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I don't know what I think

I don’t know what I think, or how — and neither do you. But after reading Daniel Kahneman’s book, at least I understand the difficulties of thinking a little better.<p>When I was about half way through Daniel Kahneman’s <i>Thinking Fast and Slow</i>, a meticulous and perturbing dissection of the ease with …

For a trail with pleasing flow, hit Paradise Falls in Thousand Oaks

This unexpectedly pleasant waterfall destination will seem a little off the map for some Angelenos, but I found it well worth the drive to Thousand Oaks and very much worth the walk. Note: It includes a short water crossing that in damp weather could involve some slippery stepping stones.<p>1. Begin …

The perfect trip: Dordogne

Steeped in tradition, this rural idyll is a vision of quintessential France, with standout cuisine, castle-strewn riverlands and mesmerising prehistoric cave paintings.<p>Steeped in tradition, this rural idyll is a vision of quintessential France, with standout cuisine, castle-strewn riverlands and …

France

4 Scams to Watch out for in Paris

<i>Photo Courtesy of jorgeq/myBudgetTravel. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.</i><p>I just got back from an amazing trip to London and Paris with Contiki, a tour company that specializes in tour packages for 18-to-35-year-olds, where I spent nine days touring the sights and attractions both cities …

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20 free things to do in Amsterdam

It's easy to spend a fortune in the Netherlands' stylish capital, but the city has plenty of gratis goodies up for grabs.<p>Check out our pick of the freebies on offer.<p><b>1. Canal Ring</b><p>More canals flow in Amsterdam than in Venice, and get this: the 400-year-old waterways are a UNESCO World Heritage site. …

European Travel

7 Ways Travel Makes You Healthier

Traveling the world and exploring new places can change your life. It exposes you to new cultures and can help shape your mindset.<p>Lots of time we focus on the downside of travel -- you can gain weight, spend too much money and party too hard. But traveling can also make you a healthier, better …

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Six Things Your All-Inclusive Resort May Not Include. And Three Things You Won't Believe It Does.

The Caribbean's high season -- which runs December through April -- is only eight weeks away, so it's not too early to start planning that warm-weather getaway. If you're thinking of going all-inclusive, know that not all-incs are created equal. Before you book you'll need to carefully compare …

Dominican Republic

EarthSky’s 2018 meteor shower guide

Plan ahead now for an awesome year of meteor-watching. Good news! In 2018, the year’s 2 most reliable showers – August Perseids and December Geminids …

Astronomy

5 Exceptional October Getaways

(photo: Williamsburg Destination Marketing Committee)<p>With the arrival of autumn, many destinations enter the sweet shoulder season of lower prices and tamer temperatures. Here are five places that make for an outstanding October escape.<p><b>Williamsburg, Virginia</b><p>After Williamsburg's long, sweltering …

San Diego

Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job And Travel (GIFs)

<b>Each morning you awake from a lovely dream filled with adventure. And it sucks.</b><p><b>On your morning commute, you dream of driving somewhere beautiful and far away...</b><p><b>You've stopped making excuses to your bosses.</b><p><b>Because really, all you do all day is read travel blogs.</b><p><b>The thought of a promotion isn't</b> …

Travel While You're Young

This is the time for small paychecks and big memories. This is the time for travel. We are about as attached to one location as we are to our favorite Chinese take-out place. We know what we like about it, and we take comfort in the familiarity, but that's about it.- Jessy Tapper<p><b>Last June, Jeff</b> …

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What Blood Shows Scientists About Suicide Risk

A new study of bipolar patients brings researchers closer to creating a blood test for suicidal thoughts.<p>Suicide was responsible for more deaths than motor vehicle crashes were in 2009, but it's not always easy for doctors to tell when someone is at risk. A new study from the Indiana University …

Pregnant in the lab: how does child-bearing affect a science career?

Women don't thrive as well in science as in medicine. Family matters probably play a major role – and I'm about to see for myself just what havoc a baby can wreak<p>Although I'm a research biologist, I work closely with an NHS clinic in the company of a lively band of doctors and nurses. I suspect …

Suzi Gage: Can drinking too much coffee kill you?

A new study reports that excessive coffee – four cups a day – is harmful, but only to those under 55. How likely is this?<p>Lots of headlines last week warned young people (those under 55) that drinking more than 28 cups of coffee a week – four cups a day – may lead to an increased risk of all cause …

Cancer drug reverses Alzheimer's effects in mice - Futurity

U. PITTSBURGH (US) — The cancer-fighting drug bexarotene reverses memory loss in mice expressing gene …

World Health Organization chief says Middle Eastern virus is 'threat to the entire world'

The head of the World Health Organization is raising the alarm for health officials on an emerging deadly Middle Eastern virus. In her closing speech at the organization's annual international meeting in Switzerland yesterday, WHO Director General Margaret Chan said: "looking at the overall global …

What is evolution? Darwin's brilliant idea - video

Biology teacher Ceri Evans gives a masterclass to students on what he says is arguably the greatest idea anybody ever had: evolution. He uses a …

FDA Approves First Robot For Hospital Use

Because you've always wanted to see your doctor through an iPad.<p>Robots are taking over the world. Robo-nurses have been around for a while, but in the quest to make healthcare more efficient, another medical robot could soon be coming to a hospital near you.<p>The FDA has just cleared RP-VITA, a …