Tommy Olivestad

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What Is the Trade Deficit?

<i>This is an updated and expanded version of an article published in 2016.</i><p>A core idea that Donald J. Trump has embraced throughout his time in public life has been that the United States is losing in trade with the rest of the world, and that persistent trade deficits are evidence of this fact.<p>In …

Economics

Move Over, China: U.S. Is Again Home to World’s Speediest Supercomputer

The United States just won bragging rights in the race to build the world’s speediest supercomputer.<p>For five years, China had the world’s fastest computer, a symbolic achievement for a country trying to show that it is a tech powerhouse. But the United States retook the lead thanks to a machine, …

Artificial Intelligence

What Your Poop Looks Like Can Reveal a Lot About Your Health

Scientists developed a seven-point scale called the Bristol Stool Chart.<p>Number twos are a tricky subject. We all do them. Indeed, excreting waste is critical to life. But polite society and its rules of etiquette ensure we’re rarely brave enough to speak about them.<p>The feces—or stools—we produce …

Wellness

Your Next Trip Might Change Your Life

The spa has left the building. Industry growth indicates those places that once dispensed pampering are now expanding their reach into adventure trips, hotel design and even cultural programming under the banner of wellness travel.<p>“Wellness travel has traditionally been associated with the spa …

Hot Springs

Is This the World’s Most Diverse National Park?

Madidi National Park in Bolivia goes from lowland to mountaintop, from 600 feet to almost 20,000 feet above sea level. It covers more than 7,000 square miles of wildly different habitats. It is, says Rob Wallace, an ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society in Bolivia, “a place where the …

Tired Brains See the World in a Very Different Way

Our schedules are literally killing us. We asked neuroscientist Russell Foster what sleeplessness does to your brain, and he offers his personal tips …

University of Oxford

Saunas May Reduce Stroke Risk

Taking saunas may reduce the risk for stroke.<p>Researchers studied 1,628 men and women aged 53 to 74, free of stroke at the start. They had data on body mass index, alcohol consumption, smoking, blood pressure, blood lipid levels, and other health and behavioral characteristics that affect …

Does Parkinson's Begin in the Gut?

A growing body of evidence links the neurodegenerative disease to the gastrointestinal tract, opening new possibilities for treatment

Neuroscience

What Does Quantum Physics Actually Tell Us About the World?

<b>WHAT IS REAL?</b> <b><br>The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics</b><br>By Adam Becker<br>370 pp. Basic Books. $32.<p>Are atoms real? Of course they are. Everybody believes in atoms, even people who don’t believe in evolution or climate change. If we didn’t have atoms, how could we have atomic bombs? But you …

Quantum Mechanics

These are the Essential Apps Globetrotters Won't Travel Without

Apps have revolutionized the way we travel in so many ways. From booking the best points and miles hotels to helping us pack for a last-minute trip, …

Sauna vs. Steam Room: Which Is Better?

Have you ever wondered about the health benefits of using a sauna or steam room? Many of us enjoy these treatments at our local health club or spa …

Wellness

People Who Like to Stay Up Later Have a Higher Chance of Early Death, Study Finds

Night owls may be more fun at parties, but a preference for staying out late may come with some serious drawbacks, suggests a new study published …

Authentic Ayurveda in Sri Lanka

You might have heard about Ayurveda as something for healthy people, or something to do with India or Yoga. These days the 5,000 year old healing …

5 guldkorn i norra Vietnam

Hanoi är den självklara utgångspunkten om du vill upptäcka norra Vietnams historiska städer och sköna stränder. Rolf Larsson bor i staden, och tipsar …

Two millennia of heritage along Wakayama’s Kumano Kodo trail

The Kii Peninsula is a land of ancient spiritual paths and holy mountains. Part of Wakayama Prefecture, the area is famous for onsen, temperate …

China has about 1.07 billion people above the age of 20 right now. In 30 years time, that's going to be a massive problem not just for China but for the world. https://t.co/xWyU0wGbaR

