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The two mental shifts highly successful people make

<b>“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”</b> — Max Planck, German quantum theorist and Nobel Prize winner<p>There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second.<p>Both of these …

Self-improvement

Republicans move to sell off 3.3m acres of national land, sparking rallies

Land totaling the size of Connecticut has been targeted in a new bill in the Republican House, uniting hunters and conservationists in opposition<p>Now that Republicans have quietly drawn a path to give away much of Americans’ public land, US representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah has introduced what …

Tea Party

House Republicans Are Trying to Blackball the Climate Investigation into Exxon

Once upon a time, climate science and politics were separate things. Then came several decades of scientific denial, distortion, and gaslighting. One …

Thanks To Fracking, Earthquake Hazards In Parts Of Oklahoma Now Comparable To California

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake shook Oklahoma on Saturday, tied for the strongest quake ever recorded in the state. Odds are it was triggered by fracking operations, specifically the subsurface injection of fracking wastewater and produced waters in general, even from non-fracking operations.<p>There is a …

Suffering bobcats, coyotes, owls spur Thousand Oaks neighborhood to rethink war on rats

The sight was heartbreaking: a thin, mangy bobcat trembling against a brick wall separating the Thousand Oaks neighborhood of Dos Vientos from open space that is habitat for wildlife and popular among hikers.<p>The wildcat was too sick to move, even as passersby stepped closer one recent morning to …

Pest Control

8 signs Americans are slowly embracing a healthier diet

Soda consumption is down, and our aversion to sugar is expected to grow. Here are the trends to watch in 2016<p>Reynard Loki<p>January 12, 2016 8:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Last summer, the right mix of rain and sun over Minnesota gave corn farmers in the Gopher State a bumper …

Agriculture

To American exchange students: Please don’t come to South Africa until you’ve understood these 5 things.

It’s hard to miss the overwhelming irritation many South African students have with some of the US exchange students they meet.<p>As someone who has …

Guinness’ Fish Bladders and 4 Other Animal Secrets in Your Food

For those who treat a thick, creamy pint of Guinness as a meal, it will come as no surprise to learn that the famed Irish stout contains more than just hops.<p>For the past two centuries years, an obscure bit of fish product has been hiding in Guinness. Isinglass is a gelatin derived of fish bladders, …

America’s national parks are in peril. These powerful illustrations show us how.

FROM THE GRAND CANYON to Yellowstone, Yosemite to Grand Teton, America’s iconic parks are facing imminent threats both within and just outside their …

National Parks

A Tapeworm With Cancer Gave Its Tumors to Someone

Tapeworms are bad enough. They get inside people, lay their eggs, and cause symptoms such as diarrhea and weakness. And they can infest a body for a lifetime.<p>But doctors were stunned to find out they can do something worse: infect people with tumors.<p>“We were amazed when we found this new type of …

Cancer

Quentin Tarantino 'not backing down' from remarks on police brutality

Under increasing fire from law enforcement groups, director Quentin Tarantino broke his silence Tuesday and said his remarks condemning police brutality had been misrepresented to "demonize" him and deflect attention away from the issue.<p>"All cops are not murderers," Tarantino told The Times in his …

Civil Rights