Sleeping 8 Hours Straight Isn’t How Your Ancestors Did It

Sleeping 8 Hours Straight Isn’t How Your Ancestors Did It

We didn’t always sleep how we do today–a full eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. Several centuries ago, doctors prescribed a far different sleep regimen. But the advent of the light bulb changed all that.Lynn Stuart Parramore of Alternet found this lost history of sleep while trying to remedy her own sleep issues. She would wake for a couple hours in the middle of the night, becoming anxious that the next day she would be sleep deprived. But she discovered her midnight wakefulness was considered natural… several centuries ago.

6 SIGNS OF REAL MATURITY

6 SIGNS OF REAL MATURITY

Maturity is one of those buzz words that everyone seems to have their own definition for. Most times you hear “maturity” thrown around, it is in connection to some level of responsibility. Maturity is often used as a descriptor for people that “have their shit together”, i.e., own a house, have a stable job, etc. Another fallacy surrounding maturity is that it has anything to do with age. The truth is, maturity is all about who you are as a person, not what you have or how long you’ve been…

Does a planet need continents to support life?

Does a planet need continents to support life?

Becoming a planet that will support life is a complicated matter, one that scientists haven’t quite unraveled. MIHAILULIANIKOV/ISTOCK/THINKSTOCK Just in case you were feeling significant today, consider this: There could be 40 billion planets — all of them the size of Earth — orbiting sun-like stars in the Milky Way galaxy. And that doesn’t even include the other planetary possibilities that surely exist outside our own interstellar neck of the woods.

10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Story

10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Story

Back in the old days, when people got their news mainly frompapers, magazines, radio and television, it was generally easy to figure out when someone was pulling your leg. Pretty much anything in the National Enquirer was suspect, for example. That tabloid often featured stories with outrageous headlines, such as, “Woman Gives Birth to Alien.” We may laugh at such titles, but what’s not so funny is that in the last decade or two, with the growth of the Internet and social media, fake news stories and entire fake news…

10 False History ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows

10 False History ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows

We would like a word with our fifth-grade teachers. How is it that so many supposedly educated adults still believe thatBenjamin Franklin discovered electricity when his kite was struck by lightning, and that Columbus discovered America while trying to prove that the world was round? It can’t be because we’re ignorant, or gullible, or both. Better to blame the fifth-grade teachers. For shame, Mr. Donnelly. For shame.