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Outrunning the Demons | Runner's World

The demons were chasing me.<p>I could hear their screeching howls through the canopy of oak and red maple trees that enshroud Lower Road in Brewster, Massachusetts, on the Lower Cape. They were gaining, ready to pounce—I had to sprint to avoid capture at sundown. I felt them closing in as the spring …

Sending humans to Mars could uncover a disturbing truth to one of life's greatest mysteries

(NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)<br>This version of a self-portrait of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover at a drilling site called “Buckskin” is presented as a …

Long before anxiety about Muslims, Americans feared the 'yellow peril' of Chinese immigration

Donald Trump’s proposal to ban an entire class of people from entering the United States is not without precedent.<p>The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 banned all Chinese from coming to America, with a handful of exceptions: merchants, teachers, students, travelers and diplomats.<p>“This is the first time …

Detroit shows improvement, promise 1 year out of bankruptcy

A year after its exit from a brief but embarrassing bankruptcy, Detroit suddenly has something it long lacked: money to spend.<p>After paying down debt and other expenses, the city's budget is projected to have a $35 million surplus for the fiscal year that began July 1. That's a major improvement …

These Maps Illustrate the History and Demographics of the Middle East

With its convoluted history and ever-shifting borders, the Middle East isn’t an area that can be easily understood through words alone. Vox’s Max …

Body-Painted Man Hides Perfectly Within Famous Landmarks

Unreal.<p>Well this takes blending in with your surroundings to a whole new level.<p>New York-based artist and photographer Trina Merry's travel photos are unlike anything we've seen. In her new series "Lost in Wonder," Merry explores the relationship between traveling and the "culture of the selfie." …

48 Things Women Hear In A Lifetime (That Men Just Don't)

Watch 80 years of subtle sexism in under two minutes.<p>Don't be a slut, but definitely don't be too prude. Don't be so emotional, but don't be a cold-hearted bitch. Prioritize your family over your career, but are you <i>sure</i> you want to be a stay-at-home mom?<p>Throughout our lives, women hear insidious, …

Seeing a Transgender Person Is No Reason to Call 911

"911, what's your emergency?"<p>There are a lot of situations that may warrant calling 911. But seeing a transgender person is not one of them. But that's exactly what a hotel manager in West Des Moines, Iowa, did when Meagan Taylor and her friend, both Black transgender women, checked into the …

This British War Veteran Has The Perfect Response To Islamophobia: ‘F*ck Off’

In 2007, Private Chris Herbert (shown center in the above photo) was serving in the British Army in Basra, Iraq when his leg was blown off by a roadside bomb. He lost a comrade, 21-year-old Private Luke Simpson, when their Land Rover was struck. In the years that followed, Herbert rebuilt his life …

Emotional Photo Captures Police Officer Comforting His Dying Horse

“She loved her job and was always ready to go to work putting bad guys in jail or giving nuzzles to children.”<p>A touching photograph showing a police officer comforting his dying horse in her last moments has gone viral this week.<p>The photo shows Charlotte, a horse with the Houston Police Department, …

‘Happy Holidays!’: Atheists Unveil Santa-Themed Christmas Billboard — and Here’s Why Some Say It’s ‘Offensive’

It’s that time of year again. Atheist activists have unveiled a Santa-themed billboard that encourages people to “skip church,” hoping to drive home the notion that there’s no relation between church attendance and being a moral person.<p>The billboards from American Atheists, a group based in …

Researchers find a rock with a carving of a Mastodon at the underwater Stonehenge of Lake Michigan

Another incredible discovery has been made as researchers have found a rock carving of a Mastodon at the underwater Stonehenge of Lake Michigan.<p>In …

Beno's Toys Christmas book from 1979

Seeing as Christmas and shopping is all that on our minds right now, let's take a look at the specials offered 36 years ago with the Beno's Toy …

Where does America live? Lower South. More population divided maps

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

What Really Scares Helicopter Parents

A changed jobs landscape has become the stuff of middle-class nightmares.

Two Israelis convicted of murdering Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir

Palestinians furious as court delays the verdict for the group's alleged mastermind, who claims to be insane<p>Two young Israeli men have been convicted of kidnapping and burning Palestinian teenager to death but a verdict has not yet been reached for the gang’s alleged mastermind, who claims to be …

Israel

Book Review: The Daily Hazards of a Middle Eastern Wife by Soad Nasr

I was at a party recently, and talk turned to prejudices we carry and wish we didn't. Of course, Muslim women who wear burqas came up in conversation. I am ashamed to admit that while I consider myself very accepting of other cultures, seeing fully covered women in public makes me unsettled, and …

3 Personality Tests That Will Give You a Fresh Perspective on Your Career

If you haven’t heard the term “emotional intelligence” before, you’re about to get a full download on why it’s so important. It’s a relatively new concept (the term was first coined in 1990) and today, hiring managers are paying more attention to it than ever. Major companies like Google already …

Self-awareness

Uber Driver Says Passenger Mistook Him For A Muslim, Threatened To Kill Him

It's one of at least nine alleged anti-Islam crimes in the U.S. since the Paris attacks.<p>Samson Woldemichael is a Christian. But the 40-year-old Ethiopian immigrant and father of two, who works as an Uber driver in North Carolina, says he was the victim of Islamophobia this weekend when a passenger …

Frida Kahlo and her Casa Azul home – a lifetime in pictures

Frida Kahlo left her mark on the city where she was born in 1907 and lived with Diego Rivera until her death in 1954. Her home, the Casa Azul, is now a museum and pilgrimage site for many who consider the artist an early Mexican feminist

Mexico

World Beard and Moustache Championships: Pictures

Austria

32 Maps Which Will Change How You See Europe

Regarding the last one: What the hell, Spain?

We Must End For-Profit Prisons

The United States is experiencing a major human tragedy. We have more people in jail than any other country on earth, including Communist China, an authoritarian country four times our size. The U.S. has less than five percent of the world's population, yet we incarcerate about a quarter of its …

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Lee Miller's stunning images of women in wartime – in pictures

Ahead of an exhibition at London’s Imperial War Museum, we revisit the American Vogue photographer’s unique record of women at war<p>Lee Miller: A Woman’s War is at the Imperial War Museum, London, 15 Oct-24 April 2016

Photography

Two Underwater Female Nude Dancers

Codes

Head of Haiti's voodoo religion dies

Beauvoir, a biochemist by training, was named in 2008 the "National Ati," or spiritual guide for voodoo practitioners. The title was created to defend Haiti's historic religion from increased attacks from some Protestant churches and Evangelical preachers.<p>In 2010, influential US televangelist Pat …

Boss Who Asked Transgender Woman 'What Are You?' Agrees To Significant Settlement

"They saw the writing on the wall."<p>Last November, Jessi Dye showed up at Summerford Nursing Home for what would turn out to be both her first and last day of work.<p>The morning started well. Dye attended a series of training sessions, completed paperwork, received vaccinations. She was excited about …