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50 apps to improve your smartphone

From lifestyle aids to productivity tools, travel planners to social media, here are the apps that should have a place on your homescreen<p>A recent study by market research firm Nielsen claimed that the average person uses 27 apps a month, which sounds like very few considering that Apple and …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

You Won't Believe These 17 Photos Are Real (But They Are)

At Oyster, we're known for our honest, undoctored hotel photography, and in our Photo Fakeout series we've shown just how different from reality some marketing images can be. But we've also encountered plenty of hotels that were truly as beautiful as advertised. These photos we took at various …

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 …

Google Maps: a decade of transforming the mapping landscape

Google Maps launched 10 years ago developed by a team of 50, now it has revolutionised the world of digital maps with more than one billion users<p>Ten years ago, a weekend journey to a friend’s wedding was likely to involve typing a postcode into Multimap, printing out step-by-step instructions and …

Maps

European Tree of the Year competition – in pictures

France has a ‘beard tree’, UK ‘Major Oak’, Czech Republic has a ‘dragon pine’ and Italy has a majestic olive tree that is 2,000-year-old, then there is the ‘nail tree’ of Belgium and Estonia’s oak that is slap bang in the middle of a football pitch. There are more, and all are fascinating specimen …

Argentina

Skipping Breakfast and Fasting for Fat Loss and Energy

For maximum fat burning and overall health benefits I am a strong believer in skipping breakfast. But how could this be? I mean unless you live in a …

Paris as a Green and Sustainable Future City Is Even More Beautiful

Paris is one of the world's most beautiful cities, with its landmarks, parks and the cobbled roads of Montmarte the envy of the world. Architectural …

This cozy Danish custom could help cure your winter blues

A couple of months ago, as the weather started getting cold in New York and I began my annual ritual of wondering why I live here, I received an …

How To Train Your Brain For Happiness

Broody, a very unhappy brain, is plagued by fear and self-doubt.<p>"Seeing others in pain, physical or emotional, fires his own pain network," says Amit Sood, M.D., professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and chair of the Mayo Mind Body Initiative, in a new video "starring" Broody. "His imaginary …

By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

<i>Fear is one of the strongest and most basic of human emotions, and it's the focus of Fearless, the second episode of</i> Invisibilia<i>, NPR's new show on the invisible forces that shape human behavior.</i><p><i>This segment of the show explores how a man decided to conquer his fear of rejection by getting rejected</i> …

Mind

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

The Brain
Soccer

The golden ratio has spawned a beautiful new curve: the Harriss spiral

Inspired by the golden ratio, mathematician Edmund Harriss discovered a delightful fractal curve that no one had ever drawn before. But it’s not just a pretty picture, it contains some lovely theory – and brings the golden ratio into a family of perfect proportions.<p>Mathematicians like to come up …

Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Britta Hölzel is not your typical yoga teacher. Or your typical Ph.D. neuroscientist.<p>In recent years, during fellowships at Harvard Medical School and elsewhere, Hölzel has co-authored a range of studies focused on the intersection of two great passions of her life, how meditation and yoga affect …

Key events in Paris newspaper attack and hostage-takings

PARIS (AP) — For three days, two al-Qaida-linked brothers and an associate who seized a kosher grocery, terrorized France and shook the world.<p>The Kouachi brothers allegedly carried out the massacre of 12 people at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, while their associate is suspected of killing a …

Terrorism

The First Look at the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Looks

Are you ready for this? There are just 13 days to go until we see some of the world's most beautiful women take to the VS runway for the lingerie brand's annual fashion show, and we can hardly stand the wait! While the casting news alone had kept us entertained in the weeks leading up to the big …

Scientists Are About To Experience '7 Hours Of Terror' As A Space Probe Tries To Land On A Comet

Even more difficult? Landing on the surface of a tiny, spinning, rocky comet.<p>Humans have never landed on a comet before, but the European Space Agency hopes to on Nov. 12 in what might be the hardest space mission ever attempted. That day, the ESA Rosetta spacecraft will deploy the Philae lander in …

Space

Idris Elba interview: Marvel movies are 'torture'

Idris Elba on how Nelson Mandela inspired him to record an album, annoying fans, and his secret role in the Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron<p>It’s the morning after the night before. To be more precise, it’s the afternoon after the morning before. Idris Elba began his DJ set around 3am; the party, it …

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

9 Ways To Make Your Home Look Expensive

New York-based home stager, Cheryl Eisen, shares her best ideas for creating stylish interiors. After years of designing spaces for high-end real estate companies, she's spilling the beans on how you can spruce up your home decor without draining your wal<p>New York-based home stager, Cheryl Eisen, …

Ask E. Jean: How Do I Give My Life Meaning?

For the past few years I've been trying to find a career that fits me, but nothing is working.<p><b>Dear E. Jean:</b> For the past few years I've been trying to find a career that fits me, but nothing is working. I graduated with a liberal-studies degree and joined the navy (which I was excited about), but …

Napoleon Bonaparte

J.K. Rowling delivers new 'Harry Potter' tale

Charles Barkley: 'Brainwashed' blacks hold up success - CNN.com

More than 80,000 people have signed a petition to cancel the TLC reality show "19 Kinds and Counting" for what the petition says is an anti-LGBT stance. According to the petition, Michelle Duggar's voice can be heard on a recorded call from this past summer urging the citizens of Fayetteville, …

11 Ways To Schniztel: Wiener, Pork, Chicken And More

The only Viennese dish that can rival the gorgeous cakes of Austria is the wiener schnitzel. The thinly breaded, golden-fried piece of veal -- stay with us now, even if you're not a fan of veal -- is in fact the national dish of the European country. And with good reason, too. When schnitzel is …

Pumpkin Spoon Bread

We make lots of things from scratch on Thanksgiving, but pumpkin purée isn’t one of them. Libby’s is our favorite brand.<p>Ingredients<p>2½ cups whole milk<p>½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter<p>2 teaspoons kosher salt<p>1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal<p>1 cup canned pure pumpkin purée<p>3 large eggs, separated<p>1 …

Recipes

45 Ground Meat Recipes for Simple, Comforting Dinners

These 45 ground meat recipes will take you all through fall, so break out your favorite wooden spoon and get to it.

Cooking
Healthy Eating