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14 weird brain exercises that could actually make you smarter

Giving your brain new experiences will keep it healthier. Try these mini mental workout exercises to prevent memory loss and sharpen your mind.<p>'Neurobic' exercises are like cross-training for your brain<p>Giving your brain new experiences that combine physical senses—vision, smell, touch, taste, and …

The Brain

19 Incredibly Cute Products For Everyone Who Loves Manatees

Show off your sea cow love!

How to Stock a Japanese Pantry: 13 Indispensable Ingredients

Perhaps you can remember the scene in the cult classic <i>The Breakfast Club</i> when Bender and Claire have a little back-and-forth over some tuna sushi rolls. "You won't accept a guy's tongue in your mouth, and you're gonna eat <i>that</i>?" he asks incredulously. Well, America, we've come a long way since 1985. …


What 9 common drugs including caffeine, weed, and booze do to your brain

We know different drugs make us experience the world around us in very different ways — and their after-effects are often nowhere near as pleasant as the immediate results they produce.<p>So what exactly are these drugs doing to the brain to prompt these feelings?

The Brain

Granada, Nicaragua: Two days, One Lesser Known Town, Countless Marvels

<i>Image by Andrea Fellman</i><p>Nicaragua might not be as popular as Costa Rica, but it's just a hop over the border and definitely worth the short drive, especially since your dollars will stretch further there. Most people head to the Nicaraguan town of San Juan del Sur for the beaches, but if you've had …

European Travel

8 Surprising Things We Learned About Cooking in Prison

A former inmate reveals the story behind big house cuisine.<p>As anyone who's ever seen a prison movie knows, surviving the big house is all about getting creative. What you can't get from the prison commissary, or from the resident prison smuggler, you make. Some make shivs, some make toilet bowl …

Deep Frying

How to Make Refreshing, Bubbly Homemade Sodas

Seasonal fruit and some soda water are all you need to get your bubble fix at home.<p>When we're in the mood for a treat, few things are more appealing than a tall, ice-filled glass of homemade soda. We like it loads more than the canned stuff not just because it's healthier, but also because it just</i> …


National Geographic Travel

Marshmallow Science

In honor of my official addiction to City Bakery's Hot Chocolate Festival this month, I set out on a culinary quest: to make the ideal, healthy, homemade marshmallow. After all, the classic Jet-Puffed pack of white Styrofoam puffs just wouldn't do the trick for my daily fills of Vietnamese Cinnamon …

One Pot Pasta Recipes That Will Save Weeknight Dinners Everywhere

Weekdays are busy. They're also really long. And even though we all have to eat, making dinner at the end of a workday is the last thing we want to do. Right? If you're nodding your head in agreement, we have good news: We have found a simple dinner option. Let us introduce you to our new favorite …


National Geographic Travel

Things I Wish I Knew Before I Spent a Semester Abroad

<b>The Airport is a Perfect Hotel</b><p>Once you take part in a study abroad program, you will learn the value of saving every dollar, euro, and yen. Whether you are in a city to party or to enjoy all the tourist attractions, you are not going to be spending enough time in your room to make the soaring …


The 10 Best Cities In America

From the "smartest," and "fittest" to the "best place to meet single men." PureWow ranks the 10 best cities in America. Did your hometown make the cut?<p><b>Smartest city: Ithaca, New York</b><p>According to Lumosity, a polling company that seeks to understand human intelligence, Ithaca, New York, tops the list …

San Francisco

Tip Sheet: How to Hack Sleep |

The ability to get by on little sleep is frequently seen as a badge of honor in the business world. Entrepreneurs, in particular, often sacrifice sleep for the sake of their companies. In a recent survey of Inc. 500 CEOs, 48 percent said they sleep six or fewer hours a night, and 85 percent work 10 …

Stanford University

Space travel is dangerous. There will be no tourists.

On September 17, 1908, Army Lt. Thomas Selfridge made the fateful decision to get into an airplane with Orville Wright. It made sense for him to go: …

Black Nature

For the series I chose landscapes that are beautiful and simple, yet not quiet comforting, the scenes are dark, cloudy and lonely. A happy picture where everything is in it's right place is boring, relaxing maybe, i don't care for that. When an image is unsettling and one does not feel completely …

Landscape Photography

'Horns' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About Daniel Radcliffe's Devilish New Movie

This year, the cinematic landscape is suffering from a staggering lack of scary movie product. Instead of the usual "Paranormal Activity" installment, we've got a limp haunted board-game movie in "Ouija" and a tenth anniversary re-release of the first "Saw" movie (a film that inspired countless …