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Are Cities Making Animals Smarter?

A mysterious wild cat in Sri Lanka may hold a clue.<p>The goldfish were the first to vanish. Every so often, a few would go missing overnight from the office’s tiny outdoor pond. But goldfish were cheap, so no one in the building—an environmental nonprofit in the bustling, sweaty center of Colombo, …

Sri Lanka

6 Mumbai hotels under Rs6,000

We ran the filter, so you don’t have to<p>Mumbai is pricey, things can get dicey but when you need a good night’s sleep, these six city hotels come for …

Tariffs

The first traces of Palaeolithic man have been found 550 miles above the Arctic Circle on the mysterious ancient land bridge of Beringia that used to link Russia and America

The first traces of Palaeolithic man have been found on the ancient land bridge – now mostly sunken – which once joined Russia and America, say …

14 Agility Drills For People Over 40

Feel like an athlete again with moves that build speed, reaction time, and conditioning.<p>Basketball isn’t just a “young man’s game.” Neither is ice hockey, tennis, touch football, or martial arts. In fact, there’s no sport or leisure activity you should have to give up completely just because you’re …

Exercise

Emirates Is Having a 2-for-1 Sale on Flights to Greece and Italy — and You’ll Want to Book Now (Video)

If traveling to Italy or Greece has long been on your travel bucket list, now may be the time to finally book that dream vacation. And you can bring …

Air Travel

3 Plants That Generate Oxygen Even at Night – Get One for Your Bedroom

Photosynthesis is the process in which the plants produce oxygen essential for our living. So, they have an extremely important role, right?<p>Also, …

Plants

Elephants Have a Secret Weapon Against Cancer

The biggest animals should have the highest risks of developing tumors, but they don’t.<p>In 2012, on a whim, Vincent Lynch decided to search the genome of the African elephant to see if it had extra anti-cancer genes. Cancers happen when cells build up mutations in their DNA that allow them to grow …

Elephants

A 17-item travel essentials checklist

Stylish travel essentials for your next getaway<p>1<p>Headstrong<p>The Trtl neck “pillow” is one of those rare travel finds that won’t leave your carry-on. …

Shopping

SR-71 Facts: 29 Details That Will Surprise You

The Soviet Union Helped Create The SR-71, Unknowingly<p>NASA<p>The specific ore, utile ore, used to create titanium is found in few parts of the world. …

Aviation

How to Lose Fat Without Losing Muscle

Everything you need to know about how to train, what and when you should eat, and the importance of a better night's sleep.<p>When most people talk about trying to lose weight, what they are really trying to do is lose fat.<p>The problem is, that requires <i>not</i> losing muscle—which your body naturally does …

Exercise

This Is the Best Way to Cook Corn on the Cob

Kitchn's Delicious Links column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites.<p>…

Corn On The Cob

Delete old iOS backups to free up tons of space on your Mac

I was shocked to discover that the biggest chunk of data occupying my MacBook's ($1,249 at Amazon.com) limited storage were iOS files. Needless iOS files, to be exact. I was unknowingly storing iPhone ($1,000 at Cricket Wireless) backups on my Mac for an iPhone and an iPad ($346 at Amazon …

Operating Systems

The Best 20-Minute Bodyweight Workout for Weight Loss

Most quick cardio regimens for weight loss involve high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that leaves you gasping for air. And while they’re …

Exercise

Top 10 At-home Workouts to Get Six-pack Abs

The house is actually a great place to hone your abs – after all, a six pack is mostly done in the kitchen.<p>"There is no fat that reduces stains, and …

Workouts

Workout of the Month: The 4-Move Total-body Bench Workout

A workout bench is generally seen as a background actor, while barbells and dumbbells take the leading roles in your workout. Turns out the bench, …

Workouts

8 Prettiest Lakeside Villages for your Europe vacation

From Bohinj to Annecy, these charming lakeside villages and cities make for idyllic Europe vacation spots.<p>Bodies of water dictate the distribution of …

European Travel

The 11 Best Designed Boutique Hotels in Paris

Ah, the boutique hotels of Paris! Housed in characterful historic buildings across the city’s most alluring neighborhoods, they are veritable design …

18 Sensational Hotel Swimming Pools Kids Won't Want to Leave

Atlantis Resort: Paradise Island, Bahamas<p>What hotel amenity do kids care most about? Thirty-seven percent of American kids and 75 percent of parents …

San Antonio

9 Reasons To Check Out Genoa, One Of Italy's Most Underrated Gems

The megawatt attractions of Rome, Florence and Venice mean that many remarkable Italian cities don’t make it onto a visitor’s must-see list. But for anyone looking for a deeply layered, often unvarnished and boldly authentic travel experience, head to Genoa (which like Venice was once a powerful …

Italy

Bairro Alto, Lisbon Travel Guide

Bairro Alto Summary<p>Pros<p>Bars, restaurants, and nightlife in spades<br>• Cobblestone streets and historic architecture add that only-in-Lisbon vibe<br>• Centrally …

European Travel

The neuroscience of pessimism: Why some people always focus on the negative

Are you a glass half full or a glass half empty kind of person? Some people seem to inherently focus on the negative when faced with a …

Neuroscience

The Taj Mahal is wasting away, and it may soon hit the point of no return

The saying goes that the Taj Mahal is pinkish in the morning, milky white in the evening, and golden when the moon shines. Though this may once have …

Taj Mahal

There's a little-known Disney World secret that can save you tons of money on souvenirs

There's no way around it: a vacation to Walt Disney World can be ridiculously expensive. The hotels and park tickets alone are enough to break many people's travel budgets before they even have time to shop for souvenirs.<p>This was the situation I found myself in last summer as I was reached the …

Walt Disney Company

Hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail

Lake Tahoe is 122,200 acres of cobalt blue water and reflections of the Sierra. The best way to really get to know it: The Tahoe Rim Trail. The …

Hiking

IBM-Maersk blockchain alliance cuts oceanic shipping times by 40%

Did you just get a TV from Tokyo or flowers from France? Blockchain, that potentially disruptive but much-derided technology, might have helped deliver the goods.<p>A blockchain-based IBM partnership with global shipping colossus Maersk has now expanded to include 94 partners, Big Blue said Thursday. …

Blockchain

Travel Guide To Prague

The bohemian city of Prague, with its skyline of gothic spires and narrow cobbled streets, is perfect for a romantic city break. It also offers many …

European Travel

Did Patagonia Just Make the Best Baselayer Ever?

There was a time when the term “baselayer” didn’t exist. What did was underwear, and most of it was made of cotton. Mountaineers and explorers wore …

Backpacking

Yes, You Should Still Change Your DNS Settings for Better Internet

The DNS (Domain Name System) server settings on your laptop, phone, or router are your gateway to the web—converting easy-to-remember domain names …

Information Security

See Stunning Outdoor Art in London

Some of the best galleries in the world are in London, but this summer we urge you to step outside instead and take a look at the capital’s outdoor …

Art

Your cable company will hate you as much as you hate them after you get this $39 box

Pretty much no one likes his or her cable company. After years of overcharging, terrible customer service, and a wide range of anti-consumer …

Customer Service