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This Buddhist Monk Has Unlocked The Secret To Happiness, And It May Help Us Save The Environment

Matthieu Ricard has lived many lives.<p>As a young student in Paris during the late 1960s, he was writing his dissertation in biochemistry at the prestigious Institute Pasteur. Five years later, guided by an inner stirring to explore a deeper side of life, he was living Darjeeling, India, where he had …

Gucci’s new era: three things you need to know

Usually, newly installed designers have months to plot their pilot collection at a house, planning everything from the first stitch to the final bow. For his debut at Gucci for AW15 menswear, a then-unknown Alessandro Michele had five days, thanks to the premature departure of previous creative …

Why Your Pursuit of Happiness Is Making You Miserable

Don’t go chasing happiness. Instead, pursue the factors and conditions that create it.<p>Few things seem more obvious than feeling good–about ourselves, as well as life in general.<p>Compelling scientific evidence supports this. A November 2012 study in <i>American Psychologist</i> has found that subjective …

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New questions about why more women than men have Alzheimer's

Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it's just because they tend to live longer than men.<p>What else may put woman at extra risk? Could it be genetics? Biological differences in how women age? Maybe …

Where to find the best bird's-eye views of London

Hold on to your hats - these are the most awe-inspiring places from which to check out London from on high.<p>1. The Shard<p>London’s latest icon offers the capital’s highest viewing platform. From the first viewpoint at The View from The Shard (www.theviewfromtheshard.com), at dizzying level 69, you’ll …

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Cancer Survival Boosted by Tetanus Shot With Vaccine

Treatment with tetanus shot seems to enhance cancer vaccine’s effects, stimulating the immune system, Duke University study of glioblastoma patients finds<p>A common tetanus booster shot given to patients with a deadly form of brain cancer shortly before an experimental cancer vaccine prolonged their …

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Laser treatment claims to turn brown eyes blue

Ever been stymied in a desire to bat your baby blues by the fact that your eyes aren't actually blue? An experimental new procedure could see you permanently change your peepers' hue.<p>Strōma Medical Corporation, based out of Laguna Beach, California, claims to have invented a new laser eye surgery …

45 Things Americans think when visiting France for the first time

It’s a thrill to visit a place for the first time and all kinds of thoughts will run through your head. Here are 45 things an American will think …

The Uber for Private Jets Has Landed

First class is about to go the way of peanuts. A new app helps rich fliers charter their own jets to almost anywhere on extremely short notice. And …

Photojournalists We've Lost In Conflict Zones And Their Work

James Foley is just the latest photojournalist to be killed while covering the world's most dangerous wars. Here we look at some of his fellow journalists and their work.

Steve Jobs’ inspirational commencement speech is hidden in Pages for Mac

One of the most famous speeches by Steve Jobs is the commencement address he gave at Stanford University in 2005. The 22-minute speech is definitely worth watching if you’re an Apple fan.<p>Apple has made small and subtle references to Jobs in its software before, and now another easter egg has been …

Yolo and binge-watch added to online dictionary

<b>Yolo, an acronym for 'you only live once', is among the latest new words added to the Oxford online dictionary.</b><p>The phrase, along with 'adorbs' - meaning cute or adorable, and 'binge-watch' - which means to avidly watch something - has been added to oxforddictionaries.com.<p>The website is a catalogue …

This Robin Williams advice still matters - CNN.com

Robin Williams was honored during this year's Emmy telecast with a tribute led by friend Billy Crystal, who hosted the "Comic Relief" benefits with Williams and Whoopi Goldberg (seen here in 1986). Williams died August 11 at age 63. Click through to see moments from the beloved actor's remarkable …

How Bureaucrats Let Ebola Spread to Nigeria

After Patrick Sawyer’s sister died of the virus, Liberia’s Ministry of Health instructed him not to travel. But he was allowed to fly to Lagos. Now …

Fodor’s Week in Travel: Best Bites

There are a lot of ways to get to know a place, but diving into the local fooed scene is a good place to start. This week, we followed our taste buds …

6 Commonly Used and Confused Tools in Photoshop Explained

There are lots of tools in Photoshop that are sometimes a bit confusing due to the similar nature of their functionality. With subtle differences, …

