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Deconstructing the Cheetah I dare say this might be one of the most beautiful videos I’ve ever seen. Wow. National Geographic teamed up with the Cincinnati Zoo and a Hollywood action movie crew in order to capture a sprinting cheetah at 1200 frames per second. The result is nothing short of magical. Here is an animal that can run at nearly 70 mph, the fastest creature on land. It has evolved for two purposes: Speed and killing. Even at top speed, this video shows that its eyes remain locked on the target like laser beams, its head barely moves at all! So what is it that makes the cheetah the fastest animal on land? A study published earlier this year by Harvard scientists discovered that an animal’s speed increases with body size, but only to a certain point. A gazelle is faster than a mouse, but also faster than an elephant. By studying a certain species of lizard that can vary quite greatly in size, these researchers realized that speed and the length of the gait increase with size until the weight of the animal forces the limbs to adjust their motion to support mass in order to not fall over. You can read about that study here. The cheetah seems to have achieved nature’s optimal balance of size, running ability and weight. For land animals, at least, we could be looking at evolution’s pinnacle of beautiful speed. And it’s phenomenal to watch. Head here to learn more about cheetah and big cat conservation.

<b>Deconstructing the Cheetah</b><p>I dare say this might be one of the most beautiful videos I’ve ever seen. Wow.<p>National Geographic teamed up with the …

How Do You Feel About Sex and Teenage Sleepovers?

I recently picked up Alain de Botton's <i>How to Think More About Sex</i>, which generated a very interesting conversation with a car full of teens about how they are taught to think about sex. Why not teach children, I suggested, how to have sex well, the way you teach them how to do other things? This, …

The Top 10 Workout Songs for August 2013

<i>Flickr: Lululemon</i><p>This month's top 10 is dominated by pop music -- albeit from a variety of sources. <i>Mickey Mouse Club</i> veterans Britney and Justin Timberlake turn up alongside <i>American Idol</i> alumni Phillip Phillips and Kelly Clarkson. Further from the mainstream, Duck Sauce and Capital Cities …

9 Ways You're Holding Yourself Back -- Without Even Realizing It

<i>The world has plenty of ways to bring you down. Don't add your own.</i><p>By Amy Shearn<p><b>1. Apologizing For Being Sorry</b><p>I know you think you're being polite and sparing people some sort of discomfort, but sometimes there's simply nothing for which you must apologize; or, worse, the apology only calls …

40 Books To Read Before Turning 40

<i>By Leigh Newman</i><p><i>The manual for making your first four decades the most joyful, wise and stress-free of your life.</i>

When You Think Your Love Story Is Boring

"My love life will never be satisfactory until someone runs through an airport to stop me from getting on a flight." -- Teenager Post #14029 featured here.<p>He drove us all home 18 hours over two days.<p>Three kids and hundreds of miles and potty breaks and princess pull-ups, the car covered in the …

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Patient Doctor

Maureen Marks has always been surrounded. She’s the oldest of seven kids. She has five of her own, and six grandkids. She’s in a book club. She takes …

9 2013 Movies Written By Women That Everyone Should See ASAP

It's a frustrating, yet all too common, experience to go to the movies and be presented with female characters who are insultingly stereotypical and one-dimensional -- if they're present at all. But women-helmed films like Bridesmaids and The Heat prove that movies can be both critically and …

Photography and the Artist's Book

<b>Among the artists whose work is explored are Francesca Woodman, Fiona Tan, Tacita Dean, Adam Murray/Preston is my Paris, and many more. The work of</b> …

Saturday Night Fever: Our Favorite Songs For Getting Ready To Go Out

It's Saturday. As De La Soul so artfully says, it's the one whole day of play we get a week, and though we've just had a holiday, there isn't quite a …

Learn 48 Languages Online for Free: Spanish, Chinese, English & More

<i>How to learn languages for free? This collection features lessons in 48 languages, including Spanish</i><i>, French</i><i>, English</i><i>, Mandarin</i><i>, Italian</i><i>, Russian</i> <i>and</i> …

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Five unforgettable rail journeys

From a luxury odyssey through the Australian outback to traversing the peaks of the Ecuadorian Andes, here are some of the best ways to get on board.<p>There are few more memorable ways to travel than by train. From rail odysseys through the outback to day trips in Britain, here are five ways to get …

You, Too, Can Invest Like Elizabeth Warren!

How to Find Fulfilling Work

<i>“If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment,”</i> wrote Dostoevsky, <i>“all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.”</i> Indeed, the quest to avoid work and make a living of doing …

How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love

<i>“There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. Indeed, finding a sense of purpose and doing what makes the heart sing is one of the greatest human aspirations — and yet too many people remain caught in the hamster wheel of unfulfilling work. …

On Momotony and Sacred Work

<i>Sisters and brothers -- summer is coming. Momotony (doing things all day that just get undone and then doing the same things the next day and the next and the next and...) is on its way. Let's prepare.</i><p>A new monk in a monastery had just finished his breakfast. Finding the master alone, he approached …

Worst End of School Year Mom Ever

You know the Beginning of School Enthusiasm? When the pencils are fresh and the notebooks are new and the kids' backpacks don't look like they lined the den of a pack of filthy hyenas? Moms, remember how you packed innovative and nutritional lunches and laid clothes out the night before and labeled …

Summer School 2.0: Fun Online Classes for Kids

<i>This post is brought to you by Playful Learning. Amazing Online Classes for Life’s Big Lessons.</i><p><i>By Gabrielle.</i><p>I was watching the Alt For Everyone …

Most Popular Baby Names By State (MAP)

The Social Security Administration recently released 2012’s most popular baby names by state, and NickMom’s map of the list may explain why there are so many Jacobs and Sophias in your kids’ schools. Check out their graphic and scroll down for the complete list of top five boys' and girls' names in …

The Highs and Lows of Human-Powered Flight

On March 19th 2012, YouTube user <i>jarnosmeets80</i> uploaded a video to YouTube entitled "Flying like a bird | part 14/14." In it, a man donning a set of homemade wings and a helmet with a GoPro attached achieves what many wishful-thinkers, scientists and millennia of wingless bipeds have long dreamed of …

Live from Space, It’s the Videos of Chris “Space Oddity” Hadfield

Human Journey<p>Ground control to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield: Your videos from the space station really make the grade, especially your music video in which you sing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and send your guitar for a floating journey. And the papers want to know: “What other videos have …

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If you don’t have video in your content mix, you’re missing out. It’s simpler to make than ever, ...<p>November 1, 2017<p>Want to know how to make …