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  • Steam bucket-wheel excavator extracts coal from the brown coal open cast mine Garzweiler on April 3, 2014 in Immerath, western Germany. (Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images)

    On the Road to Green Energy, Germany Detours on Dirty Coal

    This article originally appeared in Yale Environment 360 and is reprinted with permission. Please click here for the original article and more information. Right at the... Read more

  • Patrick Dempsey looks on from the pit area during qualifying for the American Le Mans Series’ Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. Oct. 18, 2013 (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

    McDreamy Part of All-American Team at Le Mans

    Patrick Dempsey has long proved his love of racing was no act. He put starring in big-budget blockbusters on hold for now, riding the hope... Read more

  • Kristain and Anzalee Rhodes with their daughter Arabelle, at 5 months old, on their first family trip to the Brooklyn Museum in New York City. The couple are hiring photographers from I Heart New York to document their experiences watching their daughter grow. February 2014. (AP Photo/I Heart New York)

    The Candid Photographer to Chronicle Everyday Life

    When Anzalee and Kristain Rhodes look back at their daughter’s first year of life, they won’t be examining blurry, red-eyed camera phone photos. They’ll have... Read more

  • A living room designed for Dwell with Dignity by Designer Brian Patrick Flynn where he uses neutral accents to tone down the highly energetic tone of apple green wall paint. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn/HGTV.com, Sarah Dorio)

    No Color’s Too Bold for Decor

    It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. No need to worry about colors clashing if... Read more

  • The small flowers of Lemon Gem marigold, a different species from common marigolds, stare out like stars from a backdrop of ferny foliage in New Paltz, New York. June 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)

    Lemon Gem Marigold Offers Unusual Foliage, Flowers

    Marigold is among the most widely planted and, hence, mundane of flowers. Yet I enjoy them as an essential part of summer with their yolk-like... Read more

  • The new Honda FIT 2015 starts moderately priced at $15,500. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

    Fit for the Next Generation of Sub-Compacts? Here Comes the 2015 Honda FIT

    Honda has fully redesigned its FIT model for 2015. The car fits 5 people and comes with a 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed transmission as... Read more

  • One of the most deal-changing new technologies that could entirely change our way of using cars is here: built-in 4G LTE technology. (AOL)

    Witness a Taste of the Future of Driving

    The future of driving is approaching with big steps. With 3G cars became more interactive, yet they depended mainly on tethering with a mobile device... Read more

  • Puppy, Cheetah Cub Become Best Friends (AOL Screenshot)

    Puppy and Cheetah Cub Become Best Friends (Video)

    When a young cheetah cub was without a buddy, zoo keepers in San Diego thought “man’s best friend” could also befriend an oversized feline —... Read more

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    5 Gifts You Should Avoid For Father’s Day

    Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th, and for some that includes giving dad a gift. Well, there are some gifts you should steer clear of... Read more

  • This April 28, 2014, photo shows strawberry balsamic glazed pork tenderloin in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    Triple Glazing Strawberry-balsamic Pork Tenderloin

    When you discover foods that have a natural affinity for one another, it’s easy to find numerous excuses to enjoy them together. One of my... Read more

  • Father and son. (Onkelbo/Wikimedia Commons)

    Dad Facts You Should Know for Father’s Day (Infographic)

    Dads come in all shapes, sizes, colors, origins, backgrounds, etc. They can be biological, step, in-law, grandfathers, and adopted. The list of how different dads... Read more

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    Top 10 Most Positive Countries

    They’re not the richest countries in the world. Or the most peaceful. But according to a new positivity index, people from Latin American countries, notably... Read more

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    Homeless Girl Graduates As School Valedictorian

    A former high school student in Washington D.C. who has spent the last several years of her life homeless recently graduated as a valedictorian. Rashema... Read more

  • A North American river otter. (Chris Paul/Flickr)

    Penguins Sound Like Party Horns (and 7 Other Surprising Sounds)

    Animals of all shapes and sizes use their own calls, whistles, and noises to communicate with each other. While we tend to associate a single... Read more

