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Stunning imagery from the Smithsonian’s 14th annual photo competition

With more than 48,000 entries, Smithsonian magazine has no shortage of images from which to pick a winner (on 28 March) for its 2016 competition. These are among the finalists from the travel, sustainable travel and people categories • View other entries and vote for your favourites

Travel Photography

Shasta Dam makes history as water flows from top gates for first time in 20 years

While California's other major dam has been the focus of national attention, the Shasta Dam was making history itself this week.<p>For the first time in almost two decades, water was released Wednesday from the topmost gates of<p>the damimpounding Lake Shasta, California's largest reservoir, marking …

How to calculate your 'fitness age,' according to the scientist who created it

To officially calculate your fitness age, you’ll need to fill out a questionnaire devised by exercise scientist Ulrik Wisløff at <i>worldfitnesslevel.org</i>.<p>…

6 Mistakes That Rookie Leaders Make Which Can Cause Them To Fail

The transition from expert to leader is one that many struggle to navigate.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article is included in</i> Entrepreneur Voices on Effective Leadership<i>, a new book containing insights from more than 20 contributors, entrepreneurs, and thought</i> …

Leadership

The best unlimited data plan: Verizon vs. T-Mobile vs. AT&T vs. Sprint

In 2017, something miraculous happened: Almost every major carrier in the U.S. announced revamped, tweaked, or entirely new unlimited data plans. …

Telecoms

The Ballad of the Borgi: The Border Collie-Corgi Mix Everyone’s Ignoring

We demand to know why no one is talking about this most important cross breed!<p>We may or may not be living in a time of underreported events and …

Pets

6 midcentury living rooms to inspire your decorating scheme

Don’t let these gorgeous settings discourage you from achieving the look of your dreams<p>It would not be an understatement to declare that the midcentury modern aesthetic is here to stay. From homes to restaurants to retail outlets, that minimalist, often Scandinavian look can be found everywhere …

6-Ingredient No-Bake Caramel Tarts

These will be melting in your mouth.<p>Servings: 20<p>24 chocolate cream cookies<p>4 tablespoon butter, melted<p>1½ cup sugar<p>½ cup water<p>½ cup heavy cream<p>½ teaspoon vanilla<p>½ cup heavy cream<p>6 ounces dark chocolate<p><b>Topping</b><p>Sea salt<p>1. Place cookies into plastic bag and smash until fine crumbles form, or use a food …

Photos: The Top Ten greatest audiophile speakers

Audiophile

I made my classroom look like the real world…and test scores soared

<i>Anthony Johnson is an elementary school teacher in North Carolina and a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. Below, he describes his innovative classroom</i> …

Teaching

7 Types of Loneliness (and Why It Matters)

One major challenge within happiness is <b>loneliness</b>. The more I’ve learned about happiness, the more I’ve come to believe that loneliness is a common …

Happiness

The Fundamental Differences Between Leadership and Management | Inc.com

Visionary leadership combined with great management achieves the best results. Seems obvious right? Then why do so many companies get it wrong, especially during times of needed change?<p>There are fundamental differences between leadership and management that apply to any team or organization, but …

Leadership

Here's Where Colorado Spends Its Skyrocketing Pot Tax Revenue

The first state to legalize recreational adult use of marijuana is now funding a host of programs with the proceeds.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Colorado moved first into creating a regulated recreational marijuana system, and the state is starting to see the …

Cannabis

A growing threat could kill 10 million people a year by 2050

Most of us have encountered an antibiotic at some point in our lives — to treat an ear infection, combat a round of strep throat, or treat a pesky cough.<p>But, as antibiotic resistance continues to be a growing problem around the world, it's often hard to make the connection between drug-resistant …

Public Health

The Hardlight VR Suit will vibrate all of your bodily buttons

Have you ever wanted to feel smack of the punches coming at you from sweaty aliens? The whang of bullet hitting your guts? The feeling of hitting the deck as pirates stream over the virtual bow? The subtle vibration of the VR sexual encounter with a many-tentacled sex robot? Well here we go. The …

Virtual Reality

Amazon Alexa Hits 10,000 Skills. Here Comes the Hard Part

A year and a half ago, Amazon opened up its Alexa voice assistant to developers. With the Alexa Skills Kit, Alexa and its hardware hosts—the Echo, …

Could TRAPPIST-1 Be Home to a Galactic Alien Empire?

Imagine a galactic empire spanning across multiple planets that are just a few days’ travel apart from one-another. With the discovery of a star …

Universe

Army Corps to shut down Dakota Access protest camp — but activists vow to keep up resistance

As authorities closed in on the<p>Dakota Access pipelineprotest Wednesday, a small contingent of resisters refused to leave the site where they’ve stood for almost a year against the construction of the pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.<p>The standoff marked the culmination of one of the …

After a year of use, Tesla Powerwall systems are performing well with 90% utility savings

Solar power is typically seen as the most viable source of renewable energy to the average homeowner. The only issue is that the sun only shines for …

10 Powerful Ways to Master Self-Discipline

Like everything else that brings progress, the greatest struggle is always with ourselves.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It may be hard to believe when you’re facing a hot-fudge sundae or the prospect of sleeping in versus hitting the gym, but studies show that people …

Self-improvement

Psychology Says This Is the Top Contributor to Happiness (It's Not What You Think) | Inc.com

According to a report by <i>The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology</i>, the No. 1 contributor to happiness in life is not money, popularity, good looks, or even a good sex life (too many...jokes...can't pick...just...one).<p>It's <i>autonomy</i>.<p>The report defines autonomy as: "the feeling that your life, …

Employee Engagement

Artificial Intelligence is Going to Destroy Fake News

But A.I. can also cause the volume of fake news to explode.<p>With the rise of email came the rise of spam filling inboxes. Email has become …

Artificial Intelligence

This Prefab Cabin Was Built in 10 Days for Only $80,000

The cabin is in Russia, but the builder is now accepting pre-orders in the U.S.<p>Nestled in the woods of Kazan, a city in southwest Russia, sits a 1,184-square-foot DublDom, one of several DublDom modular prefab homes designed by the Moscow-based architect firm, Bio Architects.<p>What makes the DublDom …

Seven Earth-sized planets orbit an alien star only 40 light-years away

A small, cool star in distant space plays host to something amazing.<p>Scientists have discovered that at least seven Earth-sized worlds circle the star …

This custom-made BMW ALPHA Bullet Bike looks incredible

If you didn’t already know, I’m personally not a huge fan of motorcycles. It’s actually not that I don’t like bikes, because, aesthetically, I …

Time flies, or at least floats, with Flyte's levitating story clock

Flyte, the startup company that already created a floating light bulb and a floating planter, recently launched another project on Kickstarter. Its …

Crowd Funding

Weekend Recipe: Koji Fried Chicken

Photo: Courtesy of Cook's Science<p>This recipe from Tim Chin at Cook's Science yields juicy, crunchy, golden-brown chicken that is sure to be a …

These Black Architects Have Shaped the World Around Us

In celebration of Black History Month, AD recognizes a few of the black architects who have changed the world we live in<p>Although black architects are few in number, their impact on the world around us has been significant. Phil Freelon, managing and design director of Perkins+Will's North Carolina …

Free kindle edition of "100 Books You Must Read Before You Die"

This looks like a good collection of public domain novels, in Kindle format. I've been wanting to read Sister Carrie again, so I got this. It's …

Books