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The Simple Trick That Helps You Train Harder

Do THIS to make your workouts feel easier<p>Talking yourself up at work or in social situations can make you sound arrogant. But giving yourself props while you’re hitting the trails or sweating in the gym? Go for it—it’ll help you push harder.<p>That’s the takeaway from a small study published in the …

The Big Picture

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Spectacular fossilised skull of ancient human is forcing scientists to rethink radically the story of evolution http://gu.com/p/3jjcm/tw Experts believe the skull is one of the most important fossil finds to date, but it has proved as controversial as it is stunning. Analysis of the skull and other remains at Dmanisi suggests that scientists have been too ready to name separate species of human ancestors in Africa. Many of those species may now have to be wiped from the textbooks. Photograph: Georgian National Museum

How to Style Your Coffee Table Like a Pro

This space isn't just for giant books anymore.<p>These decorating tips — from how to lay out a tray to arranging a personal collection — show you how to get a chic, stylish look for your coffee table.

Giant Deep-Sea Oarfish Found off California Coast

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>This giant oarfish was found dead off Catalina Island Sunday. Photo: CIMI<p><i>Updated on October 16, 2013 at 11 am.</i><p>A deep-sea creature that is rarely seen, and was likely the inspiration for sea serpent tales among mariners of yore, has resurfaced.<p>On Sunday, staff of the Catalina …

Nature

Bats Use Rolled-Up Leaves as “Trumpets”

<b>A species of tiny bat seems to be using rolled-up leaves like trumpets to amplify calls, a new study says.</b><p>A few years ago, biologists Gloriana Chaverri and Erin Gillam were in Costa Rica studying Spix’s disk-winged bat, a species that is known to escape predators and harsh weather by roosting …

Nature

Mastodon Tooth Turns Up Among Charity Items

<b>Old valuables turn up at garage sales with welcome regularity, including some items that belong in art museums. Seldom, though, do old discards turn out to be more than 10,000 years old and interesting enough to be displayed in a scientific exhibit.</b><p>Just such a find was made recently in Michigan, …

Top 10 Puerto Rico experiences

The “Island of Enchantment” has something for everyone, from the lethargic beach lover to the sunrise rainforest explorer to the budding big-wave surfer.<p>It is for good reason that Puerto Rico inspires many a Caribbean daydream: this natural jewellery box can satisfy the lethargic beach lover, the …

Top 10 adventures in Peru

Peru may be known as a cradle of ancient civilisations, but its wild topography also makes it a wonderland of adventure. The icy mountain peaks of the Andes draw trekkers and climbers, the untamed desert coast is lapped by excellent waves for surfers, and for explorer types there’s the Amazon – a …

The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …