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  • British infantry Tommys go forward to meet the German advance on the Western Front during the Great War, March 31, 1918, Easter. (AP Photo)

    World War I: In the Beginning… (+Photo Gallery)

    With the exquisite turn of phrase for which she was so highly regarded, Barbara Tuchman once likened the Austro-Hungarian declaration of war against Serbia of... Read more

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    Look Closer at These Tiny Pieces of Food, You’ll Be Blown Away by What You See (Photo Gallery)

    Hasan Kale paints landscapes of his native Istanbul on the most unlikely canvasses. Kale likes the challenge of painting on peanut husks, split almonds, banana... Read more

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    Parents Day 2014 Quotes: Messages to Thank Mom and Dad

    Parents Day is on July 27. It’s a day to celebrate both mothers and fathers. Then-President Bill Clinton signed a resolution in 1994 that was... Read more

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    Reinventing Entertainment for a Digital Generation

    Children’s entertainment is in a mess. This is in no small part due to recent revelations about just what was happening when the stars of... Read more

  • Don’t Assume

    A friend and I were recently discussing a situation during which I made an assumption. My friend promptly corrected me and commented that most of... Read more

  • (From left) Nicky, Annie, Suzanne, and Charlie Wind pose with the book series, “The SMART Playbook,” at their home in Cos Cob, Conn. The series, written mostly by Suzanne with help from her children, is made up of five workbooks that teach children manners and social etiquette in the digital age. July 21 (AP Photo/Stamford Advocate, Jason Rearick)

    Greenwich Mom Writes Kids Book on Manners

    GREENWICH, Conn.—Suzanne Wind wanted to school her three children in the good, old-fashioned art of manners. It’s not that they were particularly ill-mannered. But growing... Read more

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    Stunning Views of Earth From Above Show Surprising Patterns (Photo Gallery)

    Daily Overview is a project that aims to help change how we see Earth. It shows at least one satellite image a day from shows many... Read more

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    Tests Used to Select People Who Make Good Doctors Could Work for Teachers Too

    Television documentaries such as Tough Young Teachers and Educating Yorkshire have shown how a teacher’s “soft skills” are key for success in the classroom –... Read more

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    Viking Chess: A Simple Outdoor Family Game With Interesting History

    Legend has it that “viking chess,” or Kubb (Swedish for wooden blocks), is a 1,000-year-old game originally played with leftover firewood bits or the bones... Read more

  • Sunset view of Korean old buildings. Anapji Pond in Gyeongju, South Korea. (Shutterstock*)

    Going for Korean Food? Learn Korean Dining Etiquette

    Dining is a very important part of Korean culture, as it is with many, as it is an essential social activity. Since Korea has been... Read more

  • A view from Victoria Peak, a mountain in the western half of Hong Kong Island. (CoolBieRe)

    You’ll Be Mesmerized by Vibrant Colors of the Night in Cities That Never Sleep (Photo Gallery)

    A photographer who goes by the name CoolBieRe brings the ethereal qualities out of his subjects with artful editing.   On his Facebook page, he shows... Read more

  • Researchers in Norway have identified six warning signs for Facebook Addiction. (AOL Screenshot)

    7 Facts That Make You Delete Facebook (Video)

    Researchers in Norway have identified six warning signs for Facebook Addiction. Yes, Facebook Addiction is a real thing.…... Read more

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    Childhood Friendships Crucial in Learning to Value Others

    Friends play an extremely important role in a person’s life. From infancy on, we have a desire to connect and those early relationships help to... Read more

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    In Conversation With Harold Varmus, Nobel-Prize Winning Cancer Researcher

    Alok Jha talks to Harold Varmus, Nobel Prize-winning cancer researcher and current Director of the US National Cancer Institute. The night before Harold Varmus received... Read more

  • Teen Craft Nights Boost Creativity, Family Ties

    A few months ago, I launched a diabolical plan to entice my teenage daughters to spend more time with me, and to semi-shelter them from... Read more

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    YouTube’s Top 5 Most Hated Music Videos

    Music is very subjective. The artist you love could be intensely hated by someone else. But because we tend to not watch videos of artists... Read more

  • Gregg Segal exposes American Consumerism in his 7 Days of Garbage photo project

    Photographer Gregg Segal: The King of Garbage Exposure

    Californian photographer Gregg Segal thinks you use too much stuff. Or rather, he thinks we all do, and our hyper consumerism is leading to a rubbish... Read more

  • Parabens and SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) are present in most shampoos and may cause serious health hazards. Find out why.

    Top 5 SLS-Free Organic Shampoos For Healthy Looking Hair

    SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) is Bad for Your hair— Here is Why  While we often worry about what goes in our cosmetics and skincare, we... Read more

  • Arissa Cooper programs in a Lego Robotics class put on by Geek Squad Academy at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Trent Nelson)

    Utah Tech Camps: Where the Girls Aren’t

    SALT LAKE CITY—A clunky Lego robot slowly rolled along a path outlined with two strips of blue tape. But seconds after it began, Arissa Cooper... Read more

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    Do Animals Have ESP? Unexplained Stories Seem to Show Animal Clairvoyance

    Veterinarian Dr. Michael Fox has encountered many stories of dogs seeming to sense from a distance that their masters are in trouble and other such... Read more

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    Unforgettable 911 Calls: Women ‘Orders Pizza’ to Report Domestic Abuse and More

    Six months ago, a Reddit user whose account has since been deleted asked, “911 Operators, what is that 1 call that you could never forget?” Of... Read more

  • File image taken in late Nov. and provided by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of Britain’s Prince George as he poses for a photograph in a courtyard at Kensington Palace, London. The royal toddler was seen wearing a blue sweater decorated with soldiers of a Guards regiment in bearskin hats and red tunics in official holiday pictures released last weekend. (AP Photo/TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, File)

    Parents Flock to eBay for a Royal Sweater

    LONDON—Parents looking to dress their toddlers like Prince George for Christmas may be too late. The royal toddler was seen wearing a blue sweater decorated... Read more

  • Google Earth is a valuable resource for a number of activities, and among them is locating giant sea monsters. (AOL Screenshot)

    Google Earth May Have Discovered a Mystery Creature (Video)

    Google Earth is a valuable resource for a number of activities, and among them is locating giant sea monsters. The most recent creature causing a... Read more

  • Creativity is almost always viewed as an asset to individuals and organizations. But it can also lead to negative behaviors. (Kraigsta/Wikimedia Commons)

    The Dark Side of Creativity

    Creativity – the generation of novel and useful ideas, products, or solutions – is seen as a valuable trait for people and organizations to possess... Read more

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    8-Year-Old Boy Writes Book, Raises $1M For Best Friend

    [Transcript] Back in 2012, a then-6-year-old boy wrote a book to raise money for his best friend, who has a rare liver condition. Well, that... Read more

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    4-Year-Old Super Designer Lands Gig with J.Crew

    [Transcript] “J-crew is teaming up with a new designer for a summer 2015 collection. What makes her so special? Well to start, she’s only 4... Read more

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    San Diego Police Surprise Families with Early Christmas Gifts

    Some of Santa’s elves must be in law enforcement. Police in San Diego delivered gifts for the man in red to four very deserving families. ... Read more

  • Elizabeth (2nd L) and Grant Moyer (L) of Rye, N.Y., with sons Carter (2nd L) and Tyler in a family vacation photo they used for their 2014 holiday card taken while visiting Florence, Italy. (AP Photo/Flytographer, Alberto Sarrantonio)

    Putting Summer Vacation Photos on Christmas Cards

    Areti Bratsis has found that summer visitors to Cape Cod, Mass., often have more on their minds than going to the beach, eating seafood, and... Read more

  • The cover of the book, "Killer Heels, The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. (AP Photo/DelMonico Books- Prestel)

    ‘Killer Heels’ Looks at the History of High Heels

    “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” (DelMonico Books-Prestel), edited by Lisa Small Shakespeare mentions high heels in “Hamlet,” former New York Mayor Michael... Read more

  • Elio D’Anna, founder of the European School of Economics, speaks during the Vision And Reality Awards in New York City. (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for European School of Economics Foundation)

    Revolution of the Mind

    LONDON—A twist of fate left Elio D’Anna in solitude for three years, separated from friends, family and in a foreign country. During that time the... Read more

