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The Alternator

Alternating reps is also a fantastic way to shore up weaknesses and to fix imbalances between sides. Everyone has a strong and a weak side. While you don’t consciously try to make one arm stronger or one leg more powerful than the other, it can happen when you only perform bilateral movements like …

The 4 Most Important Things to Say to the People You Love

Forgiveness is a fundamental concept in most religions, but it does not get much attention in modern discussions of manners, morals, ethics or parenting.<p>According to Christine Carter, Kids in the House Sociologist and Happiness Expert, forgiveness is one of the most important factors in long-term, …

Forgiveness

10 Space-Saving Tips And Storage Tricks You Should Steal From Tiny Homes

According to a survey conducted by Trulia, more than 43 percent of Americans want to live in bigger homes. According to common sense, every single one of them would love to do that without actually <i>paying</i> for a bigger home.<p>Are you in that same wishful-thinking boat?<p>Well then we encourage you to …

West Village

Hack This: Edit an Image with Python

Algorithmic Photoshop, at your fingertips.<p>Whether they're being registered by the rods and cones of a human eye or being sent across a computer network in binary streams, images are just data. Pixels and parameters. Image editing thus consists only of data operations, usually a whole lot of them. …

Tutorials

The first discovery of 2 colliding black holes just fundamentally changed our perception of the universe

On Thursday at a news conference in Washington, D.C., the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, made up of more than 1,000 scientists worldwide, publicly released results that had been secretly circulating among the scientific community for the past few weeks: the first detection of a phenomenon called …

Physics

God is not a prude: This is why religion remains so sex-obsessed, why we pretend Jesus was born of a virgin

Adulterous televangelists. Contraception-denying pro-lifers. Here’s the science behind religion’s fear of sex<p>Why does God want us to mutilate our genitals, and especially those of our children? Why does the creator of this infinitely vast universe care so much about what we do with our sexual …

Religion

MIT Tool Gives the Cost of Installing Solar Panels on Any Roof in Your City

How good is your roof for solar power?<p>The world, it seems, is falling in love with solar energy. Recent years have seen the increasing adoption of solar power around the world as an alternative energy source for everything from individual homes to the entire energy grid, with the United States' …

Solar Power

Yoga Benefits for Men | Men's Health

The area wasn’t particularly dangerous (for a war zone, anyway), and we had some free time on our hands. So my fellow SF guys did yoga. I lifted heavy things. Yoga was a sissy workout, I thought.<p>But one day after I’d finished a CrossFit WOD, the guys goaded me into joining one of their “sissy” …

Best Workouts for Weight Loss

With the start of the new year comes the onslaught of resolutions filling up your Instagram feed. At the top of everyone's list, according to Google? Weight loss. But hold up: just because everyone around you wants to lose weight doesn't mean you should, too (we happen to like you just the way you …

4 Keys to Mastering Love and Relationships

Love is an incredibly powerful force.<p>In one of the longest running studies to date, a group of Harvard researchers set out to determine the factors that lead to a happy and purposeful life. The lead researcher's conclusion: "Happiness is love. Full stop."<p>Seventy-five years after the study began and …

Mindfulness

Shrimp and Mushrooms in a Garlic Bisque Sauce Recipe

This shrimp and mushrooms sauce is luscious, juicy and just succulent. It’s delicious over mashed potatoes, rice or pasta, making it an all-around …

10 foods to make from scratch to save money

<b>1 Yoghurt</b><p>If we start from the perspective that milk, in terms of flavour, nutritional value and animal welfare, is one of the things you shouldn’t skimp on, it follows that your yoghurt should be made with good milk. Organic, natural yoghurt costs about £1.50 for 500g (Yeo Valley), and organic, …

Sainsbury'S

Organic Curry Chicken For Under $4.00/Person

Tuesday night we dined with friends, they hosted and we brought the food. I don't travel with food often, but I now realize it's the perfect arrangement for two busy families. I cook and deliver the food, while my friends graciously allow their home to be trampled by a hoard of kids running amok - …

Curries

16-minute no-equipment workout to bust boredom

Forget the fancy-pants gym. Follow this quick bodyweight-only routine from Emily Cook Harris, certified personal trainer and head coach of EMpowered in New York City.<p>“These moves allow you to get in a high-intensity, super-effective workout no matter where you are,” Harris said. “Whether you’re …

Workouts

A Science-Backed Way to Develop Incredible Self-Control

<i>By Rina Deshpande</i><p>As many of us start the year with aims for healthier lifestyles, we are faced not simply with the creation of new habits but also with the management of temptation.<p>Over the last decade, a surge of research has emerged in science publications about the psychological and …

Science Discovers "Holy Grail" of Fat Loss and Muscle Gain

Researchers have uncovered significant new evidence in the elusive quest to gain muscle while losing fat.

