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  • A sugar cane cutter works on a plantation near Florida on 25 May 2012 in Florida, Valle del Cauca, Colombia.  (Jan Sochor/Latincontent/Getty Images)

    The Greatest Multi-Purpose Garden Tool? A Machete.

    Nothing is better for relieving tension after a long, difficult day than an hour with a machete. You might do spinning classes, pedal a bike... Read more

  • FILE - In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, speaks alongside his wife, Janay, during a news conference, Friday, May 23, in Owings Mills, Md. Rice’s two-game suspension for domestic violence begins Saturday, a punishment handed down after grainy video showed him dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator unconscious Feb. 15. He has not divulged what happened in the elevator except to call his actions "totally inexcusable'' at a news conference after his suspension was announced. His assault charges could be expunged once he completes a diversion program. So the NFL gave him the only punishment he likely faces in a suspension and a fine that totals more than $500,000. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Janay Palmer Video: Footage Appears to Show Ray Rice Hitting Fiancee

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The NFL says the league never saw until Monday a video that appears to show Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee... Read more

  • Colombian pop star singer Shakira poses for a photo during an interview in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Shakira will perform at the World Cup's closing ceremony at Maracana Stadium, Sunday. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Shakira Dead Scam: ‘Muere’ Death Hoax Email Contains Malware

    There’s a  viral Spanish e-mail going around saying that Shakira has died.  The claims aren’t true, and the posts are merely designed to spread malware... Read more

  • Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry will be an aunt an uncle, respectively, as Prince William and Kate have announced baby No. 2.   This is a Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 file photo of  Britain's Prince William stand next to his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge as she leaves the King Edward VII hospital in central London. Jurors at Britain's phone hacking trial have heard transcripts Thursday Dec. 19, 2013 of intercepted messages left by Prince William on Kate Middleton's phone, in which he calls her "babykins" and jokes about almost being shot during a military training exercise. The messages from 2006 were found among the belongings of private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who has been convicted of hacking the phones of aides to William and Prince Harry.  (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

    Pippa Middleton, Prince Harry to be Aunt and Uncle: Kate Announces No. 2 Child with Prince William

    Pippa Middleton and Prince Harry will be an aunt an uncle, respectively, as Prince William and Kate have announced baby No. 2. LONDON (AP) — Prince... Read more

  • 10 stencils ideas to help you transform your home

    These 10 Stenciled Makeover Projects Will Help You Transform Your Home

    Using stencils and some paint, you can completely change the appearance of just about anything, making it unrecognizable, extraordinary, and amazing. If you’re sceptical, just... Read more

  • Australia Hoax: ‘Ruins Of Ancient City Discovered in Australian Desert’ is Fake

    An article saying the “ruins of an ancient city” were found in the Australian Outback is fake. It was posted on bogus news site World News... Read more

  • Betty White hasn't died. An article that appears to make fun of the rampant death hoaxes that have gone viral is saying that Betty White "dyes peacefully in her Los Angeles home,"--confusing many on social media websites. Betty White attends Betty "White Out" Tour at The Los Angeles Zoo with The Lifeline Program at Los Angeles Zoo on December 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Brian To/Getty Images for The Lifeline Program)

    Betty White Dead? Hoax Article ‘Dyes Peacefully In Her Los Angeles Home’ Totally Fake, Longtime Actress is OK

    Betty White, the longtime actress and comic, hasn’t died but an article appears to be making fun of death hoaxes, saying she “dyes her hair”... Read more

  • Harvard University footbridge is seen July 30, 2009 Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

    Harvard’s Health School to Get Record $350M Gift

    BOSTON — A $350 million gift pledged to Harvard University’s School of Public Health is the largest single donation in the university’s long history, officials... Read more

  • Confident plus size woman walking down the street. (Shutterstock)

    Congratulations! You Are a Size 0!

