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Could Ketone-Boosting Drinks Make You a Better Cyclist?

Supplementing your sports drink with these energy synthesizers may help you ride harder and longer<p>As a cyclist, you know it takes hard work to raise your lactate threshold (the point at which your muscles begin to burn) and maximize your fat-burning metabolism. But it might not have to be so hard: …

Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me

I wish someone had told me when I first began my journey into a life of my own that where I needed to begin was sitting on the floor, with my eyes closed. I wish someone had told me that my first step, the first step anyone must take is inward.<p>I wish someone had told me when I felt I had nothing to …

Drifting jellies

A red squirrel in the snow. #nature

William Richards’ new memoir focuses on the way psychedelics have enriched his life and fuelled his own work on ‘entheogens’ and spiritual experiences<p>In 1963, then-psychology grad student William A Richards was studying in Germany when he volunteered to take part in an experiment with psychedelics. …

Columbia University

Making Light Visible - pre Autumn

Arakul Shikhans

MCLife Tucson

Allow this gorgeous film to remind you you're dreaming right now

End your week right with a moment of clarity. Aaron Paradox dreamt this hypnotic animation accompanied by voices of Bear Vasquez and Alan Watts and …


“Like you’re touching your closed eyelid”: (Mis)adventures in orgasmic meditation

I’d read the literature and watched the video, but nothing could prepare me for a clitoral massage in the flesh<p><i>“My pure gut feeling is that it’s going to be like the path of yoga, where there will be a steady progression, with haters along the way, but overall, moving forward. It’s becoming more</i> …

FunkySafari — Machu Picchu postcard view by Dimitry B

Energy Vampires Suck Up Home Power: 5 Ways You Can Stop Them

Your home’s gadgets and appliances, even when in “sleep” or “standby” mode, are jacking up your utility bills. Here’s what you can do.<p>Our home's gadgets and appliances—from TVs, computers and coffee makers to clothes dryers—often suck up power even when we're not using them. These energy vampires …


Making Connections at Machu Picchu

You’ve probably seen this before.<p>It’s what everyone pictures when they think of <b>Machu Picchu</b>—the verdant network of stone terraces, temples, and open-walled houses; the soaring peaks of Huayna Picchu framing the dramatic scene.<p>When I arrived at Peru’s “lost” Inca citadel in the clouds, I was …

Travel Photography


5 'International' Flights for Americans Without a Passport

An immense diversity of climates and terrains are encompassed within the broad sweep of the United States of America: "from the redwood forest to the Gulf Stream waters," as Woody Guthrie sang back in the 1940s. But there's still a vast world to explore beyond the country's borders, a fact that can …

D.T. Suzuki on What Freedom Really Means and How Zen Can Help Us Cultivate Our Character

“The ego-shell in which we live is the hardest thing to outgrow.”<p>Alan Watts may be credited with popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, but he owes the entire trajectory of his life and legacy to a single encounter with the Zen Buddhist sage <b>D.T. Suzuki</b> (October 18, 1870–July 12, 1966) — one …

Ballon d’Or: Why Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Lionel Messi in the shade after winning European and Club World Cup

Real Madrid star deserves to beat great rival to the Ballon d’Or after a stellar season in which he led his club to the hallowed Décima<p>Cristiano <b>Ronaldo</b> hits 30 in February. Not goals, but years. That fact, guaranteed to make all <b>Manchester United</b> and <b>Real Madrid</b> fans feel old, is no barrier to the …