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    Meet Five of the UK’s Most Poisonous Plants

    Serious poisoning by plants is very rare in the UK so the death of a gardener in Hampshire after brushing against a deadly flower was... Read more

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    How to Make Teaching Great

    An article we wrote last week for The Conversation on Seven “great” teaching methods not backed up by evidence prompted a large amount of comment... Read more

  • Do You Sleep With Your Dog?

     A few years ago, a polling group made a startling discovery about America’s dog love. A surprising number of dog owners called their answering machines... Read more

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    Give Your Kitchen a New Look

    If you’re looking for a way to transform an outdated kitchen, a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets can go a long way without... Read more

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    Why Disused London Tube Stations Should Not Just Be Sold to the Highest Bidder

    London has more than 40 “ghost” underground stations that are awaiting a new function. Now, Transport for London is inviting companies to submit bids to... Read more

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    UFO ‘Abducts’ Car in North Dakota; Another ‘Huge Triangle UFO’ Apparently Filmed in NJ (Video)

    A video purports to show a UFO abducting a car in North Dakota, but it appears pretty sketchy. The video, uploaded to YouTube, was apparently... Read more

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    Family Thankfulness Activities for Fall

    Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the changing temperatures and the brighter mornings and earlier nights. I love the smells of... Read more

  • Eva Radke, founder of Film Biz Recycling, in her prop shop and drop-off center in Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York, on Oct. 30, 2014. The non-profit has reduced hundreds of tons of waste in New York City since 2008. Props, furniture, and wardrobe items donated from local film, television, and theater sets are given to charities, recycled, and sold for discount at Film Biz Recycling in Gowanus. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Social Entrepreneurs Push Business Boundaries to Create Change

    NEW YORK—Three years ago, Erin Dinan realized even one sandwich could make a difference in someone’s life. Dinan had moved to New York City after... Read more

  • Fashion fesigner Victoria Beckham attends news conference as she is named an United Nation's Goodwill Ambassador during the 69th U.N. General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Four Things Posh Spice Can Teach Budding Entrepreneurs

    Victoria Beckham has been named Entrepreneur of the Year by Management Today. She topped their list of 100 successful entrepreneurs thanks to her fashion company’s... Read more

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    Top 5 Things That Highly Productive People Do Every Day (Video)

    A new study suggests that workers aren’t as productive at their jobs as they would like to be. Although we spend about 45 hours per... Read more

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    Five Science ‘Facts’ We Learnt at School That Are Plain Wrong

    Let’s start with a quiz… How many senses do you have? Which of the following are magnetic: a tomato, you, paperclips? What are the primary... Read more

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    Leopards Endangered in Madhya Pradesh

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

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    Shenandoah Valley Dining Hospitality

    On a recent visit to the Shenandoah Valley, I took the opportunity to visit the Joshua Wilton House Restaurant and Inn for an evening meal... Read more

  • No need to say goodbye to the print book.(*Shutterstock)

    From Electric Ink to Aromapoetry – the Physical Book Is Not Dead, It’s About to Be Reborn

    “Analogue” and “digital” are the two polar opposites of our modern world. The word “analogue” has become our catch-all term for what we see as... Read more

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    Beanie Babies’ Spider Eggs Hoax: Brown Recluse Eggs Used ‘Fill Beanie Babies Are Finally Hatching’ is Merely Satire, No Worries

    An article saying spider eggs are used in Beanie Babies and are “finally hatching” is just satire–don’t worry. The article was posted on Clickhole, a website operated by... Read more

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    Rivers and Swarms: How Metaphor Fuels Anti-Immigrant Feeling

    In a recent interview with Sky News, the UK defence secretary, Michael Fallon, described British towns and communities as “swamped” by migrants, a controversial phrase... Read more

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    David Kalac is Suspect in 4chan Murder: Photos Posted of Dead Woman in Port Orchard, Washington (Pictures)

    A user allegedly posted photos of his dead girlfriend on the imageboard 4chan on Tuesday night, telling others on the site to check the news “in a... Read more

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    A Holocaust Survivor and Her Mandolin (Video)

