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5 Fruits and Veggies You've Been Eating Wrong

<b>Mandarin Oranges</b><br>"I love how peeling an orange gives me sticky hands," said no one, ever. Which is why we're obsessed with this mess-free method from JewelPie. Just use a paring knife to slice off either end, cut a slit in the orange peel, and roll the whole thing out in a strip. We can't say for …

What does 'healthy' mean for my child?

Introducing healthy habits early can make a big difference on your toddler's health later in life. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a big part of a child's obesity risk is established by age 5.<p>But what does "healthy" really look like for a 2- to 5-year-old …

10 simple weight loss tips

Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian and nutritionist for the Chicago Cubs, is trying to change the meaning of the phrase, "Treat yo'self."<p>Most people treat themselves by indulging in a gallon of ice cream or by lounging around the house, watching TV. Blatner wants "treat yourself" to mean …

Work out smarter, not longer

The most common complaint that I hear from prospective clients is this: "I work out three times a week, but my body never changes."<p>When I ask them what they do in the gym, I almost always know what I'm going to hear. They generally do two or three circuits of machine-based strength training and …

The 5 Best Family Sedans You Can Buy Right Now – Feature

Purchasing any family sedan marks you as a person of practicality, a driver who needs the flexibility of four doors who also eschews the lower fuel economy, relative ponderousness, and often-higher price of a crossover or SUV. But purchasing one of the family sedans on our list? That also marks you …

Ford Fusion

Bose QuietComfort 20 headphones review

<b>See the Bose QuietComfort 20’s on Amazon</b><p>When noise cancellation technology first came onto the audio market, several headphone makers tried their hand at incorporating the technology in their headphones. Most thought of it as just an added feature to market their headphones, but Bose took the …

Consumer Tech

The Hidden Dangers of Skinny Fat

Obesity is a serious epidemic in the U.S., but the problem, doctors say, is that we are putting too much weight on weight. When the CDC released obesity numbers last week, we cheered that the rate had fallen so drastically for children ages 2 to 5, even though obesity rates overall remained …

Benefits of Being Vegetarian

Here are some other reasons vegetarians may outlive meat-lovers.<p><b>1. Low blood pressure:</b> In the latest study, researchers found that not only do vegetarians have lower blood pressure on average, but that vegetarian diets could be used to lower blood pressure among people who need an intervention.<p><b>2.</b> …

Exercise Hormones to Know About

(And if you need some new workout inspiration, try these 10 Genius Exercises You Aren't Doing.)<p><b>The hormone:</b> Irisin<p><b>What it is:</b> Exercise causes it to break off into your bloodstream and circulate throughout your body. Hence its nickname: the “exercise hormone.”<p><b>How it works:</b> One recent study found …

5 Crucial Nutrients You've Probably Never Heard Of

<b>Magnesium</b><br>Without proper levels of this mineral, cells can't create energy, muscles can't relax, bones aren't as strong, and more than 300 enzyme reactions that help regulate a network of body functions are impaired. Women younger than 30 need 320 milligrams per day; after 30, the requirement goes …

The World's Most Reputable Universities In 2014

Harvard still sits on top. MIT comes in second. Stanford is in third place. Those are the three universities with the best reputations in the world, according to a ranking just released by <i>Times Higher Education</i> (<i>THE</i>), a London magazine that tracks the higher education market.<p><i>THE</i> also releases a …

Galileo Matters More Than Ever on His 450th Birthday

The scientist's insights continue to enrich our world.<p>Not every astronomer can claim to have enjoyed both the attention of the Inquisition and the Indigo Girls, but then again, Galileo was no ordinary genius.<p><b>Discoverer of moons, toppler of Aristotle's physics, and celebrated loser of history's most</b> …

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Figure Skating Costumes

<i>Gracie</i> <i>Gold</i><p>You may think there's not a lot to skating dresses — just a bunch of sequins and dip-dyed chiffon — but according to Brad Griffies, the ice-skating costume designer who created the dress worn by U.S. champion Gracie Gold at this year's National Championships, there's a lot about these …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

National Parks

Top experiences in Bali: making the most of paradise

Immerse yourself in the colour and sound of a traditional festival, dine on local specialities, snorkel beautiful reefs, watch craftspeople at work, wander through lush rice fields, or just relax and be pampered at a Balinese spa. There's an awful lot to do in paradise and it's not all about the …

Asia Travel

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<b>Steve Waters</b> Lonely Planet author<p>Leave the bright lights and tourist delights of Esfahan and Shiraz far behind to track down these astonishing millennia-old relics among the dusty wilds of ancient Persia. From snow-tipped northern crags to scorching southern deserts, you’ll traverse eroded volcanic …

Travel

A beginner's guide to Brazil

What do you get if you combine cinematic landscapes, kaleidoscopic culture, head-spinning biodiversity and a constant rhythm of carefree joie de vivre? Welcome to Brazil!<p>The world's fifth-largest country commandeers the lion's share of South America, all the way from the Amazon Basin – the world's …

Brazil

Japan's top 10 culinary locations

Unesco recently added Japanese cuisine – known in Japan as <i>washoku</i> – to its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. This puts it equal to French cuisine, the only other national culinary tradition to be so honoured. A journey around Japan reveals the wisdom of Unesco’s decision: every corner of the …

Japan

New Study Shows Yoga Has Healing Powers

Poses like down dog can bring down levels of inflammation in cancer patients.<p>The more we learn about yoga, the more we realize the benefits aren't all in the minds of the 20 million or so devotees in the U.S. Yoga helps people to relax, making the heart rate go down, which is great for those with …

Week's Best Space Pictures: Black Hole Blasts and Cool Craters

A black hole sports supersize jets and Mars shows off its many charms in the week's best space pictures.<p>A black hole blast erupts from the nearby Centaurus A galaxy, seen in this Chandra X-ray Observatory image released on February 6.<p>The x-ray jets shoot out from the poles of the "supermassive" …

Announcing the 2014 NG Student Photo Contest Winners

Today National Geographic announced the winners of its 2014 Student Photo Contest. We asked high school students to submit a photograph and caption that conveys a sense of exploration and adventure, and over 2,000 entries flooded in!<p>The images and descriptions we received tell a rich story of …

Oldest Human Footprints Found Outside of Africa

A chance encounter on a rainy beach in southeast England uncovered the oldest known human footprints found outside of Africa.<p>As a group of ancient humans walked across a muddy beach in England nearly a million years ago, little did they know that one day, their footsteps would thrill modern …

6 Ways to Feel Sexier

Feel sexier and show off your hot body with these 6 steps that'll nudge you out of your comfort zone<p>Digital Vision/Thinkstock<p>Get out of your comfort zone and feel more self-assured and atttractive<p>In order to feel more self-assured, attractive, and sexy in your own (bare) skin, you're going to need …

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