    It is a sad fact that many want to ignore. The more we work out, the more “diet foods” we eat, the fatter Americans are... Read more

  • Jill Scott performs at BBVA Compass Concert For Human Rights Hosted By Jamie Foxx at The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center on September 14, 2013 in Birmingham, Alabama.  (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)

    Jill Scott Addresses Nude Photo Leak Via Twitter

    Jill Scott, the singer, apparently became one of the latest victims in the celebrity photo hacking incident last week. Scott responded to the photos that were... Read more

  • Two deer took a walk on San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge on Friday evening, September 5, holding up the evening’s peak hour traffic. (AOL Screenshot)

    Deer Take a Walk on the Golden Gate Bridge (Video)

    Two deer took a walk on San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge on Friday evening, September 5, holding up the evening’s peak hour traffic. California... Read more

  • Journalism Next? Thriving in the Digital Age gives practical tools and a mental boost. (Shuttertock*)

    Journalism Inspiration Way Down Yonder

    The Atlanta Press Club just brought me a dose of inspiration from below the gnat line. The gnat line is a geological feature that bisects... Read more

  • It's the little things - that totally get on your nerves. (AOL Screenshot)

    Weird Things All Couples Fight About (Video)

    It’s the little things – that totally get on your nerves.…... Read more

  • From left, Simon Monjack, actors Brittany Murphy and Kim Raver attend the Monique Lhuillier 2008 Fall Collection during Fashion Week, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

    Brittany Murphy Death Cause is Reexamined as Lifetime Movie Gets Criticism From Her Father

    The Brittany Murphy Lifetime movie has prompted some to look back into what caused her death, while the movie itself has drawn criticism from many... Read more

  • Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne (7) passes in the first half an NFL preseason football game in Chicago, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Fantasy Football Rankings 2014: Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jags WR, Scores 2 TDs in 1st Quarter

    Allen Hurns, an undrafted free agent WR, has scored two TDs for the Jacksonville Jaguars against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Hurns is a replacement... Read more

  • The Ultimate Warrior making an appearance on April 7, 2014. (Megan Elice Meadows/Wikimedia Commons)

    Why Did Ultimate Warrior Die at 54?

    The Ultimate Warrior, one of the most famous professional wrestlers of all time, died of a heart attack at the very young age of 54... Read more

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs as he speaks to reporters prior to team practice in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The Patriots are preparing for their opening NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday in Miami. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    NFL Sunday: Ticket to Division Matchups

    The NFL has spiced up the end of the regular season with a steady diet of division matchups. It hasn’t done a bad job of juicing the... Read more

  • Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer talks to his team during the second half in Game 5 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers Monday, April 28, 2014, in Indianapolis. Atlanta defeated Indiana 107-97. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Bruce Levenson ‘Racist’ Email: Atlanta Hawks Owner to Sell in Wake of Donald Sterling Scandal (Net Worth, UCG, Wiki)

    Bruce Levenson, the owner of the Atlanta Hawks, will sell the team, it was reported. ESPN and CBS Sports reported that he’s selling the team over... Read more

  • American NFL football star Adrian Peterson, center, from the  Minnesota Vikings, interact with children, as his girl friend, Ashley Brown, left, is seen at the  Mzamomhle Primary School in the township of Philippi situated on the outskirts of  Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, March 25, 2010. Four American NFL players are on a four day visit to the Western Cape to promote football.  (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Adrian Peterson Longtime Girlfriend Ashley Brown, Mother of Son Adrian Jr., is Now His Wife

    Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back, is married to Ashley Brown. The couple was married in a private ceremony and initially sparked rumors when... Read more

  • NFL Schedule, Sunday Scores 2014: CBS-FOX-NBC Times

    NFL Sunday starts at 1 p.m. with 10 different games. Here they are: New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons is on FOX Cincinnati Bengals vs... Read more

  • Bad service is ultimately bad for business. (IPGGutenbergUKLtd/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Service? What’s That?

    So few stores care about service today. A few years ago I took an orange silk blouse to the cleaners. I used a cleaning store... Read more

  • "The evidence for non-pharmaceutical approaches to the behavior problems often seen in dementia is better than the evidence for antipsychotics, and far better than for other classes of medication," says Helen C. Kales.(torbakhopper, CC BY)

    Five Ways to Ease Dementia Without Drugs

    Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. But research suggests that non-drug... Read more

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    Today Is National Grammar Day: How Is Your Grammar?

    Today, March 4 (“March Forth”) is National Grammar Day. In past years, the National Grammar Day organization promoted the annual date as follows: “Language is... Read more

  • Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has discovered the wreckage of the battleship Musashi in the central Philippines. (AOL Screenshot)

    Long-Lost Ship Found? Microsoft Co-Founder Uncovers Wreckage (Video)

    The ship on the right in this photograph is the battleship Musashi, which, along with its sister ship Yamato, was the heaviest-armed battleship ever built.  Now,... Read more

  • The new Radical RXC Turbo 500 is presented on the second press day of the Geneva International Motor Show Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The show opens its doors to the public March 5 through March 15. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

