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People Who Worry About Everything Are More Intelligent

Obsessive worry is insidious in the sense that it begets more worry; once your mind switches into "worry mode," essentially, nothing is off limits. …

The Japanese skill copied by the world

Mindfulness has become trendy around the world in recent years – but in Japan, it’s been ingrained into the culture for centuries.<p>As the sleek shinkansen bullet train glided noiselessly into the station, I watched a strange ritual begin. During the brief stop, the conductor in the last carriage …

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Your Chinese Menu Is Really a Time Machine

I grew up in a Chinese restaurant called the Peking Restaurant in rural New England during the 1970s and ’80s. I was that kid you saw running around …

Top 10 Underappreciated Parks

From vast wilderness to varied history, from swamp to desert, these places should be more famous.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything—National Parks</i><p>Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon deserve the appreciation they receive, but the National Park System includes nearly 400 units, …

A Private Chef Spills The Secret Eating Habits Of The Rich And Famous

If you're rich and famous, nothing about your vacation is ordinary -- especially the food. Celebrities often have personal chefs practically chained to the kitchens of their amazing holiday rentals so that every whim, craving, and food fantasy can be met.<p>One A-list chef living on a tropical island …

DIY PC: Samsung's Scorching SSD, Asus Motherboard Mania, PC Shipments Bounce Back

Welcome to the maiden voyage of DIY PC, a regular feature customized for the PC builder and enthusiast. Circle back every Tuesday at noon Pacific time to discover the latest component news, hardware breakthroughs, and tips for enjoying the greatest gaming platform on the planet. This week we marvel …

Why does food taste different on planes?

When your taste buds are way above the clouds, your normal sense of taste goes right out of the aeroplane’s window. Katia Moskvitch investigates why this happens, and how airlines are trying to find ways to get our appetites back on track.<p>If you think the food airline companies serve up is bland or …

What are the healthiest vegetables to grow?

All vegetables are good for you but, according to the Nutrient Rich Foods index, some are even more healthy than others<p>What decides what you grow to eat in your garden? It may be what tastes best, or it may just be just what grows with the least effort; it’s certainly hard to resist the sheer …

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The surprising, fascinating history of Thanksgiving food: Olives, tamales and relish?!

<b>(Kimberly Hall via Shutterstock)</b><p>We all know about turkey and pumpkin pie. But these other Thanksgiving traditions might just stun (and entice) you<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>November 27, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<p>Most of us know the Thanksgiving story from our little pageant in grade school where we put on Pilgrim …

14 Gruesome Accounts of Real-Life Kitchen Injuries

By: Dan Gentile<p>It's a hard knock life for chefs. Instead of getting treated, they get stitched... by a line cook. With no medical experience. Instead of kisses, they get kicked... while they're down, by coworkers who find head wounds hilarious.<p>A kitchen can be a war zone... which is why we asked …

When 'Star Wars' Was a Hit — in Navajo

<i>The following exclusive excerpt from</i> How Star Wars Conquered the Universe <i>(Basic Books, 2014), is the story of the first movie ever translated into</i> …

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 …

10 Jalapeño Poppers That Are Better Than Yours

You may have ordered jalapeño poppers at a bar before, and you may have liked them, but you don't know how good these bite-sized snacks can be until you make your own at home. Jalapeño poppers -- which are basically a pepper stuffed with cheese and deep fried -- have so much potential for …

Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

When I was a boy I had a globe. I could take it in my hands, rest it on my lap, give it a spin and look down on Africa, Europe, North America and Asia spinning by.<p>In 1961 (I was 13), cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin left the planet and got high enough to look down on the real Earth spinning beneath him. He …

Brain-to-brain 'telepathic' communication achieved for first time

Team of US-led researchers successfully achieves brain-to-brain communication between humans from India to France<p>For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of miles apart in India and France.<p>…

Before there were none

The passenger pigeon was driven to extinction (by people, of course) one hundred years and two days ago, when the last individual, a captive-bred individual named Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo on 1 September 1914.<p>One of the first things that astounds most people about passenger pigeons are …

Film-maker defies China's censors to reveal horrors of the Great Famine

For modern Chinese students it is not the Great Famine but the Three Years of Difficulties. The catastrophe remains so sensitive that their history books do not document how many starved to death, or why. Yet more than 50 years ago, at the height of the disaster, a handful of their predecessors …

You've Been Slicing, Dicing, Pitting And Peeling Your Produce All Wrong. Until Now.

Cooking is fun. Eating is fun. Sometimes you want to get the cooking done so you can get to the eating. We can respect that.<p>The following tricks will have you prepping produce quicker than ever before, and they'll cut down clean-up time, too. No special tools are required. Never bought a cherry …

Military kit through the ages: from the Battle of Hastings to Helmand

Photographs by Thom Atkinson of military kit through the ages suggest that while technology evolves apace, the experience of soldiers in the face of war is unchanging<p>On a winter’s day in 1915 the family of one Capt Charles Sorley – athlete, soldier and poet – received a package. It was his kit bag, …

How To Anonymously Tell Your Co-Worker He Smells

You've been in a situation like this before: Someone you work with has stinky breath. You know it, your coworkers know it. Only problem is, he doesn't know it. Everyone would be better off if someone told him about it (including Mr. Egg Salad Sandwich himself, who would no longer be the talk of the …

Here is the memo Comcast sent to employees after the 'rep from hell' call went viral

It's now been two weeks since AOL executive and former Comcast subscriber Ryan Block published a recording of his insane dialogue with an overly persistent customer service representative, and we finally have the memo that the company sent out immediately afterward.<p>"Recently, an unfavorable phone …

I Am A Food Blog Gets Recipes Right With Stunning Photos and Spot-On Type - The Fox Is Black

I find it rare to come across a good food site that doesn’t look like a stock blog template or is filled with nothing but hokey desert recipes (I …

The 'bumblebees can't fly' lie

Billions of insects take to the sky every day, but we've only recently discovered how their flimsy wings support them. Dr Karl lifts the lid on …

Five insights challenging science's unshakable 'truths'

<b>1 | Lifestyle can change genes</b><p>We have come to think that if something is "in our genes", it is our inevitable destiny. However, this is a gross oversimplification. We have each inherited a particular set of genes, but the outcome of that inheritance is not fixed. Our environment, diet and …

Photographer Documents Customers Snoozing at Ikea

Try it before you buy it.<p>Or, if you're in one of China's Ikea stores, fall fast asleep on a bed in a display room.<p>For Ikea shoppers in China, the act …

The 144-Year-Old Blooms That Will Blow Your Mind

The canopy of dreamy blooms from this 144-year-old woody vine enthralls visitors at a Japanese flower park.<p><i>Demilked</i><p>The vine can be found at Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi, Japan, where visitors can walk below a canopy of blooms. Planning a trip? The best time to view the vine is from late April to …

Private Browsing Settings Aren't as Private as You Think

Let's be honest: There's probably a few things you've been looking at online that you don't want anyone to know about.<p>Whether you're secretly …