Why Fat-Shaming Only Perpetuates Obesity, According to Science

Comedian Bill Maher ruffled a lot of feathers last September when he suggested Americans can help lower healthcare costs by collectively losing weight. “At next Thursday’s debate, one of the candidates has to say, ‘The problem with our healthcare system is Americans eat shit and too much of it.’ All the candidates will mention their...

Teens are Challenging Government Inaction Against Climate Change By Pledging Not to Have Kids

The passion people feel about climate change has a lot to do with their age. Let’s face it, someone in their 80s probably won’t have to deal with the global effects of Arctic ice melt. However, teenagers are rightfully scared because, over the next few decades, all hell could break loose on the planet Earth....

45-Year Long Study Delivers the Secret to Raise a Child Genius

Every parent sees a genius in their child. The key is recognizing a truly gifted child’s potential and helping to foster them on a path of lifelong learning. According to a 45-year study of more than 5,000 genius children, there are a number of things parents and educators can do to set children on the...

Why Do So Many Americans Claim to Have Cherokee Blood?

Throughout my entire life, I was told that I had Cherokee blood. My dad claimed to be 1/16th and my mother always said she was 1/8th. Although, I never heard a convincing story about any Cherokee relatives. My dad and mother both claimed that some great something-or-other married a Cherokee woman at some point in...

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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...

This Man Was Almost a School Shooter. Here’s What Stopped Him.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, February 14, a 19-year-old man stepped out of an Uber outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At precisely 2:21pm, he opened fire inside a school building with...

Why Do Some People Remember Their Dreams and Others Do Not?

In 1964, Paul McCartney woke up with a melody in his head that came to him in a dream. He sat down at his piano and played the tune to avoid forgetting it. He then...

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...

Finally, an Eco-Village That is More Than “Theory”

As Earth’s population continues to swell, it becomes increasingly clear that the dominant model for resource management and distribution is not designed to cope. A global crisis rages around a shortage of healthy food, clean...

Courageous Woman and Her Rapist Campaign Together to End Sexual Violence

Thordis Elva never expected to write a book, let alone speak on the same TED Talk stage, with Tom Stranger—the man who raped her in 1996. They now travel the world, telling their shared story...

This New Glove Translates Sign Language Into Speech and Text

A new piece of wearable technology could finally bring sign language to the digital era. Saudi designer and media artist Hadeel Ayoub‘s SignLanguageGlove is outfitted with five flex sensors and two accelerometers that interpret what...

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...

Street Artist Spreads Powerful Message About the State of the World

Spanish artist Pejac creates art in various forms and contexts, all with a simple, yet perspective-shifting quality that makes it distinctly his own. His street interventions often involve simple silhouettes, placed in a way that...

These Custom Wheelchairs are a Dream Come True for Disabled Children

What child wouldn’t want a magical moveable costume designed by some of America’s most talented set and costume designers? Thanks to Magic Wheelchair, several wheelchair-bound children will have that chance this Halloween. Ryan and Lana...

60,000 Year-Old Indigenous Healing Techniques Make Their Way Into Hospitals

For thousands of years, people around the world have used traditional healing methods to heal the sick and wounded. Before the advent of modern medicine, indigenous healers used natural therapies, and plant and animal-based remedies....

What Do The Blind Think of Racism? These Answers Might Surprise You

We often depend on visual cues such as height, weight, age, and skin color to make judgments about people we meet. But how would you judge a stranger if you couldn’t see how he or...

This Ancient Japanese Test Can Help You Figure Out Your Life’s Purpose

One’s overall health can be dictated by a number of factors, be it your diet or the amount of exercise you take. One Japanese theory boils it down to one very simple factor; our purpose...

Jewish and Muslim BFFs Win Halloween With Their Awesome Costume

Throw out your cat ears and your witch hat, folks. There’s a new costume in town, and it’s doing a lot more than just winning Halloween. The costume designed by best friends Casey Pearlman and...

These Plant-Covered Skyscrapers are Fighting Pollution in Cities

Despite what some world leaders might think, climate change is a real threat to our planet’s livelihood. To help combat the detrimental effects of pollution and overcrowding, eco-conscious countries and individuals are rethinking some of...

If You Have One of These Common Health Issues, You Might Want to Give Pot a Try

Currently in the US, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states, and more states could follow the wave once the next presidential election comes around. As a result, scientists are currently in overdrive to sort...

We Are Killing 100k+ Dolphins and Whales a Year For No Reason and It Has to Stop

A report released earlier this month has revealed that over one hundred thousand dolphins and whales are killed each year to be used as food or bait. The practice of killing cetaceans, a species group...

California Gun Law Aims to Reduce Police Brutality. Here’s How

Stephon Clark. Michael Brown. Treyvon Martin. These are three of the many unarmed black men killed recently at the hands of police officers. How many more will lose their lives before lawmakers change the way...

Mesmerizing “Rainbow Art” is Taking Over Museums & Instagram

Gabriel Dawe creates seemingly magical, indoor rainbows that stretch between the inner structures of buildings. His works are visual representations of the full spectrum of natural light, harnessed by stretching and layering miles of colored...

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...