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The cold truth about our thirst for bottled water

Thanks to consumer culture it’s entirely possible to give the Earth a surreptitious kicking on a daily basis. So using face scrubs full of plastic microbeads or disposable wipes just make you look like you’re time efficient and keen to exfoliate (no mention that you’re irreversibly polluting the …

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True adulthood doesn't begin until age 25

The trend has been dubbed ‘kidulthood’ by commentators<p>True adulthood does not begin in the western world until 25 because young people are putting off settling down for longer, a psychiatrist has claimed.<p>Although the transition from child to adult is traditionally marked at 18, in fact, crucial …

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

The more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals.<p>Most schools across the nation have marked the end of another academic year, and it’s time for summer. Time for kids to bolt for the schoolhouse doors for …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

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Why Letting Kids Serve Themselves May Be Worth The Mess

When it comes to feeding little kids, adults know best. But some nutritionists now argue that children could also benefit from a bit of autonomy at mealtimes.<p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that parents let kids as young as 2 years old serve themselves at home. And in 2011, the …

How to increase your energy

<b>Your Breakfast is Too Small</b><br>A handful of berries mixed into a container of Greek yogurt may sound like the perfect healthy breakfast, but it can set you up to binge in the afternoon. Not only is it just not enough food, but it’s also lacking in some nutrients that are key to ensuring you feel full …

Lumo BodyTech Introduces The Lift: A Small, Stylish Wearable For Better Posture

Palo Alto-based Lumo BodyTech is revealing its second product today, the Lumo Lift. The Lift, like its original Lumo Back, is a device designed to enhance a user’s posture, but with a radically different take. The Lift is small and stylish, and is designed to be placed unobtrusively on the collar …

Weird Ways to Lose Weight

7 Weird Things That Promote Weight Loss<p>And get this: One of ‘em is chocolate!<p>If you want to shed pounds, you know the best way to do it: healthy eating and exercise. That being said, we’ve learned about some pretty interesting—and, well, seriously strange—weight-loss tricks via research over the …

5 Super-Intimate Sex Moves

Because the closer you two are, the hotter—and better—your orgasm will be<p>There are a lot of things that can bring you and your S.O. closer together: apps designed specifically for couples, vacations for two, candle-lit dinners. But nothing does the trick quite like a long, sensual romp between the …

The Best Sex Positions for Your Pleasure

The 9 Best Sex Positions That Practically Guarantee an Orgasm<p>You're going to want to bookmark this page<p>Any athlete can tell you that the proper form is crucial to performance. Slightly changing up your technique can mean shaving a few seconds off of your race time or scoring a few extra points. Sex …

15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

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