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17 Journeys By Train That Will Change Your Life Forever

Take a slow and stunning journey by train across some of the world's most beautiful landscapes.<p><i>This photo essay is part of a series of stories about travel.</i>

Trains

California road makes top-10 list of least-driven highways in the U.S.

California's Highway 139 that stretches through vast swaths of untouched land between Susanville and the Oregon Border ranked No. 5 in a list of America's quietest scenic roads.<p>Within the highly populated Golden State, where traffic becomes gridlock at rush hour, it's hard to imagine any highway …

San Francisco

The Best Lesson I Learned from Watching a Professional House Cleaner — Kitchen Floor

I like my kitchen clean. And I don't mean clean, like, a no-dishes-in-the-sink kind of clean. When I say "clean," I mean it in a deeply serious sort …

Houses

Turn Your Kid's Room Into a Dark Cave Before Bed

With young kids, bedtime routines usually involve a precise checklist of putting on PJs, brushing teeth, reading stories, asking for water, getting …

20 Space-Themed Baby Names Parents Are Giving Their Newborns

Parents draw baby name inspiration from all sorts of places ― from the food they eat to the animals they love. Even TV shows like “Game of Thrones” have inspired a slew of choices.<p>Recently, many people have taken to looking beyond Earth for ideas, a trend that is likely to continue amid recent big …

Surreal Photos of India's Living Root Bridges

These intricate living structures take 15 to 30 years to complete.<p>During monsoon season in northeast India, rainwater gushes through the emerald valleys and deep gorges of Meghalaya, the“abode of the clouds.” The mountainous plateau between Assam and Bangladesh is one of the wettest places on …

BenTen Residences

In order to save a Meiji-period machiya in Kyoto's Higashiyama District, four friends pooled together their resources and had the two-level townhouse renovated and transformed into Shimaya Stays—two beautifully simple apartments that are now available for rent. Traditionally home to merchants and …

81 gray whales spotted off Point Reyes Saturday — and more are on the way

Those who braved the rainy weather to head out to Point Reyes National Seashore were rewarded Saturday.<p>Eighty-one California gray whales were seen traveling up the coast on their northward migration, easily breaking last year's record of 69 as the most whales seen on any given day. Another 44 …

The Heartleaf Philodendron is Harder to Kill Than To Keep Alive

If there were ever a plant that's perfect for people who are terrible with plants, it's the sweetheart or heartleaf philodendron. Not only are they …

Plants

6 Things Smart People Do to Have Really Interesting Conversations

Hate small talk? Tired of the same old questions? These six approaches will make you that much more interesting.<p>Next time you go to a traditional 'networking' event, a cocktail party or dinner, do us all a favor: lose the elevator pitch. That approach is quickly losing relevancy in making authentic …

George Mason University

The Air Opus pop-up camper inflates in 90 seconds flat

The Air Opus Camper makes on-the-road living easy with an amazing self-inflating system that pops up in 90 seconds flat. Simply flick a switch and …

Camping

Medieval France Had the Perfect Solution for Small Homes

A French 'lit clos', or box bed, spotted in an image from A Strange and Wonderful Collection. (It's dated 1648, but since photography didn't exist …

Northern Europe

'Suddenly it was total mayhem': Australian inventors celebrate success of revolutionary bee hive

Three years ago, a father and son in Australia finally unveiled a device they had spent a decade inventing: a beehive that releases honey via a tap, without needing to handle the bees.<p>The pair, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, who live in the hinterland near Byron Bay in eastern Australia, an area …

How to Keep from Transferring Your Anxiety and Stress to a Child

Kids don’t need to be afraid of bugs, bills, or the boogeyman, even if parents are.<p>By<p>Jan 31 2018, 3:50 PM<p>Uncertainty and anxiety are a necessary part …

Steve Jobs's Advice on the Only 4 Times You Should Say No Is Brilliant | Inc.com

In the frantic pace of life to do more and be more, we hardly think about the importance of <i>focus.</i><p>That's why, for those free-spirited, creative thinkers and entrepreneurs chasing after their dreams, this prophetic quote by Steve Jobs 21 years ago hits the nail on the head even more so today. Here's …

Richard Branson Says You'll Be More Successful if You Develop This Daily Habit | Inc.com

"Some of Virgin's most successful companies have been born from random moments--if we hadn't opened our notebooks, they would never have happened," Richard Branson wrote in a recent blog post. Note-taking is a simple process, yet Branson believes that most leaders neglect to break out a notepad to …

Productivity

22 Useful Tips For Anyone Who Sucks At Makeup

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The morning routine experts recommend for peak productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

You've Never Seen Bookcases Quite Like These Before

(Image credit: Clippings)<p>One of my favorite things about design is its potential to elevate everyday objects — to take things you thought you knew …

Framing

Amid government shutdown, Yosemite National Park is open with limited services

California's Yosemite National Park is open to visitors despite the federal government shutdown but there'll be nobody to greet them, help them navigate the trails or even make sure they're in the right campground.<p>Spokesman Scott Gediman says the park that boasts the famous granite cliffs of Half …

Is sex the answer to your relationship woes?

Michele Weiner-Davis, the marriage-guidance counsellor, explains why she thinks having sex – even if you don’t feel like it – is the foundation of a happy relationship<p>How does it make you feel when your partner is cold and distant? Or when they’re critical and prickly? Does it make you want to rip …

TED Talks

How To Use a Bullet Journal to Track Meals and Your Budget

Have you heard of bullet journaling? I hadn't until recently, but it's a methodology I can get on board with. It's a practice that's half about …

Personal Finance

9 trails that every Bay Area hiker needs to check off the to-do list

While many head to San Francisco to visit its top-notch restaurants and cocktail lounges, others who live in the city are eager to get out of town on weekends to enjoy nature.<p>The beauty of living in this area is that you don't have to travel to all the way to the mountains of Tahoe or Yosemite to …

Hiking

8 Colorful Toys Designed to Spark the Imagination

Even before my short 3-year stint as a designer in the toy industry, I’ve long harbored a love for toys. I believe at their best, toys represent the …

Eastern Europe

Science Discovers Why Some People Are Motivated to Succeed While Others Aren't

People who seem naturally motivated really are. If you're not, you can motivate yourself.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are mornings when I look over my to-do-list and just keep staring blankly at it. Instead of getting to work, I keep checking my inbox, news …

Neuroscience

The modern-day version of a thousand-year-old philosophy can help anyone be more confident

Ever feel like you're not good enough? Something bad happens and your brain plays a YouTube highlight reel of every mistake you've ever made. Your confidence crashes and your self-esteem flatlines.<p>You're not alone. People have been feeling like this as long as there have been people. It's an old …

Self-help

Grab Some Alone Time With This Quirky Privacy Chair

(Image credit: MZPA)<p>For most adults with busy lives, it's a privilege to be able to whisk oneself away from present company. Thankfully, Ukrainian …

Solar Panels

Tour an Organic, Laid-Back Renovated California Home

<b>Name:</b> Jillian Gould Allstadt and John Allstadt, kids Mia and Bodhi, and dogs Bella and Milo <b><br>Location:</b> Mission Canyon — Santa Barbara, California <b><br>Size:</b> …

Rose Bowl

using direct off-camera flash - Tangents

using direct, bare (un-modified) off-camera flash<p>I had the opportunity to meet up with a fellow South African photographer, Jaco Fourie, who was …

How to make your kids smarter in 10 scientific steps

I’ve explored the science behind what makes kids happier, what type of parenting works best and what makes for joyful families.<p>But what makes …