Amy Martin

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Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor

The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut.<p>We may not give it much thought—because, literally, it happens without conscious thought—but the process of extracting energy from food …

Medical Research

Help your garden survive heat and drought

Plant selection and design in addition to proper watering can help reduce stress on plants — and the people who care for them.<p>Why plant selection …

Mystery Solved? Why Pluto's Big Moon Charon Has a Red Pole

The dark red pole on Pluto's largest moon Charon may be some of the dwarf planet's own siphoned-off atmosphere. Images and data captured by NASA's …

Solar System

Solar farms could make fertile habitats for bees and butterflies

The buzz about the puzzling mass demise of honey bees, monarch butterflies and other crucial pollinators has prompted plenty of personal protection …

Habitats

Meditations on an Ancient Beach

The billboards for water parks at the Wisconsin Dells begin at a radial distance of about two hundred miles, markers of the edge of an irresistible vortex into which most Midwestern parents will eventually find themselves drawn some blistering summer weekend. The place is a Vegas Strip for tweens, …

Earth Science

Escapism: Why to Go to Sardinia, Italy

Modernity forgot Sardinia. The antique hills are still dotted with stone outposts, as though Phoenician raiders may at any moment appear on the horizon. There is an Arthurian feel to the island: it is waiting patiently for a great king to arise, rebuild the Nuragic edifices and light the beacons. …

Italy

Best places to travel in November 2015

Choose to travel in November and you’re in for a treat – this penultimate month is packed with quirky festivals, sporting events and wondrous wildlife-spotting opportunities.<p>Don your cowboy boots and indulge in a little gaucho culture in Argentina; stand in awe of nature’s marvels in autumnal Japan …

National Parks

10 quotes from a Sioux Indian Chief that will make you question everything about modern culture

10 quotes from a Sioux Indian Chief that will make you question everything about modern culture<p>LUTHER STANDING BEAR WAS an Oglala Lakota (Sioux) …

Spirituality

Saying Goodbye to a Secret Bookstore

I suppose it’s O.K. to give away the address now. The books are gone, packed up in dozens of cardboard boxes and hauled away. When you ring the buzzer for apartment No. 7, nothing happens any longer, and won’t, probably, until someone else moves in. The old feeling you’d get, that you had sprung a …

Your Vacation Destination Really Does Reflect Your Personality

New research shows introverts do, in fact, prefer the mountains.<p>The idea that your personality can be revealed through a few seemingly arbitrary choices has been around since Freudian days. Purplish grey or vibrant tangerine? Sandy cabana or hermit’s cabin? In the Internet age, it’s the premise …

British Taste Treats

These days, the stereotype of "bad food in Britain" is woefully dated. Britain has been on the leading edge of the foodie revolution, and I find it's easy to eat very well here. Here are some examples of the foods I've enjoyed in my British travels.<p>One of the joys of traveling in Britain is …

11 pro tips for planning your next visit to wine country

In the past 25 years, wine tourism has exploded and millions of people a year seek out wineries of all types and sizes from Napa Valley to South Africa. Keep reading for some tips on how to get the most out of your next day of wine tourism.<p><b>1. Design your trip around a goal.</b><p>I'm not talking about …

Wine

The 21 best places to retire in the world

If you're looking to settle down soon, you may want to reconsider sunny Florida, serene Cape Cod, or any other retirement hot spot in the US.<p>For the third year in a row, the US barely made it into the top 20 of the global retirement index rankings put together by Natixis.<p>Northern European nations, …

European Travel

The Ups and Downs of Blind Booking Hotel Reservations

Looking for a cheap hotel room? Make sure you can still get the amenities and space you need—including enough beds.<p><b>Q: I booked a Travelocity “Top Secret” hotel in Kent, Ohio for a family funeral the next day. I specified three guests and a non-smoking room. Once the booking was complete and the</b> …

Pickling with Val

Not only is Valerie Aikman-Smith one of our favorite food stylists over at goop HQ, but she’s also a masterful cook, particularly when it comes to …

Why Fermented Foods Matter

Historically, fermented foods played a significant role in our ancestors’ diets. And according to registered nutritionist and clean-eating coach, …

Wellness

Ingenious Noodle Pot Lunch Recipes

Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley are Hemsley+Hemsley, the adorable and talented sisters storming London with their creative and seriously delicious …

5 New Museums Not To Miss This Summer

A spate of major new museum openings boasting top notch architecture and serious modern and contemporary art exhibitions make this summer’s cultural …

Mesmerizing Photos Capture the Colorful Glow of the Milky Way Over Yellowstone National Park

Astrophotographer David Lane has captured Yellowstone National Park's night sky in photos that will take your breath away. Right after a storm had passed through the Abyss Pool area, the artist reached for his camera and captured the incredible, Milky Way-filled sight before him. Even though it was …

Architizer

Is Your Camera Keeping You From Experiencing Life’s Precious Moments?

Yesterday we shared a cringeworthy short film about how photo sharing has altered the way we experience the special moments in our lives; instead of …