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A brief history of gravity, gravitational waves and LIGO

This has turned into Gravity Week here in Washington. Loads of journalists (many in town for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science) crammed into the National Press Club on Thursday morning for a news conference to discuss an experiment called LIGO, which …

Physics

The 5 Resolutions You Need To Make If You Ever Want To Retire

If 2016 brings you a little closer to sticking your toe in the retirement waters, we have some suggested resolutions for you that may even beat starting this year's resolution list with that perennial favorite: Go on a diet.<p><b>1. Actually, you should probably start with the diet anyway.</b><p>The best …

Retirement

10 U.S. Places To Travel Before They Get Famous

Nashville, Charleston, Portland (the Oregon one)... you've heard all about "America's up-and-coming destination cities," and chances are you've even been to a few. But as these pockets of culture blossom into full-blown vacation destinations, travelers are left yearning for someplace just a <i>bit</i> more …

National Parks

One technique that can help you make friends as an adult is surprisingly easy to mess up

But years of research suggests there's one near-universal feature of relationship development: self-disclosure.<p>In general, according to research by Nancy L. Collins, Ph.D., and Lynn Carol Miller, Ph.D., people tend to like each other more after they've shared something personal.<p>The foundation of …

Psychology

11 signs you’ve never really eaten Italian food

1. You call pasta “noodles.”<p>Italy actually has a law stating that dry pasta is only authentic if it’s made from durum wheat flour, preferably …

8 Signs It's Time to Break Up With a Friend

We all know how painful breakups can be.<p>Sleepless nights, tissues full of tears, and enough takeout to last us a lifetime. Days spent convincing ourselves we will never be the same again. But we silently pray to ourselves that the miserable feelings will pass, and eventually, they do.<p>But what about …

Relationships

Locals share insider tips on visiting 18 popular tourist attractions around the world

A Reddit thread asked users who live near tourist attractions to give advice to tourists, with answers that ranged from the best time to visit an attraction to those that might be worth skipping.<p>We combed through the thread to pull the best insider tips on visiting the world's top tourist …

New York City

7 ways to lose weight when you’re over 60

For many of us, life gets better—easier, even—as we get older. We get more comfortable and confident in our own skin. We weed out what doesn't work for us and invite more of what does work into our lives. There's a certain clarity that inspires us not to sweat the small stuff so much and to keep …

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5 Fitness Lessons I Learned from Senior Citizens at the Gym

<b>2. Workout Fads Come and Go (and Come and Go, and Come and Go Again)</b><br>Our gym equipment is a fossil record of fitness trends: Soviet-era weight machines share space with bright, injection-molded step aerobics platforms and newer, semi-inflated stability balls. Name a training craze that’s swept the …

These Iceland destination wedding photos will take your breath away

After a romantic proposal on the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center, Aimee and Drew Clancy realized the traditional wedding was not for them.<p>This couple's journey began when Aimee and Drew met at Aimee's sister's wedding. Drew was a guest of the groom and asked Aimee for her number after …

Weddings

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Going Up? Elevator Scenes on ‘Mad Men’

In ‘Mad Men,’ dozens of key scenes on the ’60s-era ad-agency series have played out on elevators. For series creator Matthew Weiner, elevators are where time, physical space and tension get neatly compressed.<p>The first time Peggy Olson, a pivotal character in “Mad Men,” appears in the 2007 series …

Mad Men

When 'Mad Men' Ends, Does TV's Best 'Stealth Feminism' Die, Too?

For seven seasons, Matthew Weiner has devoted himself to creating fascinating, complicated female characters.<p><b>This article appears in the March 2015 issue of ELLE magazine.</b><p>To write about the women of <i>Mad Men</i> in a way that sidesteps the usual fawning, rhapsodic, pin-up calendar approach is to confront …

6 Ways to Humiliate Yourself in Europe

The consequences of looking like a tourist in a foreign place can range from serious (becoming a target for theft and scams) to humorous (awkwardness, frustration, public embarrassment). Here are a few of the most blatant ways that your lack of familiarity with local culture in Europe can bring you …

Human Rights

The Only 5 Exercises You'll Ever Need

If you're the type spending hours at the gym—chest fly, back row, biceps curl, repeat—it's time to reconsider your routine. Find out how to get …

The Entire Arc Of George Costanza’s Relationship With Susan, Told Through An Arcade Fire Song

“My name is George. I’m unemployed and live with my parents. I was engaged once, but she died. It was my fault. My entire relationship with my dead fiancée can be summed up with a video put together by a parody Twitter account, Seinfeld2000, set to Arcade Fire’s soft-disco anthem ‘Here Comes the …

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Cutting cable - what can you watch online for free?

For most of us, cutting a cable subscription is about <i>cutting</i> costs — not adding them. While subscribing to a streaming service (or two) and buying an episode or TV season from iTunes or Amazon is likely to be less than what you've paid for cable, the whole point is to keep all the little costs from …

29 Hairstyling Hacks Every Girl Should Know

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The right’s most loathsome Obamacare lie yet

A congresswoman defends Americans’ right to awful health insurance — and shamefully misleads the public<p>During congressional hearings with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., made an interesting argument that some Americans don’t want quality health …

Bras Actually Make Breasts Saggier, According To The French

Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon, a researcher at Besançon CHU, has been measuring the breasts of 330 women ages 18-35 since 1997 with a slide ruler and caliper to see the effects of bra-wearing.<p>Of the women involved in the creepy-sounding study, the researcher found that those who wore bras risked …

Women's Health

Ford Sells More Great Cars For The Money Than Any Automaker

The awards name a car in 21 categories, including compact cars, hybrid cars, upscale small cars, and SUVs.<p>The winners are chosen based on automotive press reviews, reliability and safety data, and the average price of the car and cost of ownership.<p>Six of the winners are Ford vehicles; five are …

Ford Fusion

Fake Or Not, New York Times' Tesla Review Speaks Truth About Electric Cars

Elon Musk, the founder and chief executive of Tesla Motors, is accusing the New York Times of faking data about how the electric Model S performed in cold Northeast weather.<p>In a series of tweets and then in a phone call to CNBC, Musk blasted reporter John Broder’s damaging review of the plug-in …

2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid review: Ford puts its best tech forward in midsize sedan - Roadshow

<b>The Good</b> Although it fell short of its EPA rating in our tests, the <b>2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid</b> still gets excellent fuel economy. Sync voice command gives control over personal electronics. Driver assistance features equal those of much more expensive cars.<p><b>The Bad</b> MyFord Touch responds slowly to …

Our Cars: 2013 Chrysler 200 Limited Convertible

Reviewing the 200 By Its Window Sticker<p>The Chrysler 200 has one of the worst reputations in the auto industry. It’s easily one of the most ridiculed cars among auto enthusiasts and journalists alike, yet Chrysler still sold over 125,000 200 sedans and convertibles last year. Are we all missing …

Volkswagen

Hybrid Cars Making Little Gain in Local Marketplace

Many car-makers offer hybrids but are people buying them?<p>Hybrids are all the rage in the media but are people buying into the hype of the hybrid?<p>On …

Electric Vehicles