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Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

University of Oxford

Oregon delivers huge clean energy win

Earlier this month, the Oregon Legislature voted to eliminate coal generation from the state's future and committed its largest utilities to supply …

Renewable Energy

5 spots to soak up the scenery from hot springs in Idaho and Montana

Like every traveler, I'm always searching for that little piece of paradise hidden from the masses. And I think I have finally found it in the form of hot soaks in Idaho and Montana.<p>As a newcomer to these parts by way of the gritty streets of East London, I noticed that there are two types of …

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Telluride in the Fall

<i>Photo credit: Telluride Ski Resort</i><p>Telluride, best known for its world class ski resort, has in recent years become more popular as an off-season destination. Large numbers of visitors flock to the box canyon during the spring and fall, when there are fewer people and the town is quieter from closed …

Skiing

You’re either an explorer, or you’re not. Which one are you?

Find out why you might be sitting in your office chair, instead of making your first attempt at the South Pole.<p>Antarctica is unbearable in July. It is so treacherous that in 1911, explorers Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Bill Wilson and Henry Bowers returned to base camp with shattered teeth and …

University of Washington

This Is the No. 1 Ritual You Need to Do Every Day

You read a lot on the internet about rituals that can help you be better in the morning or leap over tall building with a single bound. Maybe some …

University of Michigan

Why Sex Is Overrated and Love Is the New Black

<i>It all starts from the moment you lay eyes on her. Apparently, you've all of three seconds from that point to leave your mark... smile... approach... say something! From then on it's a quest, which, for some, will end almost instantly -- their first words unfortunately birthing their last. Others,</i> …

Relationships

This Is The #1 Ritual You Need To Do Every Day

You read a lot on the internet about rituals that can help you be better in the morning or leap over tall building with a single bound. Maybe some …

Happiness

American capitalism is in great danger

Its vital core — capital and money markets — have been turned into dangerous, unstable casinos.<p>This will continue until the central bank-driven financial bubble bursts. We've seen this happen twice in the last 15 years. Each time, Washington calls on Main Street taxpayers to bail out Wall Street …

Economy

Daily Meditation: Yom Kippur

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's meditation features a passage from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks's <i>Letters to the Next Generation:</i> …

Meditation

Opinion: Space: the final frontier and capitalism’s greatest opportunity

Physicists probe deep space, back and forward through billions of years of exciting cosmic history, light-years across black holes and ancient …

Physics

Drive-In Camping: Top Spots to Pull Up and Pitch a Tent

Driving into the woods and setting up camp only a few feet from your bumper may not have the same cache as hauling a 50-pound backpack into the …

NASA spacecraft smashes into Mercury

NASA's Messenger spacecraft has crashed into the planet Mercury after running out of fuel, in an incident expected by the US space agency.<p>On …

25 Canned Beers for Every Type of Outdoor Fun

The stigma is gone. For years, canned beers were derided for their metallic taste. Worse, the options were limited—few breweries canned beer that you’d want to sample, let alone drink 12 ounces of. Then, Oskar Blues started canning its flagship Dale’s Pale Ale in 2002. And everything changed. …

Beer

California, Hawaii & Mexico: 55 Best Campgrounds

California

7 Must-Have Experiences in South Africa

South Africa is one of those places that, once visited, sticks to you long after you've left, leaving its mark in ways you had not anticipated. Whether it's the people, the culture, the scenery or some combination of all of the above, there is something about the country that compels you to want to …

South Africa