    Her name is Emily Kessler. She survived holocaust by miracle when her whole family was detained. Watch as she tells her story about mandolin and... Read more

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    Dispelling the Myth of Free Websites Would Diversify Business Models

    You are right to worry about what internet companies do with your digital identity. There is reason to fear for online privacy. The European Union’s... Read more

  • A 26-year-old man in Perth, Australia is getting quite a bit of attention after he climbed on top of a dead whale. The daredevil, identified as Harrison Williams, had been out on a boat with friends when he witnessed the carcass floating in the open ocean. (AOL Screenshot)

    Man ‘Surfs’ Dead Whale (Video)

    A 26-year-old man in Perth, Australia is getting quite a bit of attention after he climbed on top of a dead whale. The daredevil, identified... Read more

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    Your Mobile Phone Knows Where You Go and What You Do – and Maybe Even When You’re Feeling Down

    Today’s smartphones are equipped with powerful sensing capabilities. Using these sensors, your smartphone potentially has a record of how active you are, how much you... Read more

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    Summer Reading: The Ultimate Competitive Sport of the Middle Class

    It’s the summer holidays – finally we have the chance to relax on the sun lounger and escape into a good book. This is the... Read more

  • Given the choice between a full-sized meal and one half the size with a modest "prize," people will consistently choose the smaller meal.  (Shaiith/iStock)

    Can a Bribe Lure Us to Eat Less?

    In our super-sized world, it’s not easy to eat less at meals. But a new study suggests even modest incentives to eat smaller portions can... Read more

  • How good is the support system for your child? (Fotolia)

    What Kind of Support System Is Best For Your Child?

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

  • Logos Hope at Ocean Terminal, Hong Kong on Monday July 27, 2015. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

    10-Year Voyage Awaits Book Fair Ship Logos Hope

    The world’s largest offshore Book Fair, Logos Hope is currently moored at Harbour City in Hong Kong, she arrived on July 25 and will sail... Read more

  • "The American dream is about ensuring that all children, no matter how poor their parents may be, have an opportunity to be mobile by climbing the economic ladder and moving into a higher income group," says David Grusky.  (mdmilliman/iStock)

    Does ‘Birth Lottery’ Trump the American Dream?

    When a child wins the “birth lottery” by being born into a higher-income family, the economic payoff is very large, say researchers. “This result is... Read more

  • "These children will grow and become adults, and what we realize is that more and more adults with autism spectrum disorder are facing significant issues with employment," says Connie Sung. (Sergei Zolkin/CC0 1.0)

    Young People With Autism Need Help Landing Jobs

    There’s a growing need for services that help young people with autism to find and keep jobs, new research indicates. Some 50,000 people with autism... Read more

  • "These findings show how a mother's ability to tune-in to her baby's thoughts and feelings early on helps her child to learn to empathize with the mental lives of other people," says Elizabeth Kirk. (m-imagephotography/iStock)

    When Moms ‘Tune In,’ Babies Show Empathy Later

    Mothers who are “mind-minded,” or able to “tune in” to their baby’s thoughts and feelings by engaging in baby talk, may be able to help... Read more

  • Preparedness and response behavior is not consistent with policy advice. Also, lower-income, less-educated, and minority consumers appear less prepared and/or suffer greater damages," says Jay Shimshack. (MarcPo/iStock)

    People Aren’t Buying Water Until Hurricanes Land

    People in the path of a hurricane don’t always follow official advice to stock up on bottled water, according to new research. The working paper... Read more

  • Obesity is a pressing problem now so this is important. Parents have real responsibilities in terms of the monitoring and no one else can do it for them. (Fotolia)

    How Important is Good Health For Your Child’s Successful Learning?

