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The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p><b>Mount Kailash, Tibet. View Panoramic.</b><p>This mountain in western Tibet is a …

10 Questions to Discuss Before Marrying According to a Gay Philosopher

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche might well have been delighted with the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States to legalize same-sex marriages.<p>While we don't know for sure that Nietzsche was gay, Joachim Köhler argues in <i>Zarathustra's Secret</i> that he was because he spoke of another man's …

Tips on photographing fireworks on the Fourth of July

Since most fireworks photos are now taken with a smartphone, I decided to add some tips specifically for that style of camera. The cellphone camera is just so convenient to use. Who wants to carry around a heavy tripod and DSLR and stake out a location for hours on the Fourth of July?<p>This year, I’m …

Recreation

12 Incredible American Mansions That Are Open to the Public

What used to be homes for the rich are now playgrounds for history lovers and architecture buffs.<p>What used to be homes for the rich are now playgrounds for history lovers and architecture buffs.<p>Miami, FL: Villa Vizcaya<p>Sleepy Hollow, NY: Kykuit<p>Hyde Park, NY: The Vanderbilt Mansion<p>Westbury, NY: Old …

The Great Pot Experiment

Photo-illustration by Brobel Design for TIME. Mouse: Getty, Lighter, Joint, Smoke: iStockphoto

Genius idea turns Albert Einstein's handwriting into a font

Soon, you'll be able to write like a genius without actually being one.<p>Typographer Harald Geisler from Frankfurt, Germany wants to turn Albert …

Astronomers find most distant galaxy ever seen

A team of astronomers has spotted the most distant galaxy from Earth to date, more than 13 billion light years away.<p>Researchers from Yale University …

Cheap Danish Design Comes To America

“Our mission is to make high design accessible for everyone,” says Tina Kanter, managing director of Flying Tiger Copenhagen.<p>In May, Denmark is bringing its quirky, super-affordable home decor chain, Tiger, to the U.S. for the first time. A new 5,000-square-foot store called Flying Tiger Copenhagen …

Engineering students extinguish fire with sound

A pair of engineering students created a new type of fire extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out flames.<p>Imagine if all you needed to put out fire was a subwoofer. It's an idea that has been toyed with, theoretically, over the years -- DARPA demonstrated an acoustic extinguisher in 2012, …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

6 traits successful entrepreneurs share

<b>(CNN) —</b> As a writer at The Idea Village in New Orleans, I've interviewed dozens of entrepreneurs, ranging from new founders of fledgling companies to seasoned leaders who have launched several successful businesses.<p>On occasion, I walk out of an interview believing that entrepreneur will change the …

Entrepreneurship

11 One-Hour DIYs For Your Bedroom

Bedroom looking a little bland? These 11 snazzy projects take less than an hour<p><b>1. Wooden Tray</b><p><i>Learning Creative Living</i><p>A wooden tray is a must-have for in-bed snackers. Load it up with snacks, coffee, and books, and it's a handy way to bring your morning essentials into the bedroom with you. All you …

5 things NOT to buy at Costco and Sam’s Club

Slide 1 of 7<p>Many a shopper has walked out of warehouse clubs like Costco COST, +2.39% and Sam’s Club WMT, -0.35% with a receipt containing at least a …

From Design to Street Art, 5 Looks Inside Great Creators' Notebooks

<i>A round-up of intimate drawings from Meriwether Lewis, Milton Glaser, Stefan Sagmeister, and other bright minds</i><p>The nature and origin of creativity is the subject of many a theory. But, rather than theorizing about it, wouldn't it be great if we could just lift the lid of a great creative mind and …

25 Fantastic and Funny Photos Celebrate Photoshop's 25th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Photoshop! Twenty-five years ago, this week, a little graphics editing program named Photoshop was born. Fast forward a few decades and now we're living in a world where surreal-looking images are all around us. As part of the celebration, Adobe has launched a search for 25 of the …

Tutorials

Ten Essential Tablet Apps for Creative Urges

Unleash your (mobile) creative genius.<p>The tablet … it has a reputation. No matter how many thrilling ads Apple puts out about composing verses and doing crazy cool DJ stuff with iPad, people often consider it more of a media consumption device than something you use to create things.<p>Fortunately, …

Apps

8 Fun, Non-Cheesy Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

John Dominis—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>JOHN DOMINIS—THE LIFE PICTURE COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES<p>JOHN DOMINIS—THE LIFE PICTURE …

Icebergs

The Kama Sutra just got so unsexy

<i>Kama sutra, the ancient Hindu text on desire and sexual positions, has schooled countless couples in the art of lovemaking. But American cartoonist Farley Katz and novelist Simon Rich have created the world’s least erotic manual called “A Kama Sutra for Married Couple.”</i><p><i>The humorous guide looks at</i> …

Relationships

Tag: Kitchens

Kitchen of the Week: A Backyard Kitchen in Berkeley, Ceramics Included<p>by Annie Quigley<p>At Home in the Netherlands with a DIY Serial Remodeler and …

Kitchens

The Gacy Files

Thirty-five years after Chicago's infamous "killer clown" was convicted for murdering 33 men, eight of John Wayne Gacy's victims remained unidentified. Jason Moran, Cook County's one-man cold case unit, has made it his mission to find those names, exposing what has been called our criminal justice …

The Best Spots in the World to Be Naked

<i>By Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Because showing up naked to Wednesday-night volleyball is almost never received as well as you'd hope (even if the hot setter is wearing a "Co-ed Naked Volleyball" tee), here's a guide to the best -- and most welcoming -- places in the world to let it all …