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Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong - The Huffington Post

Print this story<p><b>From the 16th century to the 19th,</b> scurvy killed around 2 million sailors, more than warfare, shipwrecks and syphilis combined. It was an ugly, smelly death, too, beginning with rattling teeth and ending with a body so rotted out from the inside that its victims could literally be …

Diets

No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a casual biking culture

A chat with the authors of a new book on cycling in the Netherlands.<p>nIn 2010, Chris and Melissa Bruntlett sold their cars and began transporting their family of four around Vancouver, BC, by bike. They noticed that bicyclists’ stories were not being told, so they started blogging about their …

Exponential Finance Conference

Watch the Awesome Way in Which Plants Defend Themselves Against Threats

We tend to think of plants as helpless, passive green blobs, but a fascinating new study, in which scientists used fluorescent light to visualize …

Geek

How the Waffle House Index will help FEMA determine just how bad Hurricane Florence gets

The Waffle House Storm Center is actively monitoring Hurricane Florence, an indicator that parts of the East Coast are in serious danger.<p>That's because the 24-hour restaurant chain is known for more than a fast breakfast — it often remains open during natural disasters, providing food and resources …

Local Economies

We asked 12 mass killers: 'What would have stopped you?'

In America today, mass shootings remain the most terrible metric that distinguishes the country from the rest of the world. And thanks to a 22-year …

Mass Shootings

Cape Town Is an Omen

Climate change is going to revolutionize politics in cities across the world.<p>Rainfall in Cape Town is a dramatic affair. In the winter wet season, ominous clouds and strong winds rumble in from the northwest, carrying with them the life-saving moisture of the Atlantic Ocean and dumping it in cold …

Cape Town

September 11: nearly 10,000 people affected by 'cesspool of cancer'

John Mormando was in the best shape of his life – a marathon runner and triathlete training for an Ironman competition – when he noticed a small bump on his chest this past March.<p>He had it checked out by a doctor, and soon received the shocking diagnosis: breast cancer.<p>“I was floored. I was totally …

Breast Cancer

Bees are dying at an alarming rate. Amsterdam may have the answer.

World<p>AMSTERDAM — An unkempt stretch of tall grass, wildflowers and weeds in front of a train station doesn't look like much — but it may be crucial to solving one of the world's biggest environmental puzzles.<p>While scientists around the globe have been sounding alarm bells over the decline of bees …

Wildflowers

A complete guide to buying ethical clothes on a budget

If you’re keen to fill your closet with inexpensive clothes you can feel good about, this list is a good place to start. Companies like Everlane, Allbirds, Rent the Runway, and American Giant are leading the way, but so are some lesser known brands like MATE, Nisolo, and Blu & Blue.<p>The world is …

T-shirts

Dirtiest places in the airport revealed | CNN Travel

Airports

Why MOD Pizza Loves Hiring Ex-Cons

Eight years ago, Ally and Scott Svenson started hiring felons to staff MOD Pizza. That turned out to be one of the best business decisions they ever made.<p>This story appears in the September 2018 <i>Entrepreneur</i>. Subscribe »<p>There was a moment in 2011 when Tony D’Aloia considered his freedom to be a …

Employment

Charted: Here's how much your food waste hurts the environment

When you let broccoli rot in your fridge, you add noxious gases to more than just your veggie drawer.<p>Our species is pretty good at wasting food. Some we discard at the farm for being undersized or oddly shaped. Others we allow to decay in their shipping containers, thrown away before they even …

University of Michigan

A dog’s nose work is never done

Nose work is a new sport in which dogs seek out specific scents. It’s also an opportunity to let dogs do what they do best.<p>Professional dog trainer …

This Is How to Pick the Best Avocado Every Time

Even though I'm not the world's biggest avocado lover (don't @ me), I know all about how difficult it can be to find a good avocado at the …

Avocado

The $700 billion case to fight food waste

A new report shows how astronomical the benefits would be if we took some commonsense steps to ending food waste.<p>Nearly 870 million people in the world are undernourished, but at the same time, approximately one-third of the global food total supply ends up spoiled, thrown out, or wasted. That’s …

Food Waste

The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People

Moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook’s biggest challenge. Leaked documents and nearly two dozen interviews show how the company hopes to solve it.<p>This spring, Facebook reached out to a few dozen leading social media academics with an invitation: …

Internet

Montana had the highest suicide rate in the country. Then budget cuts hit.

