All Blue-Eyed People Might Be Related To One 10,000 Year-Old Ancestor

“Behind Blue Eyes,” “It’s Blue Eyes Blue,” “Don’t Make My Brown Eyes Blue”; baby blues have long been a popular reference in pop music, but they’re actually a genetic mutation. A team at the University of Copenhagen have revealed a genetic mutation that took place 6-10,000 years ago and is responsible for everyone on the...

Why Some People are Still in Denial Over Climate Change & Evolution

Author Jonathan Swift once said: “You cannot reason someone out of something he or she was not reasoned into.” Three hundred years later, man hasn’t changed much. Today in America, where you can access information on any topic from your smartphone, large swaths of the population are still looking science in the face and denying...

These Tourist Attractions Promoting Animal Cruelty Should be Banned Already

550,000 wild animals currently suffer at hands of wildlife tourism. Last week in Cambodia, the death of a working elephant caused a global uproar and prompted thousands to sign a petition calling to ban the use of the majestic animals for entertainment. The elderly elephant was ferrying tourists to the famous Angkor Wat temple in a...

This Easy Daily Practice is Scientifically Proven to Improve Your Overall Health

Most of the world’s greatest religions and philosophies teach the value of gratitude. “Always find something to be thankful for, even in the hard times,” the Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. The Buddha once said, “A person of integrity is grateful & thankful,” and taught that gratitude should be practiced in all situations, even...

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Photos of the Comedy Pet Awards Are the Funniest Thing You’ll See Today

From the people who brought you the Comedy Wildlife Awards, comes the first ever annual Comedy Pet Awards. Brace yourself for tears of laughter, as the jury just revealed this year’s hilarious, adorable and incredibly...

Raised by Wolves, This Man Explains Where Humans Have Failed

Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja has experienced many ordinary human tribulations—he has worked exploitative jobs and now faces financial struggles amid retirement. But the 72-year-old is not a fan of civilization, and prefers his earlier life, when...

A Bunch of ‘Kayactivists’ Blocked a Pipeline Expansion in the Most Creative Way

Dozens of colorful kayaks and canoes dotted the water, while hundreds of sign-bearing protesters marched to the Seattle waterfront on May 15th. Although they came from differing backgrounds and activist groups, they all shared a...

10 Psychological Exercises That Will Challenge What You Believe In

Sometimes we encounter people, places, and things that challenge our perspectives and make us question everything. This is a healthy part of life that makes us think, and open up to new ideas. These ten...

These Girls Are Self-Isolating The Best Way Possible: They Moved Into a Zoo

Millions of people across the world right now are sharing the boredom that comes with self-isolating. Every day feels like “Groundhog Day.” Wake up, watch TV, take a walk, scroll through Facebook, watch a little...

AI Tried to Create Inspirational Quotes, and it Went Hilariously Wrong

AI is a concept that both excites and terrifies us. Machine learning systems are set to revolutionize and streamline the way we live, work, and interact with one another, yet many people are still unnerved...

These Prisons Are Experimenting with Ayahuasca. Is it Working?

Brazil has one of the highest rates of intentional homicide in the world, and its prison system includes over seven hundred thousand people in incarceration. It’s a place where violent prison revolts are common, and...

Changing History: CT Scans Help Unravel Mystery of 2000-Year-Old Scrolls

Rising from the ashes of an ancient volcanic eruption, 21st-century technology is helping to uncover the mystery locked inside scrolls that are over 2,000-years-old. When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D, it destroyed the ancient...

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Americans Fostering Pets Like Never Before

There are a lot of things in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The biggest shortages to worry about are the lack of masks, latex gloves, and ventilators in many hospitals across the United...

These Hypnotic Animations Are the Closest Thing to a Psychedelic Experience

With his work, university professor and artist Ben Ridgway invites viewers to make personal connections to the audio and visual without relying on narrative or spoken language. His animations are hypnotic explorations of nature and...

These Child Prodigies Stepped Up to Change the World We Live In

Unbridled creativity, fearlessness, optimism, sharp senses and a fresh outlook on the world. These are the qualities that make children so special, and that adults often spend their lives trying to regain after they are changed...

Tons of Guns, But No Mass Shootings: What We Can Learn From the Swiss

Switzerland has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world, with over 2 million firearms in circulation of its 8.2 million citizens. Swiss citizens regularly learn to shoot when they are still...

Scientists Say Exercise Should Be Prescribed To Some Patients Before Depression Meds

If you ask most Americans what the greatest country on Earth is, most would emphatically say “The United States!” But there’s a troubling statistic that cuts to the heart of that sentiment: Americans take more...

This Eleven Year-Old’s Invention is Why We Need More Women in Science

Recently, the Young Scientist Lab named Gintanjali Rao America’s Top Young Scientist, a remarkable achievement for an eleven-year-old. Selected from a group of ten finalists who spent three months working in collaboration with scientists to...

Should We Redesign Our Hospitals to Improve Staff and Patients’ Lives?

A visit to the hospital is certainly far from pleasurable. In addition to the burden of pain, discomfort and embarrassment that is associated with our ailment, we are further troubled by the prospect of spending...

Husband Spent Years Planting Thousands of Flowers For His Blind Wife

Mr and Mrs Kuroki moved to a dairy farm in rural Japan shortly after marrying in 1956. They began their life together, raising two children and looking after a herd of 60 cows for 30...

Study Explains Why Having a Dog Makes You a Better, Healthier Person

Good news, dog owners! Our furry friends are some of the most important beings in our lives— serving as pets, confidants, and highly valued family members. We spend a great deal of our time caring...

San Diego Has an Unusual But Effective Way to House its Homeless Vets

On any given night in the United States, around 40,000 homeless veterans are left without a roof over their heads. Homelessness is a global issue with a cycle that has proven difficult to break. However,...

Early Data Shows The Coronavirus Is Awful For Humans But Great For the Planet

If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s the effect it has had on the environment. In Italy, people have been on lockdown since March 9 and the lack of human activity has...

Hairstylist’s Nature-Inspired Looks Are Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen Before

Great artists throughout history have found unusual sources for their inspiration. The pose of Michelangelo’s “David” was inspired by depictions of Hercules, the Roman god. DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa” was inspired by the artist’s males apprentice,...