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10 Paradoxes That Will Boggle Your Mind

A paradox is a statement or problem that either appears to produce two entirely contradictory (yet possible) outcomes, or provides proof for …

Pictures: A Century of Reading Around the World

Now that kids worldwide have taken up their schoolbooks once again, we dug into the National Geographic archives for a look at reading around the world.

Caitlin Moran: 5 Books That Changed My Life

Caitlin Moran is a best-selling author and award-winning columnist for The Times. Here, she tells Marie Claire about the five novels that have …

Books

The Upside of Pessimism

The theory of defensive pessimism suggests that imagining—and planning for—worst-case scenarios can be more effective than trying to think positively.<p>I have pretty low expectations for this article. Oh sure, I spent a lot of time on it, and I personally think it’s a great read. But I’m kind of …

Ireland's Castles

Castles dot the countryside of the Irish Isles. Some remain private homes, some are open to the public, and some are mere ruins of what they once were.

Ireland

Ireland's Most Picture-Perfect Spots

Ireland

National Geographic Travel

China Countryside

See photos of China’s countryside (including the Great Wall, Sichuan Province, the Taklimakan desert, and more) in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.

China

Are You Suffering From Sunday-somnia? Here’s How To Wake Up Better On Monday Mornings

New studies reveal that one in five of us can't sleep on Sunday nights. So here are a few ways to wake up better and make Monday mornings more …

How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias

<i>“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope,”</i> Helen Keller wrote in her 1903 treatise on optimism. But a positive outlook, it turns out, isn’t merely an intellectual disposition we don — it’s a deep-seated component of our evolutionary wiring and the product …

Organizing Tips For Every Room In Your House

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Life After Dark: Helpful Tips for Street Photography at Night

To the surprise of no one, the topic of light is relatively common here on Light Stalking; search the archives and you can easily find plenty of …

Street Photography

Travel 365: A diver explores the reefs around Île Europa, which lies in a stretch of the Mozambique Channel. http://on.natgeo.com/1pvpWRI Photograph by Thomas Peschak, National Geographic

Can A Photographer Truly Capture Love?

In The Ones We Love, more than 80 photographers attempt to show what they see when they look at their loved ones.<p>Photographers routinely let us see the world through their eyes. Can they also reveal to us the qualities that make them love the people who inspire them? Des Moines-based curator …

10 Tips for Cleaning Your Camera Lens

A well maintained, clean lens is vital to any photographer. Here are 10 simple top tips for cleaning your digital camera lens.<p>“Camera Cleaning” …

Photography Tips

Incredible Examples of Underwater Photography

Famous for her exquisite underwater photography, Ilse Moore enthralls audiences from all over. She is fascinated by the underwater environment since …

Photography

Ice: Beauty Tips For Summer

Do you feel it? The heat of summer is slowly creeping up and what the best thing you can do to prepare for it is to stock up on sunscreen and ice. …

Natural Skin Care Alternatives

Natural skin care can be pretty expensive but it shouldn’t be as you have all the necessary alternatives in your kitchen to solve many beauty issues. …

5 Healthy Feel Good Foods That Aren’t Sweets

Carb-rich foods are feel good foods because they boost production of endosphins and dopamines that are responsible for pleasure. Sweets (desserts) …

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24 Super-Simple Ways to Make Doing Your Hair Incredibly Easy

Seriously, you'll be out the door before you know it.<p><b>1. Make sure your style stays put by flipping the bobby pin over so the wavy side is against your head.</b><p>If you have a hard time keeping your hair in place, try flipping the bobby pin over. The straight side is slicker and won't grip as well as the …

How to Get Healthier Skin

Why? Without sleep, your skin cells can’t function as efficiently, which makes it harder for your body to repair damaged skin, says study author Elma Baron, MD, assistant professor of dermatology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.<p>Ready to catch up on your beauty sleep? Clock …