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25 Ways To Become The Happiest Version Of Yourself

By Jerrica Peterson,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/HJNcZr<p>I wish I had the perfect recipe and could douse you all with a concoction of a timeless …

These Amazing Hanging Hotel Rooms Let Guests Camp In Trees

The idea came from a trip one of the architects had taken to Japan, where he saw trees supported with wires to protect their branches from heavy snow …

UC Berkeley

Ruby Wax: why mindfulness is the secret to a happy new year

The actress Ruby Wax – now a qualified therapist – says that mindfulness can help you lead a stress-free life<p>Happiness is not a shiny 2014 diary already clogged with meetings, phone catch-ups and must-do errands. The modern take on Descartes, “I’m busy therefore I am” is, according to Ruby Wax, the …

Amazingly Complex Ant Hills Cast as Aluminum Sculptures

It's rare to see what an actual ant nest looks like underneath the surface of the earth. Anthill Art is an amazing process that captures that magnificent mystery in sculpture form. To create each piece, the anonymous American artist pours molten aluminum into the entrance of an ant hill, filling …

Art

Dangerous MRSA bacteria expand into communities

A USA TODAY investigation shows MRSA bacteria, once confined to hospitals, are emerging in communities to strike an increasing number of children, as well as schools, prisons, even NFL locker rooms.<p>Eric Allen went to bed March 1, thinking he had a light flu. By the time he staggered into the …

Architect Bypasses Mortgage Payments, Builds a Tiny Home

Idaho-based architect Macy Miller longed for a place of her own, but didn't want the burdensome cost of mortgage payments and decided to construct her own compact home. After having a dream back in 2011, Miller mustered up the initiative to design her small yet efficient home known as <i>Tiny House</i>. …

Has the Great Barrier Reef just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the "Best Job in the World"?<p>The campaign by Tourism Queensland generated global interest in the Sunshine State and the role of park ranger and "caretaker" of Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef. Ben Southall was the inaugural winner, a Brit by …

How Drug Cartels Are Like Amazon And Google

After this enlightening TEDTalk, you’ll never look at drug cartels the same way again.<p>Billions of dollars in sales. Quick shipments. Ultra-efficient distribution chains. Carefully orchestrated PR. Drone delivery.<p>It sounds a bit like Amazon! But in reality, this is any one of the three major Mexican …

Supporting the right to die always runs the risk of diminishing the right to live

Frances Inglis is out of jail now, having served five years in prison for the murder of her 22-year-old son, Tom. Now 61, she does not regret ending her son's life. She doesn't believe she should have been sent to prison for doing so, and says that the law needs urgent review. She's right, but in a …

The death of photography: are camera phones destroying an artform?

"It's really weird," says Antonio Olmos. "Photography has never been so popular, but it's getting destroyed. There have never been so many photographs taken, but photography is dying."<p>I'd asked the 50-year-old, award-winning, London-based Mexican photographer what he thinks is going to happen to …

Chinese unmanned spacecraft lands on moon

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China landed an unmanned spacecraft on the moon on Saturday, state media reported, in the first such “soft-landing” since 1976, joining the United States and the former Soviet Union in managing to accomplish such a feat.<p>A boy looks at a golden scale model of China's lunar rover …

New research finds that hummingbird species living at high altitudes have evolved hemoglobin with enhanced oxygen-binding properties so they can thrive in oxygen-poor environments.

No Time? No Problem -- Try Meditation on the Go

Daily stresses, as trivial as being stuck in traffic, were getting the best of me. Some days felt like a series of negative emotions: impatience, irritability, and anxiety. Living like this was exhausting and affecting my loved ones. I knew that I would benefit from meditation, but I couldn't …

Mindfulness

Being Thankful for Mindfulness

Constant gratitude is a major key to happiness. One way it can be achieved is by coming to our senses -- literally.<p>I think back to an incident during my days as a student. Like many students there was not enough money, even for food. I recall walking down an affluent street where the homes were …

Mindfulness

A Yoga Sequence to Ease Discomfort When You're Overstuffed

If you need a little relief after enjoying your huge holiday feast, instead of plopping on the couch and chewing on some Tums, try this relaxing yoga …

