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Tropical forests caused the biggest atmospheric CO2 increase in 2,000 years

By now, it’s clear that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions have created and continue to exacerbate a seismic shift in the global climate. Historically, the carbon dioxide balance on Earth has been regulated in part by the planet’s tropical forests, which absorb the gas in large …

Climate Change

This Amazing Timelapse Of A Cargo Ship’s Journey Will Show You Things You Never Thought You’d See

For most of us who have dreamed of life at sea, it has remained just that. A dream. We have all dreamed of leaving behind everything, our jobs, our …

These Simple Words inspired Eckhart Tolle’s Awakening.

Resistance to life is the cause of much suffering.<p>The more we try to resist the present moment, move against what is happening in the now, the more …

DNA confirms Viking remains belonged to a female military leader

For over 130 years, researchers assumed a Viking warrior and military leader whose remains were found in Sweden was a man. Now, new DNA testing has …

The feds seized guns, gold and 320 pot plants. So why did a judge rule they can't pursue marijuana charges?

When agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration raided a remote farm in Humboldt County five years ago, they found plenty to incriminate the owners, Anthony Pisarski and Sonny Moore.<p>More than 300 marijuana plants were growing in a pair of greenhouses. Agents found guns in a house on the …

Cannabis

Being more comfortable around strangers could come down to a simple mental shift

In its video and accompanying article, the educational company The School of Life presents a new way of thinking about shyness — suggesting that it results when we exaggerate our differences from others.<p>Our brains are wired to notice and exaggerate our differences<p>Research from psychology lends …

Psychology

The Great I Am. Your iPhone Photos Are You

Not long ago, my husband and I spent a few days in Mexico City. Walking down Amsterdam Avenue, I felt the urge to snap a selfie, because that’s what …

Social Media

Embracing Hangovers is the Most Adult Decision You’ll Ever Make

You won't be young forever so accept the three hangover cures that actually work.<p>There are only three hangover cures that actually work. The first involves drinking a can of Coca-Cola in the shower, the second sees you consuming three cigarettes and five cups of coffee in front of Gordon Ramsay's</i> …

What if tech tried to be healing instead of just addictive? | Rohan GunatillakeWhat

Whether you are a giant global platform or a hip new startup, the most important first step in your business plan should be to care about mental wellbeing<p>Despite the growing research into the negative impact that screen-based technologies can have on wellbeing, the trick the tech sector people have …

Mental Health

Why Your Brain Craves Cigarettes When You Drink

You're experiencing the weird effect nicotine has on memory.<p>You know the feeling. You're two, maybe three drinks in, and you suddenly get a special hunger. It's like a void that you hadn't noticed, and now you want to fill it with something hot. Something so hot and filthy that you'll regret it …

The Republicans who urged Trump to pull out of Paris deal are big oil darlings

Twenty-two senators wrote a letter to the president when he was said to be on the fence about backing out. They received more than $10m from oil, gas and coal companies the past three election cycles<p>A withdrawal by Donald Trump from the Paris climate accord would go down as a hallmark of his …

Climate

6 phone app resources that can help reduce your stress

No matter what you do, there will come a time in your day-to-day life when you experience stress and anxiety. Luckily, we found six phone apps to …

It’s time to see things differently… to improve your life | Beau Lotto

Our brains evolved to make sense of uncertainties, so there’s no need to fear doubt<p>When you open your eyes, do you see the world as it really is? Humans have been asking themselves this for thousands of years. From the shadows on the wall of Plato’s cave in <i>The Republic</i> to Morpheus offering Neo the …

German Philosophy

Winter reigns over the land: Country diary 100 years ago

Originally published in the Manchester Guardian on 30 January 1917<p>The biting east wind played on the swaying wires beside the road, striking notes now melancholy moans, now high-pitched screams; it swept across the mere, lashing white foam from the wavelets; it drove floating ice fragments into the …

Massive meta-study confirms the health benefits of cannabis

After digging through more than 10,000 separate clinical studies, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine on Thursday issued a groundbreaking, 400-page report on the potential benefits and detriments posed by cannabis use. The biggest revelation: cannabis has verifiable …

