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Everest: is it right to go back to the top?

A year after the avalanche that killed 16 Sherpas, climbers are gathering at Everest again. Should Nepalese guides continue to be put at risk to enable rich westerners to reach the summit? Carole Cadwalladr went to base camp to weigh the rights and wrongs of a risky business<p>As the sun goes down, …

Mountaineering

Project Magazine Hoard = COMPLETE!

<b>Confession: I’m a magazine hoarder.</b><p>I have stacks of magazines spread throughout our house. When I don’t make time to read AND sort my magazines, they …

“Have I Ever Used This Thing?”

I’ve been in an ADHD-fueled clutter-clearing frenzy. For me, as for most people, order contributes to inner calm, and sweeping away unloved, unused …

Minimalism

Purge the clutter! Expert tips on organizing your home for 2015

If one of your resolutions for the new year was to be more organized, listen up! Real Simple's Stephanie Sisco is sharing expert strategies for clearing out the excess from your home in 2015, category by category.<p><b>Books</b><p>You may think that down the road you might want to read that book again, but if …

Minimalism

Free Yourself From Paper Clutter

DK - <i>House Works</i> , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited<p>Establish a home for incoming paper, and use it daily to contain the incoming tide. You'll always …

Keep Your Home Clutter-Free by Clearing Stuff Out Before You Organize

Whether you’re getting started with a spring cleaning project or just trying to condense what you have, it’s important you don’t confuse organization …

Minimalism

19 Ways to Organize Your Home in 5 Minutes or Less

Organize your space in no time at all with these mini projects.<p><b>Donate unused mugs.</b> Unless you're a true mug aficionado, you probably have more than you need. Separate your favorites and donate the rest.<p><b>Sort your Tupperware.</b> Double-check that there's a lid for every container, get rid of loners, and …

Minimalism

Where Itching Comes From

The science behind what makes people scratch<p>Semanza lived in the Rukungiri region of rural Uganda. He suffered such unbearable itching that continuous scratching with his fingernails did not afford him even temporary relief. His solution was to break a clay pot and use the rough edge of one of its …

Neurology

This is what happens to your brain when you stop eating sugar

I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Penn., “Chocolate Capital of the World,” doesn’t help either of us.<p>But Andrew is braver than I am. Last year, he gave up sweets for Lent. I can’t say that I’m …

Neuroscience
Language

Nando's - how did it become such a cult hit?

How Nando's became a hit with everyone from families and first-daters, to Grant Shapps and celebrity black-card holders Ed Sheeran, Nicola Adams, David Beckham...but not its founder<p>Benjamin Disraeli said there were only two things that an Englishman cannot command – being made a Knight of the …

A history of defacing the Hermes Birkin bag

7 Famous Artworks That Are Actually Supposed To Look Completely Different

<i>Mona Lisa was once "rosy and tender." What did the "Rosy Age" of our civilization's "masterpieces" actually look like?</i><p>The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican was restored just before the turn of the millennium, which took Michelangelo's cracked, darkened work and returned some semblance of …

Iconic Running Destinations

National Parks

The 15 Best Summer Beach Reads

The perfect compliment to sun and sand is always a great book.<p>The perfect compliment to sun and sand is always a great book.

Books

Best Engagement Gift: Sweet Gift for Newly Engaged Friend

This popped up in my Instagram feed the other day, and I just have to share:<p>From an event floral studio based in Utah, the caption reads: "Product for the retail side of the new studio is starting to come in. One of our products that will be available in store and can be ordered here and now is a …

15 Things You Should NEVER Have in Your Home After 30

Our favorite designers told us these are things that must go. Stat!<p>1. A Futon<p>"Futons are le worst! The older you get the squishier your bed should be," says designer, potter and author, Jonathan Adler.<p>2. Temporary furniture<p>"Often I see people waiting to move into the 'forever home' before they …

Admit It, You're Only Pretending To Like These 23 Things

One of the most popular and often-quoted mantras is "Honesty is the best policy." But what if you get so busy trying to be nice and cordial that you're not even honest with yourself? It happens. All your life, you've been nodding your head in agreement and saying you like to do things or go places, …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014: the shortlist - in pictures

Celestial Dance by Dr Claus Possberg (Germany). In this spectacular image of the northern lights unfolding over a fjord, in Skjervøy, Troms, Norway, the vibrant colours are produced at various altitudes by different atmospheric gases, with blue light emitted by nitrogen and green by oxygen. Red …

9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." "These habits …

Self-improvement

Read J.K. Rowling's new post for the latest Harry Potter 'gossip' - TODAY.com

<i>Can’t get enough of Harry Potter? Then this is for you.</i> <i>Since March, best-selling author J. K. Rowling has been writing original stories about the imaginary 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals for</i> Pottermore<i>, the online home for the world of Harry Potter.</i><p><i>Rowling shared her latest Pottermore.com</i> <i>story</i> …

Books