  • Aerial view of the marshes of "Ibera" near the town of Carlos Pellegrini, in the Argentine province of Corrientes on November 4, 2009. (Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

    Saving Wetlands Through Responsible Cultivation of Soy

    Those consuming tofu and soy milk, but especially meat eaters and those driving a car should keep a critical eye on the impacts of soy... Read more

  • In this June 13, 2013, photo attendees play video games on the PlayStation 4 at the Sony booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday, June 12, 2014, found a surge in number of kids who spent three or more hours on an average school day on screened electronics other than TV. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Study: Teens Are Drinking Less, Texting More

    NEW YORK—American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they’re texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video... Read more

  • Buddhist devotees carry their sons and nephews to circumambulate the Shwedagon pagoda in hopes of earning a blessing from Buddha ahead of their ordination as Buddhist monks, in Yangon, Myanmar April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    US State Department Has ‘Serious Concerns’ Over Burma Marriage Bill

    WASHINGTON— The State Department says it has serious concerns about proposals to criminalize interfaith marriage in Burma. Separately, a U.S. government commission on religious freedom... Read more

  • Real-Life Mermaid Swims With Tiger Sharks (AOL Screenshot)

    Real-Life Mermaid Swims With Sharks (Video)

    You could call her a professional mermaid of sorts. One woman risked her life to swim with some of the most dangerous sea creatures in... Read more

  • The Brandfon family, father Mike, mother Sara, and their twin daughters Abby, left, and Sophie, both 3. Brandfon, 48, of Chicago lost his job at a mid-size public relations company in December 2009 and was a stay-at-home dad. Once the girls were nearly 3 years old, he began looking for work again and landed a job last September. Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Sharon Gaietto)

    Study: At-Home Dads Down Slightly Since Recession

    NEW YORK—The number of U.S. fathers home with their kids fulltime is down, from a peak 2.2 million in 2010, the official end of the... Read more

  • Ford Motor and Heinz Tomato Ketchup are teaming up in an effort to produce car-parts from side-products of Ketchup-production. (Odd Andersen/Getty Images)

    Catch Up on Heinz and Ford’s Cars Made From … Tomatoes

    What might sound like an April fool´s joke first could become reality soon: Ketchup-producer Heinz and carmaker Ford will team up to produce a car... Read more

  • Fashion designer Oscar De La Renta walks the runway at the Oscar De La Renta fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 on September 9, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

    RIP Oscar de la Renta: Fashion Designer Dies at Age 82 and Twitter Reacts

    Oscar de la Renta has died at age 82. The famous fashion designer’s death hasn’t been detailed as of yet. A family member confirmed the... Read more

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    A Recovering Fatty

    Recently I had a date to meet a friend for an afternoon of lunch and shopping. I wore jeans with a silk shirt, complemented by... Read more

  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (C) gives a speech at the front door of Carlos III hospital, watched by Madrid Regional President Ignacio Gonzalez (L) and Carlos III hospital manager Rafael Perez Santamarina (R) where nurse Teresa Romero is being treated for the Ebola virus on Oct. 10, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. Spanish Health Minister Ana Mato confirmed nurse Teresa Romero had tested positive after treating two Ebola patients that had been brought back to the country from Africa. (Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

    Spanish Hospitals Are Deficient in Treating Ebola, Experts Suggest

    MADRID—The preliminary opinion of European representatives reaffirms the position held by some health practitioners in Spain. They believe there is a lack of resources and... Read more

  • An Indian squatter smokes as others sleep on rented cots at a public park near Jama Masjid, or the Grand Mosque, in New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 17, 2014. The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on Oct. 17 and is designated to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in the world. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    Image of Asia: A Day for Eradicating Poverty

    In this photo by Altaf Qadri, an Indian squatter smokes as others sleep on rented cots at a public park near Jama Masjid, or the... 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

  • Curator Timothy Long is silhouetted as he poses for photographers with a Sherlock Holmes style pipe and deerstalker hat beside an internal window forming part of the exhibition "Sherlock Holmes:  The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die" at the Museum of London in London, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The exhibition, which opens to the public on Friday, is the largest on the fictional detective created by Scottish author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to be held in the UK for 60 years  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    London Museum Exhibit Probes the Mystery of Sherlock Holmes

