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15 Amazing No-Equipment Workouts

For when you have zero desire to step outside<p>We totally get it: When it’s pouring rain or temps are at Arctic levels, the last thing you want to do is head to the gym. But if you’ve made big fitness resolutions for 2014, skipping workouts because you’d rather curl up on the couch with hot chocolate …

Photographer Takes on Multiple Roles in Creative Self-Portrait

Los Angeles-based photographer and multifaceted artist Christine McConnell takes some really interesting images that place herself in multiple roles. Besides being behind the camera, McConnell also serves as the model, stylist, costume and set designer throughout much of her photography. Her keen …

Photography

The Best #TripLit This Winter

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Winter may be the perfect time for hibernating with a page-turning read. But the seven new books listed below all convey a deep sense of place that just might inspire you to break out of your warm cocoon and explore somewhere new.<p><b>Here are my picks for the best new #TripLit</b> …

Genetically modified monkeys created with cut-and-paste DNA

Researchers have created genetically modified monkeys with a revolutionary new procedure that enables scientists to cut and paste DNA in living organisms.<p>The macaques are the first primates to have their genetic makeup altered with the powerful technology which many scientists believe will lead to …

13 Apps to Inspire Creativity

If you haven’t fallen off the resolutions wagon yet… congrats. If as soon as week one ended, so did your good intentions, we totally hear you. But one resolution that’s always worth keeping is continually trying to bring creativity to your life every day. In our obsession with doing just that, …

The Secret To Unleashing Your Creativity in 2014

Feeling dull? Logy? Uninspired? A band of psychologists, neuroscientists, and business gurus have a raft of new techniques to help you tap into your creativity<p>The world is full of big and thorny problems, but right now there's one—bigger and thornier than most—that seems to be connected to, oh, …

Music Video for Love Actually's "Christmas All Around" Sung by Bill Nighy

State Capitols Celebrate the Real Gem of the Holiday Season: Festivus

It’s nearly Fest­ivus! And to cel­eb­rate, at least a couple state cap­it­ols are get­ting ready to take out the poles and air the griev­ances.<p>What …

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Why Travel Makes You An Awesome Person

People always ask how travel has changed me. If I look back at who I was before I began traveling and compare that to who I am now, I would have to say that travel has made me a better and more well-rounded person. I'm way cooler now than I was at 25 when I first left to explore the world.<p>Simply …

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14 Things Only Girls With Thick Hair Will Understand

So much hair, so little time. That is the mantra of women with thick hair everywhere. We know people are tired of hearing us complain, but having locks for days isn't all it's cracked up to be. At the end of our showers there is always enough hair in the drain to create another human, ponytails are …

Noam Chomsky: America is a terrified country

<b>(AP/Hatem Moussa)</b><p>The philosopher on the violence we wage abroad, the income inequality we face at home and where we go from here<p>Catherine Komp<p>November 23, 2013 3:45pm (UTC)<p><i>This is an excerpt from the just released 2nd edition of Noam Chomsky’s "Occupy: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity,"</i> …

No siblings: A side-effect of China's one-child policy

<b>What's it like to grow up in a world where no-one has brothers or sisters? Are siblings really that important? Researchers have been asking those questions for years - and China, with its famous one-child policy, has been a good place to look for an answer.</b><p>Chinese families used to have an average …

Siblings

Awesome Dads Were Unintentionally the Original Hipsters

Dads are the Original Hipsters is a single-topic blog that really puts things into perspective. Though the facial hair, thick-rimmed glasses, and mismatched clothing patterns are carefully selected by hipsters today, it was an unintentional choice by dads in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.<p>If you're a 20- or …

Parenting

Australia’s Infinite Stairway to Heaven

<i>Diminish and Ascend</i> is a sculptural installation by artist David McCracken that, from certain angles, looks like a never-ending staircase. Part of the annual event known as Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia, the staircase is one of the most eye-catching pieces at the outdoor exhibition this …

Australia

Tesla Model S Catches Fire, Stock Price Sinks -- Updated

A Tesla Model S all-electric luxury sedan caught fire outside of Seattle after a collision with an unknown metallic object on Tuesday, the first such incident recorded to our knowledge. The Associated Press reports that the fire began in the vehicle’s battery pack, mounted beneath the passenger …

10 of the Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Ireland

Outdoors lovers will find lots to be excited about in Ireland, with acres of wild and windswept countryside, cute-as-a-button villages and hair-raising coastal cliffs making up the country's surprisingly varied scenery. From mesmerizing UNESCO World Heritage sites to unique vistas that beg to be …

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30 Epic Places You Absolutely Must Visit Before You're 30

Traveling young is important because it shapes your worldview. When you travel young, you realize who you are and what you believe in before it’s time to make the big-kid decisions (career, marriage, and all that scary stuff) that will impact the rest of your life.<p>If you were to visit each of these …

20 Things I Learned From Traveling Around the World

<i>Travel for long enough and one day you wake up to realize: This is no longer a vacation, it's your life.</i><p>Over one year ago I quit my job and decided to travel around the world. This was both a dream 10 years in the making and one of the best decisions I've ever made.<p><i>Night train from Belgrade to …

El Salvador

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

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