U.S. news<p>WOLF POINT, Mont. — Mourners in this small town in northeast Montana, where a strip of appliance shops and bars are dwarfed by vast ranches, packed into a church this month to pray for Michael Lee.<p>A week earlier, Michael, a 13-year-old who dreamed of playing for the NFL, had killed himself …

Mental Health

Dear Mr President: Obama on how letters from the American people shaped his time in office — interview

During his presidency, Barack Obama read 10 letters from members of the public every day. He reveals what they meant to him<p>It was October 2016. Hurricane Matthew had just rolled out to sea, Samsung phones were catching fire, Hillary Clinton was up by double digits in the national polls and the …

The White House

‘Risky’ Playgrounds Are Making a Comeback

The modern playground has become mind-numbingly standard-issue. There’s a movement afoot to bring “adventure” back into play.<p>The information age has ushered in an era of fear about children’s well-being, shifting norms heavily towards constant oversight and nearly impossible standards of safety. …

New York City

What Happened in the Dark: Puerto Rico's Year of Fighting for Power

Several weeks before he would become a folk hero across Puerto Rico, Jorge Bracero slipped in a puddle at San Juan’s central power plant and broke …

Caribbean

A Mother’s Zip Code Could Signal Whether Her Baby Will Be Born Too Early

Every year, more than 400,000 women in America have babies who are preterm, low birthweight, or who die before their first birthday.<p>Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series exploring the vast racial and economic inequality in Fresno, the poorest major city in California. These stories were …

Public Health

Meet the Teacher Who Dares to Speak With Boko Haram

Few people talk openly about Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. Even fewer talk <i>to</i> them. But in her motherly way, the simple-looking Hamsatu Allamin is …

Africa

The High-Stakes Race to Create the World’s First Artificial Heart

The kids fell in love with him first. Back in the late eighties, Craig Lewis lived three houses down from Linda Sanders. He was a quiet, solitary …

Texas

A baby was abandoned in a phone booth 64 years ago. Now, DNA has helped explain why.

Steve Dennis’s birth certificate didn’t say where he was born or when, or to whom. It just said he was found in a telephone booth.<p>Two bread deliverymen had found him there early one January morning in 1954, back when Dennis didn’t yet have a name. They found the “big blue-eyed infant” wrapped in …

Dealing with creative failure? Here’s what to do next

Seven artists talk about dealing with disappointment–and how to turn failure into a creative force.<p>The culture of failure has changed dramatically in the past decade. Thanks to mantras like “fail fast, fail often,” the concept of failure as a necessary part of success is now mainstream. Such …

Schadenfreude

How a Group of Muslim Girls Inspired Christine Hallquist to Run for Governor

<i>Update, 8/15, 7:45 a.m.:</i> Christine Hallquist won Vermont's Democratic primary, making her the nation's first openly transgender gubernatorial candidate for a major party. She'll go on to face Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who will be running for his second term. At an election night party, Hallquist …

Women's News

In their own words: Charlottesville, one year later

<b>(CNN) —</b> Before the events of August 11 and 12, 2017, Charlottesville was, for those who knew of it at all, a college town or a weekend getaway from Washington, DC. Or, for the history buffs among us, the home of our third president. After those events -- the torch-wielding march at the University …

How LeBron James’ new public school really is the first of its kind

The I Promise School is unique — but it’s also building from a successful model.<p>Akron’s public schools have a major problem; its at-risk students are falling well behind the rest of the K-12 population in the classroom. The question the district faces now is whether LeBron James can fix that.<p>James’</i> …

Lebron James

The tender, terrifying truth about what happened inside the Trader Joe's hostage siege

About halfway through the three-hour siege at Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake, the wounded gunman, Gene Atkins, looked at one of his hostages, MaryLinda Moss, and told her it was all over for him. “I just shot at a cop,” he said.<p>Moss, a 55-year-old artist who exudes calm, feared a suicidal gunman could …

Trader Joe's

Smart, efficient news worthy of your time, attention, and trust

The Trump administration could take a number of routes as it considers regulating Google — as well as Facebook and Twitter — over what it perceives …

Republicans