    LONDON—Sherlock Holmes is among the most famous Londoners of all time. Many tourists still see the bustling city through his eyes, and seek out his... Read more

  • People carry garbage in downtown Genoa on Oct. 11, 2014, after one person died the day before, when flood waters swept through the city following unexpectedly heavy overnight rain, which caught officials unprepared despite similar deadly floods less than three years ago. One of Genoa's biggest rivers, the Bisagno, burst its banks shortly before midnight after days of heavy rain, sending torrents of muddy water through the streets of the medieval port city, smashing shop windows and sweeping aside cars. (Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bad Weather Ends in Tragedy, Italy Gets Up and Tries to Intensify the Safety

    ROME—Genoa and Parma, Piedmont and Tuscany. Days of torrential rain have rocked Italy, turning streets into rivers, destroying shops and homes, killing four people. Autumn... 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

  • Five Scents from Fragrant Book (Foster Curry/aftelier.com)

    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

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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

  • 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

  • A stamp celebrating Italian emigration of the past century. The migration continues unabated, thanks to the economic downturn. 
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    More and More Italians Choose to Move Abroad

    ROME—The drain does not stop, Italy is packing, and depopulating. More and more people take the decision to leave behind the country, and embrace a... Read more

  • Personal shopper Betty Halbreich at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, on Oct. 3. She tells her story in a new book, “I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style With a Twist,” co-written by Rebecca Paley. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Betty Halbreich Talks Closets, Mirrors in New Book

    NEW YORK—Clothes and how to wear them have been a constant in Betty Halbreich’s life for most of her 86 years. Good thing she landed... Read more

  • This April 5, 2009 photo provided by Arizona Powerchutes shows pilot Randy Long parachuting on a sunset flight over the Sonoran Desert in Peoria, Ariz. Picture a dune buggy with a massive parachute attached to the back of it, sort of a cross between something the Wright Brothers might have designed and that flying machine from the Mad Max movies. A powerchute provides a flying experience unlike any other. (AP Photo/Arizona Powerchutes)

    Powerchute Flying Is ‘Closest Thing to Being a Bird That You Can Imagine’

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The enormous fan-like propeller behind the passenger whirs, then begins to howl as the pilot hits the accelerator. The wheels bump along the gravelly... Read more

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    Naruto Manga To End in 5 Weeks; YouTube Anime Reviewers React

    Earlier today, Anime News Network reported that the renowned Shonen manga Naruto will end in 5 weeks. Though we still have the Naruto Shippuden Anime and... Read more

  • Human beings are intensely social creatures. (hackNY.org/Flickr)

    How Your Brain Decides Who to Make Friends With When You Start University

    Over the next few weeks there will be many nervous people across the country ready to embark upon a new chapter in life: university. For... Read more

  • The Bermuda Perfumery shop in Bermuda. (Image courtesy of The Bermuda Perfumery)

    Mary Celestia: The Story of a Shipwrecked Fragrance

    The year is 1864. A small bottle of precious perfume from London’s perfume house Piesse & Lubin on Bond Street, is carefully sealed with wax,... Read more

  • Killer heels with spiky forms “grown” using magnetic fields, part of Iris van Herpen’s Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, France, Sept. 30. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Fashion is Funny

    After reading a number of fashion and beauty magazines recently, I’ve decided they should be considered escapist reading and not to be taken too seriously... Read more

  • Iconic costumes from the Golden Age of cinema to the present, including those worn by Barbra Streisand, at the Hollywood Costume exhibition Sept. 29, in Los Angeles. The film costume exhibit opens Oct. 2 and runs through March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    Film Academy Hosts First Exhibit in New Museum Site

    LOS ANGELES—The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is holding its first exhibit in the space that will become Hollywood’s premier museum devoted to... Read more

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    Practical Tips for Driving in Denmark

    While this post isn’t about the USA, it takes the spirit of the quintessential American road trip to Europe! A driving holiday is one of... Read more

