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New year, new you – how to be happy

What’s top of your list of new year resolutions for 2016? Do more exercise? Eat better? Spend more time with your children? Find a fulfilling career? How about ticking all your boxes and simply be happy?<p>Sadly, you can’t simply “become” happy. Happiness is often an indirect consequence of our …

This photographer's series on unconventional beauty went viral

She did not expect her homework assignment to go viral.<p>The project's purpose was to photograph what women found beautiful about themselves, thereby moving away from destructive self-criticism.<p>"I was surrounded by such beautiful women with such gorgeous souls," Woolridge told INSIDER. "[But they] …

'The Emoji Movie' is a real thing, and it opens in cinemas in August 2017

The film is the work of Sony Pictures Animation, Variety reports, and details about the plot are still thin on the ground — beyond the fact it will feature the smiley faces and icons made ubiquitous by smartphones.<p>Some of Sony Pictures Animation's previous films are entirely CGI, including "Cloudy …

How surgical masks became a fashion statement

For many in the West, the sight of Asian people wearing surgical masks will bring back surreal memories of the (actually quite worrying) SARS outbreak in Hong Kong in 2002. Within weeks, SARS had spread from Hong Kong to infect individuals in 37 countries – causing 774 deaths worldwide. The …

Give the Gift of Flipboard to…Educators

With schools on winter break right now, teachers can get some R&R and maybe even explore areas for personal or professional development. The Gift of Flipboard for Educators quickly gives anyone in the field an effortless way to set up their Flipboard with interesting content about current events, …

John Cleese Picks the Most Gut-Busting Monty Python Sketches

Upper-Class Twit of the Year, "The Galaxy Song," and more.<p>John Cleese never stops working. 76 years old and on the eve of a much-needed three-week vacation to the West Indies, he can't help but talk about the work he's going to accomplish while away: start planning the follow-up to his …

Where will the climate refugees go?

We know that climate change will force millions from their homes, but will they even be recognised as refugees?<p><b>New York, US -</b> No one can be sure just how many people will be displaced by climate change by the middle of this century. In fact, the estimates vary widely, with some putting the number …

Human Rights

Major neurological breakthrough in autism could change treatment

Scientists at Harvard and MIT have discovered a link between autism symptoms and neurotransmitters. The connection between the GABA neurotransmitter …

Ladybird book pastiches become stocking-filler hit of 2015

Spoof titles with vintage artwork strike a chord with Christmas shoppers, selling more than 600,000 copies in less than two months<p>Nostalgia for the days of learning to read with Peter and Jane appears to have made Ladybird’s series of spoof titles for grownups a must-buy this Christmas, with more …

Books

How A Photographer Of Refugees Finds The Stories That Get Left Behind

"I feel an obligation to give something back to the people I photograph."<p>"Photography is a little bit like a gun: it's neither good nor bad by itself; it all depends on how you use it," says Italian photographer Alessandro Penso, thinking of the many faces of refugees he has captured and published …

Bump, set, spiked fence: Protesters play volleyball over Slovenia's anti-refugee barrier

The controversial fence on the Slovenia-Croatia border is aimed at disrupting the path of refugees – but locals unhappy with the barrier found a …

Colorized Photos Bring the Vintage Cheer of Holidays Past to Life

Santa Claus with Christmas toys on a sled drawn by white turkeys. 1909.<br>Library of Congress<p>1 of 30<p>The spirit of the holiday season is wrapped up in a …

The Scientific Reasons Why Introverts And Extroverts Are Different

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>I’m standing in the crowd in front of the stage at the small gritty music club. My two friends—both extroverts—are on either side of me, swaying along with the crooning Indie singer and smiling. I was having fun for a while, but now I’m ready to head home …

12 Striking Portraits of India, by the Photographer Behind the "Afghan Girl"

A woman and child on the Howrah Mail train en-route to Kolkata, West Bengal. 1982.

Basket’s New App Helps You Find The Best Prices On Groceries

A number of apps today let you check prices and comparison shop for things like clothing, electronics, toys, housewares, and more, but what about your everyday purchases, like groceries? Does your local store, Amazon, or Jet.com have the best deal on diapers? Is your favorite cereal cheaper this …

Under The Right Conditions Our Sun Could Produce An Enormous Superflare

It's the end of the world as we know it<p>Solar flares are gorgeous, but the delicate fiery loops that we've observed during humanity's brief study of the sun are nothing compared to what other, similar stars are up to.<p>In a recent paper, researchers detail their observations of 'superflares' on a …

Solar Cycle

Peter Jackson to Turkish court: Smeagol and Gollum are not the same

Peter Jackson has weighed in on the case of a Turkish man, Bilgin Ciftci, who might be sent to jail for allegedly posting pictures of his country’s …

Rebalancing the Masculine and the Feminine Energy

(Collective-Evolution.com) When the masculine and the feminine are in balance, there is fluidity, relationship, a flow of energy, unity, totality. …

Protected Joshua Tree Scorched in California Desert

A legally protected and culturally iconic tree was set on fire in Joshua Tree National Park on Saturday evening, officials say.<p>Just after 8 pm, park …

Turing Phone thrown against concrete and dunked in water… survives

If you have been following our coverage of the Turing Phone you will know this is no typical handset. This phone is secure inside and out. Not only does it maintain your information private, but it also keeps it safe with a body that can withstand rough handling like we very seldom see.<p>The Turing …

This lingerie brand for young women refuses to airbrush ads — and sales are soaring 21%

Aerie defied norms last year by abandoning photo retouching of its models.<p>The idea to use unretouched photos in ad campaigns dawned on the creative team as a way to appeal to young women.<p>"We definitely had a creative moment where the team got together, and we just said, 'really, what's happening …

Oprah Winfrey Reveals the Name She Chose for the Premature Baby Boy She Lost at Age 14

Oprah Winfrey has revealed the name she chose for the premature baby boy she lost when she was just 14 years old.<p>The former talk show host opened up …

Those Blasts of Radio Waves from Deep Space? Not Aliens.

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>For years, mysterious blasts of radio waves coming from billions of light-years away have stumped scientists on Earth. Lasting a mere several thousandths of a second, the blasts – called fast radio bursts – appear randomly in the sky and are often discovered …

Nokia's $60,000 virtual reality camera is now available for pre-order

In July, Nokia announced an interesting new direction for the company in the form of the Ozo, a ball-shaped, virtual reality camera aimed at …

Virtual Reality

50 places you should travel to in 2016

It may be hard to believe, but 2015 is coming to a close, and it's time to start planning for 2016. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a novice, it's never too early to start thinking ahead to the places you want to check off your travel bucket list in the new year. From Iceland's otherworldly …

National Parks

Infographic: How to say “I love you” in 50 world languages

PAUL SIMON HAS A GREAT song called “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.” But why on earth would you want 50 ways to leave your lover? Why not go for 50 ways …

20 No-Fuss Holiday Dresses Lazy Girls Will Love

You’re totally excited for the holiday season and all those killer parties it brings, but when it comes to the attire… well, that’s a whole other story. Dresses and duds that require even an ounce of effort are totally off the table — you need that precious energy to shake it with the best of ’em …

Clothing