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NASA may fly crew into deep space sooner, but there’s a price | Ars Technica

The Exploration Upper Stage seems nowhere near readiness.<p>NASA will likely launch its first astronauts into deep space since the Apollo program on a …

Space Exploration

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

8 Charming Italian Towns That Should Be on Your Radar for Summer 2018

You’ve decided to visit Italy this summer. Fantastico! (Hey, it’s never too soon to start learning the language.) Few countries compare to the beauty and charisma of this boot-shaped nation with its rocky coastal towns, rolling hills, sprawling vineyards, and charming villages.<p>Now comes the hard …

Italy

This Is The Real Reason Leaders Fail In A Crisis

Everything from your gut instinct to legions of disaffected employees might be telling you to move fast to fix what’s wrong. You should perhaps do the opposite.<p>Doug Conant has had what some might call a dubious honor, not once but three times. First at Nabisco (1992), then at the Campbell Soup …

Leadership

The shameful treatment of Italian immigrants during WWII shows America’s propensity for xenophobic hysteria

Their movements were restricted, their homes raided; in some cases, they were interned<p>The men in suits were at the Maiorana family’s Monterey, …

Bourbon Tunnel

Dug as a secret royal escape route, the tunnel became a wartime bomb shelter and dumping ground for vintage cars.<p>Lurking about 100 feet below the …

US President Theodore Roosevelt once delivered an 84-minute speech after getting shot in the chest

<b>• Theodore Roosevelt was shot while campaigning for a third presidential term with the Progressive Party.</b><p><b>• The assassin's bullet was slowed by the folded-up speech and glasses case in his breast pocket.</b><p><b>• The 26th president finished the 84-minute speech but ultimately failed to win the 1912 election.</b><p>…

Theodore Roosevelt

The Road to a Free Europe Goes Through Moscow

The Kremlin wants to destroy the trans-Atlantic alliance. Does Trump want to save it?<p>When Angela Merkel meets with Donald Trump on Friday, she won’t just be representing Germany. She’ll be bringing all the hopes and anxieties of an anxious continent—one whose fears have been stoked by the fervor …

Geopolitics

Orban Says He Seeks to End Liberal Democracy in Hungary

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he wants to abandon liberal democracy in favor of an “illiberal state,” citing Russia and Turkey as …

Pokemon Go's mental health benefits are real

Dr. John Grohol is an expert in technology's impact on human behavior and mental health, and for the past 20 years he's studied how people operate online. He's the founder of mental health network <i>Psych Central</i>, and he knows all about the latest tools aimed at helping people deal with anxiety, …

The Obama Years: Views On A Presidency, Across America

How has America changed after eight tumultuous years under President Obama?<p>We put that big question to scores of people in seven states. We chose places where the president delivered speeches about his vision for America. What we collected is not the "inside story" of Obama's administration. It is …

Democratic National Convention

Grill Gazebo Plans: Make a Grillzebo!

Grillzebo: A sheltered space similar to a gazebo but designed for grilling. A grill gazebo is the perfect place to cook the perfect steak, rain or …

Woodworking

7 Reasons You Need to Eat More Eggs

Eggs aren't just delicious—they can also boost your mood, nourish your gray matter, and even guard against cancer<p>Many Americans were raised on the theory that eggs are loaded with artery-clogging cholesterol and that eating them was a surefire way to promote coronary heart disease. But when Wake …

Nutrition

The rise of Donald Trump is a battle for the soul of the Republican party

A billionaire businessman is on the verge of completing a hostile takeover of the Grand Old Party, leaving insiders wondering – how did we get here?<p>After Mitt Romney failed to beat a vulnerable Barack Obama in 2012, a chastened Republican party arrived pretty quickly at the answer to their …

Republicans

DIY One-Day Backyard Projects to Get Ready for Summer

Transform Your Back Yard Into a Vacation Oasis This Summer<p>Foregoing your annual family vacation? Here are eight outdoor DIY projects that can be …

DIY

How to inoculate people against Donald Trump’s fact-bending claims

Psychologists know that die-hard supporters of an idea aren’t usually swayed by the facts. That’s why prevention is better than cure<p>A potential Donald Trump presidency terrifies people worldwide. His racism, bullying, and enthusiasm for violence are a great concern for onlookers.<p>But we see a …

Critical Thinking

15 Teddy Roosevelt quotes on courage, leadership, and success

Born to a wealthy Manhattan family in 1858, Roosevelt grew up both sickly and pampered, but decided that he would not only overcome his debilitating asthma and become a cowboy but serve the American people through politics rather than relax with his father's money. This resilience and drive would …

American Cities

9 Google Maps tips that will make your life way easier

Predictive directions

Apps

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

35 DIY Container Ideas to Completely Declutter Your Home

Ever feel like you're in a heavy downpour of clutter? When the 'stuff' build-up reaches a dangerously high level, rein in your panic and bring out your creative side, with these life-saving DIY containers. Get ready to coral your porch clutter, banish your toiletry mess, and cure your hallway …

Laundry Rooms

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Tag: Kitchens

Kitchen of the Week: A Katrin Arens Design in Sardinia with 250-Year-Old Wood<p>by Meredith Swinehart<p>Pared-Back Furniture from Stattmann Neue Moebel, a …

This Pop-Up Ring Box Will Seal The Deal On Your Engagement

Are you putting a $20,000 ring in a 2-cent box? There’s something wrong there.<p>Marriage proposals are horrifying, even if you know the answer is going to be yes. Where exactly do you do it? What exactly do you say? And . . . is there any way to hide this giant ring bulge in my pants? Seriously. A …

Engagement Rings

Templates And Hints For The Perfect Email For Almost Every Situation

If every email you sent was perfectly phrased and well-received right out of the inbox, how much time could you save?<p>Have you ever received an amazing email, one that you’d like to print out and pin to your wall, one that made you grin from ear to ear or slow-clap in appreciation and reverence?<p>When …

Productivity

4 Common Vocal Mistakes Leaders Make

Turn down the upspeak, add verbal punctuation, and listen. You can command a room like a leader by simply adjusting your tone of voice.<p>Commanding respect as a leader means more than having a fancy job title and a corner office; it also means having the right tone of voice.<p>Laura Sicola, linguist and …

Public Speaking