Yoga

4 Commonly Asked Questions About Starting a Meditation Practice

Are you whole-heartedly contemplating adding the practice of stillness and awareness into your life? If so, let me express how thrilled I am for you. To assist you in this <i>complex</i> and <i>astounding</i> journey into mind, body and soul, here are four questions that generally spring up from my …

Meditation

3 Exercises That Knock Out Holiday Travel Stress Before It Even Starts

Holiday stress is one thing...add in holiday <i>travel</i> stress and it's a whole other sack of tinsel. Crammed in a car or jammed in the middle seat on the plane during the busiest travel season? Blergh.<p>So to help ease your mental <i>and</i> physical travel stress—well before you go through security—April …

Yoga Therapy: Why Doctors Are Prescribing the Ancient Practice

In 2011, Jacquelyn Jackson had the most traumatizing year of her life. On a beautiful morning in Tucson, she was just 25 feet away when her former …

Mental Health

Europe’s hot springs: 20 of the best spots for a soak

Sliding into a bathtub after a long day is one of life’s little luxuries, but there’s nothing quite like the restorative buzz garnered by a dip in a proper thermal pool. From Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon to Switzerland’s most chic spa, here’s a rundown of some of Europe’s best hot springs.<p><b>Blue</b> …

Articles about 10 open plan living rooms on Dwell.com - Dwell

Space, light, and twists on color use define this collection of some of our favorite modern living rooms from issues past.<p>Designing kids rooms can be fun, but it’s always challenging.<p>French designer Benoit Challand designs a cubicle-based font that dares you to rearrange the office.<p>In Tasmania, an …

Second DNA Code Discovered Hiding Within DNA: Scientists

A second DNA code has been discovered by a group of scientists, hiding within DNA, or the genetic code.<p>Information within the newly discovered second …

Why do children believe in Santa but not Harry Potter?

Christmas is sparkling out of every corner and parents across the country are surreptitiously peeking at letters to Santa and pulling dusty Christmas stockings out of storage. The lengths that parents go to to perpetuate the myth of Santa are an indication of how surprisingly sceptical children are …

Solstice arrives December 21

December solstice 2017 arrives on December 21 at 16:28 UTC. High summer for the Southern Hemisphere. For the Northern Hemisphere, the return of more …

Are you right-brained or left-brained?

Follow these instructions to find out which side of your brain is dominant and how it may explain your personality.<p>In no particular order, I am visual, outspoken, artistic, impulsive, intuitive, a daydreamer and disorganised. I am right-brained, according to this uncannily accurate guide to …

Geminid Sky Shower Strikes This Weekend

Explosion is at least five times more powerful than previous events, study says.<p><b>As darkness falls this weekend, look toward the heavens for a gem of a sky show from one of the year’s best meteor showers, peaking overnight on December 13 and 14.</b><p><b>The annual Geminid meteor shower promises colorful</b> …

Geminid meteor shower begins: watch out for fireballs

The mysterious Geminid meteor shower lights the skies of Earth between 12 and 16 December and is visible from almost anywhere on the planet. This year the peak rate is estimated to be 100-120 meteors per hour, rivalling the August Perseids, which are usually the most spectacular meteor shower of …

Colossal Cosmic Accelerator Discovered Hovering Above Earth

By analyzing data from NASA's Van Allen probes, University of Alberta physicist Ian Mann, together with his colleagues at NASA and other institutes, …

Dinosaur asteroid 'sent life to Mars'

<b>The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs may have catapulted life to Mars and the moons of Jupiter, US researchers say.</b><p>They calculated how many Earth rocks big enough to shelter life were ejected by asteroids in the last 3.5bn years.<p>The Chicxulub impact was strong enough to fire chunks of debris …

Painted ladies: why women get tattoos

The first tattoo I ever saw belonged to my grandad. He had it done in Scotland during his national service in the 50s, so the tattoo must have been more than 30 years old when I became fascinated by it. I used to ask him to roll up his shirtsleeve and I would use my finger to follow the outline of …