Steven Paraskevas

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Facts don’t change people’s minds. Here’s what does

If you had asked me this question – How do you change a mind? – two years ago, I would have given you a different answer.<p>As a former scientist, I …

Al Gore

BIG goes small with off-grid tiny house

The tiny dwelling, named A45, was designed by BIG for a new company called Klein, which plans to sell tiny houses made by leading architects, though …

Off-grid

Natural Wonders Seen Through Glass

Nature is usually best observed unfiltered, with nothing between you and the trees, bees, and breeze. But sometimes—for comfort, safety, or practicality—it’s better to opt for the next best thing: seeing the natural world through a wall or bubble of glass that protects you from the elements. It’s a …

Seeking the Lost Art of Growing Old with Intention

Great lives often begin amid tumult and suffering. Seventy years ago, long before Bernd Heinrich became one of history’s fastest ultramarathoners, and ages before his scientific studies on ravens made him a leading naturalist, he was a skinny, impoverished kid living in a hut in the forest of …

Los Angeles

40 Top Motivational Quotes to Inspire You to Greater Determination and Perseverance

Looking for a burst of motivation when the going gets tough? These inspirational quotes will help you keep pursuing your dreams.<p>Without a doubt, a key quality every successful person has is perseverance: the grit and drive and will to keep pushing forward in spite of challenges and …

Motivation

NASA Voyager Probes Still Going Strong After 40 Years

Forty years ago, the <i>Voyager 1</i> and <i>2</i> missions began their journey from Earth to become the farthest-reaching missions in history. In the course of …

If You’re Looking For A Holiday Amidst Nature, Here’s Your Ultimate Wander-List

A lot of us are looking to get away for the weekend to escape city's humidity and to get a quick breather from work. For some, a holiday means going …

Most Scenic Bike Routes in the World Photos

Casual bikers love to go for a spin because the activity is a perfect blend of exercise and scenery. Added to this fact is that bike paths are typically away from busy streets, making the sport all the more serene. Yet, for those biking-enthusiasts who are not satisfied with simply hoping on their …

The Triple Crown of Backpacking: A "Mini" Version

When many readers of this site think about taking a thru-hike, I imagine they dream about completing one of the “big three” of America’s long trails: …

Hiking

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5 Camping Essentials for People Who Aren't Naturally Outdoorsy

For those who love the outdoors, camping becomes a recurring summer event. As the weather warms weekend after weekend, the tents go up, the campfires …

Bear Grylls

7 Minutes. No Equipment. One Science-Backed Core Workout That Works

In the faster-is-better world we live in, carving out 30 to 45 minutes a day for a good workout can seem like a major challenge—and that can totally …

Workouts

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Keep your hands safe in the outdoors with these adventure gloves

A good pair of gloves are an often-overlooked piece of outdoor gear. Sure, when the temperature drops we wear them to help keep our hands warm, but …

5 Tips for Becoming a Better (and More Consistent) Writer

The world needs to hear what you have to say, so start writing.<p>Three years ago this month, I started to write on LinkedIn.<p>I remember trying to figure out what I wanted to write about, and whether anyone would want to read my stuff. But a post by LinkedIn's Editor in Chief, Dan Roth, helped me get …

Creative Writing

LeGrow modular planters are like Legos for indoor gardening

Complete with LED lights and USB ports<p>Like Legos for plant enthusiasts, LeGrow is a modular, tech-forward indoor garden system designed so that each pot can be stacked and attached to other pots like toy bricks.<p>The modular pieces are assembled to create self-sustaining ecosystems, perfect for city …

27 of the most iconic, jaw-dropping photos of the Earth and the moon from space

From the ground, Earth looks like a boundless fertile plain that beckons to be explored and exploited.<p>But astronauts would beg — and even plead— to differ.<p>"You realize that people often say, 'I hope to go to heaven when I die,'" Jim Lovell, an astronaut who flew on the Apollo 8 and Apollo 13 …

Astronomy

See Into The Trees: Nica’s Big Forest Factory Racer

Like most frame builders, Robert Piontek of Germany’s Big Forest Frameworks heads up virtually every role of a small business. It’s a tough — yet rewarding — role, especially when the fruits of his labors will carry a young rider through her racing season.<p>This uber-efficient racing machine will be …

Watch Umberto Eco Walk Through His Immense Private Library: It Goes On, and On, and On!

When Umberto Eco died last year at the age of 84, he left behind a sizable body of work and a vast collection of books. He wrote such hefty and …

This Successful Management Consultant Quit Her Job And Made Rowing History

“A large part of success is not quitting. It’s that simple."<p>Roz Savage spent 11 years as a successful management consultant. Now, she’s making waves as an ocean rower and environmental campaigner.<p>In a new HuffPost Rise video, above, the former Oxford University rower explains how she left her …

Rowing at Prout's Neck, 1887 Watercolor by Winslow Homer

Winslow Homer (426 artworks, 3,993 followers)<p>Winslow Homer (February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910) was an American landscape painter and printmaker, …

Rowing Away from the Frenzy of the Material World

On August 15, Solvi, a 20-foot faering, was launched into the St. Croix River in Wisconsin. The classic Scandinavian open cockpit, double oared boat …

Mississippi River

Architectural Masterstrokes: 8 Contemporary Boathouses

Boathouses embody energy. Designed around a very specific program, these unique structures honor vernacular craft and building traditions while reinterpreting them. Celebrating the outdoors, boathouses provide space for training, storage and meeting areas. Normally adjacent to rivers or waterways, …

University of Iowa

Scottish mother sets solo record in rowing race across Atlantic

<b>A Scottish mother-of-two has broken the solo female record in a prestigious rowing race across the Atlantic.</b><p>Elaine Hopley, 45, crossed the finish line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in Antigua on Sunday morning.<p>Her time for the event, dubbed "the world's toughest row", was 59 days, 19 …

10 breathtaking Airbnb homes to book if you love the outdoors

If you’re a hardcore nature lover, your ideal day would look like this: waking up to the sound of bird calls on a serene mountain top, a session of …

How to travel the world with no money – by people who have done it

Three adventurers share their advice on cash-free journeys around the globe, and reveal the highs and lows of the challenge<p><b>What was the high point of your trip?</b><br>When my sister joined me for a short while in Argentina. We’d been there for two days and a man stopped on the side of the road and began …

South America

The sun will destroy Earth a lot sooner than you might think

There are plenty of ways Earth could go. It could smash into another planet, be swallowed by a black hole, or get pummeled to death by asteroids. There's really no way to tell which doomsday scenario will be the cause of our planet's demise.<p>But one thing is for sure — even if Earth spends the rest …

Universe

How I Rebooted My Life At Age 62 By Cycling Around The World

<i>At the Bauhaus, Dessau, Germany</i><p>It was 2012. I was 62 and in good health. I'd raised my three daughters, seen them through college, and given them away at their weddings. I was still close to my kids. We skied and hiked and bicycled together and never passed up a chance to talk on the phone.<p>Life was …

Punched, sent the wrong way and wiped out by a dog - the 10 weirdest ever moments at the Tour de France

In utterly surreal scenes on Thursday, Tour de France leader Chris Froome was forced to run up Mont Ventoux following a collision with a braking motorbike.<p>On foot, the Kenya-born Briton was left with no alternative but to run up the steep incline clad in his cycling shoes, much to the bewilderment …

The Science-Backed Activity That Instantly Relieves Stress—and How to Start

Have you ever watched in pure wonder at artists in full creative mode? It's as though they're channeling another force through their physical body. …