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Do trees have feelings too? One expert says they do

When I began my career as a forester in western Germany’s Eifel mountains, I knew as much about the hidden life of trees as a butcher knows about the emotional life of animals. The forestry industry produces lumber; it fells trees and then plants new seedlings. If you read the professional …

9 Timeless Essentials That Changed the Way We Dress

Fashion, much like art, is ever-evolving, reflecting the mood of the moment, pushing boundaries and serving as (extremely stylish) social dialogue. While flirty off-the-shoulder dresses make us straight-up swoon and bomber jackets send our hearts a-flutter, it’s those unsuspecting pieces that have …

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

The career advice no one tells you

Most people have “okay” jobs. We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day. There’s nothing wrong with this.<p>But some people perform at a totally different level. They’re the people who land executive level …

The Ten Instagram Accounts Every Traveler Needs To Follow

Whether it's a food maven, an adrenalin junky, an animal lover or even someone seeing the world for the first time, we here at Trippy.com just can't resist really great travel-themed Instagram feeds or the urge to play them with Instagame, the new photo caption game for Instagram! With that in …

Ornate Kinetic Sculpture Fluidly Mimics a Hummingbird’s Flight

Artist Derek Hugger utilized over 400 gears, screws, and custom pieces to create <i>Colibri</i>, his latest kinetic sculpture. Taking roughly 700 hours to complete, this wooden work of art gracefully mirrors a hummingbird in motion as it mesmerizes viewers with its enchanting appearance and elegant lines. …

Did Humans Evolve Opposable Thumbs So We Could Punch Each Other?

Testing a hypothesis about fistfights with cadaver arms<p>It's thought that our hands are what make us human. Combined with our big brains, our fully opposable thumbs enabled our ancestors to make complex tools to conquer the world. But according to biologist David Carrier of Utah State University, …

Biology

Why the Best Flings Happen While Traveling

When was the last time you felt butterflies in your stomach over someone you just met? If it was recent, high five to you! But if your memory can't recall an exciting, yet nerve-wrecking first date, I think I might know why.<p>Unless you just don't like other people, there's a good chance your lack of …

Relationships

Breathless: I Rang In My 30s With a Foursome

I woke up on the morning of my 30th birthday naked and alone in an unfamiliar hotel room, with a dead phone, covered in peanuts. As I crawled around the room, desperately searching for a phone charger, I attempted to piece together memories of the previous evening. All I could think was: This is …

18 foreign curse words that English speakers should adopt

AMERICANS HAVE SOME PRETTY DECENT swear words. The f-bomb in particular is incredibly dynamic and can be used in about a billion contexts. But other …

The web has deluded you, and don’t pretend it hasn’t

The internet can give us the illusion of knowledge, making us think we are smarter than we really are. Fortunately, there may be a cure for our arrogance, writes psychologist Tom Stafford.<p>The internet has a reputation for harbouring know-it-alls. Commenters on articles, bloggers, even your old …

Psychology

10 extraordinarily useful Mandarin Chinese phrases

YOU’RE JUST AS LIKELY to hear “Ni Hao” as “Hello” in my home. After living in China for five and a half years, I returned to the US with a Chinese …

China

A night in the desert with a stranger I met on Couchsurfing

Deep in the wilds of Jordan’s desert, the generosity of a stranger offered a curious group of backpackers the adventure of a lifetime.<p>A bright pink 4x4 came barrelling across the desert, dust spiralling into the sky. As it skidded to a halt in front of me, I could feel the eyes of my friends boring …

Bob Marley

Probiotic bacteria may aid against anxiety and memory problems

People who took capsules containing <i>Bifidobacterium longum 1714</i> reported less stress and fared better on memory tests, study finds<p>A daily capsule of probiotic bacteria may help people cope with mild anxiety and memory problems, according to a small study of healthy men.<p>Those who took the bug-bearing …

Historic Chemistry Lab With Links To Thomas Jefferson Discovered Behind Wall

A hidden chemistry lab was unearthed by a worker doing renovations to the iconic Rotunda at the University of Virginia, and school officials say the room is directly linked to the third U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson, who helped design the building.<p>The "chemical hearth," which dates back to the …

Millennial Parents Cover Story: This Generation Is Different

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These are the world’s “most creative” countries

What makes one country more “creative” than another? A new study (pdf) compiled by the Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) at the University of Toronto attempts to rank knowledge economies by that elusive trait.<p>It’s called the Global Creativity Index (GCI). To create their ranking, researchers …

Creativity

How to Turn a Bad Day Around

Let’s face it. Life can be full of frustrations—an argument with your teenager over breakfast, a missed train, or even just a spilled coffee can make you wish you could crawl back into bed. How can you change your mood when you’ve started your day off on the wrong foot? How do you stop annoyances …

The 10 Best Countries In The World For Living Abroad

Ever think of moving abroad? Leaving your whole life behind for an island paradise or a vibrant city halfway around the world might sound like a dream, but for millions of expatriates, life abroad is a reality. Whether it's for a job, a better quality of life, or for love, there are plenty of …

Work-life Balance

Homosexuality ‘may be triggered by environment after birth'

Homosexuality may be triggered by environmental factors during childhood after scientists found that genetic changes which happen after birth can determine whether a man is straight or gay.<p>The finding is highly controversial because it suggests that some men are not born gay, but are turned …

On the Red Couch with Lonely Planet Travel Writers

<i>Being a travel writer sounds mighty glamorous: basically you’re paid to live abroad, enjoy new cultures and document all your exotic experiences, right? The short answer is “sort of”; the long answer is a little more complicated.</i><p><i>For perspective, we asked professional travel writers from Lonely</i> …

Travel

25 Award-Winning Wedding Photos You Just Have To See

These are not your average wedding pictures.<p>Four times a year, the Fearless Awards honor the very best photos by the world's top wedding photographers. And the most recent collection, released Tuesday, is no exception.<p>After poring over more than 15,000 submissions from 1,300 photographers, a group …

Weddings

Humans Harder on Animals Than Radiation, Chernobyl Study Suggests

The site of the worst nuclear disaster in history might be turning into an accidental wildlife sanctuary.<p>More than 100,000 people had to leave the 1,600 square miles surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant, after an explosion in one of the nuclear reactors spewed tons of radioactive material into …

Science explains why hipsters grow beards

Men might be growing beards to appear more attractive to women and more dominant to other men, a study on monkeys suggests<p>Scientists think they may have solved one of the great mysteries of the age. Why <i>are</i> so many of today's men growing beards?<p>The answer, according to The University of Western …

Why Isis fights | Martin Chulov

Jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria reveal the apocalyptic motivations of the militant movement that has hijacked the Syrian uprising – and transformed the Middle East<p>For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish …

Middle East

Why do women live longer than men?

All across the world, women enjoy longer lifespans. David Robson investigates the reasons why, and whether men can do anything about it.<p>As soon as I was born, I was already destined to die earlier than half the babies in my maternity ward – a curse that I can do little to avoid. The reason? My sex. …

Newcastle University

Cloning Your Dog, For A Mere $100,000

It's a typical morning at the Dupont Veterinary Clinic in Lafayette, La. Dr. Phillip Dupont is caring for cats and dogs in the examining room while his wife, Paula, answers the phone and pet owners' questions. Their two dogs are sleeping on the floor behind her desk.<p>"That's Ken and Henry," Paula …

Hungry mealworms can recycle Styrofoam trash

Every year, people in the US throw away 2.5 billion plastic foam cups—and that’s just a fraction of the 33 million tons of plastic that Americans …