Life after death: Man’s shock experience of afterlife ‘I badly wanted to stay’

A person named James was pronounced clinically dead following complications during surgery, before being resuscitated. However, while he was briefly dead, James believes he was offered a glimpse of the afterlife, and claimed it to be the most peaceful yet emotional time he has ever experienced. Writing on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), James said: “The first thing I remember was seeing a huge, round, and colourful opening or pathway. At the end of the pathway was a white church and other small white buildings.

“The sky was blue. I no longer felt anger, sadness, or regret. I also had a strange feeling that I can’t explain. I don’t know what love is, but I guess that this feeling was that someone loved me and forgave me. I badly wanted to stay.

“The emotions were so strong. There were four male figures on my left side. They were dressed in long grey overcoats. They didn’t have faces as we know them. Rather, their faces were glowing with a strong, bright light shining from their face.

“We didn’t have verbal communication. We communicated through emotional feelings. Three other figures appeared on my right side. They looked like the other figures with the same colour coats and faces of bright light. They came towards me in a non-threatening way.

“Then I woke up. The doctor told me what happened, but I didn’t care because I wanted to go back there.

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Life after death: Man’s shock experience of afterlife ‘I badly wanted to stay’ (Image: GETTY)

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“The sky was blue. I no longer felt anger, sadness, or regret.” (Image: GETTY)

“Before, I didn’t believe in life after death. But now, I am confused. This was not a hallucination because it was so real. I can never forget the feelings, warmness, and the knowledge that I was loved.

“I did not want to talk to anyone about this, but I made an appointment to speak to a priest.

“I am not afraid of death now.”

Some researchers, however, have said these visions are a normal phenomenon and not necessarily a sign of an afterlife.

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“Before, I didn’t believe in life after death. But now, I am confused. This was not a hallucination because it was so real.” (Image: GETTY)

Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York City, told an Oz Talk: “People describe a sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light that draws people towards it.

“They describe a sensation of experiencing their deceased relatives, almost as if they have come to welcome them.

“They often say that they didn’t want to come back in many cases, it is so comfortable and it is like a magnet that draws them that they don’t want to come back.

“A lot of people describe a sensation of separating from themselves and watching doctors and nurses working on them.”

Dr Parnia said there are scientific explanations for the reaction, and says seeing people is not evidence of the afterlife, but more likely the brain just scanning itself as a survival technique.

Alien base discovered on Saturn’s third-largest moon Iapetus – claim

Saturn’s moon Iapetus may look completely devoid of life, but one researcher believes it is home to beings. The shock claim is being made after a strange structure, believed to be at least five kilometres in length, was spotted on Saturn’s third-largest moon.

Not only does one alien researcher claim to have spotted the structure on Iapetus, one of 62 moons which orbit the ringed giant Saturn, but added that NASA is attempting to cover up the evidence.

Prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring made the claim on his blog ET Database, stating: “I was using an app on my iPhone called Saturn Atlas when I noticed a huge black structure on the moon Iapetus.

“The structure is massive, about 5km across, 4km wide and 1.5km tall.

“The area is totally blurred out by NASA to hide it, but it still stands out very well. I have searched many other photos of this moon, none of them still have this structure.

“This app uses an old NASA index which no longer has those photos there, but lucky for us, the app has not updated or changed them.

“100 percent proof that aliens exist and thrive on a moon of Saturn.”

However, sceptics and NASA say the structure and other similar findings are just the effects of pareidolia – a psychological phenomenon when the brain tricks the eyes into seeing familiar objects or shapes where they do not exist.

NASA said: “Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognisable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data.

READ MORE: Alien disease could DESTROY life on Earth – study

Lost City of Atlantis found? How Russian team pinpointed Plato’s island off CORNWALL

The mythical island was first described by the Greek writer Plato in his texts ‘Timaeus’ and ‘Critias,’ said to be an antagonist naval power that besieged “Ancient Athens”. In the story, Athens repels the Atlantean attack unlike any other nation of the known world, supposedly giving testament to the superiority of ancient Greece. The legend concludes with Atlantis falling out of favour with the deities and submerging into what is believed to be the Atlantic Ocean.

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For thousands of years historians have dedicated their lives to trying to find Atlantis, and none have prevailed.

However, it turns out the supposed sunken island has been hiding off the coast of Cornwall all along after a team from Moscow’s Institute of Meta-History said they found Atlantis 100 miles off Land’s End.

In December 29, 1997, the BBC reported that the Moscow Institute of Meta-History would lead an expedition off Land’s End to find Atlantis.

After re-reading Plato’s texts, the Russian team thought that the lost island was located at Little Sole Bank, a sand bank south west of Cornwall.

A team of Russians planned to head to the location off Land's End

A team of Russians planned to head to the location off Land’s End (Image: GETTY/GOOGLE)

Plato described the mythical island

Plato described the mythical island (Image: GETTY)

However, it was reported that they did not have enough funds to go on the expedition and so the plans were scrapped.

But it may have not been that outlandish after all.

According to the Cornish folklore though, there is a city that sunk into the ocean centuries ago.

The legend, immortalised in the poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson, says that the lost land of Lyonesse – or Land of the Lions – located off Land’s End, was engulfed by a huge tidal wave.

