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It's Time To Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides

If we care about the quality and security of our food sources — and the species and ecosystems they rely on — the time for neonics is over.<p>The …

Ecology

All aboard Vietnam’s Reunification Express

A vital lifeline in war and peace, Vietnam’s 1000-mile long North-South Railway provides an all-in encounter with the country’s incredible beauty, people and history.<p>Just before noon each day, the southbound train from Hai Phong to Hanoi rumbles past Mrs Bay’s front room, missing her porch by no …

A coffee-lover's guide to Chiang Mai

Thailand evokes images of serene beaches, ancient temples and delicious coffee. OK, not so much the latter – yet – but this country has a growing coffee industry and caffeine-seekers can find a cup of jo basically everywhere. The northern city of Chiang Mai is particularly known for its coffee …

13 rules for using commas without looking like an idiot

That's according to writing coach and CUNY Journalism Press editor Timothy Harper. Harper said he's put at least one student on a "comma diet" by rationing the number of commas the student can use in a single piece of writing.<p>That said, it would be difficult to avoid using commas entirely. So it …

This is the first question you should ask yourself before buying a pair of speakers

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>How large do you want them to be? What color? Do you have brand loyalty? Should they be wireless?<p>These are <i>all</i> important questions to be …

11 advanced excel tricks that will help you get an instant raise at work

Massive swathes of the economy rely on the program, and becoming skilled at Excel has become a license to print money in business.<p>So while there are a lot of basic tricks that you have to know, there are also a few tricks that will set you head and shoulders above the competition.<p>If you want to …

What the coffee industry can teach us about solving the world’s most challenging problems

What do these problems have in common?<p>They resist any simple solution. In policy research they are called "wicked."<p>This is because cause-effect relations are complex and solutions unclear; many of these problems are urgent, yet there is no central authority to solve them; their magnitude is often …

How to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte that tastes better than Starbucks

It's not officially fall until Starbucks releases their popular Pumpkin Spice Latte, which doesn't come out until next week. Sort of. If you can't wait or just want to save a bunch of money, you can make it at home with this simple recipe inspired by the Food Network.<p><b>Follow TI:</b>On Facebook

Apple is killing the headphone jack — here's how headphone companies are preparing for a total hardware revolution

Apple is reportedly ditching the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the next iPhone. And Intel is reportedly helping further USB-C's status as an alternative digital-audio connector — the implication being that it could one day serve as the 3.5 mm jack's successor on future Android phones and laptops. Some …

What It's Like To Have Your Period During Ramadan

Where the rules around menstruation come from, and how Muslim women navigate them.<p>The first time 19-year-old Zoha Qamar went to Friday prayers during her period, the mosque was packed. She had learned from a young age that menstruating women aren't supposed to pray, as dictated by Islamic law and …

Religion

Exploring Italy by train

With some of Europe’s fastest trains and most scenic routes, Italy is a great place to travel by train. The country might be more famous for its deluxe sports cars and challenging driving conditions, but Italian trains are economical, comfortable and direct, offering an insight into local life, …

It's cheap and easy to make double-strength cold brew coffee at home

Cold brew isn't just hot coffee mixed with ice. It's hot coffee's delicious, aromatic cousin that puts regular iced coffee to shame with its nutty, smooth, complex flavor.<p>Brewing with this method also makes the coffee double the strength thanks to a higher bean-to-water ratio and longer steeping …

Montreal highlights: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: 24-hour bagel bakeries<p>If I learnt anything during my time in Montreal, it’s that the locals are passionate about their bagels and pledge undying allegiance to either Fairmount or St Viateur. But these 24-hour bakeries are only about five minutes’ walk from each other so grab a bag of …

France

10 books every new manager should read

It doesn't help that there's a ton of conflicting management advice out there, and sifting through it could take years.<p>That's why we recommend starting with these 10 books, which offer practical insights on leading a team.<p>We didn't simply stick with traditional business reads — instead, we included …

If You Want to Trek in Sri Lanka Get Off the Trails and Get on the Train Tracks Instead

<i>Navigating up to the railway in Nuwara Eliya's tea country</i><p><i>One, two, three</i>; I mentally counted each wooden, rectangular plank I tread upon and shifted the heavy backpack on my shoulders as my local friend Amran Athas and I followed train tracks through the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya; Sri …