  • In this Dec. 3, 2013 photo, carting leaves to spread beneath trees and shrubs offers many benefits from a perspective of soil, plants, and — because weeds are suppressed — also gardeners in New Paltz, N.Y. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)

    Ignore Those Ugly Rumors About Mulch

    Rumor has it that mulching your garden beds or trees and shrubs could starve your plants. It’s a rumor that has circulated for the past... Read more

  • The petals of a flower found in Japan and China turn clear whenever they come in contact with water. (AOL Screenshot)

    ‘Skeleton Flower’ Becomes Transparent With Rain (Video)

    Nature never ceases to amaze with the beautiful things it has created. One of those is an incredibly unique plant known as “the skeleton flower.”... Read more

  • Father Francisco Garcia says when his daughter Mia was born the nurses were just as surprised as he was to see the number on the scale. His wife was expecting a 7-pound baby, but newborn Mia weighed in at 13 pounds, 13 ounces. (AOL Screenshot)

    Record-Setting 13-Pound Baby Girl a Big Surprise (Video)

    Many consider 13 an unlucky number — but not this proud papa! “[The mother is] like, ‘Come here, come here … come here, run’ I... Read more

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    Rubik’s Cube Trademark Puzzle Solved by EU Court

    The Rubik’s Cube has confounded millions of people, including myself since discovering it in my uncle’s house as a child. And now the iconic three-dimensional... Read more

  • In this photo taken with a smartphone camera on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, a shark, center, jumps out of the water near where several surfers are paddling on their boards at Coffs Harbour, Australia. An expert from James Cook University says it's possibly a spinner shark, which is common in the region and is known to jump from the water and is estimated at around 2 meters (7 feet) long. (AP Photo/Steph Bellamy) NO SALES

    Shark ‘photobombs’ Australian Surfing Competition

    CANBERRA, Australia— A jumping shark has “photobombed” a surfing competition off an Australian beach. Amateur photographer Steph Bellamy captured the image of the shark with... Read more

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    Toward More Precise Language

    I know I sound like a real fuddy duddy, but I get so annoyed at the way people speak today. The three most overused and... Read more

  • A client’s room that was de-cluttered by Marie Kondo in Japan. Kondo is the author of the book, “The Life: Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” published by Ten Speed Press. (AP Photo/Ten Speed Press)

    From Japan, the Joy of Minimalism at Home

    If you haven’t communed with your socks lately, thanked your shoes for their hard work, or bowed (at least mentally) to your home in appreciation,... Read more

  • We know different coloured plates can affect how food ‘tastes’ … and now we know that the same applies to coffee. (Pete, CC BY)

    Bitter Coffee Today? Try Changing the Colour of Your Cup

    In Australia, around a billion cups of coffee a year are consumed in cafés, restaurants and other outlets. Even Britain, a nation famous for its... Read more

  • Danny Lidgate ties a turkey at his butchers shop in Holland Park in London, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. Butcher Danny Lidgate, whose 160-year-old shop C. Lidgate, butcher and charcuterie, has been in the same family for five generations, says Americans just keep gobbling up the big broad-breasted heritage Bronze turkey. Put simply, business is very good indeed. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

    Thanksgiving Restaurants; Hours: Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Denny’s, Applebee’s, Golden Corral, IHOP, Marie Calender’s, Cracker Barrel, Waffle House, Burger King, and More

    Thanksgiving is Thursday, and there are some chain restaurants open on the holiday.   Starbucks, Burger King, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and fast food places tend to be... Read more

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    Gratitude Without God

    In the American context, thankfulness is a genuine puzzle of cultural inputs. It’s not political; #blessed is in neither the Constitution nor The Federalist Papers... Read more

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    You Can’t ‘Turn Fat Into Muscle’

    Most people are wrong, according to physicist Ruben Meerman and biochemist Andrew Brown. Their calculations were published yesterday in the British medical journal BMJ ,... Read more

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    Exercise Recovery – The Key to Exercise Enjoyment and Performance

    After 15 years of National and International powerlifting competitions with training 3 to 4 days a week, 2 to 3 hours a day, 50 weeks... Read more

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    The Surprising Health Risks of Flying

    Forget plane crashes—statistically, you’re far more likely to suffer a car crash, or even win the lottery—but planes can have serious effects on your health... Read more

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    Study: Acupuncture Eases Pain for Children

    A Stanford University study finds acupuncture safe and cost-effective for relieving pain in children. Dr. Golianu, MD (Department of Anesthesiology, Stanford University), et. al., note... Read more

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    7 Things You Need to Know When Your Doc Says Your Cholesterol Is Too High

    Getting a blood result with a high total cholesterol, for most people, unfortunately means that their doc’s about to follow it with “Here’s a prescription... Read more

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    Can This Cycle Spark Eating Disorder Risk?

