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National Geographic Travel

Flipd for Android wants to lock you out of your phone addiction

Sometimes it’s a little difficult to switch off, to put down the phone and ignore the little blinking light. The end result is that you check it hundreds of times per day, most likely.<p>I know, because, well, I’ve counted.<p>Now, however, there’s a new app called Flipd to help cut down on the amount of …

Apps

Chipotle Becomes First Major Restaurant Chain To Serve Only GMO-Free Food

From the tortillas to the salsa to the chips and marinades, everything served at Chipotle will now be GMO-free.<p>Starting Monday, the Mexican fast food chain will only serve food that’s devoid of genetically modified ingredients, The New York Times reports. This will be a first for a major restaurant …

Solar power will soon be as cheap as coal

<i>This post originally appeared at Ensia.</i><p>Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Massachusetts, in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed doors and downturned blinds, custom-built ovens with ambitious names …

Renewable Energy

11 things to know about prices of stuff in Singapore

Singapore isn't a particularly expensive place for basic foodstuff, but it's a bad place to get a drink -- and certainly the worst country to …

If You’re Starting Out In The Stock Market And Have No Idea What To Do With Your Money (Or If You Don’t Have Any Money To Start With), Read This

Marketwatch says that millennials are too scared to put money in the stock market. Okay, fine, they got that data from Bankrate, where it was …

UN says Israel, not Iran, North Korea or Syria worst violator of human rights

What country deserves more condemnation for violating human rights than any other nation on earth? According to the U.N.’s top human rights body, that would be Israel.<p>Last week, Israel was the U.N.’s number one women’s rights violator. This week it is the U.N.’s all-round human rights …

Rights & Freedoms

7 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Vodka

<b>1. What the name vodka means</b><br>The spirit’s name comes from the Slavic word “voda”, which means “water.” Add on the suffix “ka”, and suddenly it’s “little water.” However, once you leave English, things get a bit more interesting. The word for “vodka” in several languages, including Polish, …

Alcohol

Minnesota Vikings sign 6'9", 350-pound Polish player who never played college football

The 6'9", 351-pound Aiyegbusi last played for the Dresden Monarchs in Germany. The little NFL scouts know about him they learned at the University of Texas at San Antonio last week, where Aiyegbusi flew 22 hours from Poland to participate in the school's pro day, Michael C. Wright of ESPN …

NFL

Four Habits of People Who Are Truly Happy

In this busy, self-involved world, a simple “thank you” has the ability to stop us dead in our tracks. Whether we’ve helped a co-worker with a project or simply held the door for a stranger, being thanked for a good deed makes us stand up with attention. Why? Because we perceive that simple acts of …

10 Cardio Exercises That Burn More Calories than Running

You don’t need to pound the pavement to incinerate fat

India

The 1 percent rigged everything: Why no one can end Ronald Reagan’s “dead wrong” voodoo economics

A thriving middle class is the cause of growth. The middle class creates rich people — not the other way around<p>Venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, a highly visible champion of Seattle's $15/hour minimum wage, wrote a piece in the Atlantic last month pushing on another front in the war against toxic …

After the Iraq invasion, the Pentagon thought it was worth killing up to 29 civilians to take out Saddam Hussein

The ace of spades, of course, was dictator Saddam Hussein. He was considered so important that US planners decided that an operation killing the deposed leader woud be worth it if it were likely that no more than 29 civilians were killed in the process.<p>"Our number was thirty," according to Marc …

Middle East

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Italy Fears ISIS Invasion From Libya

As ISIS makes inroads into Libya, officials in Rome are panicking about an Islamic State just across the sea—but have no idea how to combat the …

Italy

Using iPads to pacify children may harm their development, say scientists

Children throwing tantrums should be given time to calm down on their own rather than distracted with tablets or smartphones, say researchers<p>It might be tempting to hand over an iPad to a screaming child when all else has failed to calm them down.<p>But child psychologists say it may be stunting …

Autism

15 Packing Tips That Will Forever Change Your Toiletry Bag

We're always in for a good packing hack, whether it's the lazy way to stockpile shampoo or the brilliant carry-on bag that feels like you're carrying nothing at all.<p>One of the biggest packing headaches we face is, well, the stuff for our face (and hair, and nails...). Toiletries and bathroom …

Bedtime 'has huge impact on sport'

<b>Our internal body clock has such a dramatic impact on sporting ability that it could alter the chances of Olympic gold, say researchers.</b><p>The team at the University of Birmingham showed performance times varied by 26% throughout the day.<p>Early risers reached their athletic peak around lunchtime, while …

20 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health

When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients …

Workplace Wellness

Drink beer. It's good for your brain

New study finds that a compound in beer may help to fend off Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases.<p>Unlike wine, with it's …

These Are The 15 Best Wheat Beers To Drink

For many people, one of the first beers they ever love is a wheat beer. For us, it was Pyramid’s Apricot Ale, which is featured on this list, back …

Alcohol

A Walk on New Zealand’s Wild Side: Hiking the Routeburn Track

For the ultimate adventure, escape into the supersize spectacle of one of the country’s nine Great Walks<p>“HIKING IS JUST walking,” a friend assured me before I flew almost halfway around the globe with my husband, David, to embark on a three-day trek along the 20-mile Routeburn Track on New …

Hiking