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Science Explains Why People Love Heavy Blanket With Air-Con In Summer For Sleep

Blasting the air conditioner (AC) in the summer while sleeping cozily beneath a plush, heavy blanket or two may seem crazy to some; but, for …

OK, California campers: Ready, set, reserve

If you snooze Tuesday morning, you will lose.<p>A series of target moments arrive at 7, 8 and 9 a.m. on March 1 for campsite reservations at state parks across California — including Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin, trail camps in the Santa Cruz Mountains and national forests in the Sierra …

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The world's least visited countries – have you been to any of them?

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7 ways you're wasting money while traveling

Seemingly tiny expenses can add up quickly when you're traveling. And often it's money that's better spent elsewhere.<p>Here are seven expenses you can (and should) avoid paying for on your next trip.

Passion And Obsession En Pointe In 'Girl Through Glass'

It's 1977 and an 11-year-old dancer named Mira is struggling to find her place in the competitive world of New York City ballet. Dance is her escape from her parents' failing marriage — but instead of a sanctuary, Mira finds the opposite: a dark threat intermingled with her dreams of being a star …

Polish Potato, Kielbasa, and Cabbage Soup (Kapusniak) Recipe

There are hundreds of variations on classic Polish <i>kapusniak</i> (sauerkraut and sausage soup). My version lays no claims to authenticity, but it is simple, delicious, and deeply nourishing. Sauerkraut and fresh cabbage come together for extra flavor in the broth.<p>Why It Works<p>Adding the ingredients to …

Film Critic David Edelstein Says 2015 Offered An 'Embarrassment Of Riches'

Film critic David Edelstein had no shortage of material to consider when it came time to make his top 10 list this year. He shares his favorites with <i>Fresh Air's</i> Terry Gross:<p><b>1. Room</b><br>"The story of a woman held captive ... by a sexual psychopath and the child she raises remarkably well in that</b> …

Never mind the polls: the old albums we loved revisiting in 2015

Music,2015 in review,Pop and rock,Simple Minds,Public Enemy,The Lemonheads,Disco,Soul,Americana,Culture,Dance music,Electronic music<p>From Simple Minds to Public Enemy, here are the albums our writers turned to when they’d had enough of new releases<p>One of the occupational hazards of writing about …

Here Are Several Common Airbnb Problems No One Checks for Before Booking

Did you know central air conditioning isn't standard in New York? Bet you would want to know that before taking off in the heat of summer.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy<i>.</i><p>It's really easy to glance at the rating, scroll through the pictures, check the price and check out. If I was booking …

How 'Accidental' Notes Grab Our Attention

Sometime around the 11th century, Western composers began to make room on the page for a new kind of sound. These notes would fall outside the key of a piece of music — generally a half-step higher or a half-step lower. They could even sound like a mistake. And that's how accidentals were born.<p>The …

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National Parks

This Book Is A Complete Guide To The Science Of Snowflakes

And yes, they really are that special<p><i>The Snowflake: Winter's Frozen Artistry</i> by Kenneth Libbrecht and Rachel Wing gives us all a close look at snowflakes, no matter where you spend your winters. And yes, there's that cliché that snowflakes are unique and special and blah blah blah, but seriously, …

5 Christmas Cookies That No One Will Guess Are Actually Healthy

'Tis the season to eat cookies, and for many that means family baking parties and cookie exchanges.<p>But what if you're minding your healthy lifestyle and don't want to blow the progress you've accomplished?<p>Watching your waist should NEVER hold you back from doing the things you love most! In fact, …

Aziz Ansari: Talking Modern Love With The 'Master Of None'

A few months ago, Shankar Vedantam hosted an event in Washington, D.C., with the comedian Aziz Ansari. You might know him as Tom Haverford from <i>Parks and Recreation</i>, or you might currently be binge-watching his new show on Netflix, Master of None.<p>What you might <i>not</i> know about Ansari is that he is …

32 things everyone should do in Germany

In fact, Germany was recently voted the world's third-most tourism-friendly country by the World Economic Forum.<p>From mountains to beaches, wine regions to beer halls, here are the 32 things all travelers should experience in Germany.

The lake at the end of the world

Barely one hour from Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana, Lake Bohinj is in the middle of nowhere – out of season and time – and it’s wonderful.<p>“We have a saying here in Slovenia,” said Grega Silc, a Hike & Bike Slovenia tour guide, as we cycled around the riotous green of the ridge. “In Bohinj, we're a …

7 times John Oliver perfectly captured what’s wrong with America — and triggered real reform

<b>(HBO)</b><p>The HBO host has accomplished what Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert never could. Here are a few of his best segments<p>November 7, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>John Oliver's "This Week Tonight" is far and away the most refreshing thing on late-night TV. While …

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Alex Blumberg's podcast revolution is just beginning. NPR: this is your warning

With successful podcasts like Reply All and StartUp under way, Blumberg’s Gimlet Media is shaking up a market once dominated by NPR. Here, he explains how he’s going to keep it up, and make money in the process<p>There were few things more addictive this summer than listening, with alternate delight …

Healthier Baked Maple Donuts

I’m not much of a donut eater ( I know…gasp), but my kids certainly love them. My daughter gets so excited when we drive by Krispy Kreme and the hot …

Romania's bear dancers | CNN Travel

25 Turkey Recipes for your Thanksgiving Table

I know I started with pie (because who doesn't like to sneak a little dessert first every once in a while), but today it's all about the TURKEY! I …

Super-crisp roasted potatoes and Peruvian-style roast chicken top October's recipes

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt's new cookbook, "The Food Lab," might well be one of the big books of the season, but a couple of recipes from it have already found a home in the hearts of Southern California cooks. His super-crisp roasted potatoes was by far the most-downloaded recipe from our California …

12 American National Parks You Need To Add To Your Bucket List

Explore The Subway Top-Down | Photo: Chris Burkard<p>American writer, historian, and environmentalist, Wallace Stegner, once said that the National Parks are "the best idea we ever had". We couldn't agree more. The only problem - and it's definitely a good problem - is there are so many parks and so …

Recipe: Milk Bar's Compost Cookie and Thai Tea Granola Parfaits

Heat oven to 275 degrees. Coat a 9″x13″ baking sheet with nonstick spray.<p>In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and brown-rice syrup.<p>In a medium …

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For Two Weeks, This California Town Has Averaged One Earthquake Per Hour

At 408 quakes so far, San Ramon sets a shaky new record<p>Large earthquakes can be incredibly serious, like the one that struck Afghanistan on Monday. But not all earthquakes are devastating, earth-shattering monsters. Sometimes, they're just...there.<p>Over the past two weeks, over 408 earthquakes have …

World Leaders Rock Elegant Man Buns

World hairpiece, at last.<p>Committing to a fashion trend can be a tricky thing. It seemed the instant you convinced your mom to buy you a pair of Steve Madden platform sneakers, the world moved on to Skechers.<p>Fortunately, one of today's biggest trends can be snipped off in a moment's notice or even …

The World's Most Affordable Cities

Some cities are cheap for a reason. Like Kyiv, Ukraine, seen here. A political crisis and a proxy war with Russia on its eastern border have destroyed the Ukrainian economy. Kyiv might be an attractive, and inexpensive place to live. But few foreigners are willing to come here. Investment firm UBS …