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How France became cool again

After decades of decline, French art has begun a major comeback, argues Jason Farago.<p>“In the beginning there was no earth, no water, nothing,” boomed a voice in a gallery of last year’s Venice Biennale. “In the beginning there was nothing but shadow and only darkness and water and the great god …

France

Belle: The woman who ended slavery?

A new movie follows the life of an 18th Century woman of mixed English and African ancestry. Tom Brook finds out what her story can tell us about today.<p>“It’s really a period drama about the first biracial aristocrat,” says Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays the title role in new movie Belle. Dido Elizabeth …

Abolition

Be the Life of the Party

Coming out of your shell could make you happier—and richer<p>Introverts, take note: People feel happier and more positive when their behavior is more outgoing, according to a new study in the <i>Journal of Research in Personality.</i><p>Call it social magnetism: The investigation found that gregarious, …

Psychology

The Power of Balance

<b>How To Do It:</b> Complete a total of 45 offset pushups with your right hand on a box or step. Rest for 5 minutes, and then repeat with your left hand on the step. Next, do 15 single-leg squats using your left leg. Rest for 2 minutes, and repeat with your right leg.<p><b>Offset Pushup</b> <b><br>1.</b> Assume a pushup …

6 People Blocking Your Promotion

However unfair it may seem, your bosses and coworkers think of you in the context of who you’re tight with at work. And if your best pal is an underachiever, his lackadaisical performance could be kneecapping your career by association, explains Roy Cohen, career counselor and author of <i>The Wall</i> …

Why Do I Get Bags Under My Eyes?

<b>Lower Your Salt Intake</b><br>High-sodium foods make you retain water, which is released into your body at night. That liquid pools under your eyes, stretching the skin out and making way for unsightly bags. “This same effect makes our face feel puffy in the morning,” says Dr. Gmyrek. Reducing salt intake …

Ace Your College Finals with This Old-School Tool

Leave your laptop at home—using a pen and paper improves your memory<p>The secret to acing your college finals might start with powering down. College students who take notes with old-fashioned pen and paper retain more information, a new study in <i>Psychological Science</i> suggests.<p>Researchers at Princeton …

Top Running Advice

We asked Kastor and other running experts for their must-know advice to any guy looking to run any distance this year—from around the block to finishing a first marathon.<p><b><br>The Advice: Don’t focus on form right away.</b><p><b><br>The Expert:</b> Jason Kilderry, Level 1 USATF coach and owner of ETA Coach in Greater …

5 Nice Things Guys Do That Girls Actually Hate

These winning moves can actually push her away<p>Thoughtful gestures—as long as your heart's in the right place—will win you points, right?<p>Sorry, wrong. In fact, many of the nice things you do for your girlfriend may actually be driving her crazy: Buying her jewelry that's not her style, surprising …

Relationships

The Rules: Jeans

<b>Don't:</b> Be a Clean Freak<br>The less you launder frayed and distressed denim, the better. The processing that creates the whiskering effect and fading degrades the integrity of the fabric, so your jeans can wear out quickly with excessive laundering. And when you do wash them, don't toss them in a dryer …

How to Quit Worrying about Your Workout and Still Get the Results You Want

Next, Niederauer describes sitting on that same exact bench, but in a park. You listen and watch, waiting for nothing. The local squirrels that showed up yesterday may or may not be here today, and that's okay. You don’t complain to the city squirrel police because they're not on time.<p>While the …

The One Snack You Need To Eat

Add this to your next meal, stat<p>If there is one snack to always keep on hand, you might want to make it a bag of almonds. The humble nut is rich in protein, healthy monounsaturated fats, and fiber—a winning combo that can improve your health and aid in weight loss, according to six new studies …

The Worst Things to Touch

<b>1. The Gas Pump Handle</b><p>A 2011 study from Kimberly-Clark found that 71 percent of pump handles are highly contaminated, meaning they’re more likely to cause infection. We know: It’s pretty much impossible not to touch them. But what you can do is grab one of those paper towels from the dispenser next …

Why She Cheats

The good news, says Harman, is that often you can stop a partner from cheating, but it requires work and sacrifice. Are you up for it? We asked four cheaters to tell their stories so you can learn from their partners' mistakes.<p><b>Jessica, 28</b> <b><br>"I felt stupid and alone."</b><p>My boyfriend used to act like I was …

What Are You Looking Forward To?

