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It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy

Why group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism.<p>Many argue that polygamous marriages are typically sites of abuse, inequality in power and coercion. Some refer to sociological research showing a host of ills that are associated with polygamous family structures. These claims are both …

Most European men descended from just three ancestors

Almost two out of three modern European men (64 per cent) were descended from just three Bronze Age males<p>Most European men descend from just three Bronze Age dominant forefathers who began a ‘population explosion’ several thousand years ago.<p>A research team from the University of Leicester looked at …

Why do we get sleep in our eyes?

Our eyes fill up with gunk as we sleep, but what is it? As Jason G Goldman discovers, the stuff has a more important job than it seems.<p>The first thing I do when I wake up each morning is look at the long list of notifications that have silently accumulated on my phone as I slept. The second thing I …

Why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound, and why it might be beneficial

When muscle joints are pulled apart there forms a tiny cavity filled with gas which then collapses, creating a popping noise.<p>The wince-inducing sound of knuckles cracking is caused by a small bubble building up in the fluid of the fingers then ‘popping ‘, scientists believe, and it could even be …

University of Alberta

Hawaii's Most Epic And Illegal Hike May Be Gone Forever

Remember that strikingly stunning and famously illegal hike in Hawaii that gave you the chance to view paradise from the heavens?<p>To refresh your memory, here was what it looked like:<p>Well, thanks to a powerful storm, it's gone. Possibly forever. And we're heartbroken.<p>The Stairway to Heaven, Hawaii's …

From Bondage To Masturbation: The Sex Practices Orthodox Jews Deem Kosher

What does the Talmud says about pleasure and power? How does Orthodox Judaism affect a person's sex life?<p>To answer these questions, HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd spoke with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, an Orthodox Jewish sex counselor, Dr. David Ribner, chairman of the Sex Therapy Training Program at …

Physicists Have Built A Time Machine Simulator

This would create a paradox since you never would have been born if your grandparents never met. You've prevented your later birth, so you shouldn't exist anymore.<p>This is called the "Grandfather Paradox," and it's an infamous one among physicists.<p>Even though Einstein's famous theory of general …

'Designer babies' debate should start, scientists say

<b>Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.</b><p>Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice.<p>He said huge advances in the past two years meant …

Genetics

These X's Are The Same Shade, So What Does That Say About Color?

Learning to name the colors is a ritual of childhood. At first kids have no clue; often they'll just say everything is "boo." Pretty soon, though, they can rattle off Roy G. Biv with aplomb. Still, that doesn't mean they understand what color actually is.<p>Mark Fairchild, who studies color and vision …

Canadian Scientists Raise Fish to Walk on Land – and Succeed

Three researchers at Montreal’s McGill University authored a study that looked at fish raised from birth to walk on land.<p>The study, which was …

Indian boy has 232 teeth removed

Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation.<p>Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right side of his lower jaw and the case was referred to the city's JJ hospital, where they found he was …

The World of Starbucks, Mapped

No matter where you are on the planet, you're never more than 5,000 miles from a Starbucks.<p>In the small town of Circle, Montana, the one coffee shop—a drive-through window serving drip coffee—recently shut down. Lindsey Mitchell, who owns a bakery and restaurant called C-Towne Bakes, told me that …

Science says the five-second rule isn't such a bad idea

Everyone's heard of the five-second rule. If you drop a piece of food on the floor, you have five seconds to pick it up and eat it. After that, the food gets covered in harmful bacteria and you have to thrown it away.<p>The potential risks of eating dropped food are fairly small<p>But how sound is this …

An Engineer Explains Why You Should Always Order the Larger Pizza

Most of us tend to order a pizza based on the amount we plan to eat—and there's nothing wrong with that—but if you're trying to make your dollar …

Pizza

8 Sleeping Positions and Their Effects on Health

Getting enough sleep is most important – but did you know that <b>how you sleep</b> can also impact your health? Let’s take a look at eight common <b>sleeping</b> …

Meet the man who has eaten pizza for every meal for 25 years

When Dan Janssen tells people about his pizza-only diet, he usually gets one of two reactions.<p>"They either want to kill me, or they think I'm a hero,'' he told TODAY.com.<p>Janssen, 38, claims that he has eaten pizza for nearly every meal over the past 25 years. He said he rarely eats breakfast, …

True: Radiation from Fukushima nuclear disaster here soon; false: It will kill you

Icelandic elves block highway project

In Iceland, elves are a powerful political constituency. Possibly more powerful than the president. At the very least, they have the power to delay …

Video: Do Bean Plants Show Intelligence?

Last week, in our World Changers Issue, Michael Pollan wrote about the growing field of plant neurobiology and the ways that plants seem to exhibit intelligence, intention, and even choice. Pollan explains that our perception of plant intelligence is hindered by our own sense of time, and that …

A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

The 8-Hour Workday Doesn't Really Work

<i>I'm a sucker for productivity discussions: Improve efficiency and effectiveness, ways to work faster/smarter/better... can't resist.</i><p><i>So here's a guest</i> …

Divers on Body Retrieval Mission Find a LIVE Nigerian cook who survived 3 Days Under Sea in Shipwreck Air Bubble

Cook is found alive while 11 of his mates drowned.<br>Harrison Okene- Rescued from the sunken vessel Jascon 4 off Nigeria. Saturation divers preformed …

Travis Shrugged: The creepy, dangerous ideology behind Silicon Valley's Cult of Disruption

<i>"On bad days, I look at our revenue graph."</i> - <b>Travis Kalanick</b><p>When Uber was forced to shut down its yellow cab hailing service in New York last week, …

Creative Parents Bring Their Kids’ Dinosaur Toys to Life for the Month of ‘Dinovember’

Kansas City-based writer and editor Refe Tuma and his wife have turned the month of November into “Dinovember” by convincing their kids that their …

Kids

Japanese firm plans 250 mile-wide solar panel belt around Moon

A Japanese firm announces its innovative solution to the nation's energy problems - a 250 mile-wide belt of solar panels on the moon<p>A Japanese construction firm is proposing to solve the well-documented energy problems facing Japan - and ultimately the entire planet - by turning the moon into a …

This chicken coop used to be a 1970s police car

Benedetto Bufalino, who is French and an artist, is known for his “visually humorous transformations of consumable cultural objects,” designboom …

19-year-old inventor finds way to clean up the world's oceans in under 5 years time

Previously the idea of cleaning up the world’s oceans with their vast accumulations of disposed plastic material was considered an impossibility. Now …