It was a rich land with fair-sized towns and as many as 140 churches and some say that it is where King Arthur fought his last battle against Mordred.

READ MORE: Atlantis location pinpointed after 2,400-year-old coin ‘MATCHED Plato’s description’

Atlantis is said to have sunk

Atlantis is said to have sunk (Image: GETTY)

Lyonesse is said to have been swallowed by the sea in a single night, never to be seen again.

Since then, local fishermen are said to have pulled up stones from the buildings of the lost city in their nets and, to this day, the bells of long-submerged churches can apparently be heard ringing beneath the waves on still nights.

Others say the domes and spires of Lyonesse can be seen in the sea when standing on the cliffs at Land’s End.

In 2016, a tidal study inspired by the myth was released.

The Lyonesse Project, which studied the impact of rising sea levels on the Isles of Scilly over the past 12,000 years, was published by Cornwall Council after seven years of work.

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Many have tried to pinpoint its location

Many have tried to pinpoint its location (Image: WIKI)

A team planned an excursion off Land's End

A team planned an excursion off Land’s End (Image: GETTY)

Since the mid-18th century archaeological remains, including stone walls, have been discovered below high water in the Isles of Scilly – which were one large island 9,000 years ago and commonly associated with the enigmatic lost land of Lyonesse.

Charlie Johns, archaeology projects officer from Cornwall Archaeological Unit, said that year: “The new data shows that the 500-year period between 2500BC and 2000BC saw the most rapid loss of land at any time in the history of Scilly — equivalent to losing two-thirds of the entire modern area of the islands.

“After this, the rate of change slowed. By about 1,500BC the pattern of islands was approaching that of today, but with the dramatic difference of a vast intertidal area of saltmarsh in what is now the islands’ inner lagoon.

“Much of this would have remained useful land, especially for grazing animal stock, and would have been passable with ease almost all of the time.”

Scottish Lawmaker Goes Viral After His Cat Photobombs Zoom Meeting

A Scottish politician has seen his social media presence soar after his pet cat photobombed his Zoom meeting, and the lawmaker is keeping it in purr-fect perspective.

Earlier this week, Parliament member John Nicolson was in the middle of a committee discussion on children’s television when the cat, Rojo, suddenly jumped in front of the camera, waving its tail.

John Nicolson, a member of Scotland's Parliament, was photobombed by his cat, Rojo, during a committee discussion on children



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John Nicolson, a member of Scotland’s Parliament, was photobombed by his cat, Rojo, during a committee discussion on children’s television.

“I apologize for my cat’s tail,” Nicolson said, before eventually pushing the animal out of camera view while admonishing the frisky feline.

“Rojo, put your tail down please,” he said.

Other parliament members in the meeting could be heard laughing during the clip, which quickly went viral, according to the Scottish Sun.

After Rojo’s cameo went public, Nicolson discovered he had a whole bunch of new followers on Twitter. However, he astutely realized they weren’t there for him.

The best comforters for when it’s hot, but you still need to be covered

Hot sleepers are probably used to kicking off the covers every night — but it doesn’t have to be like that. Cooling comforters that are breathable, promote airflow with mesh pockets, and wick your sweat can make a world of a difference. And when you’re sleeping with something so soft and airy, there’s never a shortage of cool spots to find with your feet.

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Many adults have security blankets. They just come in the form of the absolute need to sleep under a comforter or a sheet, even on nights when it’s hotter than the kitchen on Chopped

The explanation is similar to the science behind weighted blankets: Blankets are associated with higher levels of serotonin and dopamine. Feeling even the slightest bit bundled can cause deep pressure stimulation, which helps to regulate your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems (the things in charge of our bodies while we’re at rest and on the go).

But a cool temperature is another main key to a restful sleep. If you and your significant other are in a perpetual argument about the temperature of your room at night, whoever votes for cold is technically right. The National Sleep Foundation suggests that 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal room temperature at bedtime. Body temperature regulates our circadian clock, and hot rooms make it hard for your body to drop to its optimal temperature for REM sleep. 

During months when even AC can’t manage that, what should you do? Skip the comforter, plus the feel-good chemicals and calmed nervous system that come with it?

Nope. Just invest in a cooling comforter.

How do cooling comforters work?

A cooling comforter is primarily used to keep the under-cover climate airy and moisture-free, but it won’t replace air conditioning. If you’re expecting a comforter laced in some proprietary, blue cooling gel that feels like an everlasting icepack, you’ll be disappointed.

Being lightweight certainly helps, but many puffy, thick comforters are much more cooling than a thin one filled with lumpy polyester.

Materials can tell you a lot about a comforter’s airflow. Natural fibers like cotton, bamboo, and eucalyptus are much more breathable than synthetic ones, which trap hot air and can conjure static charge. Down comforters (made with goose or duck feathers) are the epitome of cloud-like bedding, but they’re also known for their insulation. Fill power is the fluffiness measurement: the denser the down clusters, the warmer the comforter. For best cooling results, find a fill power of 600 or less.

