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How I Handle My Travel Anxiety: 5 Pill-Free Tactics

I just got back from an amazing trip to Suzhou, China, where I visited the UNESCO-heritage 500-year-old gardens, wandered ancient streets, ate foods I had never even tasted before (the spring water-grasses are delicious and strangely addictive!), and watched silk being made before my eyes.<p>To say …

Meditation

Tiny robots pull objects up to 2,000 times their own weight

The equivalent of a human dragging a blue whale<p>Engineers from Stanford University have created miniature robots named "MicroTugs" capable of pulling and lifting objects more than 100 times their own weight. The strongest of the bots weighs just 12 grams but can pull objects 2,000 times heavier than …

Robotics

Ask a Designer: How to Compromise With Your Partner on Design

Every week, we're asking designer Scot Meacham Wood, formerly of Ralph Lauren and now owner of his eponymous design firm, a question from our readers. This week's topic is about couples' decorating dilemmas and canopy beds.<p><b>"I want to have a canopy bed in our master bedroom, but, my husband refuses</b> …

A five-step guide to not being stupid

Even the smartest people can be fools. David Robson explains how to avoid the most common traps of sloppy thinking.<p>If you ever doubt the idea that the very clever can also be very silly, just remember the time the smartest man in America tried to electrocute a turkey. Benjamin Franklin had been …

Psychology

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Respond to Chicken Theft Lawsuit in the Best Way

"I was like, 'Which chicken did I steal?'"<p>Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have responded to allegations made in a lawsuit claiming that Mila stole a beloved pet chicken from her friend when they were children living in Ukraine. Yes, the lawsuit is a real thing that actually exists.<p>Kristina Karo's …

7 Ways to Dress Up an Ordinary Dog Crate

Upgrade Fido's quarters with a slipcover that matches his personality.<p>Upgrade Fido's quarters with a slipcover that matches his personality. Go classic with simple patterns and practical details or splurge on a fanciful castle.

Pets

How to Be a Popular Hostess

Dorothy Draper, an American interior decorator, wrote a book entitled Entertaining Is Fun: How to Be a Popular Hostess. It can be fun to entertain, although many people find giving a party daunting. To do it right, you need just one basic component: lists, lists, and more lists. Even if you're …

San Francisco

Articles about branch out 8 modern tree houses on Dwell.com - Dwell

Arborsculpturist Richard Reames has spent the past 16 years making more than 100 sculptures, chairs, pieces of furniture, tool...<p>Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most viral design and architecture shots of the week.<p>I grew up in Bethel NY, in a home that might as …

Architecture

The Sneaky Places Mosquitoes Hide in Your Yard

Bugs be gone!<p>For these pesky flying creatures, prevention is the best form of control, and it's time to get working. Once temperatures hit above 50 degrees consistently in your area, any stagnant water in your yard is a ticking time bomb full of mosquito larvae waiting to buzz. Keep tabs on these …

Mosquitoes
North Africa

The Five Essential Bags Every Serious Traveler Needs

If you're gonna jetset around the world multiple times a year every year, you're going to need some serious gear. This hobby practically requires a bag fetish.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy.<p>There's no right or wrong bag, but certain types of bags definitely prove useful, over and over. …

Backpacking

Keeping an Allergy-Friendly Kitchen

Photo: Thinkstock<p>You’ve been given the list of foods to avoid and the task of reading the labels on everything in your kitchen.<p>You may be wide-eyed …

Mattel hopes you'll design 3D-printed toys

Admit it: when you were a kid, you wished that you could design the toys that the stuffy manufacturers refused to build. Well, you're about to get that chance. Mattel and Autodesk are teaming up to let you design and customize 3D-printed toys through a "dedicated online hub" in the second half of …

This humanoid robot can read facial expressions and make his own

Hanson Robotics' Han the robot made his debut at the Global Sources Electronics Fair, where he interacted with visitors, holding eye contact and conversation.<p>Hanson Robotics' lifelike humanoid robots are really something. With their patented Frubber ("flesh rubber," because that doesn't totally …