Cannabis

Why 2016 Seemed Like the Worst Year Ever

Let this past year be a kick in your ass, not a boot on your throat.<p>"Man has become a kind of prosthetic God," Sigmund Freud tells us in <i>Civilization and Its Discontents. "</i>When he puts on all his auxiliary organs he is truly magnificent; but… We must not forget that present-day man is not happy in …

25 Life-Changing Quotes From Feminist Instagram Poet Rupi Kaur

<b>Let us all stand up for empowering women around the world.</b><p>The women's empowerment movement has grown exponentially since the 1920s. We’re breaking …

How algorithms rule our working lives

Employers are turning to mathematically modelled ways of sifting through job applications. Even when wrong, their verdicts seem beyond dispute – and they tend to punish the poor<p>A few years ago, a young man named Kyle Behm took a leave from his studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, …

Employment

'Blunt discrimination' by police and 'crisis levels' of racism: A senior U.N. official reflects on America

It's not every day that a senior United Nations official reprimands the U.S. for its race relations, saying the country is "struggling to live up to its ideals" on equality, that "blunt discrimination" by police against black Americans has reached "crisis levels," and that Congress is …

Fuelled by money, sex and lies, my lack of self-awareness in my 20s nearly killed me | James Rhodes

Now I’m in my fifth decade, I’ve finally got some perspective. My advice is: go slow, be kind, and avoid leather trousers<p>We emerge blinking and traumatised from our teenage years to be told, as indeed we are told with each new decade of our lives, that coming up, without a doubt, is the very best …

Self-awareness

20 Marijuana Statistics That Chronicle Its Expansion Over the Past 20 Years

Image source: Flickr user Matthew Kenwrick.<p>It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since California first approved medical marijuana for select ailments under Proposition 215 (which is also known as the Compassionate Use Act). Since 1996, the marijuana industry has expanded by leaps and …

Balmy Arctic Weather Just Shrunk Sweden’s Highest Peak by 13 Feet

Whether it's a selfie-a-day project or the time machine function on Google Street View, few things are as effective at illustrating change over time …

Shopping

This Interview With Nikola Tesla From 1899 Reveals His Extraordinary Personality

<b>Very interesting interview Nikola Tesla and John Smith in which he said: Everything is the Light. In one of its rays is the fate of nations, each</b> …

How to Naturally Release DMT from the Pineal Gland

The work of Dr. Rick Strassman has illuminated many of the mysteries long kept by the ancients to modern science and the general public, somewhat …

Santigold Shares New Track "Banshee"

Today, Santigold has shared "Banshee," a new track from her upcoming album <i>99¢</i>. It premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show, and you can hear it above.<p>"Banshee" follows the previously released "Can't Get Enough of Myself," "Chasing Shadows," and "Who Be Lovin' Me" featuring iLoveMakonnen. <i>99¢</i> is …

The Benefits of Writing Extend Beyond Just The Way it Creatively Engages the Intellect.

The benefits of writing extends beyond the way it creatively engages the intellect. Writing can be an emotionally rewarding way of letting go of pent …

I Go to Work High Every Day

And I do a damn good job.<p>I wake up every day at 8:30 a.m. to smoke my first half-joint and take a big hit off a bong, so I can get super high before I get into the shower. I take another hit when I get out of the shower and start getting ready. Then I go to work.<p>As a concierge in Portland, I have …

Google paid Apple $1bn to be default iOS search engine

Lawsuit proceedings reveal Google paid handsomely to be default search option for iPhones and iPads and that company’s total revenue from Android is just $31bn<p>Apple and Google are rivals. So why is Google the default search engine for mobile Safari, which is the pre-installed web browser on iPads …

Search Engines

Feast your eyes on the stunning pictures that won this year's iPhone Photography Awards

Earlier this year, the iPhone Photography Awards announced the winners of their eighth annual contest.<p>Judges sorted through thousands of entries to pick the three best photos, as well as category-specific highlights.<p>"This year's entries were especially impressive, ranging from intimate, …

Awards

Deadmau5’s Incredible Concert Photography (15 photos)

Though there's surely a whole crew that's behind DJ Deadmau5's creative sets and costumes, you've got to give it to nightlife and DJ photographer Drew Ressler (aka Rukes) for capturing it all in a magical way. Rukes proudly states that he's one of the few photographers who does very little …