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Gardens: want a burst of colour in autumn? Try these plants

Hold those shorter days at bay with blooms – and keep pollinators happy, too<p>There’s a distinct chill to the air and a softer, golden quality to the morning light, which can mean only one thing: autumn is on its way. But it is possible to hold shorter days at bay with these late-season flowering …

People around the world are eating banana peels because they know something that Westerners do not

If you live in the US, you're probably used to tossing banana peels in the trash. But people in other countries, including India, have been taking advantage of their nutritional benefits for decades.<p>While a banana's flesh is soft and sweet, the skin is thick, fibrous, and slightly bitter. To eat …

Nutrition

The best sweet and savoury brunch recipes for lazy weekends

A stack of pancakes or creamy avocado toast? A classic omlette or a big bowl of granola? We have a delicious brunch dish to suit everyone<p>Weekends are made for lie-ins and brunch. They're the perfect excuse to sit down with family or friends and enjoy a proper meal in your pyjamas, instead of …

Breakfast

Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read

From Bertrand Russell to the Buddha, or why you should spend a weekend reading the Qur’an.<p>On an excellent recent episode of <i>The Tim Ferriss Show</i> — one of these nine podcasts for a fuller life — neuroscientist <b>Sam Harris</b> answered a listener’s question inquiring what books everyone should read. As a …

Bertrand Russell

Why America is Falling Behind the Rest of the World

America is declining, in large and important measures, yet policymakers aren’t paying attention. So argues a new academic paper, pulling together …

MTV causes stir with film on white people

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the challenges for makers of the MTV documentary "White People" was getting folks to talk about race when they didn't feel the issue concerned them — like those quoted as saying they consider white the "default race" or "normal."<p>So filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas recorded white …

A Tibetan monk is communicating with the world through his stunning Instagram feed

That's the case for @gdax, or Gedun Wangchuk. He's a Buddhist monk living and Instagramming in Tibet, Huffington Post reports.<p>His account, first spotted by the blog Redbubble, depicts the beauty and peace of his daily life. Instagram itself appears to be the only outlet that's been able to get in …

Hinduism

3 Herbal Alternatives to Xanax For Relieving Anxiety, Depression and Insomnia

A quick note from our founders<p><b>Have you been curious about the Ketogenic Diet? You're not alone!</b><p>Going "Keto" has helped so many of our friends drop …

Depression

Daily coffees – two to five cups – cuts risk to health, say scientists

In March this year, after a project that lasted just shy of two decades, scientists at Japan's National Cancer Centre released some intriguing …

Eliminate Excuses and Boost Your Metabolism With This 15-Minute Workout

Ah, vacay—the time for poolside margaritas, not treadmill slogs in musty hotel gyms. But sneaking in exercise while you're away is crucial to staying on your game. (Skip it and it'll be <i>that</i> much harder to get back on the proverbial horse at home.) And just sayin': Umbrella drinks don't exactly burn …

Peeking into the brain's filing system

<b>Storing information so that you can easily find it again is a challenge. From purposefully messy desks to indexed filing cabinets, we all have our preferred systems. How does it happen inside our brains?</b><p>Somewhere within the dense, damp and intricate 1.5kg of tissue that we carry in our skulls, all …

Neurophilosophy

“Modern racism lurks in the shadows of equality”: Why colorblind school policies have failed black people

Instead of confronting racial and cultural divides, American education only serves to further them<p>The United States is experiencing a paroxysm of racism, from police shootings and the brutality of white supremacy in Charleston to a string of arsons in black churches across the South. Of course, …

Education