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The Best Meditation Retreats in the U.S.

You don’t have to journey to an exotic ashram in India a la <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i> for an exclusive, life-changing meditation retreat. Whether you’re traveling solo, want to reconnect as a couple, or take an unforgettable trip with friends, some incredible resorts and getaways in the States are geared to …

Meditation

A Scratch-Off Globe to Track Your Travels

Enabled by lotto-ticket technology.<p>With passport stamps approaching extinction thanks to biometric chips, consider this decidedly low-tech way to log your journeys: a scratch-off globe from the folks at Animi Causa. Assemble the flat-packed pieces to make a 3-D world map that's covered in gold …

Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath

Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.<p>Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard …

David Bowie Recalls the Strange Experience of Inventing the Character Ziggy Stardust (1977)

Oh, not another Bowie post! Oh yes, yes it is. We don’t keep our love for Bowie secret, and along with his first album in ten years comes new …

David Bowie’s Top 100 Books

“David Bowie Is,” the extensive retrospective exhibit of the artist and his fabulous costumes, hit Toronto last Friday (see our post from earlier …

10 Earth Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet

Believe it or not, these photos were all taken right here on Earth.<p>The Earth is filled with amazing natural wonders, but some of them are so extraordinary you'd think you landed on another world.

How to Be a Gentleman From Head to Toe: The Anatomy of Etiquette | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: There are a lot of ways to categorize the rules of etiquette: business, dinner, conversational, and so on. One of my favorite old</i> …

Hennessey Aims for 290 mph with 2015 Venom F5

How fast is fast enough? When you’re boutique carmaker Hennessey Performance of Sealy, Texas, and you’re trying to retain the top-speed record for production cars, even 270.49 mph isn’t fast enough. Hence, Hennessey has just announced a successor to the record-holding 1244-hp Venom GT called the …

Sports Cars

The 50 Things You Need To Do For A Relationship To Last

Relationships are tough. Marriage is a tough bitch. And it’s certainly not for everyone. As a lawyer, I have handled a few divorces. Thank goodness …

11 Questions To Ask Before Buying A Home

Whether you're buying your first home or you're a seasoned owner, answer these questions for the knowledge and confidence to find home sweet home.<p><b>1. What elements are must-haves in your home and what can you forgo?</b> When house hunting, decide on a few elements you can't live without and let the rest …

Spicing up the Travel Bag

We Babes love to travel and we mean to just about anywhere. On the top of our list, however, is making sure we keep as far away as possible from maladies like belly aches and runs in foreign lands (and not the kind from the police or border patrol). Our list grows: jet lag, insomnia, altitude …

Alternative Medicine

'Star Wars' Expansion Coming To Disney Theme Parks

"Star Wars" fans have more than just a new movie to look forward to next year. Disney says it will announce major plans for more "Star Wars" in the company's theme parks.<p>Disney CEO Bob Iger said during an earnings call on Tuesday that the company is "developing designs for a far greater 'Star Wars' …

Aston Martin's CC100 Is One Super Sick Speedster (over 30 photos).

A unique year produces a unique and visionary car. Created as a stunning celebration of Aston Martin’s century of sports car excellence, the ‘CC100’ …

Living On The Edge: The Holman House by Durbach Block Jaggers

Sited on the edge of a 70-meter high cliff, the plan of Holman House refers to Picasso's painting The Bather. It contains a complex series of fluid …

20 Most Inspiring Entries in Red Bull's Epic Photo Contest

<b>Lower Tomata Falls, Mexico</b><p>It's back! Can you believe it's already been three years since we wrote about Red Bull Illume, the world's biggest photography contest for action and adventure sports? (Remember the incredible winners?) Beginning in June, Red Bull has been slowly leaking its top 250 …

Extreme Sports

Chinese man tries to board plane with pet turtle disguised as hamburger

The South China Morning Post has a pretty awesome story about a man who decided to smuggle his pet turtle through customs by hiding it in a KFC …

Liquid Jewels: High Speed Photos of Paint on Popped Balloons by Fabian Oefner | Colossal

<p>Liquid Jewel is a new project by Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner (previously) as part of his ongoing exploration of manipulating paint with natural …

Kids Win This Videogame By Eating A Plate Of Fruit

Finish the game first by dominating your fruits and vegetables.<p>In a cruel prank of evolution, the best things for you aren’t as addictive as the worst. We’d rather drink a beer than a coconut water, and stretch out on the couch instead of doing a few sit-ups. Videogames are no exception. While, …

Nutrition

Newly Discovered Pink Exoplanet on the Lighter Side

Researchers imaged this planet around a sun-like star, but its origins remain a mystery.<p><b>There is a pink exoplanet circling a star very much like our own, 57 light-years away from Earth. But its origins are a mystery.</b><p>In a new study announcing the magenta gas giant, researchers were able to directly …

Pinball: Pushpin Storage Accessory by studioFAR

Finally, a clever and really cool looking way to store your pushpins! If you’re like me, they end up in a pile in a drawer and you go to reach for …

Furniture

Storybook-Style Land Art Scattered Across a Forest in Italy

If you love land art, this is one incredible destination you'll, one day, want to visit. Since 1986, Arte Sella has sprinkled the open fields and woods of the Sella Valley in Trento, Italy with storybook-style land art. Over 200 contemporary artists from all around the world, including South …

Art

12 Funny Inventions You'll Probably Want To Own

Here's 24 Funny Inventions You'll Probably Want To Buy<p>Remember these 10 ridiculous Japanese inventions? You probably wouldn't buy any of them, expect …

Rare Fur Seal Pup Born at New England Aquarium

A rare (and really adorable) fur seal pup has been born at The New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. The aquarium’s 15-year-old Northern fur …

Boston

6 Amazing Hotels in Caves

One way to beat the heat this summer: Hide out in a cool cave hotel, no a/c required.<p>By Clarke Humphrey, Condé Nast Traveler<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Cave Hotels<p><i>More from Condé Nast Traveler:</i><p>The Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the World<p>Hot New Hotels Under $300<p>We Dare You to Walk Across these …

Condé Nast

Former Walmart Transformed Into Modern Library Space

When Walmart vacated this large warehouse building, the abandoned space sat empty for quite a while before Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle decided to do something about it. The architecture firm transformed the former retail store, located in McAllen, Texas, into a huge, functioning library.<p>124,500 …

Architecture

Spacesuit X-Rays And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

Advertisement<p>32 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / StudioSmart<p>A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of …

Hyperrealistic Photographer Makes Animals Appear Magical

To convey that contradictory effect, Johan creates intricate digital constructs using photographs of animals he has taken all over the world, and re-situating them in new environments constructed from other photos.<p>His newest works will be displayed at Yossi Milo Gallery in New York City from …

New York City

Amazing Sequential Photography, Courtesy of Red Bull Illume Contest

<i>Photographer: Scott Serfas Athlete: John Jackson Location: Aniak, AK, USA</i><p>The physical design of the GoPro camera changed videography, as its small, …

Photography