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Top 10: Historic Sites in Ireland and Northern Ireland

More than 5,000 years of history are revealed through colossal passage tombs, the beehive huts of early monasteries, and more iconic landmarks. Here are Irish places of curiosity, pilgrimage, and inspiration.

How the Web Became Our 'External Brain,' and What It Means for Our Kids

Recently, my two-year-old nephew Benjamin came across a copy of <i>Vanity Fair</i> abandoned on the floor. His eyes scanned the glossy cover, which shone …

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The Top 10 Most Innovative Countries in the World

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Is chocolate the best fuel for creativity?<p>For the fourth year in a row, Switzerland has been named the most innovative country in the world, according to the newest version of a report published by Cornell University, the World …

Packaging-Free Supermarket Coming to Germany

Berlin is about to get an innovative supermarket that does not include any wasteful packaging. Original Unverpackt (Original Unpacked) is the …

Hawaii's spectacular ocean waves – in pictures

Hawaiian photographer Clark Little gets to the heart of the action and shoots ocean waves in Oahu as they roll over him

Scope Vintage Photos of '60s and '70s-Era Celebs From a New Art Book - PAPER

<i>Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston</i><p>Jack and Anjelica in their skivvies. Babs in her iconic Scaasi suit. Iggy Pop sweaty and in a speedo. All these images and more appear in photographer Julian Wasser's recently-released art book, <i>The Way We Were: The Photography of Julian Wasser</i>, documenting the fun …

Photographer Documents Customers Snoozing at Ikea

Try it before you buy it.<p>Or, if you're in one of China's Ikea stores, fall fast asleep on a bed in a display room.<p>For Ikea shoppers in China, the act …

Floor-Level Windows Make for a Unique CZZ House by Vanguarda

Take a minimalist design; materials such as stone, masonry, and glass, and interesting angles and positions for windows, and you have this unique …

10 Beaches That Will Make You Want To Plan A Trip To The Great Lakes Immediately

Here's a problem we love to have: too many stunning beaches to choose from.<p>That's the constant conundrum with the Great Lakes, where you could spend an entire summer adventuring, swimming and sunning at a new spot each day and still not see most of the shoreline.<p>Though there are many reasons the …

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Readers' travel tips: Greek coastal tavernas and cafes

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>Have you discovered the perfect place to sit and watch the waves roll in while sipping an ouzo or eating a fresh feta-laden Greek salad? Share your tip on your favourite Greek seaside taverna, cafe or bar via GuardianWitness and you could win this week’s …

Paying Off a Credit Card

Procrastination can be costly. When you get a late start, it may be difficult to make up for lost time.

19 Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful

You have to do the hard things. The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.<p>Those are the things that define you. Those are the things that make the difference between living a life of mediocrity or outrageous …

Why Innovating Means Eliminating Much Of What We Have Just Created

It may seem like a waste of time or a step backwards, but to be truly innovative, you have to subtract from your big ideas to add to their strength.<p>It’s common knowledge that to be innovative, we must first explore, play, and brainstorm. But the second part of the process is more surprising.<p>True …

What If Every Weekend Was Three Days Long? At These Companies It Is

Looking forward to an extra day off this week? What if a four-day work week was the norm, not the exception? Take a peek inside companies where every weekend is a holiday weekend.<p>With Memorial Day weekend starting in just a few hours, many Americans will be relishing in an extra day off to kick …

The Cities With The Most Energy-Efficient Buildings

Energy used by buildings accounts for most of a city’s carbon emissions–as much as 80% in New York’s case, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.<p>The good news is that more cities are getting this message and encouraging owners and real estate developers to make buildings less …

Infographic: Should You Buy Or Rent A House?

It can be hard to decide between renting or buying when looking for a new home. There are so many variables! And it’s an enormous decision, not one to be taken lightly. The <i>New York Times</i> blog The Upshot has put together an interactive infographic that could help.<p>The calculator asks several …

Honda Creates A Mythical Map For An Iconic Motorcycle Race

Since 1907, the small island that floats in the Irish Sea hosts an epic motorcycle race through more than 37 miles of its public roads, twisting and turning around 274 different bends at speeds of 100 miles per hour.<p>Under those circumstances, the island’s beautiful landscape takes on a much more …

These American Meat Products Are Banned Abroad

Next time you're enjoying a plate of giant Buffalo wings or chowing down on a giant steak, think about the size of the animal that must have produced it. Have you ever noticed how much bigger some U.S. cows, chickens, and turkeys are than their European counterparts? That's because many of …

Why Amazon Pays Some Workers Up To $5,000 To Quit

Hate your job? Then quit. In fact, we'll pay you to quit.<p>That's the philosophy at Amazon's warehouses, according to a new letter by company CEO Jeff Bezos. Here's a snippet from Bezos' letter written to his shareholders this month (emphasis ours):<p>The second program is called Pay to Quit. It was …

China's Red Beach Is The Craziest Looking 'Beach' In The World

Okay, so it's not a traditional beach... you'll find no sunbathers or sandcastles here. But Panjin Red Beach, located in China's Liaohe River Delta is one crazy looking place.<p>The beach is covered in a green sea weed that grows every spring. By autumn, the blanket of seaweed turns bright red and …

The Periodic Table Of How Kids Play

It used to be that play was just play. There wasn’t a whole lot to say about it. Kids climbed trees, hit balls, and did experiments on insects. But by the mid-20th century, children’s play was being extensively studied, classified, and taxonomied by pioneering psychologists such as Melanie Klein …