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Forget calorie counting — this is the real secret to weight loss

Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but everything you know about weight loss may be wrong.<p>In his new book, “The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets …

Nutrition

Follow the leaders: the best social media accounts for academics

Irreverent, funny and informative – higher education does the internet really well. Here are our favourite blogs and Twitter accounts<p>University life often involves being stuck at a desk; writing articles, marking and planning. Lucky, then, that this usually means there’s an internet connection …

Higher Education

Is Shyness Holding You Back?

You don’t need to feel trapped by your inner critic’s nagging voice. Nor do you need to suppress it, or escape it. Sometimes all you need to do is …

Mindfulness

The 30 Best Concealers That Will Completely Cover Your Acne

Because acne sucks.<p>If you have acne-prone skin, use a full-coverage, opaque concealer that comes in a pot or stick form. Makeup artist Vincent Oquendo recommends this type of concealer since it has grip and adheres to your skin longer.<p>But the key to a flawless concealer application comes down to a …

5 Paris Travel Myths

<b>The College Tourist,</b> <b>By Mercey Livingston of The University of Southern Mississippi</b><p><b>Paris is a beautiful city full of amazing art, history, and culture and a trip there will be always be unforgettable.</b><p>After living and studying in Paris for six weeks, I realized I had heard quite a few myths while …

France

If You Hate Exercise, This Is for You

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

24 Things People Slightly Obsessed With Reading Know To Be True

It's not just a book; it's a whole world.

Books

InStyle's 2015 Style 100: The Year in Fashion Hits, Misses, and Hashtags

Over the past 12 months the headline-making fashion news has been coming nonstop: an Oscars-gown heist, a parade of celebrity burlesque, and all …

Red Carpet

The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

Language Learning

Husband's Note on Mirror to Wife Struggling With Depression Is the Most Beautiful Thing You'll See All Day

"She's the kindest person I know."<p>An Imgur user posted a photo of the touching note her husband drew on their mirror, as a show of support while she was struggling with depression.<p>Mollywho wrote on Imgur that she's faced a lot of difficult times since marrying her husband, including not being able …

Inspiration

Stop Complaining About The Evolution Of Text Language. Period.

The receiving end of the text above is an uncomfortable place to be. Why? Because "thanks" ends in a period. Yes, it may just mean "thanks." Or it might mean "thanks, but not really, because your tardiness is <i>annoying</i>."<p>A Binghamton University research team analyzed periods in text messages in a …

Language

Day-to-Night Beauty

The world of personal fashion blogs and vlogs has become increasingly crowded as digital channels have given fashionphiles additional platforms to …

A Lazy Writer's Guide to Building a Platform

My agent was getting ready to submit the first non-fiction book I'd written, which meant we were busy cobbling together a book proposal. Fiction writers - which I had been before this - don't bother with book proposals, so I was a bit skeptical of the whole process. Somehow I had to not only …

Writing

5 science-backed habits that lead to long-term happiness, regardless of your genes and upbringing

But when researchers actually <i>study</i> happiness, they find some surprising quirks.<p>For example, you might suppose that great news like winning the lottery, dropping 20 pounds, or getting a new job would make you happy.<p>And it does — briefly. But it's only a spike.<p>(If that <i>sentence</i> makes you less happy, …

Happiness

Mom Turns Her 3-Year-Old's Drawings into Incredible Art

Many parents hope their kids develop an interest in areas like debate, science or software design. But Canada-based painter Ruth Oosterman wanted her daughter Eve to love art as much as she did -- so much so that she made her own creative process a very familiar part of 3-year-old Eve’s life.<p>“When …

HCI

I Don't Watch the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Because I Don't Want to Hate My Body

The glorification of only ONE body type? Hard pass.<p>A friend of mine texted me on the night of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show to say she wasn't watching this year. Why? Because it made her feel bad. This was 15 minutes before the show was starting, and I had just gotten off of the treadmill at …

Fashion Modeling

8 Beauty Secrets Straight From Royalty

Oooh we'll never be royals...but we can certainly beautify like them.<p>Royals, whether by birth or by marriage, know a thing or two about beauty. Think about it — their faces are plastered pretty much everywhere, whether painted in portraits or snapped for sites, and scrutinized/admired to no end. …

Top 10 novels about unfaithful wives

From the class-crossing Constance Chatterley to Tolstoy’s enchanting Anna Karenina, here are 10 wives caught in flagrante delicto by their creators<p>Some years ago, at a performance of Puccini’s opera Tosca, I remembered a book I had read on the opera by a US historian that established just how …

Literature

Hong Kong’s pink dolphins are at risk of disappearing

Conservationists say their repeated concerns have fallen on deaf ears, with what they describe as a "rapid" decline of the mammal in the past few decades.<p>The Chinese white dolphin -- popularly known as the pink dolphin due to its pale pink coloring -- draws scores of tourists daily to the waters …

China

The 10 Least Visited Countries in Europe, and Why You Should Visit Them All

<i>By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Some dwarf in comparison to their gargantuan neighbors, others are still branded with a scarlet letter thanks to past global conflicts and none can compete with France's food scene, England's charms or Italy's gorgeous coastline, but nevertheless you …

European Travel

The 7 Best Foundations for Oily Skin

No more looking greasy by noon.<p>Like most things, oily skin has its pros and cons. Pro: fewer wrinkles. Con: foundation dripping off of your skin halfway through the day. Luckily, advances in makeup technology are taking on that slip 'n' slide feeling, making it easier than ever to find foundations …

6 photo apps that have vastly better filters than Instagram

While some of the app's 300 million users still rely on Rise and Valencia to take their selfies, others have graduated to more refined photo editing apps that make their pictures look professional thanks to retouching tools, selective editing functions, and amazing lens effects.<p>Plus if you're …

Mobile Photography

First-ever cyborg roses can change color with the flick of a switch

Scientists at Linköping University in Sweden created the first electronic rose in a lab, they reported Nov. 20 in the journal Science Advances.<p>This technology could create plants that light up to signal what they need, though the researchers admit that's a bit far off.<p>To make their cyborg rose, the …

Nanotech

12 Exercises for a Better Night's Sleep

12 Exercises for a Better Night's SleepFour people, three young men and a young woman, sleep on a mattress under a pair of open windows in a …

Sleep

The 50 (New) Healthiest Foods of All Time—With Recipes

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Nutrition
Social Media