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The Germanwings tragedy got us talking about mental illness. Shame the talk is so narrow<p>A friend tells me that well-meaning people often ask her what the special talent of her son with autism is. She tends to answers: “Gabriel’s special talent is having a meltdown in the supermarket because the …

Mental Health

Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

There's no way to diagnose a stroke before it happens, but researchers say they've identified a clue to help doctors predict who's at risk – the amount of sleep they get at night.<p>Older adults who said they slept more than eight hours were 46% more likely to suffer strokes in the next decade than …

5 Ways to Eliminate Back Fat

You won't miss it at all.<p><i>This article was written by Lizzie Fuhr and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.</i><p>Back bulge around the bra area or a pesky muffin top aren't fun to deal with. But you can feel more confident in your own skin with just a little extra effort. Sure, targeting …

Fitness

10 Best Songs for Your Running Playlist

<b>(SPOT.ph)</b> There's nothing like a great song with a catchy tune and inspirational lyrics to help you get through a long run or a tough workout. While …

X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

Researchers in Europe have managed to read from an ancient scroll buried when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D. The feat is all the more remarkable because the scroll was never opened.<p>The Vesuvius eruption famously destroyed Pompeii. But it also devastated the nearby town of Herculaneum. A villa …

10 DIY Ways to Amp Up Builder-Grade Basics

Ditch the cookie-cutter look in your kitchen and bathroom.<p>Ditch the cookie-cutter look in your kitchen and bathroom. This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com

Cape Cod

Traveling Internationally? Do These 20 Things First

Credit: Flickr<p>So you're ready to put that first stamp in your passport? Or it has been years since your last big vacation? Here's a list of 20 tips you should do or bring before your trip if this is your first time traveling abroad or if you need a refresher.<p><b>Security & Health</b><p>• <b>Check in with your</b> …

A Workout That Burns, Tones, and Keeps Your Body Guessing

Ready to try something new? Think of this as the ultimate exercise mash-up.<p>We're more than halfway through January, which means you might be facing a slow fading of your New Year’s fitness resolutions. Well, it’s time to mash things up! If you’re bored with your current fitness routine or feel your …

Mashups

55 Inspiring Ideas to Update Your Kitchen

Color, cabinets, and more.<p>Remodeling your kitchen? Look no further. We've rounded up the best ideas for color, cabinets, lighting, floors, and more.

20 Concealer Hacks Every Woman Should Know

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, life-changing ways to cover under-eye circles, blemishes, and more.<p><b>1) If you use foundation, apply it first, and then apply your concealer.</b><p>If you apply your foundation first, you'll find that you don't need to use as much concealer. If you apply concealer …

Makeup

Everything You Need to Know About Fitwall

Fitwall Ventures offers 40-minute interval-style classes on the Fitwall at studios in California (where you check in on an iPad and get live feedback via a heart rate monitor and Bluetooth sensor). But fear not if you live nowhere near the Golden State. The founders say they're expanding quickly …

Pump it up! Weightlifting 'cuts diabetes risk in women'

<b>Women who pump iron in the gym cut their risk of developing diabetes, say researchers.</b><p>The findings come from a study that tracked the health of nearly 100,000 US nurses over a period of eight years.<p>Lifting weights, doing press-ups or similar resistance exercises to give the muscles a workout was …

Google Now gets Olympics cards and new commands

The Google Now app… Excuse me, that is to say, Google Now within the Google Search app received new functionality today, bringing options for event reminders, new voice commands and quick access to the Olympics.<p>New voice commands let you make calls or send SMS messages to your contacts. As it …

Smoke-Testing your Apps 101: A Guide for the Non-Techie

<i>Denis Duvauchelle is CEO and co-founder of Twoodo, helping you organize everything and anything using #hashtags.</i><p>It’s doubtful that if our team collaboration startup had as many bugs as iOS7 did that the reaction would be to write a nice article on Lifehacker explaining how to solve the problems …

Wickr Is The Messaging App You'll Turn To If Snapchat Screws Up Again

Nico Sell is an entrepreneur and privacy advocate who co-founded Wickr, an app for sending and receiving self-destructing messages. If the description stopped there, you'd probably decry it as a Snapchat knockoff. It's just not. The comparison is laughable.<p>The gist of the app is similar, however: …

Now that it’s a platform, what kinds of Chromecast apps can we expect?

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Google’s(s goog) Chromecast isn’t just a $35 media extender anymore. With an official SDK for programmers, Chromecast is a …

Travel Smarter With Orbitz's Slick Apps for Data Nerds

It’s easier than ever to book flights and hotel rooms online. But for travelers on a budget, deciding where to go and when to go there is a …

Get the Most Out of Facebook Paper With These Quick Tweaks

Facebook's new Paper app is the best excuse yet to ditch the social network's older offering. But while the re-imagined mobile experience adds …

Here’s the Right Way to Rescue a Soaking Wet Smartphone

It fell in the toilet. The clumsy waitress knocked a glass of water onto it. You forgot it was in your pocket when you jumped into the pool. That's …

Overdid It On Thanksgiving? Read This Now

Photographed By Kava Gorna.<p>Today, as we collectively find ourselves amidst a post-Thanksgiving food coma, the idea of going for a run is pretty much …

13 Foods to Help You Burn Calories (and Fat)

Try these foods to spike the metabolism, release fat, and eliminate toxins<p>We know, it sounds like it's too good to be true. But there actually are some things you can eat that spike the metabolism, trigger hormones that release fat, and eliminate toxins that make it hard for your body to shed …

Nutrition

How to Exercise Without Really Trying

Today, there's a multitude of exercise and diet fads to help us lose weight—but women of the 60s, as evidenced in this 1963 essay from Harper's Bazaar, were about accomplishing more with less effort. Were they on to something?<p>Every so often, one meets a woman "lovely in her bones"; a woman, that …

Yoga

15 Natural Beauty DIYs for Under $15

How much money have you shelled out on facial masks, bubble bath, trips to the spa, and “miracle skin rejuvenation” products? Too much? It’s okay, we’re here to curb that spending habit and help you ramp up your inner kitchen witch. We’ve rounded up collection of 15 natural beauty tutorials that …

Skin Care

These Coconut Pancakes Are Everything (& Easy To Make!)

<i>Have a minute? That’s all it took us to get hooked on Leaf.tv, an addictive new YouTube series from content queens Erin Falconer and Geri Hirsch.</i> …

Breakfast