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The best places for outdoor swimming in Europe

Late on a summer afternoon there's a favourite spot on the river where the kingfishers dart and otters play. It's a wide, clear pool with draping …

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.<p>Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a …

Parenting

What Happens If China Makes First Contact?

As America has turned away from searching for extraterrestrial intelligence, China has built the world’s largest radio dish for precisely that purpose.<p>Last January, the Chinese Academy of Sciences invited Liu Cixin, China’s preeminent science-fiction writer, to visit its new state-of-the-art radio …

Aliens

We Made Plastic. We Depend on It. Now We’re Drowning in It.

Planet or Plastic?<p>The miracle material has made modern life possible. But more than 40 percent of it is used just once, and it’s choking our waterways.<p><b>If plastic had been invented</b> when the Pilgrims sailed from Plymouth, England, to North America—and the <i>Mayflower</i> had been stocked with bottled water …

Waste Management

Mindfulness may have been over-hyped

Mindfulness meditation has been practiced for millennia – and today is a billion-dollar business. But how much does the practice really change our health?<p>In late 1971, US Navy veteran Stephen Islas returned from Vietnam, but the war continued to rage in his head. “I came very close to committing …

Mindfulness

Extra time: how smart exercise keeps you younger for longer

As the writer Bill Gifford puts it: 'Ageing makes us fat, and then our fat makes us age'<p>Your nervous system is changing, too. Reaction times are at their best around age 24<p>Research suggests 120 is the absolute upper limit for the durability of the human frame<p>Slow down, that used to be the mantra …

Exercise

These Fascinating History Podcasts Will Make You Fall In Love With The Past

<b>Last Updated: May 2nd</b><p>A great podcast is all about being able to tell a great story. The medium thrives on masterful storytellers recounting and analyzing a moment in time that may have been forgotten or misread. It’s all about weaving threads together and adding insight along the way. That’s why …

Podcasting

Here are 300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now

The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.<p>All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national …

University of Pennsylvania

26 Last-Minute Marathon Tips

After months of juggling wintry-weathered practice runs around work, social and life commitments, that end goal is in sight. The marathon. With mere …

I Asked 5,000 People How They Stay Passionate at Work. Here's What I Found

The data shows a clear path.<p>When it comes to selecting a job or career, the usual advice is to love what you do. In fact, given all the talk about …

Los Angeles

Want to Be Funnier the Next Time You Give a Talk? Use These Comedian Tricks of the Trade

How to get your audience more engaged by making them laugh.<p>David Nihill hated public speaking so much that he wrote a bestselling book about it:Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker. When I first met him -- oddly enough at a TEDx party -- I was …

Who will be remembered in 1,000 years?

Hopeful contenders for everlasting fame must run the gauntlet of numerous challenges, including the jealousy of rivals and possible extinction of their own civilisation and language. How do you remain remembered for generations?<p>I’m in the secluded western corner of London’s Highgate cemetery, …

Changing Inmates’ Behavior With Architecture

Denmark’s new prison has a grocery store, workshops, and lots of glass. It looks more like a college campus–and that’s the whole point.<p>Can a prison be humane? In socially progressive Scandinavia, perhaps. The Danish Prison and Probation Service and architecture firm CF Møller have designed what …

Corn Walls And Rice Bricks: Tomorrow’s Cities Will Be Built From Crops

Arup believes the construction industry is ripe for circular economies.<p>Today, pineapple, potatoes, mushrooms, corn, oranges, and bananas are staples of the produce aisle. Tomorrow, they might be the backbones of our cities, according to a new report from Arup. In <i>The Urban Bio Loop</i>, the engineering …

Science has outgrown the human mind

<i>The duty of man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads and… attack it from every side. He should also suspect himself as he performs his critical examination of it, so that he may avoid falling into either</i> …

7 Brilliant Things Emotionally Intelligent People Do When Their Buttons Are Pushed

If your work demands close contact with people you'd like to avoid, knowing how to respond to them in case of conflict will save you a lot of headaches.<p>One thing I know for sure is that there will always be drama in the workplace, it's inevitable. If human beings and communication are involved, …

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Social Media

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Female-empowering books to read with your kids

Help your children learn about women's rights with these page-turners<p>1 Bill's New Frock<p>Bill Simpson wakes up to find that he's a girl, and worse, his …

The Fight Against Food Waste Is Becoming Big Business

Imagine if you can save the world by saving your time and saving your money. While reducing your carbon footprint while helping the food value chain to optimize itself - and even create new green growth. Too good to be true? Well, the fight against food waste nails it. And it's becoming big …

20 of the best places to stargaze in the UK

The National Parks Dark Skies Festival (18-26 February) is an ideal opportunity to try stargazing in some of the UK’s wildest areas. But here, we’ve also selected stellar sites that are good throughout the year<p>The South Downs became an international dark sky reserve in May 2016, with 66% of the …

8 brilliant innovations helping homeless populations around the world

Homelessness is widespread and hard to solve, affecting more than 560,000 people in the U.S. and hundreds of millions around the world.<p>It's a complex …

This Google Expert’s Top SEO Tips For Job Seekers In 2017

Putting “customer happiness ninja” as your LinkedIn headline—even if that’s your actual job title—won’t do you any favors.<p>When’s the last time you Googled yourself? If you said never, it’s time to start. Recruiters and potential employers are already searching you to decide if you’re a candidate …

9 Lessons From Around The World To Create The Perfect City

5. New York City throws out a warship’s weight in food every day; it doesn’t have to<p>France recently became the world’s first country to ban …

University of Cambridge

I spent 2 weeks socializing in VR, and I saw the future

When Mark Zuckerberg donned an Oculus Rift on stage at the Oculus Connect conference last fall to show off a group of avatars playing cards in …

Virtual Reality

China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger, or better looking? As the state of science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called …

Words in your ears: the 10 best books podcasts

A bookseller and writer chooses his favourite audio options for those occasions when actually reading a book would be ill-advised<p>You can’t read books all the time; trust me, I’ve tried (and like I said to the officer, at least I wasn’t texting and driving). The next best thing is a good books …

Text Messaging

And breathe: the computer games helping kids relax

Emotionally responsive games where the calmest contestant wins are being developed for young people with their mental health in mind<p>On the unassuming second-floor office of a tech startup in Clerkenwell, London, Simon Fox is teaching me how to breathe. “You’re not trying to shove your stomach out …

This Is How to Overcome Social Anxiety: 5 Tips Backed by Research

Your mind races. Your palms sweat. The words don’t come out of your mouth right, if they come at all. We’ve all been there at one time or another. …

How anxiety warps your perception

An anxious mindset can change the way you view the world in profound ways. But could a simple new treatment offer a way out of the perpetual fear?<p>As your thoughts run uncontrollably, your heartbeat starts to race and your breathing becomes heavy. Uneasiness is followed by fear, and then without …

Psychology