Meika Johnston

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This Is the Kim Kardashian of Fitness

And she knows the secret to getting Kim's butt.<p>Is that Kim Kardashian? Or is it Lyzabeth Lopez, Toronto-based fitness trainer and creator of the Hourglass Workout? It's pretty tough to tell:<p>Lopez started lifting at age 12 when a trainer at the YMCA volunteered to show her (and six boys she hung …

U.S. Creates Largest Protected Area in the World, 3X Larger Than California

White House announces expansion of national monument around remote Pacific islands.<p>NEW YORK—The Obama administration announced Thursday that it will create the largest marine reserve in the world by expanding an existing monument around U.S.-controlled islands and atolls in the central Pacific.<p>The …

Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun

Why that’s good news for alien hunters<p>Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here. One theory is that the water in our solar system was created in the chemical afterbirth of the Sun. If that were the case, it would suggest that water might …

Russian female cosmonaut gets angry at 'hair' question in space press conference

Yelena Serova, the first Russian woman to go to the International Space Station, gets visibly annoyed when she is asked about make-up and hair at a pre-flight press conference<p>For <b>Russia</b> and <b>women</b>, Yelena Serova becoming the first Russian woman on the International Space Station (ISS) is a momentous …

Why Do Birds Have White And Dark Meat? (And Do We?)

Squid Protein Could Help Brains 'Talk' to Computers

Unfortunately it won't allow humans to squirt ink, at least not yet.<p>In the most advanced prosthetics--such as this crazy mind-controlled robotic arm--electronic hardware interfaces directly with nerves and muscles in the human body. But getting living tissue to play nice with a circuit board is …

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The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness

<i>“I think I’ve only spent about ten percent of my energies on writing,”</i> Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Katherine Anne Porter confessed in a 1963 interview. <i>“The other ninety percent went to keeping my head above water.”</i> While art may be a form of therapy for the rest of us, Porter’s is a sentiment far …

The Science Behind Our Urge To Procrastinate

Cranking out a final paper hours before the deadline. Putting off that trip to the supermarket until the refrigerator shelves are completely barren. Watching one, two, even <i>three</i> more episodes of "Orange Is The New Black" before finally shutting down Netflix and calling it a night.<p>We all …

Scientists simulate time travel using light particles

We may never see practical time travel in our lifetimes, if it's possible at all. However, a team at the University of Queensland has given the Doc Browns of the world a faint glimmer of hope by simulating time travel on a very, very small scale. Their study used individual photons to replicate a …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

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SPHERE's First Image Looks Like The Eye Of Sauron

A new instrument built to view exoplanets—planets outside our solar system—has captured its first images, including this dust ring around a nearby …

Vegan Tempeh Tostadas

<i>Vegan lunches can -- and should -- be a lot more interesting than bare salads or carrot sticks and hummus. New Veganism columnist Gena Hamshaw will be sharing inspiration for midday meals that stave off both hunger and boredom.</i><p><i>Today: Prepare a batch of tempeh on Sunday and enjoy stress-free, hearty</i> …

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25 Dishes To Make Your Gluten-Free Brunch Delicious

Everyone will say "Gluten tag!" to greet you and your amazing meal.

17 Power Snacks For Studying

Snack smart and study hard. That exam will be a piece of cake.

A history of LGBT films at the Oscars

A number of Oscar categories are easy to predict this year due to sweeps by certain nominees in precursor awards. (We're looking at you, Ms. …

Sundance 2014: Alex Ethan's Top 10 Favorite Films of the Festival

Sundance 2014: Alex & Ethan's Top 10 Favorite Films of the Festival<p>The <b>2014 Sundance Film Festival</b> has finally come to an end and to put a wrap on …

How to Make Vegan Cheese at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: McKel Hill of Nutrition Stripped makes a cheesy, cheese-free spread that you can eat on anything from salads to potatoes to sandwiches.</i><p>Cashew …

Ramen: The Ultimate Broke Food, and How to Make It at Home

<i>Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety.</i><p><i>Today: The next best thing to a SAD lamp this time of year? A</i> …

Steam-Roasted Carrots with Cumin

<i>If you're like us, you look to the seasons for what to cook. Get to the market, and we'll show you what to do with your haul.</i><p><i>Today: The sexiest carrots you'll ever make, and a new method for all of your carrots henceforth.</i><p>Carrots and I, we were <i>long-term</i> -- we'd moved in, settled down. Slowly at …

27 Brussels Sprouts Recipes for Roasts, Sautés, Kimchi, Salads, and More

Here are 27 of our favorite recipes to cook Brussels sprouts—and not just as a side dish.<p>Brussels sprouts—those little cabbage-looking things—are way more than just a side-dish. You can pickle them into a spicy kimchi, bake them on top of a pizza, shred them into salads, and toss them into pasta. …

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24 Pancakes From Around The World

Welcome to the REAL IHOP.<p>Every country has a pancake: The flattened sweet or savory cake of various thickness, fillings, and toppings, bound in union with a batter (some sort of ground grain, egg, and milk/water). After being cooked in a pan they arrive on your plate to fulfill their glorious life …

This Is How You Make Perfect Steak in the Oven

<b>Let the steak come to room temperature:</b> Open the package and blot the steak dry with paper towels. Let the steak come to room temperature for about …

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DIY Vietnamese Pho is just what we're looking for during the winter - relatively healthy, fresh, and of course delicious: http://thekitc.hn/1geZ5SO via Refinery29

Subway to Remove Yoga Mat Chemical from Its Bread

Sandwich chain <b>Subway</b> is working towards making its bread without using azodicarbonamide, a chemical that's used to make shoe soles and yoga mats. ABC News quotes a statement from Subway: "The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon."<p>News of the recipe change …

5 Warming Stew Recipes from Around the World

Wintry stews packed with flavors from around the world will heat up the coldest of nights.<p>There’s a lot to love about stew. You do work on the front and back ends, but mostly the pot just simmers on the stove, making your house smell good. The result is a warm, comforting dinner—the perfect winter …