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Americans are rejecting the 'homeschool myth' — and experts say the misunderstood education might be better than public or charter schools

During Betsy DeVos' recent three-hour confirmation hearing to become President Donald Trump's education secretary, charter schools came up no fewer than 60 times. Homeschooling was mentioned once.<p>Charter schools have become a significant part of the US public-education system and now educate 2.5 …

The True Secret To Staying Young

To remain engaged and excited by reading, writing, and by life itself, says a seasoned novelist, we must constantly seek to discover the new, to …

10 Exercises to Prevent Runner’s Knee | MapMyRun

News flash, runners: You’re putting a lot of strain on your knees.<p>As many as half the injuries associated with running, particularly in lower …

Basecamp tiny home has huge roof deck built for mountain climbers

To make a small spaces work one has to squeeze something useful out of every little square foot. Have stairs? Put storage cabinets in them. Or a …

Artisan Retreat's 250 sq. ft. handcrafted interior yields a warm welcome

We've covered some of the reasons why the tiny house movement hasn't become a big, mainstream phenomenon, but it appears that at least one of the big …

Can hipsters stomach the unpalatable truth about avocado toast? | Joanna Blythman

Avocados are bountiful in our food culture and all over Instagram. But communities in Mexico are suffering because of our fetishisation<p>Are avocados now toast, at least for the thoughtful eater? There was only ever one way for avocado adulation to go, and that was down. Just have a look at …

Next week's Perseid meteor shower could be like no other

The Perseid meteor shower — which is expected to hit its peak during the overnight hours from August 11 to August 12 — is usually considered one of …

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading--a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Literature

Why we feel emotions in our guts, and what microbes have to do with it

In the dark, oxygen-free zone of our large intestines, a vast community of life is flourishing. Scientists say there are more than 100 trillion microbes living there, and if you gathered them all together, they would weigh more than our brains.<p>In his new book, "The Mind-Gut Connection," Dr. Emeran …

Biology

Hanakotoba May Become Your New Favorite Hobby

The Japanese word for floral symbolism brings new meaning to the phrase "say it with flowers."<p>A couple of weeks ago, less than a quarter of the way through the new play <i>Smokefall</i>, an unfamiliar word caught my ear. "Finding the right flower for an occasion is an ancient practice," one of the …

Are You Disorganized? Research Says That’s a Good Thing

In Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation, Steven Johnson posits that “<i>the more disorganized your brain is, the smarter you …

Hobbies

50 Fantastic Facts About The English Language

This month, words and language Twitter account @HaggardHawks celebrated its second year online. Since December 2013, it has been providing a daily dose of rare and unusual words, surprising language facts, peculiar etymological stories, and all manner of other linguistic tidbits and trivia covering …

Customized physical therapy may ease lower back pain

Customized physical therapy may provide more relief for lower back pain than general advice on the best ways to remain active, an Australian study suggests.<p>Researchers offered 300 patients with lower back pain two advice sessions explaining the source of their discomfort and providing instruction …

Scientists say people who worry a lot have an important advantage

You may have a leg up on everyone else.<p>Specifically, you may be in a better position to deal with both good and bad news when it finally arrives.<p>That's according to new research led by Kate Sweeny, Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside, and cited in The New York Times. Sweeny and her …

The Airlines With the Most Legroom: A Tall Traveler's Guide

<i>by Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Getty<p><b>Newer and more efficient airplanes means airlines are offering longer and longer flights, but can you handle 13 hours with only 30 inches of space?</b> <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> <b>reports which airlines, both domestic and international, offer the best (and the worst)</b> …

3 secrets to dealing with anger the right way, according to neuroscience

And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that's not going to be good for anyone…<p>I've talked before about how to deal with others who are angry and irrational, but how can you control those emotions in <i>yourself</i>?<p>Looking at the neuroscience, there's a right way and a wrong way to do …

25 Incredible Novels You Must Read At Least Once In Your Life

A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. —William StyronBooks …

26 brilliant examples of bathroom design done right

Yes to a bathtub with a view and a fireplace next to the toilet.<p>This tranquil bathroom made of stone, glass and wood.<p><i>Photo: imgur</i><p>With a suspended …

Interior Design

The “awww!” response to cuteness isn’t just biological, it’s philosophical

Cute kittens and cuddly toys aren’t the highest form of aestheticism, but one Stanford professor, Sianne Ngai, believes “cuteness” is a concept worth studying. And so Ngai, a professor in literary and cultural theory, has developed a philosophical argument about what counts as cute.<p>Cuteness has …

Cute

What Happens to the Brain When You Meditate

Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this practice. It always seemed so vague and …

Meditation