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What is Purim? The history and meaning of the Jewish holiday

The Jewish celebration of Purim, the festival of lots, begins at sunset on Saturday, March 11, and lasts until nightfall on Sunday, March 12. Purim …

Diaspora

The Amateur Historian Who Uncovered Ireland's Mass Grave of Babies

The dogged effort of a determined historian in a small Irish town uncovered one of the greatest tragedies in modern Irish history.<p>DUBLIN—On Friday morning, the Irish government’s minister for children made a shocking announcement.<p>Katherine Zappone stood in front of a hastily convened news …

History

How Many Calories Does It Take to Make You Gain a Pound?

A dietician explains how food really impacts your weight<p>Let’s say you wanted to gain a pound—and quickly.<p>The fastest way to do it would be to chug a pint of water or to consume four(ish) quarter pounders. Mass is mass, and you’ll weigh the same holding a burger in your hand as you would holding it …

Weight Loss

How to Motivate Yourself to Start Working Out

A trainer who’s helped countless people transform their bodies reveals the 5 questions that will change everything<p>I see Mark, my brother-in-law, once a year. He’s a great guy, and the visits are always fun.<p>Except for one part: The inevitable workout question.<p>In general, I love to share fitness …

Exercise

The Best Way to Burn Fat If You Hate Cardio

(It’s actually the best workout for weight loss, period.)<p>There’s cardio, and then there’s MetaCardio.<p>Cardio is any exercise that gets your heart rate up, burns fat, and improves whole body circulation. MetaCardio does all that and more.<p>Instead of using traditional modes of cardio training, …

A guy who designs tiny homes may have just come up with a way to combat homelessness

<b>The INSIDER Summary:</b><p><b>• Jonathan Avery founded Tiny House Scotland to build sustainable, functional living spaces.</b><b><br>• He's teaming up with Social Bite to build a village for the homeless in Edinburgh.<br>• Each house will have two bedrooms, a kitchen, a lounge, and a wood burning stove.</b><p>Jonathan Avery has …

Houses

Tiny houses are getting a big boost of legitimacy

A big step in the tiny direction<p>If a million twee reality shows and blogs about tiny houses suggest that the micro home scene has reached a fever pitch, then recurring headlines about people unable to find a space to park their tiny homes—or worse, getting kicked out of them—are sure to temper the …

Houses

The expert guide to creating a professional Instagram brand

To reach your customers—current and potential—you need to be where they live. That’s increasingly online, on social networks such as Instagram.<p>Users of the photo-sharing app now total 500 million and counting, and they are a global audience. It may not be as big a crowd as that of Instagram’s …

Social Media Marketing

9 Sleep Myths That Are Ruining Your Career (and How to Fix Them)

If you think your bad sleep habits aren't getting in the way of your success, think again.<p>Think you can forgo a night--or even a couple extra hours--of sleep and still get by at work? Think again. According to Dr. Robert Oexman, director of the Sleep to Live Institute, there are numerous sleep …

Well-being

The Best Indoor Plants to Clear the Air, Literally

Plants bring a new dimension of liveliness into the home, varying in their beauty, adding much-needed color, and interplaying beautifully with the …

Gardening

Dark Spots and How to Treat Them, According to Salma Hayek

Summer may be long gone, but its effects on the skin may still be lingering. We're talking about dark spots. Luckily, Salma Hayek has a trick for alleviating them. (Yes, <i>the</i> Salma Hayek.) She was kind enough to bequeath us with her spot-removing knowledge—which she inherited from her grandmother's …

Skin Care

This is the ultimate fried chicken recipe that has inspired top chefs | Cooking

The Ultimate Crispy Fried Chicken<p><b>Ingredients:</b><p>1 1/4 cups kosher salt, or 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons table salt<p>1/4 cup granulated sugar<p>2 tablespoons …

Baking

The Real Reason White People Say 'All Lives Matter'

<b>Why "Black" Makes Us Uncomfortable</b><p>Dear fellow white people, let's have an honest talk about why we say "All Lives Matter." First of all, notice that no one was saying "All Lives Matter" before people started saying "Black Lives Matter." So "All Lives Matter" is <i>a response to</i> "Black Lives Matter." …

Racism

How to Choose Songs for Your Wedding Ceremony

<i>What's a wedding without music? Whether you go traditional or choose pop songs that speak to your story, the right music will really help your wedding day flow. And that goes for your wedding ceremony, too! So how do you pick the perfect songs to get everyone down the aisle (and back!)? Here are a</i> …

