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  • FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son." Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

    Adrian Peterson Cut? Vikings RB Just Suspended

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team “made a mistake” in bringing back... Read more

  • Sarah Harkins, a student at the University of Georgia, in her recently purchased car, a 2011 Kia Forte, in Athens, Ga.,on Sept. 8. Price, gas mileage, and durability were critical considerations for Harkins. (AP Photo/AJ Reynolds)

    Women Buying a Car Want What Men Want—Usually

    DETROIT—What do women want in a car? The same things men do—with subtle differences. Exterior styling and overall value are the most important things to... Read more

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    LeBron 12 Shoes: Nike Reveals New 12s Sneakers (Photos)

    Nike has unveiled the new LeBron 12 shoes–the first since LeBron James departed the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The shoes were unveiled by... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son." Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

    Nelson Peterson, Bonita Jackson: Adrian Peterson Father, Mother Info

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson’s booking on a child abuse charge Saturday has created another crisis for the embattled NFL, already derided... Read more

  • In this Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 photo, Dennis Rodman gestues during an interview after a promotional event to pitch a vodka brand in Chicago. Rodman looked fit and at ease, not squirming even once _ a childhood habit that earned the nickname "The Worm." He said he wouldn't talk about his relationship with Kim or North Korean politics, including its horrific human-rights record and secretive nuclear weapons program.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Dennis Rodman ISIS Meeting? ‘Leaves US To Talk With Leaders Of’ Islamic State isn’t Real, Satire

    An article saying Dennis Rodman, the former Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs player, will meet with the leaders of ISIS (Islamic State) is satire... Read more

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    Your (Online) Life After Death

    NEW YORK—Sure, you have a lot to do today — laundry, bills, dinner — but it’s never too early to start planning for your digital... Read more

  • Jeremy Lin (7) drives against Portland Trail Blazers' Thomas Robinson (41) and Mo Williams (25) during the first half of game six of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series game in Portland, Ore., Friday May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

    Lakers Rumors, News 2014: Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant, Byron Scott, and Ryan Hollins

    Jeremy Lin is reportedly working on his defense in preparation for the 2014-2015 season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers training camp is just... Read more

  • Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore pose backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

    Macklemore Dies? No, ‘RIP Macklemore’ Death Hoax Now Viral on Twitter

    Macklemore, the Seattle-born rapper, has not died as some Twitter users have claimed. There was a hashtag going around saying #RIPMacklemore on Tuesday, confusing many. It... 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

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    ‘3,000-Year-Old Bible Mystery Surfaces … It Reveals The Biggest Catastrophe Ever–and Most Are Not Prepared!’ Article Based on New Comments From Rabbi Jonathan Cahn Going Viral

    A new article based on comments by author Rabbi Jonathan Cahn is going viral with claims that he’s revealed “the biggest catastrophe ever.” Cahn, who... Read more

  • FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday's game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. Attorney Rusty Hardin says the charge accuses Peterson of using a branch, or switch, to spank his son. He says Peterson has cooperated with authorities and "used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son." Hardin says Peterson regrets the incident but never intended to harm the boy. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

    Adrian Peterson Son Pictures? Sons Not ID’ed; New Allegations Emerge

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Adrian Peterson was back at Minnesota Vikings headquarters on Monday, and the first thing fullback Jerome Felton did when he saw his star... 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

  • Sandy Busby Dies: Son of Manchester United’s Matt Busby Dead

    Sandy Busby, the son of the Manchester United club’s former manager Matt Busby, has died, according to reports. Manchester’s official website posted a statement about... Read more

  • Other birds are missing out. (YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

    Most Birds Can’t Taste Sugar – Here’s Why the Hummingbird Can

    Chickens are not fussy eaters. Any object resembling food is worth an exploratory peck. But give a chicken the choice between sugary sweets and seeds,... Read more

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    DIY: Natural Floor Cleaning

    By Michael Edwards, Organic Lifestyle Magazine Our floors are the largest surface area in our homes that require regular cleaning. If we use chemicals, we... Read more

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    2015 Nissan Rogue SL FWD

    Rogue. “Formerly a vagabond. A fun loving, mischievous person. Or creature [in this case a car] that wanders apart from the herd and is fierce... Read more

  • In this file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama signs the Violence Against Women Act into law at the Department of the Interior March 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Obama Opens Campaign Against Campus Sexual Assault

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign from the White House Friday, with a... Read more

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    Eminem Heroin Hoax: ‘Quits Music After Checking Into Rehab Again For Addiction’ is Fake

    An article saying Eminem is in rehab for an addiction to heroin and has “quit” music is fake. The bogus article was published on Huzlers.com,... Read more

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    Filing a VA Disability Compensation Claim (Step-by-Step)

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides Disability Compensation to eligible veterans, and it is something almost every veteran should apply for. For one, most veterans qualify... Read more

  • The parents-to-be were attending an ultrasound when the scan captured their child clapping. Not wanting to miss such a perfect introduction, the couple took their doctor’s advice to make a video as Jennifer serenaded her baby. (AOL Screenshot)

    Ultrasound Baby Claps Along With Mother’s Song (Video)

    Jennifer and her husband were trying to decide the best way to announce their pregnancy, when they received a suggestion from within the womb. The... Read more

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    Best of Jae C. Hong: Check Out the Greatest Shots of This LA Photographer

    Jae C. Hong started shooting for the Korea Times in 1997. Since then he moved on to The Associated Press and created a praiseworthy lineup... Read more

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    How to Be a Better Husband: Find Common Ground

    People grow apart. It’s as natural as people growing closer—they develop different interests, have different time or money demands, or they may begin cultivating new... Read more

