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Does Speedwork Hurt Your Endurance?

How your muscles respond to intense interval training may depend on how fit you are.<p>The way most runners train these days owes a lot to the ideas of pioneers like Arthur Lydiard, who coached Peter Snell and other New Zealand world-beaters in the 1960s. Lydiard was a strong proponent of …

Exercise

Why The Pull-Up Is The One Exercise You Need In Your Life

But don't forget leg day.<p>Like driving at night or chopping wood with an axe, there is something about the pull-up that possesses an innate appeal to men.<p>But while it's easy to dismiss them as the preserve of gym nuts, fitness experts, including <i>Esquire UK's</i> resident guru Harry Jameson, view them as …

Workouts

Mark Sisson Is the Pied Piper of Paleo

Ask a group of marathoners why they run, and then count how many of them say, half-seriously, “So I can eat as much as I want.” The wish list usually includes carb-heavy foods like pasta, fruit, mac and cheese, pancakes, and Cap’n Crunch. For decades now, the value of carbs for improving …

Fitness

Restorative Yoga Is Like Adult Nap Time

Relaxation is just as important as exercise when it comes to your health.<p>The secret to a long, healthy life may have more to do with how much, how …

Sleep

DNG: The Pros, Cons, and Myths of the Adobe Raw File Format

Is it wise to convert your raw files to the Adobe DNG format? If you are using Lightroom or Photoshop with Camera Raw, you have the option to convert …

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

The Bureaucrats Who Singled Out Hiroshima for Destruction

How committee meetings, memos, and largely arbitrary decisions ushered in the nuclear age<p>On May 10, 1945, three days after Germany had surrendered to the Allied powers and ended World War II in Europe, a carefully selected group of scientists and military personnel met in an office in Los Alamos, …

National Security Advisor

The Prisoner of Capitol Hill

Can John Boehner save House Republicans from themselves?<p>T<b>he longest hour of John Boehner’s career</b> began after noon on January 3, 2013. Boehner, perpetually besieged by his party’s right wing, was waiting to find out if he would win reelection as speaker of the House, and he was facing an …

Tea Party

'The Disease of the Century': Reporting on the Origin of AIDS

A veteran medical journalist for The New York Times remembers covering the indifference, confusion, and fear of the epidemic's early years.<p>On July 3, 1981, <i>The New York Times</i> published a story by physician and medical correspondent Dr. Lawrence Altman titled ”Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals.”<p>The …

8 Surprising Reasons You Have No Energy

<i>By Amanda Shupack for YouBeauty.com</i><p>We're in the midst of an energy crisis. No, not that one. This one: We're tired. So. Completely. Tired.<p>To paraphrase Aerosmith, it can often feel like your get up and go musta got up and went. It's not just a matter of working too much and sleeping too little, …

How Gangs Took Over Prisons

Originally formed for self-protection, prison gangs have become the unlikely custodians of order behind bars—and of crime on the streets.<p>On a clear morning this past February, the inmates in the B Yard of Pelican Bay State Prison filed out of their cellblock a few at a time and let a cool, salty …

As the Romans Did

Cullen Murphy, the author of Are We Rome?, talks about the American empire's parallels with the ancient republic and how we can learn from the caesars' mistakes.<p>Imagine a small agrarian republic that gradually grows into the world’s greatest military and cultural superpower. Over time, as public …

What Photographers are NOT Considering When Using High ISO

It’s no secret now that modern cameras have taken photographers to new heights with their ability to shoot at and above ISO 1600. Personally, I can …

Cloud Security: What Are Your Options?

NSA leaks have boosted worries about online security. Services and products such as CloudLocker, Tonida, and SafeMonk offer ways to protect your privacy.<p><i>Editor's Note: This story was originally published on August 13, 2013.</i><p><b>Before Edward Snowden came along, it was</b> easier to upload files to the cloud …

Reviewed: Logitech Alert 750n Indoor Master System with Night Vision

This camera system can help you to keep constant watch on your house and every room in it when you're away from home.<p><b>Price: $300</b><p>As I write this at the PopMech office, I am watching over my home. The 130-degree lenses on these night-vision security cameras allow me to easily check in on every room …