WHY IS THIS PLANET ACTING LIKE A COMET?

Some planets that are now small, hot, and rocky may have started off as icy giants like Neptune. Orbiting too close to their stars, their gassy shells boiled off until all that’s left is a rocky core. That’s what scientists have thought for a long time, anyway. Now, for the first time, they’ve spotted a small exoplanet that seems to be in the process of evaporating. The boiling atmosphere of the Neptune-sized GJ 436b is creating a tail that’s nine million miles long and about two million miles wide.

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PARTS OF YOUR BRAIN GO BERZERK ON MICROSLEEP

If you try to function normally after you’ve pulled an all-nighter, your eyes start to drift shut no matter how much you try to keep them open. But what happens in the brain during those all-too-few blissful seconds of rest? While some parts of the brain behave the same way they would if you were settling in bed for the night, other areas reflect the unique tug-of-war between sleep and wakefulness, according to a paper published recently in the journalNeuroimage.

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Secrets From An Ex-Banker: How To Kill Credit Card Debt

We are a nation addicted to credit card debt. Americans have amassed $857 billion of it. As we begin to forget the 2008 financial crisis, banks have once again started aggressively marketing credit cards. I receive mail every week promising me bonus points, extra cash back and a lifetime of plastic-induced happiness. The marketing is working. In April, credit card debt grew at 11.5%, its fastest pace in years.

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Hair dryers are magical instruments that make paper planes fly forever

Antoine Terrieux’s art installation at La Maison Des Jonglages in La Courneuve near Paris, France utilizes hair dryers in such a way that there has to be some sort of magic sprinkled on them. You’ll see the hair dryers levitating balls and string in the air, hair dryers creating a fire tornado, hair dryers making a paper airplane fly in a circle forever and more.

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The Spice Trade’s Forgotten Island

There’s just something about an isolated island that captures my imagination. Last year, it was the mysterious military base turned science project, Ascension Island; this time it’s a little postcolonial island in the Banda Sea called Run (also known as Rhun or Pulo Run). Without the work of Indonesian photographer Muhammad Fadli, I would never have known its story.

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Stussy Continues to Dominate This Year With a New Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

Stussy is absolutely killing it in 2015. The brand, which has already released collaborations with Dover Street Market, SOPHNET., Union L.A., Mastermind Japan, Loopwheeler, Slam Jam, and Champion in addition to its own collection, is adding to its prolific output with another range for Spring/Summer 2015 entitled “The Rest Is Silence.” 

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