Robotics

12 DIYs for Your Spring Garden (That Take Less Than an Hour!)

Ready for spring? These 12 simple DIY projects will rev up your garden in no time at all.<p><b>1. Hand-Painted Modern Birdhouses</b><p>Bloggers Alice & Lois transformed an average wooden birdhouse kit into this modern avian paradise, using only craft paint and brushes. Follow her instructions to create your own …

Mindfulness 'as good as anti-depressants for tackling depression'

Mindfulness meditation stopped more people sliding back into depression than anti-depressants<p>Meditation is as good as anti-depressants for tackling depression, a major study has shown offering a drug-free alternative<p>Researchers at Oxford University say that Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy …

8 Simple Ways to Be More in the Moment When You Travel

<b>1. Don't make comparisons.</b><p>Whether you travel often or only occasionally, it's far too easy to compare your current situation to one from the past. The pebbly shore off the Promenade des Anglais in Nice instantly makes you long for the black sand beaches you frolicked on in Santorini. The Pad Thai …

Cape Town

The Most Useless Travel Products To Pack

There's the good, bad and ugly of travel gear. I bristle when I think about all the gear I've purchased thinking I'd "need" it and then went untouched for months.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy.<p>After fumbling with so-called helpful travel gear trip after trip, I've realized I just don't …

Travel Gear

13 DIY Ways to Up Your Home's Curb Appeal

Wow guests before they even step inside.<p><b>1. Modernize your house numbers.</b><p>Don't stick with those standard-issue digits. Here, more modern-style numbers play against a brick wall, and give a more traditional entry a bit more style.<p>Find out how on Go Haus Go »<p><b>2. Or make them personal.</b><p>Plain numbers not …

Curb Appeal

16 Easy DIYs That Will Make Spring Come Quicker

Say goodbye to gloomy winter weather with the help of these bright DIY projects.<p>As we wait for the last few gusts of winter weather to roll through, we've got some ideas on how you can make it feel like spring. From bright paper flowers to gorgeous wall hangings, here are 16 DIY projects that are …

Chemicals

This Trick Will Save You From Endless Hours Of Peeling Potatoes

Peeling potatoes can be dull and tough, especially if you're preparing a meal that requires a lot of them. Sure, there are certain methods that promise to save time -- like this power drill trick -- but they often seem to do more harm than good. But thanks to ultimate lifehacker Dave Hax, we just …

Embed Flipboard Magazines On Your Website or Blog

Sharing magazines to your social networks is a great exercise in promotion, but if you want an attention-grabbing visual—a preview that pops—embed your magazine on your Website.<p>The easiest way to get started is to visit your magazine on the Web.<p>Hover you mouse over “Share” below the bottom right …

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7 Mistakes You Make Vacuuming

Make sure you're vacuuming correctly! Here are seven mistakes you might be making.<p><i>Pamela Moore / Getty</i><p><b>1. You don't vacuum in both directions</b><p>If you only vacuum in one direction, you're not removing all of the dirt and dust. Some of it can hide under carpet fibers, and vacuuming in both …

Got Bra-blems? 3 Steps to Finding the Perfect Fit

Got bra-blems? Don't worry, you're in good company. In fact, according to a 2011 study conducted by Griffin Strategic Partners, 85 percent of women wear the wrong size bra. Since slipping on a perfectly fitting bra will give you a more flattering silhouette, and boost your confidence, I reached out …

Clothing

10 Ways to Make Your Home Happier

Create a cheery, inviting space.<p>From a fresh coat of white paint to choosing comfortable, neutral furniture, decorating experts share their advice on creating a cheery, inviting home.

9 Delicious Dressings That Make Anything Taste Awesome

It's all about the dressing. These homemade salad dressings are so delicious, you'll want to eat them with a spoon.<p><b>1. Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing</b><p>Cool, creamy, tangy and garlicky, this homemade ranch dressing tastes so much better than the mass-produced bottled stuff in grocery stores. Try it …

Healthy Eating

5 Vacation Ideas to Cure That Large Family Wanderlust

<i>Bolongo Bay Beach Resort (Courtesy Bolongo Bay)</i><p>Traveling with a large group -- whether a family with three or more kids, a multi-generational gathering or special celebration involving more than one set of parents and children -- can be daunting to satisfy each individual in the group, depending on …

New Hampshire