Sharon Van Smith

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GOP redistricting trick blows up, threats to impeach judges amid blue wave

A Democrat wins Special Election in a Trump district in Missouri - becoming the 35th seat flipped from red to blue since Trump took office. Ari …

4 Easy Steps To Propagate Your Christmas Cactus

Four steps. Countless plants.<p>Some love the holidays for <b>presents</b>. Others because it’s the time of year when <b>Christmas cacti bloom</b>! We know, we know, …

Gardening

Sea level rise could send U.S. 'climate migrants' fleeing to Austin, Atlanta

Sea level rise is typically thought of as a coastal problem, with cities from New York to San Francisco pondering new coastal defenses such as sea …

Holy Crap, This Map Of Trump’s Business Network Is Terrifying

Where to begin?<p>Trump has an extraordinary number of business ties. But just how complex is his network–and how big are the potential conflicts of interest? In a word: Yuuuge!<p>Designer Kim Albrecht created two visualizations that map Trump’s network from a macro and micro perspective. They’re based …

Data Visualization

Six more radio signals from deep space deepen mystery: Are we being hailed by intelligent beings?

A total of 17 such radio signals -- called fast radio bursts (FRBs) -- have been received from this location in space since their discovery in …

Mysterious blue sphere spotted zooming past Sun by NASA satellite

This 'UFO' was first captured by NASA'S SECCHI STEREO HI1 satellite on November 15.<p>A set of photographs taken by a NASA satellite apparently depicts …

Climate Chaos? Study Predicts a Shift in the Polar Vortex and a Colder Winter

A Frigid Winter Is Coming<p>If you live in the northern United States, get ready to bundle up this winter. New climate studies foresee that as the …

Global Warming

New Transistor Could Let Devices Run on Practically No Battery

Tapping into an ignored source of energy.<p>A new transistor design out of the University of Cambridge could allow electronic devices to function for months or even years without a battery charge—or even a battery. This comes out of a study in the journal <i>Science.</i><p>To explain their work, Cambridge …

The Viruses That Made Us Human

The rise of the mammals may be feel like a familiar tale, but there’s a twist you likely don’t know about: If it wasn’t for a virus, it might not …

Biology

The Secret to a Happier Workplace May Be Found in This Ignored Virtue, Says Science

Displaying virtuous behaviors like kindness actually leads to great business outcomes, says science.<p>In a world where crime, violence, terrorism, racism, and politicians attacking one another dominate our newsfeed and conscience 24/7, the website Love What Matters celebrates the human spirit with …

The Workplace

Comment on We Might Live in a Virtual Universe — But It Doesn’t Really Matter by Nyremne

rtryonThere’s no logic in saying humans can’t know all so god exist and did everything.science dismiss god because of zero evidence and knowledge of …

Inventions

Find your moment of Zen with our selection of the best meditation apps

It’s no secret that stress takes a serious toll on your body and psyche. In our constantly connected lives, it’s important to take a little time each …

Meditation

4 Easy Exercises to Shift Your Mood in 5 Minutes or Less

So many times when a negative emotion comes up we can feel "stuck" there. There is great power in looking at our emotions, especially the negative ones, and understanding why they are showing up - but we don't want to feel trapped by them. Letting negative emotions overwhelm us can put us in a …

Happiness

Why you shouldn't exercise to lose weight, explained with 60+ studies - Vox

Welcome to <i>Show Me the Evidence,</i> where we go beyond the frenzy of daily headlines to take a deeper look at the state of science around the most pressing health questions of the day.<p>"I'm going to make you work hard," a blonde and perfectly muscled fitness instructor screamed at me in a recent …

Exercise May Not Actually Help You Lose Weight, Overwhelming Number of Studies Find

We all know the connection between exercise and weight loss — the more you work out, the more calories you burn, ergo, those 10 pounds you gained …

Fitness

Your ability to read this message reveals something incredible about the mind

Can you read the message below?<p>That's not exactly true — just about everybody can read the message with ease. But according to one scientist, our ability to read such messages reveals something pretty incredible about the brain.<p>Interpreting passages like this hardly activates the section of the …

Engines

Terminator insects unleash genome invaders with wings

Terminator insects give wings to genome invaders<p><i>The United States Department of Agriculture has approved field release of GM pink bollworm this</i> …

Biology

Pandora's box: how GM mosquitos could have caused Brazil's microcephaly disaster

In Brazil's microcephaly epidemic, one vital question remains unanswered: how did the Zika virus suddenly learn how to disrupt the development of …

Brazil

Fitness Friday: Physio ball workouts for golfers

Back in 2014, we put Dustin Johnson's girlfriend, Paulina Gretzky (<i>left</i>), through the paces of a golf workout including use of one of the most beneficial pieces of equipment in any gym—a physio ball. There are literally dozens of exercises you can do with one, and Golf Digest fitness advisor Ben …

Golf

Back Pain Relief Ideas, Exercises: Harley Pasternak - Great Ideas : People.com

<i>Harley Pasternak is a celebrity trainer and nutrition expert who has worked with stars from Halle Berry and Lady Gaga to Robert Pattinson and Robert</i> …

2015 Global Temp, Or How Some Scientists Deliberately Mistook Weather For Climate

From the Global Warming Policy Forum, 22 January 2016 <i><br>The data for the global temperature of 2015 is in, and its a shattering record. It is claimed</i> …

DoYogaWithMe Streams Hundreds of Yoga Videos for Free

Ready to build your strength, flexibility, and balance with yoga? You’ll find yoga videos scattered across the web, but one site you might want to …

From apps to immortality

How long will the humble ‘app’ remain relevant?<p><b>Some say, not long. In fact, we’re fusing our bodies with technology at an accelerating rate, and this</b> …

Singularity

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Why You Should Travel During a Worldwide Travel Alert

As a seasoned traveler and expat, it's embarrassing to admit that I'm scared of flying. Despite the frequency with which I convince myself to do it, I have an irrational fear of plummeting from the sky (I don't understand physics and am convinced magic must be involved). Nevertheless, I have …

U.S. Dept. of State

Ask Ethan: Is Interstellar Travel Possible?

For generations, when we looked out at the distant stars, we could only wonder whether there were planets and the conditions for life-as-we-know-it around them. The past 25 years have brought forth a revolution in planet-finding, with thousands of known, confirmed planets, including many of …

Physics

Why it's hard to use the bathroom on vacation

More than 100 million people in the U.S. are expected to travel at some point between this Christmas and New Year's Day—and each and every one of them will take roughly 100 trillion intestinal microbes along for the ride.<p>Among the various other things influenced by these gut bacteria—like eating …

Wellness

How a Medieval Philosopher Dreamed Up the 'Multiverse'

The idea that our universe may be just one among many out there has intrigued modern cosmologists for some time. But it looks like this "multiverse" …

Dark Matter