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The 5 Habits That Will Make You Happy, According to Science

So what’s going to make you happy? Let’s get more specific: what’s going to make your <i>brain</i> happy? And let’s focus on things that are simple and easy …

Happiness

25 Books Every Book Lover Should Read

Books have the power to inspire our imagination, transport us to faraway worlds, and make us think and feel deeply. Luckily, bibliophiles of all ages …

Literature

Deprovincializing Philosophy

HISTORIANS OF PHILOSOPHY by and large seem content to make small additions or revisions in their field. By contrast, Peter Adamson’s <i>Philosophy in the</i> …

Western Philosophy

9 home remedies for mosquito bite itch

Following a notably mild winter, insects are worse this year than they have been in recent summers. More specifically, ticks and mosquitoes are out in force, making for a particularly uncomfortable summer for those who seem to attract the blood-sucking bugs.<p>The best method of dealing with mosquitos …

Mosquitoes

As Syria's army – with Russia's help – advances through the desert, Isis propaganda comes across the radio waves

<i>This is the third instalment in Robert Fisk’s series from Syria</i><p>For 60 miles across the vast desert of eastern Syria, far beyond the trashed Roman …

A Quick Guide To The Most Effective Poses For Mountain Bikers - Monthly Yoga With Abi

"Yoga has remarkable brain-scrubbing attributes." - Joe Rogan<p>Practicing yoga has significant mental benefits for athletes including sharpening …

Airbnb For Camping: These 4 Services Let You Rent Private Campsites.

People with land, meet people with tents.<p>There are two problems with camping in the summer: one, campsites are booked; and two, campgrounds are …

RVs

13 Essential Things You Need in Your Bug Out Bag

This handy checklist will make sure you're prepared for any emergency.<p>The first step in preparing for an emergency situation that may require you to …

23 Items (Besides Food & Water) FEMA Says You Should Stockpile

Image source: Pixabay.com <i>Editor’s note: This is the second story in a two-part series about what the federal government says should be stockpiled.</i> …

Container Gardening: 12 Shade-Loving Plants in My Backyard

Container gardening in my Brooklyn backyard is complicated; much of my north-facing garden enjoys (I use the verb with gently gritted teeth) a lot of …

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

Apps

The secret origin story of the iPhone

An exclusive excerpt from The One Device<p><i>This month marks 10 years since Apple launched the first iPhone, a device that would fundamentally transform how we interact with technology, culture, and each other. Ahead of that anniversary,</i> Motherboard <i>editor Brian Merchant embarked on an investigation to</i> …

Essential Hiking Gear Checklist

<b>A real hike is a lot more than just a walk in the park.</b> A real hike has elevation. Seclusion. Wilderness. Serenity. And a real hike requires …

Camping

Six Google search tips to find anything faster

Start searching smarter.<p>Google is the go-to destination when you need to find something on the web—the verb "to google" even made it into the dictionary. But while everyone's heard of the popular search engine, very few know how to make the most of it.<p>Behind the unassuming Google interface, you'll …

12 Filters You Should Be Changing at Home

Dryers that don’t dry, vacuum cleaners that don’t clean, and air conditioners that don’t cool may be plagued by the same problem: a clogged or dirty …

Home Improvement

‘King of May’: An Illustration Revisiting Allen Ginsberg’s Epic Poem

If you’re feeling grim about the fact that the United States is facing a major image problem in the eyes of, you know, the rest of the entire planet, I hope to offer you some light. There were better moments in our history, and we might hope that there can be better moments in our future. In July …

The 50-Year-Old Business Book You Need to Read (or Reread) Right Now

Management philosopher Peter Drucker called out the five timeless practices of successful leaders in 'The Effective Executive' in 1967.<p>There aren't a lot of business books from a half-century ago that have stood the test of time, but Peter Drucker's <i>The Effective Executive</i> (Harper Business), now …

Management

17 Charts For People Who Love Plants But Can't Keep Anything Alive

You'll be a pro in no time.

Forget About Using Your Camera’s Base ISO Setting: ISO 50 Is Your Best Bet When Shooting Raw (VIDEO)

One of the benefits of today’s advanced digital cameras is that they offer extremely high ISO settings that deliver remarkable results under …

Cameras

The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy

The United States periodically debates whether to do more or less abroad. Trump won by promising both. But he can’t possibly deliver.<p>Every 20 years or so—the regularity is a little astonishing—Americans hold a serious debate about their place in the world. What, they ask, is going wrong? And how …

Political Science

5 Industries That Are Prime Targets for Disruption

If your industry is on this list, the time for innovation and action is now.<p>Disruption is the name of the game at the dawning of any new age. During the Industrial Age, the entire course of history was changed as new technology disrupted everything from production to transportation--and even …

Real Estate

Getting out of Auto: Understanding the metering modes on your camera

Metering modes allow a camera to determine how much light there is in any given scene, and how much there should be. However, the way the modes …

Cameras

47 Books You Should Add To Your Shelf, According To Poet Rupi Kaur

The provocative artist and poet shares her list.<p>Rupi Kaur has vision beyond her years.<p>At 24, the Indian-Canadian artist and poet decided to create a menstruation-themed photo series for a college project. She posted one now-famous photograph to Instagram, showing herself lying on a bed facing the …

10 more handy iPhone tips that I use on a regular basis [Video]

A few weeks ago I posted about 10 handy iPhone tips that I use on a regular basis. To follow up, I’d like to share 10 additional iOS tips that I often use. Like I said before, chances are that hardcore iOS users will know most of these, but there’s usually at least one or two tips that catch users …

Stephen King on Donald Trump: ‘How do such men rise? First as a joke’

He’s written novels with eerily similar plotlines – but how did Trump become president? The only way to find out: inject a panel of fictional voters with truth serum...<p>I started thinking Donald Trump might win the presidency in September of 2016. By the end of October, I was almost sure. Thus, when …

Donald Trump

5 of the Most Inspirational Poems to Restore Your Mental Grit and Courage

These outstanding verses offer a pick-me-up that's better than a million cups of coffee.<p>It's okay.<p>No, really. It's okay if you're not feeling 100 percent today. Nobody feels like they can conquer the Orcs of life or Tom Brady their career to the end goal all the time. But you know what's not okay? …

Literature

I Was a Muslim in Trump's White House

When President Obama left, I stayed on at the National Security Council in order to serve my country. I lasted eight days.<p>In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what …

Michael Flynn, General Chaos

What the removal of Flynn as the national-security adviser reveals about Donald Trump’s White House.<p>Two days before the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth President of the United States, Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general and former intelligence officer, sat down in a …

25 of the Most Inspiring Books Everyone Should Read

Take it from these CEOs, founders, and other high-achieving leaders.<p>Whether you turn pages, tap a tablet, or listen to audio, a good book can be a perfect relaxation aid, tutor, or source of inspiration. Here are quotes from more than two dozen executives who name their favorite book and explain …

Mission Impossible