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  • Books of French writer Patrick Modiano, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature, are displayed at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm, Sweden on Oct. 9. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Nobel Limelight: Literary Fame Wasn’t Always so Fleeting

    Every October, some unsuspecting writer gets a phone call from the secretary of the Nobel Prize committee. And overnight, an averagely respected author is turned... Read more

  • A residential complex in Bussy-Saint-Georges, in the Department 77, France. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)

    ‘Tour de France’ Quality of Life

    PARIS—In a recent study, INSEE, the French statistics office, has measured the quality of life of the French people regarding the territory in which they... Read more

  • A herd of bison roam on the Fort Peck Reservation near Poplar, Mont., on April 24, 2012. Native tribes from the US and Canada signed a treaty Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, establishing an inter-tribal alliance to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions of the animals once roamed. Leaders of 11 tribes from Montana and Alberta signed the pact during a daylong ceremony on Montana's Blackfeet Reservation, organizers said. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

    Bison and Elk Herds Thinning in North Dakota National Park

    MEDORA, N.D.—The National Park Service is thinning the bison and elk herds in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, to keep them at manageable levels. Crews in... Read more

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    Dirtbike Rell Dead? Twitter Users Tweet ‘RIP’ After Philly Shooting

    A Philadelphia man who went by the name “Dirtbike Rell” was apparently shot and killed this week, according to reports and Twitter accounts. Dirtbike Rell... Read more

  • Man Booker prize 2014 nominee Australian author Richard Flanagan holds his book 'The Narrow Road to the Deep North', during a photocall for the Man-Booker for fiction 2014 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. The prize will be awarded on Tuesday night in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Australian Richard Flanagan Wins Booker Fiction Prize

    LONDON—Australian writer Richard Flanagan won the Booker Prize on Tuesday with a visceral book about wartime brutality and its aftermath — a novel the head... Read more

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    Understanding Your FICO Credit Score

    The best way to understand how to build credit is to first understand how credit scores are composed. The score we will be using in... Read more

  • Protect Environmental workers move disposal barrels to a staging area outside the apartment of a healthcare worker who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan and tested positive for the disease, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

    Purdon Ebola Hoax: ‘Texas Town Quarantined After Family Of Five Test Positive For The Ebola Virus’ Report Totally Fake

    A report that says a family in the town of Purdon, Texas has got the Ebola virus and the town was quarantined is fake. It... Read more

  • Edible crabs are said to be the largest crabs in the UK, typically measuring about 6 or so inches in width. An arial image that is now garnering quite a bit of attention online depicts an absolutely massive crab that looks more like a monster. (AOL Screenshot)

    Could a Monster-Size Crab Spotted in UK be Real? (Video)

    The crabs human see or eat are usually only six or so inches across their shells. An aerial image taken in the UK captured a... Read more

  • The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a 401k/IRA-like savings plan for employees of the Federal government

    The Service Member’s Guide to the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

    The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is similar to a 401k or an IRA. It is a type of retirement plan that one contributes to during... Read more

  • The Facebook and WhatsApp app icons are displayed on an iPhone. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    ‘Woman Buried Alive, Funeral Goers Hear Screams From The Grave’ in Chicago is Fake

    An article saying a woman was “buried alive” at a Chicago funeral is a hoax. “A Chicago family was grieving the loss of their son,... Read more

  • ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27:  In this handout image provided by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, rapper Gucci Mane, real name Radric Davis, is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest for assault March 27, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Gucci Mane allegedly hit a fan over the head with a champagne bottle at an Atlanta nightclub March 16.  (Fulton County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)

    Gucci Mane has Ebola? ‘Mysteriously Diagnosed With Ebola in Prison’ Article Entirely Fake

    Gucci Mane, the Atlanta-based rapper, has not been diagnosed with Ebola while serving out his prison term. There’s a fake article going around from not-very-funny... Read more

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    Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent

    Book Review “No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent... Read more

  • Three six-month old Indian white tiger cubs are pictured with their mother Sameera (R) at their enclosure at the Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad on March 29, 2014. (Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

    India’s Tiger Protection Squad Ensures No Poaching

    “Tyger, tyger, burning bright,” wrote William Blake in his famed poem. And now it appears that thanks to a dedicated team belonging to the Special Tiger... Read more

