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10 Dramatic Sights You Have To See In Yellowstone National Park, USA

One of my favourite things about the US is the absolutely stunning natural beauty – something that you can find in pretty much every state you visit …

10 Things to Know About the Mediterranean Crisis

<i>In 2016, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) had teams aboard three search-and-rescue boats that worked in the Mediterranean</i> …

It’s time for states to lead on climate change — and on justice, too

Donald Trump has now confirmed what many climate activists have known since the beginning: He will not be a friend of ours. His selection of climate …

Make Your Own Protein Bars With Only 6 Healthy Ingredients

Why would you take the time and effort to make your own protein bars when there's practically an entire dedicated aisle at the grocery store? The …

Healthy Eating

Organizers Hope Women's March On Washington Inspires, Evolves

The day after President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Jan. 20, 2017, a march is slated to take place on the National Mall.<p>It's being called the Women's March on Washington. (It was being referred to, somewhat controversially, as the "Million Women March" before it was re-branded.) At this …

Women's March on Washington

Las Vegas' City Government Is Now Powered Entirely by Renewable Energy

Las Vegas is now the largest city in the country to run entirely on renewable energy.<p>Just last week, Las Vegas announced it has reached its goal of powering the city governement entirely with renewable energy, meeting a goal the city has been working toward for nearly a decade. The goal was reached …

Renewable Energy

Using spaced repetition as a study technique is effective because you are deliberately hacking the way your brain works<p>Late night dates with a 600-page textbook and a multipack of Red Bull are a familiar encounter for many people. Whether in school, university or work, we all find ourselves in …

Neurophilosophy

Muslims seek a delicate balance in a secular Europe

A light rain was falling as young men and women — some in hip European street clothes, others in hijabs or ankle-length robes — made their way under the high, saw-toothed roof of a former train depot for the annual Muslim Fair of Brussels. This year's theme was "Islam and Reforms."<p>"Where are the …

Why We Need Saul Bellow Now

Saul Bellow refused to be pinned down—politically or artistically. Maybe that's why we still need him more than ever.<p>Surely one of the healthier …

20 Amazing Under-the-Radar Albums of 2015

Keep on enjoying Adele's album, but here are 20 lesser-known masterworks that you might not have heard about during the last 12 months.<p>I listened to …

Murals turn blighted L.A. alleys into an outdoor art gallery

Jason Ostro walks the narrow alleyways off Beverly Boulevard near downtown L.A. and beams at the explosion of color around him. Until recently, these passages were strewn with litter, discarded mattresses and rusty bikes.<p>"When we moved into the neighborhood three years ago, there was so much …

The award-winning poet on Serena Williams, her emotional book signings and why racism is inescapable<p><b>Your book,</b> <b>Citizen: An American Lyric</b><b>, has won the National Book Critics’ Circle poetry award in the US, the Forward in the UK and is shortlisted for the</b> <b>TS Eliot prize</b><b>. It exposes racism in the US at</b> …

Books

How to Grow Lavender

Easy to grow and easy to appreciate, lavender (lavandula) is a welcome addition to any garden, with its beautiful flowers and wonderful aroma. All …

22 Hearty Cold-Weather Slow-Cooker Recipes

5 Surprising and Inspiring TED Talks by Women Leaders in 2015

What would you say to the world after a decade of silence? What would you design if you could print out your clothes? What kind of leader would you …

Go for organic cotton over classic blue denim if you want to keep your jeans clean<p>Globally, denim production adds up to 4bn metres per year, 60% of it made in Asia (mostly in China). Jeans are usually made from non-organic, non-sustainable cotton, which means pesticides, a gargantuan amount of …

Sustainability

Will America’s 100-Year-Old Female Spy Finally Be Recognized for the Hero She Is?

She worked behind enemy lines—and was captured by the Soviets. But the U.S. never properly gave her full credit for her heroism. After seven decades, …

Border Crossings

A Heart-Racing, Total-Body Workout

Ever felt paralyzed by too many choices? The struggle is real. It's how we occasionally feel about strength-training workouts. Endless possibilities …

20 Best Hip-Hop Mixtapes of 2015

The year's hottest mixtapes by Drake, Future, Erykah Badu, Chance the Rapper, G Herbo and more.<p>Finally, a rap list that Kendrick Lamar can't top. And …

Rap & Hip-Hop

This Is the Fair Trade Footwear You've Been Waiting For

French company Veja turn fish-farmed tilapia skin, recycled rubber, fair trade canvas, and recycled plastic bottles into bold sneakers.<p>SNEAKERS IN A BOTTLE – VEJA from Veja on Vimeo.<p>In a sustainable future, light from the sun powers all things, used water is filtered, then returned to our aquifers, …

Obama Goes on Seinfeld's 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'

Barack Obama will match wits with the veteran stand-up in the season 7 premiere of <i>Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee</i>, it was announced on Monday.<p>The …

Marvel At ​Some Of National Geographic’s Best Photos From 2015

These images will blow you away.<p>Committed to showcasing amazing photography, National Geographic Magazine publishes stunning images shot around the world each day on its website. Taken in locations as varied as the ice of Antarctica or the shores of the island of Larak in the Persian Gulf, the …

David Stovall at NWTSJ: "Race, Revolution and the Struggle for Quality Education"

6 Places You Can Learn a Language Online For Free

“It’s not where you are, it’s who you’re with” is a quote we have heard time and again. This could also be taken to mean that the people in each …

5 Style Curators to Follow for Fall Fashion

Is fall the best time for fashion? More layers means more seasonally appropriate touches: a chunky cardigan, a light jacket, maybe a scarf. Before it gets any colder and you’re left with nothing to wear, get some fall fashion inspiration on Flipboard from these five style curators:<p><b>Olga Montserrat</b>: …

'Hamilton's' revolutionary power is in its hip-hop musical numbers

"Hamilton," which began off-Broadway at the Public Theater and is now happily ensconced at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, where tickets are fetching a Russian oligarch's ransom, is the most important American musical to come along since "Rent."<p>A commercial hit that is also an artistic …

21 Photos That Show the Grueling and Beautiful Side to Being a Ballerina

If there is one thing we remember from Darren Aronofsky's <b>Black Swan</b> it's that becoming a professional ballerina is a grueling, beautiful journey. Not everyone can do it, and those who do make it become an inspiration to aspiring dancers everywhere. While we tend to picture ballerinas in tutus and …

Mobile Photography

Tough time for black women _ like black men _ with police

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just black men having difficult relations with police. Black women are having a tough time, too.<p>Consider the schoolgirl …