  • A caretaker comforts cubs of African lioness named Rani or Queen, at a house of their owner who has adopt them as pet on Thursday, March 26, 2015, in Multan, Pakistan. The African lioness named Queen has given birth to five healthy cubs. Queen's two other cubs, shown here, are 9 months old. Lions normally have litters of two or three cubs. (AP Photo/Asim Tanveer)

    Pet Lioness in Pakistan Gives Birth to 5 Cubs

    MULTAN, Pakistan—It’s a baby boom for the owner of a pet lioness in central Pakistan. The African lioness named Queen has given birth to five... Read more

  • Do you ever confuse right from left? (David D., CC BY 2.0)

    Why Some People Have Trouble Telling Left From Right (And Why It’s So Important)

    Do you ever have trouble telling right from left? For example you’re taking a driving lesson and the instructor asks you to take a left... Read more

  • Music unifies the world into a whole. (Feliciano Guimarães/Flickr, CC BY-SA 4.0)

    How Music Helps Resolve Our Deepest Inner Conflicts

    Billions of people enjoy music; many feel that they can’t live without it. Why? It’s a question that has puzzled scientists and philosophers for centuries... Read more

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    Matzo As Pizza? No Thanks. But As Lasagna Is Another Story

    As a child, my only experience with matzo was my dad’s pizzas. This wasn’t a good association. For a number of years, his go-to late... Read more

  • Who ate your sandwich? (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

    Co-Workers Steal Your Food From Company Fridge? Solutions Are Obvious

    You’ve probably been there before. You wake up early, fix yourself a tuna/turkey/feta sandwich with lettuce, tomato, organic mayo, and everything, wrap it up nicely,... Read more

  • A woman looks through vintage clothes at Film Biz Recycling, a shop that sells donated items from movie and theater sets, in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 30, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Top Tips for Vintage Shopping

    It seems there are those girls who know how to shop for vintage, and those who don’t—some end up with a musty sweater that looks... Read more

  • A boat travels down the Chicago River that is dyed green for St. Patrick's Day in Chicago on Saturday, March 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    St. Patrick’s Day Traditions: Is Green Beer Dye Bad for You?

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day—and welcome to the American tradition of green beer and green rivers. In some cities, such as Savannah, Georgia, and Boston, on... Read more

  • Steven Hersom shows his collection of past issues of the Epoch Times. After reading the Epoch Times, Mr. Hersom was moved to start distributing the paper on his own so that more people could read it. (Sophia Fang/Epoch Times)

    Journey of Discovery Through the Epoch Times

    Born to a military family, 61-year-old Steven Hersom lived in various countries, such as Japan and Turkey, during his childhood. “I woke up to life... Read more

  • Seven lanterns representing the seven continents of the world are released over Sydney Harbour, in a countdown to Earth Hour in 2010, in Sydney, Australia. Earth Hour 2015 is focused on the impact of global warming on rural communities and food production this year. (Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for WWF

    Earth Hour Returns in 2015 With Focus on Food Production

    SYDNEY—It’s Earth Hour time again and there are new activities planned for 2015’s lights out night—a pop-up paddock dinner in the country perhaps, or for... Read more

  • In this March 10, 2015, photo, University of Oklahoma students march to the now closed University of Oklahoma's Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house during a rally in reaction to an incident in which members of a fraternity were caught on video chanting a racial slur, in Norman, Okla. Many colleges are clamping down on campus fraternities after their reputations are sullied by race-tainted incidents. Even with a school’s sometimes swift and hard action, episodes such as the racist chants by members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter at the University of Oklahoma still surface. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Racism Not an Issue Only With Oklahoma Fraternities

    WASHINGTON—Their reputations sullied by race-tainted incidents, many colleges are clamping down on campus fraternities. Despite some swift and tough actions by schools — and in... Read more

  • Here are 10 of Earth’s most unusual features. (AOL Screenshot)

    10 of Earth’s Most Unusual Features (Video)

    Mother Nature is a brilliant creator overall, but from time to time she gets particularly creative. Here are 10 of Earth’s most unusual features. Number... Read more

  • Woodturner Jason Van Duyn arranges funerary urns in his Raleigh, N.C., studio on March 4, 2015. Van Duyn makes urns that he hopes his clients will be proud to display in their homes. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

    With Cremations Up, Urn Artists Look for the Beauty in Death

    APEX, N.C.—Of all the pieces Julie Moore crafts in her home studio, the most popular is a brightly colored fabric vessel she calls “the party... Read more

  • British film director Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) gestures as he gives a press conference in Paris to present his last movie 'Psycho' 18 October 1960. Given his chosen genre, it is a strange coincidence that he would have turned 100 years old on a Friday 13th. (STF/AFP/Getty Images)

    7 Crazy Things That Really Happened on Friday 13th

    Although any given day of the year could be filled with unusual events, there’s a particular creepy fascination with ill will that blows on Friday... Read more

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    What a Handshake Smells Like

    The most important information relayed by a handshake isn’t conveyed through touch at all. Rather, according to a team of neurobiologists from Israel’s Weizmann Institute,... Read more

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    The Power of ‘Good Enough’

    Over a decade ago, psychologist Barry Schwartz published what might be the ultimate psychological life-hacking tome, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less.​ In it, Schwartz... Read more

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    Managing the Crazy: Some Tips on Parenting Two Kids Under 2

    NEW YORK — Monaco has royal parents of newborn twins, and Britain’s Kate and William will soon have a second little prince, but will parenting... Read more

  • APTOPIX Paris Fashion Valentino

    Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson Hit Catwalk for ‘Zoolander 2′

