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These tours offer a fresh perspective on a place as the sun goes down

On a recent cruise around China, as most people were coming back on the ship for dinner, I was getting prepared to leave. Ready to go, I slipped on a pair of high heels and set off on an organized night tour of Shanghai with about 20 other passengers.<p>Our small ship, Windstar Cruises’ Star Legend, …

Travel

The secrets of the ‘high-potential’ personality

Are there six traits that could really mark out your potential to achieve?<p>Are you curious, conscientious and competitive? Do you also have the more mysterious qualities of “high adjustment”, “ambiguity acceptance” and “risk approach”? If so, congratulations! According to new psychological research, …

Psychology

Woody Harrelson on Veganism, Being a Dad, and Smoking Pot with Willie Nelson

Woody Harrelson’s pied-à-terre in Los Angeles—which he and his wife, Laura Louie, have had for 30 years—looks just like what one would imagine it to. …

Pack like a pro: 20 essentials for a beach vacation

Though summer doesn't *officially* start until late June, this weather says otherwise. Kids are getting out of school, the local pools are opening their gates and our legs are slowly making their way out of months-long hiding. It's summer, y'all, and we're eying Memorial Day as our kickoff.<p>Getting …

Inside The Ecosystem That Fuels Amazon’s Fake Review Problem

A vast web of Amazon review fraud lives online, and it's designed to evade the company’s efforts to thwart it.<p><b>One morning in late January</b>, Jake picked up the box on his desk, tore through the packing tape, unearthed the iPhone case inside, snapped a picture, and uploaded it to an Amazon review he’d …

eCommerce

Report: Darren McFadden swindled out of $237 million

Darren McFadden is suing his former financial adviser. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports<p>This is just all sorts of unfortunate. Remember the 2016 story that …

The right (and wrong) way to apologize

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is a right way and a wrong way to apologize, psychologists say. Over the course of the last few months, we've seen many high-profile examples that fall somewhere in between.<p>On Wednesday, NBC News announced it had fired long-time "Today" show anchor Matt Lauer amid accusations of …

Matt Lauer

11 Little Mental Health Tips That Therapists Actually Give Their Patients

The goal of therapy is to give you the tools and strategies for navigating whatever is going on in your life—from stress or relationship issues to …

Mental Health

This is what a brain injury feels like

As a science journalist, Elizabeth Lopatto had reported on the effects of brain injuries. But nothing prepared her for the experience of having one<p>I opened my eyes to see a clear blue sky and two men leaning over me to put a brace around my neck. I don’t know if I was already on the stretcher or if …

The Brain

Athletes Are Not Going to 'Stick to Sports' and That's an Admirably American Thing

On Sept. 16, 1960, before a home game against the Athletics, Cleveland pitcher James (Mudcat) Grant was standing in the bullpen singing along with …

Civil Rights

From Kaepernick sitting to Trump's fiery comments: NFL's anthem protests have spurred discussion

“<p>I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with</b> …

How Science Is Unlocking the Secrets of Drug Addiction

Patrick Perotti scoffed when his mother told him about a doctor who uses electromagnetic waves to treat drug addiction. “I thought he was a swindler,” Perotti says.<p>Perotti, who is 38 and lives in Genoa, Italy, began snorting cocaine at 17, a rich kid who loved to party. His indulgence gradually …

Why Happy People Cheat

A good marriage is no guarantee against infidelity.<p>“Most descriptions of troubled marriages don’t seem to fit my situation,” Priya insists. “Colin and I have a wonderful relationship. Great kids, no financial stresses, careers we love, great friends. He is a phenom at work, fucking handsome, …

Relationships

Why Everyone You Know Is Suddenly Going to Todos Santos, Mexico

There are a lot of unmarked roads in Mexico’s Baja California Sur. You see them from the smooth highway that connects the sleepy town of Todos Santos to the glossy resorts of Los Cabos an hour south, their dusty trails carving mysterious paths through fields dotted with tall saguaro cacti. They …

