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What You Don’t Know About the Vikings

Magazine<p>Yes, they were brutal. They also had women leaders, coveted luxury, and encountered more than 50 cultures from Afghanistan to Canada.<p><b>A cold drizzle falls</b> as we shiver in the streets, waiting for the Viking lord and his band of raiders to appear. It’s a raw January night in the old Shetland …

Trading

The Life-Changing Magic of Mushrooms

A single dose of magic mushrooms can make people with severe anxiety and depression better for months, according to a landmark pair of new studies.<p>The doom hung like an anvil over her head. In 2012, a few years after Carol Vincent was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, she was waiting to see …

Despite Airbnb, hotels still seeing record profits

Hotels across the country are continuing to experience record profits and occupancy levels, even as competition heats up from home-sharing rivals …

7 Mindful Strategies to Ease Election Anxiety

Presidential elections in the past have been negative and hard fought, but this is the first one in memory to have produced a recognized …

Singer-Songwriter Duncan Sheik Says Mantra Meditation Helped Him Get Over Stage Fright

Duncan Sheik has spent more than half of his life writing and playing music, but when he first started out, performing made him very nervous.<p>It …

Bill Gates Says These Are His 13 Favorite TED Talks of All Time

1. Robots That Fly...and Cooperate, by Vijay Kumar<p>Vijay Kumar's team creates small, flying robots that are basically intelligent: They sense each other, so they can swarm together, form teams, and complete projects that include construction, surveillance (for example, after a natural disaster), and …

Bill Gates

Watching my grandfather die showed me all the problems with how we treat illness in America - Vox

I was between jobs when I got the call. It was 10 am on a Tuesday, and I had already been parked on my couch for a couple of hours, sick of sleep but somehow still exhausted.<p>I was in the midst of a depressive episode. I irksomely, inconsistently vacillated between feeling numb and fantasizing about …

Health Care

A Navy SEAL Explains 8 Secrets to Grit and Resilience

Sometimes you just want to quit. You know you shouldn’t but nothing seems better than crawling back into bed and hiding under the covers. (I am there …

How to survive a global disaster: a handy guide

Whether it’s a natural disaster, bioterrorist attack or pandemic, experts reckon society as we know it will collapse within 13 days of a catastrophic event. So what do you do next?<p>On 22 June, 2001, Tara O’Toole and Thomas Inglesby of the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Strategies, …

Homeland Security

Assisted dying: the difficult conversation we need to have

To bring focus here, my colleague Peter Saul said recently that we are facing "a perfect storm of ageing and expanding population with a higher …

What's streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu in February

<b>(CNN) —</b> Love is in the air in February, so grab a loved one and cuddle up with some streaming options.<p>Whether you Netflix and chill or Amazon Prime and commit, there is plenty debuting on those sites as well as on Hulu, HBO Now and Acorn TV.<p>Click through the gallery above for some of what's …

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Mumbai plans ‘no selfie zones’ after two die in ocean photograph tragedy

Police have identified 16 life-endangering spots for selfie photographs after three teenagers fell into sea while trying to capture the moment with a snap<p>India’s largest city of Mumbai may introduce “no selfie zones” at popular but dangerous locations for taking self-photographs after a tragic …

Airbnb Asks Guests If They Feel Safe Traveling On Airbnb

When Airbnb's founders were first pitching their idea, one of the biggest criticisms was, according to the company's own origin story, <i>why on earth would anyone let a total stranger stay in their home?</i><p>For the most part, the home-sharing startup's massive user base and eye-popping $25 billion …

Middle Age

Airbnb to send monthly emails to SF hosts in attempt to crack down on city law

A few months after it narrowly dodged a more prohibitive ballot initiative in its home city of San Francisco, Airbnb is finally making moves to comply with the city’s urging to create a comprehensive and trackable registry of hosts.<p>According to Bloomberg, which cited a letter by Airbnb public …

How to Be the Perfect Airbnb Host (or a Superhost)

Especially if you've never hosted before, it's time to make this thing happen. Take it from several Airbnb Superhosts. Who better else to ask? I interviewed several of these people to see what set these hosts apart and so other hosts can become the best hosts that they can possibly be.<p>Especially if …

San Francisco

Why the Sharing Economy is Good Presidential Politics

<i>By Gary Shapiro</i><p>The sharing economy is a key engine for economic growth in the 21st century. Uber is adding 20,000 new drivers each month. Roughly …

Automated Airbnb Pricing Tool - [LIVE Session with Q&A]

Ousted tenants sue after their former rent-controlled L.A. apartments are listed on Airbnb

Carrie Kirshman and Nina Giovannitti were close neighbors at their Spanish villa apartments in Fairfax, sharing keys, collecting each other's mail and tending to a communal garden in the backyard.<p>Their rent-controlled building allowed them to enjoy below-market rents of less than $2,000 a month for …

Airbnb: How Not to Hire Software Engineers

Technical interviews are broken, but they could be even worse<p>Pick any two engineers in Silicon Valley, and I bet they have one thing in common: they …

Airbnb wants to help create homesharing legislation in Australia

Accommodation booking platform Airbnb hopes to work closely with federal, state, and local governments in Australia to produce legislation that …

The Best Books I Read in 2015

I just looked over the list of books I read this year, and I noticed a pattern. A lot of them touch on a theme that I would call “how things work.” …

Tentrr Is the New Airbnb for Campers

One weekend last summer, Michael D’Agostino fled Manhattan for a campground in the Catskills, where he and his wife hoped to enjoy a respite from the city’s frenzy. He pitched his tent at the last available site, which happened to be near the bathroom and the parade of people passing in and out of …

Why the Chennai floods should be an eye opener for city planners

The severe flooding in Chennai caused by torrential rains is a result of climate change and should be an eye opener for city planners, experts have …

Can clean energy save the gorillas of Virunga National Park?

<b>Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo (CNN) —</b> We're surrounded by shades of deep green, hiking up hill, following the rhythmic sound of machete slicing a small path through thick forest.<p>"We're two minutes away now," says Virunga National Park's southern sector head Innocent …

The personal economics of AirBnb users can help explain why the company has seen explosive growth

Over 10,000 eBay fans, mostly part-time sellers, gathered together to discuss, debate and learn about new features that the eBay platform offered them. I'll never forget that experience, for while my official role was to teach eBay sellers about new features available on the platform, the truth is …

Fantastic Science and Tech Books that Will Reboot Your Brain for Fall

Summer is slipping away fast, but there’s still time to spend a long weekend devouring a book on the beach. And it doesn’t have to be the trashy …

Ho Chi Minh City

An Essay On Life By The Man Whose Death Inspired A Movement

The following blog was shared with The Huffington Post by Frances Chen, wife of the late Shalin Shah. This personal essay was written on October 17, 2011 when Shalin was 19 years old. On May 16, 2015, Shalin died nine months after being diagnosed with cancer. His death inspired the …