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The Most Badass Adventures of 2015

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Global Warming

The 4 Best Hot Chocolate Recipes To Ring In the New Year

<i>BY RICK MARTINEZ, BON APPETIT</i><p>Photo: Alex Lau<p>We drink hot chocolate because it's rich and creamy, warm and luxurious. It's a comfort food, to pick you up when you're feeling down, or when you're just really cold. It's best served next to a skating rink or some other snowy Christmas movie backdrop. …

Dessert

The best fiction books of 2015

<b>1. The Story of the Lost Child</b>by Elena Ferrante (Europa, $18)<p>Elena Ferrante's latest work completes a quartet of novels that just might rank as "the …

20 Amazing Under-the-Radar Albums of 2015

Keep on enjoying Adele's album, but here are 20 lesser-known masterworks that you might not have heard about during the last 12 months.<p>I listened to …

The Hottest Space Porn of 2015

We got up close and personal with a bunch of beautiful space rocks this year.<p>If 2014 made space look easy, 2015 made it look hot.<p>Thanks to boundary-pushing missions that have taken us closer than ever before to a bunch of photogenic space bodies and increasingly high resolution imaging …

Solar System

The Best Documentaries on Netflix

You've seen the best horror films, comedy series, romantic flicks, films featuring a Strong Female Lead, just the overall best releases, and the best …

Entertainment

Mystery of swirling Northern Lights finally solved

Scientists from Japan's Kyoto and Kyushu Universities have identified the cause of auroral surges, the dancing polar lights that have endured as one …

Holiday Gift Guide 2014- Spring/Summer

What will the holidays bring for adventure? No matter what the weather outside, there'll be something exciting brewing indoors when your favorite outdoors lover unwraps one of these fun surprises—even if your favorite outdoors lover is you.

The 20 Best Movies Of 2015

It's that time of the year again -- the time for lists. Making them is interesting because all of a sudden you're forced to decide what was actually memorable from 2015. It turns out a lot of movies were.<p>In a year where "Jurassic World" stampeded over box-office records while many mid-budget …

Kurt Cobain

Obama vetoes anti-climate change measures passed by Congress

HONOLULU (AP) — President Barack Obama has vetoed two measures that would have blocked steps that his administration is taking to address climate change.<p>One would have nullified carbon pollution standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The second would have voided a set of national …

Clean Technology

Bodypainters Beautifully Blend Human Bodies into Nature

Using absolutely no Photoshop, bodypainters Leonie Gen and Joerg Duesterwald worked with photographers Laila Pregizer and Uwe Schmida in seamlessly integrating the human body into natural landscapes. Called <i>Metamorphosis</i>, the project blends naked models into everything from rock formations to curly …

Calendars

Century-Old Photographs of Adorable Cats and Dogs

Harry Whittier Frees, an American photographer who lived from 1879 to 1953, may have created the original LOLcat images! His funny photographs show adorable animals dressed up in clothes and posed in human situations. Often accompanied by humorous captions, the photographs depict the furry little …

Pets

5 Dazzling Christmas Desserts

Every holiday dinner needs a show-stopping sweet finish. From Chocolate Pavlova with Whipped Mascarpone Cream to decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, these desserts all have serious wow-factor.<p><b>1. Double Chocolate Pavlova with Mascarpone Cream and Raspberries</b><p>A pavlova is a cake-shaped meringue with …

Dessert

Brain Surgery Serenade: Man Plays Saxophone During Tumor Removal

The team of doctors who recently operated on Spanish musician Carlos Aguilera's brain wanted to be sure they didn't affect his ability to play the saxophone – so they had him play songs during a 12-hour surgery.<p>A partially sedated Aguilera obliged, playing "Misty" and other songs, in addition to …

The Brain

7 quirky cat behaviors and what they mean

My temperamental calico cat, Harlem, is one of them.<p>And while she's the only one I have, she embodies many of the most common, and most perplexing, cat stereotypes.<p>So why does she — and the tens of millions of cats like her — act that way?<p>Here are some explanations, backed by cat researchers, for …

Pets

The Best Gift

My mom provided me a rich spiritual upbringing. She studied with the Rosicrucian Order, was a member of Unity and the Edgar Cayce Foundation, and regularly had psychics over for séances -- while at the same time, she made sure that our family went to traditional church three times a week.<p>So while I …

Spirituality

These Adorable Illustrations Remind Us That Love Is In The Little Things

Artist Philippa Rice has drawn comics and illustrations based on her life with boyfriend Luke Pearson since 2011.<p>Rather than illustrating grand romantic gestures, the Bristol, UK-based artist focuses in on the small but sweet moments couples share -- like falling asleep on the couch or figuring out …

Cute

Scientists are backing up the most terrifying fan theory in the 'Star Wars' universe

There's a disturbance in the force, but this time it's coming from scientists.<p>Disney's new "Star Wars" movie, "The Force Awakens," picks up years …

Adorable Portraits of Different Dog Breeds at 6 Weeks Old

UK-based pet photographer J. Nichole Smith's book <i>Puppyhood: Life-size Portraits of Puppies at 6 Weeks Old</i> is the epitome of cuteness, featuring page after page of the most adorable puppy photos. Smith, who recently opened the pet boutique Little & Large in London, photographed 25 breeds of dogs …

Pets

The Best Star Wars: The Force Awakens Celebrity Cameo, Revealed

One Stormtrooper in particular had a license to kill.<p><b>Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.</b><p>There are some star cameos you’ll know immediately in the new <i>Star Wars</i> movie—<b>J.J. Abrams’s</b> old pal <b>Greg Grunberg</b> shows up as a resistance pilot, <b>Max von Sydow</b> plays a small but pivotal role in the …

Star Wars

How Temptation Bundling Increases Your Workout Motivation | Men's Health

Lack of motivation may also play a large role in the reason why 68.8 percent of Americans are overweight or obese.<p>So are we all screwed? Or is there a way to keep motivation consistently flowing?<p>The key may be a process called “temptation bundling,” according to a study in <i>Management Science</i>.<p>The …

Meet four labels revolutionising your underwear drawer

For many women, underwear is like a rite of passage. We remember our first bras with a fuzzy nostalgia tinged with insecurity, and how they eventually got bigger, inflated with balloon-like padding that smoothed over anxieties about being less grown up than other girls. Pants too were loaded …

Next generation solar cells: Trapping sunlight with microbeads

In five to seven years, solar cells will have become much cheaper and only one-twentieth as thick as current solar cells. The trick is to deceive the …

11 of America’s greatest national forests

We talk a lot about national parks and wilderness areas, and with good reason. But never overlook our national forests. Not only do these places play …

National Geographic Travel

Where in the world have we achieved 100% renewable power?

In a few places around the world, humans have achieved a feat that seemed impossible just a few years ago, and still seems inconceivable nearly everywhere else: They’ve stopped burning fossil fuels for electricity.<p>Throughout 2015, several nations, states and cities announced they had either managed …

Renewable Energy

16 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health In 2016

New Year's resolutions often focus on improving <i>physical</i> health, but what if you focused on mental health this year?<p>While the culture at large often dismisses mental self-care, in part because of the stigma against those facing mental illness, emotional well-being is a priority for everyone: One in …

Mental Health

Seven bucket list holidays your family should take in 2017

Whatever the age of your child, there is a world of opportunity in 2017 to challenge your family to try something new.<p>Perhaps you’ve always dreamt of seeing the Northern Lights in Scandinavia; maybe you seek a spell of island escapism in the Indian Ocean; or it may be that you wish to bring your …

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