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Murmuration over Utrecht | @GrrlScientist

Today’s “Caturday” video features a large flock of starlings -- a murmuration -- performing their spectacular aerial ballet in the sky over Utrecht, Netherlands. This is likely one of the last such performances until November, so catch it while you can!<p>Large flocks of birds flying in a tight group …

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10 Tricks to Help Anyone Write a Book

• <b>Write less, not more.</b> Initially my biggest fear was "would I have enough content?" Trust me when I tell you, most authors suffer from too many words, not too little. Books are getting shorter and shorter to match our shortening attention span. Write less, then expand later. It is much less …

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

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Watch Final Summer Supermoon Tonight

Changing Planet<p>A “supermoon” rises near the Lincoln Memorial on March 19, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls<p><b>A last act in a cosmic play, the third and final full supermoon of 2014 graces the night sky this weekend. And on Monday evening, a Canary Island telescope will webcast</b> …

Photographer Laurent Lavender Plays with the Moon | Colossal

<p>In his ongoing series of photos titled Moon Games, French photographer Laurent Lavender has subjects play with a rising moon, effectively …

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Tremble at These Surreal, Sky-High Urban Roller Coasters

6 Reasons to Upgrade to RebelMouse from WordPress

The huge gap between current CMS offerings and what the world needed occurred to me during my time as CTO of The Huffington Post. When we were …

Watch an X-Class Solar Flare Ignite the Skies Over Iceland

On February 25th, the Sun let loose an X4.9-class solar flare. It was our parent star's most violent outburst of the year. When the debris from the …

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Small changes. Big results.<p>Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, …

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21 Of The Most Beautiful Japanese Cherry Blossom Photos Of 2014

The delicate pink sakura, or cherry blossom, is associated primarily with the culture of its native Japan. These trees blossom throughout Japan every …

Pictures of the Week 4.4.14

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Martin Brundle’s Eagle E-Type

Reading time: about 2 minutes.<p>British<br>• Classic Cars<br>• Design<br>• Formula 1<br>• Jaguar<br>• Vintage<p>For those of you who watch Formula 1, Martin Brundle needs no …

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Rare Beatles Pictures

The Beatles<p>The Beatles arrive at Union Station in Washington, D.C., February 11, 1964.<p>John Lennon<p>John Lennon in Washington, D.C., February 11, …

Expert Advice for Parenting in the Digital Age

When Fisher Price introduced its iPad Baby Bouncy Seat late last year, many parents (and concerned citizens like myself) wondered, have we gone too far? But not long before companies were dangling iPads above babies' heads, parents were creating twitter handles for their newborns and 10-year-olds …

Jesse Merle Jones, Mexico. Photo: Todd Glaser

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The 20 photographs of the week

In this week's gallery of the best photojournalism from the week, we pay tribute to regular contributor Anja Niedringhaus. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer was killed this week covering the presidential election in Afghanistan. She worked in the conflict areas of the Middle East, …

Kurt Cobain: A Look Back in Pictures

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A Formula for Fixing the Hardest Problems

For many years I have been asking friends and colleagues, “What frustrates you the most in modern society?” I’ve received many, varied answers but at their core, so often, was a common root — another question: “How can citizens and government accomplish what modern life requires of them to improve …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

The Quotes Porn on Twitter: "http://t.co/VExeX8lidj"

Add this Tweet to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Add this video to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Hmm, there …

Cat Jumping Fails

It’s well documented that cats are bullies. They knock all your stuff off the counter, steal dog beds and attack our most precious -- the children.<p>Therefore, it’s hard not to feel a touch of schadenfreude in seeing them finally get their comeuppance in the above video compilation of cats failing at …