Julie Dowling

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12 Over-the-Top Amenities at the World's Best Hotels

We'll have what they're having.<p>When you're on a dream vacation, it's not unheard-of to expect majorly luxurious perks. While investigating some of the world's most premiere destinations, we discovered some serious cutting-edge amenities, too. Get ready to start daydreaming.

Hospitality

9 Reasons You’ll Love This New Watercolor Home Decor Trend

Some home decor trends come and go, while others, like all things watercolor, stick around regardless of season. The colorful, artistic print adds an airy, graceful element to anything it touches — it’s a perfect accent in a boho or preppy home. But the latest take on watercolor home decor is …

Decorations

NASA’s New X-Planes Will Be Seriously Cool

NASA will reportedly soon request money to build a new line of efficient and environmentally friendly X-planes.<p>NASA will ask for a $3.7 billion budget increase over the next decade. The planes are part of a 10-year plan called the New Aviation Horizons Initiative, reports <i>Ars Technica</i>.<p>One of the …

Aviation

What Life Is Like Inside the Massive Jail That Doubles as Chicago's Largest Mental Health Facility

Talking to inmates and employees at one of the biggest jails in America.<p><i>This piece was published in partnership with The Human Toll of Jail, a storytelling project from the Vera Institute of Justice and Narratively that was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Safety and</i> …

Mental Health

Here’s the simple strategy extroverts use to win people over

Yet until recently, no one's been able to pinpoint what exactly extroverts <i>do</i> that helps them build strong social ties.<p>Now, new research from Duke University, cited by the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that the answer is surprisingly simple: It's a matter of mimicry, or copying the …

Psychology

Japan is flexing its military power

The Fleet Review in seas near Tokyo was the first major display of Japanese military hardware since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won lawmaker approval for legislation that for the first time since World War Two will allow Japanese soldiers to defend their foreign allies.<p>Abe is pursuing a doctrine of …

Military