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Are You Ready for Life’s Big Changes?

HEIDI RASMUSSEN HAD AN INKLING that she might not survive the upcoming round of layoffs at the large retail company where she'd worked for 27 years. But when the pink slip arrived—while she was out of the country for her mother-in-law’s memorial service—it still caught her off guard. "I had totally …

District court refuses to block federal government voter information collection

A federal court in Washington on Monday cleared the way for President Trump's election commission to ask states to turn over personal voter information as part of its investigation into Trump's claims about voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.<p>The U.S. District Court ruled against the …

Government

Israel Faces Uproar Abroad as Netanyahu Yields to Ultra-Orthodox Jews

JERUSALEM — The president of the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee lobbying group flew to Israel for an emergency meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while other Jewish leaders canceled a dinner with him. One prominent Jewish donor demanded a refund for the $1 million in …

Turkey protesters stage long march against Erdogan

<b>At 08:00, the motorway tarmac was radiating heat. There was no shade from the 30C heat, just the exhaust fumes of passing cars.</b><p>Not the most pleasant route for a walk. But spirits were high.<p>"Adalet!" chanted the thousands gathered - "Justice!"<p>Their white T-shirts emblazoned with the word rapidly …

Science Says Listening to These 5 Songs Will Make You Remarkably Happy

Music has long been tied to deep emotion in all living beings--including happiness.<p>For as long as sound has existed, music has always been tied to deep emotion in all living beings. It's one of the stimuli that are most likely to evoke a memory or intense reaction, one of the strange phenomena that …

Brain Imaging

Fill Your New Kindle, iPad, iPhone, eReader with Free eBooks, Audio Books, Online Courses & More

Santa left a new Kindle, iPad, Kindle Fire or other media player under your tree. He did his job. Now we'll do ours. We'll tell you how to fill those …

There's an incredibly detailed Google map of everywhere you've been

There's a setting in your Google account, which — when turned on — creates a record of everywhere you go and when you went there. It's intended to make your Google Maps experience more useful, like providing a faster commute to work or home. In 2015, the company also started rolling out another …

Map of the world's rudest place names is a thing of beauty

LONDON — If ever you needed proof that the world is a truly wicked, despicable place, just cast your eyes over the map below.<p>From the American …

Warren Beatty on His Presidential Flirtation and Trump: ‘We May Be Surprised’

The Oscar-winning filmmaker and actor opens up about his lady-killing reputation, close friendship with Ronald Reagan, and much more.<p>Warren Beatty …

Everything New On Netflix This Month

If it seems like there’s nothing to watch on Netflix right now, maybe you just don’t know where to look. The streaming giant has been making waves in …

'Rick and Morty' Re-enact the Most Insane Court Case of All Time

As court cases go, the State of Georgia V. Denver Fenton Allen may be one of the most insane legal proceedings in history. After all, it’s not every …

San Diego

The 18 best movies on Netflix you've probably never heard of

There are so many movies on Netflix that your typical Friday night is probably spent trying to find something to watch, as opposed to actually watching something.<p>The streaming service has a huge, rotating selection of movies both old and new. It is hard to navigate through Netflix's massive library …

39 Big Games Still Coming Out in 2016

October is going to be busy!<p>We're a little more than halfway through the year, but there are still a ton of incredible games on the way. From …

Elon Musk Is Wrong. We Aren't Living in a Simulation

A simulated apple can't feed anybody, and other reality checks by a philosopher and a cognitive scientist.<p>Recently Elon Musk made internet headlines by claiming that the probability we live in "base reality" is one in billions. Instead, we are much more likely to be living in a historical ancestor …

30 Insanely Useful Camping Products You’ll Wish You’d Known About Sooner

Everything you need to make the great outdoors even greater.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.</i><p><i>The comments for this post have been edited for length and clarity.</i>

Ancient DNA and the rewriting of human history: be sparing with Occam’s razor

1. Thorne AG, Wolpoff MH. The multiregional evolution of humans. Sci Am. 1992;266:76–9. doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican0492-76. [PubMed] [Cross …

Five of the best meditation apps

Boost your mindfulness and try to rise above digital distractions with these apps to carve out time for peaceful reflection<p>The first rule of mindfulness might be to switch your smartphone off. From checking emails at bedtime to constant, needy push notifications from mobile games, our phones can …

Apps

17 Camping Gear Fails You Never Want to Make Again

We've all done some stupid stuff while camping. Let's learn from our mistakes.<p><b>Not bringing warm enough clothes:</b> This is the number one mistake I see. Inevitably, someone has failed to realized that the mountains are colder than the city or that the desert can be, too. Or, they think, “45 degrees? I …

The Kremlin’s New Divisions May Actually Reduce Russia’s Military Readiness

During a regular ministerial conference call, on May 4, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu clarified previously declared plans to counter the …

Russia

The World Explained in Maps

If you have ever wondered why geography used to be a staple of any decent education and why we are paying the price for no longer staring at maps, spinning globes and memorizing capitals and continents, I have the book for you: Tim Marshall's Prisoners of Geography. This slim, breezy but often …

Everything You Need to Build Your Own Bodyweight Workout

An effective bodyweight training program can whip you into shape and even pack on muscle, but “effective” doesn’t look the same for everyone. Some …

Nuclear winter on a planetary scale: The biggest threat to mankind virtually no one is talking about

A war between India and Pakistan could produce human suffering the likes of which the world has never seen before<p>Undoubtedly, for nearly two decades, the most dangerous place on Earth has been the Indian-Pakistani border in Kashmir. It’s possible that a small spark from artillery and rocket …

Battered Fiji braces for fresh disaster with arrival of Cyclone Zena

Nationwide curfew in place as island nation prepares for second cyclone in three months to hit<p>Fiji is preparing for the arrival of Cyclone Zena, just weeks after the most powerful storm in the Pacific nation’s history laid waste to large swaths of land and left 42 people dead.<p>On Wednesday, the …

Top 6 Apps for Space Lovers and Stargazers

Nothing puts life into perspective like looking up at a night sky full of millions of stars. Of course they look like pin pricks, but the stars and planets above us are truly huge and remind us how small Earth is among the vast, infinite universe. Smartphones allow us to take stargazing a step …

Can Dead Commies Be Good?

My son Matt has very strong views on communism. He went through a two-year period in which he was deeply interested in Soviet Russia, and read …

The Late Movies: 10 Great Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now (on Netflix)

If you haven't discovered Netflix and its instant streaming feature yet, it's pretty magical. I watch so many more movies now because of it -- and …

Kurt Cobain

Israel recently warned Belgium of lax airport security — report

Israel reportedly warned Belgian officials of the numerous security failings at the Brussels airport weeks before a series of deadly bomb blasts …

Earth - What is the real reason we sleep?

There are a few things we literally cannot live without. Oxygen is one. Another is food and water. And then there is sleep: forcibly keep an animal awake for long enough and you will kill it. The same almost certainly applies to humans.<p>This fact alone tells us that sleep must be doing something …

Sleep

9 unmissable podcasts on the Romans

From shopping to the invasion of Britain, we round up nine Roman podcasts you don't want to miss.<p><i>This article was first published online in March 2015</i><p>…