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The Real Story Behind Your Cup of Chai

Several of the world’s biggest tea brands, including PG Tips, Lipton, Tetley and Twinings, have said they will work to improve the tea estates they …

India

10 Influential Quotes on Love from Mother Teresa.

September 5th marked the physical departure of Mother Teresa from this world.<p>Eighteen years after her death, “The Blessed Teresa of Calcutta” is …

Relationships

Blessed -- An Encounter With Mother Teresa

<i>Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered official statements of the U.S. government or the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. ADST conducts oral history interviews with retired U.S.</i> …

Mother Teresa

Partnering to End Poverty in Honduras

For more than 1.7 million Hondurans surviving on less than US$1.25 per day is a reality. Honduras is in the second poorest region in Latin America and many of the poorest families live in rural areas where farming is the main source of income and survival. If we can find ways to improve farming …

Sustainable Development Goals

Our welfare system insults the poor. Basic income could do better.

<b>Each week, In Theory</b> <i>takes on a big idea in the news and explores it from a range of perspectives. This week we’re talking about universal basic income. Need a primer? Catch up here.</i><p><i>Matt Zwolinski is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, and co-director of USD’s Institute</i> …

Income Inequality

How to Walk the Buddha’s 8-Fold Path to True Peace and Happiness

I’ve found that people are often surprised to hear that Buddhism is really about finding happiness.That the Buddha’s teachings aren’t about …

Meditation

This concept from Zen Buddhism will help you let go of beliefs that are holding you back

A buddhist statue. Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri<p>I played baseball for 17 years of my life. During that time, I had many different coaches and I began to notice repeating patterns among them. <br>Coaches tend to come up through a certain system. New coaches will often land their first job as an assistant …

How can some stars be older than the universe itself?

The Night Sky, October 2015: the majestic M13 cluster in the constellation of Hercules seems to defy common sense<p>People who glance casually up at the stars seldom think of them as they appear in this picture: vast and tightly packed profusions of red, green, blue, purple and gold.<p>This tremendous …

Universe

Reasons You Should Have More Orgasms

10 Reasons You Should Have More Orgasms<p>Aside from the fact that they feel amazing<p>Just in case you need one (or 10) more excuses to get it on, we've got you covered. Because even if you're busy/stressed/bloated, we're willing to bet you could benefit from a big O. Still don't believe us? Check out …

5 Super-Intimate Sex Moves

Because the closer you two are, the hotter—and better—your orgasm will be<p>There are a lot of things that can bring you and your S.O. closer together: apps designed specifically for couples, vacations for two, candle-lit dinners. But nothing does the trick quite like a long, sensual romp between the …

Palestinians to raise flag at UN for first time

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Abbas will preside over the 15-minute ceremony in the rose garden, to begin at 1:00pm (1700 GMT) shortly after the Palestinian leader addresses the General Assembly.<p>Abbas, 80, called it "our moment of hope," in an op-ed published by The Huffington Post on the …

Engineering researchers produce breakthrough for photography

A revolutionary breakthrough is underway at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, an innovation that may usher in the next generation of light …

Found! First Earth-Size Planet That Could Support Life

For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-size alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an "Earth cousin" that just might …

Universe

Site of the Bamiyan Buddhas

Once an impressive link to Afghanistan’s Buddhist past, now a sad reminder of intolerance towards other cultures.<p>Few man-made destructions of …

Archaeology

Want to Fight Poverty? Expand Welfare. Always Expand Welfare.

Catherine Rampell has a piece at the <i>Washington Post</i> titled “Want to fight poverty? Expand access to contraception.” As you can probably guess, the …

Social Issues

October 2015

Diversity

Report condemns child labour in Philippine gold mines

In September 2014, 17-year-old Nel Pernecita entered a dry underground pit in the northeastern Philippine province of Camarines Norte, to mine ore containing gold.<p>To reach underground, miners like Nel are lowered on a rope into a pit that could be as deep as 25 metres.<p>For several hours, they work …

Human Rights

Something Strange Is Happening Inside Saturn

Unusual ripples in Saturn's rings are revealing the mysterious inner workings of the great gas giant. Planetary scientists and modelers are slowly …

Astronomy

3 tips to extend your lifespan from the world’s oldest yoga teacher

At 97, Westchester-based yogi Tao Porchon-Lynch is the oldest yoga teacher, according to Guinness World Records.<p>Two weeks ago, the nonagenarian released her memoir “Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master,” which chronicles her incredible life as a model, …