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A Strong Argument Against Capital Punishment

When the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the death penalty is unconstitutional in the state, it reckoned squarely with the kind of questions that citizens often ask and that legal cases seldom answer: Is capital punishment moral? Is it necessary?<p>By 4–3, the court held that “capital …

Home Invasion

12 Pasta Salads Just in Time for Spring

Changes to your fashion and beauty looks aren’t the only things that need an overhaul come springtime — your collection of recipes could also use a bit of a kick. Let’s face it: Now that the weather is filled with sunny days and sultry nights, the last thing you want to do is to be stuck slaving …

Cooking

8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

Clever Space-Saving Solutions for Small Bedrooms

If you're dealing with a common small-apartment problem — a bedroom scarcely large enough for a bed, much less anything else — look no further than …

Real Estate

5 Subtle But Clever Ways to Make a Small Space More Livable

Think you have to make huge or dramatic changes to have a big impact on the way your space feels? It's just not so. In fact, sometimes it's the small …

Small Spaces

Small Space Storage: 8 Ways to Go Vertical

(Image credit: Jess Watson)<p>I live in a one bedroom loft apartment where the only built-in storage is in the kitchen. There wasn't a closet or a …

Small Spaces

100 Ideas & Inspirations for Small Spaces

We're powering along during our celebration of small spaces this month. For those of us who can't get enough of the topic, here's a group of posts …

Small Spaces

Roundup: Making Use of Vertical Space

When square footage is limited, look to your walls. Working vertically is the fastest way to multiply and maximize your available space.<p>Walls aren't …

Storage Ideas

Tricks of the Trade: 5 Smart Ways To Use Mirrors In Small Spaces

Aside from soaring ceilings and gigantic windows, there is no better friend to a small space than a well-placed mirror. Expanding walls, amplifying …

Home Decorating

10 No-Fail Decor Tricks & Tips for Small Spaces

Anna's Warm & Sweet Chicago Studio Apartment<p>Designers always have tricks up their sleeves to be pulled out in challenging situations. We've gathered …

Small Spaces

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

These Are America’s Happiest (and Most Miserable) States

Alaska led the nation with the highest level of well-being of all states, supplanting North Dakota, which plummeted to 23rd place. West Virginia …

Demographics

The Powerful Predictor Behind Successful Relationships

When does a broken relationship start to go wrong?<p>Whatever you’re thinking — an awkward conversation with your boss, the white lie you told about …

Self-help
Books

How to Be Someone People Love to Talk To

When do we really learn good conversation skills? Well, we don’t. We’re just kind of expected to pick them up…<p>And we wonder why people aren’t better …

Self-help

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

For great-value city breaks, look past the capitals and big names; some of Europe’s liveliest cultural scenes are in its smaller cities<p>Ghent, Belgium<p><b>Why go?</b><br>While Bruges can sometimes feel a little like a tourist toy-town, Ghent keeps it real. The city still offers picturesque Flemish architecture …

European Travel

How Citymaps Could Make Yelp Obsolete

The newly global mapping app shows destinations in their full urban context.<p>In the land of listings apps, the end of Yelp's reign could not come sooner.<p>Yelp's geolocated catalog of nearby restaurants and destinations is useful, but only if you trust the opinions of the self-selecting group that …

10 Little Things Connected Couples Do

By<p>Tara Moore/Getty Images<p>You agreed to stick it out through sickness and health and for richer or poorer, but marital vows don't address the other big things that can untie your knot—boredom, feeling out of touch, or worse, platonic friendship instead of an in-love partnership. While honeymoon …

Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

A lot of parents start worrying about paying for college education soon after their child is born. After that, there's the stressful process of applying to colleges, and then, for those lucky enough to get admitted into a good college, there's college debt.<p>But author Kevin Carey argues that those …

Higher Education

In Practice

In a major new study, two standard psychotherapies—cognitive-behavioral and brief psychoanalytic—did no better than routine psychiatric care for …

Depression

17 Things EVERY Woman Deserves in a Relationship

<b>2. Someone who will go the drugstore to get you tampons at 1 a.m.</b> You need them, and you need them now. This is NOT a drill! Anyone who will appreciate this urgency and do what they can to help is definitely a keeper.<p><b>3. Someone who will make you breakfast in bed when it isn’t your birthday.</b> Because …

Entangled Empathy: How to Improve Human-Animal Relationships

<b>Entangled empathy and a rescued rat</b><p>A new book by Wesleyan University philosopher Lori Gruen called <i>Entangled Empathy: An Alternative Ethic for Our</i> …

Animals

Is Islam Hostile to Science?

In the golden age of Islamic science, they weren't doing Islamic science—they were doing science, says author.<p>It's easy to take the wonders of modern science—gene technology, particle physics, robotics—for granted. But it took a long, hard road of experiment and discovery—and failure—to make these …

China's Surprise Viral Hit: An Environmental Documentary

A film criticizing Beijing's pollution record has logged millions of views, and the government now appears to be acknowledging its failures to implement reforms.<p>On Saturday, Chai Jing, a former television journalist from China, released a feature-length documentary film that, unusually for China, …

China

Given a multiverse, does astrology work somewhere?

Whether they exist or not, we can at least think of four different kinds of multiverse. Or maybe five.<p>I find it amazing that the scientific method (or methods, if you prefer) is powerful enough to start classifying different types of multiverse. Max Tegmark has had a go at it, as described here by …

Physics

How to Parent Like a German

The first time I went to a playground in Berlin, I freaked. All the German parents were huddled together, drinking coffee, not paying attention to …

Parenting

Hubble at 25: the wonder of the universe laid bare

The Hubble telescope, launched 25 years ago next month, is unrivalled in its breathtaking and compelling visions of the cosmos • 25 years of the Hubble telescope – in pictures<p>It has captured images of stars coalescing out of glowing clouds of dust, peered back more than 10bn years to study the …

Universe

To Curb Bear Population, Florida Reinstates Hunting Season

For the first time in two decades, Florida officials have scheduled a bear hunting season. It's a response to a rise in bear attacks — but it has some environmentalists upset.<p>Experts say there's plenty of room for humans and black bears to co-exist, but the smell of food is pulling the animals out …

Wildlife

Can You Dig It? More Evidence Suggests Humans From The Ice Age

In Florida, archaeologists are investigating a site that a century ago sparked a scientific controversy. Today, it's just a strip of land near an airport.<p>But in 1915, it was a spot that became world-famous because of the work of Elias Sellards, Florida's state geologist. Sellards led a scientific …

Anthropology