Bethany Schifferdecker

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Delta and Equinox Created a Workout That Fights Jet Lag — Here Are the Moves (Video)

You can do these exercises right in your hotel room.<p>Sitting for extended periods on planes and shifting between time zones can take a toll on the …

Workouts

400 free online courses with credits that can count towards your degree

These days, more and more universities are offering for-credit programs via MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. What started with a small number of degree programs, such as the iMBA from the University of Illinois (Coursera) and Georgia Tech’s Online Master of Science in Computer Science …

Online Education

Tone Every Inch of Your Body With These 100 Effective Bodyweight Moves

Here it is! The ultimate guide to the best bodyweight moves. Bookmark this for later so you can create your own workout by mixing and matching these badass moves, and watch your body transform. Maybe you want an all-butt workout with squats and lunges. Maybe you want to focus on toning your arms …

Workouts

The Healing Potential of Turning Vacant Lots Green

A new study finds turning vacant lots into green space can improve the mental health of residents in the hardest-hit neighborhoods.<p>More than 43,000 lots in Philadelphia sit vacant, many invaded with overgrown weeds and strewn with trash. As CityLab has previously reported, this is as much a …

Urban Design

How to get a world-class education for free on the internet

As crucial as a university degree has become for working in the modern economy, it is not the only route forward into a wildly lucrative and satisfying career—just ask famous dropouts Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg.<p>In the future, a single bachelor’s degree in a …

Learning

200 universities just launched 600 free online courses. Here’s the full list.

If you haven’t heard, universities around the world are offering their courses online for free (or at least partially free). These courses are collectively called MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.<p>In the past six years or so, close to 800 universities have created more than 8,000 of these MOOCs. …

Online Education

Hips don’t lie: A month of daily RomWOD workouts actually made me more flexible

You know that woman who really gets low when she squats? Or how about the one you’ve seen in yoga class who can touch her nose to her knees in a …

Exercise

8 Highly Effective Abs and Crossfit Core Workouts

Crossfit core workouts are essential for athletes that want to develop excellent lifting and gymnastic skills, as well as improve general posture, …

As the Global Refugee Crisis Intensifies, 6 Docs to Watch

The number of refugees across the globe increased from 22.5 million in 2016 to 25.4 million in 2017, according to a Global Trends report released …

6 Words You Should Know Before Talking About Islam

A lot of the suspicion surrounding Islam comes from a lack of knowledge or understanding of a religion that is still foreign to many people, despite its 1.6 billion followers. Often this lack of knowledge results in the public cooptation of important aspects of the faith.<p>Words like <i>jihad</i> and <i>shariah</i> …

Religion

February 2016

12 ways to get paid to travel the world

But what if you could travel and not spend a dime? What if you could even get paid?<p>Many would jump at the opportunity to experience new cultures, traverse through beautiful landscapes, and satisfy their insatiable wanderlust.<p>We've compiled 12 ways for just about anyone to get their golden ticket to …

Travel

Why Jesus Was, and Is, a Political Threat

Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and my boys could tell you how much I always want to get to good carol services. It's the amazing Christmas narratives that I love so much. I am a Christian and what Christmas means to me is this: In Christ, God hit the streets. Immanuel means God with …

Why America Needs Syrian Refugees

<b>Christmas Past</b><p>Many years ago when I started junior high, a couple of girls from a street near my house where poorer people lived would follow me every morning when I walked to school.<p>One girl was quite large and very much a bully. The other one was her minion. Every morning they'd taunt me on the …

The Best Travel Products of 2015

Not only is this Rimowa carry-on a stunner, but its utilitarian inside includes a quilted tech fabric with two removable dividers to maximize …

20 DIYs to Tackle While Your Office is Still Closed

A few days into the holidays—that season of to-do lists that run longer than lines at the mall and barely enough time for all the wrapping, cooking, and greeting that needs to be done—the busiest season of the year grows abruptly quiet. Bodies migrate from the kitchen to the TV room, teenagers are …

A brief history of Islam in America

Islam’s roots in America go back to the Founding Fathers.<p>Much of the debate in the US surrounding President Trump's ban on immigrants and refugees has tended to assume that Muslim Americans are mostly migrants and that Islam is a relatively new phenomenon in America, along with questions about …

Why You Should Read Books From Every Country

Books offer the privilege of travelling all around the globe without even having to leave one’s comfort zone. Reading also ignites the level of one’s …

Literature

50 Heavyweight Leadership Quotes

Some say leadership is an art. Some say leadership is a science. There were a lot of books written on the topic and a lot of approaches discussed. But there are also simple, yet powerful quotes that pack a punch and make us think about the true meaning of leadership. Here are some that resonated …

Urban Farming Yields Fresh Foods, Land Reuse

In backyards and on once-barren city lots, local growers produce crops and livestock.<p>Chickens are coming home to roost in U.S. cities, near pens for goats and hives for bees. In urban yards and on once-vacant lots, planting beds brim with herb plants, pea vines, and the ubiquitous kale.<p>A new wave …

The entrepreneurs turning their business savvy to food waste

As much as 40% of the food in the US is not consumed, according to a report from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Much of it ends up in landfills as waste. In other words, Americans throw out about $165bn each year.<p>"That amount of money has to whet the appetite of a lot of creative …

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

Want to ruin a presentation in seconds? Just drop in one of these sentences.<p>While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van …

9 Simple Things Great Speakers Always Do

If they want to make a real impact on the audience, that is.<p>Some people like to learn from mistakes. Others prefer to learn by finding out what <i>to do</i> instead of what not to do.<p>Case in point: Last month, I shared 10 phrases great speakers never say. A number of people emailed saying, "Great, but what</i> …

10 Ways Great Speakers Capture People's Attention

First you must grab your listeners' attention--then you need to hold it. Check out these simple ways to do both.<p>In my mind, there are two kinds of attention: neck down, and neck up. Neck-up attention is when the listener has to make an effort to pay attention. Neck-down attention is when the …

Five Examples of Successful Urban Agriculture Done Differently Around the World

<i>On Wednesday, the Landscapes Blog focused on the right to food in honor of World Food Day and Blog Action Day. While hunger, nutrition, and food</i> …

Walmart: 'the most important force in agriculture' looking to go green

One of the most powerful people in the US food industry is a 52-year-old native of Scotland who got his start in the business stacking groceries on supermarket shelves. Today, as an executive vice-president in charge of all the grocery operations at Walmart, Jack Sinclair is still stacking shelves …

How to Get WTO Talks Moving: Take on Agriculture Subsidies

As mentioned in my last piece here, there has been much hand-wringing in recent years over the inability of the WTO to achieve new trade liberalization. The modest success of the recent Trade Facilitation Agreement was a small victory, but it is not liberalization in the traditional sense, where …

Food That Needs a Warning Label Isn't Actually Food

At the World Health Organization’s 67th World Health Assembly, now ongoing in Geneva, the case was made that junk food is even more damaging to …