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    Chevy Colorado Offers Capability, Luxury in a Small Wrapper

    Chevrolet saw an opportunity. While the compact truck market—a segment once larger than full-size trucks—was shrinking and falling behind current technology, GM had an excellent... Read more

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    2015 Lexus NX Compact Luxury Utility Turbo or Hybrid

    One of my favorite things when writing about new cars and trucks is having a chance to see new models before they come on the... Read more

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    I Enjoy Being a Girl

    I enjoy being a girl and I enjoy wearing men’s clothes. Lest you think there’s a contradiction here, let me explain. I have always believed... Read more

  • NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12:  Actor Jeff Bridges takes part in a press conference for the Weinstein Company's "The Giver"at JW Marriott Essex House on August 12, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

    ‘The Big Lebowski 2 Announced: Filming Begins January 2015′ is Fake; No Sequel in Works

    An article saying there’s going to be a “Big Lebowski 2″ by directors Ethan and Joel Coen is fake. The bogus report was published on... Read more

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    Does the Age of Online Education Herald the Death of Academics?

    In the mid-1980s as a further education lecturer I was mocked by some more traditional colleagues for using “lantern slides”, their term for the then... Read more

  • FILE - This May 21, 2013 file photo shows an iPhone in Washington with Twitter, Facebook, and other apps. Tired of that friend or relative who won't stop posting or tweeting political opinions? Online loudmouths may be annoying, but a new survey suggests they are in the minority. In a report released Tuesday, the Pew Research Center found that most people who regularly use social media sites were actually less likely to share their opinions, even offline.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

    14-Year-old Girl ‘Pregnant with Baby Jesus’? Amanda Peters ‘Retraction and Apology’ is a Hoax

    An article claiming that a 14-year-old girl, Amanda Peters, has claimed to be the mother of “baby Jesus” is fake. “That’s when Amanda’s mother begged... Read more

  • PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 23:  Anti-same sex marriage activists of the anti-gay marriage movement 'la Manif pour Tous' protest during a demonstration, a few hours after the French Parliament adopted gay marriage law at the Assemblee Nationale on April 23, 2013 in Paris, France. The bill was approved by a vote in Parliament of 331 to 225. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/ Getty Images)

    French Gov’t Affirms Its Prohibition of Gestational Surrogacy

    PARIS–The French “La Manif pour tous” (Protest for All) movement has gathered 100,000 participants in Paris and Bordeaux on 6 October 2014. This movement, established... Read more

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    Beloved New York Philanthropist Joan Davidson, a Champion of the Illustrated Book

    NEW YORK—Books neatly stacked on a long table, a chest of drawers, on the floor, or standing in formation on a wooden bench hold an expectant presence in the... Read more

  • "If we're fixated on seeing that blockbuster film or purchasing those fresh strawberries, we're more likely to see others wanting to do the same," says Janet Ahn. "These assumptions may unnecessarily spur a competitive spirit and, with it, more aggressive behavior."  (Massonstock/iStock)

    We Project Our Goals Onto Other People

    The more committed we are to achieving a goal—catching a train, buying a movie ticket, getting groceries—the more likely we are to assume others have... Read more

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, Wallis Brozman sits with her service dog, Caspin, outside a shopping mall in Santa Rosa, Calif.  (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

    Don’t Let the Slobber Fool You, Your Dog Could Be a Brainiac

    LOS ANGELES —When her muscles locked and left her unable to move or speak, Wallis Brozman was glad she had a genius for a service... Read more

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    Beauty in the Beast? No. but Chefs Say Maybe in the Veg

    April Bloomfield is a wizard with a pig’s ear and a lover of kidneys, trotters and all the so-called “nasty bits” that animals have to... Read more

  • Irene "Smokie" McGhee, a woman who had been sleeping on the streets in a South Los Angeles neighborhood, listens to music on the doorway of her newly built tiny home Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Building Tiny Houses Into Big Help for Los Angeles’ Homeless

    LOS ANGELES — Shortly after Elvis Summers befriended Irene McGhee, he learned she was sleeping on the streets of South Los Angeles. So the man... Read more

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    Canadian Woman Gives Birth Over Pacific Ocean. What Are the Rules?

