Terri Thorfinnson

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The government is not the one keeping organic food honest

<i>Editor’s note: This Voices piece is published in collaboration with the academic journal Elementa as part of its New Pathways to Sustainability in Agroecological Systems forum.</i><p>If you live in the US, chances are you are among the 84% of American consumers who purchase organic food. Whether you buy …

Why women are smarter than men

Trying to compare intelligence and gender doesn't typically yield much in the way of productive discussion, but sometimes research comes along that's worth opening this particular can of worms.<p>Decades of research show unequivocally that men and women are equal in general intelligence (IQ), but that …

I Heart My City: Lynda’s Dubai

Back in 2010, Houston-born schoolteacher <b>Lynda Martinez</b> traded the Gulf of Mexico for the Persian Gulf—with two sons in tow—when her husband was offered a job in <b>Dubai</b>. Though her “heart is still in Texas,” Lynda has grown fond of her current home base and shares the love on her blog, Longhorns and …

Travel

8 Destinations That Totally Own Spring

<i>By Laura Pearson for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>By winter's end (or, let's be honest, well before), we get that nature-starved feeling and start looking everywhere for signs of spring. And in these eight spots in the U.S. and abroad, you won't have to look far: Mother nature pulls out all the stops, …

Top 15 Travel Spots for 2015

The <i>New York Times</i> Travel Show always proves to be an entertaining and efficient way to sift through the morass of clutter generated by the travel industry. This past January, I made it a point to attend some of the seminars offered, including two that were presented by the father-daughter duo, …

A Family Adventure in Jordan and Israel

Despite the unrest that is currently engulfing the Middle-East, certain parts of it are actually a great place for a family vacation. My twin boys and I ventured to Jordan and Israel for winter break.<p>We spent our first day in Wadi Rum, an otherworldly dessert landscape where Lawrence of Arabia was …

Why River Cruising Is All the Rage

<i>David Blaikie / Flickr</i><p>Looking to steer away from a conventional ocean cruise? Whether you're yearning for cultural immersion or slow-paced exploration in hard-to-reach ports of call, river cruising offers an intimate and leisurely alternative to a traditional ocean cruise experience. And it …

Beyond 'romance' of organics: 6 ignored sustainable practices organic proponents should embrace

Garmin Forerunner 310XT Waterproof USB Stick and Heart Rate Monitor, Gray/Orange

• Waterproof to a depth of 50 meters, so you can wear it in the pool or the lake to time your swim<br>• Tracks bike and run data and sends it wirelessly to …

Behind The Collaborative, Competitive Process Of Being A Head Writer For “Saturday Night Live”

Co-head writer Bryan Tucker, who has had a hand in writing everything from the “Sump’n Claus” sketch to the Serial parody, talks about the reality of writing for comedy’s biggest gig.<p>Like pretty much everyone who has ever aspired to a career in comedy, Bryan Tucker long dreamed of being a part of</i> …

Madonna, Annie Lennox and 'Acting Your Age'

It's far too common to pit women in popular music against one another. And, after Madonna and Annie Lennox delivered their respective performances on the 57th Grammy Awards on Sunday, that's exactly what happened. As both these strong female trailblazers came to prominence in the 1980s, many in the …

Women Of Influence: Women 2.0 Creates Roadmap That Shatters Tech Mold For Women Leaders

Women in STEM are major drivers of the economy, but men continue to be industry leaders. Shaherose Charania is the CEO & Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a pioneering media company focused on increasing the presence of women in technology as leaders, founders, and investors.<p>Charania along with Angie Chang, …

Women in Tech

10 Organic Grocery Items That Aren't Worth It

Photo: Steven Depolo<p>If you're like me, you buy organic because you believe it's good for you (fewer chemicals in your body and more nutrients in the …

What It's Like to Be a Really Hairy Woman

As in, with a beard and breast hair<p><i>This article was written by Alexa Tsoulis-Reay and repurposed with permission from Science of Us.</i><p>For hirsute women, the appearance of thick, dark hair on places not usually deemed “feminine” kicks in during puberty, and it affects five to 10 percent of American …