    Hormonal changes each month, part of the menstrual cycle, can cause women to eat more—a normal, biological occurrence. This increased food intake causes some women... Read more

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    Guilt-Free Pancakes Recipe

    Like pancakes? Me too. Feel guilty after you eat them? Sure, if you eat the ones made from a box. Pancakes should be healthy, so... Read more

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    Fit Tip: Build Your Glutes in the Offseason

    When May hits, a scramble to prepare for swimsuit season sweeps the gym. But why wait until spring? Now, in the dead of winter, is... Read more

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    Regular Marijuana Users Have ‘Smaller’ Brains

    France’s health minister has said she wants to ban a controversial cannabis-extract electronic cigarette that’s been launched in France. Marisol Touraine told French radio she... Read more

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    Operating Tunes: How Music Helps Surgery

    The scene is silly, sure, but it’s also pretty accurate—according to a 2008 survey, operating-room staff play music 63 percent of the time, and it’s... Read more

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    Holiday Happiness: 8 Things to Do Today

    Happy people do things to increase their level of happiness, and these things are always worth revisiting around the holidays. Why now? Because these happiness... Read more

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    The Breakfast Nutrient That Keeps You Alert & Calm

    What do the following breakfast menus have in common? Coffee and doughnut. Pancakes with syrup. Milk with sweet cereal. Yes, they are quick to put... Read more

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    All About Nuts

    For many cultures around the world, nuts have been a treasured food source. But at the height of the low-fat craze, nutritionists viewed these age... Read more

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    Placebos to Race Faster

    Fifteen endurance-trained runners, average age 27, ran three kilometers (1.8 miles) 1.2% faster after injecting themselves with a placebo than they did after taking no... Read more

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    6 Great Kitchen Additions for the Healthy Eater

    By Michael Edwards, Organic Lifestyle Magazine Let’s face it, technology has made many food preparation tasks so much easier. While a mandolin is a thing... Read more

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    The Benefits of Berries, Cherries and Pomegranates

    What makes berries, cherries and pomegranates unique and beneficial? Berries and cherries are high in nutrients, phytochemicals, and fiber—all of which protect your health. Notably,... Read more

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    A Revolutionary New and Natural Approach to Acne Treatment

    By Ethan A. Huff, contributing writer to Natural News The conventional approach to acne treatment that says to dry out the skin with chemicals and... Read more

  • Chinese motorists get out of their cars to check on a massive traffic jam at a toll booth on the outskirts of Beijing on Oct. 2, 2010. In 2014 an estimated 400 billion yuan in tolling fees was paid by Chinese drivers, and many have questioned the legality of current toll policies. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chinese Toll Highways Are Avenues of Corruption

    Compared to the West, a lot of things in China are cheaper, but highway tolls are not on that list. This fact has not gone... Read more

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    10 Facts About Fluoride You Need to Know

    If fluoride is really the panacea for dental disease that it’s been portrayed as, then why is it that the United States is one of... Read more

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    Scan Thoughts About Hugging to Predict Autism

    New brain-reading techniques can use neural representations of social thoughts to predict autism diagnoses with 97 percent accuracy. The work establishes the first biologically based... Read more

  • A design board created by Christina Marzilli pulls together elements of white, cream, gold, copper, and brass for a classic holiday décor. (CHT Media)

    Dreaming of a White Christmas

    Whites and creams paired with elegant coppers and golds give a space a feeling of luxury that will never go out of style. We love... Read more

  • The cat approves. (Michel Filion, CC BY)

    Five Ways to Keep Your Home Warm This Winter

    If you live in a poorly insulated home, and many of us do, you could spend thousands this winter on energy bills. But our ancestors... Read more