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    Working and Making Money While Traveling Tips

    Original article on www.vagabondjourney.com This is an abbreviated collection of ideas and suggestions for finding work and making money while traveling. Go to Vagabond Journey’s... Read more

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    How to Lose 11 Pounds in 4 Days and Keep It Off, According to Research

    An 11-pound weight loss in a mere 96 hours…sound too good to be true? It’s not, according to recent research—losing 11 pounds in four days... Read more

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    New Fast-Food Options Average 60 Fewer Calories

    Big restaurant chains are adding lower-calorie items to their menus—on average 12 percent lower in calories than past offerings. In 2012 and 2013, the chains—whose... Read more

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    What to Eat and Avoid During Pregnancy

    As soon as women announce “I’m having a baby!”, the congratulations are quickly followed by long lists of dos and don’ts about food. Try ginger... Read more

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    How Thieves Target Tourists

    When you travel, it is easy to forget about all the bad things that can happen. You spend more time enjoying yourself and don’t think... Read more

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    Chinese Medicine Teaches Us That Autumn Is the Season to ‘Let It Go’

    I was watching Thintervention on Bravo and saw Jackie (Trainer Extraordinaire) insist that the overweight, exhausted participants run holding the amount of their excess body... Read more

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    Powerful Disease Protection From Pomegranate

    Fall is here, and fresh pomegranates are available again. Pomegranate was one of the earliest cultivated fruits, and the fruit has been prominent throughout history... Read more

  • The Earth's shadow begins to fall on the moon during a total lunar eclipse, as seen above Miami, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Who Owns the Moon?

    Whether you’re into mining, energy or tourism, there are lots of reasons to explore space. Some “pioneers” even believe humanity’s survival depends on colonising celestial... Read more

  • An artist’s concept of Comet Siding Spring (2013 A1) and Mars. (NASA)

    Comet Siding Spring’s Close Encounter With Mars Draws Near

    Astronomers world-wide are gearing up for what NASA calls a “once in a lifetime” event: the Comet Siding Spring will swing past Mars on its... Read more

  • Meteors streak outwards from the top of Orion’s head as seen in 2012 from central Victoria. (Phil Hart)

    WATCH: One of the Year’s Best Meteor Showers, Thanks to Halley’s Comet

    As Earth orbits the sun, it continually ploughs through dust and debris left behind by passing comets and asteroids. On any night of the year,... Read more

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    Is Rapid Weight Loss More Likely to Stick?

    Losing weight gradually doesn’t change the amount or rate of weight regained, compared with more rapid weight loss, say researchers. The study also finds that... 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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    Drinking Coffee, for Your Health

    In college, when I worked part-time as a barista at a local coffee shop, I would often serve the same customers day in and day... Read more

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    The Fascinating Bacteria in Your Gut, and How It Affects Our Whole Lives

    By Michael Edwards, Organic Lifestyle Magazine We are host to somewhere between 300-1000 different species of bacteria, each of which has one goal—to survive and... Read more

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    Mind Over Matter: Cynics, It Seems, Triple Their Risk of Dementia

    I don’t want to sound too cynical, but recent research findings in dementia seem hard to believe. A study of over 1,000 people has found... Read more

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    Secrets Revealed: The Powerful Health Benefits of the Pomegranate

    One of the oldest known fruits, found in writings and artifacts of many cultures and religions, the pomegranate (punica granatum) is an original native of... Read more

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    How to Use Essential Oils Properly and Conditions They Can Remedy

    By Derek Henry, Holistic Health Coach for Healing the Body Essential oils are a unique branch of herbal medicine that utilizes the medicinal properties found... Read more

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    How to Unjunk Your Junk Food

    I remember when my son was three years old and I watched him gravitate towards a huge table full of candy. My initial reaction was “no way”... Read more

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    Explainer: How Much Sleep Do We Need?