EyeEm Is A Beautiful Photography App With Creative Competitions And Lucrative Prizes

"We thought a lot about the first impression," Markus Spiering, EyeEm's chief product officer and general manager who is also Flickr's former head of product, told Business Insider. "With a photograph app, it should focus on photography — big bold images. But it should also find the right balance …

Thailand’s islands: where to escape the crowds

Whether it is riding in the back of an open tuk-tuk or racing across the waves in a longtail boat, a journey through Thailand’s islands always feels like a real adventure. Thailand’s beauty is no secret, but there are still a few wonders that remain relatively under wraps.<p>Khao Sok National …

Thailand

Finding the right Greek island

With more than 2000 islands, from tiny atolls to Crete, maritime Greece is unmatched for sheer variety. Beaches, history, walking, cycling, water sports, festivals, food, ecology: chances are if you want it, they’ve got it. Here are just a few of the incomparable offerings Greek islands hold.<p>Best …

European Travel

The world's best secret islands

Looking for a romantic spot that's (almost) all yours? Here’s a list from our brand new <i>Best in Travel 2011</i> guide to reignite your love affair with desert islands, with picks from across the globe.<p>1. Torres Strait Islands, Australia<p><i>Image by Killer White Fluff</i><p>As far as you can go in Oz without …

Hot Springs

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

European Travel

Exploring the Big Island's volcanoes & valleys

The youngest of Hawaii’s main islands – and it's still growing, with over 500 acres of new land added over the last 30 years– the Big Island of Hawai‘i overflows with outdoor adventures. Here you can hike to the edge of the world’s longest-running volcanic eruption, then climb Hawaii’s two tallest …

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Tahiti and French Polynesia on a budget

No, there's no need to remortgage the house to visit Tahiti & French Polynesia. Despite a reputation for opulence and exclusivity, it's perfectly possible to visit these dreamy islands on a limited budget – if you make the right decisions.<p>Affordable accommodation<p>Glossy brochures focus on …

French Polynesia

Bali: beyond the usual suspects

Bali may have its fair share of tourists seeking nothing more than seven days of sun, sand and sex in the southern party triad of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, but this only forms a small part of what’s on offer. In reality, Bali is a lush Indonesian island teeming with cultural experiences, delicious …

Hot Springs

Hawaii for first-timers: how to choose an island

Planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands but not sure where to start? Torn between picking a single island or doing some island-hopping?<p>Wherever you travel around the Hawaiian Islands, fantastic beaches, friendly faces and <i>ono grinds</i> (good eats) are practically guaranteed, but every island has a …

National Parks

Top experiences in Bali: making the most of paradise

Immerse yourself in the colour and sound of a traditional festival, dine on local specialities, snorkel beautiful reefs, watch craftspeople at work, wander through lush rice fields, or just relax and be pampered at a Balinese spa. There's an awful lot to do in paradise and it's not all about the …

Scuba Diving

Top 10 Maui travel experiences

Admit it – you’re grinning already, even before you step on the plane. It starts with the idea of Maui… the anticipation. With the abundance of white beaches, waterfalls, and waves, what is there not to love? With all this island has to offer, you may be wondering where to start – never fear we got …

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Hawaii's hush-hush getaway

Beaches all to yourself, no queues at restaurants or attractions – welcome to Molokai'i, Hawaii minus the hustle.<p>Moloka'i isn't just some 'undiscovered gem' – in fact, it's been thoroughly discovered. It's just that its residents have made sure that tourism happens on their terms. There is very …

Native Hawaiians

Two weeks in Sri Lanka

For all of Sri Lanka's cultural treasures and natural riches, the resilience and kindness of its everyday people are its greatest assets.<p>Despite a history of civil war and the setbacks of 2004's tsunami and more recent brutal flooding, Sri Lankans are determined and optimistic. They're proud of …

Sri Lanka

Hawaii for beach haters

What's the first thing you think of when you think of Hawaii? The foaming-white sea lapping at a golden-sand beach surrounded by palm trees swaying in the breeze? Well, sure - Hawaii's one of the world's ultimate beach destinations, an island paradise made for lying out in the sun sipping daiquiris …

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