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The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

World’s biggest viruses lurk in Chilean rivers and Australian lakes

Giant viruses, more than twice as big as the last largest known viruses, have now been unearthed from sludge across the world, researchers say.<p>Even more titanic viruses might await discovery, the scientists said, and they may have features that could blur the lines between life and viruses, which …

Biology

No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes!

Temperatures are rising and no one wants to turn on their oven these days. The solution for your next summer soiree? No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Cupcakes! Just assemble, chill, top with berries, and serve. Cool and easy.<p><b>Ingredients</b> (makes 16 cheesecakes):<br>– 15 graham crackers (8 ounces)<br>– 1 stick …

Dessert

Our Bear Humanity: The Backstory on ChamPa

Even our smallest actions can have profound reverberations.<p>During my 10 weeks backpacking in Southeast Asia in 2010, I met a lovely Swedish woman in Laos named Frida Blom who quickly became a dear friend.<p>For a few days, we enjoyed traipsing through the old city of Luang Prabang and drifting by the …

13 Refreshing and Fruity Sangria Recipes

What’s one of the best ways to celebrate summer? If you ask us, it’s with a glass of sangria in hand. First introduced to the United States at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York, the punch has been around for centuries. And with all that history (you can read more about it here), come hundreds of …

Iced Coffee 101: Where To Get Your Cold Caffeine Fix, Stat!

During these hot, muggy days in Washington, we give thanks to the inventors of air conditioning — and the genius who dreamed up iced coffee. And …

Coffee

Human evolution: the next stages

There have been a number of speculations lately concerning the eventual form humankind will take, particularly with regards to the role technology …

The DIY Tiny House Built and Occupied by a Family of 4

We all have dreams and hopes for how our lives will turn out, but how many of us can turn on a dime and completely reinvent our lives when those …

Avant-garde

Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

European Travel

Thinking About Switching To All Natural Beauty Products? Read This First

So, you've decided that you want to live a greener, more eco-friendly life. Awesome — now what? While making the choice to <b>ditch harsh chemicals from</b> …

Survey: Guys Hate Your Wedges, Ladies

We've all been there. You have a big date and your outfit is ready to go, save for the shoes. You try on pair after pair, forcing your roommate to judge your selection until you find the right one.<p>The results of a new survey could make this process a whole lot easier. The poll, conducted by …

Shoes

Simple Springtime Dishes

100 Of The Greatest Opening Sentences In The History Of Literature

Whilst the cover or even title of a book might initially gain your attention, in truth it’s the opening sentence that has the power to inspire, …

What the Night Sky Would Look Like If the Other Planets Were as Close as the Moon

It's not always easy to imagine just how big the other planets are. Here, a space artist's thought experiment turns into a lesson in Earth's relative size.<p>Space artist Ron Miller has created a series of images that illustrate the sizes of the other planets in our solar system in a way that makes …

America the Beautiful: 50 States in 50 Photos

At 3.79 million square miles (9.83 million km2) and approximately 315 million people, the United States is the third largest country by land area and …

National Parks

Interesting Photo of the Day: Three Weary Wolves

On a foggy morning at Omega Park in Quebec, Cananda, photographer Daniel Parent was able to capture this shot of three arctic wolves cautiously …

Wildlife

Gabriele Meldaikyte Redesigns the Home First Aid Kit

I think most of us grow up with the assumption that one or both of our parents are entirely qualified to administer first aid, or at least enough to …

How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

College & University

Three-Story Tree House is a Dream Backyard Getaway

A modern three-level treehouse with a pitched roof perches on the remaining branches of a Dutch elm tree as a unique getaway on a family camping …

Around The Earth, That Moon Was Pretty Super

As if "supermoon" isn't cool enough, the technical term for the moon when it's closest to the Earth is: perigee-syzygy<i>.</i><p>It happens about once a year, and this year it fell on June 23, though the day prior wasn't bad, either. According to NASA, this year's supermoon was "14% larger and 30% brighter …

Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

Angelina Jolie urges UN to punish rape in warzones

Angelina Jolie made her debut before the UN's most powerful body as a special envoy for refugees on Monday and urged the world's nations to make the …

The Evolution of Superman

Tracing 75 years of the Man of Steel from his origins to Zack Snyder's reboot<p>If Henry Cavill's Superman in the new <i>Man of Steel</i> looks unfamiliar to …

Comic Books

Martha’s Favorite Recipes for Summer

Warm-weather dining calls for delicious meals made with the season’s bounty of fresh, ripe produce. Here are Martha's all-time favorite recipes for casual summer entertaining.<p>These picture-perfect muffins are studded with fresh blueberries and capped with crunchy sugar and crumb toppings. The …

Recipes