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7 'Facts' You Learned at School That Are No Longer True

Don't get stuck in the past.<p>Over time, even facts we consider steadfast truths can change. People used to think doctors could forgo washing their …

Shipping container hotel offers eco-friendly getaway for surfing nomads

Simple housing for up to 13 people<p>This eco-friendly shipping container hotel near Litomerice, Czech Republic, is the perfect getaway for nomads looking for a little surfing action. Containhotel, designed by Prague and Vienna-based Artikul Architects, is a seasonal, mobile hotel set on a surfing …

Shipping Containers

Sell Your Crap, Pay Off Your Debt, And Do What You Love! This Makes It All Possible!

There’s something strange happening around the globe… but it’s awesome!<p>Lifestyles and needs are changing, and consequently, our houses are shrinking. …

Honomobo Shipping Container Homes

Plat of land, plop down a Honomobo. It's what I keep telling my girlfriend when we talk about trading in her condo for a house. See, like the …

No Twee Here: A Tiny Home For the Pickiest Modern Design Fan

A lot of the tiny houses out there are very, very <i>cute</i>—sweet little peaked roof, petite double-hung windows, teeny tiny front porch. So what if you're …

Dining in Disguise: Genius Hide-Away Furniture Solutions

(Image credit: Handimania)<p>The longer you live in a small space, the sooner you come to realize that having a dedicated dining room or eat-in kitchen …

An Australian Firm Makes Portable Hotel Rooms Out of Shipping Containers

These 20-foot shipping containers are repurposed into stunning luxurious hotel rooms.<p>Australia-based firm Contained specializes in transforming vessels that originally hauled heavy cargo all over the world into well-designed lodgings. The portable structures have the unique ability to travel almost …

10 Things You Believe That Are Holding You Back From Success (and What to Do Instead)

Beliefs, much like stories, pass down from one generation to the next, and sometimes, new ones are created. But is what you believe in holding you back from ultimate success?<p>Beliefs. You've acquired them through your interactions with society, whether it was through your childhood experiences, …

chainlink

This version of banana bread is the only one I make now. It is perfect - tender, flavorful, and it works every time. It isn't your typical quick …

Quick Bread

We Might Have Finally Found The Trigger For Autoimmune Diseases

What makes the body attack itself?<p>Scientists have identified a chain reaction that explains why our own bodies can turn against healthy cells, …

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Science Says Do Any 1 of These 9 Things

Or do them all. They work. Science says so.<p>Everyone wants to be happy, but many people aren't (especially people who live in Burundi).<p>So how can you be happier?<p>There's good news and bad. Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your happiness, your "happiness set-point," is determined by …

Saturated fats no longer the true enemy, experts say

Saturated fats are not the enemy. But processed foods are, according to a new policy statement from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.<p>On Thursday, the foundation released a new policy statement that questions conventional wisdom about the dangers of saturated fats on the heart.<p>Saturated fat …

Here's what your food would look like if it weren't genetically modified over millennia

Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, inspire strong reactions nowadays, but humans have been tweaking the genetics of our favorite produce for millennia.<p>While GMOs may involve splicing genes from other organisms (such as bacteria) to give plants desired traits — like resistance to pests, selective …

Organisms

Could you sleep, eat, work and bathe in 86 square feet? Introducing the Ecocapsule

The tiny-house movement has been gaining traction ever since U.S.-based architect Sarah Susanka published her bestseller <i>The Not So Big House</i> almost two decades ago. And a growing number of people are rejecting the mortgage trap to live pared-down lives in 100- to 400-square-foot spaces. But in …

Off-grid

60+ Incredible Tiny Houses You'll Hardly Believe Are Real

Be warned: This list might inspire you sell your home and downsize immediately.<p>Tiny homes aren't just about looking cute — they're part of a growing movement that promotes sustainable living. Many designers have figured out innovative ways to make these small homes amazingly well-equipped and, …

Cute

How the World’s Oldest People Live So Long

How do you live to be 109 years old? Exercise, a nice warm bowl of porridge, and staying away from men—at least that’s the explanation given by …

Medieval

9 Strategies For Battling Stress

Don't let tension take over your life<p>A little stress can be a good thing, but it’s important to keep it under control. These strategies will help you retain your Zen.<p>1. Bounce Back<p>Some people are naturally resilient, but it’s also a learned skill. Stress inoculation gradually exposes people to …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

World Health Organization

Are sweeteners really bad for us?

The food industry relies on alternatives to sugar for a vast range of diet foods. But are they safe to consume? Claudia Hammond investigates.<p>Many people buy diet drinks and sweeteners in a bid to reduce the amount of sugar they consume. Over the years concerns about their safety have been raised, …

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Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Why you don't need God

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was January 2014 and I was sitting on the beach in Malibu looking out at the seemingly endless Pacific Ocean, ebbing and flowing. I had just begun a personal project of challenging my lifelong assumption that God exists.<p>You see, I had been a Seventh-day Adventist pastor for 19 years. I …

Atheism

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

Drugs

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

Living Rooms

Most cancer types 'just bad luck'

<b>Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study has suggested.</b><p>A US team were trying to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to cancer than others.<p>The results, in the journal Science, showed two thirds of the cancer types …

Stem Cells