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January 11, 1984: “Fifteen years ago, Kurt...

<b>January 11, 1984:</b> “Fifteen years ago, Kurt Vonnegut foretold the emergence of artificial human organ implants in a play he wrote called Fortitude. …

Taking Down Big Food Is The Name Of Chipotle's New Game

Chipotle Mexican Grill prides itself on the fact that it serves only "responsibly raised beef, pork and chicken." That means the meat it buys comes from animals raised outside or in comfy pens, who are never given antibiotics and are fed an additive-free, vegetarian diet.<p>Sourcing that meat is …

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10 Hidden Islands You've Never Heard of

Unspoiled and isolated, hidden islands are vacation bait for anyone with escapist tendencies. Protected from crowds and the stress of modern life, these retreats will allow you to become one with nature, soak up local culture, and live in paradise. So go ahead and become a castaway for a day or …

India Is Cheaper Than Ever, But It's Not Enough to Lure Tourists

While India’s plummeting rupee (it opened Wednesday at another record low) is bad news for industries who rely on imports, many citizens and the …

I Heart My City: Emilio’s Amsterdam

<b>Emilio Brizzi</b> has been a professional photographer most of his life, and one of his favorite subjects is the city where he lives: Amsterdam. His love for the Dutch capital — from its detailed-oriented architecture and modern take on tradition and history to the laid-back independence of its …

Who Are Syria's Friends And Why Are They Supporting Assad?

While much of the world is lining up against Syria, the country is not entirely friendless, and it's hoping its allies can provide at least some cover in the confrontation over its apparent use of chemical weapons.<p>Russia and China are almost certain to block any U.N. resolution that could be used …

Just Because Science Can Genetically Engineer Foods, Doesn't Mean We Should

Recently the debate over genetically modified (GMO) foods has heated up again. In just the past few weeks, articles about GMOs have appeared in Slate, the New York Times, and Grist. And over the weekend New York Times writer Amy Harmon wrote again of the saving graces of genetically engineered …

Study Finds No Link Between Hallucinogens And Mental Problems

How risky are psychedelic drugs to mental health? Not nearly as much as you might have imagined.<p>People who had taken LSD, psilocybin (the brain-bending chemical in magic mushrooms) or mescaline at any time in their lives were no more likely than those who hadn't to wind up in mental health …

25 Timeless Style Lessons From Audrey Hepburn

We, like many women before us, hereby declare Audrey Hepburn our official classic style icon. Her closet was full of the many fashion staples women still swear by today: fitted pants, the "LBD," cropped silhouettes and an envious assortment of hats and earrings. She wasn't afraid to wear pants (or …

You Ask, We Answer: More Of Your Questions About The Affordable Care Act

The Oct. 1 launch of the new health insurance exchanges is now less than two months away, and people are starting to pay attention to the changes these new marketplaces may bring to the nation's health care system.<p>We know it's confusing, so we're spending part of the summer and fall answering at …

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The best photography in news and sport from around the world this week

Post Show Thoughts: Snowden, Security and Surveillance

House Homeland Security Chair Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) charged the president's proposed reforms to the NSA as being purely "window dressing."<p>He defended the NSA programs and said blame lies with the president for not making the case to the American people.<p>"He's failed to explain these programs, …

Readers' tips: trips of a lifetime

<b>THIS WEEK’S WINNING REVIEW</b><p><b>GRIPPED TO THE CORE</b><p>I travelled to India with my son two years ago, the impact on me was enormous, the experience life-changing. Our ultimate destination was the ancient holy city of Varanasi on the banks of the River Ganges. It was the busiest, most chaotic, polluted, …

Portrait of Virginia Woolf - a picture from the past

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Whales flee from military sonar leading to mass strandings, research shows

Whales flee from the loud military sonar used by navies to hunt submarines, new research has proven for the first time. The studies provide a missing link in the puzzle that has connected naval exercises around the world to unusual mass strandings of whales and dolphins.<p>Beaked whales, the most …

Dolphins, Sharks, and Mermaids, Oh, My! Interview With a Real-life Mermaid and Ocean Activist

We're not in Kansas, anymore in our popular imaginations. In fact, Dorothy, in the 21st century, we're not even on land anymore. We're underwater. Perhaps it was inevitable that as coastlines sink and monster hurricanes flood our cities with increasing fury, we wake up to the fact that ours is a …

Dolphins have 'longest social memory' among non-humans

<b>Forget about elephants - scientists say that dolphins have the longest memories yet found in a non-human species.</b><p>Researchers in the US say that even after 20 years of separation, dolphins could recall the whistles of former companions.<p>The authors believe that these long-term memories are a product …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

Eastern thought and meditation are pushing ever-closer to the mainstream. Today, many ancient teachings coincide perfectly with modern research on improved mental agility.<p>“The great enigma for psychologists and philosophers is the mind.”<br>–Bhante Wimala<p>Several decades ago, the term ‘mindfulness’ used …

Trusting Your Intuition: When To Listen To Your Gut -- And When Not To

<i>That little voice that nudges you when you're stuck between two choices? It's real.</i><p>By Helen Fisher, PhD<p>You're faced with a difficult decision, and suddenly you feel the right answer in your gut. But while intuition may seem to arise from some mysterious inner source, it's actually a form of …

When It Comes to Our Brains, Study Suggests Yoga Trumps Running

We’ve learned that yoga can make us limber like Gumby, help relieve anxiety and pain, and reduce blood pressure Does yoga therapy reduce blood …

Meditation Stimulates Long-Lasting Brain Changes

The effects gained from meditation continue to affect brain function for a long time after meditation is over, according to new research.<p>"This is the …

Stay active and you'll stay happy, study suggests

<i>By Scott Douglas, Runner’s World</i><p>You're probably familiar with the post-workout feeling that, for the next little while, all is well with the world. That exercise-induced glow can wear off pretty quickly, of course, but does that mean that any happiness imparted by being inactivity is temporary and …

Eat, Smoke, Meditate: Why Your Brain Cares How You Cope

Most people do what they have to do to get through the day. This may sound dire, but let’s face it, it’s the human condition. Given the number of people who are depressed or anxious, it’s not surprising that big pharma is doing as well as it is. But for millennia before we turned to …

How to Trick Your Brain to Create a New Healthy Habit

Have you ever started a diet or exercise program but didn't stick with it? If you're like millions of other people, you've set out with the best …

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