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How to Fit Two Weeks' Worth of Clothes in a Carry-On and Other Travel Tips

<i>At Bloomberg Pursuits, we love to travel. And we always want to make sure we’re doing it right. So we’re talking to globe-trotters in all of our</i> …

East Africa

Garlic Bread-Grilled Cheese Combines Two Beautiful Things

When two classics become one.<p>Back when Dominique Ansel shot to fame over his Cronut, I couldn’t help but think I had missed a marketing opportunity. Not long before, I invented my own wildly delicious hybrid carb: <b>the garlic bread grilled cheese.</b> (Is “invented” an appropriate word for something that …

grilled cheese

50 Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

<b>By BVS Staff</b><p>Libraries are some of the most complete and incredible tributes to human knowledge imaginable, and with their range of resources, they’re …

How Gratitude Changes You and Your Brain

With the rise of managed health care, which emphasizes cost-efficiency and brevity, mental health professionals have had to confront this burning …

Mental Health

Dining Etiquette 101

Dining Etiquette 101<p>The holiday season is around the corner, so let's start new traditions by following old traditions. Here are some basic rules of …

Food & Dining

12 signs your coworkers don't respect you

Disrespect can manifest itself in all sorts of ways in the office.<p>It can be obvious or dangerously subtle. It can stem from the organizational culture, or just some bad eggs in the workplace. You can bring it upon yourself with unprofessional behavior, or be subjected to it due to no fault of your …

Fireworks perfectly demonstrate a principle you can use to improve your life

Pyrotechnics may not seem like the stuff of philosophical discussion, given that they are loud and bright and designed to delight in spectacularly simple ways. But the dramatic fireworks demonstrations we use to mark celebrations—and their less friendly counterparts, rocket weaponry—were invented …

Spirituality

Greece legalises marijuana for medical purposes

Greece has become the latest European country to legalise marijuana for medical purposes.<p>Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said last week that doctors …

Cannabis

NASA Video Of Aurora Borealis From The ISS Will Take Your Breath Away

NASA proves once and for all that astronauts have the best job in the world.<p>If it wasn’t bad enough that NASA astronauts get the prestige of being …

Naughty penguins at this aquarium are shamed on a sign

Sometimes public humiliation is the only way you'll learn.<p>Case in point for the penguins at the National Aquarium of New Zealand, in Napier on the …

Microsoft’s Chatbot Zo Calls The Qur'an Violent And Has Theories About Bin Laden

Yes, this is real.<p>If artificial intelligence reflects humankind, we as a species are deeply troubled.<p>More than a year after Microsoft shut down its Tay chatbot for becoming a vile, racist monster, the company is having new problems with a similar bot named Zo, which recently told a BuzzFeed News …

The Future

Beautiful Portraits of Parrots by Brad Wilson

We presented you several times photographer Brad Wilson, who creates stunning animals portraits. He immortalized beautiful colors of the several …

This Is What Happens When You Hold in Your Sneezes

Sneezes are powerful—we can sneeze at 40 MPH and at distances up to 30 feet. And there’s nothing worse than wanting to sneeze but not being able to. …

A Katahdin national park, courtesy of the Trump administration?

New England could finally get its second national park, courtesy of support from the unlikeliest source — the Trump administration.<p>Give credit where …

Vintage images of public lands in the US in color – in pictures

The late 1800s showcased the beauty of America’s public lands in color for the first time. A photographic technique called photochrom was developed, which allowed color to be introduced on to black and white negatives. The process was used extensively by William Henry Jackson, whose early pictures …

National Parks

A Planet Is Found. At Least That's What We Hope It Is.

A newly discovered force at the edge of the solar system is the stuff of sci-fi dreams.<p>Just in time for summer movie season comes news that something huge is lurking out there at the edge of the solar system. It’s really big. It’s never before been detected. It’s warping gravity fields. No, it’s …

James Bond

Scientists Found the Building Blocks For Life Around a Young Star

Scientists working at the ALMA radio telescope spotted complex organic molecules around a newborn star.<p>Is there life around other planets in our galaxy? We may never know the answer to that question, but we're one step closer to at least finding out more. Life may or may not be out there, but the …

Monster Black Holes Spotted Orbiting Each Other for 1st Time Ever

For the first time ever, scientists have directly spotted a pair of supermassive black holes orbiting each other, a new study suggests.<p>This orbital …

Striking Gemini images point Juno spacecraft toward discovery

Very detailed Gemini Observatory images peel back Jupiter's atmospheric layers to support the NASA/JPL Juno spacecraft in its quest to understand the …

Astronomy

Antares: More than meets the eye

The bright red star Antares is located in the direction toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It’s a rich region of the sky for telescopic …

Discovery Of A Young, Dead Galaxy Creates A Huge Puzzle For Astronomers

The life-cycle of a galaxy is straightforward and inevitable: normal and dark matter gravitationally attract, creating a large collection of mass.<p>The normal matter collects in the center, forming stars and pancaking into a disk.<p>Over time, more gas falls into the core and smaller, young galaxies …

Universe

The fine art of mental illness: What paintings tell us about someone’s psyche

Vincent van Gogh’s art is infused with isolation: a lonely chair, a grieving doctor, a brooding sky. For one psychiatrist, the French master’s paintings — and those of other artists throughout history — contain clues about mental illness, too.<p>James C. Harris, a professor of psychiatry and …

Mental Health

Taste Beyond The Tongue

Linden Frederick’s Paintings Capture Somber, Sleepy Sunsets

Open spaces are even more evocative when the sun goes down.<p>Twilight wraps itself over store fronts and azure-skied landscapes of freeways and rural homes. This is a vision of rural America that the people who have lived it are closely familiar with. <i>Night Stories: Fifteen Paintings and the Stories</i> …

Art

Making a mountain out of a mint tin – in pictures

Heidi Annalise has spent the past four years putting mountains into mint boxes. Using small tins as both canvas and palette, the Colorado-based painter creates pocket panoramas of her environment. “Painting helps me soak up vivid memories by studying details that would have otherwise gone …

Art

Long lines in Nevada as recreational marijuana goes on sale

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fireworks, long lines and even a wedding marked the start of recreational marijuana sales in Nevada.<p>At midnight Saturday, legal pot went on sale -- making Nevada the eighth state to allow the purchase of marijuana in dispensaries.<p>Nevada's law lets adults 21 and older to possess up to an …

Cannabis

What It’s Like to Control a Predator Drone

I was wired on Rip It energy drinks heart pounding, eyes glued open to the bright screens as we followed a white bongo truck for miles as it drove …

NASA looked to gecko feet for its latest space innovation

By studying what makes geckos’ feet sticky, NASA scientists have created a device that will adhere to almost anything.<p>The “gecko gripper” uses minuscule silicon wedges to latch onto a wide range of slippery surfaces, like solar panels and plastics. The grippers can work with heavy objects, easily …

Solar Panels

Try These Eastern European Cabbage Recipes

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable that pops up in most global cuisines, and that's not surprising. Cabbage varieties (green, white, red, savoy, …