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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Ten years living on a boat: 'It's a fun life – I'm not a watery hobo'

Photograph: Will Hutchinson<p>Susan on her boat on the Thames.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/29/1438190431821/91e13185-d626-47ed-8b75-f994a88ea0d9-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Will Hutchinson<p>Susan on her boat on the …

Sailboat family: Raising three kids under 3 with ocean for a backyard

Brittany Meyers and her husband, Scott, live on a 44-foot sailboat in the British Virgin Islands with their three children, all under 3.<p>"This surprises zero people who know us," Meyers, 36, told me. "When I was younger, my main goal was to live in Africa."<p>She was volunteering in East Africa during …

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30 Super-Easy Healthy Dinners That'll Help You Lose Weight

You'll be counting down the minutes 'til you can make these healthy dinner recipes!<p>When you get home after a long day at work, it can be so tempting to grab takeout or heat up a frozen meal instead of making dinner completely from scratch. After all, you might feel like you don’t have time (or the …

The most popular TED Talks of all time

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How to go completely invisible on Facebook

If you want to stay hidden on Facebook, however, we can help you out.<p>When you're finished with this process, no one but you will be able to see your Facebook activity, view your photos, or see where you've checked in. Your current friends will still be able to view your basic profile — there's no …

How 'robo-investing' is managing money for the masses

<b>"Robo-investing" - using computer algorithms rather than humans to manage your investments - is a white-hot sector attracting lots of start-up cash.</b><p>There are now several companies here in the US promising that their algorithms can get more bang for your investment buck at a fraction of the price …

The ocean waves in Nantucket are so cold, they're rolling in as slush

The unusually cold and snowy winter in southern New England has broken records and resulted in many indellible images, from collapsed roofs to …

Hudson River

First stars in universe were born 100 million years later than previously thought

The very first stars in the universe need to reset their birthday clocks: These ancient objects burst into existence more than 100 million years …

Articles about 26 books you need read if you love design on Dwell.com - Dwell

The ChampPhaidon Design Classics: 001–999.<p>Even with ample lot size, one Boulder couple opted to go small with their new home.<p>We’ve all seen interior design that almost brings us to the point of being ill.<p>Although the origins of terrazzo go back to ancient Egypt, the material as we know it today was …

Drone Footage of Chernobyl is Every Bit as Haunting as You Would Expect

While working with <i>CBS News</i> to capture footage for a <i>60 Minutes</i> segment about the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, filmmaker Danny Cooke got to explore the …

Domestic Bliss: Mother Of Two Takes Darkly Humorous Family Photos

Susan Copich, actress and a mother of two from New York, has taken a darkly humorous approach towards traditional family photography with a series of …

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Buy-to-let nightmare: £56,000 of damage and my insurer won't pay

One couple found their home of 36 years trashed after tenants grew cannabis inside<p>It’s every landlord’s worst nightmare. When Richard Meryon, a retired captain in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Rosalind, rented out their Devon home their tenants destroyed the house and everything in it.<p>When they …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

The Six Categories of Daysailers, and Why We Love Them @sailmagazine http://bit.ly/XG05we

This Woman Had Her Face Photoshopped In Over 25 Countries To Examine Global Beauty Standards

Esther Honig, a freelance journalist based out of Kansas City, sent an unaltered photograph of herself to more than 40 Photoshop aficionados around the world. "Make me beautiful," she said, hoping to bring to light how standards of beauty differ across various cultures.<p>The project, titled <i>Before &</i> …

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The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

<b>Memo:</b> From Nick Hanauer <b><br>To:</b> My Fellow Zillionaires<p>You probably don’t know me, but like you I am one of those .01%ers, a proud and unapologetic capitalist. I have founded, co-founded and funded more than 30 companies across a range of industries—from itsy-bitsy ones like the night club I started in …

Six New Reads for Summer

There’s nothing like a good book, whether you’re on passage or just hanging out in the cockpit at the marina. For those in search of a summer read, …

June 2014

Spurious Correlations finds the hidden, totally pointless connections between everything

Spurious Correlations is the virtual embodiment of a useful rhetorical cudgel: correlation does not equal causation. Sift through its data sets, and you'll find all sorts of statistics that can be mapped onto each other — margarine consumption and the divorce rate, crude oil imports and number of …

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

25 Things You Didn't Know About Jennifer Lawrence

Critics praised the 23-year-old Oscar winner, saying she delivered a mesmerizing performance that makes the film's action, adventure, political subtext, and humor <i>work</i>.<p>How much do you know about the Girl on Fire?

Discuss: protection is all in the mind

<b>THE</b> sun's out and so are squids (stupidly quick, under-dressed and imminently dead) riding in T-shirts.<p>But surely the most important piece of safety …

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Sydney’s top speciality drinking spots

It’s hard to know where to start in a city that sparkles with entertainment options after dark. There’s no shortage of clubs, pubs, big bars and, these days, small bars in Sydney. But if you’re looking for something a little niche, here is our pick of the best. All are conveniently located in the …

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Word mapping is one of the most valuable leadership tools I’ve ever seen. It causes people to think you read their minds, can be deeply seductive and …

Emotions Run High After Boston Bombing Suspect's Burial

The news that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has been buried in a rural cemetery just north of Richmond, Va., is causing controversy there.<p>According to the <i>Richmond Times-Dispatch</i>, concerns are being expressed by "a local Islamic leader, Caroline County officials and some …