Aside from breathability, you may also be looking for a comforter that keeps perspiration or allergic reactions at bay. Here are the factors to keep in mind:

  • Sweat management: Bamboo, eucalyptus, and merino wool are naturally efficient water absorbers. When it comes to bedding, this property translates into moisture-wicking, which pulls sweat away from the body and sends it to the outer layer of the sheets or comforter to evaporate. (Tencel is a newly popular viscose fiber derived from bamboo or eucalyptus pulp that is made from plant cellulose — and those plant fibers love sucking in moisture.) 

  • Softness: Sweaty sleepers aren’t the only ones who may want to look for such materials, of course: Bamboo and eucalyptus also happen to be wildly soft and more sustainable than even organic cotton. Those who dream of the slippery glide of silk sheets might consider a bamboo or eucalyptus comforter, as those fibers typically have a finer yarn and make for a smoother weave pattern.

  • Thread count: This term refers to the number of threads in one square inch of your bedding. It can be a factor ini determining whether your comforter feels smooth or like a crunchy button-up shirt, but don’t let it dictate a level of luxury. Bamboo and cotton have differing yarn structure and weave patterns, so comparing their thread counts isn’t quite apples to apples. Ettitude says that a standard 300 thread count in bamboo is the equivalent of 1000 thread count of the finest cotton sheets.

  • Hypoallergenic: For the longest time, the rule for allergy-prone folks was to steer clear of down bedding because of its likelihood to attract or house dust mites. Dust mites can technically make a home in any type of bedding, but it’s still possible to have a reaction to feathers — not to mention that the quills can be irritating to sensitive skin.  

If you’re still hot after all of this, a cooling mattress pad can help tackle the climate between your body and the mattress.

After lots of careful research and studying hundreds of online reviews, here are our picks for the best cooling comforters:


Unique merino wool layer combats night sweats • Works as a duvet insert and standalone comforter • Fill power isn’t too insulating
Not hypoallergenic
Sweaty sleepers who don’t want to give up down will find a happy medium with Casper.

1. Casper Humidity Fighting Duvet

One of those fluffy down comforters that everyone wants, filled with sweat-wicking merino wool.

  • Fill:
    Duck down, merino wool
  • Shell:
    100% cotton
  • Machine washable:
    Yes

Waking up in a pool of sweat isn’t fun for you, the person you’re sleeping with, or the sheets you just washed. But when you’re already sleeping in minimal clothing and without a blanket even covering your toes (*shudders*), what more can you do to stay cool? Casper’s innovative Humidity Fighting duvet could be your game changer.
Inside the airy, 100% cotton shell lies a layer of ethically-sourced down fill and, wait for it, merino wool. Primarily known as being warm and occasional itchy, wool might seem counterintuitive to cooling — but merino wool is actually quite breathable and one of the best natural moisture-wicking materials out there. This duvet is so light that it’s probably not enough insulation for chilly sleepers in the winter.
If you’re not digging the aesthetic of the sewn-in rectangle chambers, use the duvet as an insert and pair it with an equally-cooling cover.
Prices range between $350 and $450 depending on your bed’s size.


Super silky 300-thread count • 100% plant-based • Creates a breeze every time you move • Seven-day free trial
Should be dry-cleaned
The Buffy Breeze floats on top of you while its natural fibers draw moisture away from your body.

2. Buffy Breeze

Combat night sweats with the moisture-wicking properties of eucalyptus wrapped in up in a cloud.

  • Fill:
    Eucalyptus
  • Shell:
    Eucalyptus
  • Machine washable:
    Dry cleaning and spot cleaning are recommended
After the success of the cult-favorite Cloud comforter, Buffy took its sustainable-yet-luxurious bedding a step further with the Buffy Breeze. And yes, it keeps things as cool as it sounds.
Both the Buffy Cloud and Buffy Breeze are puffy, have a glorious 300-thread count that feels similar to silk, and create a ~breeze~ every time you move. Aside from its fun squiggly pattern, the Breeze sets itself apart with 100% eucalyptus fill (compared to the Cloud’s recycled polyester fill). When you compress the comforter, you can feel air puffing out the sides and moving through the fabric, which aids in temperature regulation. Reviewers swear by the Breeze’s ability to keep them from overheating at night — including people who sleep with someone who’s a walking space heater.
You know eucalyptus as the stuff koalas eat, but the bedding world knows it as a naturally-breathable fiber that’s just as soft as but requires less water to source than cotton. Lyocell (the technique used to process eucalyptus tree fibers) apparently guarantees that 99 percent of the water used can be recovered and reused again. Most of the process is done by hand rather than using machinery, which significantly reduces CO2 emissions.
Prices range between $179 for a twin to $259 for a king.

Silky sateen shell • 600 fill power is airy and lightweight • Brooklinen claims its down is hypoallergenic • Filled with fluffy down clusters instead of whole feathers • 365-day return policy
Could still trigger allergies despite antimicrobial treatment • Difficult to wash and spot clean
Feel fancy and maintain an airy vibe at the same time with this lightweight down option.

3. Brooklinen Lightweight Down Comforter

The internet’s favorite sheet brand brings you a down comforter that’s ultra soft and light as a feather. (Literally — there are feathers in there.)

