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Where to go in 2016: Top 16 up-and-coming destinations | CNN Travel

CNN

The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

The Ugly Side of Being a Travel Blogger

When I tell people I'm a travel blogger, there's a fairly good chance they'll either question how I make money from it, or say something along the lines of, "You get paid to travel? How do I sign up for that?"<p>If they say nothing at all, that usually means they think I'm full of shit and have …

27 Art Destinations Around The World To Visit Before You Die

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

Art

7 Cognitive Biases That Are Holding You Back | Inc.com

The brain is surprisingly resource intensive, making up about 2 percent of your body weight, but consuming 20 percent of your calories. Because of this, the human brain has evolved with numerous mechanisms in place to reduce energy consumption wherever possible.<p>Thanks to two of those mechanisms, …

Critical Thinking

A Harvard neuroscientist told us the 3 major ways meditation changes your brain

Moyan Brenn / Flickr<p>Mindfulness meditation is incredibly popular right now.<p>While there is an ever-increasing amount of academic research around the …

Mindfulness

The counterintuitive secret to weight loss Coca-Cola doesn’t want you to know

A new campaign urges us to focus on getting more exercise. Reams of data tell us that’s not enough<p>Dina Fine Maron<p>August 12, 2015 5:28pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Don’t stress too much about cutting calories if you want to shed pounds—focus on getting more …

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Absolutely Must Read in August

The summer is almost over—but the beach reads keep on coming. Including brand new series by N.K. Jemisin and David Drake. A brand new Christopher …

Books

How What You Believe Affects What You're Like When You're High

For decades, connoisseurs of psychedelics have said that "set and setting"—your state of mind and your environment—influence how you experience drugs. And they're right.<p>Psychedelic connoisseurs are usually well versed in "set and setting," or the the idea that both your state of mind, beliefs, and …

Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

Singularity

41 trips to take before you turn 40

You probably have the means and time to take some epic trips around the world.<p>From the canals of Venice to the desert of Namibia, here are 41 destinations to check off your bucket list.

How the world’s greatest artists broke through their creative block

In 1951, Jackson Pollock was at his peak. A landmark 1949 article in Lifemagazine had asked whether he was “the greatest living painter in the United States”—yet he was struggling with his fame and sank into alcoholism and depression. The resulting paintings from that period, the “Black Pourings,” …

Art

Get Out of Your Own Light: Aldous Huxley on Who We Are, the Trap of Language, and the Necessity of Mind-Body Education

“In all the activities of life, from the simplest physical activities to the highest intellectual and spiritual activities, our whole effort must be to get out of our own light.”<p><b>Aldous Huxley</b> endures as one of the most visionary and unusual minds of the twentieth century — a man of strong …

Education Policy

Charles Bukowski's guide to writing and life

<b>"I am a dangerous man when turned loose with a typewriter," said Charles Bukowski, the author of more than 40 books of poetry, prose and novels, including Ham on Rye and Post Office. Bukowski, who died on March 9, 1994, aged 73, used his poetry and prose to depict the depravity of urban life in</b> …

Literature

Scientists say these 25 habits can help you feel happier and healthier

Each of the little things we do to boost our mood — from reading an adventure story to keeping a gratitude journal or even gazing up at the stars on a clear night — can add up to greater overall satisfaction.<p>But happiness doesn't come easy. We have to work at it.<p>Here are some of the things that …

What Karl Marx got right about America’s twisted form of democracy

Bernie Sanders & Ted Cruz seem light years apart — but the truth is that choice in politics is mostly an illusion<p>Karl Marx once said, “The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”<p>As the …

Don't Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder

The theory of evolution by natural selection is among the best established in science, yet also among the most controversial for subsets of the American public.<p>For decades we've known that beliefs about evolution are well-predicted by demographic factors, such as religious upbringing and political …

Psychology

23 things that will surprise you when you come to the US

CHECK OUT THIS NUMBER: 9.857 million km². That’s the size of the US.<p>Before we start this article, let’s just address one thing: America is <i>huge</i>. It …

Jurassic World

10 Bucket List Activities for the Great American Adventurer

Sponsored<p>And gear to help you conquer all<p>Gore Tex<p>If you've been keeping your potential on a short leash, it's time to let it loose with this anything but run-of-the-mill bucket list. We've got the extreme sports, destinations and gear to help you excel. With the right skills, motivation and mettle, …

The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?<p>Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from …

7 Next-Level Condiments That Chefs Can't Live Without

You might find this hard to believe, but chefs don’t make everything from scratch. Here, seven culinary stars reveal the store-bought condiments …

Robert Reich: The sharing economy is hurtling us backwards

The former secretary of labor outlines the increasingly dystopian future of America’s workforce<p>How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance, and almost all profits go to the robots’ owners?<p>Meanwhile, human beings do the work …

25 Best Snacks For Weight Loss

From the editors of RedbookMag.com, four nutritionists share the small bites that pull their own weight in the dieting department so you don't have to.<p><b>1) Hard-boiled eggs with sriracha sauce</b> To improve thyroid function—the gland manages growth and metabolism—look no further than a low-calorie, …

When Nature And Geometry Collide, These Photos Get Surreal

David Copithorne takes photos of classic subjects, mountains, beaches, street scenes, and then edits them to add floating geometric shapes which reflect the images around them, or twisting them into fractals-like forms. He uses Photoshop CS6 to create his work, and says he came upon his techniques …

When T.S. Eliot Invented the Hipster

The original cuffed-trouser urbanite on the hunt for authenticity—and undercutting it with his own self-consciousness—was J. Alfred Prufrock.<p>January 4 marks 50 years since the death of poet T. S. Eliot. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of one of Eliot’s most famous poems, “The Love Song …

Reprogram Your Mind to Like Healthy Food

Use these tactics next time you're in the throes of a pizza jones<p>You don't have to be a slave to your junk food cravings forever. You may be able to train your brain to yearn for healthy foods, a new study from Tufts University found.<p>Researchers looked at brain scans of 13 study participants at the …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Style<p>When you've conquered floral prints and wild patterns like Styles, a tailoring move this NSFW makes a lot of sense.<p>By Megan Gustashaw22 hours …

The Hanoi Street That Has A Train Track Through It

Most of the time, railroad tracks are expertly marked, warning passersby to keep a look out for oncoming trains, but what if you the tracks were literally steps from your front door?<p>So is the case for many in Hanoi. Amidst a busy city street, people live and work alongside the railroad tracks found …