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An alternative to the infinite multiverse?

From Keith Ward, Why There Almost Certainly Is a God: Doubting Dawkins (Oxford: Lion, 2008), a couple of comments about the notion of an infinite …

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Yes, You Can Actually Make These Strawberry Cheesecake Macarons At Home

Believe in yourself.<p>3 eggs whites, room temperature<p>¼ cup sugar<p>1¾ cup powdered sugar<p>1 cup superfine almond flour<p>3 drops red food coloring<p>Filling:<p>1 8-ounce package of cream cheese<p>1 cup powdered sugar<p>2 tablespoons milk<p>Strawberry jam<p>1. Preheat oven to 285ºF/140ºC.<p>2. In a medium bowl, beat the egg …

16 Boozy Shakes and Sundaes to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day tends to take an alcoholic turn once you reach adulthood. You were first introduced to boozy ice cream by way of wine ice cream recipes and have been experimenting with making your own brown sugar bourbon ice cream ever since. That means it’s time to take things up a notch …

Dessert

Elegant Greenhouse Photos Mimic the Ethereality of Oil Paintings

<i>Botanical</i> is a series of gentle but stunning images that blur the line between photography and painting. Designer and photographer Samuel Zeller presents a modern take on the classical botanical illustrations of the 18th and early 20th century. Zeller combines his design experience with a keen eye …

Illustration

The 9 Paint Color Mistakes You Should Never Make

Case in point: This bedroom — it makes four of them.<p>If you ever spent more time agonizing over the difference between "Sunshine Yellow" and "Daylight Yellow" than you have with your family in a given week, we feel your pain. Choosing a color isn't a decision to take lightly, as it sets a room's …

11 Sneaky Ways to Use Adhesive Hooks

They're great for so much more than hanging your keys by the door.<p>These organizing super stars are great for so much more than hanging your keys by the door. This piece originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com.

What to Pack: 10 Essential Beach Vacation Beauty Products

With your tickets booked and vacation days allotted, it's time to sort out what to put in your bag for the big trip. When it comes to travel grooming …

Beauty

13 Of The Best Sephora Buys That Are Worth Every Single Penny

Whenever we walk into Sephora, we turn into Augustus Gloop from "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." We just want to try EVERYTHING! (And then we remember these makeup counter rules.)<p>But, whether you're a self-proclaimed beauty fanatic or just curious about the latest beauty balm (DD creams, …

Why happiness is healthy

<b>(CNN) —</b> Happiness -- you know it when you see it, but it's hard to define.<p>You might call it a sense of well-being, of optimism or of meaningfulness in life, although those could also be treated as separate entities. But whatever happiness is, we know that we want it, and that is just somehow <i>good</i>.<p>We …

Too Much Negative and Positive Emotion Can Damage the Heart

Simply put, emotions are part of what makes us human. They dictate how we feel and guide our behavior and actions. They can motivate us to compete, to fight or flee, to change or create, and even to help others. Moreover, emotions can also have a huge effect on our physical health. For optimal …

The Healthy Hair Diet

The products that you reach for and how much (or little) TLC you give your hair every day, aren't the only crucial steps in your crusade for gorgeous strands.<p>Focus on these foods a few times a day and you'll see longer, stronger, shinier hair in no time.<p><b>Sea Buckthorn</b><p><b>WHY IT WORKS:</b> It's rich in …

How to Feel Calmer in 60 Seconds

When Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet want to dial up the radiant factor, they call on Dallas-based facialist Joanna Czech (who holds residence at the Paul Labrecque Salon & Spa when she's in NYC). Here, the skin-firming guru—she's known for her uplifting facial, which practically excavates …

5 Easy Tricks to Bust Out of a Bad Mood

Bad moods are the worst, aren't they? Especially the ones that you just wake up with and can't shake. Those are the ones I really dislike. But as I've come to learn over the years, you can either make or break your own happiness. And while sometimes it isn't easy, no matter the circumstances, you …

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The Best Treatments and Products To Get You Ready for Spring

National Geographic Travel

What Are the Best City Guide Apps for my Phone?

<i>A:</i><p>Once upon a time, there were things called travel guidebooks. They were heavy and made out of paper—a material that came from dead trees. The information inside them always became out-of-date very quickly.<p>Today we have city guide apps that offer instant, and constantly updated, information on …

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DIY Voluntourism: A Manifesto

More than a hundred years ago, when Hiram Bingham brought the Inca site of Machu Picchu to public attention, he and other explorers of his time traded on travel as a vehicle for high adventure.<p>Motivations have shifted in the modern era, with many of today’s travelers driven by a deep desire to …

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Healthy Snack Ideas, Recipes, Health Food Eats

24 Recipes for Artichokes, Both Fresh and Jarred

From dips to tarts, salads to pastas, here are 24 ways to use artichokes (both fresh and jarred) in all their glory.

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What We're Reading This Weekend: Fresh New Fiction

It’s spring! Time to strip off some layers (if the weather would just cooperate) and appreciate what’s new in the world. Our staffers have found some …

Books

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'Divergent' a Huge Disappointment, Says Peter Travers

'Rolling Stone's' film critic tears into the adaptation of Veronica Roth's YA novel with dauntless gusto<p>There are two types of people in this world: …

Movies

REVIEW: 'Divergent' ★★

In Veronica Roth's young adult trilogy of best-selling futuristic hellholes, being a "divergent" means you avoid easy categorization and defy the crushing dictates of your overseers.<p>The movie version of "Divergent" is no divergent. It goes along to get along. It's tame, formulaic and strictly by …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive images this week from the worlds of science and technology, including secrets lying within the ocean and at the dawn of the Universe.<p><b>More galleries</b><p>Sexy robots and an eerie whale<p>Aurora mission and frozen falls<p>Leopard escape and London time travel<p>Iced-up airliners and a violent Sun<p>…

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The Week in Pictures: March 13 - 20 - NBC News

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