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What the beach does to your brain

Science says the surf and sand does the mind (and body) good. Here’s how to reap the benefits of all that 'vitamin sea.'<p>There’s nothing quite as synonymous with summer as the beach — and we’ve got good news for those who flock to the surf and sand as soon as work lets out on Friday …

Brainwaves

Britain's oldest student tells young people: don't waste time on mickey mouse degrees

At just ten years shy of one hundred, you would be forgiven for wanting to put your feet up and enjoy your retirement.<p>But not so for Joy Leslie Gibson, who at age 90, can lay claim to being Britain’s most elderly student. Since retiring 30 years ago, she has so far completed five degrees - a BA, an …

Mickey Mouse

The cutest solar farm ever is now live on the grid

Who knew clean energy could be this cute?<p>China connected a panda-shaped solar power plant to the grid last week.<p>The project was built by the …

Hokusai: the Great Wave that swept the world

He called himself Old Man Crazy To Paint and made his best work in his 70s. As his dragons, deities, poets and wrestlers go on show, we look at the obsessions of the poster-boy for Japanese art<p>Had Katsushika Hokusai died when he was struck by lightning at the age of 50 in 1810, he would be …

Art

These game-changing solar panels are cheap and can be printed

Despite places like Australia being bathed in sun, the cost of traditional silicon-based solar cells hasn't inspired people to buy, buy, buy.<p>But what …

10 Carbs You Don't Have to Cut During Your Quest for a Six Pack

Turns out, there are some you're going to want to keep around.<p>For <i>years</i> we've been hearing that cutting carbs should be a cornerstone of most diets when you're trying to lose weight—but not so fast.

Top 10 Anime Films of 2015

Japanese website animeanime asked their readers: Which theatrical animated film did you enjoy the most that premiered in 2015? With 1,500 total …

7 Things Americans Can Learn From The Japanese

If you've ever spent an extended period of time in Japan, you know that life in Japan and life in America are totally different. While both cultures have their pros and cons, we think Americans can learn a thing or two from daily life in Japan. The culture is filled with rich traditions based on …

Elon Musk just made an incredibly important point about solar energy

Visionaries like Elon Musk know how underrated solar power is.<p>In an interview on December 15 at the American Geophysical Union meeting, Musk mentioned that if we covered just a corner of Utah or Nevada with solar panels, we could power the entire US, as Nature News' Lauren Morello reported.<p>This …

Solar Power

5 reasons why anxiety is so difficult to cope with (and what you can do about it)

<b>(hikrcn/Shutterstock)</b><p>If we aren’t careful, we can makes things worse. Here are some effective ways to keep your emotions under control<p>Melanie Greenberg<p>December 1, 2015 9:00am (UTC)<p>Have you ever had a friend or family member tell you to “just get over it” when you felt sad or worried? If getting rid …

10. Coherence (2013)

Of all the genres, perhaps, sci-fi is the one that has the precedent - and the responsibility - to bend minds. Sci-fi has long been the genre of the …

These 15 sci-fi books actually predicted the future

That's the question these 15 books force readers to ask themselves as they read about computer hackers, bionic limbs, and iPads, all thought up by authors decades and sometimes centuries before the inventions were created.<p>Inspired by this infographic of seemingly precognitive sci-fi books, we've …

Science Fiction

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10 Thoughts Anxious People Have Throughout The Day

"Are they laughing at me?"<p>One of the <i>splendid blessings</i> (read: annoying symptoms) of anxiety is having to deal with rapid-fire thoughts that turn into constant worry. Sometimes these thoughts are warranted (“Did I leave the oven on?”), but often they’re totally unfounded (“Does my boss hate me?”) ― …

Self-help

Astronomers have spotted something in space that looks like it could have been made by aliens

"Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilisation to build," Jason Wright, an astronomer from Penn State University in the US, told The Atlantic.<p>The star, KIC 8462852, is located about 1,500 light-years away between …

Penn State

Introduction to Solar Pond

A solar pond is a three-dimensional, open-air pit, filled with water endowed with special properties. It receives solar energy through insulation, …

Solar Power

Why Obama is powerless to reform gun laws

Anthony Zurcher @awzurcher on Twitter<p><b>President Barack Obama stood in the White House briefing room and, once again, railed against those who object to increased firearm regulation.</b><p>"Right now, I can imagine the press releases being cranked out," he said. "We need more guns, they'll argue. Fewer gun …

An 18-Hour Playlist of Readings by the Beats: Kerouac, Ginsberg & Even Bukowski Too

Plenty of us get tuned in to the Beats through print — maybe a yellowed copy of <i>Howl</i>, a mass-market <i>Naked Lunch</i>, a fifth- or sixth-hand <i>On the Road —</i> …

For The Love Of Ziggy Stardust, These Vintage Photos Of Bowie Are Just Sublime

Let the power-clashing begin.<p>If anyone can pull off a ghost-like complexion and slick orange hair, paired with leopard print earrings, a blazer stitched from the craft store's reject fabric aisle and a permanent cigarette perch sprouting from his lips, it's the almighty David Bowie.<p>Whether he's …

The 16 best science movies and shows on Netflix

1/<p>"Blackfish" (2013)<p>YouTube<p><b>What it's about:</b> This film highlights issues with the sea park industry through the tale of Tilikum, a killer whale in …

National Parks

Claude Cahun, the Lesbian Surrealist Who Defied the Nazis

In Jersey in World War II, a lesbian couple, who were also stepsisters, intrigued locals and sought to undermine the Nazi occupation.<p>Picture this. …