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Scientists Studied the Brains of Pot Smokers, and the Results Don’t Look Good

<b>The news</b>: Turns out smoking marijuana may have some unintended side effects, including lifelong consequences for your brain.<p>Scientists at the …

Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Stephen King Books

<i>Dark Tower</i> mostly takes place in Mid-World, the decayed remains of a once great empire where a Gunslinger named Roland is attempting to reach the …

Books

social media changing way we travel

An array of collaborative websites is making life easier and cheaper for travellers seeking authentic experiences, and cutting out the middleman<p>Sleep in a stranger’s house, join a dinner party where you know no one, hire a bike from a local ... The boom in collaborative social travel continues …

Against the Grain

Should you go gluten-free?<p>Just after Labor Day, the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo stopped for a weekend at the Meadowlands Exposition Center. Each year, the event wends its way across the country like a travelling medicine show, billing itself as the largest display of gluten-free products in the …

Apps for English learners to boost your skills

Whether you already speak some English or are just starting out, you’ve probably got a powerful tool to help you reach the next level of proficiency: …

25+ apps to make your everyday life easier

At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, …

DISNEY jobs

Master the art of global email etiquette

Moving from Finland to China, Sara Jaaksola had a lot to learn. One of the biggest surprises? Few people asked for her email address.<p>Instead, new acquaintances asked for her instant messaging account information. When Jaaksola did receive emails, she was surprised by how ‘chatty’ they were, …

The Best Internships For 2014

Interns in BP America’s 12-week summer program work on projects to develop pipelines and help create ways to harness alternative energy. They explore new energy reserves and try to develop clean fuels and other products like bio-based engine oil. If they work in the company’s business or legal …

How General Motors Was Really Saved: The Untold True Story Of The Most Important Bankruptcy In U.S. History

<i>Editor’s Note: Lots of people–including President Obama–have trumpeted their role in the success of the government-backed turnaround plan that saved General Motors, the most important industrial company in the history of the United States.</i><p><i>But on the fifth anniversary of the crisis, Forbes presents</i> …

Caramel Apple Milky Way Cheesecake Bars

These <b>Caramel Milky Way Cheesecake Bars</b> almost didn’t make it here. But the drizzles of chocolate and caramel convinced me to share.<p>Do you ever have …

ESL English Lesson Interactive Practice on Email for English Learners

1<p>A: "I'll have the report ready for review tonight. Will you be able to look at it tomorrow?"<br>B: "I'm not going to be in the office tomorrow. Can you …

A Scientific Guide to Effectively Saying No

Learning how to say no is one of the most useful skills you can develop, especially when it comes to living a more productive and healthy life. …

FDA approves new drug to treat major depressive disorder

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Brintellix (vortioxetine) to treat adults with major depressive disorder.<p>Major depressive disorder …

If you want to 'read' people better, read more literature

To find a broader pool of research subjects than the university students who typically participate, the researchers used Amazon.com's Mechanical Turk …

Fastest, hottest, deadliest: 33 incredible world records of travel

Santa Cruz

World's largest cave to open for public tours

Visitors can now book a six-day trekking tour through the remote jungle of the Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, including three nights in the magnificent Son Doong Cave.<p>Led by a team of safety experts and guides, tour groups of no more than eight people will trek across river valleys and visit the …

National Parks

Barcelona homeless tours to launch

The Hidden City Tours walk is described as a “mainly historic tour” that aims to give “insights into the social reality of the areas visited.”<p>The company’s founder Lisa Grace has lived in Barcelona for more than a decade.<p>She said the project was inspired by similar projects in Britain (a new tour …

Barcelona

Worldwide holidays: Guardian writers share their tips – and you can too

After sharing their holiday discoveries in Europe and the UK, our writers reveal their summer highlights in more far-flung destinations, from family-friendly Goa to the food scene in Peru<p>Go anywhere nice this summer? Share your holiday snaps and tips on GuardianWitness<p><b>US</b><p>California<p>While …

Japan: sects and the city

I closed my eyes and breathed deeply. “Picture a circle in front of your eyes,” said the monk. “Now let the circle become a bubble that encloses you.” It wasn’t easy, but then the path to enlightenment rarely is.<p>I was in south-western Japan in the historic holy town of Koyasan, sitting cross-legged …

12 signs that you're addicted to social media

Anew survey reveals that Instagram is the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the mental health of young people.<p>A survey of 1,479 youngsters aged 14 to 24, found Instagram was positive in terms of self-expression and self-identity but the #StatusofMind survey found that the …