    PARIS— To deafening cheers, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller stormed the Valentino catwalk during Paris Fashion Week in a headline-grabbing stunt to announce the decision to... Read more

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    Doctors Prescribe Exercise as “Best Preventive Drug”

    One of the key health benefits of exercise is that it helps normalize your glucose, insulin, and leptin levels by optimizing insulin and leptin receptor... Read more

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    Why Songbirds Need Your Help (Video)

    Who doesn’t love waking up to the sound of songbirds? What would spring be like without the cheerful morning orchestra that erases what’s left of... Read more

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    5 Surprising Sources of Sugar

    I stick to a mostly whole foods diet, but when I’m buying something packaged, I have a few very easy rules for reading food labels... Read more

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    The Delicious Vegetable That Helps You Fight Stress

    Let us admit: life can be tough, and stress is a reality. Be it a niggling headache or a big issue at work, factors that trigger... Read more

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    Essential Oils Guide (Infographic)

    Scents have powerful effects on our health and sense of well-being. Essential oils provide us a variety of natural scents with emotional and physiological benefits, as well... Read more

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    Steps to Detox and Beat Cancer Naturally (Video)

    “Cancer is your body’s brilliant attempt to save your life…Our bodies are amazing at detoxifying but at some point if you keep putting junk in... Read more

  • The small, round leaves of the moringa tree are packed with nutrients. (iStock/bdspn)

    The Incredible Moringa Tree

    It’s difficult to discuss moringa without feeling like you’re bragging. Some call it the miracle tree, and the number of gifts it offers makes clear... Read more

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    Just How Long Is the Most Effective Power Nap?

    Power napping for an hour can help you to learn, remember and interpret more efficiently. When I was in high school, I found that I... Read more

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    Help for Dry Skin

    It’s still winter in Minnesota, and my skin is rebelling.  My hands catch on everything I touch, and my skin itches in places that have... Read more

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    Coffee’s True Effects and Benefits – Ending the Controversy

    Coffee, the beloved warm elixir known for its life-giving properties. Were it not for this humble bean, most of us would be walking around like... Read more

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    3 Ways To Keep the Bathroom Free From Mold

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

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    8 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Detoxify

    Given what we are now exposed to through our food, air, and water, detoxification has become a modern-day necessity. Without the daily activation of ancient,... Read more

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    MIT Researcher Suspects Link Between Glyphosate, GMOs and the Autism Epidemic

    By Jonathan Benson, contributing writer to Natural News A major missing link in the search for what’s triggering a massive spike in autism rates appears to... Read more

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    When Dad’s Depressed, Toddlers Act Out

    A father’s depression—not just a mother’s—during the first years of parenting can put toddlers at risk of developing troubling behaviors such as hitting, lying, anxiety, and... Read more

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

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

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    The Right Clothes Can Help You Shed Pounds

    When it comes to weight loss, you are what you … wear. That’s right. Wearing certain clothes can help you shed pounds. And I’m not... Read more

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    Why You Need to Get out of Your Chair and 4 Ways to Do It

    We’ve all seen the headlines, where seemingly healthy office workers or college-age computer gamers have keeled over after marathon work or computer game bouts. Though... Read more

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    Weight Loss Doesn’t Always Lead to Happiness

    To lose weight is to become happier. At least, this is the narrative voiced by countless health gurus, ubiquitous advertisements, and, sometimes, overly blunt friends... Read more

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    Delay Dementia With Lifestyle

    The risk of developing dementia doubles every five years after age 65, until by age 85, almost 50 percent of North Americans suffer some degree... Read more

  • Mucus increases when we get sick, because the proteins in snot help pull invasive germs, viruses, and bacteria out of the body. (iStock/Piotr Marcinski)

    7 Natural Remedies for a Runny Nose

    You don’t realize how great it is to breathe through your nose until you can’t. Whether you suffer from allergies or a cold, excess snot... Read more

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    DIY Ideas for the Easter Brunch Table

    Make the most of your Easter celebration by preparing a brunch table with a few easy, handcrafted items. “A couple of special touches will make... Read more

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    Feds Investigate Safety of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

    RICHMOND, Va. —The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast that raised... Read more

  • Energy-efficient windows increase the comfort of your home by reducing the amount of air leaks. (eiei.home)

    Window Problems: When to Fix and When to Replace

    Spring is an ideal time to take on home renovations, but most of these improvement projects are obvious. How do you know when your windows... Read more

  • Realtor.com estimates that homeowners can recoup 87 percent of the investment of adding a deck when they sell. (BPT)

    5 Home-Improvement Projects to Help Sell Your Home

    The real estate market has improved across much of the country, but homeowners thinking about listing their homes this summer need to stay competitive to... Read more

  • This photo provided by Restoration Hardware shows a Malay table. It is a teak root cast in lightweight all-weather cement; it’s textural, wind-scoured look makes it a striking piece for a modern pool or patio deck. (AP Photo/Restoration Hardware)

    Right at Home: Concrete Gains Ground as Decorative Material

    The Pantheon. The Panama Canal. The Hoover Dam. When you think of concrete, you might imagine great feats of engineering, or at least highway overpasses... Read more

  • Senior woman choosing dress from closet at home (IPGGutenbergUKLtd/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Let’s Get Organized – Part II

    I wrote before about the virtues of having a well-ordered closet. Now here is part two of how to organize your closets, drawers, and your... Read more

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

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

  • Engineered wood floors can be used in areas where natural wood floors cannot, giving your home the look and feel of hardwood without actually using the real thing. (eieihome.com)

    Real or Engineered Hardwood Flooring?

    Choosing a floor is an essential part of any home improvement or renovation project. Homeowners looking for a classic look throughout their home may opt... Read more

  • Spring Homes-Color RDP

    From Pastels to ‘Noir,’ the Colors of 2015 Decor

    For 2015, the hot colors in home decor range from yummy ice cream pastels to a few deep, saturated hues. The pastels include blush, sky... Read more

  • Splurge on custom furniture for a small living room to get the perfect size and colour to fit the space. (Paul Chmielowiec)

    Right on the Money: Save or Splurge?

    Decorating your home is always exciting, whether you’re working with a designer or putting your own design skills to work. But when it comes time... Read more

  • Spring Homes-Evolving Modern

    Aging Gracefully: How Midcentury Modern Classics Adapted

    NEW CANAAN, Conn.— In the years after World War II, when suburban towns were still “the country,” this unassuming village an hour north of Manhattan... Read more

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    Managing the Crazy: Some Tips on Parenting Two Kids Under 2

    NEW YORK — Monaco has royal parents of newborn twins, and Britain’s Kate and William will soon have a second little prince, but will parenting... Read more

  • Homes-Houseplants As Decor

    Creative Decorating With Houseplants, From Floor to Ceiling

    In homes where space and time are precious, the future of the humble houseplant may depend on whether it can earn its keep. Houseplants that... Read more

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    6 DIY Jewelry Organizers That Double as Bedroom Decor

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

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

    10 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Look Larger

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

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

    De-Clutter Your Home

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

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

    Should You Buy a Tankless Water Heater?

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

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

    Books as Decor: Versatile but Meaningful Design Elements

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

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    6 Incredible Projects From Crafty DIY Couples

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

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

    Paper-cutting Polish Style

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

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    Spring Is the Time to Purge the Overdone YouTube Makeup Look

    Spring cleaning is a wonderful thing. It helps us DE-clutter, start anew, and perhaps also re-evaluate old things and let go of them. When it... Read more

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    It’s Spring!

    According to the calendar, it’s spring. Actually, with climate change we might still have a blizzard. But let’s think positive. With spring we have blazers, sandals,... Read more

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    The Caped Crusader: Susana Colina

    Venezuelan born, New York-based designer Susana Colina is a designer on a mission. Whilst most of us know the benefits of organic food, fewer are... Read more

  • Senior woman choosing dress from closet at home (IPGGutenbergUKLtd/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Let’s Get Organized – Part II

    I wrote before about the virtues of having a well-ordered closet. Now here is part two of how to organize your closets, drawers, and your... Read more

  • Janna Melonkvist with her Michael Kors handbag at Union Square in New York, August 4, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Do You See What I’m Wearing? How Clothes Reveal Who We Are

    Remember the social media storm about the color of the dress? Did you see blue and black or white and gold? It was some harmless... Read more

  • A woman looks through vintage clothes at Film Biz Recycling, a shop that sells donated items from movie and theater sets, in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 30, 2014. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Top Tips for Vintage Shopping

    It seems there are those girls who know how to shop for vintage, and those who don’t—some end up with a musty sweater that looks... Read more

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    Doris Raymond of ‘L.A. Frock Stars’ on the Anthropology of Vintage

    She has been called “vintage fashion doyenne,” “vintage fashion guru,” and “vintage ninja,” but perhaps a more apt title for Doris Raymond would be fashion... Read more

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    Super-Skinny Models Could Soon Be out of Style in the World’s Fashion Capital

    French doctor and politician Olivier Véran has proposed adding language to a new health reform bill that would make it against the law for the... Read more

  • Rihanna poses as she arrives to Chanel's ready to wear fall/winter 2014-2015 fashion collection presented in Paris, France. Singer Rihanna has a new gig: representing Christian Dior. The storied French fashion house said Friday that she will appear in an upcoming video and print ad campaign filmed in Versailles and slated to run this spring. (AP/Thibault Camus)

    Rihanna to Become a New Face for Dior

    PARIS—Rihanna has a new gig: representing Christian Dior. The storied French fashion house said Friday that the 27-year-old musical superstar will appear in an upcoming... Read more

  • Blue steel has never looked so good. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For Paramount Pictures)

    Is the Fashion World Finally Getting a Sense of Humor?

    As Fashion Week in Paris drew to a close along with this spring fashion season, the reinvention and reawakening of several major fashion players was... Read more

  • Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner seen during the Chanel show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2015/2016 on March 10, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

    Chanel Goes Bistro, Valentino Zoolander at Paris Fashion Week (+Videos)

    PARIS—Karl Lagerfeld was caught moonlighting as a barman at “Brasserie Gabrielle” in Paris on Tuesday—but never fear, Chanel’s couturier hasn’t given up his day job... Read more

  • Actress Lauren Bacall at the 78th Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 5, 2006. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/GettyImages)

    Behind the Look and the Style of Lauren Bacall

    It was this month, 72 years ago that Harper’s Bazaar launched the iconic face of Betty Joan Perske, who came to be known as Lauren... Read more

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    Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson Hit Catwalk for ‘Zoolander 2′

    PARIS— To deafening cheers, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller stormed the Valentino catwalk during Paris Fashion Week in a headline-grabbing stunt to announce the decision to... Read more

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    Creative Decorating With Houseplants, From Floor to Ceiling

    In homes where space and time are precious, the future of the humble houseplant may depend on whether it can earn its keep. Houseplants that... Read more

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    What Your Shoes Say About You (Quite a Lot, Actually)

    Paris Fashion Week heralds the finale to what has been a packed calendar of catwalk shows. The designers’s eagerly awaited collections for Autumn/Winter 2015 have... Read more

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    Green Detox Smoothie for Health and Beauty (Video)

    A simple and easy to make green smoothie recipe for health and beauty… This video was originally published on www.GreenMedInfo.com. Join their free GreenMedInfo.com newsletter... Read more

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

    Is Etsy Losing Its Soul With IPO?

