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Tillerson Leads From State Dept. Shadows as White House Steps In

WASHINGTON — Henry A. Kissinger slipped into the State Department last week for a quiet lunch in his old office with Rex W. Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil chief executive, who has all but covered himself in a cloak of invisibility in his first six weeks as secretary of state.<p>Describing his …

U.S. Dept. of State

A Perfect 10-Day Southwest Road Trip Itinerary

If you ask me about the best way to explore the United States, I won't hesitate to say a road trip. Road tripping is by...The post A Perfect 10-Day …

Road Trips

This solar system of seven Earth-sized planets may be the best place to look for alien life

Many of the planets have the right temperatures needed for hosting liquid water<p>Around 40 light-years away, seven Earth-sized planets have been spotted orbiting closely around a small, ultra-cool star. It’s one of the largest solar systems that’s ever been discovered outside of our own, and it’s a …

Astronomy

How Back Pain Took Over the World

The biggest cause of disability around the world is surprisingly banal.<p>The newest iteration of the Global Burden of Disease study, which tracks the prevalence of deaths and diseases worldwide, contains some good news: On average people are living about a decade longer than they were in 1980. But …

Pain

National park tips: Here's how to hike Half Dome in Yosemite

To hike Yosemite's Half Dome in a day, you need a permit, mild weather and an early start — by dawn, usually. It's a 16-mile round trip, with 4,800 feet of elevation gain. Plan on 10 to 12 hours.<p>Do it after Memorial Day, when rangers put up steel cables to help climbers cover the last 400 feet to …

Opinion: 7 debate tips for Trump and Clinton from ancient Rome’s Cicero

With the first U.S. presidential debate set for Sept. 26, it seems like a good idea, given the current level of discourse, to offer Hillary Clinton …

Public Speaking