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Why We Fear Fear (and What It Costs Us)

Source: wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock<p>In many situations, it is rational and prudent to fear another person. For example, if someone physically …

Psychology

Why My College Degree Is Meaningless: Years in the Education System Has Soiled My Learning

It was my second class of the day, and I was bored. My professor was prattling on about some menial event that transpired sometime in the 18th century, and I was more interested in the popcorn ceiling than his lecture topic. I even went as far as trying to blow my bubble gum into a heart-shape -- …

Education

The 7 Reasons That Science Says You Should Pay For Experience, Not Things

Planning a vacation this summer? You’ve chosen to spend your money in the way that’s going to give you the most happiness.<p>Your big travel plans might seem like a waste of money. What will you come back with, besides some photos on your phone and a few memories. If you bought a TV with that money …

6 Scientific (Really!) Ways Your Home Can Help With Happiness

We know by now that our homes have a huge effect on how we feel. The truth is, the more work you put into your home making you happy, the more …

Happiness

The happiest countries in the world

Maybe it's the chocolate. Or its reputation for neutrality. Or how much it's known for investing in the health, education and employment of its people. Whatever the reason, Switzerland is the world's happiest place, according to an analysis released Thursday of more than 150 countries.<p>The third …

Sustainable Development Goals

Artist Creates Incredible Watercolor Portraits Using Coffee

Artist Maria Aristidou creates incredible portraits of famous figures using a surprising material: coffee. The United Kingdom-based painter initially stumbled upon the medium as a substitute for traditional water coloring, but now she's developed it into a kind of science. She's experimented with a …

Coffee

48 hours in Downtown LA

Think of Los Angeles and you probably think of Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice and Beverly Hills, with Downtown barely registering on the where-to-go radar. And until about a decade ago, you'd have been right - back then this area of the city was a ghost town nights and weekends after office …

City Halls

Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour

PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower went dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.<p>The five-minute dark-out on Saturday night was a symbolic gesture in the City of Light. Cities around the world also marked the event, with other landmarks like the Kremlin and …

France

Exploring Viñales, Cuba's scenic backyard

The Valle de Viñales is a stunning national park blessed by fertile rust-red soil, layered in chartreuse green expanses of tobacco plantations and studded by precipitous limestone buttresses of rock. It offers Cuba’s very best hiking, climbing, caving and vistas, based around the tranquil farming …

Cuba

National Geographic Travel