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

  • "Considering everything else that goes on in life over those 30 years—marriage, raising a family, and building a career—it is extraordinary that there appears to be a relationship between the kinds of interactions college students and young adults have and their emotional health later in life," says Cheryl Carmichael.  (lorenzoantonucci/iStock)

    Social 20-Year-Olds Are More Satisfied at 50

    The quantity of social interactions a person has at 20—and the quality of social relationships that person has at age 30—may increase well-being later in... Read more

  • "Rather than a rigid class structure, the top and bottom ends of the income distribution are fairly porous," says Mark Rank. "This finding provides an interesting and important caveat to the overall story of rising levels of income inequality across the past 40 years." (Shelah/CC BY 2.0)

    Most Americans Live in Poverty at Least Once

    The likelihood of experiencing relative poverty at least once in their lifetime is surprisingly high for most Americans, experts say. Between the ages of 25... Read more

  • A bird's-eye view of Happy Valley Racecourse, Hong Kong, taken from Stubbs Road on June 18, 2015, looking towards Causeway Bay. (Bill Cox/Epoch Times)

    Happy Valley–Home Away From Home for the British in Hong Kong

    Happy Valley is one of the favorite residential areas in Hong Kong for the British and many other nationalities. It is just a short walk... Read more

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    Greetings From Coney Island

    Of course, there is nothing lovelier in this world than its natural wonders.  But lets give our fellow humans a bit of credit.  There is,... Read more

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    Best of Two-Time Pulitzer Photographer Muhammed Muheisen (Photos)

    When Muhammed Muheisen won his first Pulitzer Prize, he wasn’t even 25 yet. He was born in Jerusalem in 1981 and, with a degree in journalism... Read more

  • Higher levels of EI have been linked with ethical behaviour - but it also takes some degree of interpersonal skill to manipulate others. (Halfpoint/iStock)

    EQ Versus IQ: What’s The Perfect Management Mix?

    Intelligence Quotient or IQ is a way to measure the level of potential ability of people, and as such has links to education and work... Read more

  • Products that interested the customer—high-involvement products—also improved customer attitudes on location-based advertising. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images)

    Local Ads Don’t Work If They Give Us the Creeps

    Ads that pinpoint customers by their locations often creep out their targets, say researchers. To offset that discomfort, researchers suggest advertisers invite their customers to help tailor... Read more

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    The importance of play for children

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

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    Noisy Test Predicts Future Reading Trouble

    Even before a child learns to read, a quick biological test may be able to identify if she or he will have literacy challenges or learning... Read more

  • "These findings provide evidence to support Alfred Hitchcock's assumption that vicarious suspense is the most consistent method to generate an intense form of anxiety and suspense," says Keith Bound. (Credit: Insomnia Cured Here/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    This Kind of Suspense Makes Horror Movies Scary

    To find out how horror movies create spine-tingling suspense, researchers measured the electrical activity coming from viewers’ sweat glands. The goal is to give the media industry an evidence-based... Read more

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    Goujian: The Ancient Chinese Sword That Defied Time

    Fifty years ago, a rare and unusual sword was found in a tomb in China. Despite being well over 2,000 years old, the sword, known... Read more

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    Rewards of Exercise Aren’t the Same for Everyone

    We all know that exercise generally helps the cardiovascular system, but does working out pay off equally for everyone? Some of the benefits of exercise... Read more

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    Probiotics: Hype or Help?

    In recent years, scientists have introduced us to a paradigm shift in the microscopic world. We’ve moved from thinking about all bacteria as bad guys... Read more

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    Cilantro, One of Mankind’s Most Popular Herbs

    Cilantro is an enigma. It’s by far one of mankind’s most popular herbs. It is eaten in generous quantities all across the globe. But for... Read more

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    Magnesium: An Invisible Deficiency That Could Be Harming Your Health

    Magnesium is a mineral used by every organ in your body, especially your heart, muscles, and kidneys. If you suffer from unexplained fatigue or weakness, abnormal... Read more

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    Why Hot Days and Alcohol Don’t Mix

    It’s time for fun in the summer sun. But before your next festival, barbeque, or summer soiree, consider what health experts say about mixing alcohol... Read more

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    5 Ways Pine Nuts Can Rejuvenate Your Body

    Pine nuts have been enjoyed since ancient times. Roman soldiers ate them and they’ve been mentioned by Greek authors as early as 300 BC. Nutritionally speaking,... Read more

