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California pension funds are running dry

A decade ago, many of California's public pension plans had plenty of money to pay for workers' retirements.<p>All that has changed, according to a far-reaching package of data from the state controller. Taxpayers are now on the hook for billions of dollars more to cover the future retirements of …

Retirement

Why the story of materials is really the story of civilisation

From the stone age to the silicon chip, materials are the fundamental building blocks of culture, argues scientist Mark Miodownik. Here he charts his lifelong fascination ahead of a new series appearing in Observer Tech Monthly<p>Everything is made of something. Take away concrete, glass, textiles, …

You're terrible at games, but your brain doesn't know how to tell you

If you've played games for years, there's a good chance you've been in this situation: You're running through a level. You miss an easy jump or don't get out of the way of an obvious bullet. Your character dies. Game over. And you're <i>absolutely certain</i> that the game screwed up and didn't register a …

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines fat-burning cardio with moves that target your entire core rather than individual muscles (wouldn't it be great if there …

Exercise

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

Holistic Medicine

Top 25 experiences in California

From towering redwood forests in foggy Northern California to perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches in the south, this 'Golden State' alongside the Pacific simply begs to be explored.<p>Come for the landscape, stay for the sensational meals, and glimpse the future in the making on America's creative coast.<p>…

California