in black and white. The Dutch website NSMBL recently shared a collection of images that show the “before” and “after” of digital colorization. That alone is interesting, but better yet, …

GIF Animations

Surreal Paintings of Whimsical Hybrid Creatures by Jacek Yerka

Polish artist Jacek Yerka has the ability to transform ordinary concepts into incredibly imaginative, surreal scenes, as he demonstrates in his paintings of extraordinary creatures. With vivid colors and lush details, Yerka brings to life whimsical beasts that inhabit worlds filled with fantasy and …

Painting

Enchanting Macro Photos of Wet Ladybugs by Tomasz Skoczen

Glistening with rain or dew, these ladybugs look absolutely enchanting in these macro photos by Ireland-based photographer Tomasz Skoczen. For years now, he's been capturing these black and red winged insects as they're walking through grass or landing on flowers. Taken mostly in the garden of his …

Photography

24 Cozy DIYs That Will Make Winter Way Better

‘Tis the season of frigid weather, icy conditions and snow days. And what better time to work on our #31daysofdiy than all curled up with a blizzard blaring outside? Make some hot chocolate, put on a good movie and pick one of these cozy DIYs to finish before the next #snowmeggedon. Whether you’re …

Crafting

Stunning Puddle Reflections Add Magic to Everyday Scenes

Among the city streets and large stone buildings, photographer Daniel Antunes captures glimpses of a world turned topsy-turvy. The Lisbon-based creative has a knack for finding puddles of water that cast brilliant reflections of the surrounding cityscape. Historical monuments, a scooter driver, and …

Photography

Grand Canyon turned into winter wonderland

While the snow in the canyon was a sight to behold, road closures resulted in many locals and tourists missing out on seeing the spectacle. Luckily, …

20 Emotions Only People Who Love Winter Will Understand

A few weeks ago, fellow TC writer Kovie Biakolo wrote a funny piece titled 17 Emotions Only People Who Hate Winter Experience, in which she listed …

33 Ways To Build A Snow Fort You'll Want To Move In To

Your teeth may chatter and your lips may turn blue, but it'll still be ridiculously awesome.

Snowshoeing

Gluten-Free Fruit Pizza

I decided to make this a week or so ago and tweak it a bit: no milk in the pudding (rather, coconut milk) and a gluten-free crust. It’s a super easy …

Crockpot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup

Add the pork to the bowl of a crockpot. Pour the chicken broth, 1/4-1/2 cup soy sauce (depending on your taste), 1/4 cup rice vinegar and fish sauce …

Mexican Hot Cocoa and Vegan Whipped Cream

Having friends over this weekend? Hosting an all-girls affair? Just staying in and playing cozy all by your lonesome self? All three are excellent …

Dessert

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to …

Mindfulness

2015 National Geographic Travel Photography Competition Announces Finalists

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has announced the finalists of its Photography Competition 2015.<p>As a industry leader in breathtaking photography, …

Travel

Who’s in control of your emotional intelligence?

In any 24 hour day, we are really only conscious of a small percentage of things that we make happen, or that happen to us. The rest of the time we …

Revealing Photo Series Documents School Lunches Around the World

Around 32 million children in the US eat cafeteria food every weekday, and most of these students consume over half their daily calories at school. With this in mind, it's clear that school cafeterias are becoming crucial in the fight against childhood obesity. Sweetgreen–a chain of salad …

Healthy Eating

Gay marriages begin in some parts of Alabama

Activities say couples in 42 counties have trouble getting licences despite US Supreme Court refusing to keep ban in place<p>Same-sex couples began marrying in parts of Alabama on Monday, making it the 37th state where gay marriage is legal, but judges in numerous counties avoided granting marriage …

LGBTQI

After Years In Lockdown, Rosa Parks' Papers Head To Library Of Congress

Archivists at the Library of Congress are hard at work cataloging the papers of Rosa Parks, received on loan recently after a legal battle kept them under lock and key for the past decade.<p>Among the collection are a receipt for a voting booth's poll tax, postcards from Martin Luther King Jr., a …

Black History

Glimpses of People and Places in Monrovia, Captured Through Cinemagraphs

Monrovia is the capital of Liberia, the West African country that was founded by the United States and settled in the 1800s by mostly freed slaves …

West Africa

Wooden Flatpack Stool

Introduction: Wooden Flatpack Stool<p>Third Prize in the<br>Small Spaces Contest<p>View Contest<p>During my study in Sydney we were asked to design and make a …

Alabama set to become 37th state to allow same-sex marriage

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Joe Babin and Clay Jones have their rings. After they get their marriage license in downtown Birmingham, a friend will officiate …

LGBTQI

South Korea's 'Hidden Treasures' shows another side of North Korea art

Not quite all North Korean art consists of rosy-cheeked farmers and soldiers alongside slogans exhorting the masses to work hard to advance the nation or vanquish imperialists. An exhibition in this satellite city, just several miles south of the DMZ that separates the Koreas, is displaying the …

Fulfillment at Any Age

People high in neuroticism, with their tendency to worry unnecessarily, can make them unduly anxious and stressed. New research shows what’s behind …

Psychology

Incredible Discoveries of Amazing Species of Animal...

So big this world is, bigger is the category of animals. One life is not enough to know everything about them. Every year lots of new discoveries are …

Nature
Literature

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Stunning Photos of Incredibly Blue Glacier Caves in Iceland

Home to abundant waterfalls, mountains, volcanoes, fields, and glaciers, Iceland is a photographer's dream come true. Mechanical engineer and photographer Skarpi Thrainsson, who was born and raised in Iceland, showcases his love for his motherland's natural beauty in stunning landscape photos. …

Natural Beauty