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Easy Backpacking Trips for Beginners

You don't need to be an expert to enjoy these scenic trails.<p>Everyone who has read Cheryl Strayed's <i>Wild</i> has probably envisioned themselves heading out …

The Secrets of Resilience

What does it take to conquer life’s adversities? Lessons from successful adults who overcame difficult childhoods<p>Does early hardship in life keep children from becoming successful adults? It’s an urgent question for parents and educators, who worry that children growing up in difficult …

Psychology

How poverty became a crime in America | Peter Edelman

In the United States, a system of modern peonage – essentially, a government-run loan shark operation – has been going on for years<p>In the United States, a system of modern peonage – essentially, a government-run loan shark operation – has been going on for years. Beginning in the 1990s, the country …

We shouldn’t shy away from the ugly side of mental illness

1 in 4 of us experience mental illness at some point in our lives – but its prevalence doesn’t make it an easy ride.<p>We have the US president tackling …

A Passion for Now: How 10 Minutes Will Improve Your Work and Your Life

It can be difficult to slow down and focus on the present moment, but more companies are making it a priority for their employees. Here's why you should too.<p>There's only one thing that we all have in common: No matter our social status, job, emotional state, or geographical location, we are all …

A New Wrinkle in Quantum Mechanics

The press release of this news items proclaims: “Quantum physics just got less complicated.” I’m not sure I agree. Perhaps in the minds of physicists …

Top 10 Landmarks in U.S. National Parks

20 Small Space Hacks to Make Your Studio Apt Seem HUGE

Whether you’ve just landed your first apartment (hoorah!) or are wrestling with what to do with all your stuff <i></i>now that you’re living in a smaller space, studio apartments present some unique challenges. With only one room to decorate and everything out on display, distinguishing the kitchen from …

Philanthropy's Power Gap: Nonprofits Ain't Too Proud To Beg (Though Maybe They Should Be)

This is the Yuletide story of two social sector managers.<p>One sits cheerily by a warming blaze, finishing the last of the holiday shopping list, feet propped up on a soft resting place, perhaps a glass of wine just at hand in a richly paneled room in one of the city’s finer precincts. The work of …

How to Get a Flatter Tummy Almost Instantly

Avoid these belly bloaters for fast results<p>Sure, eating three helpings of pie won’t do your waistline any favors—but neither will eating three helpings of broccoli. Here’s why: Certain foods are known bloat offenders, which means they’ll increase puffiness and make you appear heavier than you are, …

15 Cutting-Edge Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Know people who are tech-obsessed? Then we know what you're gifting them.

Renters Guide: Design Tricks That Won't Break The Lease

When I’m not at work or socializing with friends, I’m probably watching my favorite home and decor television network. If you’re anything like me, these shows inspire you to make your curb more appealing or give your space a little upgrade. So you put on your jacket and head out to the nearest home …

10 Cheap Ways To Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive

Little details go a long way.<p>1. Update hardware.<p>Hardware can completely change the look of a piece of furniture and it can do the same for your cabinets. Replace drawer and cabinet pulls for an new unique look that instantly updates your entire space.<p>2. Use lighter colors.<p>A light color on the walls …

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UN Security Council takes up N. Korea's human rights

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council took up the issue of North Korea's bleak human rights situation for the first time Monday, a …

Why String Theory Still Offers Hope We Can Unify Physics

In October 1984 I arrived at Oxford University, trailing a large steamer trunk containing a couple of changes of clothing and about five dozen …

Physics

2015 Diet, Weight Loss Trends

As we count down to 2015 (fun fact! Once the ball drops on 1/1/2015, we will be equidistant from both 2000 and 2030—how nuts is that?!), health experts are also assessing the state of the nation's...diet.<p>This year's <i>"What's Trending in Nutrition" Survey from Pollock Communications and Today's</i> …

10 National Parks You’ve Never Heard Of

These lesser-known locales are just as breathtaking as Yellowstone and Yosemite

The Captivating Beauty of Libraries Around the World

New York-based, French photographer Franck Bohbot documents the breathtaking beauty of libraries in his ongoing series <i>House of Books</i>. Traveling to cities like Paris, Rome, and Boston, the photographer creates a visual record of the bastions of knowledge and learning that have been the pillars of …

Libraries

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

January 2015

Ghostface Killah performed at a grilled cheese restaurant called Toastface Grillah — watch

If you ever want a famous musician to come play at your restaurant, here’s a tip: name the joint after ’em. At least, that tactic seemed to work for …

What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up)

Working memory is like your brain's scratch pad, managing information as you go about your day. But our routine deluge of information can make us …

The Brain

New Doubt About Dark Matter

Tantalizing ‘signals’ from a handful of recent high-energy searches for dark matter are more likely the product of conventional astrophysics than the first tentative detections of the universe’s missing mass, say skeptical astrophysicists.<p>“A decade ago, no [one] would make these claims without …

15 Great Decor Ideas for Your Kitchen

The year Congress hit rock bottom

Can the Hill climb out of its hole?<p>Look at what Congress pulled off in the last two weeks and it might seem like compromise and conciliation ruled the 113th Congress.<p>Lawmakers cleared a funding bill that will keep federal agencies open through Sept. 2015. A corporate tax extender bill was adopted. …

Ancient Egyptian burial site may contain one million bodies

Around 1,700 bodies have so far been uncovered at the Fag el-Gamous (Way of the Water Buffalo) site, around 60 miles south of Cairo. But experts believe that countless more are contained in the burial ground.<p>“We are fairly certain we have over a million burials within this cemetery. It's large, and …