Alicia Schmidt

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The 7 Laws of Lasting Love

Source: michaeljung/Shutterstock<p>What’s the secret for lasting love? In my 25 years of conflict resolution work, I have mostly dealt with armed …

The Secret to True Love According to Three Old Grandmas

"I absolutely think you can find 'the love of your life,'" says 71-year-old Honey. "But yes, love is just as scary when you're old as it is when you're young."<p>At 28, I've finally started to feel like a grown-up. When I was in my early 20s, I dated sleazy photographers or DJs who never introduced me …

Relationships

This photographer captured the same couples over a 30-year period — and the changes are remarkable

In 1982, photographer Barbara Davatz found 12 young, interesting, urban couples and decided to take their portraits. Little did she know, her little side project would continue for up to 30 years.<p>"I started [the portraits] in 1982 with initially no intention of continuing the series," Davatz told …

Markets

Carolina by Vitor Sá[[MORE]]Discover this sweet and delicate series captured by the brilliant photographer Vitor Sá, starring the gorgeous Carolina. Enjoy it! “This was the first time that I shoot...

Discover this sweet and delicate series captured by the brilliant photographer Vitor Sá, starring the gorgeous Carolina. Enjoy it!<i><br>“This was the first</i> …

Photography

Wildlife from the ocean waves - in pictures

What Makes You 'Click' With Someone Else?

You can’t put your finger on it.<p>You may not have anything in common.<p>On paper it might seem you’d never be friends.<p>But you just… “<i>click</i>.”<p>How does that …

Relationships

The real reasons we are silent about depression

Speaking openly about mental health can seem like a minefield of clichés. Those suffering do so “in silence”, which they “break” when they describe what is happening to them. If they speak about it calmly, in a composed way, we’re more likely to applaud them as “brave.” But if their distress is …

Mental Health

"My Boyfriend and I Were Snowed in for 4 Days and Barely Interacted"

There comes a point in many relationships where the initial strong connection begins to...weaken. Redditor snowedinanddrifting and her boyfriend dealt with this reality during the recent snowstorm, when they were stuck inside together for four days straight and barely spoke.<p>"It should have been a …

Elena Paraskeva: Surreal and Expressive Editorial Portraits

<i>All images by Elena Paraskeva. Used with permission.</i><p>Elena Paraskeva is a freelance portrait photographer based in Cyprus. Her story is an interesting …

6 Things the Happiest Families All Have in Common

Family life is hectic. Most of us play it by ear and hope it works out well.<p>Or maybe you haven’t started a family yet but when you do you want to do …

Gene tweak led to humans’ big toe

Small tweaks of one gene may have helped humans to walk upright.<p>Losing a genetic switch that increases production of a protein called GDF6 may have …

Photoshopping ph-ail: Nikon retracts prize for altered image

In what must have been a flash decision, Nikon mistakenly awarded a photography prize to a clumsily photoshopped image. The error was subsequently …

Photography
University of Colorado

10 Things That Can Predict Whether Your Spouse Will Cheat on You

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

5 Shortcuts To Bonding Deeply With a Romantic Partner

How do you get to crazy love — or get crazy love back when it’s gone away?<p>Forget the silly relationship books, let’s look at the real science and get …

What is holding back the growth of solar power?

Solar sector needs better power storage, grid infrastructure and government support to meet bullish growth predictions<p>Sixty years ago, the price of solar panels was astronomical. At a cost of $1,910 (£1,350) per watt in today’s money, the only practical use for them was in space on the US Vanguard …

Couple spills secrets to their 82-year-long marriage

For Nicholas and Rafaela Ordaz, romance runs in the family.<p>The Tracy, California, couple celebrated 82 years of marriage last week, hot on the heels of Nicholas’ 102nd birthday. Rafaela turned 100 last October.<p>“Their parents lived to be 112 and 108, and they were also happily married. Divorce isn’t …

There's a mental disorder that 1 in 7 pregnant women may have, and now a panel of experts wants everyone to get tested for it

The recommendations, published by the US Preventative Services Task Force on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, are based on new research indicating that mental illness during pregnancy may be more common than has previously been suggested.<p>A type of depression that affects …

Gwyneth Paltrow

The most colourful cities in the world – in pictures

From the arts hub of Valparaiso to the ‘blue city’ of Jodhpur, we take a look at the neighbourhoods and cityscapes that have been transformed by colourful paint<p>• Share your own photos on Twitter and Instagram using #guardiancolourfulcities

Italian Riviera

3 things you must know about using your DSLR camera

Walk down the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, through any major intersection in Manhattan, or past a million other tourist hotspots and you'll probably see dozens of DSLR photographers snapping away.<p>It's easy to understand why people buy DSLRs. Pros use them. They're bigger and more expensive than …

Mobile Photography

How This Scientist Discovered Coffee Was Reorganizing His Brain

His 18-month study uncovered a lot about how his brain -- and others -- works.<p>Stanford University neuroscientist Russell Poldrack is the proud owner of the most studied brain in the world.<p>During an 18-month period, Poldrack underwent a 10-minute fMRI scan every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and …

THE SELECTS: Backstage at the Nutcracker

Ballet

Meet the lionesses who grow manes and roar like males to scare off rivals

Thought to be due to hormone imbalance caused by a genetic mutation, it brings a clear biological advantage, experts say<p>They are known as the kings of the jungle, but scientists have found that they could in fact be queens in disguise.<p>A number of lionesses have grown manes and developed deeper …

Wildlife

Psychologists studied whether people like themselves better than their partners — and found something pretty sad

When people compare themselves to their partners, they may think most highly of themselves.<p>Psychologists tested this assumption, and published the results earlier this year in the journal Personal Relationships.<p>In the first experiment, researchers asked participants to list 10 traits their partner …

Psychology

Marvel At ​Some Of National Geographic’s Best Photos From 2015

These images will blow you away.<p>Committed to showcasing amazing photography, National Geographic Magazine publishes stunning images shot around the world each day on its website. Taken in locations as varied as the ice of Antarctica or the shores of the island of Larak in the Persian Gulf, the …

These Comedy Wildlife Photography Award winners will make you laugh

It's hard enough to take a great wildlife picture, as animals are not the most cooperative of subjects. But to take one that's also funny, well, that requires technical skills, split-second reflexes and a little bit of luck.<p>The winning photographers of the 2015 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards …