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  • Older elephants with larger tusks are becoming rarer due to their ivory. (Shutterstock*)

    Plan to Build ‘CSI Elephant’ Uses DNA Forensics to Track Poachers

    The shocking news that Satao, the much-loved African Elephant who lvied in Kenya’s Tsavo East National Park, has been killed and butchered for his tusks highlights once... Read more

  • Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804) and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray (1760-1825) by Johann Zoffany. (Wikimedia)

    Belle is Fascinating, Just Don’t Compare It to 12 Years a Slave

    This article contains spoilers. Some reviewers have somewhat lazily compared Amma Asante’s recently opened film Belle to the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, that other film about slavery. But this entirelydiminishes this film, which is an opulent... Read more

  • An Argentina soccer fan watches his team's World Cup match with Iran at a live telecast inside the FIFA Fan Fest area on Copacabana beach, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, June 21, 2014. Argentina won 1-0. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    World Cup 2014 Fever

    O Jogo Bonito – the Beautiful Game – has turned ugly. Each day in the run-up to the World Cup kick-off in Rio brings fresh reports of protests breaking out... Read more

  • GTA 5 Heists--the belated DLC that's been promised for nearly a year--could be coming soon. Grand Theft Auto V, coming for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in the fall, will finally allow users to use mods for the PC. The console game “Grand Theft Auto V” at a HMV music store in London, England, Sept. 17. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

    GTA 5: PC, Xbox One, PS4 ‘GTA V’ Versions Will Likely Get Enhancements Over Xbox 360, PS3 Editions

    “Grand Theft Auto V” was announced for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC more than a week ago–a year after it was released. According... Read more

  • GTA 5 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One might be getting a release date “soon,” says a noted YouTube leaker. Grand Theft Auto V--slated to come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in the fall--could be out on Nov. 14.

    GTA Online V Heists Update: Delayed by Rockstar, While ‘Grand Theft Auto 5′ has ‘Not a Hipster’ Event

    “Grand Theft Auto V” Heists was supposed to come sometime in the spring, but it’s now officially summer. Rockstar, who released the “I’m Not a... Read more

  • Domenico Dolce, right and Stefano Gabbana acknowledge the applauses at the end of the Dolce & Gabbana men's Spring-Summer 2015 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Dolce&Gabbana Presents a Flourish of Crimson Suits

    MILAN—It’s no time to be shy about color, men. Milan Fashion Week previews opened Saturday for next summer’s menswear, and already a trend is coming... Read more

  • A Great Egret flyes from a hill near Malibu Beach 11 October 2006. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

    Wildlife Refuges Under Attack

    Most of the news coverage about the drought in California has been about how brown our lawns will become, how farmers may have to fallow... Read more

  • Taxi driver Moises Suarez navigates the Soviet-made limousine, once part of Fidel Castro's fleet, which he rents from the government, in Havana, Cuba June 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

    Fidel Castro’s Limousine Fleet Now Transports Tourists Around Havana

    HAVANA—In a former life they were the “comandante’s” cars: A fleet of black, boxy, Soviet-made limousines that for years were at the disposal of the... Read more

  • Supporters stage a protest before a hearing at the Williamson County Justice Center for Jacob Lavoro in Georgetown, Texas, on Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Deborah Cannon)

    Edible Marijuana Facing New Food Safety Testing

    DENVER—The marijuana in those pot brownies isn’t the only thing that can potentially make consumers sick. The industry and regulators are taking a closer look... Read more

  • Stephanie Kwolek wears regular house gloves made with the Kevlar she invented, June 20, 2007 (AP Photo/The News Journal, Jennifer Corbett)

    Kevlar Inventor Stephanie Kwolek Dies At 90

    WILMINGTON, Del.—Police Lt. David Spicer took four .45-caliber slugs to the chest and arms at point-blank range and lived to tell about it. Like thousands... Read more

  • Sac and Fox, 1898 (Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd/Dynamic Chrome)

    Meticulous Colorization Brings History Back to Life (Photo Gallery)

    Jordan Lloyd’s meticulous colorization of black-and-white photos brings the viewer right into the American Civil War, Times Square in olden days, or the March on... Read more

  • Spacious and comfortable to ride, the 2014 Buick LaCrosse is a giant car with small fuel consumption. (Buick)

    2014 Buick LaCrosse: Gentle Giant With Small Consumption

    The 2014 Buick LaCrosse offers a comfortable interior, a quiet ride and excellent fuel economy.  Is the Buick LaCrosse the right large car for you?... Read more

  • At this year's Concorso d'Eleganza at Villa d'Este in Lake Como, Italy, this Jaguar XK 120 was the top star. (AOL)

    Jaguar XK120: Watch $3 Million-Car That Hooks Jay Leno, George Clooney and Clark Gable

    Jay Leno was all the rage when he drove a Jaguar X K-120 at this year’s prestigious Oldtimer classic Mille Miglia. The 3 million Dollar... Read more

  • Miracle Survival: Edmund Burgess lost control of this 90 year old Bugatti race car that rolled on top of him - Burgess survived without being hurt. (AOL)

    Watch This Racer Smash His 90 Year Old $500,000 Bugatti

    This is the terrifying moment 56-year-old Edmond Burgess crashed his Bugatti worth more then $300,000 at an Oldtimer Car race in Gloucestershire in Great Britain... Read more

  • Nascar-Racers are standing at the starting line. 3D Printers are already used for the production of certain parts like airfilters. (Getty Images)

    See How 3D Printing Changes the Future of Racing (Video)

    Imagine a world where everything could be made exactly how you want it at the push of a button. Whatever your imagination sees, hears –... Read more

  • To Frack Or Not To Frack Asks Vivienne Westwood

    Vivienne Westwood: “Let’s Talk About Fracking!” (+Video)

    To Frack or not to Frack? That is the question Vivienne Westwood wants the UK to be talking about. The queen of British fashion is... Read more

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    5 Things You Wouldn’t Expect From the 2014 BMW M235i

    The M 235i is the preliminary top model of the new series of 2. Technically it is closely related to the 1 Series, yet it... Read more

  • Not for the faint of heart: the BMW M235i. (BMW)

    2014 BMW M235i: Ultimate Driving Machine, Separates the Boys from the Men

    Designed to challenge the Audi S-line in price, the 2014 BMW M235i captures the essence of BMW’s high-performance models in a less-expensive car without being... Read more

  • In this photo taken Sunday, March 2, 2014 and provided by Lucy Vigne, Chinese visitors look at souvenirs made of ivory for sale at the Benfica market on the outskirts of Luanda, Angola. The market on the outskirts of Angola’s capital sells more than 10,000 pieces of ivory, making it the largest market in southern Africa to openly sell illegal elephant tusks, according to two researchers who traveled to Luanda and surveyed the items of ivory for sale, seeking to raise awareness of the dangers the ivory trade poses to the existence of Africa’s elephants. (AP Photo/Lucy Vigne)

    Largest Tusk Market Has 10,000 for Sale as Activists Battle Poaching in Africa

    NAIROBI, Kenya—The craft market just north of Angola’s capital sells paintings, hand-carved wooden animals and newly woven baskets. It also sells more than 10,000 pieces... Read more

  • People swim in the Rio Negro in Manaus, Brasilia, Monday, June 16, 2014 despite  staying in the water despite downpours.       (AP Photo/Chris Lehourites)

    Summer Solstice 2014: When is the First Day of Summer This Year?

    The first day of summer in 2014 is Saturday, June 21. The first day is called the solstice and is celebrated only in the Northern... Read more

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    Good Karma (Video)

    From our friends at HooplaHa, a great inspiration! You never know when seemingly unfortunate circumstances may lead to unexpected opportunities. This video is a cute... Read more

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    The Real Meaning of Halloween

    Halloween to most of us means candy, costumes and trick-or- treating. For New Yorkers it means one of the biggest parades of the year –... Read more

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    Hank D and the Bee: Hank’s Halloween Costume

    Yep, that’s a Jeff McIntire-Strasburg mask–Sustainablog founder, Sundance Channel contributor, and the person who got me my cartooning start! The mask may be niche, but... Read more

  • An American Airlines jet prepares to land as a Spirit Airlines jet taxis at O'Hare International Airport on September 19, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Bird Hits Plane, Forces Flight to Return to Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES—A Spirit Airlines flight forced to return to Los Angeles International Airport because of a bird strike is back on its way to Florida... Read more

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    Halloween In China?

    I love Halloween! It may be my favorite holiday. Countries in the East do not have Halloween, but they do celebrate something similar. Just as... Read more

  • The cover of “Study of Pose,” a coffee table-style book of 1000 poses compiled by supermodel Coco Rocha with photographer Steven Sebring. (AP Photo/HarperCollins Publishers)

    Coco Rocha Showcases the Art of Posing in New Book

    NEW YORK—Supermodel Coco Rocha is known for her ability to strike a pose, but she says it wasn’t always appreciated. Her modeling career began with... Read more

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    Staying Safe on Halloween

    Halloween tricks and pranks can be fun, but never at the expense of child safety. Share some easy and effective tips with kids and other... Read more

  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a conference hosted by the Financial Times newspaper titled 'Restoring Competitiveness' at the Ritz hotel on Oct. 14, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. (Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

    Economic Recommendations to Spain by European Commission

    MADRID—In October 2014, the European Commission (EC) proposed a series of measures for Spain, says its report Country-Specific Recommendations 2014. Among these suggestions, EC stresses... Read more

  • A bizarre spectacle from 1935 showing a ten stone little boy on show for people to watch. One even feeds him a chocolate bar. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ten Stone Baby Filmed in 1935 (Video)

    A bizarre spectacle from 1935 showing a ten stone little boy on show for people to watch. One even feeds him a chocolate bar.…... Read more

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    The Introverted Face

     In light of many recent articles touting people’s judgmental abilities, Olivola and Princeton University’s Friederike Funk and Alexander Todorov say that a careful look at... Read more

  • ‘Pretend I’m not here’. (Shutterstock*)

    Why Do We Find It so Hard to Write About Ourselves?

    If you’ve ever applied for a job, you know how hard it is to write the perfect cover letter that will make you stand out... Read more

  • This Oct. 15, 2014 photo shows a chrysanthemum display at Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo, of a plant whose blossoms are not quite in full bloom yet, grown into an unusual shape. As in the U.S., mums in Japan are beloved as a symbol of autumn, but in Japan they are also a national symbol, appearing on the imperial crest, passports and even the 50-yen coin, and they are celebrated in shows and festivals. (AP Photo/Linda Lombardi)

    Japan’s Chrysanthemums: More Than Symbol of Autumn

    TOKYO— When Americans think of flowers and Japan, we think of cherry blossoms. But to the Japanese, there’s a flower for every time of year,... Read more

  • The next generation of Swedish coins on display. According to a new report, however, Sweden may move toward a cashless society as early as 2030. (Courtesy of Riksbanken)

    Sweden May Become First Cashless Society

    GOTHENBURG, Sweden—Sweden could become one of the first cashless countries, a new report finds. Swedes already conduct four out of five transactions without involving cash... 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

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    Why Daylight Saving Time Is Bad for Health

    By Jonathan Benson, contributing writer to Natural News Every fall, much of the world rolls back its clocks as part of the bi-annual daylight saving... Read more

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    New Research Shows a High Protein Breakfast Dramatically Reduces Cravings for Sugar and High Fat Foods

    I’m always looking for new healthy food ideas. Here is the latest. These researchers were interested in how different breakfasts affect dopamine. Dopamine is a... Read more

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    The Real Meaning of Halloween

    Halloween to most of us means candy, costumes and trick-or- treating. For New Yorkers it means one of the biggest parades of the year –... Read more

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    How to Prepare for Marathon Race Day

    The best way to train a couple of days before a marathon is to stop training altogether. How long you can exercise a muscle depends... Read more

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    5 Tips for a Healthier Gut

    Over 2000 years ago, Hippocrates declared that “all disease begins in the gut.” Yet it is only recently that modern medicine has begun to document... Read more

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    Can Pumpkins Ward Off Diabetes?

    Pumpkins may or may not fend off evil spirits on Halloween, but scientists suspect they do possess medicinal properties that could help treat diabetes. The... Read more

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    Not so Sweet: Chocolate Prices Are Set to Rise

    NEW YORK—That bowl of chocolates for ninjas and ghosts won’t cost you more this Halloween. Picking the perfect sweet for your Valentine could. The cost... Read more

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    Worst Halloween Candy for Your Teeth (+ Better Options)

    Mmmm…sticky, gooey Halloween candies are often the favorites treats of little ghost and goblins. They’re fun, but these Mouth Monsters can really do a number... Read more

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    NYC Marathon: Tips to Finish Injury-Free

    With the NYC Marathon less than a three days away, now is the time for runners to start focusing on race-day safety. Nurse practitioner Jasmine... Read more

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    Healthier Halloween Candy for Trick-Or-Treaters

    Halloween means trick-or-treating, and that means buying candy to pass out to children who knock on your door expecting a treat. The trouble is that... Read more

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    Your Fault You’re Fat? I Don’t Buy It.

    This last week, my working week started in London and ended in Mexico City. Beginning on one side of the ocean in the Queen’s Capital... Read more

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    Blood Test Might Diagnose Alzheimer’s Much Earlier

    A simple blood test might diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s disease with increased accuracy and much sooner than currently possible. Previous research has found that changes... Read more

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    Toxic Colors

    Food is primarily about taste, but as the saying goes, “we eat first with the eyes.” No one knows this better than the food industry... Read more

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    A Few Carrots Can Help Overweight Kids Get Healthier

    Even small amounts of green and orange vegetables can improve the health of overweight and obese children, regardless of whether they lose weight, a new... Read more

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    How Hospital Trash Could Save Lives Abroad

    Together, major hospitals in the US throw away at least $15 million a year in unused surgical supplies that could go to good use in... Read more

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    How Excess Weight Causes Inflammation

    An obese person with high blood levels of C3 (a marker of inflammation) has three times the chance of being diabetic as an obese person... Read more

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    5 Simple Things Healthy People Do Every Day

    1. Include Greens at Every Meal You will reap tons of health benefits from eating a variety of green foods. They happen to be the... Read more

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    Plastics Chemical Linked to Changes in Baby Boys’ Genitals

    By Lindsey Konkel, Environmental Health News Boys exposed in the womb to high levels of a chemical found in vinyl products are born with slightly... Read more

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    Halloween In China?

    I love Halloween! It may be my favorite holiday. Countries in the East do not have Halloween, but they do celebrate something similar. Just as... Read more

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    Tools of a Marathon Runner

    There’s nothing like training to become a marathon runner. Where you start and where you finish are miles apart—26.2 miles to be exact. Watching how... Read more

  • Lupin the 3rd, the creation of Japanese manga artist Monkey Punch, inspires a tile series from Italian ceramics the firm Del Conca. (AP Photo/Del Conca)

    Right at Home: Artistry and Artifice in New Tiles

    Tile has a rich and varied history in decor, from Roman floor mosaics to majolica to Delft ceramics to Mexican terracotta. These styles and more... Read more

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    Add Flair to Your Stairs With These Amazing Makeovers

    You can liven up a basement or living room and completely change your home decor, without moving a single piece of furniture. How? Give your... 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

  • To take advantage of the gorgeous autumn weather at his mountain house, designer Brian Patrick Flynn added a modern fireplace. To enhance fall style, Flynn changes up throw pillows in October by swapping summer-tones pillowcases with those more suited for autumn. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn/Hayneedle, Rustic White Photography)

    Ask a Designer: Outdoor Decorating for Fall

    Homes in the northern U.S. are treated to a measure of effortless outdoor decorating for fall: Nature does most of the work by turning the... Read more

  • The "Acorn House" built by B.C. company Nelson Tiny Houses. Prices for these tiny homes start at $35,000 for a 120 square foot house. (Courtesy Nelson Tiny Houses)

    Tiny Homes, Big Dreams

    As Canada’s overpriced housing market continues to skyrocket out of reach for many families, increasing to an average house price of nearly $410,000 last week,... 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

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    The Fashions of Bereavement

    Death, as experienced by those left behind to mourn, takes on many forms and customs. Once the actual ceremonies for the departed are over, personal... Read more

  • Victoria Beckham poses for cameras to toast her collection launch at Harvey Nichols on February 17, 2012 in London, United Kingdom. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

    Victoria Beckham Is Britain’s Entrepreneur of the Year (Video)

    From Spice Girl to Britain’s number one entrepreneur of the year, Victoria Beckham has been crushing it. Her title comes from business magazine Management Today... Read more

  • Actress Anna Kendrick at Chateau Marmont during an interview on Oct. 3 in West Hollywood, Calif. Her red, sleeveless party dress is from Kate Spade New York’s holiday collection featured in the company’s upcoming advertising campaign starring Kendrick. (Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

    Q&A: Anna Kendrick on Modeling, Movies, and Music

    LOS ANGELES—Anna Kendrick is in the holiday spirit. “I want it to be Christmas already! I just want to throw a soiree,” the bubbly actress... Read more

  • The cover of “Study of Pose,” a coffee table-style book of 1000 poses compiled by supermodel Coco Rocha with photographer Steven Sebring. (AP Photo/HarperCollins Publishers)

    Coco Rocha Showcases the Art of Posing in New Book

    NEW YORK—Supermodel Coco Rocha is known for her ability to strike a pose, but she says it wasn’t always appreciated. Her modeling career began with... Read more

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    The Posh Sale

    I recently went to the Lighthouse’s Posh Sale. The Lighthouse on Manhattan’s east side is devoted to helping the blind and visually impaired. Two or... Read more

  • Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, announced at a small press event in New York on October 23 that she is reviving Scandale, a lingerie label born in France in 1932. (AP Photo/Frazier Moore)

    Halle Berry: Underneath, Most Women Love Underwear

    NEW YORK—What’s in a bra? Femininity, sexiness, and self-empowerment, says Halle Berry, who is launching a lingerie line she says will do it all. The... Read more

  • Over robe (Uchikake) with scenes from "The Tales of Ise" Japan, Meiji period, second half of the 19th century, made of silk plain-weave crepe (kabe chirimen), paste-resist dyed (yuzen), hand-painted with ink, embroidered with silk, and couched with gold-wrapped thread. (AP Photo/Courtesy The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    Kimono’s Evolution Reflects Changing Japan

    NEW YORK—It’s difficult to imagine a more eloquent symbol of Japan than the deceptively simple, T-shaped kimono. Traditional, yet ever changing, the kimono (“thing to... Read more

  • Domenico Dolce, right and Stefano Gabbana wave on the runway after presenting their Dolce&Gabbana women's spring-summer 2015 collection, part of the Milan Fashion Week, unveiled in Milan, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 21 , 2014. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

    Italian Court Acquits Dolce&Gabbana in Tax Case

    MILAN— Italy’s highest court has acquitted Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana of tax evasion in a highly publicized case that led the Milan designers to... Read more

  • Erin Walsh (Photo courtesy of Edelman)

    Confidence and a Fall Wardrobe With Stylist Erin Walsh

    If you’ve watched the crisis-solving, Prada handbag-wielding Olivia Pope in “Scandal,” you will know that behind the hugely successful style of Kerry Washington’s character is... Read more

  • Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta takes a bow with models Karlie Kloss, (L) and Daria Strokous, (R) after his Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week on Sept. 9 in New York. He was a favorite of socialites and movie stars alike. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff, File)

    His Life, His Work: Remembering Fashion Designer Oscar de la Renta

    NEW YORK—At his Fashion Week runway show in September, Oscar de la Renta sat in his usual spot: in a chair right inside the wings,... 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)

    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

  • The Louis Vuitton Foundation building is pictured before the presentation of Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion collection in Paris, France, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The foundation, designed by American architect Frank Gehry, will open its doors to the public on Oct. 27 , 2014. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Louis Vuitton $100M Venue Outshines Show, Celebs

    PARIS—Louis Vuitton’s show caused traffic chaos early Wednesday with photographers clambering to get the must-have shot of attendees Jennifer Connelly, Selena Gomez, Sofia Coppola and... Read more

  • Elie Saab, Paris, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

    Paris Fashion Week Highlights

    Givenchy Goes Balkan PARIS—In front of a celebrity-filled front row including singer Ciara and actress Juliette Binoche, Tisci went Balkan. With graphic and tight-filling silhouettes—in... Read more

  • 2014 VW Beetle GSR (Photo by Benjamin Yong)

    2014 Volkswagen GSR

    Much like the special edition Super Beetle released last year, the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR is a throwback to the 1973 vehicle of the same... Read more

  • 2015 Mazda5 (Courtesy of Mazda)

    2015 Mazda5 Grand Touring

    Mazda5 is surprisingly spacious and easy to configure, while providing up to 44.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the 50/50-split 3rd-row seatbacks folded down... Read more

  • 2015 Audi A3 sedan (Courtesy Audi)

    2015 Audi A3 Sedan 1.8 TFSI

    The Audi A3 has a passionate design, with swooping lines and brilliant detail. Its wide pillars and low roofline give it a “coupe-like” feature. The... Read more

  • 2014 Lexus LS 460
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    2014 Lexus LS 460 AWD: Better to Drive or Be Driven?

    As the Lexus flagship, the LS 460 has always been a leader in luxury and refinement. It continues to evolve and improve with each new... Read more

  • Chevrolet Colorado (Courtesy NetCarShow.com)

    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

  • Lexus NX 300h (Lexus)

    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

  • The 2015 Honda Fit EX. Screenshot from video.

    2015 Honda Fit Video Review: A Subcompact That’s Second to None

      Watch as Nathan Adlen of TFLCar reviews the new 2015 Honda Fit, and find out why he considers it the ‘Swiss Army Knife of... Read more

  • The Ferrari 458 Spider. Screenshot from video.

    Video: Ferrari’s 458 Spider a Stunning Piece of Engineering

      This is a Ferrari 458 Spider. It’s got a 4.5L V8 with 562 brake horsepower. It boasts a top speed of 198 miles per... Read more

  • This March 6, 2014, image provided by AAA Foundation via DanCampbellPhotography.com shows driver during the Cognitive Distraction Phase II testing in Salt Lake City. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse. (AP Photo/DanCampbellPhotographer.com via AAA Foundation)

    The Dangers of Talking to Your Car

    WASHINGTON—Just because you can talk to your car doesn’t mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may... Read more

  • 2014 Ford Focus ST (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    2014 Ford Focus ST: A Little Car With Serious Performance

    If you’re not a car person, you might not realize that the hot-rod Ford Focus that graced my driveway is the result of years of... Read more

  • 2014 Chrysler Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition (Chrysler)

    2014 Chrysler Town & Country 30th Anniversary Edition

    The 30th Anniversary Edition was built in a spirit of celebration since it was 30 years ago that Chrysler invented the minivan. Only the Limited... Read more

  • The 2016 Mercedes AMG GT sports car, as unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in October 2014. Screenshot from video.

    Video: Is the Mercedes-AMG GT a Porsche Killer?

        This is the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT, but they might as well have called it “The Porsche Killer.” That’s what the GT is firmly... Read more

  • The new Jaguar XE, displayed at the Paris Auto Show in October 2014. Screenshot from video.

    Video: The New Jaguar XE at the Paris Auto Show

        This is the Jaguar XE, the newest and smallest car offered by the British luxury brand. With this compact sedan, Jaguar is taking... Read more

  • A Ferrari 458 speciale is presented at the Paris Motor Show, in Paris, Thursday Oct. 2, 2014. The Paris Motor Show will open its doors to the public on Saturday Oct. 4, until Oct. 19. Carmakers are hoping to impress with new models at this week's Paris Motor Show and prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

    Ferrari Takes Top Off With 458 Speciale A

    PARIS— The top draw at Ferrari’s stand at the Paris Motor Show is its 458 Speciale A – ‘A’ for Aperta, which means ‘open’ in... Read more

  • A hostess poses next to a Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 AT during the press day at the Motor Show in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. European carmakers are hoping to impress with new models at this week's Paris Motor Show and prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Lamborghini Tests Out Hybrid Supercar

    PARIS— Lamborghini’s Asterion LPI 910-4 concept was one of the most hotly anticpated unveilings of the Paris Motor Show, and the Italian supercar maker didn’t... Read more

  • Renault Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn addresses members of the media at the Paris Motor Show, in Paris, Thursday Oct. 2, 2014. The Paris Motor Show will open its doors to the public on Saturday Oct. 4, until Oct. 19.  Carmakers are hoping to impress with new models at this week's Paris Motor Show and prove they have come out stronger from years of economic trouble and cost-cutting. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Renault, Daimler Execs to Expand Partnership

    PARIS— Executives from Renault-Nissan and Daimler AG say their expanding partnership is on track and pledged to further grow the business. Renault Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn... Read more

  • The 2015 BMW X6, unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in October 2014. Screenshot from video.

    Video: 2015 BMW X6 SUV at the Paris Auto Show

        BMW unveiled its new model of its X6 SUV at the Paris Auto Show on Thursday. Watch as BMW X6 Product Manager Jens... Read more

  • The 2015 MINI Cooper SD 5-Door. Courtesy of BMW.

    Video: MINI’s First 5-Door Model Unveiled

      The iconic MINI is 55-years old. But despite its many makeovers, it’s not been available as a 5-door model. This is all about to... Read more

  • 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop in red. Screenshot from video.

    Video: 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop Review

      Compared to the higher performing MINI Cooper S, the 2014 MINI Cooper Hardtop seems like its less well-endowed little brother. But if the Cooper... Read more

  • The 2015 Subaru WRX. Screenshot from video.

    Video: 2015 Subaru WRX Jammed Fuel Door Workaround

      Autoblog’s 2015 Subaru WRX test car only has about 6,500 miles on it, but it suffers from an annoying problem. Its fuel door won’t... Read more

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    Spain Passes “Stress Test” of the European Central Bank

    MADRID—On October 26  2014, the European Central Bank (ECB) published its overall evaluation that reveals “the financial health of 130 European banks in the Eurozone,... Read more

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    Wait, Americans Spend How Much on Halloween?

    U.S. retail sales were disappointing in September, worrying analysts that consumers may be feeling stretched or cautious as the biggest shopping season of the year... Read more

  • The next generation of Swedish coins on display. According to a new report, however, Sweden may move toward a cashless society as early as 2030. (Courtesy of Riksbanken)

    Sweden May Become First Cashless Society

    GOTHENBURG, Sweden—Sweden could become one of the first cashless countries, a new report finds. Swedes already conduct four out of five transactions without involving cash... 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

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    10 Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget

    Eating healthy doesn’t always need to be expensive – with some guidance and a little bit of planning, you can be eating healthfully while saving... Read more

  • Financial numbers flow on the digital ticker tape at the TMX Group in Toronto's financial district. (The Canadian Press/Darren Calabrese)

    Why the Best Dividend Stocks Are Your Most Reliable Investment

    Dividends rarely get the respect they deserve, especially from beginning investors.  That’s because a dividend-paying stock’s yearly 2–3 percent or 5 percent yield barely seems... Read more

  • Silly Sales Tactics You Fall For Every Day

    Whenever you shop, whether it’s for food, clothing or just about anything else, odds are good that you often spent more than you meant to... Read more

  • For Cassandra Rose and Conrad Goetzinger, shown on the porch of their home in Omaha, Neb., wage garnishments are the single largest expense in their budget. (Eric Francis/AP for ProPublica)

    Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection

    Critics say the 1968 federal law that allows collectors to take 25 percent of debtors’ wages, or every penny in their bank accounts, is out... Read more

  • To be a successful real estate investor, you need a clear idea of the right strategies and objectives that are appropriate for your situation. (Fotolia)

    Six Considerations Before Starting to Invest in Real Estate

    Before you dive headfirst into real estate investing, there are a number of things you need to think about. Real estate investing is not just... Read more

  • Use your military BAH to build a portfolio of income-producing real estate (Shutterstock*)

    Using Your Military BAH to Build Your Wealth

    The military can be a gold-mine, if you choose to dig it. It’s no secret that military members move around the country or world quite... Read more

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    Join a Co-Op and Bulk Up for Cheap!

    Grocery prices got you down? Organic foods seem out of your budget? Join a co-op and buy your natural foods in bulk. Order ahead and... Read more

  • ( Ed Yourdon, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

    5 Ways Families on Real Budgets Can Afford Organic Food

    By Mike Adams, editor of Natural News Everybody who cares about their health wants to eat organic, non-GMO foods, but the challenge is being able... Read more

  • Agrium’s headquarters is pictured in Calgary on May 7, 2014. The company has been very active in buying back its own stock over the past few years. (The Canadian Press/Larry MacDougal)

    Why Investors Should Get More Excited About Share Buybacks

    Wise investors always value dividends, but many investors don’t realize that share buybacks can be just as valuable as dividends, and in some cases, more... Read more

  • Once people reach a certain threshold of material comfort, extra money makes very little difference. (ellyn.CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Can Money Buy Happiness?

    If survey data are to be trusted, there’s a surprisingly weak relationship between money and happiness. As national incomes rise, happiness does not increase. Consider... Read more

  • This property in Ottawa is an example of one that was recently closed and will be used for a rent to own. (Innovalty Investments)

    Rent-to-Own as a Successful Real Estate Investment Strategy

    A popular type of real estate investment strategy is what is known as “rent-to-own” investing, or “lease option” investing. I will use the term “rent-to-own”... Read more

  • Investment properties in the U.S. can create additional tax filing requirements for Canadians depending on how the property is used. (Fotolia)

    Considerations for Canadians on Owning US Real Estate

    More and more Canadians are purchasing U.S. real estate for personal and/or rental use. It’s important to understand how different ownership options lead to different... Read more

  • Vacation homes can create difficult tax considerations when transferring to children or grandchildren. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    The 3 Hidden Financial Traps of Cottage Ownership

    If you already have a cottage in the family, there may be looming ownership, tax, and estate-planning problems if you’re thinking of selling or transferring... Read more

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    Exploring the Nascent Future of Bitcoin (Videos)

    In terms of a life-cycle of technology, it is easy to see Bitcoin as being at the same developmental stage as babies going through the... Read more

  • Aerial view of Manhattan looking south over Central Park on July 1, 2007, in New York City. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

    Selling Real Estate With Gadgets

    The real estate industry has long been a word-of-mouth driven hub of activity where brokers guarded all the information. The power of a referral is... Read more

  • Depending on the degree of distress, a home’s fix-up costs can be elevated, requiring additional skill in managing the renovations. (AP photo/Jim Mone)

    Estimating Costs Critical in Buy, Fix, and Flip Real Estate Investing

    In my last article, I talked about the two most popular real estate investment strategies. Last time we covered buy, rent, and hold; this article... Read more

  • A stamp celebrating Italian emigration of the past century. The migration continues unabated, thanks to the economic downturn. 
‘Italian Emigration in the World’ says the stamp.(Shutterstock*)

    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

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    How Environment Can Boost Creativity

    Darkness and dim lighting can encourage freedom of thought, which leads to a more prolific generation of ideas, according to a recent paper in the... Read more

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    Working Alone ‘Together’ Can Be Good Motivation

    The sense that you’re not the only one tackling a challenge—even if you’re physically alone—can increase motivation, say researchers. As the new study notes, people... Read more

  • "When you are talking about persuasion or influence, it is really all about relating to people and seeing things from other people’s perspective." (Pinsi Lei Photography)

    How to Work New York

    When you meet Richard, it’s hard not to feel intimidated.  At the age of 22, he has managed to build a successful PR agency with... Read more

  • The Department of Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation Program

    Hidden Secrets of the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program

    One of the least understood benefits the military has to offer is the Vocational Rehabilitation program, also called Chapter 31.  This is unfortunate, for it... Read more

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    Women Who ‘Lean in’ Often Soon Leave Engineering Careers, Study Finds

    Nearly 40 percent of women who earn engineering degrees quit the profession or never enter the field, and for those who leave, poor workplace climates... Read more

  • Contrary to popular belief, leisure time is not the first preoccupation of the French people. Work comes first. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)

    Work or Leisure: a French Study on Living Conditions

    PARIS—Cabinet shuffle, rising unemployment, a freeze in salaries … What is the true yearning of the French people? What do they associate their success with?... Read more

  • Diwali celebrations in the City of London.(everheardofaspacebar, CC BY)

    Bankers Should Look Eastwards for Ethical Guidance

    The crash of 2008 revealed an ethical crisis in banking, one of our most powerful and critical industries. To encourage bankers to clean up their... Read more

  • This photo combination shows the 10 highest-paid CEOs of 2013, as calculated by The Associated Press and Equilar, an executive pay research firm. Top row, from left: Anthony Petrello, Nabors Industries, $68.2 million; Leslie Moonves, CBS, $65.6 million; Richard Adkerson, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, $55.3 million; Stephen Kaufer, TripAdvisor, $39 million; and Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million. Bottom row, from left: Leonard Schleifer, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, $36.3 million; Robert Iger, Walt Disney, $34.3 million; David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $33.3 million; Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner, $32.5 million; and Brian Roberts, Comcast, $31.4 million. (AP Photo)

    5 Reasons Why CEOs Are Getting Huge Raises, and Why You Are Not

    WASHINGTON—Pay for globe-trotting CEOs has soared to new heights, even as most workers remain grounded by paychecks that are barely budging. While pay for the... Read more

  • How to Succeed at Working Remotely Without Going Crazy

    The Challenge: You recently joined the 13.4 million Americans who work remotely at least once a week. The flexibility is great, but home office pitfalls... Read more

  • Deborah Asseraf (L) and Danielle Oteri in the Ace Hotel, Manhattan, April 22. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    Women Entrepreneurs Infuse Events With Passion

    NEW YORK—It takes a lot to make history lectures or business presentations exciting. Yet two aspiring New York City businesswomen, Danielle Oteri and Deborah Asseraf,... Read more

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    How to Succeed at Working Remotely Without Going Crazy

    The Challenge: You recently joined the 13.4 million Americans who work remotely at least once a week. The flexibility is great – but home office... Read more

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    Top 6 iPhone Apps to Help Advertising Executives Sell More

    If you are in the business of selling advertising, regardless of your title and if you’re prospecting for new ad clients you can probably take... Read more

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    Happy People Work Harder (Especially If They Get Chocolate)

    Economists at the University of Warwick have found happiness increases productivity by around 12%. Andrew Oswald, Eugenio Proto and Daniel Sgroi carried out a number... Read more

  • Randi Zinn welcomes her guests to the Beyond Mom Mixer: A Facilitated Networking Experience for Forward-Thinking Moms in New York City. (Courtesy of Randy Zinn/Photo Benton Sampson)

    Tips for Networking Moms in New York City

    Many of us are seeking meaningful connections in this giant, overpopulated city. Networking can be tough. It’s hard to know the best communities to place... Read more

  • Are you wasting time?