    5 Cars Getting Attention at the Geneva Auto Show

    GENEVA— Volkswagen’s functional Passat family car may have taken top honors as car of the year at the annual Geneva motor show, but there is... Read more

  • This photo, taken with an iPhone on Feb. 25, 2015, shows an installation created by contemporary artist Nuno Vasa of Lisbon, Portugal, a full-size cable car made entirely of cork _ a major Portuguese export, at the Kennedy Center in Washington. The installation is featured in a three-week, $6 million Iberian arts festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, featuring theater, music, dance and visual arts from Portugal, Spain and the many countries they have influenced over the centuries. (AP Photo/Brett Zongker)

    Picasso’s Rarely Seen Ceramics Featured At Kennedy Center

    WASHINGTON—While Pablo Picasso crafted thousands of ceramic pieces late in his career that reflected his Mediterranean and Spanish roots, this art was long overshadowed by... Read more

  • Daryl Hannah has been open about her autism. World Travel and Tourism, CC BY

    Why You Should Never Assume Anything About People With Autism

    Decades ago I found myself working with a young woman with autism. I had done my reading of the autism texts of the time, and... Read more

  • "This is the first glimpse of a benchmark of what the healthy adult brain looks like with these traits," says Tara White.  (Shutterstock*)

    Brain Scans Show Extroverts Come in 2 Types

    When scientists scanned the brains of two types of extroverts—”people persons” and “go-getters”—they found similarities, but also distinct differences in their brain anatomy. “These are people... Read more

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    Tempestuous Beauty of Arizona Captured in Ethereal Time-Lapse Video

    To film their latest time-lapse masterpiece, Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinović traveled the often-impassable sand roads to Arizona’s White Pocket. Due to the difficulty of... Read more

  • In this Oct. 23, 2014, file photo, a bottle of fruit juice is labeled to inform buyers that it is free of GMOs, Genetically Modified Organisms, is displayed in Boulder, Colo. In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has an idea: use your smart phone. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

    Ag Sec Vilsack Says Smartphones Could Identify GMO Foods for Buyers

    WASHINGTON—In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone. Vilsack told members of Congress... Read more

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    Labs Extend Record as US Top Dog, but Bulldogs Make Waves

    NEW YORK— America’s fondness for Labrador retrievers is still setting records, but bulldogs are breaking new ground. Labs reigned as the nation’s top dog last... Read more

  • From left to right. Mandarin employs a different part of the brain. (Shutterstock*)

    If You Speak Mandarin, Your Brain Is Different

    We speak so effortlessly that most of us never think about it. But psychologists and neuroscientists are captivated by the human capacity to communicate with... Read more

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    Beautifully Flawed

    College student and musician Juliana Lyons hopes to shine a spotlight on the toll negative body image messages take on girls and young women. This... Read more

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    Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

    I have a friend who is going through a rather acrimonious divorce. To cheer herself up (and in an unconscious attempt to make her ex... Read more

  • Robert Kaynes, CEO of American Bronzing Co., shows off some of the approximately 100 pairs of baby shoes his company bronzes each day, in Columbus, Ohio, on Feb. 10. Kaynes, the grandson of the company’s founder, says the company bronzed 2,000 shoes a day in the 1970s but is experiencing a resurgence thanks to social media marketing. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

    Social Media Kicks Up Sales of Bronzed Baby Shoes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio—During the Depression, former kindergarten teacher Violet Shinbach canvassed Ohio neighborhoods looking for yards with wading pools, tricycles, and toys strewn about. She knew... Read more

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    Are You a ‘Morning Person’, or Just an Early Riser?

    There’s one thing that each of us knows for sure: whether or not we are a morning person. It’s also probably safe to say that... Read more

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    Famous People Born in the Year of the Goat

    The Chinese New Year begins on Feb. 19th. While welcoming the Year of the Goat, we say good-bye to the Year of the Horse. In... Read more

  • This Feb. 16, 2015 photo shows the Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Owners of the hotel which opened in 1955 have agreed to sell the property to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The tourism agency confirmed the potential purchase Tuesday, Feb. 17 after days of not commenting on rumors of a deal. (AP Photo/Kimberly Pierceall)

    Las Vegas Tourism Agency May Buy, Demolish Riviera Casino and Hotel

    LAS VEGAS—The aging Riviera hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip won’t be long for this world if a plan from the Las Vegas... Read more

  • "You can plan the best wedding or birthday party. Restaurants can serve great food and provide spectacular service," says Partha Kanuparthy. "But no one can control the weather. In the end, you can't beat Mother Nature." (Ben Ostrowsky/Flickr, CC BY)

