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Egyptian Book of the Dead

<i>The Egyptian Book of the Dead</i> is a collection of spells which enable the soul of the deceased to navigate the afterlife. The famous title was given …

10 Science-Backed Ways to Become a Happier Person

A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today.<p>Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier.<p>Thanks to the …

Articles about tiny prefab cabins upgrade rugged camping site colorado on Dwell.com - Dwell

A small prefab cabin in Norway is offering an alternative view on the concept of luxury.<p>It doesn't get much more idyllic than this: An illustrator of children's books who lives on the Sunshine Coast of British...<p>A lakeside prefab in Norway is a study in idyllic seclusion.<p>Each week, we tap into …

Prefab Homes

How Anxiety Kills Your Social Status

<b>Neuroscientists at EPFL identify a brain region that links anxious temperament to low social status. The researchers were able to tweak social</b> …

Neuroscience

11 Species Surprisingly Close to Extinction

When we think of animals that are in trouble, we imagine exotic creatures from far-flung places, animals we'd only see in nature documentaries. Yet a …

Timbuk2's Aviator is Custom Made for the Frequent Traveler

Frequent fliers know all to well the challenges of packing for a trip. But, many of them have also mastered the ability to travel light, and know …

Are Mountain Bikers About to Get Their Day in the Wilderness?

Since 1984, mountain bikes have been banned from all Wilderness areas. That, however, might change soon. The Human-Powered Wildlands Travel Management Act of 2015, a potential piece of legislation seeking to reverse that prohibition, has begun its journey on Capitol Hill, and, although the draft …

Outdoors

This super weird creature's scales are sold for over $300 per pound

This weird-looking creature is a pangolin.<p>Often called "scaly anteaters" for their hard, plate-like scales, their population is being <i>decimated</i> by illegal smuggling.<p>Found across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, pangolins are trafficked for medicinal purposes. Demand for their scales has skyrocketed in …

Ancient fossils show how giraffe got its long neck

For years, there has been scant fossil evidence showing how the giraffe evolved to have such an admirably long neck. But now, the remains of a …

4 Things You Never Imagined You Could Use a Knife For

If there’s one tool to never hit the trail without, it’s a knife. A sharp, well-made survival knife can be one of the most important implements in …

Did Dakotaraptor Really Face Off Against Tyrannosaurus?

By now you’ve probably heard about the giant “raptor” uncovered in South Dakota. The dinosaur’s discovery came as quite a shock. For the past century <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i> has dominated our imaginations as the sole apex predator of the Hell Creek Formation, but <i>Dakotaraptor steini</i>, as Robert DePalma and …

Dinosaurs

Sunset on Half Dome & the Valley

New Mollusc Tent Could Change the Game of Camping

Once in a while something interesting comes along in the world of outdoor gear design that lets us all know some people out there are thinking.<p>Take …

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Travel

Mysterious 555-Million-Year-Old Organism Reveals Ancient Life Was Strangely Advanced

Life on Earth has been through quite the journey. After its emergence around 4.1 billion years ago, life evolved and diversified rapidly during the …

Folding Kayak Phenomenon

While people tend to think of folding kayaks in monolithic terms, they are now coming in all shapes and sizes. The batch of eight folding kayaks in …

Oregon Mountain Climber Dies After Falling Into Crevasse

A 32-year-old hiker died after falling into a crevasse in Oregon’s Cascade Mountains over the weekend, authorities said Monday.<p>Thomas Fountain, 32, and his wife, Alison, 29, were hiking 10,000-foot Mount Jefferson, southeast of Portland, when Thomas fell on Sunday, the Marion County Sheriff’s …

Mountaineering

10 Incredible Forests You Can Visit

Escape modern living with these remarkable stretches of wood. Whether boasting century-old trees, flaunting vibrant foliage, or harboring dark …

Circus Elephant Collapses With Joy To Learn That She Is Finally Free

Two elephants who spent their lives chained up in the circus have finally arrived at their new home: a sanctuary where they will be able to roam free …

Wildlife

Don’t Let Secondhand Stress Affect Your Mood

Our brains are hardwired to pick up on and spread others’ emotions. Whether it’s an angry taxi driver or a harried boss, just seeing someone look stressed can make us feel anxious too. This is a real problem in open office plans, where you can see everyone’s nonverbals, so it’s important to find …

Wisdom: Oldest Living Banded Bird Returns to Wildlife Refuge

Meet Wisdom, the oldest living, banded, wild bird.<p>This 64-year-old bird returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge on November 19, 2015, after …

Birds

Marching along St. Mary Lake

Here's Why Norway Is Your Ultimate Nature Vacation Spot

Frozen and fabulous.<p>It's time to plan an adventurous, nature-filled getaway. Hooray!<p>But before you choose somewhere sunny and sandy -- and don't get us wrong, there's no harm in that -- consider the mystical land of Norway. It's quite possibly the most stunningly epic place on Earth:<p>You probably …

Northern Lights

5 reasons why anxiety is so difficult to cope with (and what you can do about it)

If we aren’t careful, we can makes things worse. Here are some effective ways to keep your emotions under control<p>Have you ever had a friend or family member tell you to “just get over it” when you felt sad or worried? If getting rid of negative emotions is so easy, why is it that more than 21 …

Mindfulness

Descendants of scientist on Shackleton's ill-fated voyage hope to finish trek to South Pole

Granddaughter of James Wordie, who sailed with Ernest Shackleton on his Antarctic expedition, says they are completing ‘unfinished family business’<p>Descendants of a hero of polar exploration are planning to complete what they describe as “some unfinished family business” – by walking and skiing the …

Antarctica

9 Sneaky Causes Of Depression

From the weather to your lifestyle habits.<p>For some people, sub-zero temperatures aren’t the only difficult side effect of winter. Approximately 10 million Americans also experience seasonal affective disorder, a depression-related mental health condition that waxes and wanes depending on the time …

This Real-Life Professional Hiker Says We Should All Quit Our Jobs

Tom Gathman, a.k.a. The Real Hiking Viking, hasn't seen most of his own face in two years, but he's seen more of North America's trails and vistas than just about anyone else. The impressively bearded Marine combat veteran ditched his car, his apartment, and most of his worldly possessions to …

How to Prevent Blisters When Hiking and Backpacking

by Austin Campbell August 26, 2015 13 Comments<p>Don't Let Blisters Ruin Your Next Hike<p>Blisters can quickly ruin a perfect day in the backcountry. …

11 Tips for Winter Camping and Backpacking

by Austin Campbell November 12, 2015 6 Comments<p>Winter is a great time of year to go camping or backpacking<p>Winter can be one of the most beautiful …