  • Fill:
    Goose down
  • Shell:
    100% cotton sateen
  • Machine washable:
    Safe for the dryer, but refreshing by hang drying is recommended

Feathers are the thermal insulator that birds rely on to keep cold air out and body heat in — so at first glance, down comforters seem antithetical to a cool sleep. But with a lightweight down comforter like Brooklinen’s, hot sleepers don’t have to give up that fluffy cloud feeling.
Down comforters aren’t automatically heavy. (In fact, down is typically more breathable than synthetic down alternative fills.) The warmth depends on the loft power, or the amount of space that the down fills up. A 700-plus fill power is lofty and warm, while a fill power of 600 (like Brooklinen’s) or below allows heat to flow and escape through the fabric. The airy clusters are enclosed in Brooklinen’s famous cotton sateen shell, which provides a subtle, slippery feel that’s perfect for finding the cold spots with your toes.
Brooklinen sources all of its duck down from an eco-friendly Hutterite farm. This Canadian down is never a result of live plucking and has been washed five times to reach the highest level of fluff possible. It has also been treated with ultra-fresh antimicrobials to decrease the chance of attracting allergy-triggering dust mites.
Prices range between $199 for a twin to $299 for a king.


Mesh pocket design ensures hot air doesn’t get trapped • Quite breathable for synthetic fabric • Puffy cloud energy that’s comfortable for people with allergies
Polyester shell is a bit rough and starchy • Expensive for synthetic down
This down-alternative comforter is just as plush as the real thing and has special cooling pockets.

4. Cuddledown

Get the fluff of down without feeling suffocated with this synthetic, mesh-ventilated comforter.

  • Fill:
    Synthetic down-alternative
  • Shell:
    100% combed cotton
  • Machine washable:
    Yes

Down comforters have long been revered for their ability to take a bed from drab to luxurious. What’s not luxurious are the quills that stick out, the occasional smell, or the washing instructions that are usually a pain. If you want the puff with a little less maintenance, we don’t blame you for going the down-alternative route.
Fill made of synthetic fibers (especially microfiber) don’t always aerate the under-blanket situation as well as cotton or other natural fibers. Cuddletown’s temperature-regulating comforter is not only a down-alternative, but its gray mesh pockets make it a cooler microfiber alternative as well. Perforated squares sewn throughout the comforter create climate zones, which regulate air temperature around the body and keep hot air flowing up and out.
As you could expect, a comforter with holes isn’t the coziest all-season comforter (that is, unless you always sleep hot and everyone else in your household votes to crank the heat). Chilly air can pass through easily and it’s not a heavy comforter as it is.
Prices range between $239 for a twin to $399 for a king.


12 color options, including reversible ones • Hypoallergenic • Over 20,000 five-star reviews on Amazon • Boxed stitch design keeps puffy, cloud-like shape
Not really “cooling” past being lightweight
It doesn’t do much to wick moisture, but it’s airy enough for kids and super easy to wash.
Shopping for a kids comforter seems as easy as grabbing the first Fortnite or Frozen set that you see. But if your kid is a hot (or otherwise picky) sleeper, that staticky polyester could be behind their restless nights and sleep-derived tantrums.
Instead, a down-alternative, breathable comforter that’s still wallet-friendly and easy to wash is a smoother route for everyone — and doesn’t run the risk of quills poking out. This all-season comforter by Linenspa appears on countless lists of best comforters all across the internet, including a number of cooling-specific ones. The lightweight microfiber fill provides heat dissipation for warm nights but gets cozy enough when the weather turns cool — a lifesaver when it comes to maintaining a kid’s bedroom. Pair it with some silky, sweat-wicking bamboo sheets or a bamboo duvet cover for the full experience.
The combo of children and white comforters is an accident waiting to happen. The Linenspa is reversible and easy to match to a room’s theme, available in solid colors like navy and mocha plus striped patterns. For parents, the fact that it’s machine washable is a selling point in itself.
Prices range between $29.99 for a twin and $64.99 for a king.

Buttery soft on sensitive skin • Bamboo fabrics are less likely to tear and let dust mites in • Naturally antimicrobial • Breathable and moisture-wicking • 100-night guarantee
Has to be washed on a cold cycle
Allergy sufferers can enjoy sweat *and* sneeze-free nights with machine-washable bamboo bedding.

6. Cozy Earth Bamboo Comforter

Ultra soft and tightly woven to prevent dust mites, a bamboo comforter is great for people with allergies.

  • Fill:
    100% bamboo viscose
  • Shell:
    100% bamboo viscose
  • Machine washable:
    Yes
A cool sleep doesn’t mean much if the sweating is just replaced with sneezing. If your past experiences with down have resulted in insatiable itching (or you just know your nose and throat won’t react well to feathers), a 100% bamboo comforter might cater better to sensitivities.
Other suggestions surrounding hypoallergenic bedding focus on thread count: The more tightly-woven the fibers, the less chances that dust mites have to squeeze through. Though bamboo is extremely breathable, bamboo fabrics still tend to use tightly-packed weaves and are less likely to tear and pill than cotton. Cozy Earth says that its bedding skips traditional weaving all together, and is instead crafted from long fibers that stretch across the entire length of the comforter. Bamboo is known for its smooth, buttery feel that’s less likely to irritate skin and cause dust mite-attracting skin cells to shed. That soft surface doesn’t stick to skin either, and Cozy Earth says it’s 50% less humid than other comforters.
People with allergies should plan on washing bedding once a week. A comforter that can be thrown in the washing machine and the dryer is a must. Be sure to wash your comforter before using it to get rid of any lingering chemicals, dyes, or weird smells.
Prices range between $383 for a twin and $527 for a king.