  • Felt feathers in warm winter white give a sculptural quality to a soft wreath. Besides the beloved evergreen standard, each year sees more and more inventive versions of the wreath. (AP Photo/West Elm)

    Right at Home: New Twists on a Holiday Symbol

    Say “wreath,” and the beloved evergreen standard comes to mind—unadorned or dressed for the holiday season with lights, bows, fruit, or ornaments. Each year, however,... Read more

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    Brilliant Ancient Battle Tactics With Modern Daily Life Applications

    It’s not that we should necessarily treat the obstacles we encounter in daily life as enemies that must be annihilated—but sometimes ancient battle strategies have... Read more

  • Jennifer Ewing, and her husband Florian Thiel hold their children Max (R), 3, and Felix, 8-months, as they pose for a photo on the steps of their new home in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, on Oct. 15, 2014. The couple recently closed on the three-bedroom house , which cost slightly less than $500,000. They moved to Seattle from New York, another city that matches the pattern of high-income jobs and even more expensive housing. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Why Areas With Good Jobs Have Hard-to-Afford Homes

    WASHINGTON—It’s the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most... Read more

  • A large open concept living room designed for entertaining. (Courtesy of BoConcept)

    Design Questions Answered

    Q: My condo is a 700-square-foot open concept space in a soft grey with dark hardwood floors throughout. How do I define the different areas... Read more

  • In this room, green serves as a fresh, vibrant accent colour. (Rett Peek)

    A Tour of a Holiday Home

    Tobi Fairley remodelled her two-storey, 2,500 sq. ft. home with a desire to create a gracious living space for her husband and daughter. She also... Read more

  • A festive arrangement featuring Cedar, Freesia and Hypericum, by Ikebana Dreaming. The ancient Japanese art of ikebana, or flower arranging, can offer lots of festive sparkle and color for the holidays-and a more modern feel that celebrates asymmetry, space and naturalism. (AP Photo/Ikebana Dreaming)

    Art of Flower Arranging Meets Holiday Decor

    Holiday decorations in the U.S. are often symmetrical: Two candles on either side of the mantel, a round wreath in the center of the door,... Read more

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    7 Fun Gift Wrapping Ideas to Step Up Your Presentation This Holiday

    There are two very exciting parts of receiving gifts: the presentation, and the reveal. Any gift, no matter how awesome, is a bit less exciting... Read more

  • A client’s room that was de-cluttered by Marie Kondo in Japan. Kondo is the author of the book, “The Life: Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” published by Ten Speed Press. (AP Photo/Ten Speed Press)

    From Japan, the Joy of Minimalism at Home

    If you haven’t communed with your socks lately, thanked your shoes for their hard work, or bowed (at least mentally) to your home in appreciation,... Read more

  • Architect Kyle Page, landscape architect Hardy Stecker, their son Otis Page, 11 months, and their dog Mazzy at their home in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, on Nov. 21, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Architect Couple Brings New Life to a Brooklyn 1880s Townhouse

    NEW YORK—Architect Kyle Page and his wife, landscape architect Hardy Stecker, didn’t want to live in someone else’s design when they bought their first home... Read more

  • Add memorabilia from past vacations, gifts from loved ones, and other keepsake items to personalize your space. (Courtesy of BoConcept)

    Condo Design Q&A

    Q: I’m moving into a condo and I find that everything looks very “cookie cutter.” With the holidays just around the corner, I plan to... Read more

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    Experts: Home, baby cameras not secure worldwide

    LONDON—A child playing in Bucheon, South Korea. An empty crib in Absecon, New Jersey. Cattle feeding in Behamberg, Austria. Footage from more than 100 countries... Read more

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    10 Insanely Easy Ways to Make Your Entryway More Inviting for the Holidays

    Holiday season is almost upon us, which means guests will be arriving soon! Whether you’re having new visitors or familiar friends and family, your home... Read more

  • Framed art is displayed both in and on a built-in bookcase. The effect is open and airy. (AP Photo/ M. Design Interiors, Justin Officer)

    Ask a Designer: From Clutter to Decor

    Designers often surprise their clients by sharing a secret: You can dramatically change the look of a room simply by changing or rearranging the items... Read more

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    Banishing Dishcloth Stink (and Bacteria), Simplified

