Alexandra Smith

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All of the Reasons Scientists Are Certain We Are Now Living in the Anthropocene

24 scientists from top universities around the world say they have hard evidence that humans have irrevocably altered Earth’s geology.<p>"Human activity is leaving a pervasive and persistent signature on Earth." So begins one of the more depressing scientific papers I've ever read.<p>What follows in "The …

How to learn a new language, according to a guy who became fluent in 4 in just a few years

Unfortunately, that's not the situation most adults find themselves in. As a result, many people assume they've got no chance of ever mastering a foreign tongue.<p>But that's where they're wrong. Just ask opera singer Gabriel Wyner, who achieved fluency in <i>four</i> languages — Italian, German, French, and …

Let These Children's Books Inspire Your Next Family Vacation

<i>Beach boardwalk in Prince Edward Island (Flickr: Nicolas Raymond)</i><p>Sharing books with children is a great way to step into other worlds, have amazing adventures, hear about other cultures, and learn to empathize with characters. It's also a very special way to spend time together as a family and a …

Amy Winehouse Documentary Depicts Addiction's Perfect Storm

I watched <i>Amy</i>, the Amy Winehouse documentary, yesterday. What an unbelievable spirit she was. What a beautiful and unique presence! The film's depiction of the unfolding tragedy of her addiction haunted me through last night's quasi-sleep.<p>There was a moment in the doc where Amy has just won the …

12 Quotes About Freedom That Will Never Stop Being True

The U.S. Army is proud to support freedom at home and abroad.<p>Images from Thinkstock

27 Leek Recipes That Are Like, 'Onions Who?'

Leeks are cooler than onions. Give 'em a whirl with one of these 27 great leek recipes.<p><b>Leeks are cooler than onions</b>. They perform the same jobs (use them anywhere you would a regular cooking onion) but they're sweeter, with a more delicate flavor. Plus, they're pretty! Give 'em a whirl with one of …

See Photos of Vintage Back-to-School Fashions

A young girl waits by a bus stop in her double-breasted coat.<br>Alfred Eisensteadt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 8<p>When LIFE published …

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New Orleans: 10 years after hurricane Katrina – in pictures

A decade after Katrina devastated New Orleans, photographer David G Spielman’s stark black and white images document the city’s changed landscape. The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City, published by The Historic New Orleans Collection and accompanied by an exhibition in the French Quarter …

New Orleans

15 of the world's most terrifying airport runways

From a Caribbean island where the runway ends right at a popular beach to a runway made entirely of ice in Antarctica, here are 15 of the most terrifying airport runways around the world.

Ask a North Korean: how do you treat mental illness?

Many North Koreans have mental health problems but I did not realise you could see a psychiatrist before coming to South Korea. I hadn’t even heard the word “psychiatrist”.<p>Because counsellors and psychotherapists also do not exist in North Korea, people have to deal with emotional problems with the …

Mental Health

Amazing Travel Experiences to Have on Every Continent

By College Tourist; Author: Tori Danforth, University of South Florida<p><b>If you're stuck trying to pick a destination for your next trip have no fear! We're going on a journey around the world!</b><p>As any world traveler or study abroad student knows, preparing for an upcoming trip can be quite time …

The most polluted US national parks

It’s late summer, and Americans are flocking to the country’s national parks for some recreation and fresh air.<p>But a study released this week by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) found that air in some of the country’s most popular parks is not so fresh – and it’s potentially …

Pollution

Out with the old: teachers reveal the topics they'd rather not teach

A US teacher sparked debate last month when she uttered what some might consider unthinkable; she didn’t want to teach Shakespeare to her students.<p>Dana Dusbiber, who teaches English at an inner-city high school in Sacramento, California, wrote a blog for the Washington Post saying that not only was …

Teaching

8 Netflix Documentaries You Absolutely Can’t Miss

<i>Sometimes you just want to kick back, relax, and learn something new. Here are eight Netflix documentaries that you definitely don’t want to miss.</i><p><b>1.</b> …

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10 Ways to Eat Healthy on Just $4 a Day

It’s a fact of life: Most of us find ourselves living on a tight budget at some point or another. It’s pretty easy to scrimp and save when it comes to beauty, skincare and decor, but cutting back on food costs can be tricky, especially when trying to balance good health <i>and</i> good taste. But luckily, …

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10 No-Good, Very Bad Habits That Are Secretly Causing You to Gain Weight

<i>With Summer here, it's natural to want to look and feel our best — right? YourTango shares with us 10 habits that are secretly packing on the pounds. From eating sugary fruits to vegging on the couch, these habits might be your downfall.</i><p>With Summer here, we're trying more than ever to fit into our …

The next big untapped fashion market: Muslim women

Think the Muslim market isn’t interested in fashion? Check the numbers: Globally, Muslims spent $266 billion on clothing and footwear in 2013. That’s …

The Routine One Star Trainer Used to Totally Revamp Her Body

These five moves worked wonders for her—and they'll help get you in the best shape of your life, too.<p>By the time that my big 40th birthday was approaching, I had accomplished a lot: I'd received a degree in exercise physiology and nutrition and had nearly 20 years of personal training experience …

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Rails-to-Trails America: 7 Urban Escapes

Sometimes it seems like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are all we’ve got tying Americans together. But decades ago, it was the railroads crisscrossing the great expanses of the United States that linked our communities and enabled connections.<p>The economics and technology of transportation have …

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This Is Your Brain on Exercise

Right now the front of your brain is firing signals about what you’re reading and how much of it you soak up has a lot to do with whether there is a …

The 10 Best Coach-Class Airlines in the World

You see a lot of "best airline" stories, but many look suspiciously like they were based on business- and first-class. For most travelers, however, what happens at the front of the plane <i>stays at the front of the plane</i>—it's something to fantasize about, but prohibitively expensive and not even …

Organic farming is actually worse for climate change than conventional farming

Organic food is booming right now, as more and more people choose what they perceive to be healthier, more environmentally friendly food.<p>But a new study published in the June issue of Agriculture and Human Values suggests that organic farming, as it currently stands, is not as sustainable as it …

Agriculture

Some foodies think the urban poor should forage for food. Not so fast

Should the poor look to weeds from cracks in the sidewalk as a source of nutritious, organic free food? New York Times writer and foodie Mark Bittman thinks so. He is roaming “underserved urban neighborhoods” with UC Berkeley professors, spreading this gospel. “Salad from the Sidewalk?”<p>The spirit …

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20 Time Management Hacks I Wish I'd Known Before My 20s

Being able to manage your time most appropriately is something best done as early as possible. The earlier in life that you start, the better such …

Your Phone Knows If You're Depressed

Paul Thompson—FPG/Getty Images<p>Keystone/Holton/Getty Images<p>Kypros/Getty Images<p>Lyn Alweis—Denver Post/Getty Images<p>Bill Dow—NBC/Getty Images<p>Mark …

9 tourist attractions that are dying

<b>(CNN) —</b> The dilemma is sometimes likened to a double-edged sword.<p>Historical and natural sites of extraordinary beauty often draw large numbers of visitors to the countries that host them, providing a healthy tourism revenue.<p>However, those same crowds often have a detrimental effect on the places …

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Why do women outlive men? Science zeroes in on answer

Women tend to live longer than men. But it wasn't always that way, a new study says.<p>Adults born in the late 19th century were the first to see men dying at much higher rates than women. So the gender difference in life expectancy is fairly recent, and probably isn’t based on anatomy alone, …