A Very Quick Guide to Istanbul

Istanbul is a multi-faceted city with new and old culture stuffed into every pocket of every back alley. There seem to be just as many cafés packed with hipsters as there are mosques and tourist hawkers. It's worth mapping out a game plan. If you want to buy carpets, it's worth reading up about …

Business dining etiquette rules every professional should know

Barbara Pachter provides advice on how to properly act in business and social settings in The Essentials of Business Etiquette: How to Greet, Eat, and Tweet Your Way to Success. After going through the book and speaking with Pachter to compile the 21 business-etiquette rules every professional …

48 Hours in Istanbul: Where to Eat, Stay and Play

<i>Streets of Galata, Istanbul.</i><p>Istanbul is one of the world's most historically rich destinations, a busting metropolis with one foot in Asia and the other in Europe. It's a city of many contrasts -- East and West, the old and new, traditional and modern. There's so much to discover in this beguiling …

What Science Says About Discounts, Promotions and Free Offers

In 1887, Coca-Cola distributed the first-ever coupon. Little did the company realize how important the concept would be in shaping the future of commerce.<p>With the Coca-Cola voucher, recipients could redeem one free glass of Coke at any dispensary. Coke, which was introduced a year earlier, …

A walking tour of Québec City

Founded in 1608, Québec City is North America’s oldest walled city and the cradle of French civilization in the New World. It’s also a walker’s dream: compact, picturesque and brimming with European charm.<p>This tour reveals Québec’s rich and colorful history, taking you down narrow cobblestoned …

9 Books To Read If You Find Yourself In Istanbul

Istanbul is the setting that literary dreams are made of. The storied city straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosporus and has long been a cultural melting pot and political hotbed, shedding its 600-year identity under the Ottoman Empire and becoming a part of Turkey in 1922.<p>Such a complicated …

Istanbul: City of the Future

From the October 2010 issue of <i>National Geographic Traveler</i><p><b>Beloved for its complex, layered past, Istanbul, where East meets West, may also offer a vision of what’s to come.</b> <br>I don’t think I’d ever stepped inside a cinema restroom to see little video screens along the wall projecting fashion runway …

Angelina Jolie

Trail Mix Protein Granola Bars

These are like traditional granola bars, only MUCH healthier and with added protein! Kids and adults will both love these! Perfect to have around for …

Campfire S'mores Granola

<i>An easy, delicious granola made over the grill or campfire- Perfect for outdoor getaways or camping! The base is vegan and gluten free and given a</i> …

20 Meditation Tips for Beginners

If you're new to meditation, then you might feel overwhelmed when trying to keep so many instructions in your head: <i>watch your breathing, calm your mind, keep your back straight...</i><p>To take the pressure off and allow your practice to unfold more naturally, here are 20 priceless tips to help you get …

London: the city that ate itself

London is a city ruled by money. The things that make it special – the markets, pubs, high streets and communities – are becoming unrecognisable. The city is suffering a form of entropy whereby anything distinctive is converted into property value. Can the capital save itself?<p>London is without …

Housing

‘This was my father’s dream’

In an excerpt from her debut memoir, Victoria Loustalot travels the globe to solve the riddle of an enigmatic father and find her place in the world.<p>I needed a distraction, and, god help me if the majesty of Angkor Wat didn’t work.<p>The bike I rented was white, or, at least, it had been once. It had …

Asia Travel

In the shadow of Mt Fuji: great trips from Tokyo

Mt Fuji may dominate the horizon southwest of Tokyo, but it is just one of many reasons to stray out of Japan’s exciting capital. The prefectures of Kanagawa, Yamanashi and Shizuoka, which surround the famous volcano, offer visitors an intriguing mix of sights and activities.<p>Kamakura<p>The charming …

How to do the Great Barrier Reef on a budget

With around 7000km of coastline, more than 150 islands and the Great Barrier Reef spanning it all, Queensland is Australia’s most dreamed-about tropical destination. The trouble is, it ain't cheap. The cost of living in Australia is pretty high, but there are a few hideaways and deals that can make …

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