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Treatsie's Subscription Box Will Feed Your Chocolate Addiction

<i>The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion,</i> …

This Day in Blogging History: Black Code: Spies in cyberspace; HOWTO parody without takedown; Goog's principles for spyware

<b>One year ago today</b><p>Black Code: how spies, cops and crims are making cyberspace unfit for human habitation: Ronald Diebert's new book Black Code is an …

The Nation That Elects The Most Women Is ...

As Rwanda began to rebuild itself from the ashes of the 1994 genocide, something unexpected happened: Women began playing a much more influential role on many fronts, including politics.<p>Traditions that had limited women previously were cast aside, and President Paul Kagame also actively pushed for …

Republican California candidate for governor blasted over Sharia comments

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Darrell Issa sharply criticized a California gubernatorial candidate from the Republican Tea Party faction who erroneously suggested a rival of Indian descent was supportive of Islamic Sharia law.<p>The squabble on Thursday among fellow Republicans in the …

No memories of infancy? Your growing brain is to blame, study says

Theories abound as to why few of us have any true memories of life as an infant. Here's one with some new scientific grounding: We don't have good, solid recall of our earliest days because our brains were in such a state of rapid formation that any memories that began to establish themselves in …

The Brain

NYC Will Turn 7,000 Old Payphones Into a Huge, Free Wi-Fi Network

In 2013, Mayor Bloomberg asked designers to reimagine the city's decrepit pay phones as internet-flinging, ad-spitting future machines. The winners …

10 Craziest Superstitions From Around the World

People believe the nuttiest shit for no apparent reason.<p>Photo by: Victor Bezrukov<p>Perhaps an expression of our collective OCD, or our attempt at controlling things that are out of our control, crazy superstitions of all kinds have existed for millennia. Some relate to luck, others to wealth and sex, …

First life forms to pass on artificial DNA engineered by US scientists

The first living organism to carry and pass down to future generations an expanded genetic code has been created by American scientists, paving the way for a host of new life forms whose cells carry synthetic DNA that looks nothing like the normal genetic code of natural organisms.<p>Researchers say …

Rice Theory: Why Eastern Cultures Are More Cooperative

Ask Americans to describe themselves, and chances are you'll get adjectives like "energetic," "friendly" or "hard-working."<p>In Japan, the responses would likely be much different. "Dependent on others" and "considerate" might pop up, studies have found.<p>Psychologists have known for a long time that …

Better Know A Plague: Smallpox

Later this month, members of the World Health Assembly will meet in Geneva to discuss its policies, among other things. On the agenda: whether or not to destroy the world’s only existing smallpox laboratory samples.<p>The World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1980, but two …

17th-century Hand-Painted Art Book Reminds Us of Pantone

Once upon a time—even before there existed a system called Pantone—artists were obsessed with categorizing color.<p>So much so that in 1692, one artist named A. Boogert—about whom not much seems to be known—undertook the task of writing a book on how to mix watercolors. Written in Dutch, the book now …

Visual rendering of first 100 billion digits of pi proves randomness

<i>This article was taken from the August 2013 issue of Wired magazine. Be the first to read Wired's articles in print before they're posted online, and</i> …

The mysteries of 'lucid' dreaming

Recent research into a kind of consciousness within the dream state is beginning to tell us more about the brain<p>One of our most mysterious and intriguing states of consciousness is the dream. We lose consciousness when we enter the deep waters of sleep, only to regain it as we emerge into a series …

Our godless brains: Emerging science reveals mind-blowing alternatives to a higher power

<b>(akindo via iStock)</b><p>Science has yet to uncover many mysteries of the mind. But there are more reasons than ever why God isn’t necessary<p>W.R. Klemm<p>April 26, 2014 8:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Mental Biology: The New Science of How the Brain and Mind Relate.”<p>Physics is the mother science. As such, it …

‘I swapped bodies with someone’

What if you could experience life in another person’s body? A few have done so, discovers Rose Eveleth, and they report profound emotional changes.<p>If you could be anybody in the world, who would it be? This is usually just a theoretical question. The idea of suddenly taking the form of your …