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

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    Trends From New York Fall 2015 Fashion Week

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

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    Service? What’s That?

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

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    London’s Flower Power Fashionistas

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

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    2015 Lexus ES 350 Sedan

    The Lexus ES 350 is a great little sedan to drive on the freeway or even in town, since it is highly responsive to any... Read more

  • 2015 Mercedes-Benz C300 (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    Mercedes-Benz C-Class Adds Class

    With each generation, Mercedes claims the C-Class is more sophisticated, more upscale, and just more of everything. That was true when the 1994 C-Class replaced... Read more

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    Authorities Go After Crooked Car Deals in National Crackdown

    WASHINGTON—A nationwide crackdown on auto dealers has turned up widespread evidence of false ads, deceptive loans, and fake odometer readings, the government said Thursday. The... Read more

  • 2015 Infiniti Q70L (Courtesy of Infiniti)

    2015 Infiniti Q70L 5.6

    You notice the richness instantly in your touch. It is a transformation of refinement. The Infiniti Q is the flagship of luxury that elevates the... Read more

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    2015 Lexus IS 350: A Smaller Luxury Sedan With Sporty Flair

    When it comes to blending luxury with a sporty flair, it’s tough to beat the Lexus IS 350. It’s a first-class luxury experience in a... Read more

  • Tesla Model S Sedan

    Tesla Updating Model S to Ease Range Anxiety, Improve Safety

    DETROIT—Tesla Motors is updating its Model S electric car to help ease drivers’ worries about running out of battery charge, and is hinting that in... Read more

  • The 500,000 Corolla produced at Blue Spring, Mississippi (Courtesy of Toyota)

    Toyota Mississippi Celebrates 500,000th Corolla Rolling Off the Line

    The Toyota plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, celebrated a milestone recently as it produced its 500,000th Corolla (nearly 180,000 in 2014). An estimated 2,000 Toyota... Read more

  • 2015 Ford Mustang GT (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    2015 Ford Mustang GT: The Best Yet

    There’s been much hype during the past year over the all-new version of the iconic pony car, and the flood of superlatives over the 2015... Read more

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    2015 BMW X4: A New Definition of Coupe

    Luxury automakers have been answering a question that seemingly nobody had asked, pushing ahead with an incongruous design called the SUV crossover coupe. This is... Read more

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    2015 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

    German engineering is at its best when describing the 2015 Jetta. Engineering craftsmanship places importance on fundamentals, and at the same time pays careful attention... Read more

  • Renault Nissan announced plans to bring an autonomous, connected car to market by 2016. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Caution: This Car Is a Consequentialist

    The Technology expo Mobile World Congress was held this week, and among shiny new phones and gadgets, a number of reveals pertained to the future... Read more

  • The new Morgan Aero 8 is on display on the first press day of the Geneva International Motor Show Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. The show opens its doors to the public March 5 through March 15. (AP/Laurent Cipriani)

    Geneva Auto Show: Automakers Vow Not to Give up on Weak-Selling Electrics

    GENEVA—Top automakers are vowing to press ahead with weak-selling electric vehicles and zero-emissions technology — even as they unveil powerful, expensive luxury cars aimed at... Read more

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    2015 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Premium

    The 2015 Escalade is the finest product made by Cadillac, and leads the fleet in comfort and luxury. Escalade is finely designed with an artistic... Read more

  • 2015 Kia Soul EV (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    2015 Kia Soul EV: Charging Up the Hamsters

    Kia picked the perfect vehicle for its first electric car effort and surely the hamsters are dancing in the streets charged up by a jolt... Read more

  • The 2017 Ford GT supercar on display. This 600 hp beauty will be built in Ford’s plant in Markham, Ontario. (Allen Zhou/Epoch Times)

    Subaru Legacy 2.5i Big Winner at Canadian International AutoShow

    Toronto hosts Canada’s largest auto show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre each year in February. This year, the Canadian International AutoShow ran from Feb... Read more

  • 2015 Jeep Renegade (Courtesy of Jeep)

    2015 Jeep Renegade

    Jeep Director Jim Morrison states that Jeep is on a roll. Sales have increased each quarter for the last few years. The 2015 Renegade could... Read more

  • 2015 Kia K900 (Photo by Benjamin Yong)

    Kia K900

    When you hear talk of redefining the rear-wheel drive uber-luxury sedan segment, Kia might not be the first brand that comes to mind. But the... Read more

  • 2015 Honda CR-V (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    2015 Honda CR-V: Award-Winning Upgrades

    We were astounded when we heard that the 2015 Honda CR-V had won Motor Trend’s prestigious Sport Utility of the Year award because this was... Read more

  • 2015 Mazda3 (Courtesy of Mazda)

    2015 Mazda3 Grand Touring

    My test model this week is a Blue Reflex Mica Mazda3 S 5-door Grand Touring sedan, with an almond interior. Thanks to its SkyActiv-G 2.5... Read more

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    If the Latest Apple Rumor Is True, an Electric Car-Dominated Future May Not Be Far Off

    The news that Apple is seriously exploring getting into the electric car market has analysts arguing, despite quite a bit of supporting evidence, over whether... Read more

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    Where Do Workers Pay the Highest Income Tax?

