Julie Everett OLeary

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Gone Girl: An Interview With An American In ISIS

Why would an American college student run away to Syria and join ISIS? Meet Hoda, a 20-year-old woman from Alabama — and the devastated father she left behind.<p>HOOVER, Alabama — In her first tweet from Syria, “Umm Jihad” uploaded a picture of four passports — American, Canadian, U.K., and Australian …

Here Are the 5 Things TIME 100 Says About the World

The annual TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people is out—and looking very international. Fifty-one selectees were born outside the …

No Counterfeits: The History of the Secret Service

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No Internet, No Credit Cards, No Problem: How Airbnb Launched In Cuba

Cuba runs on cash and almost no one has easy access to the Internet. But Airbnb found a way to beat U.S. hotels to the market nevertheless.<p>If you don’t know much about Cuba, Airbnb’s recent announcement that it has begun booking rooms there sounds pretty unremarkable. After all, Airbnb operates in …

What Undocumented Students Bring to the Classroom

Public discourse shouldn't focus on what immigrants "take" from America but rather on how they enhance the learning experiences for all the country's children.<p>Teaching requires flexibility, the ability to manage a class that could be made up of English-language learners, half-comatose stoners, and …

31 Insanely Clever Products To Organize Your Whole Life

Your clutter will soon be under their control.

#BringBackOurGirls: Boko Haram Terror Unabated Year After Chibok Kidnappings

It was supposed to be a turning point in the bloody war against Boko Haram. The mass kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the Nigerian town of Chibok touched off a tsunami of global outrage.<p>But exactly one year after the likes of Michelle Obama, Rihanna and Ellen DeGeneres helped #BringBackOurGirls …

Watch NASA's Spectacular First GoPro Video Captured on a Spacewalk

GoPro’s community of thrill seekers might have been upstaged permanently by a NASA astronaut who captured stunning footage of a spacewalk using a …

Marco Rubio's running: 6 things you probably didn't know about the senator

Sen. Marco Rubio became the third official GOP presidential candidate Monday, confirming to a group of donors that he is running for the nation's highest office, according to Associated Press.<p>A formal public announcement in Miami is expected later in the day.<p>In the meantime, here are six things …

Rhubarb Cornmeal Crumb Cake

12 Servings<p>Try a combination of strawberries and rhubarb in this buckle-inspired breakfast cake.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>Crumb Topping<p>½ cup all-purpose flour<p>½ cup cornmeal<p>¼ cup granulated sugar<p>2 tablespoons light brown sugar<p>½ teaspoon baking powder<p>¼ teaspoon kosher salt<p>3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, …

How to Do a Simple Romantic Smoky Eye

The makeup look that works for any occasion.<p>In 2014, I'm focusing on creating fresh, vibrant looks that I can use in many different facets of my life. Whether I am going to a meeting, running errands, or going out to dinner with my husband, I want a look that has an element of glamour and dazzle, …

Artist Creates Traditional Chinese Landscape Paintings Using Roller Skates

Tian Haisu has an unconventional method for applying paint to a surface – she uses roller skates! The artist wears a modified pair of inline riders that are adapted to hold small pots of black pigment. Her giant works – sometimes as large as 43 feet by 20 feet – mimic traditional Chinese landscape …

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16 Sweet, Savory, Tangy, and Tart Ways to Cook With Rhubarb

It's not just about the strawberry-rhubarb pie: These rhubarb recipes are savory AND sweet.<p><b>We love strawberry-rhubarb pie as much as anyone</b>, but there are so many other ways to cook this stalk. Simmered into sauce? Baked in a cake? Yes, please! These 16 recipes make the most of rhubarb's fleeting …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from India

What did Indian gardens look like before the invaders arrived? The Mughals imposed their 16th century Persian constraints–they were all for walls and …

100 Years of Earthquake Data Becomes an 8-Day-Long Orchestral Arrangement

David Johnson created a program that built an orchestra composition from a century of seismic waves.<p>If the Earth's tremors were performed by a full orchestra, it might sound like creative technologist David Johnson’s “data auralizations.” Using 100 years of global earthquake data—a set that …

These Are the States Where People Live Longest

<i>This post is in partnership with 24/7 Wall Street. The article below was originally published on 247WallSt.com.</i><p>The United States has a health …

7 retro-inspired iOS games you should’ve been playing yesterday

Every gamer over a certain age has a fondness for the 8- and 16-bit titles they grew up with, so it’s no surprise developers born in the 1980s are now creating nostalgia-infused iOS games harking back to the glory days of the Genesis and S.N.E.S. But which of these should you be playing? …

1,000 Light Paintings Form One Beautiful Stop-Motion Animation

Darren Pearson's 'Lightspeed' is a luminous journey through the California wilderness.<p><i>This article originally appeared on The Creators Project Netherlands.</i><p>If you've ever created a light painting, you should know how much effort it takes to capture them beautifully <i>and</i> in focus. Now, imagine that …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

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7 Places Where You Can Still Go Off the Grid

<i>This post was authored by Lauren Hunter (Vayable.com).</i><p>I banned Christmas in 2013. I know what you're thinking: <i>How could you do that to Santa?!</i><p>After last year's battle of overanxious crowds and snappy sales clerks, I couldn't look at one more overcrowded shopping mall or department store sales …

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On Foot in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco

There's nothing like a remote trek through Morocco to help you find freedom and peace of mind…especially when the day ends with Berber whiskey and a …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

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How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

A Drowsy Kitten Lounges Idly in a Glass Bowl

In this video from October 2013, a drowsy kitten lounges idly in a glass bowl, barely acknowledging the human holding the camera. What better way to …