    The amount of sleep adults need has once again come under the spotlight, with a recent Wall Street Journal article suggesting seven hours sleep is... Read more

  • A customer shops at the newly opened IKEA store near Zagreb on August 21, 2014. Swedish furniture giant IKEA opened its first store in the territory of the former Yugoslavia near Croatia's capital Zagreb, the first step towards expanding on the Balkans market. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ikea Makes Push for Growth

    NEW YORK—Ikea, whose stadium-sized furniture stores draw shoppers from miles around, is making an online push. The CEO of Ikea Group, the world’s largest furniture... Read more

  • A single family home in Toronto, one of the three cities, along with Calgary and Vancouver, that make it seem as though Canada's housing market is overvalued. (Epoch Times)

    Canada’s Housing ‘Dual Market’ Poses Difficult Policymaker Challenge

    Canada’s housing market has cooled off slightly from this summer, but regional disparities make one-size-fits-all approaches to controlling it difficult. The Canadian Real Estate Association... Read more

  • Highway support center and salt deposit. Image courtesy of Boris Zeisser from 24H-architecture.

    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

  • Furniture is arranged around a double-sided fireplace in this custom-designed living room. (Paul Chmielowiec)

    Downsizing to a Custom Condo

    Frank and Sylvia Wiley decided to leave their large Oakville, Ont., residence to downsize into a beautiful waterfront condo. Designed with a timeless neutral palette,... Read more

  • Tulipa tarda, a stellar repeat bloomer when planted in full sun and well-drained soil, in Atlantic Beach, New York, on April 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Colorblends)

    Go Wild: Plant Species Tulips for Early Color

    Maybe it’s time to rethink the way we landscape using tulips. True, the familiar, large, goblet-shaped blooms make a colorful springtime splash grouped in beds... Read more

  • 10 Easy to do gallery wall ideas to transform your home or office

    10 Easy to Do Gallery Wall Projects to Transform your Home or Office Space

    Cure your empty wall conundrum with an amazingly eye-catching gallery wall! Combine pictures and objects, purposely mismatch colors, put up a whole wall of empty... Read more

  • Applying a fresh finish to wood furniture, cabinets, and accessories is a simple DIY project that emphasizes the natural grain pattern on any wood. (News Canada)

    How to Add Rich Hues of Autumn to Home Décor

    Autumn is a welcome opportunity to bring a little of the outdoors into your home. To highlight the wonderful rich hues that come with the... Read more

  • Dramatic silk-embroidered drapes grace the bedroom’s central window tableau while hobbled Roman shades accentuate the side windows. (Larry Arnal)

    Hollywood Glamour: Master Bedroom Oasis

    Cheryl and David, two busy executives with three teenagers, sought a source of serenity within their home, which is nestled on a 1.5-acre ravine lot... Read more

  • Silgranit, a patented material that combines 80 percent natural granite stone with an acrylic-resin formula, gives sinks unsurpassed hardness, strength, and durability. (News Canada)

    Put Your New Kitchen Sink in Stone

    If eye-catching colour is turning your head in décor showrooms these days, you’ll be pleased to know that the sheer beauty of a post-modern kitchen... Read more

  • Thanks to new technology, cork flooring now ranges from traditional and vintage to artistic and modern. (News Canada)

    Cork Flooring Delivers on Eco-Chic Style and Comfort

    There was a time when homeowners were forced to choose between beauty, function, and responsible sourcing. Not so now, according to famed architect and designer... Read more

  • Workmen install a large window in a home. (Huntstock/Thinkstock)

    Why Should I Care if My Contractor is Insured?

    Hiring a contractor will require that you take some special considerations, one being that the contractor you choose is licensed to do the work you... Read more

  • A recycled piece of granite makes a perfect coffee bar countertop.(Carla Turchetti)

    A Home Improvement Story: Building a Coffee Bar

    These days, master bedrooms are more than just a place to rest your weary head for eight (okay, six) hours a night. Master bedrooms aren’t... 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

  • Patricia Urquiola’s faceted Jelly vase for Kartell, which comes in various colors. (AP Photo/Kartell.com)

    Right at Home: Décor in All Its Facets

    Fans of crisp, modern architecture and clean-lined shapes will love one of this fall’s strongest style trends: faceted décor. For those who feel that the... Read more

  • Revamp your Bedroom easily with these reative DIY headboard designs.