    I splashed a little coffee on the counter when I topped up my cup this morning, so I grabbed the dishcloth out of the sink... Read more

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    Behmor’s Brazen Plus Is Built for Big Time Coffee Tweakers

    Love coffee? Got $229 dollars burning a hole in your pocket? Want an extremely customizable brewing experience? Well Behmor’s Brazen Plus coffee maker maybe just... Read more

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    How to DIY a Home Office That Will Make Working a Breeze

    If you’re looking for a way to fit some calm and quiet workspace into your home, these 7 steps will get you the home office... Read more

  • Blue, green, and turquoise continues to find favor with many home decorators for the holidays. (AP Photo/Pier 1 Imports)

    From Vintage to City Chic

    For those who love to decorate, there’s no time like the holidays for adding fun, festive touches to our living spaces. This year, there’s something... Read more

  • Combining both light and dark cabinets in a kitchen creates a modern, elegant style. (Courtesy of Sutcliffe Kitchens)

    How to Create the Perfect Kitchen

    Are you planning a kitchen renovation? Not sure where to start? Here are six things to consider before renovating your kitchen. 1. Invest Time in... Read more

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    4-Year-Old Super Designer Lands Gig with J.Crew

    [Transcript] “J-crew is teaming up with a new designer for a summer 2015 collection. What makes her so special? Well to start, she’s only 4... Read more

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    Your Hair

    Her hair is arguably a woman’s most important attribute. It’s usually the first thing you notice no matter how beautifully or shabilly she’s dressed. Unfortunately,... Read more

  • The cover of the book, "Killer Heels, The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. (AP Photo/DelMonico Books- Prestel)

    ‘Killer Heels’ Looks at the History of High Heels

    “Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe” (DelMonico Books-Prestel), edited by Lisa Small Shakespeare mentions high heels in “Hamlet,” former New York Mayor Michael... Read more

  • Italian fashion designer Frida Giannini after presenting her Gucci men’s Fall-Winter 2013–14 collection during Milan Fashion Week. Giannini and CEO Patrizio di Marco are leaving their posts next year. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)

    CEO and Creative Director of Gucci Stepping Down

    MILAN—Gucci creative director Frida Giannini and CEO Patrizio di Marco are leaving their posts next year, the luxury brand’s parent company said Friday, in what... Read more

  • Aigrette designed by Paul Iribe, made by Robert Linzeler, Paris, 1910 in platinum set with emerald, sapphires, diamonds, and pearls. Paul Iribe set a carved Indian emerald into an aigrette, a form that would have ornamented the turban of a maharaja or a nizam. (Servette Overseas Limited 2013. All rights reserved.)

    The Lavish Collection of Sheikh Al-Thani

    If the closest you’ve come to a huge diamond is when you press the “enlarge” button on the Tiffany website and it turns out that... Read more

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    For the Love of Shoes

    I don’t understand this fascination we women have with shoes. For the sake of accuracy, I just counted the pairs in my own collection and... Read more

  • This photo provided by Michael Kors shows a tie. Marsala, the wine-influenced, red-kissed color of 2015, was chosen by Pantone. Pantone's yearly picks can herald a marked presence of a color in fashion, beauty, housewares, home design and consumer packaging, though some years the influence is stronger than others. (AP Photo/Michael Kors)

    Pantone Picks Marsala As Top Color of the New Year

    NEW YORK-Let’s hear it for Marsala, the wine-influenced, red-kissed color of 2015, as chosen by Pantone. “Hardy, robust, satisfying, fulfilling. At the same time there’s... Read more

  • Bob Bland, CEO and founder of ManufactureNY, poses in Bryant Park, in Manhattan, on July 16, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Will South Brooklyn Be the Next Fashion Capital?