    It sounds like the start of a joke but a Canadian woman gave birth over the Pacific Ocean while en route from Calgary to Tokyo. The 23-year-old mom went into... Read more

  • The global impact of increased air conditioning heats up even further when population is factored in. (Art-Of-Photo/iStock)

    Global A.C. Use to Spike as Incomes Rise

    As incomes rise around the world, people get to live more comfortably, which includes being able to afford air conditioning. Staying cool is good, but... Read more

  • "So when I think in a more granular way—when I use days rather than years—it makes me feel like the future is closer," says Daphna Oyserman. "If you see it as 'today' rather than on your calendar for sometime in the future, you're not going to put it off."

    Think Days, Not Years, to Fight Procrastination

    To fight procrastination, researchers offer a simple trick: Think of the future as now. “The simplified message that we learned in these studies is if... Read more

  • Meditation is a way to observe all of yourself in a compassionate, non-judgmental way. (Illya Vinogradov/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Focus on Caring May Tether Drifting Minds

    Compassion meditation be a way to focus a wandering mind, new research shows. Compassion meditation focuses on benevolent thoughts toward oneself and others, as the researchers... Read more

  • "Understanding the mental perspectives of others is important both for making friends in the early school years and in maintaining friendships as children grow older," says Virginia Slaughter. (古 天熱/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Popular Little Kids Can ‘Read Minds’

    Children who are sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others are more popular on the playground, report researchers. Published in the journal Child Development,... Read more

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    How the Language You Speak Changes Your View of the World

    Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view... Read more

  • This March 28, 2015 photo provided by Kathty Lovetere shows Kaitlin McCarthy and Matty Marcone, students at Canton High School in Canton, Mass., at the school’s junior prom. (Kathy Lovetere via AP)

    For Some, Prom Is a Platform for Good Deeds, Social Change

    NEW YORK—Proms have traditionally been a night of glamour and romance, complete with backstage drama over dates and dresses. But prom culture is changing. Some... Read more

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    Are Cyberbullies Victims as Well?

    Cyberbullying or online harassment often stems from the misuse of social networking sites, and is now recognized as a serious public health issue. Victims of... Read more

  • Record clerk Josh Kelly wipes a dust speck from a used LP record as he put it in a sales bin at Vintage Vinyl Records Tuesday, in Fords, N.J., on April 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Back on Record – the Reasons Behind Vinyl’s Unlikely Comeback

    In a music buying industry now dominated by iTunes and music streaming sites such as Spotify, Napster, Pandora and Jay-Z’s recently released Tidal, the CD... Read more

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    Veggies Take Center Plate as Healthy Fast-Food Chains Expand

    MIAMI— They want it fresh. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And most importantly, they don’t want it to taste like it’s good... Read more

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    With Spring Comes Sunshine, Flowers and Billions in Insurance Risks

    Spring is the season of showers and flowers and the welcome return of warm weather. It’s also the season of one of the biggest weather... Read more

  • A traveler walks past a newly-opened TSA Pre-check application center at LaGuardia Airport on January 27, 2014 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Firms Offer High-Tech Solutions to Help Airports Seal Perimeters

    Technology firms increasingly pitch new sensors and software to U.S. airports as a way to bolster exterior security and keep intruders out, but such digital... Read more

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    Who Are These Old People at My Class Reunion?

    In science there is a concept called the “survivorship bias.” It refers to the logical error of concentrating on the people or things that “survived”... Read more

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    Perfumer Thomas Fontaine, on His Nose and Jean Patou’s Legacy

    Atlas, the titan of Greek mythology, carried the celestial spheres on his shoulders. Thomas Fontaine, in-house perfumer at the house of Jean Patou carries the... Read more

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    ‘InterNations’ Introduces New Social Media Platform

    “InterNations” the expat social networking organisation is going from strength to strength. Just 1-year after clocking up its 1-millionth member it pushed membership up by... Read more

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    Is CrossFit Safe?

    CrossFit, created by Greg Glassman, is an intense strength and conditioning program involving perpetually changing and challenging intervals of aerobics, body weight exercises, gymnastics, and... Read more

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    The Nordic Diet: An Evidence-Based Review

    The latest “diet” to appear in the media is called the Nordic diet. Proponents of this diet claim that you can improve your health by... Read more

  • A strong grip could indicate a longer life. (Antonprado/iStock)

    Grip Strength a Strong Indicator for Heart Health

    For mountain climbers and weight lifters, a strong grip is critical for success. For everyone else, grip strength may be a reliable risk indicator for... Read more

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    Could a Hug a Day Keep Infection Away?