Bamboo is incredibly soft • Protects your cooling comforter while wicking moisture and promoting airflow • Snaps instead of duvet ties • Nine color and pattern options • 30-day trial
Might be too slippery for some people
Protect your comforter with a thermoregulating and naturally-moisture wicking bamboo cover.

7. Ettitude Organic Bamboo Duvet

A moisture-wicking, eco-friendly duvet that creates a dreamy match for your cooling comforter.

  • Fill:
    N/A
  • Shell:
    100% organic bamboo
  • Machine washable:
    Yes

Most cooling comforters are white — white comforters get dirty easily — and most white comforters are a huge pain to clean. If you’re not attached to that all-white bedding hotel room vibe, a cooling duvet cover like the organic bamboo one from Ettitude is a heavenly solution. Bonus: It’s machine washable.
Putting a cooling comforter inside a duvet will totally defeat the purpose if that duvet doesn’t have thermoregulating properties as well. If your comforter is 100% cotton or has special air pockets to promote airflow but your duvet is microfiber, your body heat has nowhere to escape. Bamboo is breathable like cotton and great at drawing sweat away from your body — two features that work together with your comforter to avoid a steam trap.
Depending on the material and thread count, some cooling comforters are a rough and borderline crispy. Ettitude’s bamboo lyocell fabric is lustrous, silky, and exactly what you’d want to roll in after a hot day. The lyocell process that turns bamboo pulp to fibers is a closed-loop system where 99% of the water and chemicals are reused, you can feel good about this purchase.
Prices range between $104 for a twin to $134 for a king.


Faux Tencel material pushes sweat to fabric’s outer surface • More breathable than other weighted blankets • Comes in three colors
Too small to be a full cooling comforter • Interior duvet loops are wonky
“Cooling weighted blanket” seems like an oxymoron, but this special fabric wicks sweat while it calms.

8. Gravity Cooling Blanket

Weighted blanket diehards can now achieve that calming swaddle without overheating on humid nights.

  • Fill:
    Fine-grade glass beads
  • Shell:
    Faux Tencel
  • Machine washable:
    Only the duvet cover (not the weighted insert)

Weighted blankets attempt to mimic the therapeutic pressure of a hug, cuddling, or even a pet on your lap. People are finding that Deep Touch Pressure Simulation (the same idea behind swaddling babies) could help to lull you to sleep by relaxing your nervous system — subsequently reducing anxiety or insomnia. 
That level of bundled works for the cold, but the mere thought of sleeping under a 20-pound blanket on an 80-degree night may make you start to sweat. A cooling weighted blanket was essentially an oxymoron until Gravity had the idea to add a cooling cover.
The iconic weighted blanket has been reimagined for warm weather, now enclosed in a moisture-wicking duvet. Admittedly, the faux Tencel material in the new cover won’t inherently produce chills, and the blanket won’t float on you like a sheet. (That’s an unrealistic expectation, anyway.) However, the Gravity Cooling Blanket is noticeably more breathable than your average throw and the glossy sheen feels cool on skin. The glass beads that give it its weight don’t retain heat and are stitched in a grid to stay evenly distributed.

The best headphones for your Android devices

We’ve done the research, read the online reviews, and have come up with this list of the best headphones for Android users. Discover why favorites from Sony, Bose, and more come out on top.

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All Android smartphones come bundled with earphones for you to get listening to your favorite music or podcasts immediately, but they’re rarely a great set of earphones. It’s a better idea to purchase a separate pair of headphones or earphones that suit your needs, providing you know what to look for.

First of all, consider when you’re going to be using your headphones most often. Do you want to block out background noise while you’re on your daily commute? Do you want a pair that are great while you’re running or working out at the gym? Or do you just want to kick back and relax at home, listening to music through your headphones, perhaps even while you sleep? 

Consider just what scenarios you’re planning on using them during then read on to learn what to think about and how to choose the best wireless headphones for your Android device.

Are Beats headphones compatible with Android? 

Apple bought headphone manufacturer Beats back in 2014, so it might seem like you can’t use Beats headphones with your Android phone. That’s not actually the case. You can definitely hook up your Beats with your Android smartphone, although you won’t be able to use Quick Glance to see your battery life, and obviously there’s no Siri support.

More importantly though, there are better headphones out there for your Android smartphone than a Beats set, although we are fans of the Beats Solo Pro.

What are the best wireless headphones for Android?

There’s no one way answer to that, as it entirely depends on what you need them for. While Apple owners can assume that AirPod Pros are the best all-rounders for them, Android owners don’t have a “one size fits all” solution. It mostly comes down to what you intend on using them for, which is why it’s worth thinking about your plan, and also why we’ve divided up our favorites according to certain scenarios in life.

Can’t I just buy the cheapest pair?