    NEW YORK—Southern Brooklyn will soon be home to a new fashion Manufacturing Innovation Hub where every aspect of the fashion industry can coexist in one... Read more

  • Helen Bradley, 27, of DePere, Wis., poses on her wedding day at a country club in Madison, Wis., on Sept.20. (AP Photo/Alan D. Charles)

    Brides Show Short Wedding Gowns More of the Love

    NEW YORK—Helen Bradley isn’t one of those women who fantasized about her wedding as a girl, so when the time came to tie the knot... Read more

  • Marc Platten, COO Porsche Design (L), and Karsten Fried, Regional Manager, explain details of two new limited edition, Swiss made, chronograph models to potential customers at the watch launch at Porsche Design’s flagship boutique, 30 Queen’s Road, Central Hong Kong Nov. 19, 2014. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

    Launch of Two New Limited Edition Timepieces by Porsche Design

    The German luxury goods manufacturer Porsche Design offers a range of high end products from purses, handbags, executive cases and luggage to sports clothing and... Read more

  • This product image provided by Giorgio Armani shows Rouge Ecstasy lipstick in a classic red. Shades of red no longer have to evoke sexpot, and they don't have to be drying to stay in place. They can be had in balms, glosses, creamy mattes or a combination of care and color. (AP Photo/Giorgio Armani, Bernard Jaspar)

    How to Get Party-Ready Red Lips

    NEW YORK—Color bleed be damned. There’s a red lipstick for everybody nowadays. You know how celebrity beauty guru Ted Gibson found that out? “My mother... Read more

  • Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift, winner of the inaugural Dick Clark Award for Excellence, at the 2014 American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Nov 23. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    The Divas of the 2014 American Music Awards

    There were winners and there were losers. There were tears, feigned surprises, and polished speeches. And then there was fashion. Here are some of the... Read more

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    Garbo to Gaga

    The fame of Lady Gaga is the stand-out phenomenon of 21st-century celebrity—the go-to example for any commentator. But in a recent interview for 60 Minutes... Read more

  • Jean Cassegrain, CEO of the French luxury goods company Longchamp, at the company’s Madison Avenue store in New York on Nov. 5. (Epoch Times International/Samira Bouaou)

    From the Pipe to the Tote: The Story of Longchamp

    “So that’s the beginning of the company in 1948,” said Jean Cassegrain, CEO of the French luxury goods company Longchamp, referring to an old horse-leather... Read more

  • Python ankle bootie in a festive poppy red designed by Paul Andrew who walked away the winner on Nov. 4 for the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award. (AP Photo/Paul Andrew)

    Shop the Top Finalists

    NEW YORK—Luxury shoe designer Paul Andrew walked away the winner Nov. 4 of the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund Award, but there... Read more

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    At the Frick

    If you have any interest in art, you must visit the Frick Collection in Manhattan where they are showing some marvelous El Grecos and a... Read more

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  • A victim of domestic violence, who calls herself "Sierra", sits at a safe house in Nevada County, Calif., on Aug. 18, 2010. The dramatic decrease in domestic violence committed by intimate partners from 1995 through 2004 has largely stalled, with the numbers stabilizing at a level that appalls people in the prevention field. The latest federal figures for "serious" intimate partner violence, sexual assault or aggravated physical assault, showed 360,820 such incidents in 2013, or roughly 1,000 per day. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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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)

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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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    How Tests and Wrong Answers Help Us Remember What We Learn

    Teachers give tests to find out what their students know. But tests do a lot more than that and can have a powerful effect on... Read more

  • School doesn’t work for most kids, which is why some schools are starting to be more flexible in their teaching and learning. (Shutterstock*)

    Principal: School Doesn’t Work for Most Kids

    “Secondary school, at least, only really works for about a third of students,” according to Templestowe College principal Peter Hutton. Speaking in Melbourne last week,... Read more

  • Philippe de Montebello, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, speaks to reporters during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. De Montebello, who took over the museum in 1977, was the longest-serving director of the MET Museum. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    Book Review: ‘Rendez-Vous With Art,’ by Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford

    Stendhal wrote about feeling faint in the presence of great art. Goethe said that merely knowing that a sculpture he admired could be created made... 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

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    Curiosity Changes the Brain to Boost Memory and Learning

    The more curious we are about a topic, the easier it is to remember not only information about that topic, but also other unrelated information... Read more

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    Teaching Teachers the Basics of Visual Arts

    NEW YORK—It’s no secret that art instruction in public schools is hurting—not only for funding, but for applicable skills. The problem often starts at the... Read more

  • In this Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 photo, Aiden Crott, 7, center, helps Daniel Hernadez, 5, with his ScratchJr iPad program while Talia Levitt, 7, right, works with hers at the Eliot-Pearson Children's School in Medford, Mass. Researchers created the app that teaches basic computer programming to kindergartners. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