    Infants deprived of touch typically experience developmental delays. Their growth is often impaired, as is their cognitive development. Rates of serious infections and attachment disorders... Read more

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    Is Depression a Symptom of Parkinson’s Disease?

    The link between Parkinson’s disease and depression is well-established. Many Parkinson’s patients also suffer from clinical depression, and most people diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease... Read more

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    In Sickness and in Health: How Marriage Helps Cancer Patients

    A growing body of research evidence shows being married greatly increases patients’ chances of being cured of cancer. But while there’s a clear link between... Read more

  • No other plant alive today has a leaf like a ginkgo tree. (toto8888/iStock)

    Ginkgo: Ancient Tree of Longevity

    Few plants have as fascinating or as long a history as the ginkgo tree. Ginkgo is old. Really old. It comes from the time of... Read more

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    44 Healthy Low-Carb Foods That Taste Incredible

    Cutting carbs can have impressive benefits. It has been shown to cause a significant reduction in hunger levels. This tends to lead to “automatic” weight loss,... Read more

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    What Happens to Your Body by Skipping the Gym?

    Most exercisers skip a workout occasionally. You may be traveling, fall ill, or have an unusually heavy work deadline that keeps you from the gym... Read more

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    The Extinction of Fruits and Vegetables in 80 Years

    Seeds represent the foundation of life. We depend on them for food, for medicine and for our very survival. In many ways, you can trace... Read more

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    Tone Your Waistline Without Crunches

    You cannot get rid of belly fat by exercising your belly muscles. Forty overweight women were given either a weight-reduction diet or the same diet... Read more

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    Science: Grass-Fed Butter Eaters Have Fewer Heart Attacks

    Butter is one of the healthiest fats on the planet. It’s not just a big pile of yellow-colored fat, there are many important nutrients in... Read more

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    7 Biggest Skincare Myths

    Everyone wants good skin — and there’s plenty of advice out there about how to make that happen. But, not all of that advice is... Read more

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    7 Slimming Superfoods

    Cutting out grains and sugar (particularly fructose), is a crucial step if you want to normalize your weight, but paying attention to what you replace... Read more

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    Spinach, a Nutritionally Dense Food

    By Michael Edwards, Organic Lifestyle Magazine Spinach is one of the greatest super foods. It is a rich source of vitamins A, B2, B6, C, E and... Read more

  • Ash column from the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980 from the southwest. Mount Adams is in the background. (USGS)

    Mount St Helens Eruption, Exactly What Happened 35 Years Ago (Photos, Video)

    The violent eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980 was not a one day event. For two months magma had been accumulating below the volcano,... Read more

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    Can Exercise Change Our DNA?

    By Pano Savvidis, Organic Lifestyle Magazine We all know that exercise is good for our bodies. We’ve known it from our earliest school days when we were... Read more

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    Essential Oil Safety

    Essential oils are natural chemicals extracted from plants. If used properly, they are very safe. Used incorrectly, essential oils have been known to cause skin... Read more

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    Small Changes in Food Choices Can Make a Big Difference (Video)

    As this TEDxManhattan presentation from nutritionist Stefanie Sacks shows, even small changes in food choices can make a big difference in our everyday lives. While it may feel overwhelming... Read more

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    Ebola Isn’t Going to Spread Through the Air

    During the peak of the Ebola epidemic last fall a frightening new possibility surfaced: Could a specific mutation allow the disease to spread through the... Read more

  • This photo provided by Spoonflower shows U.K.-based artist Alex Morgan’s Chair Pod that does a kicky repeat of a 70s-esque lounge chair in hot orange, black and gray. The prints come in an array of fabrics including cotton, silk crepe and even faux suede. (Spoonflower via AP)

    Right at Home: Textiles Bring Midcentury Modern-Style Home

    Have you discovered midcentury modern-style and gone hunting for a great piece of furniture from the era? Vintage pieces are pricey and even well-made reproductions... Read more

  • This photo provided by Naples Botanical Garden shows kokedama in the Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Fla. Outdoors, kokedama shouldn't be in direct sun where they will dry out, and if you live in a cold climate they'll need to come indoors for the winter.  (Renee Waller/Naples Botanical Garden via AP)

