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Learn to make Vietnamese beef pho in record time

Read our interview with Andrea Nguyen, author of <i>The Pho Cookbook</i>, and after your brain is primed for a steamy bowl of beef pho, learn how to make a …


A minimalist explains how a psychological trick called 'the beginner's mind' could make your life easier

A lot of joy could be found with the same practice.<p>And it is simple: practice seeing life with a beginner's mind.<p>I'm stealing this of course from Zen Buddhism's shoshin and Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind Beginner's Mind," and I've written about it numerous times. But it's more fundamental than most …


Your life really does flash before your eyes before you die, study suggests

Your life really does flash before your eyes when you die, a study suggests - with the parts of the brain that store memories last to be affected as other functions fail.<p>Research on those who have had "near death" experiences suggests that the phenomenon rarely involves flashbacks in chronological …

The Brain

Osho Reveals the Most Simple Strategy to Settle a Busy Mind and Live in the Present Moment

Modern day life can be tough. There are exams to ace, bills to pay, diapers to change, and annoying co-workers to contend with. And unfortunately, we …


Boost your creativity, be more productive

We’re all constantly chasing productivity. Micro organising our lives so that every single second counts, downloading apps to make our lives easier, …


Eyewitness: Sagar Island, India

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

15 Soothing Mindfulness Quotes That Will Calm Your Anxious Feelings

Anxiety is becoming a big problem for people in America. According to most recent estimates, anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the …


A San Francisco Fogaholic’s Stunning Photos

Nicholas Steinberg, an award-winning photographer from San Francisco, takes the world on journey through the eyes of a self-confessed …


Meditation Is Exactly What Your Workout Routine Is Missing

Here are six exercises to get you started.<p>Fitness comes down to two simple things: 1) doing what helps you, and 2) not doing what hurts you. Most active people are great at the first part—they lift weights, do cardio, wear ultra stretchy T-shirts, etc.—but aren't great at the second.<p>So, what hurts …


The 6-Step Process To Train Your Brain To Focus

Do you feel like your attention span is shortening? Stretch and strengthen it with these steps.<p>There’s a growing body of research about how counterproductive multitasking can be. While we may feel like we’re getting more done, the reality is that regular multitasking can leave us with a diminishing …

The old oak: a year in the life of a tree – photo essay

The seasons change, but the tree remains: Christopher Thomond has been photographing a single, 200-year-old Lancashire oak throughout 2016<p>When Guardian photographer Chris Thomond volunteered to spend a year photographing a tree, he spent “a mad couple of weeks auditioning trees” – sending photos of …

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Feeding Bryde’s whales, fighting seals and a Harry Potter spider are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Eyewitness: Moscow

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

Actually, Let’s Not Be in the Moment

I’m at the kitchen sink, after a long day of work and kids and chores and the emotional exhaustion of a toxic election season, attempting to mindfully focus on congealed SpaghettiOs. My brain flits to the Netflix queue. I manhandle my thoughts back to the leaky orange glob in front of me. My brain …


Post-its on New York subway provide post-election therapy – in pictures

An art installation has been set up on the walls of a 14th Street subway stop, encouraging people to put their thoughts on Post-it notes to protest Trump’s election win. The idea was created by the artist Levee, and hundreds of people have participated

Readers' travel photography competition: October – the winners

From Iceland to South Africa, there were some beautifully captured moments from the natural world among this month’s entries. Scroll down to see the winning shot, judged by Mick Ryan of fotovue.com. Monthly winners will be displayed at the year-end exhibition at the Guardian’s London office; the …

Britain's best new train stations – in pictures

With the number of passengers travelling by train set to double in the next 25 years, Network Rail is spending almost £27bn on new track and stations. Here are some of the stations that have opened since 2015

The World's First Home Robotic Chef Can Cook Over 100 Meals

Apparently, having a home cooked meal from the kitchens of Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse and Gordan Ramsay could become a reality. In 2018, Moley will launch the world’s first fully-automated and integrated intelligent cooking robot—a robotic kitchen that has unlimited access to chefs and their …


Photo highlights of the day: a camel in NYC and a racey hat

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including the Melbourne Cup and a friendly camel

Chicken Adobo Is the Greatest Recipe of All Time

Assistant food editor Amelia Rampe explains why Filipino chicken adobo is the greatest recipe of all time and how to make it.<p><i>You know those recipes we hold near and dear to our hearts because they really are the greatest of all time? Well, our Greatest Recipe of All Time series is where we wax</i> …

10 High-Fat Foods You Should Be Eating More Of, According To Nutritionists

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know that fat is back. Not only does this once-feared macronutrient help keep you fuller longer than anything "fat-free" ever could, but it's linked to everything from reduced belly fat to improved heart health to superior cognitive function—depending on …

Why the Mediterranean diet works: It’s not just the food — it’s how you eat it

The magic of the Mediterranean diet is that it manages to satisfy both chefs and nutritionists. With its bounty of vegetables, fruit, nuts and grains, its garlic and herb seasonings, its luxurious use of olive oil and, of course, good wine, it offers plenty of inspiration for any food lover. There …


Remembering Sept. 11 in Pictures

Chuck Schumer

A GIF guide to epigenetics, the little-understood partner to our DNA

Last year a study came out that made a bold, unsettling claim: The children of holocaust survivors contained fingerprints of their parents’ trauma in …

Tesla announces update to self-driving system after fatality in May

CEO Elon Musk says new system, which makes greater use of radar, would probably have prevented death of Model S driver<p>Tesla Motors chief executive Elon Musk said on Sunday the carmaker was updating its semi-autonomous driving system Autopilot with new limits on hands-off driving that probably would …

The drone race is off and running, with Israel in the lead

Audiences around the globe enjoyed all the action of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games thanks in large part to the drones hovering above the events (or below them), capturing every movement, from every angle. Athletes and spectators didn’t give a second thought to the presence of these drones — which …