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Angela Merkel's incredible rise to a quantum chemist and the world's most powerful woman

In short, when the chips are down, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is the undisputed leader Europeans turn to.<p>In honor of the Bundeskanzlerin birthday, here's the story of Merkel's rise from humble beginnings under an oppressive East German regime to the top spot as Germany's leader.

Europe

How to Photograph Forests and Trees

Master the Art of Photographing Forests and Trees<p>Landscape photography is often associated with the Grand Landscape and the famous vistas. I love a …

Landscape Photography

A simple chart can help you figure out how you should really be investing your time and energy at work

Amy Jen Su, co-founder and managing partner of Paravis Partners, has a creative solution to this common dilemma, which she explained in a video published by the Harvard Business Review.<p>As Su says in the video, you can use a four-quadrant chart to represent — and prioritize — all your …

Time Management

5 Books That Will Make You Smarter at Work

Be like Bill Gates and make reading your favorite way to grow and learn about new topics. Here are books for your summer reading to fill your head and your heart.<p>Can you guess one of the almost forgotten secrets of powerful leaders? It's found on the printed page or today's smartphones.<p>It's an old …

Self-improvement

8 TED Talks to Help You Overcome Your Fear of Failure

Eight videos that will help inspire you to go for your dreams.<p>Debbie Millman told me her biggest regret was not “going for it” after she graduated college. She took the “safe” option, got a job and built a career. And a great career she built, becoming the president of Sterling Brands, and working …

4 deep breathing tips that can change your life

Jorge Cruise has written 32 books about carbs, calories and how to blast belly fat. But for his latest, "The 3 Choices," he's focusing on the "inner, rather than outer, transformation."<p>The Los Angeles-based celebrity trainer and nutritionist, who has worked with Oprah Winfrey, Steve Harvey and …

Steve Harvey

Charles Fryatt: The man executed for ramming a U-Boat

<b>The name Charles Fryatt is memorialised from New Zealand to Canada. Yet he was tried, convicted and executed as a "terrorist". A century on, Captain Fryatt's case is still debated by legal experts. But why would a merchant ship's commander ever try ramming a U-boat?</b><p>"I don't think he set out to be a …

Extremism

How to create a magical miniature garden that will add a touch of coziness to any home

A terrarium is a miniature garden grown inside a covered glass or plastic container. It is extremely easy to take care of and is an ideal choice for …

Gardening

How to draw… with charcoal

From smudging techniques to dramatic use of white chalk, Irish illustrator PJ Lynch has some useful tips on how to make great drawings using charcoal<p>You can see more of PJ Lynch’s beautiful illustrations in Eoin Colfer’s Once Upon a Place storytelling project book

Capitalism and Democracy [part 1]

Let’s begin with a discomforting fact often forgotten in recent years: ‘free market’ capitalism is not necessarily the best friend of democracy. …

Political Science

A Perfect, Picturesque Weekend Drive Through California's Big Sur

As you drive along Highway 1, split off onto Sycamore Canyon Road, seduced by the sights and smell of Pfeiffer Beach. The water flows between large …

California

25 roads that everyone should drive in their lifetime

Some provide incredible views and others are works of art in their own right.<p>From an oceanside cruise in Hawaii to treacherous hairpin turns in the Swiss Alps, these roads prove that sometimes the journey is much more captivating than the destination.<p><i>An earlier version of this post was written by</i> …

Hiking

14 Places To Chill The Fuck Out In Sydney

Breathe in, breathe out.

6 Moves to Do in the Morning for TONS of Energy

As a yoga instructor, I know how big of an impact meditation and a few yoga poses first thing in the morning can have on your day. From clearing your mind to prepping your body for eight hours of sitting, kicking off your morning with a little time to stretch and focus on yourself is so worth 15 …

The complete guide to never quitting anything again

The truth is, most people can become good at almost anything.<p>However, most of us quit before we reach the finish line. Why?<p>Frustration and lack of persistency is one of the biggest reasons why we never master the skills we want to acquire; from learning a language, playing an instrument, or being a …

Self-improvement

The Ice War Cometh? Russia makes play for Arctic, Obama seeks more Coast Guard icebreakers

