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5 Books That Changed My Perspective of the World

"What is your favorite book?"

I've been asked this question numerous times throughout my life. Even now as a 19-year-old college student, I find this question nearly impossible to answer. I've read hundreds of books in my lifetime; how can I pick just one as superior to all the others?

I think this …

Literature

A True Fountain-Of-Youth Drug Combo?

This is really, really interesting. Can we alleviate the effects of aging by getting rid of “bad” cells in the body?

A new study from the Mayo Clinic and the Scripps Research Institute reports that a novel cocktail of two unrelated drugs

dramatically slows the aging process—alleviating symptoms of …

Mice

Jawdropping: Oldest human fossil fills in a 2.8-million-year-old gap in evolution

It’s been a big year for old bones. Archaeologists have unearthed a jawbone—with teeth—in Ethiopia that is believed to be the oldest remains ever …

Humanity

Peru’s other lost city

Larger than Machu Picchu and far less known, Choquequirao still makes you feel as though you’re practically the first to arrive.

The trek to the lost Incan city of Choquequirao is one of the most difficult in Peru. From the town of Cachora, located 161km west of Cusco, it’s an 18km walk to Capuliyoc …

South America Travel

“My dad next to a serious #iceberg. #wellfleetharbor #oysterfarming #wellfleetoysters”

Science says that charisma can be learned — here are 9 proven strategies

It's not something you're born with.

"Charisma is simply the result of learned behaviors," says Olivia Fox Cobane, author of "The Charisma Myth."

Psychology

6 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent

Chances are you're familiar with Google Flights. The flight search engine does everything you assume it would, like locate flights based on your ideal outbound time, inbound time and number of stops. After all, it's the same technology that powers both KAYAK and Orbitz.

The site also includes a …

Google

The 16 greatest books about how to be a man

You're never too old for a great book.

We've put together a list of our 16 favorite stories on growing up and what it means to be a man. They cover everything from how to live to how to be a leader to how people should handle crises.

Check them out.

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by

Literature

Genghis Khan - Warrior, Military Leader (c. 1162–c. 1227)

Mongolian warrior and ruler Genghis Khan created the largest empire in the world, the Mongol Empire, by destroying individual tribes in Northeast …

The 25 Biggest Turning Points in Earth's History

Our planet has existed for 4.5 billion years, and it has been a busy few eons. Here are the 25 biggest milestones in Earth's history. From leaps …

Big History

New record for deepest fish

A new record has been set for the world's deepest fish.

The bizarre-looking creature, which is new to science, was filmed 8,145m beneath the waves, beating the previous depth record by nearly 500m.

Several other new species of fish were also caught on camera, as well as huge crustaceans called …

Animals

The 25 Golden Rules of Running

25 of the most universally accepted rules of running.

Editor's note: This article originally appeared in Runner's World a few years ago. The article remains popular online, and the rules are as good now as they were when first published.

In most cases, these rules started out as a lightbulb over one …

Welcome to Montevideo: Uruguay’s capital moves to its own beat

A Saturday afternoon in Montevideo’s old town feels like the first scene of post-apocalypse movie 28 Days Later. The rows of 19th-century townhouses look abandoned, with some of the windows concreted up and plants growing through the balconies. You peer down an empty street looking for a sign of …

Montevideo

Palawan, The Most Beautiful Island In The World, Is Sheer Perfection

It's hard to believe the Philippines are an under-appreciated tropical travel destination, especially with their extraordinary hiking, diving, beaches and of course -- islands that are THIS beautiful.

And while we'd like to visit every single island in the Philippines, there's one island in …

Palawan

Stray Dog Joins Team, Completes Grueling Race

Motivated by love (and a meatball), a stray dog follows an adventure racing team through a daunting course in the Ecuadorian jungle.

Dogs

Lesser Known Capitals of Europe: Bucharest, Romania

Image by Mario Sánchez Prada (Flickr)

Today's topic: Bucharest, Romania, and all its coolness in a nutshell. Bucharest, București, Little Paris. Incidentally, a Wikipedia search shows that several places in the world claim the title of "Little Paris" or "Paris of the East," but it's easy to see that …

Europe

Parrot’s Bebop drone is a speed demon

Parrot’s latest drone the Bebop has an, at best, misleading name. There’s nothing boppy about this pro-level drone masquerading in a kid-friendly name (and colors).

Unveiled on Tuesday in New York City, the Bebop drone is smaller, lighter and infinitely more powerful than Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 It …

Bebop

Japan's levitating train travels 300 mph and just carried its first passengers

A Japanese train that ever-so-slightly floats above the tracks and moves at super-fast speeds completed its first run with passengers last week.

The maglev train (shorthand for magnetic levitation) carried 100 passengers over a 27-mile span in Japan between the cities Uenohara and Fuefuki, reaching …

Asia

Peru's forests store more CO2 than US emits in a year, research shows

Peru, the host for December’s UN climate change summit, stores nearly seven billion metric tons of carbon stocks, mostly in its Amazon rainforest. That’s more than US annual carbon emissions for 2013 which were calculated at 5.38 billion tons, the new research by the Carnegie Institute for Science …

CO2

What Can Make You Happier, Increase Your Attention Span and Even Make You More Courageous?

Eric Barker writes Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

Meditation.

I listed it as one of the 10 things should you do every day to improve your life. It can boost happiness.

Via Shawn Achor’s The Happiness Advantage:

Take just five minutes each day to watch your breath go in and out. While you do so, try to

Psychology

Children of Civil War Veterans Still Walk Among Us, 150 Years After the War

To their living sons and daughters, the soldiers in blue and gray are flesh and blood, not distant figures in history books.

How many people alive today can say that their father was a Civil War soldier who shook hands with Abraham Lincoln in the White House? Fred Upham can.

Despite sounding like a …

Grow Up! How to Design Vertical Gardens for Tiny Spaces

If you’re one of the many people in the northern hemisphere who are counting down the days ’til springtime, chances are you may have also been …

Gardening

New Nanomaterial Could be a Major Breakthrough for Concentrated Solar Power

Concentrated solar power (CSP) is set to become much more efficient – a team of researchers at UC San Diego just developed a new nanomaterial that …

Situated on the south bank of the river Thames is Brandon Martella’s “London Farm Tower,” a sustainable building concept that can actually cultivate …

Sustainable Design

Vampire Deer Sighted in Afghanistan

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has confirmed the presence of the Kashmir musk deer, a species not seen in more than half a century, in the Nuristan region of Afghanistan. In a recent study published in the journal Oryx, authors recall five separate encounters, describing the animal as …

Afghanistan

Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Discovered In China Is Missing Piece Of Evolutionary Puzzle

The first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur has been discovered in China, and the scientists who made the discovery say it fills a longstanding gap in the fossil record.

Paleontologists have long known that ichthyosaurs--dolphin-like "sea monsters" that lived from about 250 million years ago until …

Asia

Hiker Finds Fossilized Turtle Dating Back 90 Million Years

Jeff Dornbusch knew there was something odd about a pile of gray rocks he spotted more than a decade ago during a hike in the southern New Mexico desert, and a closer look confirms that he was right.

Dornbusch, a museum volunteer in Truth or Consequences, N.M., relocated those rocks in 2012 and …

Turtle