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The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)

No need to rely on just nature to provide a colorful backdrop to your vacation. The streets and skylines of these global cities pop in jewel tones …

Insanely lifelike Morgan Freeman portrait painted on an iPad

Artist Kyle Lambert created an incredibly photorealistic portrait of actor Morgan Freeman using nothing but the Procreate app on an iPad Air.<p>A …

What Hair Dye Is Really Doing To Your Hair

In spite of all of the niche hair salons that have been popping up, from braid bars to blowout salons to braid studios, professional hair dye jobs still drive the beauty industry. But we've been rethinking the treatment after being scarred by this beauty horror story.<p>So we asked cosmetic chemist …

Perfect Week in Prague, Vienna, & Budapest for Fall and the Holidays

The fall and holiday seasons are terrific times to visit three uniquely beautiful European cities—Prague, Vienna, and Budapest—and you can do it in a …

European Travel

18 Road Trip Hacks That Will Actually Make Your Trip Awesomer

The Great American Road Trip can become even greater when you tweak a few simple things about your approach.<p>Heed our advice, grab a couple close friends, and get out there on the best trip of your life.<p><b>1. Make a plan, but not a rigid one.</b><p>If you’ve got a time limit (as most road trippers do), it’s …

9 Hot Makeup Looks for Fall 2013

Browse some of our favorite celebrity inspirations for fall makeup.<p>The season's most memorable—and magnificent—makeup looks have a bit of daring and a lot of sex appeal. Even better? They're easy enough to try at home.

11 Homemade Beauty Recipes For Dry Skin, Rough Heels, Cracked Cuticles & More

Our recipe rolodex is filling up fast thanks to all the homemade beauty treatments we've been testing out. Now that we've stocked our kitchen cupboards and refrigerator bins with fresh finds from the farmer's market, we'd like to get as much use out of our favorite fruits and vegetables. (And we …

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Remember looking through a kaleidoscope as a kid? It was like being a pirate on a treasure hunt, but instead of discovering unexplored land we were glancing into a world of brilliant beauty.<p>Most of the supplies needed for this great project can be found in your home — some of them are even …

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<i>Kellee Khalil is the founder and CEO of Lover.ly, a visual search engine for weddings that helps brides find inspiring images, things to buy, and vendors to hire. Take the Style Quiz and discover perfect wedding ideas tailored to you.</i><p>There’s something so romantic about a city hall wedding. The …

The Best Fall Travel Books

This fall, we’re seeing a heap of new #TripLit stocking the shelves, the kind of books that — no matter if they fall under the fiction, adventure, history, or foodie categories — open up the world and inspire us to make a break for new places and embrace new experiences.<p><b>So cuddle up with a cup of</b> …

Spooky Streetwear: 25 Halloween-Inspired Finds

So you want to dress up for Halloween, but are dreading slipping into an itchy costume or wig? Don’t worry, there are options! You can take the lazy approach (we won’t judge) and throw on one of these amusing t-shirt costumes, or wear something more festive by amping up your Halloween-inspired …

Clothing

Scientists discover DNA body clock

Newly discovered mechanism could help researchers understand ageing process and lead to ways of slowing it down<p>A US scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs.<p>The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same …

Top 10 things to do in Trinidad, Cuba

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad, Cuba, was built on the back of the 19th-century sugar and slave trade. At its zenith, in 1827, one of the 56 sugar mills in the region harvested the biggest cane haul in the world — just under a million kilos of white pressed crystals. This enormous, …

Cuba

'Abdication of responsibility'? The walk to a better school that puts lives at risk

<b>By Trymaine Lee, National Writer, msnbc.com</b><p><b><br>PHILADELPHIA</b>— Each morning just before school, Dawn Hawkins and her 13-year-old son Khyrie hold hands, close their eyes and bow their heads.<p>“Be a shield of protection for my baby,” Hawkins prays over the lanky 8th grader.<p>Then it’s off to his new school: a …

This Collection Of War Photography Holds Some Of The Most Haunting Images You'll Ever See

"Photographs are our collective memory of war. Luckily, most of us don't ever experience it first-hand," Tucker told ShutterLove, a photography website.<p>The survey has now been collected in a museum exhibition called, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath," showing currently …

Brooklyn Museum

The Many Memorable (And Forgettable) Styles Of Marlon Brando

Few of our favorite leading men have -- or had -- range and charisma to rival Marlon Brando's. The actor avoided being typecast by stretching his dramatic chops for Roman plays, mafia sagas, anti-war films and Broadway productions. So it should come as no surprise that Brando was a style chameleon …

An Insider's View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals)

A city under construction — and destruction — is currently on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris" is a collection of 19th-century photographs of one of the world's most beloved cities as it transitioned from medieval architectural hodgepodge …

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

Central America

To Wheat or Not to Wheat

Is eliminating this ubiquitous grain the key to weight management—and to curing so much more that ails us? Sari Botton decodes the wheat belly diet.<p>It's something you see more and more: Brunch companions shunning the muffin basket. Houseguests calling ahead to ask if you'll be serving pasta. …

Medieval Meets Modern in Catalonia

Medieval meets modern in Alemanys 5, a project in Girona’s historical quarter by architect Anna Noguera. Noguera and her husband originally purchased …

Barcelona

Gmail promises “no reasonable expectation” of privacy

UPDATED: Google admits that third-party email users should not be surprised that company processes communication<p><b>UPDATED BELOW</b> with statement from Google, clarifying that Gmail users do have privacy protections, but that "third party law" applies when it comes to non-Gmail users' expectations of …

See Italy With Great Tour Guides

Italy is so incredibly rich in history, culture, art and gastronomy that it is challenging to take in its many layers without consulting an expert. Hiring a local tour guide for even just a half-day can enhance a traveler's understanding immeasurably. At <i>Dream of Italy</i>, we set out to compile an …

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How to calm sibling squabbles - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — New research suggests intervention strategies that can cultivate healthy and supportive …

National Geographic Travel

Summer in the City: The Hot Spots in London, Paris, NYC and LA

See 4 designers' summer go-tos in their respective cities.<p>Summer weekends are often spent clamoring to get to the nearest seaside or pastoral get-away. In the interest of beating the crowds, we asked four designers to share their hot spots in their respective cities — New York, Paris, London and …

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we …

Photographers

8 Wallet-Friendly Getaways

A roundup of affordable vacation destinations around the world<p>We've rounded up more affordable alternatives to pricey vacation destinations around the world, from the new European Riviera to the fashion set's Mexican beach spot

Ralph Lauren