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This Infographic Tells you How to Best Use Herbs in Your Cooking

Herbs are an essential part of cooking, but it isn't always clear how to use them properly to enhance a recipe. This easy-to-read infographic tells …

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Loneliness

5 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Became An Expat

Posted by Stephen Whitfield<p>Life as an expat wherever you are in the world offers an array of opportunities, experiences and life lessons. At …

Social Media

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

This One Country Shows How Distorted Our Modern Map Is

Every map grapples with making Earth, a spherical planet, appear to scale in two dimensions. But the most well-known version today — called the Mercator projection — drastically distorts the size of many countries.<p>Few examples demonstrate this distortion better than Greenland. Take a look at the …

Geography

Nat Geo Travel Staff’s 2014 Bucket List

The staff at National Geographic Travel is continually criss-crossing the globe to uncover the best and the brightest places, but we have travel wish lists just like everyone else.<p><b>Here’s where we want to go in 2014 and why:</b><p><b>> Iceland and Greenland</b><p>“I have a strange love for quiet, empty, ‘desolate’ …

The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)

No need to rely on just nature to provide a colorful backdrop to your vacation. The streets and skylines of these global cities pop in jewel tones …

Interactive Look at Top 11 Indicators of a Warming World

• <i>Published:</i> September 26th, 2013<p><i>By Climate Central</i><p>Climate scientists are 95 percent certain that the greenhouse gas emissions from human activities …

Mission to colonise Mars: 'Columbus didn't wait; nor should we'

In 2022 four astronauts, picked from tens of thousands of applicants, will jet off on a one-way mission to Mars as part of the world's most expensive reality TV show. Meet some of the applicants hoping to make history<p>The £4bn project, founded in 2010 by engineer Bas Lansdorp, is set to recoup its …

Eating Breakfast with Giraffes in Kenya

Photograph by <b>Giraffe Manor/The Safari Collection</b> <br>Website | Flickr | Facebook<p>Dating back to the 1930s, Giraffe Manor is one of Nairobi’s iconic …

Top 25 Islands in the World (Photos)

There’s only one way to avoid the quickly approaching winter: plan a luxurious—and warm—island vacation. See the 25 top picks for where to soak up …

Stage A Thunderstorm In Your Living Room With This Weird Lamp

Puff piece: The interactive Cloud Lamp, a bolt of genius, will storm the scene at home to thunderous effect. Someone stop me…<p><i>Happy Black Friday! We’re taking the day to republish some of our most popular Wanted posts of the year. For a complete roundup, go here.–Eds.</i><p>People see things in clouds. We …

Living Rooms

Fotopedia – Fotopedia is Coming Soon

NASA Is Now Communicating With Spacecraft Via Laser

The inside story of this weekend's historic laser-based space communication test.<p><b>Over the weekend, NASA and MIT</b> made spaceflight history when their Lunar Laser Communications Demonstrator (LLCD) beamed data at 622 megabits per second—5 times the current rate—back from a spacecraft in lunar orbit.<p>In …

Space Exploration

Using Giant Mirrors to Light up Dark Valleys

The villages of Rjukan, Norway, and Viganella, Italy, are both situated in deep valleys where mountains block the sun's rays for up to six months every year. To illuminate those darker winter months, the two towns have built gigantic mirrors that track the sun and reflect daylight downwards. …

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Why Do We Eat Popcorn at the Movies?

Movie theater popcorn is a concession stand staple whose scent has spawned marketing ploys and copycat recipes, but movie theaters haven't always …

Here's Exactly What Twitter Earns Each Time You Look at Your Feed

An average of $0.0008!<p>Twitter's pre-IPO filing is full of fascinating nuggets ready to be blurbed in 140 characters. But to me, the most interesting tidbit is all about how much money the company makes each time you hit refresh on your feed, and what it says about the value of American consumers …

What The Most Productive People Do Before Bed

Sleep is your body’s most important program. Which is precisely why you should hack it.<p>Breaking news: When you’re asleep, you’re still alive–and you’ll probably be alive the next day. So it follows that your circadian style will dictate whether you greet the day like Michael Phelps or a drunk (or, …

Sleep

White Wedding Cake Cupcakes

This recipe for <b>White Wedding Cake Cupcakes</b> is one of the most popular recipes on RecipeGirl.com. These are seriously simple to make – you’ll be …

The Worst Relationship Advice We Got From '90s Pop Songs

<i>This article was originally published on March 13.</i><p>As '90s kids (at least some of us!), we grew up with a slew of the best and cheesiest pop music …

Pop Music

The 35 Most Memorable Fashion Moments of the '90s

RIP platform sneakers. 😥<p>You've probably read at least one think-piece about the resurgence of the '90s, and it really does seem like the decade was a breeding ground for iconic fashion styles that won't quit, from grunge-y flannel and cropped tops to slinky slip dresses. Ahead, join us on our trip …

Amazing Volcanic Eruption With Northern Lights, Iceland

<b>Amazing Volcanic Eruption With Northern Lights, Iceland</b><p><b>After hearing that the</b> <b>Eyjafjallajökull Volcano was erupting,</b> <b>photographer James Appleton made a journey to Iceland. Appleton managed to take these stunning photos of the volcano’s eruption while a light display of the aurora borealis (northern lights) filled the sky. His words express the experience best:</b><p><b>In 2010 I became aware of the volcanic activity on the Fimmvörðuháls mountain pass, on the side of Eyjafjallajökull. Having crossed the</b> …

Here's A Shocking Truth If You Think You've Wasted Your Life

Have you recently realized that you've been wasting your life? Here's a shocking truth that could change your life.

The Science of Dreams and Why We Have Nightmares

<i>“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind,”</i> Freud argued in his influential treatise <i>The Interpretation of Dreams</i> in 1900. <i>“The earth is heavy and opaque without dreams,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1940. <i>“In the olden days, people</i> …

Sleep 'cleans' the brain of toxins

<b>The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day's thinking, researchers have shown.</b><p>The US team believe the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep.<p>Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep to open up the gaps …

Alzheimer's Disease