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Rome Was Hit by a Rare Snowstorm, and the Photos Are Completely Beautiful

When in Rome, you're supposed to "do as the Romans do." And right now, that might mean partaking in an impromptu snowball fight. Meteorologists have dubbed a weather phenomenon hailing from Siberia as the "Beast From the East," and on Monday, Feb. 26, it hit Rome, causing schools and businesses to …

Snowstorms

Canada's 14 Most Beautiful Places You Need to See

Canada encompasses scenic coastlines, sprawling prairies, imposing mountains, and untouched forests. The different landscapes and cultures found …

Yesterday, world leaders gathered at a secretive meeting to decide the fate of AI

Today, top individuals from around the world convened at the World Government Summit to discuss the agenda that should govern the next generation of …

20 Decorating Tricks for Your Bedroom

A gallery of simple ideas to make your slumber zone dreamy.<p>Pile on the Pillows<p>Pile on the pillows, and don’t shy away from mixing patterns. Combine …

Home Decorating

I Took Turmeric Shots Every Day For 1 Week, and Here's How My Body Reacted

If you've spent any time online in the last year, you've heard about the wonders of turmeric. Derived from a plant called curcuma longa, turmeric is …

Turmeric

It's not just in the genes: the foods that can help and harm your brain

Our diet has a huge effect on our brain and our mental wellbeing, even protecting against dementia. So, what should be on the menu?<p>As a society, we are used to the idea that we feed our bodies, and that our diet shapes our waistlines. But many of us forget that the same diet also feeds our brains, …

The Brain

What do you really believe? Take the Truth-Demon Test

Do we <i>really</i> believe everything we say? Are you <i>always</i> trying to establish the truth when you argue? This thought experiment will help answer these …

The Biggest Home Decor Trends for 2018

New year, new you...new home decor? While some of us are looking forward to a fresh start this year by way of new year's resolutions that involve losing weight, eating healthier, get your finances in order, etc etc. Others of us are trying to get our apartment or house looking Insta-worthy in 2018, …

The 10 coolest Airbnbs in New York City

For someplace to stay with a little more character than the typical hotel, book one of the best Airbnbs in New York City. This list includes …

36 Writing Tips to Help You Write Like the Pros

These 10 minutes will help you become a better writer forever<p>As a blogger, writing is no doubt an integral part of your life. Be it fiction, or …

Putin Weighs in on Artificial Intelligence and Elon Musk Is Alarmed

Divining what the Russian President Vladimir Putin really thinks has implications not only for his country but for the future of the rest the world. …

Artificial Intelligence

Why NuStar's CEO Let an Employee Use the Corporate Jet — For His Dogs!

When Chris Butler decided to accept his company’s offer to be general manager of a facility at a remote, undeveloped Caribbean island in the summer …

The 11 Best Sci-Fi Novels From the 21st Century You Likely Missed

Great doesn't need to mean old.<p>People tend to look to decades past for examples of great science fiction—the works Philip K. Dick, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke. But the 21st century is living in its own golden age of sci-fi. Along with film and TV adaptations, novels like <i>Cloud Atlas</i>, <i>The Road</i>,</i> …

Trump lays groundwork to change U.S. role in the world

President Trump began this week to reshape the U.S. role in the world, laying the groundwork, in a series of planned and signed executive actions and statements, for the “America first” foreign policy on which he campaigned.<p>Already, Trump has mandated construction of a border wall with Mexico and a …

Foreign Policy

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

A new report by Oxfam warns of the growing and dangerous concentration of wealth<p>The world’s eight richest billionaires control the same wealth between them as the poorest half of the globe’s population, according to a charity warning of an ever-increasing and dangerous concentration of wealth.<p>In a …

World Economic Forum

A San Francisco Fogaholic’s Stunning Photos

Gorgeous Haze<p>Nicholas Steinberg, an award-winning photographer from San Francisco, takes the world on journey through the eyes of a self-confessed …

How dropping acid saved my life

When writer Ayelet Waldman fell into depression she started microdosing with LSD. She tells Rachel Cooke about her extraordinary experiment with acid<p>Some time ago – for reasons that will become apparent I am not allowed to say when, exactly – the American writer Ayelet Waldman scored some LSD. She …

Lsd

Ten easy encryption tips for warding off hackers, the US government—and Russia

On a frigid Saturday, pink and yellow Post-It notes scrawled with concerns about cybersecurity covered a wall of Eyebeam, a nonprofit art and technology center in Brooklyn. “Identity theft + surveillance = paranoia, plz help,” read one note. “How much of a threat do alt-right hackers pose on social …

Privacy

How to Make Your Home Look Expensive With Only $100 at IKEA

Since our eyes naturally gravitate toward those high-end pieces (call it a girl's prerogative), we've had to master the art of crafting a luxe look …

Dining Rooms

Worried about the NSA under Trump? Here's how to protect yourself

We don’t yet know Trump’s surveillance plans, but follow these guidelines if you think it’s better to be safe than sorry<p>In January 2017, Donald Trump will become President of the United States of America, and the most technologically advanced surveillance infrastructure in the world will start …

America’s 11 most beautiful streets

Did your favorite avenue make the list?<p>On the heels of Curbed’s most ambitious project yet—a multimedia deep dive into 10 streets that define America—we decided to take another look at urban areas across the country to discover our country’s prettiest streets. From narrow, picturesque cobblestones …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 41 – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936)

The original self-help manual on American life – with its influence stretching from the Great Depression to Donald Trump – has a lot to answer for<p>The selling of the American self, and its dream of a better future, began with the Declaration of Independence and founding father Benjamin Franklin, who …

Donald Trump

HG Wells made a series of utopian predictions 100 years ago and was right about nearly all of them

No writer is more renowned for his ability to foresee the future than HG Wells. His writing can be seen to have predicted the airplane, the tank, space travel, the atomic bomb, satellite television, and the World Wide Web. His fantastic fiction imagined time travel, alien invasion, flights to the …

Science Fiction

4 Worst Things To Order When You Go Out For Sushi

Going out for sushi seems like a pretty good choice when your other options are burgers or pizza. But is it really a clean option, period?<p>As with so many of life's biggest questions, the answer isn't black and white. Sure, fish like tuna and salmon are great sources of protein and hard-to-get …

9 Hacks That Will Help You Get More Writing Done (and in Less Time)

Successful writers share their productivity secrets.<p>Even after writing so many words over so many years, I occasionally freeze up when I look at a blank screen (or page).<p>Sometimes, frankly, I just don't feel like writing.<p>It's a problem most writers face at one time or another.<p>Having interviewed …

Writing

Can Smoking Pot Treat Incurable Disease?

For 1.4 million Americans who suffer from ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, medical marijuana might offer some promise.<p>Annual colonoscopies, …

Facebook, Google, Amazon, IBM, and Microsoft created a partnership to make AI seem less terrifying

The Justice League of artificial intelligence is finally here.<p>Nearly every major tech company with a large investment in AI—namely Facebook, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Google—has joined to create a non-profit organization to educate the public about the technology and share industry best-practices …

Artificial Intelligence

Law Enforcement Uses StingRays To Spy On Americans And Lies About It

With the rapid advancement of surveillance technology used by increasingly militaristic law enforcement, public policy and privacy protections have struggled to keep pace. In this relatively uncharted tech landscape, the state can easily and indiscriminately spy on us, invade our privacy, and push …

Europe's Forgotten 'Hitler' Killed Over 10 Million Africans -- But the West Erased it From History

Most people have no idea of who is pictured above, but you should. The sight of this man should cause a similar revulsion to that of seeing …