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The Missing States of the United States

Our 50, nifty United States may have had several more siblings if things had turned out differently. For over the past 150 years, more than a few …

War

Thousands of Army Ants Build an Impressive Bridge With Their Bodies In Order to Swarm a Wasp Nest

Thousands of army ants in Costa Rica amazingly worked together to build an impressive ropy bridge using their own bodies in order to swarm a highly …

Costa Rica

We Took Our Kids to Disney For Christmas Instead of Presents, and This Is What Happened

Looking around our house in the weeks leading up to Christmas, I began to feel a little weird. What was I going to get my kids this year? They already had too much stuff, and giving them more gifts they didn't need just didn't feel right. That's when I had a brilliant idea. What if we gave our kids …

Christmas Eve

A Mysterious Furry 'Sea Monster' Has Washed Up on a Russian Beach

A massive and mysterious creature has washed up on a beach in Russia, and naturally, everyone is freaking out.<p>According to the <i>Siberian Times</i>, a …

Glaciers

Boost Your Emotional Intelligence with These 3 Questions

As the concept of emotional intelligence has gone global, we’ve watched professionals founder as they try to improve their emotional intelligence (or EI) because they either don’t know where to focus their efforts or they haven’t understood how to improve these skills on a practical level.<p>In our …

Leadership

7 Brilliant Mental Tips To Prevent You From Overreacting In Any Situation

When something happens that gets your blood boiling, it's hard not to give in to your first instinct and react emotionally — but nothing feels worse …

Self-help

The Tiny Trade-School Ivy Outperforming Top Four-Year Colleges

In a suburb less than 10 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, massive garage doors retract to reveal an aircraft hangar almost as large as a football field. The morning sun lands on a group of eight or so decommissioned aircraft, an aeronautical infirmary whose patients range from obsolete military …

College & University

66 Positive Things You Should Be Saying to Your Child

In a world where saying "no" is usually a lot easier than saying "yes," it is important to bring up children who don't feel that negativity has a higher value than positivity. Encouraging words can have a truly lasting effect on your kiddos years and years after you've said them, so we should …

Happiness

These 5 Chicken Bite Recipes Need Only 2 Ingredients and a Glance — Snapshot Cooking

<i>Welcome to Snapshot Cooking, the home of Kitchn's easiest recipes. These mini recipes are so simple you can practically cook from the</i> …

Recipes

The three-year-old with an IQ of 171

<b>When Natalie and Ben's daughter Ophelia joined the high-IQ society Mensa at only three years old, they knew they would be accused of being pushy parents. But what is it like to have a naturally-gifted child?</b><p>"Really it was from about eight months old [that we realised how bright she could be]," …

Mensa

Hawaii Enlists Urchins to Help Corals Resist Algae Invasion

Environment<p>In Kāne'ohe Bay, invasive algae was smothering coral reefs. But scientists have found a clever new way to clean them up.<p>In the 1970s, a researcher at the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology plopped some new, non-Hawaiian species of algae into the waters of Kāne’ohe Bay, on Oahu. He …

Great Barrier Reef

The neuroscience of pessimism: Why some people always focus on the negative

Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty kind of person? Some people seem to inherently focus on the negative when faced with a …

Neuroscience

Man Spends 40 Years Planting a Tree on Barren Island Every Day, Now It’s a Giant Forest

In 1979, Jadav Payeng—a then-16-year-old resident of Assam, India—made a startling discovery: several dead snakes scattered along the sandy banks of the Brahmaputra River's Majuli Island. Having been displaced by flooding, the creatures were then killed due to the island's lack of shade.<p>This …

Ecology

17 verbs that cut fat from your writing

Verbs are the powerhouse of your sentences; choose them wisely.<p>Another issue that I see frequently in the work that I edit is weak verbs coupled with …

Creative Writing

How NASA was born 60 years ago from panic over a 'second moon'

