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Short Trips from Paris

Day or overnight trips from Paris<p>If you're staying some time in Paris, then consider a day trip outside the capital. There are plenty of places to …

France

The 12 Books We Can’t Wait to Read This Summer

The unofficial start to summer is nearly here, and with it comes road trips, packed coolers, and bags filled with all of the reads you've been meaning to catch up on. Still looking for some inspiration? Take a gander at Food52 staffers' must-reads below (not a single cookbook in sight!)—you still …

Books

18 iPhone Tips That'll Make You Seem Like A Phone Wizard

Holy shit! These are legit.

IPhone 8

2,300-year-old Chinese philosophy shows why we should all try to be a bit of mess

Recently, I started hanging out with a group of friends who seem intimidatingly on top of things. They respond to their emails—even non-urgent ones—politely and punctually, they freeze leftovers in neatly labeled Tupperware that they never forget about, and they sort their mail into orderly files, …

Taoism

Identical Twins Reveal How Environments Change Gene Expression

Studying twins has long offered insight into the interplay of nature and nurture. Epigenetics is the next frontier.<p>Identical twins Monica and Erika Hoffman stand barefoot, side-by-side near a sign that reads “Twin Studies Center” at California State University at Fullerton. Their glasses removed, …

Genetics

Visiting the Languedoc Roussillon Region of France

The Languedoc-Roussillon Region of France is an undiscovered gem filled with a breathtaking coastline, some of France's best cuisine, a rich Medieval …

European Travel

Want to Know If Someone Is Trustworthy? Look for These 15 Signs

If a person demonstrates these cues and traits, they're keepers.<p>Great relationships give live significantly more purpose, and in business, they translate to resources, advice and stability. Trust is at the heart of these connections. These 15 signs are dead giveaways that you're dealing with a …

Self-help

Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry

People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect.<p>Two years ago, Kazushige Nishida, a Tokyo salaryman in his sixties, started renting a part-time wife and daughter. His real wife had recently died. Six months …

Relationships

Here’s What It Looks Like Inside the Handmade Sketchbooks of a Well-Traveled Artist

Over the last 13 years, artist José Naranja has been filling pocket-sized notebooks with his own visual diary. By illustrating his daily experiences, observations, ideas, and memories, Naranja considers his ongoing project as “a love letter to notebooks, a flight of fancy and also a part of [him].” …

Art

This Festival Wants Us To Rethink How We Die

Reimagine End of Life wants to open up the conversation about end of life care and how we die, to put some humanity back into our final moments.<p>When Brad Wolfe was at Stanford in the early aughts, one of his best friends, Sara LaBoskey, was diagnosed with a pediatric bone cancer called Ewing’s …

Brainstorming Is Killing Your Creativity

Our go-to method for problem solving is majorly flawed. Here’s how to flip it on its head.<p>In a typical brainstorming session, you attempt to solve a challenge by gathering a team to generate new ideas. While it sounds logical, this method is actually rife with problems, like “social loafing,” …

Want A Purpose-Driven Business? Know The Difference Between Mission And Purpose

Young people want to work for purpose-driven businesses–but your purpose has to be something more than just rephrasing your business model.<p>Over the past decade, leaders in business, education, and the social sector have become more interested in the development of purpose. Leading social …

Our Favorite Winners from iF DESIGN AWARD Night 2018 in Munich

At the center of this month's Munich's Creative Business Week, Germany's largest design event offering 9 days of design discussions, exhibitions, and …

Neuroscientists Figured Out What Unconsciousness Looks Like in the Brain

Just because it's unconscious doesn't mean it's not on.<p>The human brain is the only reason our species has survived on this planet for so long, but …

Problems swallowing are a big killer, but the treatment can be horrible

Behind your tongue, just a few inches down the back of your throat, lies a dangerous precipice: over one edge it’s a straight shot down your trachea and bronchi and into the lungs, and over the other edge is the esophagus, leading to the acid-filled stomach.<p>If you or anyone you know has ever had …

Medicine

Plan a Better Meeting with Design Thinking

“Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don’t seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. I’ve estimated that one standard weekly meeting in my bureau — 50 people sitting in a cookie-cutter conference room, looking both bored and anxious — costs around $177,000 …

Design

Surreal Photos Look Like They’re Straight Out of a Dream

Russian fine art photographer Platon Yurich creates dreamlike images by merging surrealism with digital art. A talented photo manipulator, filmmaker, and creative director, Yurich’s growing portfolio of conceptual photography evokes mystery and wonder, and encourages the viewer to explore their …

How can you measure what makes a country great?

More than mere “best country” rankings, data aggregations like the Social Progress Index shape policy, help allocate funding – and even help predict the future<p>For almost a hundred years, two measurements have been used to get a sense of how well a country is doing. One is GDP, or gross domestic …

Economics

Hilariously Bad Family Photos Go Viral

This photo shoot just won the Internet… for how bad the Photoshop job was. Pam Dave Zaring says she got back her family photos from the professional …

24 hidden iPhone settings you should know about

Dig deeper into iOS.<p>Part of the appeal of the iPhone is its simplicity—you can grab it right out of the box and starting setting it up without reading any instructions. However, behind that simple, intuitive interface, you'll find dozens of lesser-known settings and options. Here are 24 you can use …

Apps

Awake Under Anesthesia

One day in the nineteen-eighties, a woman went to the hospital for cancer surgery. The procedure was a success, and all of the cancer was removed. In the weeks afterward, though, she felt that something was wrong. She went back to her surgeon, who reassured her that the cancer was gone; she …

Medicine

Researchers discover Alzheimer’s treatment while trying to cure diabetes

Developing new treatments for ailments can be a tedious and frustrating process for scientists. Often, newly developed drugs just don’t work the way …

Check out the most astounding neuroscience images of the year

The very best in brains.<p>To understand how the healthy brain works and what occurs in brain disease, neuroscientists use many microscopy techniques, ranging from whole-brain human MRIs to imaging within a single neuron (brain cell), creating stunning images in the process.<p>Here are a selection of the …

Neuroscience

The Science of Loneliness

When people ask me what my greatest fear is, I lie. I tell them about my fear of snakes. I say I have nightmares of being stuck in Fear Factor, lying …

Here Are Rotten Tomatoes' Best Reviewed Movies of 2017

If you’re looking to close out 2017 by watching the best reviewed movies released this year, Rotten Tomatoes has more than 100 options to choose from.<p>…

Rotten Tomatoes

10 of the best apps for independent travellers

Looking for holiday inspiration for 2018? These free smartphone apps mean you can carry insider travel tips for hundreds of destinations in your pocket<p>Luckytrip<p>Want an adventure and don’t care where? Luckytrip is the smarter version of showing up at the airport and buying the first flight you can …

Travel

MUST-DO IN TAIWAN: Jiufen Village and Northeast Coast Tour in New Taipei City, Taiwan

<i>It was cold, gloomy, and raining hard when we explored Jiufen Old Village and the Northeast Coast of Taiwan. But despite the unfavorable weather, we</i> …

The Best Places to Stay in Tuscany

In this guide, you'll find the best places to stay in Tuscany, from top-rated hotels in Tuscany's popular hill towns and cities to agriturismo …

Tuscany

Underrated Films Of 2017: The Best Movies You Missed This Year

Why are some films blockbusters and others flops? Is it lackluster marketing? Is it a poorly-timed premiere? Is it an uninspired trailer? Or is it …

Construction