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Four cups of coffee a day could save you from skin cancer

Wake up and smell the coffee - it may be protecting you from cancer<p>Coffee lovers may be on to something. Aside from a necessary aid to wake up in the morning, a new study published in the<b>Journal of the National Cancer Institute</b>has found that drinking coffee could protect you from skin cancer.<p>The …

Cancer

Skimping On Sleep Can Stress Body And Brain

"The lion and calf shall lie down together," Woody Allen once wrote, "but the calf won't get much sleep."<p>That's pretty much the connection between stress and sleep, researchers say, and NPR's own numbers suggest the same thing. In our recent poll on stress in America, conducted in conjunction with …

These 5 Yoga Moves Will Save You From Back Pain

The key to preventing back pain is to strengthen your core and release tension and tightness in the muscles around your upper and lower back. Plus, …

5 Exercises You Should Be Doing Way More Of

Get the max from your gym time—without adding more reps or more minutes<p>You're all about multitasking when it comes to your job, your to-do list, and even your free time (seriously, who <i>just</i> watches TV these days?). So why shouldn't your workout—and your body—benefit from the same smart shortcuts? …

California bans trans fats in restaurants

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California on Friday became the first state to prohibit restaurants from using artery-clogging trans fats in preparing their food.<p>Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation that will ban restaurants and other retail food establishments from using oil, margarine and …

Nutrition

Maturity And Improvisation In 'Happy Christmas'

Reckless immaturity in young people is generally diagnosed across generations, most often by parents worried about their supposedly underachieving kids. That makes the premise of Joe Swanberg's <i>Happy Christmas</i> relatively refreshing, even as it covers well-known ground.<p>The film opens with Jeff …

Cheap at sea, pricey on the plate: The voodoo of lobster economics

Small lobsters are thrown back during an early morning fish off the coast of Nova Scotia. (Scott Munn for The Globe and Mail)<p>To the best of my recollection, Larry the Lobster showed up in one of Lloyd Robicheau’s traps some time between dawn and 8 a.m. on a Tuesday. My memory of the event is …

Obamacare decisions split

It was a tale of two rulings -- the best of times and the worst of times for Obamacare in the federal appeals courts.<p>First, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit court of appeals ruled Tuesday against a key component of the law -- the federal subsidies for millions of people who signed up for …

Arizona execution has apparently been botched

A convicted murderer in Arizona gasped and snorted for more than 90 minutes after a lethal injection Wednesday, his attorneys and witnesses said, dying in a botched execution that prompted the governor to order an investigation and the state Supreme Court to mandate that the materials used in the …

Criminal Justice

A guide on how to masculine things, for the aspiring manly man.

This Balinese Hotel Took Water Bed To A Whole New Level

Shrimp may not sound like the cuddliest of creatures, but we think an evening among them looks pretty sweet.<p>The glass-bottomed bedroom at the Udang House at Bali's Bambu Indah resort lets you snooze above a tranquil underwater landscape.<p>The room sits above a shrimp pond, with tempered glass floor …

Travel

Does Turks and Caicos even want to join Canada? We sent a reporter to find out

From my seat on the plane, the waters of the Atlantic Ocean are a dark, steely blue – the colour of a frozen Canadian winter. But then we bank toward Turks and Caicos, and the water changes to a shining turquoise so clear and bright it almost seems fake.<p>Things somehow become even more strange and …

There's A Haunted, Abandoned German Village In The Namib Desert

It's one thing to "happen upon" a deserted town, but it's another thing entirely when it's an abandoned German-style mining village -- in the Namib Desert.<p>Urban explorers and adventurers are making their way to Kolmanskop, an old diamond mining town that was deserted in 1954 and is now filled with …

Ex-KGB Major: The Russians Tricked Snowden Into Going To Moscow

"It was a trick and he fell for it," Karpichkov, who reached the rank of Major as a member of the KGB's prestigious Second Directorate while specializing in counter-intelligence, told Nelson. "Now the Russians are extracting all the intelligence he possesses."<p>Karpichkov fled Moscow in 1998 after …

Russia

The Kitchen Tools You Actually Need on Your Wedding Registry

Don't fill your wedding registry with stuff you'll never use—here's what you actually need<p>Yay! You're getting married! Or, you have a friend that's getting married! Registering for a wedding should be a pleasant and smartly-planned experience. But if you've ever found yourself inside a Crate & …

Weddings

Help for student loan debtors

The president will issue an executive order Monday in the name of easing student borrowers’ debt loads by capping repayments at 10 percent of their monthly income, the White House confirmed to POLITICO.<p>President Barack Obama said in his weekly address Saturday that he would take action on student …

REVIEW: Samsung's Latest Galaxy Phone Is Built Like A Tank

Samsung's answer to those everyday problems is the Galaxy S5 Active, a new smartphone that takes the company's flagship Galaxy S5 phone and wraps it in a sturdy shell built to withstand drops, dings, spills, and scratches. It's also water resistant and dustproof, meaning you can dunk it in shallow …

Phones

New Laser Device May Be A Drunk Driver's Worst Nightmare

Scientists in Poland may have come up with a powerful new deterrent to drunk driving. It's a laser-based device that can detect alcohol vapor--like that exhaled by someone who's been drinking--inside a car as it passes by.<p>The device works by detecting subtle changes in the laser beam as it passes …

Rep: Tracy Morgan Is Responsive, Undergoes Surgery for Broken Bones

Tracy Morgan underwent surgery Sunday as he recovers from injuries sustained during a fatal traffic accident.<p>Morgan, 45, was hospitalized early …

Tracy Morgan

What Do Restaurants Do With Leftover Food?

In the restaurant industry, plenty of food goes uneaten at the end of each day. But what happens to it? Does it all just get thrown in the trash? We did a little digging and found out what really happens to leftover food at restaurants.<p>First of all, there are several different types of leftovers: …

How to Take Full Advantage of Lightroom’s Develop Module, a Thorough Walkthrough

Behind every great photograph is a well-crafted creative workflow, and if you haven’t honed yours yet, then this seminar by photographer Robert …

Six Things You Should Know About Spotify: The Good, The Bad and The Underpaid

Whether you love it or you hate it as much as Thom Yorke does, Spotify is now a massive player in the music industry, with around 40 million active …

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …

This Jaw-Dropping Treehouse Castle Looks Even Better Inside

Yes, you really can vacation in one of these fairytale cabins. This article originally appeared on goodhousekeeping.com.<p>When you discovered tree houses when you were a kid, you probably begged your parents for one. You may have even drawn up a rudimentary blueprint, plotted out which limbs on your …