The origins of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration can be traced all the way back to the Wright brothers, but the real story happened over less than a year.<p>That very brief period in the 1950s and the birth of an iconic space agency involves an explosive and embarrassing failure, a …

Space Exploration

Experts Say Practicing Mindfulness Can Be As Simple As Doing These 5 Things Every Day

When you think of mindfulness, I'm willing to bet some of the images that immediately pop into your mind include yoga mats, people humming "om," and …

Mindfulness

Beyond Time

We conventionally think of time as something simple and fundamental. It flows uniformly, independent of everything else, from the past to the future, …

Physics

Know thyself… by writing your first novel

Don’t worry what others think. You are writing for yourself<p>Once you find the sweet spot, your story will flow out of you<p>Writing a novel is a scary prospect. They’re so long and winding, they can seem never-ending. The main obstacle might seem to be starting – the terror of the blank page – but the …

Creative Writing

These Three Little Words Are Making You a Negative Person—and You Probably Say Them All the Time

<i>Photo: GaudiLab/Shutterstock</i><p>Here's something that'll make you think twice: "The majority of American conversations are characterized by a complaint," …

Cleveland Clinic

Why Do Some People Get Bitten By Mosquitoes More Than Others? Science Has A Surprising Answer

It's always nice to be well-liked — with a few exceptions. Most people are more than happy to be unpopular with serial killers, rodents, and bugs. …

Mosquitoes

Forget Sharks: Here's Why You Should Fear the Mantis Shrimp

The world's most impressive predator.<p>When you think about fearsome predators in the ocean, the first thing that pops into your mind is probably a …

Nature

Rare giant red jellyfish snuggles up to ocean expedition cam

The research crew aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus has seen quite a few strange and wonderful sights under the sea. One of the latest is an ROV camera encounter with a large undulating sea creature.<p>The Nautilus team posted footage to Twitter on Wednesday from an expedition in the Pacific …

Monterey Bay Aquarium

I found the most dismal No Man's Sky planet where absolutely no happiness is allowed

Even better than finding an interesting planet in No Man's Sky is finding an interesting system, where the planets form something of a theme. In my …

No Man's Sky

2 Simple But Powerful Words That Can Change How People Think About You, According to Science

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is one thing. Expressing it is another.<p>In a commencement address delivered at his alma mater, Dartmouth College, Fred Rogers, the late producer and host of the popular children's TV program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, asked the crowd of newly minted graduates …

Happiness

Liquid water spied deep below polar ice cap on Mars

Far beneath the deeply frozen ice cap at Mars’s south pole lies a lake of liquid water—the first to be found on the Red Planet. Detected from orbit …

Mars Express

Israeli forces arrest Palestinian female journalist in Hebron

At least 63 Palestinian women are being held in Israeli prisons, including journalists and mothers.<p>Two-year-old Yahya followed his mother Lama Khater to the front door of their house in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, trying to leave with her as she was arrested by at least 25 Israeli …

Siblings

13 Speech and Communication Problems That Affect Children with Autism

Most people with autism (though by no means all) do have the ability to talk. Most of the time, though, people with autism talk differently from …

Autism

Teen Dives Into Grandparents' 4 Feet Deep Pool. His Mom Comes Home to Find Him Lying on the Ground

Juan Rivera was playing around on July 14 when he decided to dive into his grandparent's pool. But it was only four feet deep.<p>Rivera, who is over six …

Grandparents

You've Got the Dreams but are You Doing the Work?

Planning out just one goal each day makes all the difference.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Your dreams are as realistic as the work you’re willing to put in.<p><i>So how much work are you putting in?</i><p>You don’t have to do a lot, initially. But you do have to be consistent -- …

Motivation

7 Psychological Defenses That Aren't Protecting You, But Making You Weaker

Many of our worst qualities do not actually come from being morally corrupt or misguided. They are more often psychological defense mechanisms that we don’t understand. <br>The interesting thing about most defense mechanisms is that they often do the opposite of what we want them to. Instead of leaning …

Self-help