    Bad Weather Puts a Damper on Restaurants Reviews

    After looking at 1.1 million online reviews for 840,000 restaurants in more than 32,000 cities across the country, researchers have found that the weather outside... Read more

  • A 1948 Classics Illustrated Comic Book Cover featuring Robinson Crusoe. (Wikimedia Commons) Background: (Ivansmuck/iStock/Thinkstock)

    How Castaway Survivor Alexander Selkirk Inspired the Tale of Robinson Crusoe

    Many people are familiar with the novel “Robinson Crusoe,” a story written by the 17th/18th century English writer, Daniel Defoe. In the novel, the eponymous character... Read more

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    Bone Broth—A Most Nourishing Food for Virtually Any Ailment

    Bone broth has a long history of medicinal use. It’s known to be warm, soothing, and nourishing for body, mind, and soul…19 Physicians harkening as... Read more

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    10 Ridiculous Things Passengers Thought the TSA Wouldn’t Notice

    Believe it or not, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) keeps an Instagram account and blog of all the contraband it confiscates from passengers. Most are guns and ammunition, but... Read more

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    9 Ways to Prevent High Blood Pressure

    For many people who work full time, healthy living requires effort. Sitting at a desk all day is not conducive to a healthy lifestyle and when your... Read more

  • Amaranth caudatus (love lies bleeding) is one of three varieties of amaranth bred for grain. (Shutterstock.com)

    Science Loves This Superfood, So Why Aren’t You Eating It?

    The story of amaranth is one of tenacity. The name comes from the Greek word amarantos—meaning “the immortal” or “the never fading”—a reference to a... Read more

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    How to Clean Your Home Without Harmful Chemicals (Video)

    Did you know that some of the most dangerous chemicals that you’re exposed to every single day are found in your own home? They can... Read more

  • Wikipedia Co-Founders

    Who Founded Wikipedia? These Two Need to Get Their Story Straight

    It is a question as old as intellectual property ownership itself: You hire a guy to come up with a project idea. He comes up... Read more

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    4 Ways to Break the Cycle of Emotional Eating (Video)

      When we understand the cycle at a deep level, the cycle starts to have less power over us. We love to give names to... Read more

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    10 Do’s and Don’ts of Gym Etiquette

    Joining a gym is the first step to taking charge of your physical fitness, but working out in a public facility can be an intimidating... Read more

  • Senior falling asleep on a park bench. (Henry Hemming/Flickr)

    Can Meditation Bring Relief to Sleepy Seniors?

    Half of adults older than 55 have trouble getting to or staying asleep. Researchers were surprised to discover the best way for them to get... Read more

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    A Brewing Problem

    Almost one in three American homes now has a pod-based coffee machine, even though John Sylvan, the inventor of K-Cups, never imagined they would be... Read more

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    Depression Makes the Sting of Rejection Linger

    The pain of social rejection lasts longer for people who are depressed because their brain cells release less natural opioids, a pain and stress-reducing chemical, a new... Read more

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    9 Best Snacks for Weight Loss (Video)

    How Much Exercise for Weight Loss? When people start an exercise program, some lose a lot of weight, while others lose nothing. An effective exercise... Read more

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    Why Most of Us Are Junk Food Addicts

    We’ve all done it (ahem) at least once: eaten a whole bag of chips or polished off an entire pint of ice cream—even the organic,... Read more

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    5 Foam Rolling Mistakes to Avoid (Video)

    Foam rollers are inexpensive, easy to use and take up little space, so it’s no wonder they’re now popular in health clubs, physical therapists’ offices,... Read more

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    Take Vitamin D Pills Only If You Have a Deficiency

    An editorial in the February 19, 2015 Journal of the American Medical Association states that Vitamin D, in combination with calcium, has been shown to be good... Read more

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    The Most Powerful Detox Vegetable (Video)

    The most powerful natural inducer of our liver’s detoxifying enzyme system is sulforaphane, a phytonutrient produced by broccoli. This video was originally published on www.GreenMedInfo.com. Join... Read more

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    Overweight Women Get Active When Doctors Intervene

    Rather than striving for more physical activity alone, overweight, middle-aged women may benefit from the assistance of their family doctors. The results of a new trial... Read more

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    Our Favorite Natural Deodorants

    The quest to find the best (or even just a good) natural deodorant is ongoing here at the Be Well offices. We all want to... Read more

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    Why Water Fluoridation Continues, Despite Flying in the Face of Science