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    The Top 5 Tips for Natural Sleep

    Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep? Ever count sheep? Who came up with that idea anyway? I used to try it, and it drove me... Read more

  • For some people, it can become  difficult to behave with in socially acceptable norms when they're hungry.  (Filipw/iStock)

    The Science of ‘Hangry’, or Why Some People Get Grumpy When They’re Hungry

    Have you ever snapped angrily at someone when you were hungry? Or has someone snapped angrily at you when they were hungry? If so, you’ve... Read more

  • A trilobite fossil, one of the most common fossils due to its hard exoskeleton. But even soft-tissue fossils have been discovered. (Mike Peel/CC BY-SA 2.0)

    5 Bizarre Fossil Discoveries That Got Scientists Excited

    From trilobites to tyrannosaurs, most fossils are of creatures with hard shells or bones. These materials don’t easily biodegrade and sediment has time to build... Read more

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    A Delicious & Easy Way to Boost Your Immunity

    Here is a delicious and easy way to boost your body’s ability to respond to allergies, infections and inflammatory conditions. Medicinal mushroom experts have been telling... Read more

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    Prominent Scientist Says Consciousness Is Key to a ‘Theory of Everything’

    Dr. Robert Lanza, who was selected by Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people last year, believes science must recognize the... Read more

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    Your Handshake Tells the Story of Your Health

    The firmness of your hand grip is better than your blood pressure at assessing your health, Hamilton researchers have found, and reduced muscular strength, measured... Read more

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    Ovarian Hormones May Fuel Binge-Eating Risk

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    Flaxseed Beats Hormone Replacement Therapy in Reducing Menopause Symptoms in Clinical Study

    Both men and women can face menopausal syndrome in varying degrees. But hormone replacement therapy is riddled with risk, from heart disease to cancer. A... Read more

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    House Votes to Keep Consumers in the DARK About GMOs

    On July 23, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to keep the status quo on GMO labeling. Those in favor of the... Read more

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    Some People With Severe Mental Disorders Mysteriously Become Clear-Headed Just Before Death

    People with schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other conditions that cause severely impaired mental functioning, have sometimes inexplicably recovered their memories and clarity of mind shortly... Read more

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    How Sweet Potato Proteins May Help Prevent Cancer

    Sweet potatoes can be considered a superfood. They are one of the healthiest and cheapest vegetables on the planet. (And one day, perhaps, even off the planet,... Read more

  • Study finds alarming number of laundry detergent pod incidents involving children

    Laundry Pods Easily Poison Children

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    10 Steps to Detox From Sugar

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  • The living room’s peacock coloured couch provides glamourous seating while adding a bold boost to the room’s patterns. (Lisa Petrole Photography, www.lisapetrole.com)

    Peacock Blue Colour Inspires Interior Designer

    Interior designer/builder Isabelle Boba knew her just-purchased home in Toronto had good bones, but perhaps a few too many. “There were just too many walls... Read more

  • Obesity is a pressing problem now so this is important. Parents have real responsibilities in terms of the monitoring and no one else can do it for them. (Fotolia)

    How Important is Good Health For Your Child’s Successful Learning?

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

  • In cities like Nashville and Vancouver, home teardowns are on the rise. (Micolo J/CC BY 2.0)

    When a House Is Demolished, More Than the Home Is Lost

    In 2013 alone, more than 500 houses were demolished in Nashville, Tennessee, a sharp increase from previous years. And hundreds of additional teardowns are expected... Read more

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    The importance of play for children

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

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    Small-Space Secrets

    Multipurpose furniture When you’re living in a small space, it might seem that you just don’t have enough room for everything you need. Au contraire,... Read more

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    Design Tips For Building the Perfect Ma’am or Man Cave

    Everyone should have a space to spend time doing their favourite things, be it watching a movie or reading a book. We’re talking about ma’am... Read more

  • The family room’s fireplace is casual and functional, with storage on both sides. (Lisa Petrole Photography, www.lisapetrole.com)

