Sharon Liao

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'Ayahuasca is changing global environmental consciousness'

Interview with US scientist Dennis McKenna on powerful Amazon hallucinogen, plant intelligence and environmental crises<p>Ayahuasca, as it has come to be known internationally, is a plant medicine that has been used in the Amazon for centuries for healing and spiritual purposes. Renowned for the often …

Consciousness

Scuba Diving Vacations & Trips

<b>The Way the World Learns to Dive®</b><p>Toggle navigation<p>Dive Shops<p>Locate a PADI Dive Shop<p>PADI CoursesPADI Courses<p>PADI Store<p>PADI eLearning<p>PADI …

Trying to Kick Coffee? Here Are 7 Alternative Ways to Fuel Your Morning High

Is coffee friend or foe? According to the headlines regularly splashing across wellness sites, the pendulum seems to swing with some frequency. On one hand, a growing body of research shows a wide-ranging host of potential health benefits associated with the drink, including lower risks of …

Five Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online Completely Free

Science often gets a bad rap for being inaccessible. But it’s actually never been easier to satisfy your curiosity on subjects ranging from computer …

Human Rights

20 Chicken Thigh Recipes That Prove Dark Meat Is Superior

When it comes to chicken, everyone has a favorite part, but these thigh recipes may make you a dark-meat convert. With its caramelized, crisp skin and tender, moist interior, this meat and its awesome flavor can't be beat.

Had a Rental Car Accident? Here's What You Need to Know

Credit cards only offer coverage for damage to the car you rent, not damage to another vehicle or property. If you don’t have your own auto policy, make sure you get liability coverage.<p><b>Q: In November 2013 I rented a car from National Car Rental at LAX. I was involved in an accident with another</b> …

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Top 10 Last-Minute Travel Tricks for a Great Getaway

There’s something to be said for meticulously planning a vacation escape, picking the right place, the right time, and then going for it. There’s …

Top 5 Must See Places in Japan for 2016

Japan was recently named #2 in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2016, which means there is no better time to visit Japan than right now! The …

Japan

Best travel destinations, airlines, hotels and more according to Money magazine

When planning a vacation, you can look up tons of lists on the most beautiful destinations, the best beaches and top hotels, or you can research how to do everything on a shoestring budget.<p>But what about finding a happy medium of comfortable accommodations that won't break the bank? That's why …

Singapore Airlines

Must Read: Chrissy Teigen Gets Her First 'Vogue' Cover, Tamara Mellon Granted Chapter 11 Financing

Plus, Raquel Zimmermann stars in Isabel Marant's spring 2016 campaign by Inez & Vinoodh.<p>Author:<p>Publish date:<p>Social count:<p>571<p>571<p>SHARES<p><i>These are the</i> …

America's 21 Most Beautiful Campsites

From Death Valley to Glacier Bay, Alaska and back down to the Grand Canyon, we've got the country covered.<p>With 3,794,100 square miles of soaring mountains, pristine beaches and crystal clear lakes, the United States offers endless options for those looking to spend a few nights under the stars. But …

Do You Really Need the Latest Greatest Gear?

If you’re like me, you enjoy reading and learning about the latest photography gear as soon as it comes out. Looking each month at popular photo …

72 Hours in Puerto Rico: Where to Eat, Stay and Play

Dubbed "The Island of Enchantment," Puerto Rico is the perfect quick getaway for East Coasters. It's only a few hours flight to white sandy beaches, glowing waters, an ever-growing restaurant scene, and a rich history with Spanish and American influences. No passport is needed for Americans, as the …

Puerto Rico

The most breathtaking natural wonder in every state

In celebration of Earth Day, we set out to find the most beautiful natural attraction in each state, using input from folks who have lived in these places.<p>Can you guess which state the picture to the right is from? Follow along to find out. (They're in alphabetical order if you want to find yours …

National Parks

10 Things A Startup Founder Learned About Money While Backpacking Around The World

"I realized I was living a childhood dream," he says of that moment, near the beginning of his year-long, 21-country travel adventure. "And I started wondering why I was the only one there. "<p>That epiphany became the first seed of his financial education website, Phroogal, which crowdsources …

Costa Rica

Behind the Science of Why Ears Pop On Planes

It makes babies howl inconsolably on flights and sometimes during takeoff or landing I have the urge on the plane to just let myself collapse and do the same. That acute pain of ear pressure doesn't discriminate.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy.<p>I recently took a flight on the verge of a …

Breast Feeding

The 12 Most Annoying Thick Hair Problems (And Fixes!)

