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For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

Rare Supertide Turns Ancient Abbey Into Isolated Island

A supertide turned France's famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island on Saturday and then retreated out of sight, delighting thousands of visitors who came to see the rare phenomenon.<p>The so-called "tide of the century" actually happens every 18 years. Although the tide rushes in and out along the …

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The Most Iconic Restaurant in Every State (and DC)

By: Lee Breslouer<p>If you want to find the <i>oldest</i> restaurant in a state, that's easy -- we already did the research. If you want to determine the most <i>iconic</i> restaurant in a state, that's more difficult, mostly because it requires looking up what the hell iconic means in the dictionary.<p>Luckily, after …

8 Ways to Evaluate Technical Employees

At many startups, technical hires are the backbone of the business. Their role is critical. But if you don’t have a foundation in tech yourself, how do you measure their success beyond just delivering a successful product? What factors should influence how you evaluate their performance?<p>To learn …

CoreOS unveils Rocket, a possible competitor to Docker

CoreOS, the Linux operating system specialist that’s been busy this past year making sure its technology powers Docker containers, detailed on Monday …

'Gangnam Style' busts YouTube's view counter? Not so fast

<b>Editor's note, 12:52 p.m. PT, December 5:</b> <i>This post has been updated to indicate Google's admission that its broken-counter Google+ post was a joke.</i><p>Apparently, Korean pop star Psy's "Gangnam Style" is the horrendously catchy music video that just keeps on giving. It also just keeps on racking up …

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Eat within 12-hour window to lose weight, say scientists

Simply sticking to a 12-hour eating window could be the key to losing weight without restricting calories<p>Dieters hoping to shed the pounds should watch the clock as much as their calories after scientists discovered that limiting the hours we eat stops weight gain.<p>Confining meals to a 12 hour …

3 Ways to Wow With Glitter Makeup at Your Holiday Parties

‘Tis the season to bust out those vials of glitter and get your dazzling eye game on! Now, glitter makeup is tricky business because with one wrong move you could easily go from a sophisticated sparkle to looking like an art project gone awry… on your face. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t necessarily …

How to Assign Value to Your Frequent Flier Miles

The most difficult aspect of collecting and redeeming frequent flier miles is trying to determine how much those miles are worth. Without that information, you won't know if you should use miles in one program or another, or simply pay cash. Knowing how much your miles are worth also provides …

Are links between breastfeeding and health confounded? Quite possibly

There’s been a lot of discussion recently around breastfeeding. In particular, whether paying women to breastfeed could give babies a better start in life. A thought provoking Comment Is Free piece discussed the elephant in the room – social class – and questioned whether findings from …

Scale A Glass Wall With Gecko-Inspired Adhesive On Your Hands

Special Forces can add a new item to their wish list.<p>Geckos, when not shilling for insurance companies, are most known for their climbing abilities that let them scale walls effortlessly. Thanks to their biology, geckos have one major advantage over humans who want to move vertically: they are …

After Quietly Raising $20M, Zerve Opens Its Local Activity Platform To Consumers

Zerve, a startup backed by the likes of DFJ and Yahoo founder Jerry Yang that has built a merchant platform for local businesses to list activities, and then take sign-ups and payments for them — think OpenTable for events — is today kicking off a new phase in its life. It’s opening up for business …

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

How to Fake a Before and After Photo: The Power of Lighting and Posture

As photographers, we’re already intimately familiar with the importance of lighting and posture, but just how much of a difference can the proper …

5 Creative Ways to Cook with Spaghetti Squash (There Will Be Funnel Cake)

Stop! Don't douse that spaghetti squash with marinara sauce—try one of these recipes, instead.<p>Here's the thing about spaghetti squash. We don't actually want it to be spaghetti-like. We'll just use plain ole spaghetti for that one; there's no use trying to re-fashion squash to act like pasta.<p>And …

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How to Make the Ultimate Thanksgiving Cheese Plate

More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>Every Thanksgiving, my enthusiastic offers to bring (fill in the blank: a lovely lard-crust pie; creamy mashed potatoes; a light, vitamin-rich vegetable thing) are quickly dismissed by my host or hostess. All they …