    App Teaches Kindergartners Basic Computer Coding

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartner can do it. Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer... Read more

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    The Noble Spirit of Rugby Can Teach Younger Generations

    ROME—In ancient times, one of its names was harpastum. It was played by ancient Roman soldiers to keep fit during the harsh winters of the... Read more

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    How Teachers Can Help Shy Kids Learn

    Researchers find that an evidence-based intervention helps shy children, who are often at risk for poor academic achievement, become more engaged in class work, 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

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    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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    Leopards Endangered in Madhya Pradesh

    Madhya Pradesh may soon lose all its leopards if an action plan is not set in place very soon to conserve them. The beautiful spotted... Read more

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    5 Tips for a Greener Laundry

    Detergents and fabric softeners can be a major source of indoor air pollution. They can also cause skin irritations, and even be poisonous if ingested... Read more

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    It Wouldn’t Be Fall Without One of These Fabulous Centerpieces

    Fall is naturally the most decorative season – colorful gourds, vibrant bursts of foliage, blue skies and dark pine cones. Nature is taking care of... Read more

  • The DRECP – What Is It?

    California’s Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is here! The draft environmental documents, totaling more than 8,000 pages, were posted online last Tuesday after an... Read more

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    How to Read Cosmetics Labels

    If you enjoy grocery shopping like I do, you probably spend time browsing the aisles looking for great new products. I’m always interested in something that... Read more

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    Migrating Amur Falcons Arrive In India

    The early morning hubbub in Pangti village of Nagaland’s Wokha district came to a standstill when the villagers stopped to greet the first flock of... Read more

  • The "Thank you tree", designed by Swedish artist Lasse Åberg, represents a number of trees planted in Africa, and is meant to replace cut flowers as a gift to performers. (Courtesy of Vi Agroforestry)

    ‘Thank You Tree’ Contributes to a Better Environment, and Fights Poverty

    STOCKHOLM—A Swedish aid organization has developed a re-usable work of art, in order to replace the flower bouqets frequently given to actors and artists after... Read more

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    New Species of Wolf Snake Discovered in India

    India gets a new species of snake and the state of Odisha lends its name to this new snake! In a delightful news for snake... Read more

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    20 Ways to Detox Your Home

    Many of us have done a detox in order to eliminate internal toxins from our body, but how many of us do anything about the toxins in... Read more

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    Going Nuts for Figs

    Many Americans are only familiar with dried figs, but fresh figs are a delicious treat available in the summer and fall seasons. Figs are commonly... 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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    Dutch Architects Are Using Wood in Amazing, Innovative Ways (+Photos)

    A wide range of constructions were nominated for the Dutch Wood Prize, a prize installed in 1999 to advance the use of wood in modern architecture. The... Read more

  • A mother and baby sea otter swim between icebergs from the Columbia Glacier in Prince William Sound, Alaska. (Photo by Jon Cornforth / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)

    Sea Otter Awareness Week 2014

    This week, September 21– 27, marks the 12th annual Sea Otter Awareness Week. Aside from being absolutely adorable, sea otters are a keystone species, meaning their role... Read more

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    Stella McCartney: Star of the Green Carpet Challenge (+Video)

    GCC: The Green Carpet Challenge Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge was taken up at London Fashion Week 2014, big time. British designer Stella McCartney created... Read more

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    The Ecochic Design Award: Hong Kong’s International Eco Fashion Competition

    Hong Kong’s Ecochic Design Award The Ecochic Design Award is the first international sustainable fashion design competition bringing together Asian and European fashion designers who share... Read more

  • (L-R) Eva-Maria Nordström, Jonathan Stoltz and Ann Dolling. They carried out the research project about how spending time in the forest affects people with stress-related illnesses at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. (Ulrika Lagerlöf/Skogssällskapet)

    A Forest Relieves Stress

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Spending time in the forest makes us feel better and helps recovery from stress-related illness, according to a study by scientists at the Swedish... Read more

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    DIY – Dry Shampoo Ingredients

    While we often worry about what goes in our cosmetics and skincare, we neglect to check the ingredients of a product we all use once... Read more