Our fine-haired sisters think we've got it easy just because we can do a doughnut bun without wearing a sock on our head, but having a mess of hair is sometimes, well, a mess. Here, finally, the solutions to the biggest thick-hair problems -- except for clogging up your drain. Alas, we can't help …

I Did Not Quit My Job to Travel the World

Approximately every five minutes someone out there writes an article about how they quit their job to travel the world. Okay, maybe not every five minutes, but these days it does seem like there are many people who do just that -- save up money, quit their jobs and go from country to country, city …

11 Great Pre-Trip Prep Tips to Start Your Travels off Right

Alexander Graham Bell once said, "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about travel but it's apropos nonetheless. It's the little things that you do up front that pave the way to a stress-free experience. While I can't guarantee you won't hit …

Solo and Loving it in Hawaii

A bird's eye view of Diamond Head and Honolulu. Hawaii isn't only for romance. Road trips, hikes, sunset walks, surfing and delicious dining can be done as one. All photos by Shari Bayer.<p><i>By Shari Bayer for Fathom</i> | <i>Not having a travel buddy doesn't stop Shari Bayer from hitting the road. Our</i> …

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Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

8 Trips You HAVE to Take Before You Die

There are trips we strongly recommend you take and then there are those that we basically demand. Trust us, as travel experts, we know the getaways that should make your bucket list. Here are eight trips you HAVE to take before you die -- and we even ordered them chronologically with the adventure …

National Parks

Your subconscious is smarter than you might think

We feel that we are in control when our brains figure out puzzles or read words, says Tom Stafford, but a new experiment shows just how much work is going on underneath the surface of our conscious minds.<p>It is a common misconception that we know our own minds. As I move around the world, walking …

Consciousness

Packing Tips From Travel Experts

<i>By Shoko Wanger, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Whether it's a scent, a special snack, or a specific pair of shoes, everyone has something they're always sure to bring with them on a trip. Here, seven frequent travelers (and expert packers) share what they'd never leave home without.<p>Photo by Tahiti</b> …

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Seattle Foodies Dish on Their Favorite Restaurants

<b>By Helen Anne Travis</b><p><b>Come for the incredible natural beauty. Stay for the food.</b><p>Located smack dab in the middle of the country's most stunning mountain ranges, you're never far from an incredible view in Seattle. You're also never far from an incredible meal. New restaurants pop up every day, …

10 Ways You're Ruining Your Jeans

Those beloved denim duds have seen better days and you know it.<p>You may live in denim (we do), and be under the impression that it's relatively indestructible (we were). But while wearing jeans can feel blissfully low-maintenance, taking <i>care</i> of them is a little more tricky. And because we're all …

Revolutionary trails: Cuba's best hikes

Cuba’s montage of dramatic landscapes inscribed with mist-cloaked valleys, looming <i>mogote</i> hills and biologically rich reserves, presents tempting possibilities for hiking. Once a heavily restricted activity, Cuba has at last caught on to the fact that opening up its countryside to willing walkers …

Starwatch: The February night sky

Most of the elements that excited starwatchers in January are still with us, though Comet Lovejoy is now fading and may be close to the fifth magnitude as you read this. For a chart of its motion as it passes close to the star Almach in Andromeda this week refer back to our previous Starwatch on 12 …

Climbing Film ‘Meru’ Wins Audience Choice at Sundance

Last night <i>Meru</i>, the new film sharing the story of Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and Renan Ozturk’s quest for one of alpinism’s great prizes, won the U.S. Documentary Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival.<p>Mount Meru is located in the Indian Himalaya at the sacred headwaters of the Ganges. The …

7 Explorers Name The Most Beautiful Place They've Ever Seen

Looking for travel inspiration? We've been asking fascinating people -- Pulitzer Prize-winners, world champion athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, and more -- to share the greatest travel journeys of their lives.<p><b>New Guinea</b><p>Scientist and author Jared Diamond, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "Guns, …

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