You totally can, but it’s not worth it. If you’re looking to go easy on your wallet, stick with the pair that came standard when you purchased your Android smartphone. This is only really a worthwhile plan if you’e prone to losing headphones often. Instead, if you regularly enjoy music or podcasts, it’s worth investing in a more expensive pair that offers more useful features like active noise cancellation or companion apps.

Read on to discover our picks for the best headphones for Android:


Near flawless noise cancellation • Long battery life • Ambient sound detection
Large design • Touch controls won’t be for everyone
If you’re keen to block out all surrounding noise while you travel, the Sony WH1000XM3 do all they can to help you out, without you having to do a thing.

1. Sony WH1000XM3

Perfect for blocking out noise while traveling.

  • Colors:
    Black, Silver
  • Battery life:
    30 hours (with active noise cancellation on)
Many headphones offer active noise cancellation but very few will do all the hard work for you. But that’s exactly what the Sony WH1000XM3 do.
They’re able to detect the ambient sounds around you, automatically adjusting so that you receive the best level of noise cancellation at all times. It’s a huge help when you’re traveling and moving between different spaces and levels of noise. 
The Sony WH1000XM3 headphones don’t just stop there either. They sound great for a wide range of different types of audio, and their touch controls are simple and intuitive. A 30-hour battery life means they’ll last for as long as you need them, whether it’s a marathon day of travel or a series of work calls.

Near unbeatable noise cancellation • 16 hour rechargeable battery • Comfortable to wear
Wires can be a little flimsy • Expensive
Need a set of earphones that are easy to take out to talk to a co-worker while also offering great sound quality? These are the ones for you.

2. Bose QuietComfort 20

Easy to take out to talk to a co-worker while also offering great sound quality.

  • Colors:
    Black
  • Battery life:
    16 hours (Noise cancellation)

When you’re working, you want to be able to get into the zone and listen to your favorite music or podcasts (or conference call) in a clear and straightforward way that doesn’t interrupt your focus. 
The Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones offer the best of both worlds. You can easily switch noise cancelling on or off at the touch of a button so you hear what’s going on, before switching back to some great sounding audio. These are also super comfy to wear for in-ear headphones, just make sure to buy the dedicated Android/Samsung variety.


Google Assistant support • Alexa support • Great sound quality
Short audio cables
Connecting to Google Assistant or Alexa just got even easier thanks to the Bose QuietComfort 35’s simple interface.

3. Bose QuietComfort 35

Connect to Google Assistant or Alexa to make listening even easier.

  • Colors:
    Black, Silver, Rose Gold
  • Battery life:
    Up to 20 hours wireless, 40 hours wired

The Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones aren’t the only option out there with Alexa and Google Assistant support, but they are some of the simplest to use. Just tap a button to the side of one of the cans and you can hear all your phone notifications, change up the playlist, or ask your Assistant a question. It’s a big help if you’re out and about and don’t want to dig out your Android smartphone. Alternatively, you can use the Action button to adjust the level of noise cancellation you receive, between three different modes. Everything sounds great and well-balanced too.


Long battery life • Inexpensive • Noise Cancellation
Not the best sound quality
If you don’t want to spend a lot, the Cowin E7 headphones are just what you need without missing out on too many features.

4. Cowin E7

Get the best bang for your buck while still enjoying a 30-hour battery.

  • Colors:
    Black, Blue, Green, Purple, Red, White
  • Battery life:
    30 hours

Not everyone can (or wants) to spend a lot on headphones, but they still want to use a decent pair. That’s where the Cowin E7 Headphones come in. They’re wallet-friendly but offer a lot of bang for the buck. They even come in a number of different colors. Some 30 hours of playtime is available, plus the option to plug in a 3.5mm audio cable for when you’re caught short. Active noise cancellation is surprisingly good for the price, although maybe don’t expect as good sound quality as you might get on more expensive headphones as some tracks can sound a little crackly.


Built-in accelerometer • Comfortable fit • Excellent sound quality
Battery life could be better • Older technology
A snug fit means these earbuds won’t fall out while you run.

5. Jabra Elite Active 65t

Work out without worrying about your earbuds falling out.

  • Colors:
    Copper Black, Copper Blue, Gold Beige
  • Battery life:
    5 hours

The Jabra Elite Active 65t headphones offer a unique feature in that they have a built-in accelerometer so they can track your run or walk while also allowing you to listen to music. Sure, that might sound a little gimmicky, but it’s always nice to have extra ways to track your run. Perhaps more importantly, they feel comfy in your ears so you won’t have to worry about them slipping out while you’re sprinting at full speed. Sound quality is decent too, with the option to customize how things sound via the Jabra app. Just don’t expect competent noise cancellation here.


Wrap around wear • Ambient sound mode • Wired cable mode
Not exactly stylish • Battery life could be better
For a snug fit that won’t slip when you’re lifting, these headphones are perfect if you can overlook their lack of style.

6. Sony WI-1000X Wireless

These headphones will give you a snug fit that won’t slip.

  • Colors:
    Black, Gold
  • Battery life:
    10 hours

Workouts are understandably pretty demanding on your headphones as well as your body. It’s easy for wires to get tangled or earbuds to fall out. The Sony WI1000X headphones use a wraparound method so they stay behind your neck, meaning there’s little risk of them getting in the way of your routine. They don’t look the best, we must admit, but they work well with active noise cancellation, an ambient sound mode that detects when you want to hear something, and the option for hands-free calling. Battery life could be better, but you can always plug an audio cable in and continue to listen, which is a big help.


