Cristina Speranza

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How Millennials Are Changing Travel

A disillusioned, recession-battered generation is investing in overseas experience—and hoping the bet pays off.<p>In the summer of 2012, at age 24, I left home to travel the world. In just over a year, I backpacked through South America, South Asia, Western Europe, and the western United States. I …

Teenagers say goodbye to Facebook and hello to messenger apps

Facebook made a startling admission in its earnings announcement this month: it was seeing a "decrease in daily users, specifically among teens". In other words, teenagers are still on Facebook; they're just not using it as much as they did. It was a landmark statement, since teens are the …

Photographer Captures New Yorkers Kissing for Past 30 Years

For thirty years, photographer Matt Weber has been capturing candid scenes of romantic passion on the streets of New York City. His <i>Urban Romance</i> collection reveals the numerous tender moments of love that take place between adoring couples throughout the bustling city. Their affection ranges from …

Where The Walls Still Talk

Tales from the legendary hotel-slash-commune that housed Jackson Pollock, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Bob Dylan, Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith, and Sid Vicious—told by residents like Rufus Wainwright, Betsey Johnson, R. Crumb, and Andy Warhol.<p>Anita! Soon this Chelsea Hotel<br>Will vanish before the …

The Hyperrealistic Sculptures of Ron Mueck

London-based sculptor Ron Mueck, formerly a model maker and puppeteer for children's television and films, has been creating fine art sculptures since 1996. Using resin, fiberglass, silicone, and many other materials, Mueck constructs hyperrealistic likenesses of human beings, while playing with …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

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Ugly Animals Deserve Love, Too, Says Ugly Animal Preservation Society (VIDEO)

Not every human can be as beautiful as Brad and Angelina, and not every animal can be cuddly as a panda.<p>A lack of cuteness can be a real problem in the animal kingdom, at least when it comes to getting humans to care about you.<p>Take the blobfish, a deep sea critter that inhabits the waters off the …

Cold calls and spam emails top list of 'bugbears of modern life'

Pushy sales people, spam emails and foreign call centres have topped a poll of the biggest 'bugbears' of modern life.<p>Other irritants include having to stand on the train when you've paid for a ticket, deliveries getting lost in the post and PPI calls and texts.<p>Common household frustrations include …

America's Oldest Fridge? 85-Year-Old Machine Still Running In New York

What may be America's oldest fridge is nearly 85 years old -- and it <i>still</i> works.<p>The General Electric refrigerator, now owned by Mark Vail and Jane Galyean from Montgomery, N.Y., cost $300 when it was first produced, according to the New York Post. That number is equivalent to $4,225 today.<p>The model …

What Kids Are Reading, In School And Out

Walk into any bookstore or library, and you'll find shelves and shelves of hugely popular novels and book series for kids. But research shows that as young readers get older, they are not moving to more complex books. High-schoolers are reading books written for younger kids, and teachers aren't …

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School

Instead, help them channel their energy into productive tasks.<p>This year's end-of-year paper purge in my middle school office revealed a startling pattern in my teaching practices: I discipline boys far more often than I discipline girls. Flipping through the pink and yellow slips—my school's system …