    A majority of Americans consume an “invisible” drug on a daily basis—a drug so harmful it’s been proven to cause serious health issues, including damage... Read more

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    How Walnuts Can Improve Artery Function

    Good news for nut lovers: Eating at least one serving of walnuts per week may drop our chances of a cardiovascular-related death by 50%. However, walnut consumption... Read more

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    6 DIY Jewelry Organizers That Double as Bedroom Decor

    The problem with jewelry boxes, is that your pendent necklaces and fun bangles don’t only get all tangled up, you only get to show them... Read more

  • Painting cabinets and walls the same colour creates a clean, uniform look. (Canadian Home Trends)

    10 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Look Larger

    No Space? No Problem! Here’s a step-by-step plan on how to make a small kitchen look and feel larger. 1. Repaint. A simple coat of... Read more

  • Installing shelves and drawers under a staircase is genius. (Lori Andrews)

    De-Clutter Your Home

    When the topic of storage comes up, I am reminded of the hilarious skit by the late George Carlin who joked about the “stuff” we... Read more

  • The new tankless water heater promises more efficiency and lower operating costs. (eieihome.com)

    Should You Buy a Tankless Water Heater?

    There’s a new hot water heater on the market, one that promises to be more efficient and compact than the standard gas-fired hot water heater—the... Read more

  • This photo taken in Sept. 26, 2014 shows books along a room divider between the bar and restaurant in The Tavern in Tulsa, Okla. The books are arranged in such a way that they echo the colored geometric patterns found in the art deco architecture Tulsa is famous for. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

    Books as Decor: Versatile but Meaningful Design Elements

    NEW YORK—Some people love the look of a bookshelf stuffed with books and what that represents. Others see books as clutter and wonder why anyone... Read more

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    6 Incredible Projects From Crafty DIY Couples

    It’s February and love is in the air, especially in the world of creative DIYers. But with Valentine’s Day around the corner, maybe it’s time... Read more

  • A simple design cut from bright coloured paper and mounted on white card can make a striking greetings card (Kat Piper/Here and Far)

    Paper-cutting Polish Style

    I have a Polish heritage, so I suppose it’s not surprising that as I travel along my creative journey I am finding inspiration in traditional... Read more

  • This fast fix shows us how to clean germs off of a sponge the easy way. (AOL Screenshot)

    How to Clean Germs Off Your Sponges the Easy Way (Video)

    Studies show that sponges are the worst place for germs in the kitchen, and that some of the cleanest looking kitchens may in fact be... Read more

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    7 Budget-Friendly Valentine’s Decorations Made From Household Items

    Valentine’s Day is getting close, and even though you’ve probably made reservations, reserved a sitter, pre-ordered flowers, and picked up a gift, it’s the day... Read more

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    Keeping January Warm and Cozy

    While the winter snow is starting to thaw, it is going to be several months before the warmer weather returns and spring finally arrives. Traditionally,... Read more

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    Find Out Why the Best (and Most Fun) Way to Peel Potatoes Is With a Toilet Brush

    Here’s a good way to get the kids, or pretty much anyone, to have fun peeling potatoes.  First, you buy a brand new toilet brush... Read more

  • Jean-Philippe Baty works on a 1950s glass-and-oak coffee table by Italian architect and designer Carlo Mollino at Miguel Saco Restoration Inc. in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Buying and Maintaining Antique and Fine Furniture

    Whether looking to buy or just wishing to maintain your beautiful pieces of furniture, this guide may be of some help. What to look for... Read more

  • This clump of lucky bamboo is slated to bring wealth to its caretaker—it has five stalks (one hidden). (AP Photo/Lee Reich)

    ‘Lucky Bamboo’ May Be Lucky, but It’s Not Bamboo

    The New Year is still young so let’s continue to welcome it in—with some lucky bamboo. At this time of year, this plant appears in... Read more

  • Hip cutting boards from Solo Home Design created with bicycle rims and salvaged wood. (AP Photo/SOLO Home Design)

    Right at Home: Decor Made of Bicycle Parts

    Bikes have become part of hipster culture. There are bicycle-themed dining, drinking, and shopping establishments from Portland, Oregon, to Brooklyn, New York, and dozens of... Read more

  • A bathroom designed for today that can be easily updated for future lifestyle changes.(Fleurco)

    A Bathroom That Will Grow With You as You Age

    When planning a major bathroom renovation, it is important to consider functionality both for today and for the future. Be it from natural aging, an... Read more

  • The dining room is neutral, with pops of colour brought in with floral arrangements and dishes. (Donna Griffith)

