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4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

Self-improvement

Combining The DNA Of 3 People Raises Ethical Questions

In a darkened lab in the north of England, a research associate is intensely focused on the microscope in front of her. She carefully maneuvers a long glass tube that she uses to manipulate early human embryos.<p>"It's like microsurgery," says Laura Irving of Newcastle University.<p>Irving is part of a …

Here's What North America Would Look Like On Other Planets

You may think you have a good sense of exactly how big Earth is compared to the other planets in our solar system. But clever new illustrations by John Brady, founder of the website Astronomy Central, put the size of our planet in perspective in the starkest way possible.<p><b>(Story continues below</b> …

Blood moon returns early Wednesday, and this time it's bigger

We want to see your shots of the blood moon! Share your best photos with iReport, and you could be featured on CNN.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Blood moon, Act II, opens soon in the heavens near you. And it will be bigger than Act I.<p>If you live in the western half of the United States, you'll have a front-row seat on a …

Indian Acid Attack Victims Bravely Star In Empowering Photoshoot

An Indian acid attack victim who used to hide her face with a scarf has starred in a fashion photo shoot to show the world - and her attacker - that …

How One Indian Police Department Is Helping Abused Women Break Their Silence

By Jatindra Dash<p>BHUBANESWAR, India, Nov 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For almost a decade, the 45-year-old Indian housewife suffered beatings at the hands of her businessman husband who relentlessly demanded more dowry money after their marriage.<p>Like many victims of domestic violence, the mother …

UFOs Caught By Canadian News Crew During Forest Fire Coverage

A video shot outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, during a forest fire unexpectedly captured a lot more than firefighting efforts.<p>On July 17, 2014, Castanet.net, a news organization in Western Canada, posted a video shot in West Kelowna -- northeast of Vancouver -- featuring efforts to stop the …

Feminist Majority on Twitter: "RT if you agree that it's #NotMyBossBusiness! #HobbyLobby #SCOTUS http://t.co/qYGyraFKFf"

New conversation<p>New conversation<p>Replying to @<b>FemMajority</b><p>@<b>FemMajority</b> @<b>PortiaABoulger</b> They Lie, Cheat, Steal... Republicans …

Report Claims September 25 Launch for iPhone 6, 16GB 5.5-Inch 'iPhone Air'

Apple will look to announce the iPhone 6 on Monday, September 15th ahead of a launch on Thursday, September 25, according to various Chinese media reports citing "inside sources" (Google Translate, via <i>GForGames</i>). The sources also claim that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone will be called the "iPhone …

The Top 50 Cities To See In Your Lifetime

Buena Vista Images via Getty Images<p>With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at minube.net with a simple goal: find the greatest destinations on Earth. From the great ancient capitals to the modern …

European Travel

This Guy Sold Everything He Owned To Cycle Through Every Continent

"At the beginning of 2013 I didn't have any big commitments, so it was the perfect time to pursue something that would make me happy," he told Business Insider. "I was doing some travel research and couldn't find anyone who had ever tried to cycle all seven of the continents before."<p>Joubert had …

European Travel

Tibetan Buddhist Teachings on Death and Impermanence

While I am not a Buddhist, I find the Tibetan Buddhist teachings on death a source of great wisdom and potential liberation -- particularly for those still under the influence of the death taboo in the west. Sogyal Rinpoche, author of <i>The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying</i>, has a particular skill in …

Meditation

What Exactly Is Meditation?

There are a number of different things that people can do to alter their states of consciousness, from practicing hypnosis to using psychoactive …

Mindfulness

'Don't Sneak': Dad's Unexpected Advice To His Gay Son In The '50s

<i>This conversation was recorded as part of OutLoud — StoryCorps's initiative to collect LGBTQ stories across America.</i><p>In the 1950s in rural Washington, a teenage boy learned an important lesson about self-acceptance. Patrick Haggerty, now 70, didn't know he was gay at the time, but says his father …

Stunning Pictures: Inside Africa's Last Wetland Wilderness

American Apparel's porntastic ads were just the icing on Dov Charney's sleaze cake

Dov Charney, the founder, president and CEO of American Apparel, found himself without a job this week. I think it’s safe to assume that the …

Clothing