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Russia, Turkey and Iran agree trilateral mechanism to maintain Syrian ceasefire

Syrian peace talks in Astana have concluded with Russia, Turkey and Iran striking a deal on a trilateral mechanism to safeguard the ongoing …

July 2015 was very likely Earth's hottest month on record

<b>UDPATE, Aug. 20, 12:15 p.m. ET:</b> Federal officials have confirmed that July 2015 was Earth's hottest month on record, smashing old marks.<p>Our original …

Schedule Mental Tasks First, Mechanical Tasks Later for Better Focus

Most tasks at your job fall into one of two categories: mental and mechanical. Mental tasks require focus and cognitive thought, while mechanical …

The Best Places to Find Books at a Bargain (or For Free)

Information is power, and reading more enhances your knowledge and the connections your brain makes between the things you learn. Even so, books cost …

11 Economic Lessons to Make You a Smarter Shopper For Black Friday

When you hit the stores this weekend, remember three things: Shopping is a sport, this is its Super Bowl, and retailers are better at playing it than you.<p>The first and last rule of prices is that nobody knows what anything is worth. Shoppers are guided by shallow clues ("this is cheaper than that") …

Perspective on the Bad Days

Today, I threw a party. It was a pity party.<p>Today <i>I</i> cried because my 3-year-old wouldn't eat her peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch -- the one she had insisted I make for her.<p>It got thrown in the trash and she had a nap with no lunch.<p>Today, I wished desperately for some "alone time." Today, …

The Most Important Book of the Twenty-First Century

If I were a Republican policy-maker, if I were the Koch brothers, if I worked for Goldman Sachs, Capital in the Twenty-First Century would frighten me more than anything at Occupy Wall Street.<p><b>The term must-read</b> has lost most of its urgency by this point—if indeed it had any urgency to begin with. …

Income Inequality

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

Here's an Idea... Don't Clean Up!

Consider this: If you had spent an hour hard at work, focused on something that meant a lot to you (Writing? Knitting? Drafting a proposal, creating a spreadsheet... whatever it may be) and you were either close to being finished or completely in your "groove"... how would you feel if someone …

Parenting

14 Most Outdated Pieces of Baby Advice

Much of yesterday's baby wisdom has been proven untrue today. We checked in with Parents advisor Ari Brown, M.D., author of Baby 411, to get the scoop on why these old-school parenting facts have become fiction.<p><b>The truth</b> Babies don't get stinky from sweat the way adults do, so they only need a bath …

How to Wash Your Face: 10 Face-Washing Mistakes

The 10 Biggest Face-Washing Mistakes<p>Learn the common habits that cause annoying skin problems<p>Washing your face seems like the least complicated part of your beauty routine, right? Turns out that some common lathering habits can cause a whole list of skin woes, including dryness, irritation, …

Does Leaving Fluorescent Lights On Save Energy?

Fluorescent lamps, including compact fluorescent lights (CFLs), use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last six to 15 times as …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

6 Powerful Ideas for Reading with Kids

Reading daily to our children is important for both the pleasure it brings in its own right and for the future benefits it promises for academic, professional, and even economic success (for more on the importance of reading check out Jim Trelease's classic <i>The Read-Aloud Handbook</i>). If you're …

NASA Predicts End of World As We Know It

As you burn fossil fuels on your morning commute and forget to toss your empty bottles in the proper bins, consider this: These days of relative luxury might be numbered. Rapid population growth, depletion of natural resources, and growing economic inequality could spell the end of civilization as …

Fake News

The Fairytale and Reality of New Motherhood

A big problem with motherhood in today's society is the vast expanse between expectations and reality. Preparing to become a mother is an information-saturated marathon of choices and planning: <i>Will we deliver naturally? Will we breastfeed? Will the baby sleep in a family bed or a crib? Will we</i> …

A Dad's Letter to His Son (About the Only Good Reason to Get Married)

