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This Scent Will Make You Trust People More, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | January 14, 2015 | Science
The scent of lavender is known for its soothing properties, and for this reason is often recommended to people as a relaxation or sleep aid. But according to new research, the calming scent can also make us more trusting of others. "Our results might have...

2 Endangered Cotton-Top Tamarin Monkeys Freeze To Death At Louisiana Zoo

Reuters | James Gerken | January 14, 2015 | Green
(Adds comment from USDA) By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Two monkeys belonging to a species that is critically endangered died at a Louisiana zoo after they were left out overnight in the cold by a caretaker, officials said on Wednesday. The cotton-top Tamarins, weighing less than...

Neil deGrasse Tyson Was Once An Undefeated Wrestler

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | January 14, 2015 | Sports
Neil deGrasse Tyson has no shortage of accolades to his name. He's a celebrated astrophysicist, best-selling author, social media star and one of the most influential people in science. But here’s one more title that you may not have expected: The 56-year-old scientist was once a...

Power Has A Scary Effect On The Brain, According To Science

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | January 14, 2015 | Healthy Living
A little bit of power never hurt, right? Well, a study conducted at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests otherwise. In this webisode of "Fig. 1," a University of California series that takes a closer look at new research and ideas, psychology professor Dacher Keltner notes that...

Photographer Snaps Dramatic Photo Of Shark Birth, Almost Throws It Away

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | January 14, 2015 | Science
Biologists are buzzing about a dramatic new photo showing what's being called "the first record of a thresher shark giving birth." Published online Dec. 23, 2014 in the scientific journal Coral Reefs, the remarkable photo was taken by Australia-based photographer Attila Bicskos while diving in...

Bernie Sanders: Passing Keystone XL Means A 'Significantly Less Habitable' Planet

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | January 14, 2015 | Politics
As the Senate prepares to vote on whether climate change is real as part of the proposed Keystone Pipeline bill, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) strongly believes “it’s a good idea” for President Barack Obama to veto the bill. “Unless we get our act together, the planet that...

Polar Bears Are Migrating To Areas With Longer Lasting Ice

Reuters | Nick Visser | January 14, 2015 | Green
By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Some polar bear clusters have slowly moved to islands north of Canada's mainland that are retaining the Arctic ice for longer, according to a new scientific study that predicts the migration, linked to climate change, would continue. The study published earlier this...

Young 'Star Wars' Fan Gets 3-D Printed Prosthetic Arm From Stormtroopers

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | January 14, 2015 | Good News
This boy didn't have to be from a galaxy far, far away to become the coolest stormtrooper around. Liam Porter of Augusta, Georgia, who was born without part of his left arm, received a big surprise last Saturday, the Augusta Chronicle reported. The 7-year-old "Star Wars" fan...

Imitation Crab Isn't Crab At All. So What Exactly Is It?

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | January 14, 2015 | Taste
It's basically the hot dog of the sea.

New Map Of Galaxy's 'Mysterious Molecules' May Help Solve Old Cosmic Puzzle

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | January 14, 2015 | Science
Scientists may be one step closer to solving a cosmic puzzle that's had astronomers scratching their heads for nearly a century. It all started in 1922, when American astronomer Mary Lea Heger noticed that certain wavelengths were consistently absent in the light emitted by binary star...

People Can Predict Your Personality From Your Online Avatar

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | January 14, 2015 | Science
From Facebook and Twitter profile photos to online dating pictures and gaming avatars, we face a growing number of decisions about how to represent ourselves on the Internet. And according to new research, suggests that the way we style ourselves online reveals valuable, even surprising information about our...

13 Weird Moments In The History Of Water Fountains

Joe Satran | January 14, 2015 | Taste
Think they're boring? Think again.

International Space Station Leak Forces Evacuation Of U.S. Section

AP | Jade Walker | January 14, 2015 | Science
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a rare scare, astronauts fled the American side of the International Space Station on Wednesday after an alarm indicated a possible toxic leak. NASA later said there was no leak of ammonia coolant and a computer problem likely set off the false alarm. By...

Google Translate Update May Save You A Lot Of Money

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | January 14, 2015 | Technology
Your smartphone is about to become your best friend when traveling, even if you don't want to shell out big bucks for an international data plan.

Mastodon Bones Discovered In Michigan Man's Yard

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | January 14, 2015 | Science
You never know what's lying just beneath the surface in your own yard. Most people find some old coins or a rusty bicycle chain. But two men in Michigan hit the jackpot when they discovered the remains of a massive Ice Age mammal. Contractor Daniel LaPoint Jr. was...

The Chemical In 'BPA-Free' Water Bottles May Be Just As Unhealthy As BPA

Nick Visser | January 14, 2015 | Green
Many of us have read the studies about bisphenol-A, and know the chemical is best avoided when it comes to drinking containers, baby bottles, canned foods and thermal paper. The chemical, also known as BPA, has been linked to everything from...

Study Suggests Men And Women May View Cheating Very Differently

Rebecca Adams | January 13, 2015 | Divorce
The idea that men are from Mars and women are from Venus may feel outdated or even downright sexist, but a recent study suggests that there may be some truth to that notion -- at least when it comes to the way men and women tend...

You Might Control Future Apple Devices With Hand Gestures

Damon Beres | January 13, 2015 | Technology
The company's new patent brings us one step closer to "Minority Report."

Why Your Personality Does Determine What City You Should Live In

Carolyn Gregoire | January 13, 2015 | Science
While loving Bon Iver and fair trade coffee doesn't necessarily mean you should live in Portland, those Buzzfeed "Which city should you actually live in?" quizzes might be onto something. If you're sick of the city you live in, it may be because personality doesn't fit the environment,...

Orangutan's Super-Freaky 'Talking' Sheds New Light On Human Speech

Macrina Cooper-White | January 13, 2015 | Science
She's not exactly talking, but a female orangutan at the Cologne Zoo in Germany has been making vocalizations that bear an eerie resemblance to human speech (just check out the video above). “These calls were produced by quickly opening and closing the lips, much like humans do...