    11 Low-Cost DIY Headboard Projects for a New Bedroom Look

    If you are contemplating adding a headboard to your bedroom but don’t have the budget for a new one, check these 11 low-cost or recycled... Read more

  • Wooden house from the mountainous region of Maramures, Romania. Displayed at The Ethnographic Museum of Maramures, Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania. (Kati Vereshaka/EpochTimes)

    Connecting the Home With the Heart

    SIGHETU MARMATIEI, Romania—Coming from the hustle and bustle of New York City that surreptitiously inculcates its inhabitants with a fast-paced terminator-like sensibility, it is both... Read more

  • A room in a Palm Beach, Florida, home decorated by interior designer Jan Showers. (AP Photo/Jan Showers & Associates, Jeff McNamara)

    Decorating Touches Help Retreats Sparkle

    DALLAS—From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating. “You love that place,... Read more

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    Do-It-Yourself Garment Care

    I am definitely not the happy homemaker. I don’t own a cookbook, and my culinary skills comprise boiling water for coffee and making a peanut... Read more

  • Trunks serve as mini dining tables and extra storage in a shared off campus home. (AP Photo/PBTeen)

    Right at Home: Style Tips for Off-Campus Living

    For college kids who move off-campus, learning to accommodate the styles and needs of housemates is good practice for life after school. Take Erica Weidrick... Read more

  • A stylish DIY bird feeder pad. (CHT Media)

    DIY Bird Feeder Pad

    Interior designer Nicholas Rosaci makes a stylish bird sanctuary using a dinner plate and easy big box store materials. Materials Needed: • Wood pieces for... Read more

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    Global Luxury Goods Sales Forecast to Slow Further

    MILAN—A tumultuous series of geopolitical events has slowed global sales in the luxury goods sector, according to a study presented Tuesday, while deeper, longer-term trends... Read more

  • Five Scents from Fragrant Book (Foster Curry/aftelier.com)

    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

  • First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the Fashion Education Workshop, Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    First Lady: Fashion About More Than Pretty Pumps

    WASHINGTON—Pretty pumps and a perfect hemline are nice, Michelle Obama says, but young people interested in fashion careers should expect to work hard, take risks... Read more

  • Personal shopper Betty Halbreich at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, on Oct. 3. She tells her story in a new book, “I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style With a Twist,” co-written by Rebecca Paley. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Betty Halbreich Talks Closets, Mirrors in New Book

    NEW YORK—Clothes and how to wear them have been a constant in Betty Halbreich’s life for most of her 86 years. Good thing she landed... Read more

  • In this June 22, 2011 file photo, former Dior designer John Galliano leaves the Paris court house, charged with hurling anti-Semitic slurs in a Paris cafe. Galliano will be designing fashion again, joining Paris house Martin Margiela, three years after leaving the business in disgrace. Maison Martin Margiela's parent company OTB announced in a statement Monday, Oct.6, 2014 that they're bringing Galliano on board as creative director, praising his "non-conformist creative talent." (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

    Galliano’s Back, Joining Maison Martin Margiela

    PARIS—Once one of the biggest names in fashion design, John Galliano has been given a second chance three years after leaving Christian Dior in disgrace... Read more

  • Audience watches the teaser reel for Madison Avenue Fashion Heritage Week on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. (Shannon Liao/Epoch Times)

    Luxury Madison Avenue Brands to Throw Fashion Heritage Week

    NEW YORK—For the first time ever, Madison Avenue is throwing its own Fashion Heritage Week, with 16 participating luxury retailers signing on to delve into... Read more

  • The Bermuda Perfumery shop in Bermuda. (Image courtesy of The Bermuda Perfumery)

    Mary Celestia: The Story of a Shipwrecked Fragrance

    The year is 1864. A small bottle of precious perfume from London’s perfume house Piesse & Lubin on Bond Street, is carefully sealed with wax,... Read more

  • Iconic costumes from the Golden Age of cinema to the present, including those worn by Barbra Streisand, at the Hollywood Costume exhibition Sept. 29, in Los Angeles. The film costume exhibit opens Oct. 2 and runs through March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

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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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    How Teachers Can Help Shy Kids Learn

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    How to Survive a Plane Crash

      LONDON—They raced down the slide, one by one, like children on a playground. At the bottom, smartphone photos were snapped and high fives exchanged... Read more

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    Are French People Champions of Doubt and Pessimism?

