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Golf, Sex, and Death: Why They Don’t Get Along

He was looking down, which is what he likes to do in the forest. On his knees, squatting, peering under the leaves, and there—wedged in the mud—was the invader. The Thing From Elsewhere.<p>It was a golf ball.<p>David Haskell is a biology professor who recently wrote a little book about a small patch of …

The secrets of living to 200 years old

Ageing is not an inevitable fact of life – many animals have already found ways to delay death. Their clues might help us all enjoy longer and healthier lives.<p>Just 30 years after the publication of Moby Dick, a group of Alaskan whalers attempted to tame their own ocean giant. Their target was a …

Biology

Zen Foxes: Photographer Documents Wild Foxes Enjoying Themselves

These photos by Roeselien Raimond, a Dutch nature photographer who specializes in taking beautiful photos of wild foxes, show how foxes are experts …

Nature Photography

This Is What It Feels Like to Treat Depression with Magic Mushrooms

We spoke to a woman who's been trialling a psilocybin micro-dose treatment for a month, and the doctor who devised the method.<p>When Sue* greets me, she's all sparkly eyes and smiles. Beaming, she shakes my hand firmly and, as she sits, talks animatedly about her dash from the office to our meeting. …

Depression

9 Outdoorsmen on What “Nature” Means to Them

Nature Becomes Them<p>We can read about the great outdoors, burying our heads in Emerson’s “Nature” or Thoreau’s <i>Walden</i>. We can look at it, through …

8 Ways to Deal With Difficult People

Teacher Ram Dass once said: "If you think you are so enlightened, go and spend a week with your parents."<p>It's great advice. Whether it's your parent, lover, friend or colleague, we all have people who trigger us. Something about them touches our wounds and brings out the worst in us -- our pain, …

Mindfulness

How to Make the Perfect Terrarium (and Keep It Alive!)

Even if you don't have much of a green thumb, terrariums act as small, self-sustaining ecosystems all on their own. But maintaining one is as much a work of art as it is an experiment in science. To help, senior garden editor Todd Carr shares five of his secret techniques for growing a garden under …

The world’s first true “smart drug” enhances cognition and is deemed safe by health experts

Most people looking for a cognitive boost in the morning reach for a cup of coffee or tea. But all caffeine really does is lift up your mood and improve focus, and that is why it isn’t considered a “pure cognitive enhancer.”<p>There is, however, a real contender for that title: modafinil (also sold as …

The Brain

The Best Book About Fatherhood

Fatherhood

7 Rules For Raising Self-Reliant Children

Jessica Lahey’s highly-anticipated new book, <i>The Gift Of Failure: How The Best Parents Learn To Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed,</i> looks at the unique challenges of child-rearing in current times. Lahey, who is best known for her writing at <i>The Atlantic</i> and <i>The New York Times,</i> is both a parent and …

Parenting

The Lazy Way to an Awesome Life: 3 Secrets Backed by Research

We all want an awesome life. And very often you know what you need to do to improve it… but you don’t do it.<p>I don’t blame you. Hey, some of that …

Happiness

Nerf Rival Zeus Blaster

Most of us still haven't outgrown our love for Nerf guns, and the Nerf Rival Zeus Blaster will only feed those nostalgic feelings. First and …

Cool Stuff

THE SELECTS: Landscapes by Jay Patel

Arizona

Articles about 8 space saving hacks small kitchens on Dwell.com - Dwell

Small-space decorating can be a challenge—few people know this better than Manhattanites.<p>Five ways to open up a space to give yourself some breathing room.<p>Designed specifically for compact living, Bosch's line of 24" appliances fits seamlessly into the modern kitchen and laundry room.<p>As we wrap up …

Kitchens

Drone Discovers Stunning Glacier Scene Hidden in the Himalayas

Thanks to the help of a drone, Polish photographer David Kaszlikowski captured a stunning scene atop a glacier near the K2 mountain, one that he wouldn't have ever discovered otherwise. The quest to find a unique Himalayan locale started while he was shooting the upcoming documentary called <i>K2</i> …

Drones

35 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

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Books

20 Places Every American Should See Before They Die

From sea to shining sea.<p>Looking for an epic summer road trip idea? Whether you crave culture and history, spectacular natural landscapes, or serious adventure, look to these national parks and small towns.

New Awe-Inspiring Sand Castles by Calvin Seibert

When summer is in full swing and it's perfect beach weather, artist Calvin Seibert allows his true talents to shine as an incredible sand sculptor. We've shared many of Seibert's creations over the years, and he's never disappointed us. The gifted artist continues to impress us with his expert …

Castles

Mindfulness is a capitalist grift: How faux enlightenment maintains our status quo

The meditative practice favored by America’s titans of industry bears no relation to its anti-materialist origins<p>I stumbled across mindfulness, the meditation practice now favored by titans of tech, sensitive C-suiters, new media gurus and celebrities, without even really knowing it.<p>A couple of …

Mindfulness

Articles about atypical modern home southern california on Dwell.com - Dwell

If good fences make good neighbors, then Shino and Ken Mori are the best neighbors ever.<p>A metal-and-cedar home rises on farmland in East Tennessee.<p>Southern California often conjures up visions of sun, sand, and surf—but for the modernist, it also brings to mind midcentury...<p>Our latest stop in the …

Southern California

The 50 Best Gifts For Father's Day 2015 | HiConsumption

Mother’s Day tends to get all the hot press and deals on flowers and jewelry, but your patriarch contributed to your being on this earth. He taught …

The 7 Best Camp Chairs of 2017

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> This post has been updated with our picks for 2017. You can still find previous year’s picks on page two.<p>There are many styles of …

10 Science Fiction Writers Predict How Our World Will Change In The Next 10 Years

In the epilogue to his book on data, privacy, copyright and what the changing tides of these big ideas mean for writers and other creative types, prolific sci-fi behemoth and tech blogger Cory Doctorow tries to guess what the future will hold. He begins with a disclaimer: “Science-fiction writers …

Science Fiction

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

<i>A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his</i> …

Explore the Homes of Adults Who Live In Treehouses

It’s common for children to grow up with the fantasy of a treehouse, yet for many this dream is, in<p>It’s common for children to grow up with the fantasy of a treehouse, yet for many this dream is, in many senses, out of reach. Twenty-five years is a long time to cling to an idea, but for one Michael …

Casual Shoes for Women, Mens Shoes, Boots, Boat Shoes

A Retired Traveler's Breathtaking Photos of International Landscapes

Bangkok-based Thai photographer Weerapong Chaipuck discovered his passion for photography after an early retirement from the medical profession. Now, Chaipuck travels the world, snapping shots of all the beautiful landscapes he comes across. His breathtaking images offer eye-catching perspectives …

Photography