It's certainly a little bit of both. In a way, we're buoyed along as much by the anticipation as the final payoff. "Our brains are highly evolved to seek out reward and rewarding circumstances, so we are prone to anticipating highly pleasurable experiences," says Mike Robinson, Ph.D, assistant …

5 Surprising Things That Are Making You Look Tired | Men's Health

Processed Foods<p>We all know refined sugars and processed carbohydrates will make you fat, but they’re also terrible for your skin (hair, too). They leave behind end products that cause inflammation, which can lead to collagen breakdown, which leads to wrinkles, says Gmyrek. They can also weaken your …

Pushup Guide

The Ultimate Guide to the Pushup<p>Get more on the floor with this awesome video tutorial<p>Whether you can't do any pushups or you can do dozens, <i>Men's Health</i> expert BJ Gaddour—author of <i>Your Body Is Your Barbell</i>—will show you how to take your training to the next level. You'll even see how to progress to …

Exercise Motivation Tricks

While the researchers aren’t exactly sure why recalling positive memories makes you hit the gym more often, they think it might help boost your self-identity as someone who is in shape and fit, which can motivate you to follow that type of lifestyle, says study author Mathew Biondolillo, a doctoral …

What Her Shoes Say About Her Personality

According to the study authors, shoes can—and do—carry individual difference information, because there’s so much variety. “The way a woman dresses telegraphs many messages about her,” says relationship expert April Masini, author of <i>Date Out of Your League</i>. “It’s wise to check out her shoes for …

Make THe Most of Your Road Trip With Kids

If you’re driving beyond solid cell coverage, you’ll have to bring your own tunes, and lots of them. “I always say make an iTunes playlist that's 1.5 times as long as you expect to be driving,” said Brendan Leonard, a nomadic writer and rock climber who has logged 75,000 miles since moving into his …

Ousted Thai PM Yingluck to face impeachment over rice program

Ousted Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces impeachment by the country's Senate, following her indictment by an anti-corruption body the day after a top court removed her from office.<p>Members of the National Anti-Corruption Committee unanimously decided to indict Yingluck for dereliction of …

In recording said to be of Clippers' Sterling, racist claim denied

If the latest audio recording attributed to Donald Sterling is the real deal, the L.A. Clippers owner is denying he's a racist -- and doesn't appear ready to submit to demands to sell the team.<p>"You think I'm a racist?" a man purported to be Sterling says in a recording posted Thursday morning by …

Protesters descend on Thai capital seeking government's ouster

Thousands of protesters surrounded Bangkok's Government House on Friday seeking the removal of Thailand's embattled caretaker government amid soaring political tensions following the ouster of former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.<p>The People's Democratic Reform Committee, which has been …

North Korea insults Obama with racist barbs, South Korea's Park with sexist ones

Vitriolic insults hurled by North Korea's state-run media are so frequent that they're usually not news.<p>But recent KCNA articles use such racially-charged rhetoric that they have drawn criticism from the White House's National Security Council, which called them "particularly ugly and …

Cargo door alert forces Singapore Airlines A380 to turn back mid-flight

A Singapore Airlines flight to Hong Kong had to turn back in mid-flight Friday after the pilots received an alert about a problem with a cargo door on the plane, the company said.<p>The aircraft, an Airbus A380 superjumbo, returned to Singapore's Changi airport on Friday afternoon "as a result of a …

South China Sea tensions rise after collision

Vietnam has accused China of attacking its ships in the South China Sea, waters that have become a source of friction between the regional giant and its neighbours.<p>The Foreign Ministry in Hanoi said on Wednesday that the collisions caused considerable damage to the Vietnamese ships, Reuters news …

Putin urges delay on Ukraine referendums

Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked pro-Kremlin separatists in southeastern Ukraine to postpone a series of disputed referendums planned for this weekend on declaring greater autonomy or outright independence from Kiev.<p>The move was announced after a Kremlin meeting with the current …

PM's dismissal shakes Thai political scene | Thailand

Thailand's political scene looks set for a new round of unrest after the country's Constitutional Court ordered caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office on Wednesday, six months after a wave of violent demonstrations demanding her resignation took place.<p>It was the third time that …