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The weekend in pictures

Our selection of some of the best images from around the world includes the Venice carnival and huskies in Belarus

Belarus

SpaceX Will Launch Another Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX will launch another Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 19, the company announced on Thursday.<p>The new rocket is reportedly 30% more powerful and an …

12 photos that capture the magic of Snowdonia National Park's night sky

LONDON — Wales' sprawling Snowdonia National Park with its miles of peaks, lakes and waterfalls is known by photographers as one of the best places …

National Parks

Florida's Pristine Parks: Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Make Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge your launching pad for expanded explorations into Florida’s wild spaces.<p>Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge protects a 35,000-acre labyrinth of mangrove islands, freshwater and saltwater marshes, brackish ponds, winding channels, sandy …

National Parks

One High-Quality Bag: Classic Things Every Man Needs

Share<p>Tweet<p>9. One High-Quality Bag<p>You can’t even begin to discuss the kinds of things the modern man packs for a trip before you discuss the bag he packs them in. For starters, unless you’re going on a month-long tour through Europe or Asia, you should really only need one good, durable bag. You …

Luggage

Feinstein criticizes Obama's Islamic State strategy, urges more U.S. special forces in Syria

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, sharply criticized the Obama administration's strategy for defeating Islamic State militants, calling Sunday for more aggressive action including additional special operations forces in Syria.<p>"I don't think the approach is …

Middle East

To reduce the threat of terrorism, stop bombing and close Shannon Airport to the US military

THERE HAS BEEN a lot of debate about the roots of the Paris terrorist attacks. But the immediate cause is plain to see: it is a response to western …

Media Manipulation: US Shows Footage of Russian Airstrike against ISIS as Its Own | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>A major US media outlet has been caught passing on footage of Russian air raids in Syria as American airstrikes in a bid to advance Washington’s</i> …

Scientists Pinpoint Where Happiness Lives in the Brain

We all want to be happy. (I hope you’re happy right now!) Happiness may be the most important feeling in our lives, if our endless pursuit of it is …

Language

It's not so bad down here in the U-bend of happiness

A new study shows our life quality decreases until middle age, and only then begins to rise. Sounds about blooming right<p>Playground bullying, teenage angst, exam stress; heartbreak, graduate unemployment, quarter-life crisis; ticking biological clock, baby blues, marriage breakdown, midlife crisis… …

Happiness

Top 10 Extreme Environments

Travel Photography

The Lost Factor in the Buddha's Path to Happiness

It would be easy to assume, given the ways Buddhist practice has been presented to its target market, that it revolves entirely around meditation: Health and well-being books, magazines and websites are lousy with images of smiling young women sitting blissfully on cushions, the sun dappling …

U.S. Military: Iraq Air Strike Likely Killed Four Civilians, Including Child

The U.S. military has rarely acknowledged causing civilian casualties in the fight against Islamic State militants.<p>WASHINGTON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A U.S. air strike that targeted an Islamic State checkpoint in Iraq in March likely killed four civilians, one of whom may have been a child, the U.S. …

Extreme Sleep Deprivation: How Navy SEALs Handle No Sleep

Navy SEALs may be some of the toughest people on the planet, but even an elite soldier doesn't do well without sleep.<p>Stew Smith, a former Navy SEAL, …

Deploying Beyond Their Means: The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps at a Tipping Point

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps are operating today under unsustainable levels of stress because of a fundamental mismatch between the demands placed …

U.S. Secret Service agent accused of sexting deemed flight risk: prosecutors | Reuters

(Reuters) - A White House Secret Service officer accused of sending naked pictures of himself to an undercover police officer posing as a 14-year-old girl should be held until trial, prosecutors said on Thursday.<p>Lee Robert Moore is pictured in this undated booking photo provided by the Delaware …

From the Elephant Building to the ‘Death Star’, architects and developers are going to ever stranger lengths in their efforts to stand out from the crowd. Where will this ridiculousness end?

Architecture

June 2015

Diversity

Magnetically Levitating Elevators Could Reshape Skylines

They go up, down, and all around<p>With the debut of passenger elevators some 150 years ago, cities were forever changed. Freed from the tyranny of stairwells, architects built as high as they liked. That is, until they ran into another barrier: the weight of steel cables. A new elevator design from …

New research provides direct evidence for an influential model of pain first proposed in 1965.<p>During the 1960s, neuroscientists Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall proposed an influential new theory of pain. At the time, researchers were struggling to explain the phenomenon. Some believed that specific …

Neurophilosophy

Can't Kick a Bad Habit? You're Doing It Wrong | Inc.com

I had just finished giving a speech on building habits when a woman in the audience exclaimed, "You teach how to create habits, but that's not my problem. I'm fat!" The frustration in her voice echoed throughout the room. "My problem is stopping bad habits. That's why I'm fat. Where does that leave …

Why animals eat psychoactive plants

Thousands of people were streaming in to a ten-day festival in September where they were planning — after a long burst of hard work — to find some …