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8 Secrets of Great Communicators

Great communication skills are a powerful tool to have in your arsenal. Here are eight proven strategies that will improve yours today.<p>When it comes to communication, we all tend to think we're pretty good at it. Truth is, even those of us who are good communicators aren't nearly as good as we …

Public Speaking

Ask Ethan: How Do We Know The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old?

You’ve heard the story before: the Universe began with the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, and formed atoms, stars, galaxies, and eventually planets with the right ingredients for life. Looking at distant locations in the Universe is also looking back in time, and somehow, through the power of …

Skillet Skills: 7 Meals You Can Make In a Single Cast Iron Pan

Have you been cooking with cast iron lately? A skillet is definitely worth the investment with it's durable versatility. Take a look at these 7 ways …

Best Nigerian Blog

Kristine: “Why haven’t you been to your house for two weeks and why have you decided not to return my calls?” She asked Kingsley immediately his …

Smart Glasses, Underwater Bikes Move Navy Divers Forward

<i>By Katie Lange</i> <i><br>DoD News, Defense Media Activity</i>Can you imagine riding a stationary bike for four hours, underwater? That’s what divers at the Navy …

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

Most cancer types 'just bad luck'

<b>Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study has suggested.</b><p>A US team were trying to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to cancer than others.<p>The results, in the journal Science, showed two thirds of the cancer types …

Stem Cells

Has Vladimir Putin Just Overplayed His Hand?

Since his return to the Russian presidency in 2012, Vladimir Putin has been on a tear: He has annexed Crimea, crushed opposition at home and challenged the West at most every turn.<p>With oil seemingly stable at more than $100 a barrel, the government coffers were full, and Putin received mostly …

Your Ultimate Guide to Anal Sex

Oh, yes, we went there.<p>Maybe you've always wanted to try it but feel nervous about taking the plunge. Or maybe anal is already part of your sex routine and you're looking for tips to make it even hotter. Or maybe you're just curious to know what backdoor sex is <i>really</i> like. Whether you're an anal …

What's New Now: LG To Unveil Quantum Dot 4K TVs at CES

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Why We Smile And How To Spot A Fake One

Flickr/Nana B Agyei<p><b>BI Answers: Why do we smile?</b><p>Studies have shown that smiling can help us cope, make us feel good, and even increase our longevity.<p>Some say we even smile in the womb and can understand the social significance of those toothy grins very early on. "At just 10 months, for instance, an …

Quitting our Petroleum Addiction: Top 5 New Bioplastic Innovations

The US generates about 250 million tons of waste a year, and doesn't recycle much of it. The result? Giant ocean gyres of trash, chemicals leaching …

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

Crispy Okra Fries

A Southern staple vegetable with an Indian twist<p>Meherwan Irani learned to cook from his mother. And while he is not unique in that respect, he must be one of the few chefs in the country who asked his mother to train the kitchen staff, too. The menu at <b>Chai Pani</b>, a color-splashed bastion of citrus …

French Fries

Dean Fearing’s Barbecue Beans

Campfire Barbecue Beans<p>Last week, we shared chef <b>Dean Fearing’s recipe for chili</b>, which appears in his new cookbook, <i>The Texas Food Bible</i>. Today, we’re back for a second helping. Any patriotic Texan knows that beans don’t belong in chili, but they sure do taste good alongside burgers, hot dogs, and …

Southern Classic: Peach Cobbler

A perfect summer dessert<p>On the Southern produce calendar, the arrival of peach season in June is something like a summertime Christmas. Except it’s a gift that keeps giving for three glorious, juicy months. And though there’s not a thing wrong with simply enjoying the fruit whole, skin-on, with …

Grass Field Hammock

Posted in Living<p>We couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy the 2014 World Cup than lying in one of these Grass Field Hammocks.<p>Meant to replicate the …

Triple Aught Design Ranger Hoodie

Posted in Gear<p>The San Francisco based crew at Triple Aught Design develops some of the most durable gear on the planet, and they do it without …

How Much Cement Has China Used?

Bill Gates pointed out that China has used 6.6 gigatons of cement in the last three years compared to 4.5 gigatons the USA has used in 100 years. Not …

Barack Obama to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq

President Barack Obama says he will send military advisors to Iraq but is adamant that US troops will not be returning to combat in the country<p><b>President Barack Obama</b> on Thursday said he was dispatching up to 300 military advisers to <b>Iraq</b> to help quell the rising insurgency in the crumbling state. He …

Fire Phone against the world: can Amazon take on iOS and Android?

Amazon's unique software is running on pretty average hardware<p>With his presentation earlier today, Jeff Bezos wanted consumers to take one thing away from Amazon's Fire Phone: it's different. We've just seen the end result of years of research, most of which seemingly went into the phone's Dynamic …

Afghan Taliban fighters strike NATO post

Dozens of fuel tankers destroyed in parking compound of NATO base near Torkham crossing on the Pakistani border.<p>Four Taliban fighters have struck a NATO post in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, destroying dozens of fuel tankers and resulting in a gun battle with police, Afghan officials …

Ukraine rebels speak of heavy losses in battle against government troops

SIVERSK (Reuters) - Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists were locked in fierce fighting in the east of Ukraine on Thursday and a rebel commander acknowledged big losses among separatists heavily outgunned by government forces.<p>Pro-Russian separatists stand guard at a checkpoint near a burnt …