    10 Everyday Tasks That Can Be Skipped

    Much of the time so desperately needed throughout the day could be gained by getting rid of time-wasting tasks.…... Read more

  • Burger

    Big Whopper Economics in Fast-Food Franchises

    In August, Larry and Kathryn Baerns and their son, Christopher, filed court papers charging that the two new Steak ’n Shake restaurants they had just... Read more

  • Malan, left, has audience members help to illustrate a point. 

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    Teaching with Elan

    David Malan is standing before the audience in Longfellow Hall asking for step-by-step instructions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In front of... Read more

  • Intensive Care Needed

    More Education and Lower Workload for Nurses Sees Patients’ Lives Saved

    Hospitals where nurses are qualified to bachelor’s degree level and have lower patient-to-nurse ratios have lower mortality rates. In a cross-European study published in The... Read more

  • More than a third of UK universities have given up teaching European language degrees.

    UK: We Need to Fall Back in Love With Learning Languages

    The drop in applications to European language programmes at UK universities will not have come as a great shock to anybody teaching languages. For at... Read more

  • (SamiraBouaou, Epochtimes)

    6 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

    Halloween is often a very busy night with the doorbell ringing, kids running around in costumes, and candy everywhere! To keep the celebration fun and... Read more

  • Having your children help make banana ghosts and tangerine jack-o-lanterns will get them excited to eat healthier treats. (hemeroskopion/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Healthy Halloween Treats and Sweets

    When I think of Halloween, I think of fun childhood memories, pumpkin picking, carving jack-o-lanterns, costume parties, and of course trick-or-treating. In the United States,... Read more

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    How to Create an Unforgettable Kid’s Halloween Costume From Scratch

    Although parents are actually spending a lot more time with their kids than they were fifteen years ago, many working mothers and fathers feel as... Read more

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    At What Age Should We Put Kids on a Digital Media Diet?

    A recent New York Times article points to a glaring inconsistency between the amount of “screen time” toddlers have using tablets, phones and computers –... Read more

  • Children play with digital tablets on October 19, 2013, during the 'Kidexpo' show at the Porte de Versailes exhibition center in Paris. (Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images)

    5 Tips to Protect Your Child from Digital Dangers

    A couple gathers their closest friends and family around the table. The couple is excited, nervous, anxious, and full of joy, all at the same... Read more

  • "We're not surprised delay discounting appears in the realm of parental decision-making," says Nathan Call. "Clinicians know this is a problem. But I think if we can measure it, we can possibly predict it or change it." (Jonny Hughes/Flickr)

    Why Parents Give Up on Changing Kids’ Behavior

    People tend to focus on the short term, and care more about potential benefits that are available immediately. Psychologists and economists call this tendency for... 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 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)

    Domestic Violence in US: Data Tells Complex Story

    For weeks, amid allegations involving several NFL players, domestic violence has been the focus of intense national attention. Does the turmoil reflect a worsening epidemic... Read more

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    Does Work Leave You Tired, Stressed With No Time for Family? You’re Not Alone

    It’s Work-Life Week, when employers and employees are asked to think about how they juggle their working lives and to perhaps try to strike a... Read more

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    Enjoy the Now: Being Present With Your Children

    In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control... Read more

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    Healthy Frozen Blueberry Cheesecake Treats DIY

    Have you ever wondered how to make super-healthy frozen cheesecake cubes or popsicles? Well even if you haven’t, you might still want to check out these... Read more

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    The Perils of Attachment Parenting

    I could tell from the dad’s voice that he was at the end of his tether. He hadn’t slept in eight months and was utterly... Read more

  • Contrary to popular belief, leisure time is not the first preoccupation of the French people. Work comes first. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images)

    Work or Leisure: a French Study on Living Conditions

    PARIS—Cabinet shuffle, rising unemployment, a freeze in salaries … What is the true yearning of the French people? What do they associate their success with?... Read more

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    In Relationships, Be Deliberate

    A report released  from the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia looks at the many factors that predict a high quality marriage. One of... Read more

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    Forget About the Oven: Chocolate Fridge Cake Classic

    Treasured memories of childhood often involve time spent in the kitchen creating new recipes and making a mess. There are so many recipes you can... Read more

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    Tips for Parents: To Post or Not to Post?

    Privacy-wary parents are increasingly pausing before they post photos, names and other information about their wee ones on social media. Some are choosing a complete... Read more

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    Unseen City: A Short Journey to Another World

    NEW YORK—Sometimes I feel like I spend a lot of time attempting to convince overworked colleagues to get out and enjoy New York City. There... Read more

  • The stainless steel the Splash Box has a tight-fitting silicone lid that is easy to open but won’t leak. (AP Photo/ECOlunchbox)

    Back to School Means Back to Lunch

    Ready for another 180? Sure, you’ve braced your kids for the early mornings. You’ve bought them their shoes and shirts and binders and book covers... Read more

  • Geraldine Murray (L), 91, and Helen Murray, 92, at their home in Delair, New Jersey, July 16, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    91-Year Relationship: Nonagenarian Sisters Bound by Family Values

    DELAIR, N.J.—Helen Murray, 92, and her 91-year-old sister, Geraldine Murray, have lived together their entire lives in a small, quaint southern New Jersey town not... 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

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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*)

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