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Baobab and Moringa, Two ‘Superfoods’ With the Potential of Boosting the Planet's Health

The Sindri village (Kongoussi area) Baobab fruit called Monkey Bread and by the locals theodo, Burkina Faso. Photo by Flickr user CIFOR. CC-BY-NC-SA …

Agriculture

Why Luck Matters More Than You Might Think

When people see themselves as self-made, they tend to be less generous and public-spirited.<p>I’m a lucky man. Perhaps the most extreme example of my considerable good fortune occurred one chilly Ithaca morning in November 2007, while I was playing tennis with my longtime friend and collaborator, the …

Why Your Idea Of Success Might Be Making You Miserable

We may be squeamish around talk of building “moral character.” But ethical behaviors might make us happier than productive ones.<p>People desire excellence. We want to be healthier, well-liked, and successful. So we soak up articles instructing us how to get promoted, be more productive, and become …

The best free online business courses starting in April

<i>This post from LinkedIn Influencer John A. Byrne appeared originally on LinkedIn.</i><p><i>Educated … Empowered … Equal.</i><p>That's the dream if you're a working woman. For every woman who leans in, far more are left out.<p>Often overlooked and underpaid, many women still tip-are tip-toeing a cultural minefield in …

This Super-Efficient Building High in the Rocky Mountains Has No Central Heat

The quest to build the world’s most energy-efficient buildings largely plays out in temperate regions or in big, heat-generating cities. That’s what …

Why Do We Age?

A question almost as old as time<p><i>This article was originally published in the March/April 2016 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>as part of our "How To Live Forever" feature.</i><p>Life is destructive. Our environment and our internal functions all wear and tear at our body over time. Evolutionarily speaking, …

Biology

The 10 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

Meike Bergmann/Jupiter Images<p>Healthy Food #1: Lemons<p><b>Why They're Healthy:</b><p>— Just one lemon has more than 100 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C, …

Zero-energy Biosphera 2.0 prefab gives you the freedom to live almost anywhere

Meet Biosphera 2.0, a home of the future that produces its own energy and can give you the freedom to live and move anywhere in the world. Created by …

Prefab Homes

From sunsets to waterfalls to starry skies, the 9 most relaxing videos on YouTube

There’s more to YouTube than just vlogs, pranks, and pop song covers done on guitar. YouTube might be the source of your entertainment, but when you …

This Addictive Home-Design App Lets You “Try On” New Decor

With a new round of funding, Modsy aims to launch its 3-D design tool out of beta this summer.<p>Shanna Tellerman wants to help you redecorate your home. She’s not a designer, furniture aficionado, or personal shopper. She’s the founder and CEO of a company called Modsy that rolls all of the …

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21 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 21

<b>1. Learn to love mistakes</b><p>Always remember to learn from your mistakes—and keep growing. Don’t doubt yourself so much. One day you’ll be able look back …

Why I Became a Minimalist and How You Could Be One, Too

My journey to minimalism began three years ago as a fashion choice. In the past, my closet was as an assault of prints, colors, and styles. My mantra …

The Best Tourist Attractions You Haven't Heard of Yet

The former West is buzzy thanks to Bikini Berlin, a new cool-kid shopping center full of local high-design brands such as Gestalten. Next door, …

10 of the best adventure holidays in Europe

Horse-riding, Turkey<p>The Persians named Cappadocia “the land of beautiful horses” after its wild mountain ponies – and the striking landscape of deep canyons and strangely shaped rocks is perfect for an unusual horseback adventure. Ride Worldwide has an eight-day group trip that crosses plateaux, …

European Travel

The 11 Daily Habits of Supremely Happy People

We all have different goals, values, beliefs, and experiences, but there is one universal thing that binds us all: We just want to be happy. But for the most part, happiness seems more like an existential dream than an attainable reality.<p>Yet, everything we think, say, and do are linked to our …

Henry Rollins' Iron and the Soul | The Art of Manliness

<i>This essay by Henry Rollins was originally published in Details Magazine in 1994.</i><p>This post originally appeared in the Art Of Manliness ‘Trunk’ – a …

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 …

This Is the Key to Happiness, According to Psychotherapists

The story you tell yourself about your life.<p>When your vision of your life story is inadequate, depression can result.<p>Psychotherapists actually help …

Humans Actually Did Some Good Stuff For The Planet In 2015

All is not lost ... yet.<p>This year was a big one for the planet, and world leaders are finally listening to scientists who say all is not well in the world.<p>But while some things look dire, we've made progress in 2015. The planet has banded together to stave off the worst effects of climate change. …

Climate

This apartment building could have a 1,000-foot ski slope on its roof

This daredevil's dream building might eventually be a reality. Called House Slalom, the 21-story residential complex with a ski slope could be built in Kazakhstan.<p>The design by Shokhan Mataibekov Architects was a finalist in the residential category at this year's World Architecture Festival …

4 Traits You Need to Change Your Life

What I know for sure is you can take an ordinary, boring, disappointing, and overwhelming life and turn it into a fulfilling, purposeful, happy, exciting and pleasurable life.<p>You don't have to suffer and keep having the same challenges in your life day after day.<p>I hear people complaining and …

20 Easy, Everyday Things You Can Do to Improve Your Life in 2016

<b>1. Write down three things you're grateful for every day.</b> Taking the time to thoughtfully consider what you're thankful for reminds you that you already have many of the things you want -- and that's worth celebrating.<p><b>2. Gossip less.</b> Frequent gossiping can be detrimental to your relationships and …

Storytelling Is the Trojan Horse of Wisdom

Most people, sometime in their life, enter into a period of seeking. The language they use to describe their quest may be different, but the intention is the same -- to tap into a higher dimension of knowing and become self-realized. The specific form their seeking takes is quite variable. Some go …

4 strategies for remembering everything you learn

1/<p>Force yourself to recall.<p>benjamingolub/flickr<p>The least-fun part of effective learning is that it's hard. In fact, the "Make It Stick" authors …

Self-improvement

How to Be Happier Without Really Trying

You are already a happiness expert. Seriously. You’re just a bit inconsistent.<p>You already do a lot of things that researchers recommend for increased …

12 Ways to Make Yourself Feel Better in Uncomfortable Situations | Inc.com

It's the holiday season. I really don't need to say anything else. There will be many uncomfortable situations this year and in the coming years. There will be that one person at your holiday party that you'd rather not talk with or the neighbor down the street that you heard fighting that come to …

Self-help

13 small things you do that people use to judge your personality

Whether it's a date or a job interview, the small stuff matters — from the firmness of your handshake to how often you check your phone.<p>We checked out the Quora thread "What are the really small things that tell a lot about a person's psychology and personality?" and the latest scientific research, …

Deepak Chopra shares 4 ways to be mindful like the most successful people on earth

"They are machines. There is no difference between you and your computer," the award-winning author and physician told Business Insider this week while promoting the new documentary he's in, "Mindfulness: Be Happy Now."<p>To combat this, people can practice mindfulness, or the art of being present. …

7 Self-Limiting Behaviors Successful Entrepreneurs Never Do

Entrepreneurial success seems ephemeral and is certainly not guaranteed. So, why do some entrepreneurs achieve success and others do not? How do you become as successful as Mark Zuckerberg? As a business advisor for many years, I’ve noticed that the most successful entrepreneurs are more than just …

Self-improvement