    When it comes to income tax, rates vary tremendously among countries and depend heavily on earnings, marital status, and many other factors. Which countries require... Read more

  • Tax-Efficient Investment Options for Canadian Investors

    High net worth investors are keen on tax efficiency in their investments. Understandably so, since taxes have a huge impact on investment returns. Mutual funds... Read more

  • Janet Yellen

    Whatever Fed Does, Loan Rates Won’t Rise Much Anytime Soon

    NEW YORK—Nobody knows when exactly, but the day will eventually come when the Federal Reserve nudges its benchmark lending rate from next to zero to... Read more

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    AmEx to Debut Multi-Brand Customer Loyalty Program in US

    LOS ANGELES—American Express is preparing to launch a customer loyalty program in the United States that will enable shoppers at select retailers to rack up points... Read more

  • Outspoken financial commentator Max Keiser (RT)

    Max Keiser: Financial Rock ‘N’ Roll

    Max Keiser is outspoken to say the least. He hosts the Keiser Report, his show for Russian English-language channel RT, alongside his wife and producer... Read more

  • The historic city of Pamplona, Spain. Spanish lenders are starting to provide mortgages to non-resident buyers again. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    Financing Foreign Property

    Mortgages for people buying property in foreign countries have been available for many years. Each country takes a different stance towards foreign buyers when it... Read more

  • Buying property in New York as an overseas buyer can be a big decision and require expert advice

    What You Must Know as an Overseas Buyer of Residential Property

    At some time in your life you may be thinking about purchasing real estate overseas. Whether this is for work or leisure, for your own... Read more

  • A man shop at the JCPenney store at the Newport Mall on November 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

    Why Do Americans Save So Little?

    Americans are ill-prepared for unexpected expenses, such as a car needing repairs or a trip to the emergency room, according to a recent Bankrate report... Read more

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    3 Ways to Help Aging Parents With Their Finances

    Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. We know many of our Morningstar.com readers are busy managing their own retirements, but we also know a... Read more

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    Where to Invest Unneeded RMDs

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. Investors age 70 1/2 must take so-called required minimum distributions from their Traditional IRAs and company... Read more

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    3 Simple Ways to Bump Up Your Savings Rate

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to save more for retirement, we have some... Read more

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    A Roadmap to Index Funds

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. Several indicators are showing increasing numbers of investors moving into index funds. So, what should you... Read more

  • The Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington on April 13, 2014. The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

    Need Help Filing out Your Tax Return? Don’t Call the IRS

    WASHINGTON—Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama’s health law. But they shouldn’t... Read more

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    Millions More People to Get Their Credit Score for Free

    NEW YORK—Millions more people will have free access to their FICO credit score this year. That’s good news for consumers, since the number is widely... Read more

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    Are Rising Rates Good or Bad for Retirees?

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. The direction of interest rates is, at best, a guessing game. But if rates do go... Read more

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    Retirement Readiness on the Rise … for Some

    Video Transcript Adam Zoll: For Morningstar, I’m Adam Zoll. Has a rising U.S. stock market helped improve the retirement-funding landscape in the U.S.? Here to... Read more

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    Christine Benz’s Year-End 6-Step Portfolio Checkup

    Video Transcript Christine Benz: Hi, I’m Christine Benz for Morningtar.com. Welcome to a special video session about how to conduct a year-end review of your... Read more

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    How to Shop the Sales Right: 10 Rules

    It’s that time of year again: prices on just about everything are slashed lower and lower as January plods on. But is your hard-earned cash... Read more

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    3 Ways to Play Catch-Up in Retirement Savings

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. If you’re approaching retirement and you’re feeling a little bit behind, it’s time to play catch-up... Read more

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    Any Job Isn’t Necessarily a Good Job for People out of Work

    There can be no doubt that the job market has been more resilient since the financial crisis than many imagined. Unemployment did not rise as... Read more

  • Architect and designer Michael Graves in a 1962 photograph. Graves passed away earlier this month. (YouTube screenshot)

    Michael Graves Sought to Create Joy Through Superior Design

    Visit the website of designer Michael Graves, and you’ll be greeted with the words Humanistic Design = Transformative Results. The mantra can double as Graves’... Read more

  • Aren't you on the same team, or what? (Graham Norris/iStock/Thinkstock)

    Managers, Trust Your People: An Ancient Chinese Leadership Parable

    The Chinese have this saying: “If you doubt someone, don’t use him; if you use someone, don’t doubt him.” It could also be translated as:... Read more

  • A matching score is given for each job opening provided. Candidates will then tell the system how they feel about each job, so it can learn their preferences. (WorkTies)

    Berkeley Startup Helps You Find Your Dream Job

    Looking for your perfect job is a bit like looking for a relationship—it’s important to understand what you really want, and what will really work... Read more

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    The Irony of It All: When Enthusiasm Is a Sign of Desperation

    An interesting thing happened when I met with a prospective client last month. Based on a variety of factors, I had assumed that this company... Read more

  • Francis "Buddy" Murnane

    NYC Sergeant Who Never Took Sick Day Dies

    NEW YORK–A New York Police Department sergeant who never took a sick day in his 42-year career has died weeks shy of his retirement. Sgt... Read more

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    Work-Family Conflict Can Make Employees Lash Out

    People whose family life regularly gets in the way of their work are more likely to become emotionally exhausted and, in turn, verbally abusive to... Read more

  • What’s holding girls back at science? (Shutterstock*)

    Alarming Gender Gap in School Science Sets Women Up to Fail

    Only 14% of young women who enter university for the first time chose science-related fields of study such as engineering, manufacturing and construction. This is... Read more

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    Why There Are so Many Women Managers, but so Few Women CEOs

    The number of women in paid employment has risen significantly over the past 40 years. In developed countries especially, there are increasing numbers of women... Read more

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    Bias Adds an Extra Hurdle for Women Entrepreneurs

    Stereotypical beliefs about men’s and women’s traits and abilities get in the way of women’s entrepreneurship, new research finds. Sociologist Sarah Thébaud didn’t doubt that... Read more

  • If you’re not born with creativity, do you have to struggle to acquire it? (Robin Taylor/Flickr)

    Teaching Creativity: Born That Way or Waiting for the Muse?