    Kokedama: Japanese Moss Balls an Easy Alternative to Bonsai

    Kokedama is sometimes called “poor man’s bonsai,” and the two do share some features: They’re both small displays of plants and moss. But “lazy person’s... Read more

  • A trip to the hardware store's paint department can save you time and money when it comes to dressing and clothes shopping. (leaf/iStockphoto)

    Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe? How Paint Swatches Can Help

    We can all recite the mantra of closet-cleaning by now: Toss unrepairable items, give away or sell wearable items that don’t fit your style, and... Read more

  • This Thursday, April 23, 2015 photo provided by The New York Botanical Garden shows antiques from More and More Antiques on display at the Antique Garden Furniture Fair at The New York Botanical Garden held on April 24 - 26, 2015, in Bronx, New York. (Ivo M. Vermeulen/The New York Botanical Garden via AP)

    Garden Antiques Can Add Depth, Flair to Any Garden

    NEW YORK—In a leafy corner of the Bronx, water bubbles gently in an enormous, cornflower-blue ceramic fish pond from China, home to meandering goldfish. A... Read more

  • The easiest way to have a low-maintenance backyard is to put a stone patio from fence to fence. (

    Pro Landscaping Secrets to a Low-Maintenance Backyard

    Now is the perfect time to start thinking about your landscaping. The weather is nice, summer BBQs are right around the corner, and your property... Read more

  • One of the most exciting aspects of building an outdoor kitchen is actually designing and furnishing it. (

    Your Backyard Isn’t Complete Without an Outdoor Kitchen

    Your backyard is finally ready to be used. With the warm weather and get-togethers to be enjoyed, who wants to be cooped up in the... Read more

  • Pick out colours from your garden or patio stone and buy throw pillows in similar colours to go with your patio furniture. (

    Transform Your Backyard With These Fun Ideas

    Now that the warmer weather has arrived, there’s no reason to stay cooped up inside the house. That is, unless your backyard isn’t ready for... Read more

  • Top of the list to freshen up your home is to clean the windows. (

    Make Spring Cleaning a Breeze With This Handy Guide

    With longer days and warmer temperatures comes the annual ritual of spring cleaning. In addition to stowing away snow shovels and winter gear, homeowners can... Read more

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    Spring Trimmings to Make Your Kitchen a Vibrant and Welcoming Space

    These spring-fresh ideas are not costly or time-consuming, however small your budget or crowded your schedule. But yes, they are priceless in the simple joy... Read more

  • There are plenty of little gadgets on the market now that allow you to save energy, water, money, and ultimately a little bit of the planet, too. (photo:

    10 Energy and Water Saving Gadgets for Your Home

    Get smart this Earth Day (and every day) by making your home smarter! There are plenty of little gadgets on the market now that allow... Read more

  • A prize-winning Phalaenopsis (moth orchid) at the Ottawa Orchid Show on April 18, 2015.

    Lasting Beauty: Why We Love Orchids

    When it comes to beautifying the home, cut flowers and flowering plants are an easy option. Orchids are fairly low maintenance and produce attractive sprays... Read more

  • Sesigner Nao Tamura walks past her installations at the Milan Furniture Fair, in Milan, Italy, April 14, 2015.  A Memphis Group revival permeated this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, and it wasn’t just the appearance of acid colors and fanciful squiggles that helped characterize the 1980s post-futuristic design movement launched here, but a pervasive search for clarity. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Memphis Group Revival Permeates Milan Furniture Fair

    MILAN—The Memphis Group, a postmodern design movement that launched at the Milan Furniture Fair in 1981, was back to permeate this year’s fair, not just... Read more

  • Poorer boys are especially vulnerable when growing up in close proximity to wealth. (Danny Lyon/National Archives)

    Poor Doors Highlight Social Costs of Growing Up in the Shadow of Wealth

    One of New York City’s newest luxury apartment buildings recently started accepting applications for low-income renters who will use a controversial “poor door” – a... Read more

  • Workers install solar panels on the roof of a home in California

    What You Need to Know Before Getting Solar Panels

    Solar panels are a green tech success story. Visit the south of England, Germany or Italy and almost every other home will be adorned with... Read more

