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When in drought: the California farmers who don’t water their crops

Dry farming forgoes modern irrigation and, farmers say, produces much tastier crops. In a drought-stricken state, should others follow suit?<p>There’s something different about Will Bucklin’s grape vines. At first it’s hard to notice, but a drive through northern California’s Sonoma Valley, past waves …

4 Ways Sleeping Naked Makes You Healthier and Wealthier

What if I told you in just 10 seconds a day, you can sleep better, make more money, reduce stress, and lose weight? Sleeping naked can do all these things and more. All you have to do is take off your clothes. While there are countless strategies floating around out there to help you improve in …

LSD Makes Your Brain More ‘Flexible,’ Less Anxious

Breakthrough research shows how psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin expand the brain.<p>Psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms seem to …

California's Most Effective Pot Lobbyist Used To Be A Cop

The state has the largest, most chaotic cannabis market in the nation. Thanks in part to the gregarious ex-cop who is negotiating on behalf of the pot industry, marijuana activists and legislators are close to a deal to rein it in.<p>Nate Bradley used to be a cop. Now he’s the marijuana legalization …

6 Burning Questions About Oregon’s Newly Legal Marijuana

At the stroke of midnight on July 1, recreational marijuana became legal in the state of Oregon. Thanks to Measure 91, passed by voters last …

Cannabis

Shaving is the pits: Take up arms with Lena Dunham, Madonna and Miley in the fight against body hair oppression

<b>(AP/Reuters/Gus Ruelas/Victoria Will/John Shearer)</b><p>A Chinese photo contest is just the start of the summer of going natural<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>June 11, 2015 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Though they're easy to conflate, the trappings of conventional femininity are not the hallmarks of womanhood. The recent …

Feminism

8 Organic Bedding Options to Give You Sweet Green Dreams

You drink organic coffee in the morning and make sure to fuel your body with pesticide-free produce during the day – but what happens when you lay …

Home Decorating

A Former Junk Food Junkie Tries Living Organically for 30 Days

Fed up with feeling lethargic and bloated, one man attempts to go an entire month without eating (or wearing) anything synthetic<p>You could say that I’ve been blessed with good genes. No cancer in my family, no history of diabetes. My body mass index is in the normal range, and I’ve never struggled …

What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Advocates say that a guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.<p>Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to …

‘Startled’ friend fatally shoots Montana teen through a bedroom window

The boy awoke inside the Montana home early Sunday morning, and was rattled by noise he had heard, according to reports.<p>Outside a window, he spotted two faces.<p>He reached for a gun and fired, shooting one of the people outside, according to the Billings Police Department. That victim was later …

Meet the cute canines playing in this year’s Puppy Bowl

We may not know which two NFL teams will battle it out during Super Bowl XLIX, but the precious pooches of Puppy Bowl XI are more than ready to …

NFL

Start Your Own Simple, Super-Productive Backyard Farm - Gardening

Yearning for a more self-sufficient lifestyle? The solution might be as close as your own backyard. Whether you have an acre outside of town or a …

The Top 10 Clean Foods to Keep on Hand for Healthy Pre-Workout Eats

Pre-workout eats mean serious business — you’ve got iron to pump, miles to run (or walk!), yoga strength-training poses to do, and high intensity …

Storing Renewable Energy with Tesla Motors Technology

Oil, gas and coal helped power the Industrial Revolution, but humans have to tear up the planet to extract these energy sources. Burning them pollutes the environment, but people can use these power sources whenever they like.<p>Wind and solar power are great because they’re renewable, but there’s …

The Great Zen Buddhist Teacher Thich Nhat Hanh on How to Do “Hugging Meditation”

“When we hug, our hearts connect and we know that we are not separate beings.”<p><i>“I embrace you with all my heart,”</i> Albert Camus wrote in his beautiful letter of gratitude to his childhood teacher shortly after winning the Nobel Prize. To embrace one another with our whole hearts is perhaps the …

Are You Brave Enough To Move Into A House That Hangs Off A Cliff?

This home is sure to put your bravery —and vertigo— to the test.<p>Australian housing firm Modscape is letting it all hang out with their newest home design, a house that hangs off the side of a cliff. And while the proposed home will offer unparalleled views of the ocean, it is not for the faint of …

Architecture

9 Easy Steps to Creating a Calming Fitness Room

Whether you love yoga or P90X, follow these easy decor tips to create a peaceful space that will help you reach your fitness goals.<p><b>1. Choose peaceful colors.</b> Whites and light grays are traditional picks, but there's no need to stick to neutrals: Blues, purples, and yellows can be peaceful, too. …

Home Decor Trend to DIY: Kokedama Hanging Plants

Great news, apartment dwellers: The latest gardening trend doesn't require a yard! The enchanting kokedamas only need a semi-sunny spot and a little …

Gardening

The Cure for Brain Diseases Is in Your Gut

Researchers are just now starting to link inflammation in your gut with some of the most deadly and debilitating diseases we have.<p>Why are we making …

"Open Sesame" Shows the Importance of Seed Saving

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>The seed saving movement is growing. Communities are banding together to save and share heirloom and open pollination seeds that are in …

Why Gardening Is Good for Your Health

Digging in the dirt can ease stress, keep you limber, and even improve your mood<p>IstockphotoGillian Aldrich started growing vegetables in her backyard …

Gardening

Heirloom Carrot Varieties

Learn all there is to know about planting, harvesting and saving heirloom carrot seeds as well as the cool history behind some of the rarest and …

How to Assemble a Homemade Hydroponic System

Plant Grow Lights: Which Kind to Choose

HID Plant Grow Lights<p>The brightest grow lights are high-intensity discharge (HID) lights. They can be installed anywhere in your home, garage, or …

Aquaponics

Ignorance Is Killing Our Earth

On Earth Day, the filmmaker behind the powerful environmental documentary Revolution explains just how dire the Earth’s sickness is—and how our …

Earth Day: 5 Foods to Save the Planet

The Plate<p>Tomorrow (April 22) is Earth Day, and unless you have an earnest elementary-school child working on a science project or are in an eco-profession, it may go by unnoticed like so many Flag Days before it.<p>Our meal choices, from foods shipped from faraway places to our wasting 30 percent of …

Agriculture

How Home Gardeners Can Change the Local Food System

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>According to a survey by <i>Gardeners' World</i> magazine,1 80 percent of gardeners reported being happy and satisfied with their lives, …

40 Age-Erasing Superfoods

Look, feel, and stay young<p>The latest science on the muscle-building, brain-enhancing, wrinkle-erasing, heart-strengthening, bone-protecting, immunity-boosting, and inflammation-fighting foods you should be eating every day.<p><b>1. Almonds</b>These energy-rich snacks lower bad cholesterol, thanks to plant …