Tibetan Monks Painstakingly Create Incredible Mandalas Using Millions of Grains of Sand

Imagine the amount of patience that's required to create such highly detailed art such as this! To promote healing and world peace, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks, from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, travel the world creating incredible mandalas using millions of grains of sand. For …

Spirituality

City-Purifying Tower

If you feel ill, you seek medical help… right? So why not provide our “sick” and polluted urban environments with the same attention? The Climatology …

ROOM Collection: Modular Shelving That Embraces the Shape of Your Stuff

In college, I became the master of bin organizing. I'd stack towers of those black and blue mailing bins—you know, the ones where you'll win a hefty …

Stunning Blue-Green Mineral with Incredible Textured Interior

This beautiful mineral was recently sold for a whopping $5,000 by Rob Lavinsky of the Arkenstone. Measuring 9 x 7 x 6 centimeters, the stunning specimen is described as <i>Chalcedony on Chrysocolla stalactites (pocket)</i>. With a blue-green chalcedony-crusted exterior, an unusual pocket that opens to …

Glaciers

3D-printed bears make adorable stop-motion stars

This mesmerizing clip of a bear endlessly climbing a flight of stairs was made to "explore the use of stop frame animation with 3D printing." It took creator DBLG four weeks, 50 frames and an equal number of incrementally different 3D-printed bears to produce <i>Bears on Stairs.</i> The cinematographic …

Shape and hammer metal using techniques dating back to medieval times during our studio workshop Metalworking: Armor-Inspired Jewelry and Sculpture on Saturday, April 12. Learn to articulate metal and make a small wearable or sculptural object inspired by the Met's collection of historic armor. Register: http://met.org/1gIalub Armor of Henry II of France | ca. 1555 | French, possibly Paris

Happy birthday to Jean Honoré Fragonard, born on this day in 1732. Embodying the freedom and curiosity of the French Enlightenment, Fragonard developed an exuberant and fluid manner as a painter, draftsman, and printmaker. Learn more and view a slideshow of works: http://met.org/PdHYJ7 Jean Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806) | The Love Letter | early 1770s

Lantern slide of #cherryblossoms along the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. c. 1920. Lantern slides are sort of an old school Instagram-- photographs were developed on small glass plates and hand painted in color. The slides were then projected onto a larger surface for viewing by an audience. This slide is from Smithsonian Gardens Archive of American Gardens. More about the history of D.C. cherry blossoms and the archive: http://si-siris.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-century-of-cherry-blossom-watches.html #cherryblossomsDC

Did you know today is National Siblings Day? Sargent painted these sisters, the daughters of a wealthy Londoner, in the drawing room of their family’s residence on Belgrave Square. http://met.org/1k0fAG1 John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925) | The Wyndham Sisters: Lady Elcho, Mrs. Adeane, and Mrs. Tennant | 1899

Now that Stephen Colbert is taking over Late Night from David Letterman, we think his portrait in our National Museum of American History is even more of a national treasure! http://americanhistory.si.edu/press/fact-sheets/portrait-stephen-colbert

Tomorrow is your last chance to see “Metropolitan Vanities.” The exhibition focuses on the history of the dressing table. http://met.org/1iyi4Zj Jean Marc Nattier (French, 1685–1766) | Madame Marsollier and Her Daughter | 1749

Gravity: Augmented Reality Tablet Lets You Draw Ideas in 3D

Using a handheld stylus and tablet set combined with an existing augmented reality headset, this invention allows users to sketch in three dimensions …

Scientists unmask a piece in the puzzle of how the inheritance of traumas is mediated

Kohl's Laws of Biology: "The ecological origin of all biological laws is apparent 1) in the context of systems biology [91]; 2) in the context of the …

Why Babies Cry At Night

Somewhere between bliss and exhaustion. That's how the first few months of parenting often feel, as sleepless nights blur into semicomatose days.<p>Most of us chalk up a baby's nighttime crying to one simple fact: He's hungry.<p>But could that chubby bundle of joy have a devious plan?<p>Harvard University's …