Wedding Planning

3 Ways to Be More Focused and Alert at Work

Feeling unproductive at work? Here's how you can become more focused.<p>How would you describe a normal workday?<p>Would you say that you are focused? Alert? Engaged in what you're doing?<p>If not, I understand.<p>Most Americans spend nearly eight hours a day in the workplace, and when most people are actively …

Productivity

[Pics] Despite ‘Multiracial Only’ Casting Call, Yeezy Fashion Show Featured Black Models of All Colors

<i>via Elle</i>Today, fashion media has absolutely blasted Kanye West for the execution of his Yeezy Season 4 show, and with good reason – an inconvenient …

Fashion

More Evidence Piles Up That Reading Literary Fiction Boosts EQ

There's a reason leaders from Barack Obama to Richard Branson make time for literature.<p>President Obama's summer reading list is full of literary fiction. So is Richard Branson's list of the books that influenced him the most. Both icons are exceptionally busy guys. Why do they make time in their …

Psychology

This AI software can tell if you're at risk from cancer before symptoms appear

The AI software diagnoses cancer risk 30 times faster than a human doctor with 99 per cent accuracy<p>Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with one in eight women receiving the terrifying diagnosis in their lifetime.<p>But researchers have now developed artificial intelligence software that …

Cancer

Want to Strengthen Workplace Culture? Design a Ritual

<i>Rituals are powerful drivers of culture, so they should be thoughtfully designed and nurtured to reinforce the organization's values.</i><p>Illustration …

A woman with schizophrenia told us what it's really like to live with incurable hallucinations

When Rachel Star Withers was a child she saw demons everywhere.<p>That was how she understood the specters that flitted through her room at night, moved things around, and made faces at her from the branches of trees.<p>Raised in the Southern Baptist community of Indian Land, South Carolina, Star Withers …

Mental Health

20 bad health habits to ditch in your 20s

Your 20s see you through from your awkward teenage years to your transformation into a full-fledged adult. The decade is all about experiencing new things, taking on new challenges, making mistakes and learning from them, and working towards becoming the person you're meant to be. For those …

Well-being

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Small Business

3 Morning Workout Hacks If You Hate Getting Up Early

Some people are just <i>not</i> morning people. While working out in the a.m. is an awesome productivity hack, even all the coffee in the world can’t motivate some people to get themselves out of bed before a certain hour. If this sounds like you, good news: If you put your mind to it, you totally can …

Well-being

BeanPlus Cold Drip Coffee Maker

With its patented slow drip valve, BeanPlus cold drip coffee maker offers a simple and professional way to brew delicious cold coffee. Sounds cool? …

Coffee

6 Concepts Your Millennial Employees Wish You Understood

One of the most fraught challenges that an entrepreneur can face is the management of employees. Plenty of books have been written on the subject; plenty of classes have been taught. But it’s only when you’re suddenly sharing an office full of millennials with their own distinct personalities, …

Leadership

Black Americans are less likely to be prescribed painkillers – why?

Studies shows that black patients with back or abdominal pain are less likely to be given opioid drugs in the US. Can doctors’ ‘unconscious biases’ be tackled?<p>We know that pain thresholds vary from person to person – one person’s nudging inconvenience is another’s unbearable distraction – but the …

Chronic Pain

Boy in the ambulance: shocking image emerges of Syrian child pulled from Aleppo rubble

Boy shown covered head to toe with dust was injured in airstrike on rebel-held district on Wednesday<p>Warning: this article contains images that readers may find distressing<p>A photograph of a boy sitting dazed and bloodied in the back of an ambulance after surviving a regime airstrike in Aleppo has …

Syria

The Schooldays of Jesus by JM Coetzee review – no passion in an ascetic allegory

Coetzee’s latest philosophical exploration leads the Man Booker longlist - and confirms his fidelity to ideas at the expense of storytelling and human drama<p>JM Coetzee’s Man Booker-longlisted sequel to his 2013 book <i>The Childhood of Jesus</i> poses an intriguing question: when is a novel not a novel? The …

Literature

8 Powerful Beauty Oils You Haven't Tried Yet

It seems as if every few months, skin care junkies can't stop buzzing about a hot new ingredient. You're undoubtedly familiar with the benefits of popular beauty oils like argan and coconut by now. And while those are both powerful and important essences to try, they don't necessarily suit every …

Skin Care