Ben Thompson

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The Thirteen American Arguments

• <b>Author:</b> Howard Fineman<p>Howard Fineman is one of our best-known and most trusted political journalists. Mixing vivid scenes and figures from the campaign trail with forays into four hundred years of American history, Fineman shows that every debate, from our nation’s founding to the present day, is …

How Surfing and Yoga Can Change Your Life

Photo: Ming Nomchong<p><b>Surfing.</b> <br>We all know the amazing movies, photographs and hype for this super-stoked sport. It can become a way of life, or even a …

Ottoman Made from an Old Electrical Spool

I finally took the opportunity to take a class from Shelly Leer from Mod Home Ec. I “met” Shelly through blogging at least four years ago and then …

Sewing

The Most Romantic Getaways Under $100

Budget romantic vacations<p>Even when visiting the world's most romantic destinations, the cost of lodging doesn't have to break the bank.

The 60-Second Scorcher You Can Do Anywhere

How strong is your single-leg strength? Put it to the test with this weekend's tough body-weight challenge<p>This weekend's challenge may look like a party trick, but don't be fooled—the single-leg hip hinge is the ultimate test of unilateral strength and total-body stability, says Todd Durkin, …

The 4-Move Fat-Loss Workout That Will Destroy Your Gut

Find just 30 minutes for this metabolism-revving routine<p>Do this 30 minute workout, and your metabolism will shoot through the roof for hours afterward. Using just your bodyweight, you'll go fast for one minute intervals, blasting fat and calories at a blazing pace. In fact, this type of workout …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Vanadium: The metal that may soon be powering your neighbourhood

<b>Hawaii has a problem, one that the whole world is likely to face in the next 10 years. And the solution could be a metal that you've probably never heard of - vanadium.</b><p>Hawaii's problem is too much sunshine - or rather, too much solar power feeding into its electricity grid.<p>Generating electricity in …

Clean Energy

Score a Beach-Ready Body by the Fourth of July

Want a body you're proud to show off shirtless this holiday? Then cap off your workouts with this 3-move fat-shredding finisher<p>You're proud to say you're an American. But this Fourth of July, be proud to go shirtless, too. From now until the Fourth, tack a three-move metabolic finisher to the end …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

The Green Smoothie Recipe Book: Over 100 Healthy Green Smoothie Recipes to Look and Feel Amazing

• <b>Author:</b> Mendocino Press<p><b>Looking for a fast and easy way to boost your health? Go green!</b> <br>Green smoothies are flavorful drinks packed with disease-fighting vitamins and antioxidants. With <i>The Green Smoothie Recipe Book</i> you’ll be able to improve the way you look and feel by replacing unhealthy …

The 50 Best Documentaries

As any second grade teacher knows, children learn what they want to learn. Bobby doesn’t feel like learning division today? Not gonna happen. …

The Smoothie Recipe Book: 150 Smoothie Recipes Including Smoothies for Weight Loss and Smoothies for Optimum Health

• <b>Author:</b> Rockridge University Press<p><b>Lose weight and drink up your daily dose of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants with The Smoothie Recipe Book.</b><br>Whether you want to detox, lose weight, or just make sure you get your daily dose of essential vitamins and minerals, drinking a smoothie is a tasty way …

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

Review: Click and Grow Smart Herb Garden

It's rare that reviewing a device takes six weeks, but then, we don't usually have to wait for nature to let us actually write the review. Click and …

Gardening

Work Your Back and Biceps in One Go

Score the beach-ready body you crave with this barbell move<p>Sport a V-shaped torso by adding the underhand-grip barbell row to your routine. It hits your upper-back muscles and straightens your posture all at once.<p>"When pulling the weight to your chest, you have to rely on your rear deltoids, …

8 Weeks to SEALFIT

• <b>Author:</b> Mark Divine<p><i>8 Weeks to SEALFIT</i> plunges you into more than a workout program. Mark Divine’s stories and assignments will develop your mental, emotional, intuitive and spiritual warrior as well as your physical warrior.<p><b>What You Will Learn</b><br>• Develop the character traits of a Navy SEAL<br>• Forge an …

How to Lose Weight around the Clock

Meals to pack for all-day energy<p><b>Question:</b> I work 12-hour shifts. What are some easy meals I could take with me to make it through the day?<p><i>(from reader Dustin Yesenia Hippensteel)</i><p><b>Answer:</b> Think outside the brown bag. Blend up a smoothie in the a.m. and stash it in the fridge until you need a snack. …

The Summer Body-Fat Shredder

Try this fat-blasting, 100-rep challenge to test your endurance and your willpower<p>Since Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, this weekend's two-move challenge is designed to jack up your heart rate and incinerate calories—and help make sure you're ready for "judgment day." (The first …

The All-Pro Endurance Challenge

Saints running back Darren Sproles outlasts his opponents every game. How does your stamina compare to one of the fittest players in the NFL? Find out with this brutal three-move circuit<p>The typical NFL play lasts only about four seconds, so players need to be extremely fast in short bursts. …

The All-Pro Strength Challenge

Saints running back Darren Sproles completed this body-weight strength test in less than 3 minutes. How do you compare to one of the fittest men in football?<p>When push comes to shove, muscle matters. But strength depends on your ability to tap the full capacity of your muscles. Todd Durkin, …

The Horrible Hundreds Challenge

Test your strength, stamina, power, and mental toughness with this heart-pounding challenge<p>You will need to work at 100 percent of your ability to get through this grueling fitness test. This weekend's challenge, courtesy of Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of <b>The IMPACT! Body Plan</b>, involves two …

7 States Running Out Of Water: 24/7 Wall St.

In seven states drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought. Severe drought is characterized by crop loss, frequent water shortages, and mandatory water use restrictions. Based on data from the U.S. Drought Monitor, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the …