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How to feed your gut

Want a healthy gut? Reach for the kimchi, sauerkraut, artichokes, coffee and chocolate. But watch out – one category of food will make your microbes wither<p>Kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, miso and kefir – all fermented foods and drinks – have been around for centuries, but suddenly they are all the …

Wellness

Best Country Music Albums of 2015

<b>The best country music and Americana albums of 2015, chosen by Culture Editor Martin Chilton unless stated. There are 60 choices for the year. Five star reviews are at the top, otherwise numbers refers to the order in which the albums were reviewed and only ★★★★★/★★★★☆/and ★★★☆☆ albums are included.</b><p>…

RANKED: The world's 20 strongest militaries

While the US is still far and away the world's top military superpower, Russia and China are its closest rivals. Canada, however, is the weakest of the twenty countries on the list.<p>Credit Suisse acknowledged the difficulties of determining comparative military strength in its report. To provide a …

Military

A Periodic Table Surprise: The One Element In Stars That Isn't On Earth

When it comes to the elements in the periodic table found throughout the Universe, it’s only the first two that originated from the Big Bang: hydrogen and helium. Everything else was formed from stars, whether:<p>fused in their cores, from lighter elements into heavier ones,<br>• built in supernovae, where …

Universe

Armchair killers: life as a drone pilot

In the film Good Kill, Ethan Hawke plays a drone pilot troubled by his work. What's it really like to take a life from thousands of miles away with the push of a button?<p><b>Its nickname is Predator Porn</b>, and John Reed used to watch it 12 hours a day. Sometimes it was horrific, sometimes it was life …

Drones
Drawing

On the Red Couch with New York Times Digital Editor Shreeya Sinha

Inside Flipboard / February 18, 2015<p><i>What motivates a journalist? For Shreeya Sinha, it was the desire to bring context and narrative to current</i> …

22 American Foods You've Never Had

<i>By: Adam Lapetina</i><p>Hopefully we're all familiar, by now, with Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. It's supposedly a regional food, but that's a difficult designation to stand by when there's a Pizzeria Uno franchise in about half of the states in the country (and three in Puerto Rico!). It's become an</i> …

Cooking

These Amazing Instagram Photos Of Finland Will Make You Appreciate Winter

We have decided that we want to spend our next vacation staring at the stars and taking in the snow in Finland. Yes, that's right, we actually <i>want</i> to spend some time in the snow.<p>Once we saw Mikko Lagerstedt's Instagram photos of Finland, we were truly taken aback. The Finland-based photographer …

Finland

Articles about professor teaches physics his solar powered house on Dwell.com - Dwell

Designed to harness the sun, architect Birgitte Hovmøller's vacation house features a roof full of solar panels and plenty of...<p>Before the word "solar" evoked images of flat PV panels stuck on rooftops, many architects already had a mind to use the sun to...<p>A Washington, D.C.-based architecture …

Clean Energy

What Happened In The Apollo 1 Fire?

The Apollo 1 fire was the first tragedy to strike NASA. What happened, and how did the agency recover?<p>On January 27, 1967, spacecraft 012 was mated to its service module and Saturn IB rocket, and the whole stack was on the launch pad. At one o'clock in the afternoon, the spacecraft's crew, Gus …

Space Exploration

Star-Studded Images From the Hubble Space Telescope

Images of outer space from the Hubble Space Telescope, entering its 25th year in orbit<p>Twenty-five years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into orbit—an event NASA has called “the most significant advance in astronomy since Galileo’s telescope.” Since then, speeding around the Earth at …

Universe

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain

What's in a Dream?

Not all dreaming is the same. Dreaming runs the gamut of human experience (and sometimes beyond), incorporating a dizzying range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad and strange. Flying dreams can be euphoric; chasing dreams can be …

Sleep

Bleak Books to Read in January

January is bleak. Cold. Dark. Depressing. Gone are the merry, or mandatory, festivities around fireplaces; the warm glow of either love or alcohol has crystallized into the hard-eyed stare of a sober new year. Embrace it. Here is the time to look inward. Reflect. Drink cocoa and organize the apps …

Books

What Happens When Mice Eat Nothing But Powdered Food

Possible hints of the consequences of a long-term Soylent diet<p>A new study has found that eating powdered food for weeks on end gave mice higher blood pressure, higher levels of glucose in the blood, and higher levels of certain hormones in the blood. That's compared to mice who ate the exact same …

Holistic Medicine