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The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p><b>Mount Kailash, Tibet. View Panoramic.</b><p>This mountain in western Tibet is a …

Intelligent robots don't need to be conscious to turn against us

A top signatory who studies artificial intelligence (AI) was Stuart Russell, a computer scientist and founder of the Center for Intelligent Systems at the University of California. Russell is also the co-author of "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach," a textbook about AI used in more than …

Artificial Intelligence

10 Things You Need to Do Before Any International Trip

Memorize the following and make it your mantra: Good travel is the result of good planning. That applies to any trip you take, but it's especially true when you're heading to a foreign country. It can be tempting to book a ticket and start fantasizing about your getaway, but there's work to be …

Lights, Camera, Action! Six Magazines All about Movies

Inside Flipboard / January 21, 2015<p>With Sundance Film Festival kicking off this week and the Academy Awards at the end of the month, it’s time to see …

Sundance

The 15 Most Surreal Destinations to Visit in 2015

Be prepared for dropped jaws, kids.<p>1. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives<p>photo: Doug Perinne<p>2. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States<p>photo: Laura Grier<p>3. Cave of Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico<p>photo: Adventure Medicine<p>4. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia<p>photo: PlanetDen.com<p>5. Tunnel of Love …

Pope Francis changes schedule to visit Sri Lankan Buddhist temple

Francis becomes only second pontiff to visit a Buddhist temple after accepting invitation to witness rare ritual at Agrashravaka temple<p>Pope Francis has become the second pontiff to visit a Buddhist temple, changing his schedule at the last minute to pay his respects at an important place of worship …

What Your Personality Has to Do With Your Neighborhood

Extroverts are more likely to be drawn to a city's center, for example.<p>It’s a well-worn sociological truth that the neighborhoods in which we live can have a powerful effect on our lives. But how do our neighborhoods affect our overall happiness and well being? And what might they reflect about our …

Evolution: Why do we have lips?

Human beings are unusual in that our mouths are surrounded by hypersensitive, easily-hurt pink tissue – why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>They kind of flap around on the front of your face, get dried out and chapped in the winter, and occasionally get caught up between your teeth and mistaken for …

Makeup

Chinese police rescue 37 babies in trafficking bust

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police rescued 37 babies and a 3-year-old girl after busting a child trafficking ring in eastern China's Shandong province, reported the state-run China Central Television.<p>The newborn babies, many suffering from HIV/AIDS and malnutrition, were sold for between 50,000 yuan to 80,000 yuan …

CNN

5 ways to eat healthier this year

<b>(Health.com) —</b> Nutrition is a hot topic these days, yet many of my clients still struggle with consistently following through with "the basics," and the stats show that missing the mark on many healthy habits is the norm. For example, the median daily intake of produce for U.S. adults is 1.1 …

Nutrition

Eight new planets might be capable of hosting life

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're planning on packing up and changing addresses to Kepler-442b or Kepler-438b anytime soon, you can probably put away the moving boxes for now.<p>While the newly discovered exoplanets and their six friends hold the exciting possibility of being capable of supporting life, scientists …

Astronomy

Films of 2015: they’re worth the wait

Don’t spoil next year’s great movies by gorging on trailers and teasers<p>“Are you rushing or are you dragging?” barks the hard-boiled conductor during a tense early scene from the upcoming US drama Whiplash. Good timing is crucial for this taskmaster, and woe betide the drummer who dares to dawdle or …

The Chinese Century

Without fanfare—indeed, with some misgivings about its new status—China has just overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy. This is, and should be, a wake-up call—but not the kind most Americans might imagine.<p>When the history of 2014 is written, it will take note of a large fact …

Can America's Desert Cities Adapt Before They Dry Out And Die?

Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and many other western cities are all growing fast–and are all running out of water.<p>Los Angeles traffic is worse than usual as hordes of parched citizens evacuate a concrete tomb that once supported millions of lives. Savvy entrepreneurs are selling bottled water …

Urban Planning

The Secret of Successful Travel in France

In a response to anarticle by Pamela Druckerman in the <i>New York Times</i> about "being French," someone described his experiences bumming cigarettes when he was broke during his last six weeks in Paris:<p>The phrase "<i>Puis-je prendre une cigarette</i>," made certain people look like my question made them …

America's legendary drives

With over four million miles of highway, the USA offers more road trips than anyone could tackle in one lifetime. Whether you’re itching to peek into Wild West history, or just longing for a big ol’ soulful dose of nature’s vistas, you’ll find them along America’s backroads and byways. Here are our …

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 - Trailer 5

Katniss Everdeen finds herself in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice …

Movies

Russia plans bomber flights near U.S. shores

<b>(CNN) —</b> Russia plans to send long-range bombers to the Gulf of Mexico in what appears to be Moscow's latest provocative maneuver in its increasingly frosty relations with the West.<p>Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Wednesday that "we have to maintain (Russia's) military presence in the western …

Visiting Niagara Falls in the Fall

Image courtesy of Flickr<p>Visiting <b>Niagara Falls</b> in fall, as I recently did, is a great way to avoid the crowds typically associated with this heavily touristy area. Plus, you can score great deals. Sure, you'll need to bundle up, and taking the boat right up to the Falls can be a bone-chilling few …

Sweden confirms foreign sub in its waters

A foreign submarine recently trespassed in Swedish territory, officials there said Friday, but they couldn't say what country the vessel belonged to.<p>The Swedish military began an intense sweep of the waters off the coast of Stockholm more than three weeks ago.<p>On Friday, the Swedish Armed Forces …