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Living in: Hồ Chí Minh City

Though many travellers might be shocked the first time they visit Vietnam’s chaotic biggest city, Hồ Chí Minh City is beloved by residents as a place of surprising calm and order.<p>Though many travellers might be shocked when they visit Vietnam’s chaotic biggest city for the first time, Hồ Chí Minh …

Vietnam

Why you should sleep in a cool bedroom

<b>Turn down the thermostat, crack a window, and ditch the blankets for some science-backed health benefits.</b><p>On cold winter nights, my husband and I …

Climate change is on pace to kill an ice age remnant

<b>(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)</b><p>The Barnes Ice Cap covers an area about the size of Delaware. It faces certain death<p>Brian Kahn<p>March 23, 2017 8:15am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Climate Central.<p>Humans are in the process of changing the planet in a way that hasn’t happened in 2.6 million years.<p>For …

A Science-Backed 7-Minute Workout That Hits All the Muscles You Forget About

Don't get us wrong—we're all about bodyweight exercises. And quick, high-intensity routines like the scientific 7-minute workout (plus the research …

Workouts

The film that captures how epic being a teenager is

Cinema seldom depicts teenage life as both realistically messy and imbued with uncorrupted wisdom as director Jenny Gage’s insightful and personal documentary <i>All This Panic</i>. This is a film made for young women, about young women, with young women – it follows a group of friends and siblings, Sage, …

Filmmaking

These amazing photos document the iconic Summer of Love in San Francisco

100,000 hippies descended on San Francisco in 1967. Jim Marshall captured it all.<p>The summer of 1967 in San Francisco was a magical time and …

San Francisco

I Went to a Painting Class for Stoners

Puff, Pass, and Paint aims to destigmatize cannabis while offering novice artists a chance to explore their untapped creative sides.<p>Not to break too huge a story or anything, but artists occasionally do drugs to tap into their creative sides. Whether slamming 100 bags of heroin a day to manifest …

7 airports that offer free city tours during layovers

1. Incheon Airport, Seoul, South Korea<p>Incheon Airport offers not one, but eight (!), tours for travelers on a layover. Visitors with time for an hour-long tour can visit Yonggungsa Temple, a Buddhist temple built in 1376.<p>Visitors with a bit more time have even more options. There's the Incheon …

Salt Lake City

The key to curing disease could lie in Iceland's genes

<b>(CNN) —</b> The freezer sits behind a heavy door in the basement of an unassuming building on the campus of the University of Iceland.<p>It feels much colder than it looks; inside, the temperature is minus-15 degrees Fahrenheit, but the air is so dry, you can't see your breath.<p>Stored in that freezer are …

Genetics

The Idiot tells an exceedingly charming story about idiots in college

There’s something magical about the way you meet people in college. Questions, uncomfortably intimate and undeniably intrusive, are asked …

Books

Top 10 fantasy fiction universes

From George RR Martin’s vast, warlike realms to Neil Gaiman’s London Below, these paracosms are bound only by their authors’ rules, not those of reality<p>When it comes to top-notch fantasy, we’re spoiled for choice these days. JK Rowling, China Miéville, Ursula K Le Guin, Robert Jordan and Brandon …

Top 10

Ben Carson told HUD staff he could zap their brains into reciting whole books read 60 years ago. What?

By Ben Guarino<p>, Reporter<p>By now, everyone’s aware that Ben Carson likened slaves to immigrants during a staff speech Monday to mark his first full week as secretary of housing and urban development. The comparison did not play nicely on social media. (On Twitter, actor Samuel L. Jackson announced …

Quieter Than 1984, but No Less Terrifying

Kingsley Amis’s 1976 alternate-history masterpiece The Alteration is an overlooked—but timely—novel about the dangers of authoritarianism.<p>Imagine a United States in which the president has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to scrub its website of climate-change content, his counselor and …

Literature

Scientists Explain The Depressing Reason Why Pandas Are Black And White

They're unlike any other animal.<p>With its trademark patches of black and white fur, there's no mistaking the giant panda for any other bear.<p>Now …

