Rebecca Jones

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12 Books That Will Lift You Up When You Are Down

Sometimes, you need a pick-me-up. You're feeling blue, down in the dumps, maybe even dealing with a lump in your throat. Whichever idiom fits your situation, you're just not feeling like your best self.<p>To abate the waves of sadness, or palpitations of dread, we've compiled a list of books that can …

Books

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Black Holes

10 Gorgeous European Places You've Never Heard Of

You may think you know Europe's wonders from back to front. But newsflash: you don't. As with any well-trodden destination, the continent boasts a number of tucked-away treasures that would make even the most experienced traveler swoon.<p>The continent brims with uncrowded venues, like the islands of …

European Travel

Dancing With Cubans

<i>This is part three in a series about the time I spent in Cuba not long ago, "Got My Mojo Back in Cuba." To see all posts in chronological order, Click here.</i><p>There are two questions I start asking everyone I meet: "Why are the women so flamboyant in flaunting their bodies?" And, "Can the Cuban …

12 signs you’ve become a true local in Bolivia

1. You can tell what region a woman is from by the shape of her hat and the length of her skirt.<p>Bolivian women are famous for wearing bowler hats and …

Effects of mindfulness meditation training on anticipatory alpha modulation in primary somatosensory cortex.

2011 May 30;85(3-4):96-103. doi: 10.1016/j.brainresbull.2011.03.026. Epub 2011 Apr 8.<p>1Harvard Osher Research Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, …

Mindfulness

How I quit my job to travel: The lawyer

Lawyer Michael Hodson left his career to travel the world without using any aeroplanes or advance reservations. This “hare-brained scheme” has led to a life on the road.<p>In March 2008, during happy hour at a bar in my hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas, I made a surprise announcement to my friends: …

Ho Chi Minh City

The 'Man Who Flies For Free' says these are the 3 best websites for airline deals

Keyes has become so gifted at landing supercheap tickets and getting the most out of his frequent-flier miles that he has booked an epic world trip that spans 13 countries, 20,000 miles, and 21 flights — all free.<p>He told Business Insider his process was a "labor of love" and that he enjoyed finding …

Flying

“About Elly”: A masterful thriller — and a portrait of Iran’s conflicted middle class

Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi’s unreleased 2009 thriller about the real Iran feels more relevant now than ever<p>When Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s “About Elly” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2009, it announced the arrival of a major international talent. A gripping and adventurous work …

Human Rights