    Elegant Contemporary Design Adds Warmth and Comfort to Family Home

    Designer Evelyn Eshun’s well-curated contemporary design pays homage to the well-established homes of Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood. By emphasizing gracious simplicity, the designer focuses attention on... Read more

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    Vancouver Real Estate Market Keeps Surging

    VANCOUVER, Canada—Real estate is front and centre in the minds of Vancouverites. It just seems to get hotter and hotter. While everybody can agree on... Read more

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    Book Explores Innovations of Modern Japanese Home Design

    Challenged to build homes that create a feeling of light, space, and tranquility in some of the world’s most densely populated areas, Japanese architects have... Read more

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    Children’s Learning Styles

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

  • Bold colours bring a room to life. (HomeSense)

    Design Lessons to Transform Your Space

    The Camera Doesn’t Lie: A smart way to begin is to take a photo of your space to help evaluate what’s currently working and what’s... Read more

  • A rooftop patio is decorated to maximize its functionality for entertaining. (To the Point Media)

    Walking on Sunshine

    Tessa Moul and her partner Chris, both financial services professionals, wanted an updated design for their loft’s penthouse rooftop patio. “The rooftop patio was outdated... Read more

  • One of the most common mistakes in lawn care is over-fertilizing which can burn the plant roots and contaminate area water supplies. A good time to fertilize is just ahead of a soaking rain. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

    Lawn-Care Basics: How Much to Cut, Irrigate, Fertilize

    Well-managed turf care means more than simply firing up your lawnmower and buzzing around the yard. There’s cutting at the right height, irrigating with the... Read more

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    7 Trash-Bound Things You Never Thought of Keeping but Should

    Did you know that there are plenty of things we toss out every day that are actually completely reusable? Of course, a burnt out lightbulb... Read more

  • In this photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn, this living room by the designer Flynn demonstrates his use of scale and proportion to create a successful space plan. (Rustic White Photography/Brian Patrick Flynn via AP)

    Ask a Designer: Coming Up With a Furniture Plan That Works

    Sometimes the way to improve a room isn’t to buy new furniture: It’s to rearrange pieces you already own. Interior designers can spend hours creating... Read more

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    Homeownership Losing Role as Lynchpin of the American Dream

    June is National Homeownership Month. Realtors, home builders, lenders and governmental officials have celebrated it since 2003, when former President George W Bush designated June... Read more

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    10 Home-Made Thank-You Gifts for Teachers

    With the school year ending, it’s time to appreciate our co-parents. By that, I of course mean our children’s teachers. Aside from you, no one... Read more

  • A growing number of homeowners have begun throwing parties in converted sheds and outbuildings constructed specifically for entertaining. (Morgaine Ford-Workman via AP)

    Backyard Hangouts: Sheds are Used as Pubs, Studios, Retreats, and More

    When Morgaine Ford-Workman and Wren Workman bought a house with a backyard shed, they saw the potential for something more than storing garden tools. The... Read more

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    7 Tips to Summer Cottage Perfection

    Your summer cottage should serve two main purposes: relaxation and family time. No formal decor allowed—you want furniture and fixings that make it feel like... Read more

  • The 34-storey timber tower planned for Stockholm. (Berg | C.F. møller Architects)

    The Skyscrapers of the Future Will Be Made of Wood

    Vancouver-based architect Michael Green was unequivocal at a conference at which I heard him speak a while ago: “We grow trees in British Columbia that... Read more

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    Is Fake M.A.C. Makeup From eBay Clogging Your Pores?

    The Florida woman who received an 18-month federal prison sentence July 21 and was ordered to pay almost $1 million dollars reparation for selling fake... Read more

  • Designer Bibhu Mohapatra attends the Bibhu Mohapatra fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015 at The Pavilion at Lincoln Center on February 18, 2015 in New York City.  (Noam Galai/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

    Bibhu Mohapatra: A Modest Man Conquers the World of Women’s Fashion

    “Who do I begin to thank for the modest success I have been so fortunate to enjoy in my life?” the celebrated Indian born, international... Read more

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    Artisans in the Developing World, and Why They Matter to Us

    This three-part series raises thought-provoking questions about women artisans in the developing world who are survivors of human trafficking and other travails. These hard-working women... Read more

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    Ethical Fashion: An Uphill, but Promising Battle

    This three-part series raises thought-provoking questions about women artisans in the developing world who are survivors of human trafficking and other travails. These hard-working women... Read more

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    Will China Censor Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Clothing Line?