    Elegance That Will Last a Lifetime

    Corey and Lauren Mandell with their lovely young daughters are the happy owners of this magnificent home. They are also a busy, energetic, hard-working family... Read more

  • A tufted headboard makes a stunning focal point and adds an element of sophistication and elegance to a guest bedroom. (Courtesy of Bassett Furniture)

    Create a ‘Hotel Chic’ Guest Bedroom

    When creating a guest bedroom, think back to the last time you stayed in a hotel. That feeling of comfort and luxury is what you... Read more

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    Top 10 Cleaning Hacks, From Carpet Stains to Cleaning Grout

    As 2015 rolls in, you’re probably getting geared up to take on that laundry list of resolutions! Well, instead of exhausting yourself from tackling hardcore... Read more

  • A Burnham Design kitchen featuring Sherwin Williams “Olive Grove”/SW7734 paint in a satin finish, dark olive green cabinets, and a textured black stone countertop in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Burnham Design, Sarah Dorio)

    Ask a Designer: Improving the Kitchen in Small (or Big) Ways

    Another holiday season has passed, and with it the marathon cooking and baking sessions. The hours spent using every kitchen appliance and inch of counter... Read more

  • A chandelier crafted from brass feathers makes a striking statement. (AP Photo/Anthropologie)

    Feathers Soar as a Decor Trend

    When you think of a feather, what comes to mind? Peacock plumage in flamboyant, iridescent blues? Or maybe a leafy glade full of forest creatures... Read more

  • Joe Bagley 's "Holding Couple Riding Bikes" as sold on Etsy. Bagley, of Boston, painstakingly hand-cuts intricate paper art.  (AP Photo/Joe Bagley)

    Is Etsy Losing Its Soul With IPO?

    Etsy filed $100 million for its initial public offering Wednesday evening. For the Brooklyn-based e-commerce craft marketplace poised to go public, it’s an appropriate time for... Read more

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    Trends From New York Fall 2015 Fashion Week

    Once again everyone from rock stars to reality stars, bloggers to buyers, fashionistas to photographers braved record-breaking cold temperatures at New York for Fashion Week. ... Read more

  • Bad service is ultimately bad for business. (IPGGutenbergUKLtd/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Service? What’s That?

    So few stores care about service today. A few years ago I took an orange silk blouse to the cleaners. I used a cleaning store... Read more

  • (L-R) Pixie Geldof, Ella Catliff, Emily Ratajkowski, Aluna Francis, and Nicola Roberts (Si Gross/Epoch Times)

    London’s Flower Power Fashionistas

    After a busy week of events in London, we look at the street fashion worn by the glitterati who descended on the capital for London... Read more

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    Milan Fashion Week Highlights

    MILAN—The cape is making a comeback in Milan this season—even though Madonna may have something to say about that. The pop singer took a spectacular... Read more

  • The creations of American designer Roy Halston as part of “Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s” exhibition at The Museum at FIT. (Kati Vereshaka/Epoch Times)

    How Yves Saint Laurent and Halston Defined the ’70s

    With the dust still settling after the New York Fashion Week stampede of fashionistas, bloggers, and editors, we can take deep breaths again and contemplate... Read more

  • Damian Lewis as King Henry XIII in the BBC historical drama Wolf Hall. (Ed Miller/BBC/Company Productions Ltd)

    ‘Wolf Hall': Intelligent, Subtle, Artistic—But Meticulous Costumes Have Stolen the Show

    We’ve seen the hotly anticipated release of Hilary Mantel’s books and the stunning success of their adaptations for the stage. Now the TV adaptation, starring... Read more

  • David Vobora, right, owner of Performance Vault and a former NFL linebacker, trains Jacob Schick, an injured veteran, one of his clients at his gym in Dallas on Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. Vobora trains elite athletes as well as injured veterans and other adaptive athletes. He says retired pro athletes and injured vets face many of the same challenges as they adapt to ordinary life back home. (AP/The Dallas Morning News, David Woo)

    Beauty Magnate’s Maine Estate Sold to Veterans Nonprofit

    ROME, Maine—The former Maine summer home of beauty magnate Elizabeth Arden has been purchased by a nonprofit dedicated to disabled veterans. The Travis Mills Foundation... Read more

  • Models wear creations for Prada women's Fall-Winter 2015-2016 collection, part of Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP/Antonio Calanni)