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    With Spring Comes Sunshine, Flowers and Billions in Insurance Risks

    Spring is the season of showers and flowers and the welcome return of warm weather. It’s also the season of one of the biggest weather... Read more

  • dated photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn and, the designer Flynn used high-end performance fabrics in pastel tones to create this lounge he describes as 'rock and roll pastels' due to the mix of light colors with edgy accents and retro elements. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn, Sarah Dorio/

    Ask a Designer: Decorating With Spring Pastels

    After a long winter, the pastel colors of spring look pretty appealing right now. Cheerful pastel pinks, yellows, greens, and blues can seriously brighten up... Read more

  • Brightly coloured matching lamps add a touch of pizzazz. (BPT)

    6 Design Trends to Heighten Your Home’s Style

    With spring almost here, it’s a good time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life—and the home is no exception. Say goodbye... Read more

  • Craftspeople combined skills to create an English country kitchen in this Tudor-style home. (Brandon Barre)

    Designing an English Country-Style Kitchen

    With two of her three adult children still at home, Linda Gill, an executive assistant to a publisher, and her banker husband, needed to optimize... Read more

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    Choosing a Front Door: What You Need To Know

    Choosing the right front door is an essential aspect of any home renovation or improvement project. After all, it’s the first thing people are going... Read more

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    Protect Your Home While on Vacation

    Going on a vacation is loads of fun—you can recuperate your mind and body and have interesting experiences abroad. But being away for any period... Read more

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    Ballet Attendance Down, but Tulle Skirts Still Hot as Ever

    Ballet attendance is on the decline, but the “ballerina dream” looks to be alive and well. According to Google’s Spring 2015 Fashion Trends report, the... Read more

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    The Met’s Chinese Fashion Exhibit Neglects 94 Percent of Chinese Fashion

    The Metropolitan Museum’s new gargantuan fashion exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass, has its fair share of glamour-struck gawkers as well as apologists. It’s clear... Read more

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    Visit a European-Style Perfume Farm Without Leaving the States

    Nowadays, many manufacturers are creating synthetic perfumes to compete in the mega-profit global fragrance market, currently valued at $39.4 billion. Many celebrities add their famous... Read more

  • From left, director Yorgos Lanthimos, poses alongside actors Rachel Weisz, and Colin Farrell as they arrive for the screening of the film The Lobster at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Cannes Trend: It’s All Eyes on Shoulders on Red Carpet

    CANNES—It’s all eyes on shoulders at the Cannes Film Festival, with red-carpet stars ditching the bust in favor of accentuating the upper torso and shoulders—through... Read more

  • A collection of tennis shoes are displayed during an exhibition "Game, Set, and Fashion" at the Tennis museum of the Roland Garros Stadium, in Paris, France, Friday May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    It’s a Winner: When Tennis and Fashion Collide in Paris

    PARIS—Well before Andre Agassi caused a stir with his stone-washed denim shorts at the French Open, the clay courts at Roland Garros were a sporting... Read more

  • Britain's Queen Elizabeth II braves blustery conditions at the annual Chelsea Flower show in London, 22 May 2006. The rain held off for the 84th Royal Horticultural Society show in London, but the weather was windy. (Ian Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

    A Scarf Can Mean Many Things – but Above All, Prestige

    When International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde goes to the G8 summit in June, she may well be wearing a scarf – a fashion... Read more

  • A trip to the hardware store's paint department can save you time and money when it comes to dressing and clothes shopping. (leaf/iStockphoto)

    Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe? How Paint Swatches Can Help

    We can all recite the mantra of closet-cleaning by now: Toss unrepairable items, give away or sell wearable items that don’t fit your style, and... Read more

  • In this photo taken Wednesday, April 15, 2015, sales manager Alysa Stefani demonstrates the Memory Mirror at the Neiman Marcus store in San Francisco's Union Square.

    Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Smart Mirrors Boost Sales

    NEW YORK—Imagine a fitting room with a “smart” mirror that suggests jeans to go with the red shirt you brought in. It snaps a video... Read more

  • Ibra wa Khayt  is all about female empowerment. The label, whose name means “Needle and Thread” was founded by friends Weeam Hammoudeh and Tamara Reem. - See more at: (photo: Ibra wa Khayt)

    Palestinian Fashion Fights Back

    Living in one of the world’s most oppressed nations is tough. For several decades now, Palestinian land, culture and style have all been under grave... Read more

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    How to Spring Clean Your Wardrobe

    How to Spring Clean Your Wardrobe   A spring clean means a full clean, and as we enter a new season, that means your wardrobe... Read more

  • Head tailor Roberto Silva at the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 23, 2015. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

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    Imagine someone telling you that a new technology would be available in five years that has the potential to revolutionize childhood and early education. But... Read more

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    What Can the US Learn From South Korea’s Testing Pressures?

    South Korea is often upheld as a model of educational success by policymakers and commentators in the United States. This is not without reason. Korean... Read more

  • A mother shows her son around the grounds of a school in Vancouver in preparation for his first day in kindergarten, Aug. 20, 2013. A burgeoning teacher-led movement that rejects unproven education education trends is quickly growing, and some educators say a change in how education is delivered in Canada is long overdue. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

    Do Canada’s Schools Need a ‘Quiet Revolution’?

    A grassroots teacher-led movement that has taken hold in the United Kingdom is spreading around the world and last weekend landed in North America. Its... Read more

  • "In many situations, when we allow our bodies to become part of the learning process, we understand better," says Sian Beilock. (COD Newsroom/flickr/CC BY 2.0)

    Quiz Scores Go up When Students Feel Physics

    Students who physically experience scientific concepts understand them more deeply and score better on science tests, according to a new study. Brain scans showed that... Read more

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    Cheap Online ‘Pep Talks’ Can Boost Students

    Brief online interventions that instill a “growth mindset” and a sense of purpose can improve learning, especially for struggling students. These interventions could potentially reach... Read more

  • "If you are uncertain, or lack evidence, about whether a particular outcome was caused by a preceding event, you are more likely to quickly associate them together," says Sang Wan Lee. (CollegeDegrees360/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Rapid Learning Is More Likely If We’re Uncertain

    Most of the time, we learn gradually. But every once in awhile, something happens and we immediately learn to associate a stimulus with a result... Read more

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    5 Things to Know If You’re Attending a College Graduation

    NEW YORK—Is someone in your family graduating from college this year? If so, here are a few things to keep in mind that might preserve... Read more

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    Kids Pay More Attention on Their Feet

    A new study finds that students with standing desks pay more attention than their seated counterparts. In fact, preliminary results show 12 percent greater on-task... Read more

  • Second-generation immigrant students have a unique advantage. (Riccardo Piccinini / Shutterstock)

    Second-Generation Immigrant Kids Have an Edge in Academics

    A recent study reveals that second-generation immigrant students perform better in academics than the first-generation and even third-generation immigrant students. Second generation immigrant students were... Read more

  • Guenevere in May, Malory’s Le Morte D'Arthur, abridged ed. Alfred W. Pollard, illustrations by Arthur Rackham, 1917. (Bangor University Library Rare Book Collection, Author provided)

    Spotted: King Arthur’s Latest Incarnation Back Home in Wales

    King Arthur is back at his mythical home – Wales. Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur is currently being filmed in Snowdonia, starring... Read more

  • Engaging students in greater collaboration, and instilling initiative in curation and the promotion of information leads to truly independent learning. (Alexander Saprykin/CC BY)

    Why Teaching Is Still the Best Job in the World

    Sometimes, good teachers quit. Teaching is an increasingly demanding job with divergent influences, dynamic sources of innovation, and aging dogma that makes it all a struggle... Read more

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    This Two-Minute Video Will Change the Way You Bathe

    Forget all those advertising promises of glowing, blemish-free skin or sparkling-white teeth. If you’re still using personal care products that contain microbeads, you’re washing your face or brushing your... Read more

  • CHOC Chick starter kits come with everything you need to make your own healthy raw chocolates.

    Love Chocolate? Make Chocolate!

