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Why do women live longer than men?

All across the world, women enjoy longer lifespans. David Robson investigates the reasons why, and whether men can do anything about it.<p>As soon as I was born, I was already destined to die earlier than half the babies in my maternity ward – a curse that I can do little to avoid. The reason? My sex. …

University College London

How do you bring electricity to 620 million people?

<i>This post originally appeared at Ensia.</i><p>In South Africa, major cities are subject to regular power outages as electric utility Eskom periodically shuts down parts of its distribution system to take the pressure off the aging national grid. Whole areas of Cape Town and Johannesburg are without power …

Renewable Energy

The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Islamic State's Projection of Territory Under Its Control by 2020<p>June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year. After conquering an area covering over 80,000 square miles and including a population of approximately 10 million people, IS has …

Middle East

42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself

South Carolina

Foods to Help Improve Your Mood

"I don't eat junk food; I don't have junk thoughts." -- Peace Pilgrim<p>Do you think a diet is just for losing or gaining weight? Think again!<p>The word diet literally means "a daily food allowance." We need food for growth, repair and energy for our daily activity.<p>But did you ever think about how food …

Nutrition

MIT Students Create A Brick That Could End Pollution From Dirty Brick Kilns

India’s brick industry, spread out over 100,000 kilns and producing up to 2 billion bricks a year, is a big source of pollution. To fire to hot temperatures, the kilns use huge amounts of coal and diesel, and the residue is horrendous: thick particulate matter, poor working conditions, and lots of …

Portraits of the Disappearing Tribes of the World

Photographer Jimmy Nelson spent three years between 2010 and 2013 visiting some of the indigenous cultures found in the furthest corners of our …

Photography

The Surprising Reason Wendy's Is Making a Beefless Burger

A burger without beef? The thought is surely sacrilegious to most Americans.<p>But Wendy’s is no longer catering to just its home country. With the …

Chris Matthews

Welcome to feudalism, America: How the 1 percent is systematically destroying the middle class

As wealth continues to consolidate at an alarming rate, working stiffs are ever more indebted to the rich<p>The idea of a property-owning democracy has long roots in American political thought. In their book, "The Citizen’s Share," Joseph R. Blasi, Richard B. Freeman and Douglas Kruse argue that the …

Middle-class

India's shocking farmer suicide epidemic | Asia

<b>Umbrale, India -</b> After days of hushed chanting that "the sky betrayed" him, Datatery Popat Ghadwaje, 42, committed suicide by ingesting insecticides at his grape orchard.<p>Crushed under a $41,000 debt and a series of bank repayment notices, Ghadwaje of Umbrale village in the western state of …

India

Charges filed against 170 motorcycle gang members in Texas

About 170 members of rival motorcycle gangs were charged with engaging in organized crime Monday, a day after a shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine people and wounded 18.<p>The crowd of suspects was so large that authorities opened a convention center to hold them all before they were …

Police: 9 dead in Texas shooting all members of biker gangs

WACO, Texas (AP) — A shootout among rival motorcycle gangs at a popular Central Texas restaurant left nine bikers dead and 18 injured, and it sent panicked patrons and bystanders fleeing for safety, a police spokesman said Sunday.<p>The violence erupted shortly after noon at a busy Waco shopping …

Crime

Bernie Sanders Is Fed Up With Money In Politics, And He's Running For President To Do Something About It

WASHINGTON -- Marco Rubio did it at the historic Freedom Tower in Miami. Rand Paul did it in his home state of Kentucky. Ted Cruz did it at Virginia's Liberty University, one of the most socially conservative institutions in the country. Yet Bernie Sanders, the spunky senator from Vermont and …

Middle-class

Watch Out, Joe Camel Is Back: Big Tobacco and the TPP

<i>Co-authored by Sergio Puig and Gregory Shaffer.</i><p>The Obama administration is poised to finalize the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. If Congress passes the current trade promotion authority bill, the TPP will become subject to a simple up or down vote, without possibility for any amendment. …

Public Health

Costa Rica, Latin America home to some of world’s happiest people, surveys say

Costa Rica

Florida House Republicans Give Up On Legislating, Leave Town Early

Florida, man.<p>The state House's Republican leadership didn't want to bring a Medicaid expansion bill that the Senate's Republicans support up for a vote, so it decided in an abrupt fashion Tuesday to end the legislative session three days early. The decision to leave town, in what appears to be the …

Health Care

Naomi Klein's Own Form of Climate Change Denial: Blame Capitalism

"<b>But you hate Naomi Klein!</b>" my friend exclaimed, utterly shocked.<p>One hundred pages into Klein's latest book, This Changes Everything, I was completely hooked despite myself. Days later, after turning the final page, I regretted recommending it. Of course I didn't hate the author - but I sure hate …

Climate

John Singleton: Tupac movie producers don't respect black culture

The Boyz n the Hood director has quit the hip-hop biopic and been replaced by Carl Franklin<p>The director John Singleton has decided to walk away from an upcoming biopic of rapper Tupac Shakur, confirming his exit on Instagram.<p>The 47-year-old, who directed Boyz n the Hood, released a statement in …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Scott Walker Appointee Suggests Volcanoes Might Be Real Cause Of Global Warming

Wisconsin, which has been in the news this week for voting to bar staff of the state public lands board from talking about climate change, is getting a new state official who is skeptical of human contribution to climate change.<p>Gov. Scott Walker (R) recently appointed Mike Huebsch to the state …

Climate

10 Things Happy People Do Not Do

Two of the most amazing emotions one can feel are positivity and happiness. Happiness and positivity could really turn things around 180 degrees and …

9 Budget Beach Hotels That Are Really, Truly Cheap

Finding an acceptable beach hotel on a shoestring budget is no mean feat -- and it can be all the more frustrating when recommendations from well-meaning friends leave you wondering whether they understand what "budget" really means. (Sometimes it can feel like you're not speaking the same …

Outdoor Spaces
Cuba

7 Secrets of Happy Couples

We all want loving and successful relationships, but we don't always know how to achieve them. Over time, negative cycles can develop and loving …

Happiness

House Republicans Want To Hand Warren Buffett Bigger Profits On Loans To Poor People

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are set to deliver a major favor to Warren Buffett next week, days after a devastating expose detailed consumer abuses in his corporate empire. And many Democrats seem willing to help the world's third-richest person extract additional profit from the poor.<p>Buffett is …

Finance

33 Life Lessons in 33 Years

Sometimes it's important to stop, take a moment, and reflect on the lessons life has taught you over the years. I'd like to share some of the things I've learned about dreams, fear, work, marriage, children, health, travel, and giving.<p>Here are my 33 life lessons in 33 years:<p><b>On Dreams</b><p><b>1. Someday is</b> …

Happiness

10 Mistakes You Make When Booking Airfare

If you're wondering why you never manage to bag a flight for quite as cheap as the next guy, or you're pining for a getaway but really need to keep the cost down, or you're simply super-interested in all the intricacies of airfare pricing (OK, well, at Hopper, we are!), then this list of 10 …

Air Travel