    Kendall Jenner Struts for Fendi, Kate Mara Cozy in Max Mara

    MILAN—Shape and color engaged designers on the second day of Milan Fashion Week of womenswear previews for next autumn and winter, featuring shows by Fendi,... Read more

  • Fashion journalist and don’t like it? Tough. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    If You Think Newspapers Are Losing Their Credibility, Take a Look at Fashion Magazines

    Peter Oborne’s dramatic exit from his role as chief political commentator of The Telegraph has sharpened the focus on editorial credibility. While his resignation and... Read more

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  • Shoppers watch a Chinese Lion Dance performance to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at the Bloomingdale’s flagship store on Lexington Avenue in New York City on Feb. 19, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

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  • Eva Radke, founder of Film Biz Recycling, in her prop shop and drop-off center in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 30, 2014. The non-profit has reduced hundreds of tons of waste in New York City since 2008. Props, furniture, and wardrobe items donated from local film, television, and theater sets are given to charities, recycled, and sold for discount at Film Biz Recycling in Gowanus. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

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  • In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, Pakistani students gather around Humaira Bachal, the founder of a charity school as she teaches them in a classroom in Karachi, Pakistan. At the age of 13, Bachal began teaching other girls what she learned in school. Those classes at home between friends grew into her life’s work: Bringing education to children in the working-class Muwach Goth neighborhood on the outskirts of Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, where families often keep their girls out of school and where even boys struggle to get decent learning. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    Ideals May Play Role in Knowledge Formation

    What changes mere belief into knowledge? Knowledge requires reasons, right? And we should have reasons for our reasons. Right? That’s a popular building block view... Read more

  • Take note: how does a typing on a laptop stack up to handwriting? (Francisco Osorio, CC-BY)

    Remember This: You Can Still Think Deeply in the Digital Age

    Two people walk into a seminar: one takes photos, video and an audio recording of the presentation, while the other takes hand-written notes. Which person... Read more

  • Should others follow the lead of the country with the oldest university in Europe? (Jan Beckendorf, CC BY-SA)

    How Germany Managed to Abolish University Tuition Fees

    If Germany has done it, why can’t we? That’s the question being asked by many students around the world in countries that charge tuition fees... Read more

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    US Student Loan Problem and How We Got Here

    The US student loan system is unique in age, size, and scope. Since 1958, the US has had some form of federally sponsored student loan... Read more

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    School Design Through the Decades

    In the decades after the Industrial Revolution, educational reformers led the effort to modernise schools and classroom spaces, and the ubiquitous one-room schoolhouse gradually gave... Read more

  • Students at the High School of Fashion Industries on Feb. 7, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    What’s Wrong With Our Schools? Troubled Path to College

    This is the third part of a series exploring the decades long national reform of public education, and will attempt to answer the question of whether Common... Read more

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    College Prices Continue to Creep Up

    WASHINGTON—Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average cost of attending college crept up again this year, the College Board said Thursday. The... Read more

  • Members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra play while the Detroit Pistons are introduced for an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson

    Detroit Symphony Launches 1St Educational Webcast

    DETROIT—The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has taken a simultaneous tour of more than 400 schools in its hometown and beyond, but the road-trip is a virtual... Read more

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    How to Make Teaching Great

    An article we wrote last week for The Conversation on Seven “great” teaching methods not backed up by evidence prompted a large amount of comment... Read more

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    Five Science ‘Facts’ We Learnt at School That Are Plain Wrong

    Let’s start with a quiz… How many senses do you have? Which of the following are magnetic: a tomato, you, paperclips? What are the primary... Read more

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    We Know Yellow Snow Is Bad, but Is It OK to Eat White Snow?

    Have you ever made ice cream out of snow? If you have, then you know that it has a unique indescribable flavor unlike the ice... Read more

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    How to Clean Your Home Without Harmful Chemicals (Video)

    Did you know that some of the most dangerous chemicals that you’re exposed to every single day are found in your own home? They can... Read more

  • Thomas Ugo Ermacora at the Limewharf Adhocracy Exhibition. ( Jana Chiellino)

    Recoding Places: A Social Entrepreneur’s Concept for Regenerating Cities

    As he peered through the tiny box in the center of my computer screen smiling boyishly, wondering if I could see him on my end... Read more

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    Infographic: How to Reduce Your Household’s Carbon Footprint

    The effort to limit greenhouse gas emissions starts at home. Carbon dioxide accounts for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions, and electricity makes up the largest portion of CO2 emissions. This means... Read more

  • A blue tit sits on a bird table in a garden in Sieversdorf, eastern Germany, on January 11, 2015. (Patrick Pleul/AFP/Getty Images)

    Birds: A Gardener’s Best Pest Control

    Birds have been a gardener’s (and a farmer’s) best pest control since humans first planted crops. As a geek who searches out old gardening books, it’s... Read more

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    Valentine’s Day and Green Chocolate

    I love chocolate, you love chocolate, everybody loves chocolate. Well, maybe not everybody, but I sure don’t know too many people who would turn their... Read more

  • A bull dozer moves rubbish at the Shelford Landfill, Recycling & Composting Centre on August 23, 2007 near Canterbury, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

    Stop Wasting Food!

