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National Parks

Surviving Whole Foods

Whole Foods is like Vegas. You go there to feel good but you leave broke, disoriented, and with the newfound knowledge that you have a vaginal disease.<p>Unlike Vegas, Whole Foods' clientele are all about mindfulness and compassion... until they get to the parking lot. Then it's war. As I pull up this …

why being a mom is enough.

I'm talking about simply being a mom.<p>I'm talking about getting up in the morning, slapping your face with water, looking in the mirror, sighing, …

Dramatic, telling photos capture Egypt’s evolving story - Video on NBCNews.com

>>> as we've seen, there have been many extraordinary and troubling images coming out of egypt this week, and some of the most poignant have come to us through the lens of a photographer in cairo . nbc's ayman mow haw dean caught up with him today in cairo .>> reporter: for three years, this man …

Mohamed Morsi

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

Starved polar bear perished due to record sea-ice melt, says expert

A starved polar bear found found dead in Svalbard as "little more than skin and bones" perished due to a lack of sea ice on which to hunt seals, according to a renowned polar bear expert.<p>Climate change has reduced sea ice in the Arctic to record lows in the last year and Dr Ian Stirling, who has …

Top 10 Argentina for first-timers

Round up the best of Argentina – the wine, the fishing, the tango, the mountaineering, the skiing, the literature, the beef, the architecture, the clubbing – and you have the building blocks for one of the most exciting journeys you’ll ever take. No joke. While so many things in Argentina are …

Obama administration decides to keep spying on US phone records, says it's in the 'public interest'

Every 90 days, a secret court has to renew the controversial order that allows the FBI and NSA to spy on the telephone records of every call made in the United States. The last such order expired today, July 19th. But despite the fervor, protest, and lawsuits that have sprung up since whistleblower …

Freedom Of Information Act Machine Fights Government Secrecy By Automating Transparency Requests

The Freedom of Information Act Machine, an open online platform that automates Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, launched on Kickstarter two days ago and has already surpassed its funding goal. At the time of publication, it had cleared $20,000 in funding from over 600 backers.<p>The issue …

Man Swims for 5 Hours to Save Family

A man swam for five hours off of the Maryland coast to reach help for his family after their boat capsized in a storm Tuesday night. After climbing ashore, John Franklin Riggs found a phone and called 911, sending rescuers to the 16-foot Carolina skiff that had capsized near Deal Island, on the …

Fake News

Edward Snowden Will Go Anywhere That Will Take Him, Hopes Russia Will Grant Asylum

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been holed up at the Moscow Airport for three weeks now. The U.S. revoked his passport, putting him in a legal limbo that left him stranded in the airport’s transit zone. Accompanied by Sarah Harrison from WikiLeaks, Snowden made a statement Friday to human rights …

“Hooray, we’re done”: The inside story behind R.E.M.’s disbandment

The never-before-told story behind the band’s decision to walk away — and one emotional and private final concert<p>R.E.M.’s stature in modern music was celebrated on March 11, 2009, with a tribute concert in New York. There had been similar such events over the years, of course, including the one in …

Printed Matter - Interview Magazine

ABOVE: JEANS (FROM LEFT): ETOILE ISABEL MARANT, STELLA McCARTNEY, ACNE STUDIOS, 7 FOR ALL MANKIND,DIESEL BLACK GOLD, KENZO, AND J BRAND. STYLING: …

Acne Studios

Jennifer Lopez goes back to the Bronx

“I was nervous coming here today,” said Jennifer Lopez, as she turned the corner onto a residential street in the Bronx. It was a cool afternoon in late spring, and Lopez was wearing a loose bright pink jogging suit and sequined platform sneakers. She is a kind of physical wonder: small but strong, …

Discover 1950s Street Style Photos by Vivian Maier

Photo: ©Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection<p>Long before The Sartorialist and Bill Cunningham became icons, when "blog" was a foreign word and Marilyn Monroe ruled Hollywood, Vivian Maier pioneered street photography. If Maier's name is unfamiliar that's her own doing—as a nanny she honed a hidden passion …

Top 10 Most Expensive And Luxurious Hotels in Paris

Paris is a very beautiful city, with amazing architecture and history and with lots of wonderful attractions. As a visitor, you want your experience …

31 Photos Of New York City In The Summer Of '69

In 1969, Life magazine captured both the energy and the misery of a hot summer day in the city.<p>Via: <i>Life</i>

New York City

Pirate Bay founder creating surveillance-free messaging app

Looking to develop a way to block the government and private companies from monitoring people's messages, Peter Sunde is working on an app called Hemlis "where no one can spy on you, not even us."<p>In the wake of people learning about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, it's …

Messaging

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

InterAct

Neonicotinoids harm birds and soil

Pesticides banned by the EU for harming the bee population could also be killing birds and mammals and organisms in the soil, a new study has found.<p>Certain neonicotinoids were banned by the European Commission earlier this year, despite resistance by the UK Government, because of fears the …

Ecology

Pipeline protesters return for Biden visit

Vice President Joe Biden swung by San Francisco on Friday to raise thousands of dollars for the Democratic Party and was greeted by many of the same protesters who gave President Obama an earful during his Bay Area visit last week.<p>Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project, which would …

Associated Press News

Old Opportunity Mars rover makes rock discovery

<b>Nasa's ageing Opportunity rover on Mars has just made what may be one of its most significant discoveries to date.</b><p>The nine-year-old robot has identified rock laden with what scientists believe to be clay minerals.<p>Their presence is an indication that the rock, dubbed Esperance, has been altered at …

Beck, Moore call Snowden a hero

Conservative television host Glenn Beck and filmmaker Michael Moore don’t often agree on much, but after Edward Snowden revealed himself to be the National Security Agency contractor who leaked information about government monitoring, they both took to Twitter to praise the 29-year-old, calling him …