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The 'show biz' in Trump's GOP convention far short of A-list

The "show biz" in Donald Trump's Republican National Convention fell considerably short of A-list Monday, kicking off the first of four nights with …

Donald Trump

6 Design Mistakes You're Probably Making (and How To Fix Them)

You might love all the individual elements in a room, like a vintage armchair or a beautiful framed print, but together...they don't look quite right. If you're having trouble making it work, you're not alone. Our designers identified six common design blunders and came up with solutions that will …

Malala Strikes Back: Behind The Scenes Of Her Fearless, Fast-Growing Organization

How Nobel Peace Prize–winning activist Malala Yousafzai is channeling her inspiring life story into a targeted mission.<p>After Pope Francis finishes his opening remarks at the UN General Assembly, the room’s attention quickly begins to stray. Colombian pop star and UNICEF ambassador Shakira launches …

10 Ways to Win the Thanksgiving Argument | Inc.com

I absolutely love Thanksgiving. Still, I understand that if there's anything worse a big argument at Thanksgiving dinner, it's <i>losing</i> a big argument at Thanksgiving dinner.<p>With that in mind, I'm here to help. Before I became an author, I was a trial and appellate lawyer. (My dad is, too.) I was …

Bernie Sanders

Where Thanksgiving calories hide -- and how to burn them off

<b>(CNN) —</b> When you sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving meal, the cards will be stacked against your diet. Those favorite dishes are just so high in calories -- hello, stuffing and sweet potato casserole! -- and there are just so many of them, it can seem impossible not to splurge.<p>But with the …

Nutrition

The psychology behind why couples always fight when assembling Ikea furniture

If you have assembled a piece of Ikea furniture with a partner, then you have probably argued with a partner about assembling a piece of Ikea furniture. Domestic battles over the Swedish retailer’s products are such a common feature of modern cohabitation that comedian Amy Poehler once joked that …

Success

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Bill Clinton

How the world’s oldest message in a bottle found its way home

The envelope was addressed to a dead man.<p>“George Parker Bidder,” it read. “Care of the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, England.”<p>An e-mail was sent around to the MBA’s small staff soon after the letter arrived this spring. Almost everyone stopped what they were doing to peer at the curious …

North Sea

Donna Karan in Her Own Words: An Exclusive Excerpt From Her Upcoming Memoir

Donna Karan<p><i>In her upcoming memoir, design icon Donna Karan reflects on her early days in fashion, creating her groundbreaking label—and embarking on her latest chapter.</i><p>Finding Her Fit in Fashion<p><i>A young Donna is hired by Anne Klein—and winds up in the top job.</i><p>The first thing I learned when I took …

Robin Williams's 9 Most Unforgettable 'Dead Poets Society' Moments

If we had to pick just one endlessly quotable Robin Williams movie, it would have to be "Dead Poets Society." The 1989 classic -- centered on a group of all-male, buttoned-up prep school students and their radical new English teacher (Williams) -- is filled to the brim with life-affirming gems and …

Robin Williams

Perseid Meteor Shower Expected To Peak This Week

The celestial display promises to be especially spectacular.<p>The annual Perseid meteor shower is set to make a dazzling late summer appearance this week.<p>Stargazers are especially excited because this year marks the first time since 2010 that the meteor shower aligns with a new moon, making for ideal …

Meteor Showers

7 Streaming TV Packages That Will Let You Cut the Cord For Good

Cutting the cord could save you $75 per month. Here's how to do it without missing your favorite shows.<p>With services like Showtime, HBO, Hulu, and …

Here’s Why You May Be Aging Faster Than Your Friends

We all have friends who were born in the same year but look years younger (or older) than we do. Now researchers say that such perceptions aren’t …

A Visual Guide To All Of Those Unpronounceable Ingredients In Processed Food

What do those mystery chemicals actually do? Take a tour of the most common additives to find out how food scientists modify what you eat.<p>If you’ve ever perused an ingredient list and wondered why there’s polyglycerol polyricinoleate in your candy bar or tertiary-butylhydroquinone in your cereal–or …