    Recently one of my masters students, a filmmaker from the Czech Republic, told me his friends back at home were completely baffled that he was... Read more

  • (Illustration by Mark Ross/Epoch Times. Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

    10 Actors Who Prove That Oscars Don’t Guarantee Career Longevity

    Every actor wants an Oscar. It’s whe apex peer and industry honor, the most respected acting award in the profession, and automatically guarantees continued success, right?... Read more

  • Is your office all smiles? (Shutterstock*)

    Want a Happy Office? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Well-being at work is a prerequisite for flourishing in life. Most of us have some type of employment, if not a full-time job, and we... Read more

  • If we want to maximise creativity, tying cash to creative output is a bad idea. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Why Cash and Copyright Are Bad News for Creativity

    Imagine you were asked to write a law that encouraged creativity. What would it look like? Whatever your answer, it’s pretty clear that it wouldn’t... Read more

  • Groups in which a few individual dominated conversation scored lower in terms of collective intelligence, as opposed to groups with more vibrant discussions—whether these discussions took place in a room or online. (*Shutterstock)

    Are Teams as Smart When They Work Online?

    Office work and human interaction in general are increasingly happening online. And just as with in-person teams, organizations can benefit from being able to predict... Read more

  • Dr. Kliksberg, creator of the discipline "Social Management" (Elina Villafane/Epoch Times)

    ‘Social Responsibility Is a Way of Living’

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Dr. Kliksberg is a global mentor in Corporate Social Responsibility and founder of the new discipline known as “social management.” This has led... Read more

  • "Guilt proneness reduces the incidence of unethical behavior," says Scott Wiltermuth. "Highly guilt-prone people are conscientious. They are less likely to free-ride on others' expertise, and they will sacrifice financial gain out of concern about how their actions would influence others' welfare." (Emergency Brake/Flickr)

    How Guilt Can Hold Back Good Employees

    People with a tendency to feel guilty for disappointing their coworkers are among the most ethical and hard-working people to work with. However, these highly... Read more

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    Networking Tips for the Holiday Office Party

    BERKELEY, Calif.– The holiday office party is a wonderful time to mingle with colleagues in a less pressured setting. Which makes it a great time... Read more

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    Brilliant Ancient Battle Tactics With Modern Daily Life Applications

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

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    ‘Cause It’s Cold Outside': 6 Chic Indoor Public Spaces for Winter Networking

    As the colder weather sets in, our opportunities to network al fresco in the stylish public spaces around Manhattan become slim. After our extended summer... Read more

  • What is the optimum gender split for productivity? (*Shutterstock)

    More Productive, Less Happy: How the Office Gender Split Affects Work

    Once commonplace, the phenomenon of all-female or all-male workplaces have largely gone the way of the buggy whip. Many of the benefits of this increased... Read more

  • Research has found some children become narcissists because their parents teach them they are more special than other kids. (Shutterstock*)

    Why Some Children Think They’re More Special Than Everyone Else

    Narcissistic children feel superior to others, believe they are entitled to privileges and crave admiration from others. When they don’t get the admiration they want,... Read more

  • A new study finds little evidence of an inter-generational transmission of patterns of child abuse and neglect. (Shutterstock)

    Parents Abused as Children Aren’t More Likely to Physically Abuse the Next Generation

    A landmark study conducted over 30-years found that parents who suffered physical abuse as children were not more likely to be violent with their own... Read more

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    How to Be a Better Husband: Find Common Ground

    People grow apart. It’s as natural as people growing closer—they develop different interests, have different time or money demands, or they may begin cultivating new... Read more

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    High Nursing Home Bills Squeeze Insurers, Driving Rates Up

    NEW YORK— Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy... Read more

  • Consumer Prices

    Higher Gas Costs Lift US Consumer Prices After 3 Declines

    WASHINGTON—A slight rise in gas costs and broad increases in other categories lifted consumer prices in February, a welcome sign after three straight months of... Read more

  • "That's so romantic ..." (Peshkova and OSTILL/iStock/Thinkstock - creative image Epoch Times)

    Virtual Distance: Technology Is Rewriting the Rulebook for Human Interaction

    Consider the following two situations. In the first scenario, a man and a woman sit across from each other at a romantically lit table in... Read more

  • Parenting-Two Under 2

    Managing the Crazy: Some Tips on Parenting Two Kids Under 2

    NEW YORK — Monaco has royal parents of newborn twins, and Britain’s Kate and William will soon have a second little prince, but will parenting... Read more

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    10 Keys to a Successful Romantic Relationship

    In romantic relationships, it’s the little things that count. A little gift, an off-hand compliment, a moment of physical contact can vastly strengthen a relationship. ... Read more

  • Playtime. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Play Isn’t Just for Primary School Kids – It’s Got an Image Problem

    Why does a four-year-old play when a 14-year-old creates? It’s often argued that play is central to the lives of young children. Yet the play... Read more

  • A couple dining in a Paris cafe. Dining or drinking at conscientious places is getting easier using the Conscientious Customer app.

    Forget Opposites Attract – to Be Happy, Find Someone Like You

    Relationships are often interpreted as the outcome of an exchange of goods and services. Common knowledge says that the sexes want different things from a... Read more

  • Can someone really die of broken heart syndrome? (Shutterstock*)

    Can a ‘Broken Heart’ Kill You?