Incredibly comfortable • Multi tasking support • Quincy Jones’s voice
Quite old • Audio quality could be better
For the comfiest pair of headphones you’ve ever used, you can’t go wrong with these.

Extended sessions with any headphones often make you realize they’re not exactly the comfiest. That’s not the case with the JBL E55BT Quincy Edition headphones. Thanks to their soft leather headband and snug ear cushions, they actually pretty delightful to have on your head. They’re easy to use too, with legendary music producer Quincy Jones himself guiding you through the paces. There’s also the option to easily switch between two devices, depending on what you’re doing. The only downside here is that the audio quality isn’t the greatest, but it’s still not bad, and it’s a small price to pay for a comfortable fit.

UFO sighting: ‘Glowing object’ over West Sussex stuns UFO hunter – ‘This is more proof’

Diane Stirling, who lives in Warnham, said: “I know we are due a meteor shower but they definitely were not meteors.

“I first saw a flash, almost like a plane’s light flashing, but just one, then a trail and it literally disappeared.”

And Kevin Leader of Rudgwick said: “I saw an object at the front of the plane which then went to the back and then went vertically at speed.”

However, there is no concrete evidence whatsoever of alien UFOs visiting our planet, or that aliens exist.

Instead, experts often explain UFO sightings through an effect known as pareidolia.

UFO sighting: ‘Alien cube ship’ TEN TIMES bigger than Earth captured by NASA

According to prominent alien hunter Scott Waring, the supposed UFO is at least ‘ten times the size of Earth’.

Earth’s radius is 3,958 miles (6,37km), making the UFO more than 39,580 miles (63,370km km) long.

Mr Waring also believes the UFO came from the Sun’s core, where it is feeding off our host star’s immense energy.

The UFO enthusiast said on his etdtabase.com blog: “In the image, I added light and focus and we can see that the red material is gathering around its hull.

READ MORE: Google Maps: Strange object spotted in river sparks UFO debate

Space scientists who have worked for NASA in the past have a much simpler explanation for all of the bizarre UFO sightings reported.

According to former NASA engineer James Oberg, most UFO sightings are nothing more than “space dandruff” floating in front of cameras.

These specks of dandruff can be anything from bits of chipped paint drifting aimlessly in zero gravity, flakes of ice or spacecraft insulation that has broken off.

He said: “I’ve had enough experience with real spaceflight to realise that what’s being seen in many videos is nothing beyond the ‘norm’ from fully mundane phenomena occurring in unearthly settings.”

Mr Oberg argued human brains are not wired to make sense of these tiny objects floating above the planet.

SOHO is a joint mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA.

Launched in 1995, SOHO studies the Sun from its interior to its outer atmosphere, with an uninterrupted view from its vantage point between the Sun and our planet, approximately a million miles from Earth.

And over the past 25 years, NASA’s SOHO has also become the greatest comet finder in human history.

The observatory’s comet-hunting prowess comes from a combination of its long lifespan, its sensitive instruments focused on the solar corona, and the citizen scientists who constantly scour SOHO’s data for previously-undiscovered comets.

UFO news: Aliens spotted using ‘cloaking device’ over Florida – claim

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UFO news: Aliens spotted using ‘cloaking device’ over Florida – claim (Image: ET DATABASE)

A person in Florida spotted a strange, almost perfect, square shape in the clouds which some are claiming is proof of . The oddity was seen over the Aliki Towers in Ormond Beach, Florida, where it stayed for a few minutes before just vanishing. A video was snapped by Floridian Melly Hatchet, who posted the findings to Instagram.

She said: “This morning, I noticed a huge square cube cloud structure over beachside, approaching the Aliki Towers in Ormond Beach, Florida.

“My best friend @beachgirlflagler and I watched it for a couple of minutes until it just vanished from our view.”

Unsurprisingly, some alien hunters are claiming this to be proof of an extraterrestrial visitation, and that ETs are using cloaking technology to merge with the clouds so they can watch over us.

Conspiracy theorist Scott C Waring made the claim on his blog ET Database.

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“The clouds came from the ocean with the UFO hiding in it, but its so obvious that the square UFO is there. Awesome raw footage.” (Image: ET DATABASE)

He said: “The clouds came from the ocean with the UFO hiding in it, but its so obvious that the square UFO is there. Awesome raw footage.

“Undeniable evidence that aliens try to outwit humans by hiding in the most obvious places.”

While the existence of aliens has never been confirmed, the US Department of Defense has recently acknowledged a video from a US Navy pilot’s radar footage of a mystery UFO with “glowing aura” and flying erratically.

The video first circulated back in 2017, but it took the DoD three years to acknowledge the video’s existence.

According to Pentagon spokeswoman Sue Gough, the sighting was released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos”.

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Are aliens here? (Image: GETTY)

She said: “After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorised release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena.”

When the 2017 footage emerged, a former Pentagon employee Luis Elizondo, who headed up a secret official UFO program, said it was “compelling evidence” we might not be alone in the universe.

