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Summer solstice 2018: when it happens and the best places to celebrate the longest day of the year

What is the summer solstice?<p>The term summer solstice is derived from Latin and means 'the sun stands still'. The solstice – also referred to as …

Queen Elizabeth II owns every dolphin in Britain and doesn't need a driving license — here are the incredible powers you didn't know the monarchy has

Queen Elizabeth II is not like you and me.<p>Did you know she is immune from prosecution? That she has her own personal poet, paid in Sherry wine? Or that she holds dominion over British swans and can fire the entire Australian government?<p>It's true that her role as the British head of state is largely …

Queen Elizabeth II

31 of England's most beautiful places to visit

<b>(CNN) —</b> The English are known for being reserved. Perhaps that's why, despite living in one of loveliest countries on Earth, they don't really shout about it. They should though.<p>While the landscape in England lacks the drama of other parts of the world -- and even other parts of the United Kingdom …

Just gorge-ous: the world’s most tantalising food markets

There’s no better way to get under the skin of a destination than to gorge on local food. And markets provide an unrivalled way to eat stunning, affordable dishes, as well as see a city in all its messy glory. If your appetite rules on the road, then these are the places you need to go.<p>Tsukiji Fish …

UK telephone boxes to be turned into tiny offices

Some of the UK's iconic telephone boxes will soon be converted into small personal offices. Bar Works, a company operating a trio of co-working spaces in New York, has leased 15 of BT's old call receptacles in London, Leeds and Edinburgh. They'll soon be kitted out with WiFi access, a printer and …

18 Habits of Mentally Strong People

Building mental strength takes hard work and commitment, but it's the key to reaching your greatest potential.<p>As the author of <i>13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do</i>, I usually spend my time talking about the bad habits that can rob you of mental strength. After all, it only takes one bad habit …

How the Isle of Skye Is Becoming an Emblem of a New Scotland

I have long been fascinated by maps of islands. An island will forever be bounded by its shores; because of these inherent limits, it offers the …

Scotland

The pee color spectrum: What it means

Did you know that looking into the toilet bowl is like looking into a crystal ball for your health? The color of your pee can change depending on how hydrated you are, what foods you've been eating, and even as a weird side effect to certain medications. Here's what your urine color says about your …

Wellness

Every Banana Bread Recipe You Could Possibly Want

Ain't no quickbread like banana bread. 🍌<p>If there were ever a contest to determine the best baked good of all time, banana bread might just win: fluffy and comforting, sweet (but not too sweet), it fills your home with lovely aromas for hours after it emerges from the oven. Not to mention, it's the …

Breakfast

What Is a Robot?

The question is more complicated than it seems.<p>The year is 2016. Robots have infiltrated the human world. We built them, one by one, and now they are all around us. Soon there will be many more of them, working alone and in swarms. One is no larger than a single grain of rice, while another is …

19 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory"

Spoiler: The wallpaper tasted like wallpaper.

12 Things Healthy Morning People Do Every Day

They move, they hydrate, they conquer.<p>As someone who breaks a sweat before work nearly every single day, I'm often asked, "How do you do it?"<p>"The key to making it work is to have a strategy, ritual, and reward system," says Adam Rosante, a CosmoBody trainer who wakes up to work out at 6 a.m. He's …

Scientists say there’s such a thing as “ethical amnesia” and it’s probably happened to you

Most of us like to think that we have moral standards, and there may be a psychological reason why.<p>A study published (paywall) today (May 16) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that when we act unethically, we’re more likely to remember these actions less clearly. …

Psychology

Mindfulness may have been over-hyped

Mindfulness meditation has been practiced for millennia – and today is a billion-dollar business. But how much does the practice really change our health?<p>In late 1971, US Navy veteran Stephen Islas returned from Vietnam, but the war continued to rage in his head. “I came very close to committing …

Mindfulness

The new global plan to eliminate the most harmful fat in food, explained

The WHO wants to ban a food ingredient that causes 500,000 premature deaths worldwide each year.<p>For the first time ever, global health officials have asked countries to completely banish an ingredient from the entire food supply.<p>The enemy is trans fats, found in cooking oils and butter alternatives …

Public Health

14 pictures of Scotland that need no introduction

They'll take your breath away...<p>We're not surprised that, this year, Rough Guides has named Scotland the second best country to visit in 2017. It's …

Travel Guides

Loneliness may be more deadly than obesity — here’s how to fight it

Not only does loneliness suck, but it’s a serious health concern. Studies have linked social isolation to immune system issues, terrible sleep and …

What It's Like to Learn You're Going to Die

Palliative-care doctors explain the “existential slap” that many people face at the end.<p>Nessa Coyle calls it “the existential slap”—that moment when a dying person first comprehends, on a gut level, that death is close. For many, the realization comes suddenly: “The usual habit of allowing thoughts …

Existentialism

Four Steps for Staying Present in Sessions

Being a therapist is hard work that requires an incredible amount of mindfulness, whether you have a formal practice or not. We are trained to be …

Mindfulness

Scotland attempts to rival Scandi lifestyle trend Hygge

It is the Scandinavian lifestyle trend said to embody cosiness and contentment.<p>But the concept of Hygge, which has been used to sell everything from cookery books to candles in the UK in recent months, has now got a Scottish rival.<p>VisitScotland has declared that Còsagach is, in fact, the new …

How do I stop being lonely? You asked Google – here’s the answer | Kate Leaver

Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Loneliness is a stealthy bastard. It can settle in on your soul without you even noticing, until the texture of the words appear on your tongue one day: “I’m lonely.” It’s a …

Loneliness

Going Under Anesthesia May Impact Your Memory

Researchers conclude that middle-aged people have a higher risk of memory loss and cognition decline after undergoing surgical anesthesia.<p>You might …

The world's best airport has a new nature-inspired terminal

Singapore, considered to have the world’s best airport, isn’t resting on its laurels.<p>On Tuesday (Oct. 31), Changi Airport’s new terminal, its fourth, began operations. The new terminal has an annual passenger capacity of 16 million, raising the airport’s total annual capacity to 82 million. Changi, …

Flying

After seeing this stunning shot by @alenpalander, we're ready to join the #LookUpClub too☝🏼 See more of his travel photos at 500px.com/alenpalander

Adventure photographer @benjaminhardman captured this epic shot where the glow of city lights, aurora, and the Milky Way galaxy meet in Reykjanes, Iceland. To see more, find and follow him at 500px.com/benjaminhardman

Want a Brain That's 7 Years Younger? Science Says Do This

The brains of people who do this activity appear years younger than their actual age, a new study shows.<p>If you want to feel younger, there's no substitute for healthy living and hitting the gym (though a flattering haircut and a fun night out can't hurt). But what if you want to <i>think</i> younger?<p>Our …

Is living forever going to suck?

We might be too sick to enjoy our extended lifespans.<p>The scuttlebutt around Silicon Valley is that soon we'll soon live way, way longer. Former Googler Bill Maris says humans can make it to 500 years old; hedge fund manager Joon Yun thinks 1,000 years is more on the money. Some, such as biotech …

Medicine

25 of the oldest places you can visit around the world

Journey to these destinations that are steep in history and beauty<p>As fun as it is to visit somewhere swanky and new, there's nothing like the …

Queen Elizabeth II in Pictures