36 Hours in São Paulo

Chaotically refined, verdantly concrete, intimately gargantuan: The most populous metropolis in South America was but a middling coffee city until the mid-20th century, when an influx of northeastern migrants set off a growth spurt that shows no sign of stopping. With seemingly infinite skyscrapers …

An Olympic Challenge: Eat All the Korean Food That Visitors Won’t

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — When David Chang tells you to eat something, I figured, you should probably go eat it.<p>I’d been talking to Chang, the famed chef and a fellow Korean-American, about the Olympics in South Korea, where he spent 10 days this month working as a sort of culinary correspondent for …

Want a healthy gut? Reach for the kimchi, sauerkraut, artichokes, coffee and chocolate. But watch out – one category of food will make your microbes wither<p>Kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, miso and kefir – all fermented foods and drinks – have been around for centuries, but suddenly they are all the …

Microbiology

Så här kan du skydda dig mot bekämpningsmedlet glyfosat

KUNSKAP & HÄLSORÅD. Mat är ett område där kemikalier och andra främmande substanser inte hör hemma. Trots detta är det inte lätt för konsumenten att …

20 of the best adventure travel challenges for 2018

ADVENTURE<p><b>Mongolian cycling adventure</b><p><b>Where</b> Arrive Ulaan Baatar. Cycling starts at Erdenet<b><br>When</b> Departs 9 and 26 June, 4 August and 1 September<b><br>Exertion</b> Moderate, involves 4-6 hours of cycling covering 50-60km miles per day, ascents and descents minimal. There’s a support vehicle for anyone who gets …

Lake District

How to Plan an Off-the-Grid Trip to Japan

Japan is in the middle of a travel boom. Political instability across much of the world has given it the appeal of a safe haven, and before the 2020 …

In the Flu Battle, Hydration and Elevation May Be Your Best Weapons

According to the misery map of influenza activity in the United States, there’s a good chance that you or someone you know has experienced, or will experience, the agony of this year’s strain, H3N2.<p>The map, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows that it is a particularly wicked …

Get Ripped Abs With This Weird but Really Effective Move on the Rowing Machine

The rower is one of the best cardio machines because it's a fun way to burn an insane amount of calories — 43 calories in five minutes, to be exact, which is slightly less than running or biking. What's even better is that it strengthens your legs and your upper body, so it's a great total-body …

Workouts

Action stations: 12 months of fitness holidays for 2018

<b>JANUARY</b><p><b>UK: S</b><b>nowhole expedition, the Highlands</b><p>They say you should start your year as you mean to go on, though perhaps learning how to construct and live in a communal snowhole is best as a one-off. This four-night mountain adventure in the Cairngorms national park is a true winter workout, with …

Lake District

Penang guide: what to do, plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

This exotic tropical island off the north-west coast of Malaysia is one of the world capitals of street food, with a dazzling array of cuisines from the island’s Chinese, Malay and Indian communities. But after eating my way through everything from Hokkien black noodles, succulent giant prawns …

National Parks

In Haiti, Tracing a Paradise Lost

Haiti is a fixture in my mind, as permanent as memories of high school graduation or the weekend I first met my wife.<p>I lived there twice as an American diplomat for a total of four years since 2000, but its hold on me is not a function of time. Of all the countries I lived and worked in, Haiti …

20th Century

St Petersburg: city of revolution turns itself around – again

“You won’t find anything like this in Moscow,” Kolya Dubinko, a St Petersburg native, insists. We’re sitting on a wooden bench next to an old sailing boat outside newly opened bar/club Machty (Masts). The venue – which on this particular evening is hosting a selection of techno DJs and producers on …

St. Petersburg

Japan's long-breath diet: This diet can easily blow kilograms away; here's all you need to know about it

It helps in burning more fat when our body uses more oxygen.<p>To lead a healthy life, it's important to be in your correct BMI. It's a known fact that …

Despite dubious claims, manuka honey may be antibiotic powerhouse

Manuka honey is often touted as a "superfood" that treats many ailments, including allergies, colds and flus, gingivitis, sore throats, staph infections, and numerous types of wounds.<p>Manuka can apparently also boost energy, "detox" your system, lower cholesterol, stave off diabetes, improve sleep, …

Immune System