The Science of Marrying Your Cousin

In modern western society, marrying your cousin is not well accepted, particularly in the United States. Through a combination of old prejudices and present-day conventional wisdom about inherited birth defects, first cousin marriage is seen by many as a little too close for comfort, as well as a bad idea if you want… » 2/14/14 7:00am 2/14/14 7:00am

Facebook Data Shows How Many People Graduate College with True Love

It’s a myth that’s been around for nearly a century: Most of us are destined to meet our spouses during those magical/fraught years that make up college. But is there any truth to it? Facebook’s crack team of data scientists have mined our collective Facebook data to find out—and some of their results are pretty… » 10/07/13 2:25pm 10/07/13 2:25pm

14 Gorgeous Wedding Venues in States Where Gay Marriage Is Legal

Yesterday, we celebrated after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. But you know what a victory for marriage equality means? More weddings. And more places to celebrate them. Here are 12 beautiful chapels, gardens, and barns—one for each state where marriage is for all. » 6/27/13 9:03am 6/27/13 9:03am

How the 1990s Imagined the Future of Marriage Equality

Today was a historic day for equality, as the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the misleadingly named Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Futurist thinkers have been imagining this day for years, and back in 1990 Newsweek gave hints about what marriage might look like in the world of tomorrow. » 6/26/13 2:35pm 6/26/13 2:35pm

A Molecular Scientist Wrote This Marriage Proposal in DNA

2012 has been a good year for elaborate marriage proposals but none more impressive perhaps than this anonymous scientist's efforts. He bent the molecular instructions for life itself to his will—or as IOKTBS explains, "DNA amplified to different sized fragments via the polymerase chain reaction, and then seperated… » 12/21/12 1:00pm 12/21/12 1:00pm

David Pogue's Awesome Marriage Proposal Was Worth a Movie

New York Time tech writer and nicked-iPhone-victim David Pogue is going to get married again. His proposal was simply amazing: He made a fake movie trailer with "a thinly veiled version" of the love story between him and his girlfriend. He then "persuaded the movie theater at a summer resort to play it before a… » 8/16/12 6:50pm 8/16/12 6:50pm