Science

10 Gardening Trends That Will Blossom in 2016

Pinterest has the early scoop on what you'll be doing outside this spring.<p>It may still be cold outside, but we have a confession: We've already been filling our "gardening" Pinterest board with new ideas. Luckily, we're not the only ones looking ahead. The folks at Pinterest recently took a look …

The 'Feminist Babysitter' Is Here To Watch Your Kid And Dismantle The Patriarchy Too

Imagine it: You -- a self-professed feminist and capable member of a flawed society -- are babysitting.<p>After a rousing at-home screening of "Frozen," you and your young protege are assessing the film's merit. Of course, your tiny pupil's criticisms take the form, mostly, of running away from the …

Feminism

24 Super Bowl Snacks to Kick Off Your Party

I'm a football fan, but I recognize that Super Bowl parties are less about the game and more about the food (and the beer and commercials, of course). We've got all kinds of game day recipes coming for you in the next couple weeks, but today is all about snacks, since finger-friendly appetizers are …

Cooking

6 Reasons To Hit The Gym That Have Nothing To Do With Losing Weight

Most people join a gym to shed some pounds or pack on some muscle, both of which are noble goals. But what if we told you going to the gym doesn't have to be entirely about fitness?<p>There's way more to working out than a number on the scale. Here are a few reasons to hit the gym that have nothing to …

Fitness

Cold misery: Which remedies work, which are a waste of time and money

Sniffling, sneezing, congestion and coughing — it can be hard to fight off the germs. Before you try your favorite home remedy, here's what works and what may be a waste of time and money.<p>Honey<p>It works! Tea with honey or warm lemon water mixed with honey is actually useful in alleviating coughing …

Alternative Medicine

Lower Zambezi is World’s First Carbon Neutral National Park

Changing Planet<p><b>As world leaders deliberate the best path to take towards a carbon free energy future, a remote national park on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia is leading the way in reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.</b><p>The Lower Zambezi National Park has become the world’s first national …

Scientists Propose a 'Mirror Universe' Where Time Moves Backwards

Mind = blown.<p>Two separate teams of physicists have been examining the flow of time in the Universe, and they’ve proposed that some 14 billion years …

Mechatronic Harmonies Proves Once Again that Data is Beautiful

Just in case you forgot.<p>Screencap via<p>It's easy enough to see that Mechatronic Harmonies is eerie. With its dark color palate and technological themes, the project conjures up images of some sort of post-apocalyptic future. What's not so easy to see, however, is that the haunting sounds and imagery …

Art

You Need to Know About This Stretch! It Makes Everything Better

It's a rest day in our month-long workout plan, so use this chill day to take care of yourself. So after a little light cardio — a walk, a jog, a swim — try this stretch. Technically it's a neck stretch, but it lengthens your spine and opens your chest too. It will make everything feel better. …

The Light Slow Cooker Recipes You Need In Your Repertoire

Slow cooker recipes have one major downfall. While they're delightfully convenient and have the ability to warm your soul on the coldest of days, they often times pack on the calories too. And sometimes, that just doesn't feel alright. You don't have to give up on the slow cooker if you're trying …

Cooking

'Still Not Asking For It': Striking topless photographs call out rape culture

An Australian photographer has created a project called "Still Not Asking For It" that takes a stand against "rape culture" and sexual assault.<p>Rory …

Forced abortions and medical experiments: Last survivors of Nazi women's camp tell their horror stories

"There were lots of tears in the interviews," says author Sarah Helm of her meetings with last survivors of the Nazis' only concentration camp for …

Why Can’t You Remember Your Future? Physicist Paul Davies on the Puzzlement of Why We Experience Time as Linear

The curious question of how and whether we can tell the difference between an experience and the memory of an experience.<p><i>“If our heart were large enough to love life in all its detail,”</i> French philosopher Gaston Bachelard wrote in his 1929 meditation on our paradoxical experience of time, <i>“we would</i> …