While visiting Alaska and becoming the first American president to enter the Arctic Circle, President Obama announced Tuesday he would speed up the acquisition of icebreakers to help the U.S. Coast Guard navigate an area that Russia and China increasingly see as a new frontier.<p>The announcement is …

Russia

7 Places to Ride Before You Die

Excerpted from The Cyclist's Bucket List, these bike trips will stoke your imagination and vacation planning

5 Motivational Videos To Help You Succeed In Life

I am not as successful as Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, but I am very proud of what I have achieved in the last couple of months.<p>In the last six months I …

The summer reading lists at America's most prestigious private schools

It's a time to indulge in the texts that are most appealing, without scrutiny: an easy beach read, a guilty pleasure, or that book you've always meant to start.<p>But students at America's most prestigious private schools must still endure the rigors of homework during their summer vacations with a …

Books

The Secret to Happiness

Happiness comes from your own actions. Happiness is a choice. When you find yourself in an emotional state that you'd rather not be in, you have the power to change it in an instant.<p>There have been several books written on the subject of happiness, including several from Tal Ben-Shahar (<i>Happier</i>,</i> …

Happiness

11 popular programming languages that can help you land a job

There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others. When a company goes out to find new programming talent, they're looking for people familiar with the languages and systems they already use — and they don't always want to experiment with newcomers like Google …

Microsoft Visual Studio

Which Teas You Should Drink to Improve Your Skin

From eczema to acne, these herbs have the ability to heal.<p>You know that drinking certain kinds of tea can be good for your health—but did you know that some teas also have skin benefits? It’s true! Tea, which is rich in polyphenols (molecules that have antioxidant properties), can help keep your …

11 Beauty Uses for Lemons

You'll want to load up on the citrus after you read this<p><i>By Aly Walansky for Daily Makeover</i><p>You might love lemonade and lemon chicken, but your skin and hair love lemons even more—they have an amazing range of beauty benefits. Here are some great uses for the sunny yellow fruit:<p><b>Clarifying …

The 10 best vegetarian cookery blogs | Vegetarian Cooking Blog

Get even more foodie inspiration from the web with our roundup of the best bloggers out there<p>Laura from Ontario, Canada, created this blog to reflect …

Healthy Eating

Moroccan Soup with Kale and Chickpeas Plus 5 Vegetarian Soups That Even Meat Eaters Will Love

Happy to the new, to the year, to you!<p>Let’s start off the new year exactly where we should, with a big, fat THANK YOU to all of you readers. Cheers …

Recipes

Stocks crashed the last 2 times this happened

Cheap debt is sloshing through the system while yield-hungry investors offer their first-born to earn 5%.<p>And this cheap debt, along with vertigo-inducing stock valuations, has created the largest M&A boom the US has ever seen, with May setting a record.<p>There may be a sense of desperation among CEOs …

Markets

Will dictators disappear?

Is a future without dictatorships realistic? Rachel Nuwer investigates.<p>Citizens living in democracies often associate dictatorships with repression, human rights abuses, poverty and turmoil. Indeed, dictatorships have cost untold lives, including up to 49 million Russian deaths under Joseph Stalin, …

World History

10 of the world’s best natural wonders … that you’ve probably never heard of

From Europe’s deepest river canyon and caves that glow to a rainbow river and hills that look like chocolate, our picks prove that nature always does it better<p>Mendenhall ice caves, Alaska, US<p>Imagine standing in a natural glassy dome illuminated by eerie blue light … A visit to Mendenhall ice caves …

Strawberry & Mango Chopped Spinach Quinoa Salad with Sesame-Lime Vinaigrette

Ohhhh ohhhhh ohhhhh! I made you a loaded salad. I mean really loaded. Magically so.<p>You guys know me well by now. If there’s a salad then there’s most …

Healthy Eating

Deliciously Ella's spring quinoa and pomegranate salad

Quinoa, pomegrante, hazelnuts and tahini make for a light and delicious supper<p>SERVES<p>3-4<p>INGREDIENTS<p>120g of quinoa with 500ml of boiling water<br>• 100g of hazelnuts<br>• 1 small cucumber<br>• 1 pomegranate<br>• A small handful of coriander<p><b>For the dressing</b><p>1 lime<br>• 1 tbsp of tahini<br>• 3 tbsp of olive oil<br>• 2 tbsp of sesame oil<br>• Salt and …