    With Valentines day so close, many people are going to feel sad, lonely, and “broken hearted.” But can a broken heart really kill you? Surprisingly,... Read more

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    13 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

    There are many creative–and eco-friendly–ways to say “I love you” on this special day. In addition to adding my own thoughts, I asked three people:... Read more

  • Children are accessing technology at an earlier age than ever. (Pixabay)

    Banning Kids From Using Technology Is Counter-Productive

    Taiwan recently made the unprecedented move of banning children two years and younger from using any form of digital technology. Older children and teenagers will... Read more

  • Oh, that’s what you meant! (Marco Bruschtein/Michael D. Fetters via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA)

    Sifting the Fact From Fiction About Baby Sign Language

    What if babies could tell us what they want, before they start crying for it? Bring in baby signing, a system of symbolic hand gestures... Read more

  • Forts give children a feeling of privacy and they may even disappear into them for a while. (Fuse/Thinkstock)

    Fun Snow Day Activities for Preschoolers

    If you are a parent in New York City, you’re bracing for a long day indoors today. Since it’s not good for a child’s developing... Read more

  • Developing the creativity habit requires more than just good intentions. (Navy Hale Keiki School/Flickr)

    Fighting the Slump: A Strategic Approach to Developing Creativity

    A long-term trend of declining creativity test scores has renewed interest in mechanisms to stimulate and foster the development of creativity – at home, in... Read more

  • Families can fill up on more than food when they dine together. (Shutterstock*)

    Science Says: Eat With Your Kids

    As a family therapist, I often have the impulse to tell families to go home and have dinner together rather than spending an hour with... Read more

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

    Elegance That Will Last a Lifetime

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

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    Human Speech’s Surprising Influence on Young Infants

    America’s preoccupation with the “word gap”— the idea that parents in impoverished homes speak less to their children, which, in turn, predicts outcomes like school... Read more

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

    80.000 Year Old Celtic Popcorn Recipe

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

  • Billions in federal financial aid is left on the table each year.

    Billions of Dollars Left Unused, as Students Fail to Ask for Financial Aid

    At a time when mounting student debt is dominating news, students across America are leaving nearly $3 billion in federal financial aid on the table... Read more

  • The ancient city of Hatra. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ancient Cities Are Being Bulldozed by Islamic State – Here’s What the World Is Losing

    Within days of Islamic State (IS) releasing a video showing their destruction of sculptures in the Mosul museum and the ancient city of Nineveh, reliable... Read more

  • A woman text messages while walking across the street in San Francisco in June 29, 2010. Experts say pedestrians are also suffering the consequences of mobile distraction tripping on curbs, walking into traffic, even stepping into manholes as they chat or type while walking. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    American Millennials Are Just About the Least Skilled in the World: Report

    Are you unsure how to do long division? Are you reluctant to sign off on an email without spell-check? Do you find navigating a government website confusing? ... Read more

  • A number of snow storms have led schools to declare snow days. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Beth Nakamura)

    Schools Close and Kids Lose

    Amidst the frustrations over the deep piles of snow in the northeast is the increasing concern of parents and educators about the number of school... Read more

  • Passengers look at the crash site after an Amtrak train struck a semi-truck about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune)

    What to Do When Your Car Stalls on the Tracks

    If your car stalls on train tracks, do not, we repeat, do not take your time trying to bring the engine back to life. The... Read more

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    This Principal Takes Announcing Snow Day to a Whole New Level

    An unlikely songster, head of the Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I., Matt Glendinning, sings his announcement of a snow day in a music video... Read more

  • What speaking two languages does to the brain’s white matter.

    Keeping Actively Bilingual Makes Our Brains More Efficient at Relaying Information

    There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works. Older, lifelong bilinguals have demonstrated better cognitive skills in tasks that require increased... Read more

  • Sometimes the inhibitions of educators can stand in the way of kids' creativity. (Angie Six, CC BY-SA)

    ‘But I’m Not Artistic': How Teachers Shape Kids’ Creative Development

    Many adults believe they are not artistic and feel nervous about visual art. They vividly recall the moment when a teacher or family member discouraged... Read more

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    College Grads Still Earn a Premium — If They Can Find a Good Job

    The early admissions deadlines for universities across the country have come and gone, and acceptance letters are on their way. But with the cost of... Read more

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    How to Get Teenagers to Revise for Exams During the Holidays

    Revising for exams is a necessary evil. Ever since written university exams were first set in England by the Cambridge chemist William Farrish in about... Read more

  • Dr. Kliksberg, creator of the discipline "Social Management" (Elina Villafane/Epoch Times)

    ‘Social Responsibility Is a Way of Living’

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Dr. Kliksberg is a global mentor in Corporate Social Responsibility and founder of the new discipline known as “social management.” This has led... Read more

  • Alexander von Humboldt selfportrait.

    The Most Influential Scientist You May Never Have Heard Of

    Gaze at Alexander von Humboldt’s 1814 self-portrait and you peer into the eyes of a man who sought to see and understand everything. By this... Read more

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    John Hopkins Mistakenly Sends Acceptance Letter to 294 Rejected Students

    [Transcript] Hundreds of Early Decision applicants to The Johns Hopkins University recently got their hopes up, only to have them shattered, due to an e-mail... Read more

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

    Ideals May Play Role in Knowledge Formation

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

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

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

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

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

    How Germany Managed to Abolish University Tuition Fees

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

  • How did US student loan debt get so big? (thisisbossi/Flickr)

    US Student Loan Problem and How We Got Here

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

  • (Phoebe Bell)

    School Design Through the Decades

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

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

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

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

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