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Paradise Found

On a crisp summer morning in Degioz, a slate-roofed village in northern Italy, Luigino Jocollè is sharing the local news. He and four other gray-haired men are sitting in a tiny café, sipping cappuccino as espresso machines whir and pastry sugar perfumes the air. But they’re not discussing sports …

Italy

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Work-life balance in Finland: Americans are on a different planet

My wife and I welcomed our second child into the world exactly two weeks ago. If I was still teaching in the U.S., I’d be back in the classroom by …

Six productivity apps you’ll never want to be without

Optimize your inbox<p>Boomerang<p>I love using Boomerang even more than I love <i>saying</i> “Boomerang.” This plugin has changed my entire e-mail behavior. It’s a genius tool that adds a “send later” button to your messages, allowing you to schedule your e-mails to go out at a chosen time in the future. It also …

Matador Network (matadornetwork)

Mountain biking California wine country

MY FIRST MORNING IN CALIFORNIA WINE COUNTRY, I woke up in the back of my truck to raindrops hitting my face. Apparently the racks on the roof of my …

Wine

Does Your Mind Wander? Here’s Why That Can Be Your Greatest Asset

Wandering minds are associated with creativity. Popular wisdom tells you to live in the moment.<p><i>Huh?</i><p>So is it better to be unfocused or focused?<p>Let’s …

Mindfulness

To Mush or Not to Mush: Dogsledding in Québec

Many new to the world of dogsledding opt for a leisurely ride in a sled while a musher leads them across the snowy landscape with some help from a team of tireless canines.<p>However, as I learned on a four-day crash course with Aventuraid in Girardville, Quebec, dogsledding is a much more challenging …

Pets

National Geographic Travel

Story of man and dagger found in UK field is finally told – 4,200 years on

Twenty-three years after Racton Man was found, archaeologists realised his dagger was oldest bronze object ever found in UK<p>For more than 4,000 years a man lay buried in a corner of a Sussex field, far from the land of his childhood, holding a rare and precious object. Then for another 23 years he …

The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

During the days of Louis XIV, smiling—in real life and in portraiture—was considered gauche, not least because dental care was lacking. Then one …

50 British phrases that Americans just don’t understand

<b>1. “How’s your father,” “Rumpy pumpy,” “Good rogering”</b><br>Meaning: To have sex, sexual relations, get “your groove on.”<p><b>2. “Going to play some …

Pets

What to try in Canada if you’re in your 20s

Do it now, while you’re still okay with occasionally having to sleep in your back seat or taking a piss in the bushes. Plus you’ll get to see some …

Canadian National Parks

Music Review: Foxygen finds plenty of beauty in excess with double album

When is musical excess—or more specifically a carefree recording style—a beautiful thing, and when is it purely over-indulgence? With today’s …

Kindness: Otherness review – scholarly but sensual experimental soul

(Female Energy)<p>As you might expect from a man who launched his musical career while studying at the Philadelphia Institute for Advanced Study and who followed his 2012 debut album with a documentary on the Washington DC go-go scene, Kindness’s Adam Bainbridge has a somewhat scholarly take on soul …