Aging can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. There are plenty of cases in which human beings peak well into middle and old age. Many of the points mark the middle of an age range that scientists have identified, which means they are all determined by averages. Some are also surveys, not controlled trials, so there is a possibility the self-reports don’t capture the most accurate picture. But for whatever reason, the same range of age numbers keep cropping up, indicating that life isn’t the ill-perceived downhill slide from youth that many think it to be. Here’s what you have to look forward to in every phase of life, according to science.
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We’re all familiar with them — foods that we think are healthy because we heard about them on the news or from a health-conscious friend. And no matter how much we may dislike them, we keep buying them because we think they’re good for us. Take swapping dairy milk for almond milk. Is liquid from nuts really nutritionally superior to milk from a cow? Or splurging on Himalayan sea salt. Healthy habit or a bit of nonsense? Based on the expert advice of registered dietitians, here are 15 “health foods” that are actually not worth eating.
Thanks to the work of several recolorization artists who have digitally colored some of the most important and eye-catching photos from history, we can now truly see into the past in ways we haven’t been able to before. Black and white photos remove us from what really happened. But when you see these in color, you’ll be shocked by how much you can identify with the images now that they have been brought to life in color. While you’ve probably seen most of these black and white photos before, you’ve almost certainly never seen them like this. So get ready for a blast from the past because these are 27 famous black and white photographs brought to life with color.
The first day of Spring is officially here and wildflowers are popping out all over the country, from the southwest deserts to the midwestern prairies to the southeast highlands. Many states are particularly proud of their state flowers, which in many ways have become synonymous with the states themselves, like the eye-catching bluebonnet of Texas, California’s bright orange poppy, and Mississippi’s Magnolia. Do you know your state flower? Check out the slideshow and find out about your state’s floral favorite.
St. Patrick’s Day may be an Irish holiday, but it’s celebrated all over the world. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that the first St. Patrick’s parade didn’t happen in Ireland — it was held in New York City, in 1762. While the NYC parade continues to be the largest St. Paddy’s gathering, people everywhere across the globe dress up and take to the streets on March 17 to celebrate shamrocks, leprechauns, and pints of Guinness. Here are 13 of the world’s biggest celebrations.
The human body is a marvel of evolution that amazes scientists on a consistent basis. And why wouldn’t it? Though in many ways we are similar to other life-forms on our planet, the human is a unique animal with traits and capabilities unrivaled in the animal kingdom. Our bodies’ unique and sometimes bizarre physiology is a testament to this. From being the only animal with the ability to cry emotionally to possessing superhuman strength (enough to even lift cars), these are 25 amazing facts about the human body you may not be aware of.
People have disappeared without a trace for centuries. And when people inexplicably vanish into thin air, the curiosity and mystery surrounding their disappearance makes people fixated on what really happened. Our fasciation with mysterious disappearances arises largely because of one of human’s most integral and innate characteristics: “closure” — our desire to find definite, clear answers to questions, and our corresponding discomfort with the unknown and the ambiguous. Not to mention, the circumstances surrounding these disappearances fuel our love of a good mystery. Here are some of the most enduring stories of mysterious disappearances (and presumed deaths) that still puzzle historians to this day.
Admit it: You’ve fantasized about your future Fido more than a couple times. You walk into the shelter, lock eyes with “the one” and the next thing you know, you’re frolicking through fields of freshly mowed grass and endless tennis balls with your true love. Except, how are you supposed to know which breed is going to be your best match (or if your current four-legged friend is your ultimate counterpart)? Turn to the stars, of course. Here, the best dog for every zodiac sign.
If you’re into cute animals, delicious food, beloved figures, or legendary betrayal (yeah), March is the month for you. Here are 15 offbeat holidays that celebrate a wide variety of quirky passions.
Contrary to what many people think, science by definition doesn’t prove anything. In fact, the job of a scientist is to disprove the work of former scientists. This is how science as a whole progresses. By figuring out what doesn’t work, we can figure out what does. At any rate, there are some things that we just haven’t figured out yet. We may have a vague idea of what is going on, but the jury is still out. These are 20 things that scientists are surprisingly still unsure about
No, your teachers probably weren’t trying to pull the wool over your eyes. In some cases, science has advanced. For example, Pluto is no longer a planet. In other cases, your teachers were probably just misinformed. But no need to worry! We’re here to bring you up to speed. These are 25 things you were misinformed about back in your early school days.
We’ve all heard Albert Einstein’s famous line: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” As it turns out, insanity might be crediting that quote to Einstein over and over again. He never said it. Misattributions like this happen pretty often. One person misquotes someone, and all of a sudden, they become the original speaker. Or we just decide a quote sounds like something some historical and memorable figure would say. Here are 10 surprising examples are credited to people who never really said them.