Hair

What a Happy Cell Looks Like

A growing field of research is examining how life satisfaction may affect cellular functioning and DNA.<p>“What is the truest form of human happiness?” Steven Cole asks.<p>It’s a question he’s been considering for most of his career—but Cole is a genomics researcher, not a philosopher. To him, this …

Immune System

The 3 Key Fundamental Principles For Achieving Massive Success In Your Life

If you’re like most people, we tend to make commitments and not follow through with them. There is nothing inherently wrong with you for failing to …

Inside Hong Kong's lawless 'walled city' — the most crowded place on Earth for 40 years

Slightly north of Hong Kong Island there once stood one of the most densely populated places on earth.<p>From the 1950s until 1994, over 33,000 people lived and worked in Kowloon Walled City, a massive complex of 300 interconnected buildings that took up a city block.<p>Caught between China and the …

5 Myths About Going Gluten-Free

Time to set the record straight.<p>Gluten-free diets are all the rage right now, but how much do people really understand about what amounts to a major lifestyle change? Researchers at the University of Florida set out to get to the bottom of the public's misconceptions about the buzzy protein that's …

Weight Loss

Study says phones are just as good as wearables at tracking fitness

Think you <i>have</i> to wear a dedicated fitness tracker to get accurate data? Don't worry -- you may have a good excuse to skip the wristband. The University of Pennsylvania has published a study showing that smartphone apps' step counts are reasonably on the mark, at less than a 7 percent variance …

Wearable Tech

Apple Inks 130MW Solar Power Contract With First Solar

First Solar said Tuesday it’s signed a 25-year contract with Apple to deliver solar electricity from a yet-to-be-built project in central California.<p>Apple expects to pay $84 million for 130 megawatts of energy from California Flats Solar Project in southeast Monterey County over the contract’s …

Renewable Energy

5 Great Caves for Adventure Travelers to Visit

Adventure travelers are often willing to go to the ends of the Earth just to have an opportunity to witness first hand some of the truly spectacular …

The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic

In a perfect world, all food would be organic and we would all be able to afford it. Instead we're faced with awkward produce-aisle decisions every …

Reclaimed Materials And Solar Power For This Home In Seattle

Design/build firm Dwell Development have recently completed their net-zero ‘Reclaimed Modern’ home in Seattle, Washington State.<p>About the project …

Articles about eight daring designs mexico city on Dwell.com - Dwell

Michel Rojkind and Gerardo Salinas of Rojkind Arquitectos have taken on commissions all over the world, but the work they have...<p>Last week, we shared our discoveries from Caravana Americana by LAGO, Mexico City’s design fair that showcased the best of Latin...<p>Words: Caroline Joan Peixoto and …

How to Find Your Dream Vacation Rental

Most of the large booking sites don’t vet all their inventory, so it’s up to you to approach each listing with a critical eye. Below, T+L’s tips for …

Top 10 day trips out of Barcelona

You could spend weeks in Barcelona and never run out of places to see, things to do, food to try and bars to hop.<p>But for a taste of Catalan life beyond the metropolis – or simply for a change of pace – you can choose between mountains, beaches and pretty little towns, all just a short ride …

Impressions of India: Mumbai, Day Two

Tuesday January 6, 2015<p>After our long overnight flight from New York, I have gained a greater appreciation for frequent flyers who travel half way 'round the world regularly. I could not have anticipated the effects of sleep deprivation and the ensuing topsy-turvy body clock until it happened to …

How We Did the Maldives on the Cheap

Come on, dream with me for a moment. Imagine you're on a beach. You're lying in a hammock, body as loose and floppy as a rag doll. The soft strains of playful island music kisses your ears, its provenance indeterminable. Your skin is warm to the touch -- the sun gilds it with its penetrating golden …