Dear Son,<p>It seems like yesterday you were blowing poop out of your diaper onto your mother's lap. Yet here we are, on the verge of the birds-and-the-bees conversation. The poop was way easier.<p>Before we talk about sex, though, I want to talk about marriage. Not because I'll shun you or shame you if</i> …

13 Mom Truths

<b>1. Your house is not a reflection of your parenting skills.</b> You know what I'm talking about. It's 2:28 in the afternoon and there's a knock on your door and your house isn't perfect. Open the door. Welcome your friend in. Don't apologize for whatever it looks like in your home. Show them you're …

How to Get Better Sleep (and Need Less Every Night)

Many of us struggle to get enough sleep every night, but is the sleep we get any good? While it’s important to get enough sleep, <i>better sleep</i> is a …

Sleep

Lights Out: Helpful Hints for Bed Time

Sleep Deprivation: (noun) A form of psychological torture inflicted by depriving the victim of sleep.<p>Until I became a parent, I didn’t realize how …

9 Ways to Beat the Sunday Night Blues

It's Sunday afternoon, and suddenly you feel a pang of anxiety. The relaxation and enjoyment of the weekend seems to come to a halt. Preoccupation about the work week invades your brain. Thoughts of everything you need to do fuel feelings of overwhelm and dread. Your mood takes a nose dive, and you …

Self-improvement

Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips

5 Major Anti-Aging Mistakes Tons of Women Make<p>Wanna preserve that youthful glow? Don't commit any of these no-nos<p>Wrinkles are just part of the natural aging process, and there's nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to fine lines. But if you want to keep your youthful glow for longer, there are …

It Is Not My Job to Make My Kids Happy

<i>Written by Lisa Endlich Heffernan</i><p>Being a parent is a really tough job. Many argue that it is the toughest job. Yet, speaking only for myself, I made parenthood far harder than it needed to be by taking on jobs that were not mine. My job is to love and care for my kids, to make them feel safe and …

Accepting the Mom I Am

It's a calculated risk, leaving her there at the table to "finish" her breakfast on her own. She's good at staying in her seat and it's not that far a tumble if it comes to that, so I figure she's relatively safe. I leave her with the remnants of her cereal and a purple plastic cup half full of …

Say No More.... Why Moms Need to Say "No!" More Often

Moms, be honest: How many times have you wanted to say no, but went ahead and did the whatever-the-thing-was anyway?<p>I do this a lot, and if you're a mom with young kids, I bet you do, too. Maybe I didn't <i>totally</i> feel like dropping off a bag of toy donations at another mom's house at 9 p.m. in the …

All The Ways Babies Ruin Your Life -- But Don't Worry!

"Babies are the crying, time-sucking, crap factories you've been yearning for!" -- so one can be yours for just $19.95! If you're tired of having free time and desperately want food spit on your face, "You Need a Baby!" That's the message (and title) of this hilarious parody by TotallySketch that …

Kids, Tech and Those Shrinking Attention Spans

Whenever I find myself at the front of a 7th grade classroom, I keep the title of this book in mind: <i>Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire</i>. This mantra serves to remind me that, short of actually lighting my hair on fire, a burning enthusiasm for the information I'm there to share is what's required to …

Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

A hundred million years from now, when we're all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere ...<p>... and they will discover, buried in the rocks below, a thin layer of sediment — very thin, about the width of a cigarette paper, says British stratigrapher Jan Zalasiewicz. …

Allow Your Children to Create a Secure World

In two previous posts on the topic of raising secure children, I discussed the importance of your children developing a secure attachment with you and a sense of security within themselves.<p>The third message of security gains increasing importance as your children achieve full mobility, move beyond …

Why I Gave Up on 'Doing It All' As a Mom

'Doing it all' in motherhood no longer works. It can be overwhelming for moms to handle the endless list of to-do's and mega-tasks. Parents' job responsibilities grow just as fast as their children. As the mom of three children who are in elementary, middle and high school, I can easily feel like a …