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How Many Close Friends Can One Person Really Have?

5/2/2016 2:30pm EDT
People Typically Have Just Five Close Friends, Study Finds
Look at your phone contacts carefully. How many of those people are you really close to?

British anthropologist Robin Dunbar previously determined that humans can be emotionally close to about 150 people because the size of our brains determines the number of people we can have meaningful relationships with.

Out of that group, up to five can be a person's best friends. The next closest layer contains an additional 10, the next an extra 35, and the final group another 100. These are known as the Dunbar layers.

In new research, Dunbar, who is at the University of Oxford in the U.K., and so...

Who Knew Kangaroos Were So Creepy?

5/2/2016 10:18am EDT
Creepy Video Proves That 'Kangaroos Are What Nightmares Are Made
"So it turns out that kangaroos are what nightmares are made of," says Cat Karskens in a viral tweet she posted over the weekend showing a kangaroo acting in a very creepy, human-like way.

The marsupial was caught on video standing up and peering into what appears to be the window of someone's home. He has one of his giant clawed paws placed on the glass. At one point, the kangaroo hops up and down and bumps his nose on the glass.

So it turns out that kangaroos are what nightmares are made of

— Cat Karskens ™ (@saikocat) April 30, 2016

Twitter users had al...

Little Boy Shows Off Impressive Singing & Dancing Skills

5/2/2016 8:55am EDT
Video Of Four-Year-Old Boy Singing At Baptist Church Goes Viral
A four-year-old boy with a lot of spirit has captured people's hearts for his enthusiastic singing and dancing.

Caleb Tyler belted out "This Little Light Of Mine" at New Hope Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C., and the video has been viewed a whopping 2.4 million times since it was posted on April 23.

Willie Jones captioned the Facebook video, "This little guy stole the floor at New Hope . Yes he did indeed." Jones later added in the comments, "I love this little fellow. Serving GOD."

In the clip, Caleb struts around, claps his hands and gets the congregation moving as a band of musician...

Here Are Two Great Reasons To Eat Chocolate Daily

4/30/2016 9:39am EDT
Eating Chocolate Every Day Has Two Surprising Health Benefits, S
Here's some good news for chocolate lovers. Eating a moderate amount of the treat every day may lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

In a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, participants who consumed chocolate every day had reduced insulin resistance and improved liver enzyme levels than those who did not eat chocolate daily.

A diet that includes tea and coffee may boost chocolate's benefits for cardiometabolic risk because the drinks include antioxidants polyphenols, according to the researchers.

Cardiometabolic is a person's likelihood of developing diabet...

Firefighters Gallantly Rescue 12 Policemen Stuck In An Elevator

4/29/2016 1:33pm EDT
Photo Of Firefighters Rescuing Policemen Stuck In An Elevator Go
The fire department in Kansas City, Missouri, was called to the police academy earlier this week to rescue 12 officers who were trapped in an elevator.

Tony Pisciotta of the KCMO Fire Department commented, "They were laughing and smiling. It was cool. We had fun. They were like, 'Alright, get us out of here now.' Police officers need heroes."

It may not have been a remarkable story; however, Gregg Favre of the KCMO Fire Department couldn't help but rib the officers for their predicament.

He tweeted an image of Tony Pisciotta giving a thumbs up and grinning sarcastically at the camera as...

Photo Of Girl Protecting Orphaned Dog Goes Viral

4/29/2016 9:32am EDT
A Peruvian Girl Shelters A Street Dog From The Rain In Heartwarm
A young Peruvian woman is making headlines after photos of her shielding an orphaned dog from the rain spread through social media.

Engineering student Daniela Segura Morales was photographed soothing the canine in Huancayo, Peru, last week, reports Metro. The photo was shared on a University Facebook page called Memes Fis UNCP.

The caption reads: "To see there are still people who care about animals fills me with happiness, seeing her drying the little dog with her blazer without caring what anyone thinks says a lot, if we all followed her example, I assure you this would be a different...

Good News For Coffee & Wine Lovers

4/29/2016 9:05am EDT
Here's yet another reason to indulge in that cup of morning joe or glass of red wine: the drinks are good for your gut.

A new study focusing on gut bacteria reveals that coffee and wine are bacteria-friendly foods, while soda and simple carbs are not.

Researchers at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands determined that fruit, vegetables, coffee, wine, tea, buttermilk and yogurt help make a person's gut more diverse, which boosts people's immunity.

Conversely, senior author Dr. Jingyuan Fu explained that foods that are rich in simple carbohydrates reduce bacterial diversity. This...

Dog & Hummingbird Have Unusual Friendship

4/28/2016 1:07pm EDT
Man & Rescue Dog Save Hummingbird's Life & Form An Unusual Frien
A rescue dog named Rex has formed an unusual friendship with a hummingbird named Hummer after saving the tiny creature's life.

Owner Ed Gernon of Whittier, Calif., told CBS: "I rescue this dog. He rescues the bird. The bird rescues all of us in a weird sense and it’s just a miracle."

Just one month after Ed adopted the German Shepherd mix, they encountered the bird who was very ill and covered in ants. Rex wouldn't budge until Ed intervened.

"And he suddenly stopped and he would not move. I mean it’s tiny and it’s dead as far as I’m concerned. It’s covered in ants. It’s got no feathers,"...

Meat Lovers, You May Want To Put Down That Steak

4/28/2016 10:25am EDT
Too Much Red Meat May Increase Your Body's Biological Age
A diet with too much red meat and not enough fruit and vegetables can increase one's "biological age" and cause other health issues, according to a new study by the University of Glasgow.

Biological age refers to how old a human seems versus chronological age, which is how old a person actually is.

Researchers determined that a moderate increase in serum phosphate levels due to red meat consumption, combined with a poor overall diet, increases biological age.

The worst affected group in the study were "deprived males." The effects were not apparent among less deprived males or females "...

It's Easy To See Why This Artist Won The International Sand Competition

4/28/2016 8:51am EDT
Indian Artist Wins International Sand Art Competition -- See Som
Indian artist Sudarsan Pattnaik won the coveted gold medal at the ninth Moscow Sand Sculpture Championship, "The Magical World Of Sand," held this week at Kolomenskoye in the Russian capital.

He took home the prize for best composition for his 15-foot-high sculpture of Gandhi, which promoted a message of peace and nonviolence.

The 39-year-old artist is self-taught, he told Times of India. He said the audience was his teacher.

"I worked as a child labor and used to practice on the beach," Pattnaik explained.

Pattnaik, who lives in Odisha, India, has participated in more than 50 internati...

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