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LaCroix, Sparkling Ice, Bai and beyond: Are fruit-flavored waters good for you?

We break down what's really in these trendy, enhanced beverages.<p>There's no doubt that drinking lots of water is good for us. The many benefits of staying properly hydrated include glowing skin, enhanced mental function, a healthy immune system and the ability to recover faster after a good workout. …

Nutrition

Did Airbnb Kill the Mountain Town?

Brian Barker was living in Portland, Oregon, with a well-paying union job as a spokesperson for the fire department. But despite having “a job you don’t leave”—he had an itch. “I wanted to go live in the mountains,” he says. “I didn’t want to sit in traffic all the time. I was tired of living in …

How the Social Innovation Fund supports a culture of evaluation

The Social Innovation Fund supports community-based organizations with evidence of success and encourages rigorous evaluation to assess effectiveness.

Success

Chile’s new ‘route of parks’ aims to save the wild beauty of Patagonia

The country has just added 11m acres of land to the national parks<p>The road to Parque Pumalín is festooned with dozens of whitewater waterfalls that slip down the steep cliffs into a thick forest overrun by ferns and plants with leaves as big as beach umbrellas. An active volcano threatens to wipe …

These are the 19 agencies Trump would stop funding entirely

Here's a snapshot of the mission and history of the 19 independent agencies President Trump said he would stop funding entirely under his "budget blueprint." Trump's proposal also calls for deep cuts in other agencies and departments, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the State …

Libraries

Bill Gates: Cutting Foreign Aid Makes America Less Safe

Foreign aid is often in the hot seat, but today the heat is cranked up especially high. The United States government, one of the world’s most …

Six categories of Data Scientists

We are now at 9 categories after a few updates. Just like there are a few categories of statisticians (biostatisticians, statisticians, …

3 Cities Prove Climate Action Works

The climate crisis is a problem caused by humans that can be solved by humans. These three cities are proving it.<p>While a lot of media coverage around …

Paris’s Classy New Public Urinals Use Your Pee To Grow Flowers

But do not take time to stop and smell the roses.<p>Nocturnal urinators don’t just leave the unpleasant stench of pee in our streets. They also damage public infrastructure and leave behind a mess that’s surprisingly costly and labor intensive to clean up. Cities are working hard to find a fix: …

10 National Parks You Have To Visit In The United States

With the National Park Service reaching the grand old age of 100 years old, there has never been a better time to visit the national parks that are …

15 Phone Hacks Every Traveler Needs To Know

How to plan for the worst, prevent insane fees, and make the MOST out of your device.<p>You're going to want to keep these three goals in mind:<p>* Have a plan if your phone gets stolen or lost.<p>* Prevent insane roaming fees.<p>* Make the most of your phone's capabilities with offline maps, translators, etc. …

25 beautiful US cities to live in if you love spending time outdoors

A recent ranking by Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on cities, revealed the best cities for outdoor activities in America, proving that city life and the great outdoors are not always mutually exclusive.<p>To compile its ranking, Niche gathered data on 227 US cities including …

Recreation

Why We Need More Domain Experts In The Data Sciences

As I’ve come to work with an ever-widening swath of the data sciences and “big data” communities, I have been struck by how narrowly focused much of its practitioner base is on statistics and computational expertise as opposed to a solid understanding of the domain being analyzed. Data scientists …

Data Science

Sesame Workshop is now powered by Watson

Today, Sesame Workshop announces a three-year partnership with IBM to use Watson to create high-tech learning tools for the world’s preschoolers.<p>The collaboration came about because Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational wing of Sesame Street, <b>wanted to create products and platforms adapted to</b> …

The Recipes That'll Help You Get More Blue Cheese In Your Life

Blue cheese is understandably polarizing. It's strong, stinky and to the uninitiated, can be visually off-putting. If you haven't taken your chances with blue cheese yet, you're selling yourself short. Whether it's Roquefort, Gorgonzola or Stilton, blue cheese is like a beautiful, deep well of …