    Taylor Swift might have unwittingly stumbled into politically fraught territory in China with her latest business venture: the singer-songwriter intends to bring to the country... Read more

  • Actress Du Juan attends Prada's Iconoclasts in Beijing on April 22, 2015. (Keith Tsuji/Getty Images for Prada)

    Opportunities for Luxury Brands as Chinese Consumers Become More Discreet

    NEW YORK—The established luxury brands in China have hit the perfect storm. At a time when Chinese high net-worth consumers are tiring of status quo retailing, a government... Read more

  • The models at Dior's haute couture 2015 show in Paris wore suede and calfskin embroidered sandals with sequins and nude patent straps. (Courtesy of Dior)

    Check Out the Platform Sandals From Dior’s 2015 Fall Collection

    Glittery platform wedge sandals of epic proportions made an eye catching statement at Christian Dior’s Fall Haute Couture Show at Paris’ Musée Rodin. The models... Read more

  • A woman poses in the street before the show for fashion house Fendi at the women Fall/Winter 2015/16 Milan's Fashion Week on Feb. 26, 2015. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Woman Uses Facebook to Tackle Fendi Sunglasses Problem

    When paying a premium for designer sunglasses you’d expect them to last for a few years. But an Australian woman who bought a pair of... Read more

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    Heartbreaking Video Shows What Can Happen When Women Skip Makeup

    As you see in the above video from London-based beauty blogger Em Ford, a woman with acne is a prime target for disparaging comments. Hundreds... Read more

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    5 DIY Organic Shampoo Recipes

    By Soni R Medhi, Organic Lifestyle Magazine The harsh chemical compounds present in commercial shampoos may make our tresses dull, dry, and unhealthy. Going organic can... Read more

  • Models walk the runway during the Dior Homme Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 27, 2015. (Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

    Flowers, Color at Paris Menswear, as Balmain Makes Debuts

    PARIS—Summer was in the air in Paris menswear collections with white roses and lashings of colors. Meanwhile, fashion-conscious NBA player Amar’e Stoudemire spoke to The... Read more

  • Tiffany Tang poses for a picture on the red carpet at The 18th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 13, 2015 in Shanghai, China. (Kevin Lee/Getty Images)

    Chinese Actress Tiffany Tang Wears Counterfeit Elie Saab Dress on Red Carpet

    NEW YORK—Chinese actress Tiffany Tang, also known as Tang Yan, was left feeling embarrassed after it was discovered that she had worn a counterfeit high-end... Read more

  • Princes Beatrice, 2nd right, with her father Prince Andrew, right, share the same carriage as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip as they arrive in the parade ring on the third day of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet at Ascot, England, Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    Hats, Heels, Haute Couture Feature at Royal Ascot

    LONDON—Feathers. Flowers. Frippery. Hats with all sorts of trimmings were on display Thursday at Ladies Day at Royal Ascot, a five-day festival of horse racing... Read more

  • Giorgio Armani (Front) and actor Tim Robbins greets the audience after presenting the Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2016 men's fashion collection, in Milan on June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)

    Tim Robbins Takes in Emporio Armani as Fashion Week Opens

    MILAN—Italy’s fashion capital is getting a little more traffic than usual as Milan Fashion Week kicks off, thanks to the Expo 2015 world’s fair at... Read more

  • Models wear creations part of the Bottega Veneta fashion house Spring/Summer 2016 men's fashion collection, presented in Milan, Italy, Sunday, June 21, 2015 (AP Photo/Giuseppe Aresu)

    Elegant Comfort on Trend During Milan Fashion Week

    MILAN— Silky comfort is emerging as a trend on the second day of menswear previews for next spring and summer during Milan Fashion Week. Bottega... Read more

