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After years of doubts, Americans turn more bullish on economy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pessimism and doubt have dominated how Americans see the economy for many years. Now, in a hopeful sign for the economic outlook, confidence is suddenly perking up.<p>A shopper walks down an aisle in a newly opened Walmart Neighborhood Market in Chicago in this September 21, …

Stocks tumble with drop in oil price

Major stock indexes tumbled Friday as a main crude oil benchmark fell below $60 a barrel to its lowest point since the depths of the Great Recession, leaving stunned analysts looking for a bottom.<p>With some investors concerned about the energy sector and others taking profits from a high-priced …

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NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

Was the music of 2014 heavier than usual, or is it just us? When the staff of NPR Music and our member station partners gather to collect our favorite albums of the year, we don't start out with a theme. We don't intend to come to an absolute consensus. We begin with questions: What do you hold …

Mind-Bending Placemat Mimics Einstein’s Space-Time Fabric Theory

Japanese design studio A.P.Works playfully mimics the imagery of Albert Einstein's space-time fabric theory with this mind-bending placemat. By warping the grid pattern, the <i>trick mat</i> creates the illusion that the plate and silverware are weighing down the placemat's seemingly elastic surface, in …

Incredible Murals Appear as 3D Sculptures Floating in Midair

Portugal-based street artist Odeith creates incredible paintings that will fool your eyes into thinking that they're 3D sculptures floating in midair. We've admired his ability to craft this awe-inspiring realism before in a large mural dedicated to Bob Marley. Here, he's used similar shading …

Articles about make appearance these 9 modern entryways on Dwell.com - Dwell

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's September 2016 issue.<p>Traditionally used by nomads in Central Asia, the circular, tent-like yurt has become part of the current zeitgeist, as travelers...<p>From small workshops to home studios, we herald a group of American makers.<p>Humble in …

Hikers Record Themselves Walking on Ice as Clear as Glass in Slovakian Mountains

Two hikers recently stumbled upon an amazing phenomenon while exploring the High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia–a frozen lake with a surface as clear as glass. In a viral video shared by Tomas Nunuk, one of the hikers, he and his friend find themselves walking on ice so transparent that the rocks at …

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SAG Awards 2015: 'Birdman' leads nominations; big studios shut out

Hollywood's awards season is shaping up to be a declaration of independence.<p>The big studios got shut out as "Boyhood," "Birdman," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything" earned the top movie nominations Wednesday for the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.<p>…

SAG Awards nominations begin to clarify season -- and yet they don't

For months, the only consensus about this year's awards race has been that there is an overall lack of consensus. But the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations Wednesday started to bring some clarity, focusing the conversation around two front-runners — "Birdman" and "Boyhood" — and crystallizing …

The Party In Macau Is All But Over

Cheung Chi Tai, a powerful junket operator, is being investigated for money laundering. The FBI had been monitoring him as an alleged member of the Triad, China's fearsome mafia, since 1992.<p>He was once the largest shareholder of one of Macau's biggest junkets, Neptune Guangdong Group, and continues …

Over one-third of new U.S. electricity came from solar this year

For the first three quarters of 2014, more than one third (36 percent) of the new electricity capacity built out in the U.S. came from solar systems, …

Nutrition Q&A: Should I Eat the Same Amount on Off Days as Training Days?

Sean Hyson, C.S.C.S.

Nutrition Q&A: How Should I Eat Carbs to Get Bigger?

Are You Working Out Too Hard?

25 exercises you've never tried in your life

Maybe you’ve been working out forever. You’ve got your workout routines down, and at this point it’s just getting it in and getting out. But at some …

Workouts

This Trick Will Help You Reach Any Fitness Goal

7 things you didn't know yoga could do for your body

If you practice yoga five days a week you’ll just turn into a Gumby doll, right? Eh, maybe.<p>Though a regular yoga practice does increase flexibility …

Muscle

How to lose your gut in 10 days

Yeah, we know: A headline like 'How to lose your gut in 10 days' screams 'bullshit.'But, truth be told, it’s actually quite possible to burn belly …

Weight Loss

Harness the Power of Your Muscle Matrix

Michael Behar

5 Powerful, Protein-Rich Recovery Meals

Tricia Williams and LC Harrell

The Muscle Matrix Workout

Muscle

Attack Your Legs and Core with One Simple Exercise

Use your own bodyweight to maximize your strength in your hamstrings and glutes<p>Performing the Russian leg curl (a.k.a. the glute-ham raise) is a fantastic way to zero in on some of the largest muscles in your body—your glutes, hamstrings, and core—and build strength and muscle.<p>"You derive a lot of …

Exercise