The Best Damn Thing in Every State

Travel<p>By Matt Lynch and Andy Kryza Published On 03/03/2017<p>@MLynchChi @apkryza<p>By Matt Lynch @MLynchChi And Andy Kryza @apkryza Published On …

National Parks

Adorable Seal Can’t Stop Cuddling a Plush Toy That’s His Mini-Me

One of the most adorable things we've seen in awhile, this rescued earless seal hugs a plush version of himself. The delighted seal lives at the Okhotsk Tokkari Center in Japan's Hokkaido Prefecture, and was given a stuffed toy in his likeness by the staff.<p>The staff could never have expected just …

The 4th Industrial Revolution And A Jobless Future - A Good Thing?

It’s estimated that between 35 and 50 percent of jobs that exist today are at risk of being lost to automation. Repetitive, blue collar type jobs might be first, but even professionals — including paralegals, diagnosticians, and customer service representatives — will be at risk.<p>This isn’t just …

Artificial Intelligence

Albert Einstein’s Unique Approach to Thinking

<i>“I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” — Albert Einstein</i><p>In the arena of scientific achievement and the …

Yayoi Kusama pumpkin damaged by person taking a selfie

A visitor to <i>Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors</i> has damaged one of the Japanese artist’s signature pumpkins, days after her show opened in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.<p>Kusama’s <i>All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins</i> (2016) has proven popular with visitors for selfies: …

Why U.S. Army Paratroopers Are Practicing in the Frozen Arctic

The Arctic is getting more and more important, which means the Army must know how to operate in its cold expanses.<p>Deadhorse, Alaska is one of the most isolated places in America. Just eight miles from Prudhoe Bay and the Arctic Ocean, Deadhorse has fewer than 50 residents—a number that instantly …

Spaniards’ lack of sleep isn’t a cultural thing – they’re in the wrong time zone | Paul Kelley

A Franco-era decision to adhere to Central European Time may be to blame for everything from accidents at work to a low birthrate. But that could change<p>Spain’s hit TV programme for children, MasterChef Junior, had 3 million young viewers glued to their television until after 1am on a weekday. That …

Masterchef

US Scientists Have Cautiously Backed Permanent Gene Editing in Humans

A brave new world.<p>In a controversial move, a senior US scientific committee has given the green light to one of the most contentious forms of genome …

Why College Is So Expensive And What Donald Trump Says He Wants To Do About It

In recent years, the rise of the student debt crisis has intensified at an alarming rate. As people are sold on the idea of an American Dream that requires an expensive education, many find themselves crushed under the weight of thousands of dollars of debt following their graduation as they face …

University is still a white middle-class affair – it’s not just Cambridge | Franklyn Addo

Higher education,Education,Race issues,Cambridge,London School of Economics and Political Science,Equality,Society,UK news<p>Like me, many students from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds experience education differently thanks to institutional assumptions about intelligence

Higher Education

When Canadian Scientists Were Muzzled by Their Government

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Less than a month into the Trump presidency, and the forecast for science seems ominous.<p>Scientists at federal agencies have been hit with gag orders preventing them from communicating their findings, or in some cases, attending scientific conferences. Social media …

This Infographic Shows The Extraordinary Ancient Genes That Live on in Modern Populations

How many do you have?<p>It can be easy to forget that humans living on Earth today are the product of thousands of years of adaptation.<p>Without modern …

Republicans’ winning idea: Less carbon in the atmosphere, more equal distribution of income

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Some Republicans are proposing a carbon tax that would start at $40 per ton and gradually increase<p>Robert Reich<p>February 13, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>A group of former Republican officials (including James A. Baker, Henry Paulson, George P. …

University of California

5 of the best art and architecture stops in Barcelona, Spain

The versatility of Barcelona makes it one of the most popular tourist spots in Europe: cosmopolitan city, golden beaches, historic monuments, modern …