  • A man walks past a showroom exhibition by French luxury brand Louis Vuitton in Beijing on April 9, 2015.  China is widely considered the world's biggest luxury market as a rising middle class and corrupt officials drive a shopping frenzy, but domestic prices are high due to hefty import taxes and huge retail mark-ups. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

    Newly Discerning Chinese Are Driving Luxury Sales Declines

    NEW YORK—While the anti-corruption campaign in China has been blamed for stalling luxury brands’ expansion plans, the political climate is not entirely to blame. The... Read more

  • A shoe detail is seen as a model walks the runway during the Christian Dior show as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on July 7, 2014 in Paris, France.  (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

    The History of Shoes Has Been Frivolous, Ridiculous and Extreme

    Shoes long ago eclipsed their primary function – to protect feet. For thousands of years shoes have elicited extremes of both pain and pleasure. It is... Read more

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    Microscopic Sculptures Are Hidden in These Luxury Watches

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    2016 Jaguar F Type Gets Sexier and Sportier

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    Chrysler 200S Has the Chops to Clobber All Comers

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    ‘Ludicrous Mode’ Upgrade for Tesla Model S Lets It Go From 0 to 60 MPH in Under 3 Seconds

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    Cadillac Escalade Easy to Fall in Love With

    It’s no big secret that the Escalade from Cadillac and the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUV share the same roots. That’s a common occurrence in... Read more

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    2016 Audi A7

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    2016 Acura MDX

    The MDX hasn’t changed much since the redesign in 2014, but it has improved immensely since its introduction in 2001. MDX is a midsized luxury... Read more

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    2015 Toyota Highlander: A Big Step Forward

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    Energy policy today has garnered an arguably unprecedented level of global attention, with headlines appearing daily. Domestically, it’s no secret that the Obama Administration views... Read more

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    2015 Kia Soul!

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    Chrysler 300S Owns the Road

    Chrysler’s Bentley-tastic 300 sedan has been around a decade, kept current with just one re-style and several enhancements for 2015. While the car’s basic shape... Read more

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    2015 Infiniti Q60: Performance Plus Curb Appeal

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    2015 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite

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  • Despite recent security concerns a quarter of a million or one in six of InterNations’ Expat members live in African countries. The majority of these people thrive in some of the continent’s largest economies where, according to the 'InterNations Expat insider 2014 survey', the highest percentage of expatriates (12%) make more than 250,000USD annually. This compares with 3% globally. (Image credit: Fotolia)

    Expat Feedback from Africa

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    Even More Stunning US Air Force Photography

    To satisfy the notable interest in our Stunning US Air Force Photography photo gallery, once again I have delved into the archives of the United States... Read more

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    The U.S. Air Force—if you’re into some cool gear, they definitely use some of the best. And like the other branches of the U.S. military, the Air... Read more

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  • Despite recent security concerns a quarter of a million or one in six of InterNations’ Expat members live in African countries. The majority of these people thrive in some of the continent’s largest economies where, according to the 'InterNations Expat insider 2014 survey', the highest percentage of expatriates (12%) make more than 250,000USD annually. This compares with 3% globally. (Image credit: Fotolia)

    Expat Feedback from Africa

    Recent information released by InterNations, the worldwide Expatriate Networking Organisation with 1.7 million members, from its “Expat insider 2014 survey” provides insights into expatriate opportunities... Read more

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    Summertime is an excellent time to have a yard sale. Family life is less hectic, the weather is a joy, and your kids are hungry... Read more

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    This weekend Americans everywhere will come together in celebration of independence and freedom as we mark the anniversary of the endorsement of the Declaration of Independence... Read more

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    Multiple Intelligences

    This series of 10 articles on ‘How Children Learn Best’ is written by Canadian Citizen Pat Kozyra who has been teaching in the classroom for... Read more

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    Who Is to Teach Ethics to the University?

    The narratives that help illustrate the lack of professional ethics at American universities occur with greater and greater frequency, though most often we fail to... Read more

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    Arthur Levine, the head of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, has been a vituperative critic of teacher education programs for years. His recent announcement... Read more

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