Expert Advice: 12 Tips for Making a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

I think we’ve all been there. Maybe you’ve just moved to the big city, or you grew up the youngest of many and drew the short straw when it came to …

Study: half of the studies you read about in the news are wrong

And yes, this could be one of them.<p>There’s an oft-repeated mantra among scientists: A single study is rarely the final answer. And yet for science reporters, new studies are irresistible — a bold new finding makes a great headline.<p>Which explains how we get into confusing situations like this:<p>The …

Clinical Trials

Trump’s Lies vs. Your Brain

Unfortunately, it’s no contest. Here’s what psychology tells us about life under a leader totally indifferent to the truth.<p><b>All presidents lie. Richard Nixon said</b> <b>he was not</b> a crook, yet he orchestrated the most shamelessly crooked act in the modern presidency. Ronald Reagan said he wasn’t aware of …

Donald Trump

Expert tips for pulling off a sober January, aka Drynuary

After a 2016 that may have inspired some heavy drinking, the first month of 2017 may be best spent booze-free. Drynuary, the tradition of not …

Alcohol

The collapse of parenting: Why it’s time for parents to grow up

If anyone can be called the boss in modern, anti-hierarchical parenthood, it’s the children<p>For modern families, the adage “food is love” might well …

5 all-natural alternatives to Adderall, according to a Beverly Hills MD

In recent years, the use of Adderall has grown immensely—but not just for ADD and ADHD. According <i>The New York Times</i> <i>Magazine’s</i> new cover story, …

These Easy Soup Recipes Are Just As Good As Takeout — & So Much Cheaper

Even if it's still unseasonably warm in our corner of the country, the Refinery29 offices are ready for fall — and its not just because a few of us …

Do we have a ‘preferred style’ of learning?

Many of us have a preference for the way we learn – either by watching an expert or having a go ourselves. Is this the easiest way for us to learn things?<p>When you trying are something new, do you learn more easily from diagrams, from someone telling you how to do it, or by having a go yourself? You …

Pedagogy

Awe Isn't Necessarily Good for You

Its benefits might be a form of privilege.<p>Ten years ago, on a reporting trip to southeastern Alaska, I spent a week with a group of researchers and students who were traversing the Juneau Icefield, an expanse of interconnected glaciers the size of Rhode Island. In theory, the trip was romantic. In …

Your child might be a bully. Here are 7 ways to stop that behavior.

As a former after-school teacher, I’ve spent three years working with kids in a more relaxed environment than the classroom. And, in those hours with kids as their less-guarded selves, I’ve seen the bullying, teasing, whispers and shoves that scarcely get reported home to parents.<p>There are no …

Parenting

The surprising but simple reason four-day workweeks are bad for your health

Many employers and employees love the thought of a four-day workweek. Supposedly, a four-day work schedule allows workers extra time to pursue leisure activities and family togetherness. Spurred on by visions of spending more time at the beach, many people are now encouraging businesses to adopt …

The Workplace

30 Clever Home Hacks For Decor-Lovers

Sometimes it's the smallest tweaks that make the biggest difference at home. These decorating hacks solve common dilemmas while also elevating your home's style — a double win! Trust us, you'll want to clear out your weekend schedule for these.<p><i>— Additional reporting by Angela Elias</i>

Living Rooms

The 10 Best Bargains in GOLF's Top 100 Courses You Can Play

<i>Our latest ranking of America’s Top 100 Courses You Can Play has something for everybody. We’re well aware, however, that while every course is</i> …

7 simple ways to turn your home into an oasis of calm

When we get home after a long day of work, the last thing we want is to feel like we're surrounded by chaos. The home is a place where we unwind and …

Calm

10 apps to help make you a morning person

It's time to kick that snooze habit once and for all.<p>How you spend your morning can be a good indicator for how you spend your entire day. A good …