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50 Holiday Gifts Under $10 Your Friends Will Actually Want

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and for many people, the most expensive.<b>But holiday shopping doesn’t have to fill you with dread.</b> Try your …

Your Body Can Make Its Own Condom

The microbiome doesn’t stop at your gut. New research shows certain strains of bacteria can trap sexually transmitted diseases, like HIV.<p>Every year, …

Barefoot running may be over, but here's why barefoot training is still smart

A few years back, barefoot running was red-hot. Thanks to the book "Born to Run," soon to be a movie starring Matthew McConaughey, thousands of runners cast their shoes aside in the hope that the natural motion of the soft, perfectly balanced landing on the bare forefoot would make their …

Women’s Problems And Everyday Lives In Hilariously Honest Comics

Sarah C. Anderson takes a funny look at what it's like to be a modern woman in her web-comic “Sarah's Scribbles.” Anderson graduated from the …

Comics

The 4-Stretch Test To Tell If You're Dangerously Inflexible

Plus, how to limber up and lower your risk of injury.<p>These four stretches are exactly what Walter Norton, Jr., director of training at the Institute of Performance & Fitness in North Reading, MA, uses to gauge every new client's flexibility—whether they're a pro athlete, a celebrity or an average …

The Unexpected Queer Pleasures of Ryan Adams' Taylor Swift Cover Album

<b>BY NICO LANG</b><p>Ryan Adams and Taylor Swift might make for a seemingly unexpected mashup, but the pairing isn't all that unusual. Girl Talk's <i>Feed the Animals</i> and <i>Night Ripper</i> brought together acts as seemingly incongruous as Notorious B.I.G., Aphex Twin, and Elton John to form something totally new and …

Sarah Hampson: Elena Ferrante’s unflinchingly honest world of women sucked me in

Finally, I'm up for air, having surfaced from the Neapolitan series of novels by Elena Ferrante. For weeks now, I've been immersed in the four books – <i>My Brilliant Friend</i>, <i>The Story of a New Name</i>, <i>Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay</i> and, finally, <i>The Story of the Lost Child</i>, the conclusion that was …

14 money mistakes you don't want to make in your 30s

As I venture into my early 30s, I think I’ve become pretty careful about our finances. I certainly know not to continue on with the mistakes I made …

Lena Dunham Explains Why Men Prefer A ‘Do Nothing B*tch’ To Ronda Rousey

ESPNW has a long interview up with <i>Girls</i> creator Lena Dunham, justifying the focus on a non-athlete by talking about her recent foray into running and exercise. The interviewer also asks Lena some questions regarding women in sports, including the phenomena of female athletes like Serena Williams …

Feminism

The origin of an appetizer: A look at the creation of calamari

Tracking the fascinating story behind calamari’s journey from the sea to every restaurant’s appetizer menu<p>Calamari, the Italian word for <i>squids,</i> has long been a staple food source in the Mediterranean, but took a bit longer to catch on in North America where now, along with the buffalo wing, the …

From appalled to applauding: Reactions to Meg Jay’s controversial talk about 20-somethings

Meg Jay’s talk on 20-somethings from TED2013 has started some very intense conversations online. Here, excerpts. Photo: James Duncan Davidson<p>Monday’s …

The 13 Greatest Iced Coffee Recipes for Summer

Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home!<p>Cool down and caffeine up with these delicious iced coffee drinks that you can make at home! Via Redbook.com

Coffee

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, …