Nutrition

How to Successfully Stretch Before Spin Class

Every cycling studio out there seems to culminate each class with a stretch, but what about before the class even starts? A good limb lengthening …

The revolution that could change the way your child is taught

The video does not seem remarkable on first viewing. A title informs us that we are watching Ashley Hinton, a teacher at Vailsburg Elementary, a school in Newark, New Jersey. Hinton, a blonde woman in a colourful silk scarf, stands before a class of eight- and nine-year-old boys and girls, almost …

Education

Email lets other people schedule your life—here’s how to stop it

<i>The following is adapted from Phil Simon‘s</i> Message Not Received: Why Business Communication Is Broken and How to Fix It.<p>If you feel like you’re playing Whac-a-mole with your inbox, you’re not alone. Somewhere along the line, email became the default means of communication in corporate America. The …

University of Chicago

The death of Queen Elizabeth will be the most disruptive event in Britain in the last 70 years

UPDATE: A new, revised, and expanded version of this story was published on December 27, 2016. Click here to read it »<p>Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, is not going to live …

Queen Elizabeth II

Why You Should Consider Booking a Trip Through BJ's, Costco or Sam's Club

<i>Roderick Eime / Flickr</i><p>If you've ever shopped in a wholesale retail store like Costco, Sam's Club or BJ's Wholesale, you're probably more familiar with their barrels of cheese balls and 2-liter bottles of olive oil than you are with their vacation packages. While these membership-only warehouse …

A Brewing Problem

What's the healthiest way to keep everyone caffeinated?<p>“I don't have one. They're kind of expensive to use,” John Sylvan told me frankly, of Keurig K-Cups, the single-serve brewing pods that have fundamentally changed the coffee experience in recent years. “Plus it’s not like drip coffee is tough …

The truth about the Sound of Music family

<b>When it was released 50 years ago, The Sound of Music became one of the most successful films of all time. It was based on the true story of the von Trapp family (above) - but what did they think of it and was their life really like it was portrayed in the movie?</b><p>"Everyone thinks the Sound of Music …

German Language

Reading List: 13 First-Rate Fashion Books

13 bold, bright and beautiful fashion reads, both new and old.<p>13 bold, bright and beautiful fashion reads, both new and old.

10 Times Ballet Dancers Made Pop Music Videos So Much Better

Earlier this month, Irish singer-songwriter Hozier debuted his newest music video for the Grammy nominated ballad, "Take Me to Church." The four-minute visual tease, directed by artist David LaChapelle, introduced ballet novices to Moscow-based dancer Sergei Polunin, a man who rebels against the …

Target has a new CEO: Will he re-energize the retailer?

<b>By Phil Wahba</b><p>Photograph by Ackerman + Gruber for Fortune<p>February 19, 2015, 8:00 AM EDT<p><i>Photograph by Ackerman + Gruber for Fortune</i><p>The Target …

The Art of the Perfect Grilled Cheese (Plus 20 Variations to Shake Things Up)

GalleryThe Art of the Perfect Grilled Cheese (Plus 20 Variations to Shake Things Up)<p>More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>A grilled cheese is a grilled cheese, right? I mean, it's the first meal that most of us learn how to cook at home by ourselves. …

Cooking

Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic

The voyage was meant to retrace the steps of Douglas Mawson, the great polar explorer and scientist who led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911. What happened instead captured the world’s attention, something none of the scientists, journalists and paying public aboard could have foreseen.<p>…

How to Train Your Voice to Be More Charismatic

Scientists Analyze Public Leaders’ Voices to Discover the Basis for Charisma<p>Scientists are tuning in on the power of the spoken word, seeking the secrets of charisma.<p>By analyzing the harmonics of pitch, frequency and timbre, researchers at University of California, Los Angeles are discovering how …

Charisma

These Are The Pore-Clogging Ingredients To Look Out For

If you’re someone who struggles with acne, you're always on the lookout for certain products to keep your skin clear. Typically, that includes …