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20 Questions That Could Change Your Life

Finding the answers starts with posing the right questions—and Martha Beck has 20 to get you started.

The Path to Happiness: Lessons From the 2015 World Happiness Report

Getting richer but not happier: It's a familiar story, for people and for nations. The purpose of the <i>World Happiness Report</i>, now in its third edition for 2015, is to remind governments, civil society, and individuals that income alone cannot secure our well-being. True happiness depends on social …

Why Do Photographers Charge So Much?

I’m reposting this from our sister blog Photography and Architecture, because I think Joshua Dool has such smart answers to the question Why do …

Fiat Finalizes Its Purchase Of Remaining Chrysler Shares

Fiat has completed its planned acquisition of the remaining Chrysler shares it announced earlier this month, making the U.S. automaker a wholly-owned …

Katy Perry Talks Weed, Aliens, Her Virginity and More

Since releasing <i>Prism</i> this past October, Katy Perry has been consistently in the news. Maybe not at the same level as during the “I Kissed a Girl” …

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Google Lets You Download Gmail and Google Calendar Data

Google today rolled out a long-requested feature: being able to download a copy of your Gmail and Google Calendar data. The new feature means you can now back up your emails and calendars, or just export them temporarily so you can import them to another service.<p>Today’s additions let you download …

Could hi-tech accessories make cycling safer?

<b>Although more people are getting around by bike, cyclists remain the most vulnerable group of road users. Could a range of wearable technologies keep them safer?</b><p>In the UK, the number of people killed in cycling accidents is on the rise.<p>Most serious incidents involve another vehicle and commonly …

China bans banks from trading bitcoins as virtual currency’s popularity surges

One of Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell's coins in this photo illustration at his office in Sandy, Utah, from Sept. 17.<p>Bitcoin is big business in China, home to more than one-third of the virtual currency's global daily transactions — some $65.7 million. But on Thursday, the country's central bank …

America's Safest City Is Only 300 Feet From One Of The Most Violent Cities In The World

El Paso, Texas was the safest city in the U.S. in 2010.<p>Juarez, Mexico, across the Rio Grande river, had the highest murder rate in the world in 2010.<p>This incredible division emerged thanks to a confluence of global forces, according to Michael Casey's new book, "The Unfair Trade<i>.</i>" These include the …

Eagle steals camera, takes selfie

If you were let down when it turned out that video of a Golden Eagle stealing a human child was just a fancy computer animation demo, a similar such creature in Western Australia has made up for it. Instead of a kid, a sea eagle on the banks of the Margaret River in the Kimberly snatched up a video …

Detox from Post-Halloween Sugar Overload with One of Hollywood’s Top Juice Cleanses

While Halloween season has come to an end, it’s OK to admit if you’re still indulging in the loads of tasty treats you’ve collected from the …

Mobile Shortens Holiday Shopping (Schedule And Spend) So You Have More Time To Be Thankful

Shopping for the holidays yet? Probably not. Our annual 2013 Holiday Survey found fewer than 19% of consumers polled started shopping last month. That’s 5% fewer than last year. Oh, and a projected spend of $825, also down 5%.<p>Why? Well, according to 15,200 consumers we asked about holiday spending …

How Successful Leaders Attain Superhuman Energy Before Most People Wake Up

If you’re like most Americans you woke up at 6:00 a.m. this morning. Nike CEO Mark Parker has already been working out for one hour. He has one hour left. He works out for two hours four days a week. On the other three days he works out for “only” one hour. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> recently featured …

Just Say No: 10 Common Medical Tests That May Do More Harm Than Good

Stop! Do you really need that PSA test or pap smear? Did you know experts don’t think most women shouldn’t have a bone density test? And what about heartburn – did you know that your PPI (proton pump inhibitor) might be doing more harm than good?<p>Over the past two years, momentum has been building …

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Survival Diet

A calorie-cutting (but tasty!) meal plan that lets you have your turkey—and gravy, and pumpkin pie—and eat it, too<p>Get the Meal Plan<p>I cannot in good conscience tell you to skip the pecan pie this Thanksgiving. And by all means enjoy the cornbread-sausage dressing. But how can you eat to your heart’s …

Delta: A Customer Service Role Model

As consumers in the retail world, we tend to hear more complaints than compliments. Thus, it is my pleasure to relate to you a heartwarming tale involving a major American airline — DELTA — where the business won big by raising the spirits of two totally exasperated travelers: my wife and I. There …

The Fate Of New Cholesterol Drugs Depends On IMPROVE-IT

Prospects for the highly anticipated new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs, the PCSK9 inhibitors, took a wild roller coaster ride this week. The publication of new lipid guidelines by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology led many observers to think that the …

This Tiny Berry Is Being Called The Next Superfruit

Researchers who collected wild buffaloberries in North and South Dakota found the tiny red, slightly sour fruits are rich in lycopene — an antioxidant that appears to lower the risk of certain types of cancers— as well as an acidic compound called methyl-lycopenoate that can be used as a natural …

How 'I Love Lucy' Inspired 'American Chopper'

As a producer, Craig Piligian is just as interested in tatted up dudes who build custom motorcycles as he is in the life and times of Lindsay Lohan. “I’m a little ADD,” he says. “I like to walk in the door every day and always be doing something different.”<p>The website for Piligian’s company Pilgrim …

7 Apps That Will Make Holiday Shopping A Breeze

In addition to store-specific apps that may offer deals, like at Macy's and Target, these are the programs that everyone should try out:<p>You may never cut coupons again after downloading RetailMeNot. This app lets you search for the best deals at many stores, and you can just show your phone at the …

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Coffee, Nuts, and Citrus Reduce Diabetes Risk; Cake Rules Everything Around Me (C.R.E.A.M.)

A roundup of food news from around the internet on November 15, 2013<p><i>It’s the afternoon, and you deserve a break. Sit back, pour yourself a glass, and enjoy these food stories from around the Internet.</i><p><b>The Links</b><p>We love coffee. We love citrus. We love nuts. And now scientists say these three things …

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Here Are The Spectacular Plans For A Floating Airport In London

London's Heathrow is the fourth busiest airport on the planet, and it's not nearly big enough to handle the doubling in traffic the UK's Department for Transport predicts will hit by 2030.<p>Some want to construct a third runway, but that would likely require the demolition of entire villages, as …

5 Best Business Travel Apps Of 2013

Let’s face it: The app market is glutted with choices that often don’t live up to their hype. We’re all well-versed in the nuances of Gate and Seat Guru, WiFi Finder, and TripIt, but is there anything new under the cyber-sun that is actually useful? While 2013 hasn’t brought any total …

U.S. Citizens Renouncing Skyrocket---The Tina Turner Effect

America is a great land and lures immigrants worldwide, yet record numbers of U.S. citizens and permanent residents are giving up their citizenship or residency. For all the immigrant arrivals there’s an increasing trickle the other direction too. And this year that trend is up by at least 33% from …

Insurers Still Committed To Obamacare Following White House Meeting

In an unusual alliance between a liberal Democratic President and the traditionally Republican-leaning insurance industry, health plans are still backing the Affordable Care Act and the nation’s commander-in-chief following a White House meeting Friday.<p>Despite the political rhetoric coming out of …

KLM: We Can Board A Boeing 737-800 In 17 Minutes

KLM is testing a new boarding process that it says can reduce the time required to board a 737-800 by about 20%, to 17 minutes from 22 minutes.<p>In the process, the boarding number is based on the passenger’s seat assignment. When boarding begins, the numbers are displayed on screens at the gate and …