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34 Writing Contests in May 2018 — No entry fees

34 Writing Contests in May 2018 — No entry fees<p>There are nearly three dozen free writing contests in May, some with substantial prizes.<p>As always, …

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion. <b></b>Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

25 Books Everyone Should Read, According to TED Speakers

Whether you're looking for gift ideas or suggestions for your own reading, TED speakers have you covered.<p>Back in May, just after the main TED event, the TED blog rounded up an incredible list of all the titles recommended from the stage this year. It was enough to fill up most people's to-read …

Blueberry Plant : How To Grow Blueberries From Seed

Today, let’s throw some light on the process of how to grow blueberries from seed as very few of you know about this method of cultivating these …

Kids around the world are suing their governments for ruining the planet

What’s the point of inheriting the Earth if it’s only going to burn (or drown)?<p>Kids around the world are asking governments this question and demanding answers in court. For example, on Dec. 11, <i>Juliana v. US</i> pitted the president and American lawmakers against the very children whose future they so …

Climate

9 countries that are relatively easy for Americans to move to

When it's time to leave the country for a spell — half a year, maybe, or for the rest of your life, who knows? — your very bones tell you. Your feet twitch. You fidget. You start absentmindedly petting any globes you come across. That urge to pick up and go is a powerful sensation. Then your brain …

United Kingdom

Girl’s father tortured her for a decade to make her ‘superhuman’

At least twice a week, an 8-year-old Maude Julien was made to grasp an electric fence for 10 minutes at a time without betraying any feeling — no …

When this feral child was found, his story threatened the hierarchy between human and animals

John of Liege was caught in the woods of Belgium<p>During the religious wars in Europe in the early 17th century, villagers in Liege, Belgium noticed a …

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Why Buddhism is True (And Why You Can Blame Natural Selection for Your Suffering)

At the risk of overdramatizing the human condition: Have you ever seen the movie <i>The Matrix</i>? It’s about a guy named Neo (played by Keanu Reeves), who …

11 books on the future of humanity that everyone should read

But many writers have imagined the future in their work, inviting us to travel through time.<p>We asked Lynn Lobash, manager of the New York Public Library's Reader Services department, to recommend the books about the future that everyone should read.<p>Here are 11, and you can see more recommendations …

Books

16 Best Money-Making Apps for Earning Passive Income

1. Earn Cash Every Time You Shop (and a $10 Bonus)<p>Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder<p>We know it sounds strange, but <b>Ibotta</b> will pay you cash for taking pictures of your grocery store receipts.<p>Here’s how it works:<p>Before heading to the store, search for items on your shopping list within the Ibotta app. …

Personal Finance

How this couple stopped mental illness from tearing them apart

<i>San Francisco-based teacher Mark Lukach was married to his wife Giulia for just three years when she had her first psychotic episode at age 27. In</i> …

20 of the best Earth and space documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

Humans have been gazing up at the stars since before the dawn of civilization. We intrinsically seek to know the unknowable and discover the …

Universe

Your Weekly Workout Schedule Is Here — With Printables and Everything!

Can't make it to the gym? Or have absolutely no idea what to do once you're there? We feel you. Working out is hard enough, let alone having to …

1 Exercise, 7 Ways to Build Legs and Glutes

Everything You Need to Know About Lunges<p>The Top 7 Lunge Variations<p>The beauty of the lunge is that you can manipulate the stride length, torso …

13 Boxing-Inspired Cardio Moves to Get You in Serious Shape

In case you haven’t heard, boxing is all the rage right now. And for good reason—not only is it a great way to let out all your pent-up feels (and …

I tried “ganja yoga”—and left my mat with a totally different type of high

The very first cat-cow I did under the influence of cannabis felt uniquely deep, smooth, and satisfying. “Why don’t I <i>always</i> smoke weed before yoga?” …

Yoga

Squat Routines For Lower Body Toning

Love 'em or hate 'em, squats are seriously good for you.<p>They can tone your lower body (and your body overall), improve the health of your bones and …

Exercise

Run A 10K: The Ultimate 8-Week Training Plan

Ready for a challenge, complete a 10K! Coach Katie Bottini, who competes in races and triathlons, created this beginner-friendly eight-week training …

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Do This Full-Body Pilates Tone Up in 4 Minutes

Short on time but looking for big results? Fortunately, this Pilates workout from Burn Pilates founder Lisa Corsello combines cardio with toning moves that work multiple muscle groups at once, giving you a better burn in less time. Do these four moves in four minutes and you'll have worked your …

Here Are 7 Apps That You Can Use to Start a Side Hustle

7 Apps You Can Use to Start a Side Hustle<p>Updated June 20, 2018<p>Want to earn a little extra money on the side, without compromising your current …

A Science-Backed 7-Minute Workout That Hits All the Muscles You Forget About

Don't get us wrong—we're all about bodyweight exercises. And quick, high-intensity routines like the scientific 7-minute workout (plus the research …

Workouts

These photos force you to look the victims of climate change in the eye

Popular Science Blogs<p>Nexus Media News<p>An interview with photographer Joel Sartore<p><i>Joel Sartore has made it his mission to bring the planet’s most strange and exotic creatures into your living room. He shot nearly 400 portraits for his latest book, *The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the</i> …

Nature

Tip: Start Leg Day With This Movement

This warm-up drill will make your hips and joints feel awesome and it'll prepare your muscles for the big lifts to come.<p>Lunges are one of the best …

4 Bodyweight Exercises for Strength and Size

Bodyweight exercises can make you big and strong. While typically, bodyweight exercises are equated with higher rep schemes and endurance test - how …

6 Ways to Sculpt A Six-Pack During Any Outdoor Workout

Get superb abs in the great outdoors.<p>Getting great-looking and hard-working abs doesn't require a machine, a mat, or a boutique fitness class. In fact, you can (and should!) do abs exercises after a hike, outdoor run, or during your favorite workout you do outside the gym.<p>Adding these six …