Mr Elizondo said: “These aircraft – we’ll call them aircraft – are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the US inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of.

“Things that don’t have any obvious flight services, any obvious forms of propulsion, and manoeuvring in ways that include extreme manoeuvrability beyond, I would submit, the healthy G-forces of a human or anything biological.”

‘Little Manhattan’ celebrates the simple wonder of a first crush

Rosemary (Charlie Ray) and Gabe (Josh Hutcherson) enjoy a spontaneous date in Central Park (he's buying).
Rosemary (Charlie Ray) and Gabe (Josh Hutcherson) enjoy a spontaneous date in Central Park (he’s buying).

Image: K C Bailey / New Regency / 20th Century Fox / Kobal / Shutterstock

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When HBO Max launched on May 27, there was much buzz about its formidable selection of classic movies. Where else could you find every Superman movie alongside Casablanca, Spirited Away, and Hobbs & Shaw? And there amid the expansive library lay a hidden gem: one of my favorite movies, Little Manhattan.

Written by Jennifer Flackett and directed by Mark Levin, Little Manhattan is the story of 10-year-old Gabe Burton (Josh Hutcherson) and his first crush, classmate Rosemary Telesco (Charlie Ray). The two end up in the same summer karate class, and the two weeks that follow turn Gabe’s life upside down. It is the epitome of a feel-good movie, filled with reminders of childhood, sweet flutterings of romance, and New York City at its most picturesque.

I’ve pitched stories about Little Manhattan so many times that my editor was genuinely surprised to learn I hadn’t written one in full (to be fair, I recently blurbed it and can’t promise I won’t again). It’s a movie I rewatch regularly, a movie I won’t shut up about to anyone who will listen — yet it remains woefully underseen, to the point that I have literally one friend who loves it like I do and we talk about how we’re the only ones.

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I first had the privilege of watching this movie on a plane in 2006, and I remember smiling through the entire thing. It was a rom-com without the stakes of an adult relationships — a rom-com I actually understood, completely! My inexperienced 15-year-old self would joke that I learned everything I knew about love from that movie, but the feelings and lessons hit just as hard as I approach twice that age (haha, shit). There is immeasurable comfort, and only mild panic, in remembering that love is miraculous and maddening at every age.

“I’ve been in love for two and a half weeks, and it’s a pain I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.”

Gabe’s first love hits him with all the force of a meteorite. One day he’s peripherally aware of Rosemary, giving us a savvy explanation of cooties and the “Iron Curtain” that divides girls and boys in grade school — and the next, he’s admiring her karate prowess and wanting to know every detail of her life. Gabe is wise and jaded beyond his years in Hutcherson’s narration, showcasing the young actor’s talent in memorable lines like “I’ve been in love for two and a half weeks and it’s a pain I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.” Humor like this never diminishes the film’s sincerity or the inherent optimism in its story and bright visuals.

Little Manhattan illustrates the simple wonder of blooming love, young or otherwise. Gabe and Rosemary genuinely enjoy each other’s company, and they’re too young to know the excruciating dance of feigned disinterest. Their first date is straight out of a tourist brochure of Central Park, and a buoyant Gabe tells her how he imagines the buildings morphing into ships that sail into the skyline. The first time I ever visited that park in high school —with a crush, no less — I heard Matt White’s “Love” playing in my head, completing the magical spring day of my rom-com dreams.

Surreal moments like the ships crop up throughout the movie, reflecting Gabe’s 10-year-old imagination as it tries not to be karate chopped by adult emotions. He has regular visions of martial arts expert Mike Chaturantabut, who offers fighting tips as well as pointers about love. When Rosemary gets a new sparring partner who is the picture of every shaggy blond early-2000s dreamboat, Gabe imagines himself screaming at their inevitable future wedding in a pitch-perfect recreation of The Graduate — a movie I would later watch in film class and yelp at as I put two and two together.

Because it’s Gabe’s first crush, everything feels like life or death. “There are very few things more painful than watching the woman you love grapple with another man,” he muses in anguish while watching Rosemary and her new sparring partner “I take it back — there are no things more painful.” Later, Gabe pictures a full-on fight between himself and the other boy that ends with with the latter motionless on the floor. When Rosemary reveals she’s leaving for summer camp, Gabe groans that “she might as well have said she’s dying.”

And yes, New York is a character in the movie. Nine square blocks of it, to be exact. Gabe and Rosemary live their whole lives on the Upper West Side, and any departure from the neighborhood is rare and jarring. The film is peppered with extremely New York actors, including Bradley Whitford and Cynthia Nixon as Gabe’s parents. Another Sex and the City alum, Willie Garson, plays trusty elevator operator Ralph, and jazz musician Loston Harris even makes a cameo as himself. 

Gabe, you gold digger — look at that view!

Gabe, you gold digger — look at that view!

Image: K C Bailey / New Regency / 20th Century Fox / Kobal / Shutterstock

It would not be hyperbole at this point to say that my life would be incomplete without this movie. I watch it every year as spring creeps up on the city, and I can see New York through Gabe’s eyes, full of promise. I may never be 10 or have cooties again, but I will never forget the feeling of discovering young love with this movie.

Little Manhattan is streaming on HBO Max.