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The brightest planets of June: When and where to look

With the northern summer just a few weeks away, the month of June is bringing a delight of planets in the night sky for stargazers to enjoy, but only …

Astronomy

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

New Species of Ancient Human Found in Africa

A new species of ancient human has been discovered in Ethiopia.<p>Researchers found approximately 3.5 million-year-old jaw bones and teeth in the Afar …

A company is using people's DNA to shame them for littering

The company's first project launched last month in Hong Kong, reports the South China Morning Post. Yet the science behind the idea has existed for years.<p>In 2012, New York City-based artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg used the same technology to make sculptures of complete strangers using only the tiny …

Sculpture

In America, inequality begins in the womb

<i>Editor’s note: In his last column for Making Sen$e, economist John Komlos laid out his argument for how income inequality begins at birth. In his</i> …

Neuroscience Reveals That Long-Term Meditation May Increase Brain Function

If you're looking for yet another reason to dedicate yourself to a consistent meditation practice, consider the big neurological benefits it may offer you down the road.<p>Over the years, research has suggested that moments of mindfulness can help improve concentration, reduce stress and boost …

The Brain

Award-winning video speeds up time to show you coral like never before

Because coral moves on a much slower time scale compared to our fast-paced world, Australian-based nature cinematographer and artist Daniel Stoupin had to take hundreds of thousands of photos of the same coral and sponges over nearly nine months to show how these vibrant marine creatures grow and …

Mental Floss

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Motivational Quotes

Oct 7, 2015<p>It's the best form of medication.<p>Oct 2, 2015<p>It needs exercise just like the muscles of the body.<p>Sep 23, 2015<p>Running is not, as it so often seems, only about what you did in your last race.<p>Sep 18, 2015<p>Relax and let the run come out of you.<p>Sep 16, 2015<p>...matters more than how much you …

Girl Photographs Herself Getting Whacked In The Face By Flying Objects

We absolutely love this funny and light-hearted portrait series by American photographer Kaija Straumanis.<p>Whether she needed hundreds of takes to …

What Music Does to Your Brain While You Work

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>Damn. I forgot my headphones.<p>Hard Fork?Hard Fork.HARD FORK<p>Nothing has a more …