    I really do love chocolate! Chocolate has always been a big part of my life and some of my earliest childhood memories are of making... Read more

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    The Things You Can Do With Lemon Peels and Juice

    In the US, lemons have been grown since the 16th century in Florida, after being brought to the New World by Christopher Columbus. With their high vitamin... Read more

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    Repel Mosquitoes by Cultivating Marigolds

    By Joel Edwards, Organic Lifestyle Magazine Marigolds are beautiful, strong smelling herbaceous flowers that are widely grown throughout the world. Most people grow marigolds for... Read more

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    A Beautiful Portrait of Permaculture’s Potential (Video)

    I’ve been an informal student of permaculture for the last 5 years or so, and have been trying to apply permaculture principles to both my... Read more

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    22 Surprising Uses for Lemons

    Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits out there. And no, we’re not just talking about in cooking! Lemon juice is an acid, a... Read more

  • Carrots at Union Square Market in New York, NY, on Oct. 1, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Grow Bigger, Better Carrots: Soil Prep, Planting & Harvesting

    If you live anywhere in North America with hard clay soil, you may have given up growing carrots in your garden. The tops may have grown... Read more

  • A pedestrian walks by an H&M window display on Dec. 14, 2010 in San Francisco, California.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    No One Wants to Admit It: Sustainable Clothing Means Sacrifice

    Earth Day, April 22, is followed in quick succession by Fashion Revolution Day, April 24, which marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza clothing factory... Read more

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    What’s the Difference Between Natural and Organic Beauty Products?

    More and more women are learning that their cosmetics and skincare products may be full of hormone-disrupting, skin-irritating, health-ruining chemicals, many of which have been been linked to... Read more

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    The Low Carb Collection by Reformation

    Like any Californian cool girls, the women behind the eco-friendly fashion brand Reformation count their carbs religiously. But not the kinds of carbs you’d imagine. These freewheelin’... Read more

  • Cooking coach Chef Charles Hill poses for a picture as he holds a Canadian certified organic farm-raised King Salmon at the Wegmans, Friday, April 10, 2015 in Fairfax, Va. Organic fish is certified in the EU and Canada because the US doesn’t have any standard. After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don't expect it in the grocery store anytime soon. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Standards for Organic Seafood Coming This Year, USDA Says

    WASHINGTON—After more than a decade of delays, the government is moving toward allowing the sale of U.S.-raised organic fish and shellfish. But don’t expect it in... Read more

  • BAODING, CHINA - DECEMBER 4: A Technician from Yingli Solar checks a solar panel in the final stage of production at the company's headquarters on December 4, 2014 in Baoding, Hebei Province. China is the largest energy consumer in the world with the main source of its electricity generated by coal, but in moves to reduce carbon emissions China is also setting records for installing solar panels and generating solar power. (Photo by

    Apple Invests in China Solar Project, US Forest Conservation

    PALO ALTO, Calif.—Apple is expanding its environmental efforts by investing in a new Chinese solar power project and preserving 36,000 acres of “sustainable” timberland in... Read more

  • Heavy traffic clogs the 101 Freeway as people leave work for the Labor Day holiday in Los Angeles on August 29, 2014. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

    LA Plans to Be Clean and Green by 2050

    Los Angeles has plans to be rid of their infamous smog by 2050. The mayor of L.A., Eric Garcetti, will be releasing a first of... Read more

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    How to Spring Clean Your House Naturally

    As the clocks turned back recently, that means spring is finally here! And with this new season comes a desire by many for a fresh... Read more

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    15 Natural Easter Egg Dyes

    With Easter fast approaching I have been thinking about how to dye our eggs this year and did some research. If you want to “go... Read more

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    Gardening’s New Ethos: Help the Planet (and Look Good Too) 

    From the biggest botanical gardens to the smallest backyard plots and terraces, there’s a movement underway to make gardens work harder for the environment. “It’s... Read more

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    3 Ways To Keep the Bathroom Free From Mold

    Mold—it comes in almost every color, and it is pesky, to say the least. It is typically caused by bacteria (that we all have growing in our... Read more

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    Fukushima Water: The New Energy Drink Is So Hot, It’s Radioactive

    A horrifying parody of energy drink commercials—and if it has your attention, well, that’s the whole point. As the Fukushima disaster fades from memory, most people don’t... Read more

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    Get a Head Start on Spring with These Garden Prep Tips (Infographic)

    The days are short, the ground is cold, and most vegetable gardens are dormant. But that’s no reason to neglect them. A little prep now... Read more

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    Keurig Coffee Share Grows, So Does Environmental Controversy

    LINCOLN, Calif.—One measure of how heated the environmental battle has become over coffee giant Keurig Green Mountain’s $5 billion-a-year, single-serve plastic pods is how often... Read more