    We have all done it many times, thrown perfectly good food into the trash. You might think this is not a big issue, just an... Read more

  • Garden Activists Plant On Small Plot To Provide Free Food To Needy

    How to Start Garden Seeds Indoors – Basic Technique

    I can’t tell you how excited I am to start garden seeds indoors while there’s still a blanket of snow on the ground. Watching seeds germinate and seedlings... Read more

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    Going Green With 17 Organic Beauty Brands

    Let’s face it–most organic beauty products we read about in English language magazines are from America or the UK. Whether it’s Josie Maran, Green People... Read more

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    How To Build a Keyhole Garden

    Living in an arid climate or an area plagued by drought can make traditional gardening nearly impossible. But with a sustainable gardening technique called keyhole gardening, used... Read more

  • The top of a young Umbrella Pine peeks above 3 feet of snow in my flower garden. This was pretty much the scene all winter 2013-2014. (Courtesy of Todd Heft)

    Get Your Plants Ready for Another Tough Winter

    Curse you, Polar Vortex! The winter of 2013-2014 was a record for plant damage in my garden. Frost heave appeared nearly everywhere, plants that typically... Read more

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    Countertop LED Grow Box Puts a Garden in Your Kitchen

    The latest entry into the indoor “smart” garden market features advanced LED lighting which mimics natural light patterns for faster growth cycles. The interest in... Read more

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    Jessica Alba: Why Eco Friendly Is the Future

    She’s passionate about protecting her kids from toxic chemicals–so much so that she and Brian Lee launched a company that produces household cleaners and children’s care... Read more

  • Aztec goddess of corn and popcorn. The approximately 80,000 year old snack. Learn how to make your own traditionally with Celtic sea salt or clarified butter based caramel.

    80.000 Year Old Celtic Popcorn Recipe

    This easy (potentially 80,000 year old) recipe for Celtic or caramelized popcorn will you save from microwave popcorn—a nasty modern concoction. Read on to discover... Read more

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    New Year, New Cleaning Routines

    It’s a new year, which means it’s time for a new routine. As the New Year kicks off, many of us try to prepare ourselves... Read more

  • Forest foods on display at the Forest Food and Ecology Festival on Dec.14, 2014, at Sri Aurobindo Society, New Delhi. Uncultivated forest foods are rich in micronutrients according to researchers and can help beat a nutrition crisis. (Venus Upadhayaya/Epoch Times)

    Forest Food of Indian Tribes Can Overcome Nutrition Crisis

    NEW DELHI—The World Health Organization estimates that more than 2 billion people in the world today suffer from micronutrient deficiencies, primarily in Asia and Africa... Read more

  • Garlic bulbs are displayed for sale at The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show on July 2, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

    Garlic: How To Plant, Grow, and Harvest

    If there is one plant-it-and-forget-it vegetable for your garden, it’s garlic. Garlic (Allium sativum) is easy to grow, has a high success rate, requires little maintenance, and... Read more

  • A sea otter feeds, April 6, 2004, near Valdez, Alaska. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    Threats to Southern Sea Otters Taking a Toll on Population Growth

    As this year’s Sea Otter Awareness Week kicked off at the end of September, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released its 2014 southern sea otter population report. Each year, scientists... Read more

  • A Mexican state-owned petroleum company Pemex's worker cleans the San Juan river after an oil spill caused by a clandestine taking in a pipeline in San Juan Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon state, Mexico, on August 23, 2014. (Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)

    Stopping A Pipeline Before It Starts

    Two weeks ago I attended a local Sierra Club meeting as follow up to the People’s Climate March.  The meeting covered a range of topics... Read more

  • Cuckoo pint. (Jennifer Boyer, CC BY-SA)

    Meet Five of the UK’s Most Poisonous Plants

    Serious poisoning by plants is very rare in the UK so the death of a gardener in Hampshire after brushing against a deadly flower was... Read more


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