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6 imaginative new ways America has found to punish its poor

The poor are treated like human ATM machines, and our politicians are actively encouraging their exploitation<p>In the 1960s, the Lyndon Johnson administration launched an official War on Poverty. Needless to say, poverty has emerged victorious. The noble and necessary aim of poverty reduction might …

Apocalypse Soon: 9 Terrifying Signs of Environmental Doom and Gloom

Rising sea levels, earthquake threats and more reasons the world as we know it might be ending<p>Between natural disasters and climate change, the …

10 Things You Must Give Up To Move Forward

25 things I've learned in 9 years of simplifying my life

For almost 9 years now, I've been learning to live a simple life.<p>A life uncluttered by most of the things people fill their lives with, and left with space for what really matters.<p>A life that isn't constant busy-ness and rushing, but contemplation and creation, connection with people I love and …


Global Warming Will Destroy The Earth In The End

We like to think of our planet as perfect for life, having met all the conditions we know of for life to exist, flourish and thrive for billions of years. After all, here on Earth, with our not-too-thick and not-too-thin atmosphere, we’ve got liquid water on our surface, made possible by the …


Scientists discovered the easiest way to boost your mood

At least that's the finding of a new study published Monday, June 29, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.<p>In the study, a group of 38 Northern Californians (18 women and 20 men) were split up into two groups — one who took a 90-minute walk in nature and another that did the same …

Palo Alto

17 majestic mountains that will have you packing your bags

As the refrain goes, there are two types of people in the world: those who like mountains and those who prefer beaches.<p>Beach people are extroverts, …

Mount Everest

National Geographic Travel

Table of Contents: On the Waterfront

• Now that it’s unofficially summer, we’re heading straight for the water. Join us for a week of nautical chic, hammocks and houseboats …


4 Simple Steps You Can Take Now To Prepare For Your Retirement

It’s a good idea to periodically take a fresh look at your retirement plan. Making a few small changes now can make a big difference down the road. We’ve put together four simple steps you can take now to make both the saving and investing process a little easier — and a lot more rewarding.<p><b>1. Start</b> …


Denver TSA agents fired over scheme to grope attractive male passengers, police say

Two<p>Transportation Security Administrationagents who worked at Denver International Airport have been fired over a scheme that involved manipulating screening equipment so one of them could grope passengers he found attractive, according to the Denver Police Department.<p>An anonymous tip about the …

Seattle Business Owner Raises His Workers’ Minimum Pay to $70,000

A Seattle entrepreneur on Monday delivered a startling message to his employees — he is raising the minimum pay for all of his employees to $70,000, while reducing his own pay to the same amount from about $1 million.<p>Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, said he increased the minimum pay to …


The World's Best Hotel Beds

From safaris to ski chalets, the most luxurious places to rest your stylish head.<p>From safaris to ski chalets, the most luxurious places to rest your stylish head.


10 Easy Ways to Detox

The word detox makes us think restriction, hunger and mood swings. We asked health experts how to reap the benefits of a cleanse without actually committing to one.<p><b>Start your mornings with a glass of room temperature lemon water.</b> (Room temperature is important, since cold foods and drinks can shock …



Meet America’s first drug dealer: Arnold Rothstein’s wild, real-life 1920s “Sopranos” story

The modern drug war started with Arnold Rothstein, a criminal master so feared he managed to rig the World Series<p>As I dug deeper, I realized there was a hole in the story of the start of the drug war—a large and cavernous one. It is possible to piece together how this all began through the eyes of …

The best country house hotels in Britain

The British country house hotel was born in 1949, brought to us in the pink and frilly shape of Sharrow Bay, overlooking Ullswater in the Lake District. Presided over by a splendid couple, Francis Coulson and his partner Brian Sack, it came complete with a gargantuan afternoon tea, and Sack’s …


National Geographic Travel

Is Islam Hostile to Science?

In the golden age of Islamic science, they weren't doing Islamic science—they were doing science, says author.<p>It's easy to take the wonders of modern science—gene technology, particle physics, robotics—for granted. But it took a long, hard road of experiment and discovery—and failure—to make these …


Step-dad to adopt boy, 8, who lost both parents to suicide

HE IS only eight-years-old but Lachlan De Vries’ life has already been devastated by mental illness.

William Shatner feels 'awful' about missing Leonard Nimoy's funeral

There’s a place Capt. James T. Kirk will not boldly go: To the funeral of his trusted science officer, Mr. Spock.<p>William Shatner said he can’t make the Sunday service in California for “Star Trek” co-star Leonard Nimoy, who played the half-human, half-Vulcan officer on the USS Enterprise.<p>“I am …