    PARIS—Could the French people be « happy being unhappy », as suggested by The New Yorker?  Half truth, half mystery, the French melancholy surprises, makes one... Read more

  • In this Sept. 8, 2014, photo Yad Vashem archive director Haim Gertner shows a musical score with German lyrics at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial archives in Jerusalem. With survivors dying in growing numbers and their live testimonies soon to be a thing of the past, Holocaust commemoration efforts are increasingly focused around preserving the belongings that contain their stories. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

    Holocaust Experts Work to Preserve WWII-Era Items

    JERUSALEM—With survivors dying in growing numbers and their live testimonies soon to be a thing of the past, Holocaust commemoration efforts are increasingly focused around... Read more

  • The joint White House – VA roundtable discussion brought together key government agencies, education entrepreneurs and thought leaders, social impact subject matter experts and private sector employers to discuss the potential benefits of accelerated learning programs.

    VA Now Supports Accelerated Learning Programs and Other Non-Traditional Education Courses

    President Obama’s priority at the Joint VA/White House roundtable meeting was to ensure that America’s veterans find meaningful civilian employment.  To help achieve this, both... Read more

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    President Obama Supports the VA Reform

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been under fire in recent weeks. Several vets have died because they were not seen quickly enough.  President... Read more

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    Why Finland, Korea, and Czech Republic Get the Most Bang for Their Educational Buck

    There are around 1.3 billion children enrolled in primary and secondary schools worldwide. Each year, governments spend trillions of dollars on their education systems with... 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

  • A three-year old boy plays with wooden blocks at The Green House, an eco-friendly pre-school in Oklahoma City on Aug. 5. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Preschools Latest to Take on Green Movement

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    Incorporating Nature Into School Reduces Children’s Stress and Improves Learning

    By Natural News, Healing the Body In today’s public schools, psychotropic drugs like Ritalin and Adderall are now forced down kids’ throats, as administrators and... Read more

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    Musical Training Offsets Some Academic Achievement Gaps, Research Says

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    Halls full of 18-year-old freshers running riot? Bragging tales of gap year misadventure? Older students starting a university course can sometimes find it hard to... Read more

  • The new look of the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits calculator.

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    The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently updated the online GI Bill Calculator. Now it is easier than ever for veterans to find out how... Read more

  • The DRECP – What Is It?

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    How to Read Cosmetics Labels

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    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)

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    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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    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)

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  • (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

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    DIY – Dry Shampoo Ingredients

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  • Yadav Payeng, The Forest Man

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    In 2012 we shared the story of Jadav Payeng, a man who single-handedly and with dogged determination planted an entire forest in Assam. Now, you... Read more

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    10 Easy to Do Gallery Wall Projects to Transform your Home or Office Space

    Cure your empty wall conundrum with an amazingly eye-catching gallery wall! Combine pictures and objects, purposely mismatch colors, put up a whole wall of empty... Read more

  • Divers body-painted as sea creatures demonstrate for a cast-off-ban of bycatch on November 3, 2008 at a swimming pool in Berlin's Schoeneberg district. (Michael Gottschalk/AFP/Getty Images)

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    They lie abandoned on the seafloor, crusted with barnacles and shrouded in algae. There are thousands of them up and down our coasts: lost, forgotten,... Read more

  • According to the Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, the Government environmental policy protects the environment effectively, contributing to the economic recovery, job creation and innovation. (Photo provided by the Government of Spain)

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    MADRID—The Spanish government announced that its country has achieved a decrease of the emissions of greenhouse gases with 15%, due to the renewal of cars... Read more

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