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  • This Feb. 10, 2013, photo shows Rihanna at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Rihanna is being honored with the fashion icon award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America on Monday, June 2, 2014. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Rihanna Photos Update: No Statements; and Also None from Amber Heard, Kim Kardashian After Alleged Picture Hack

    Rihanna, Amber Heard, and Kim Kardashian have not responded yet to the alleged photos that were leaked this week. The photos were reportedly uploaded online... Read more

  • The Shmoney Dance Dead? Junior Golf Team Does it, Twitter Says ‘RIP’

    The Shmoney Dance, popularized by New York rapper Bobby Shmurda, is officially dead, according to Twitter users on Thursday. Users were tweeting “RIP” after a... Read more

  • This image released by ABC shows Andi Dorfman, left, and Eric Hill on the premiere episode of "The Bachelorette," premiering Monday, May 19, 2014 on ABC. (AP Photo/ABC, Rick Rowell)

    Andi Dorfman, ‘Bachelorette 2014,’ Shows Off Her New Locks

    Andi Dorfman has shown off her new hairstyle, posting up photos on Twitter. “In addition to experimenting with her hair, Andi has kept busy by... Read more

  • United States' goalkeeper Hope Solo (1) looks up field in second half of an international friendly game with Mexico on  Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Sandy, Utah.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Hope Solo Photos: Soccer Star Slams Culprits

    Hope Solo has responded to lewd photos of her that were leaked in the past week. In confirming the photos are of her, Solo said, “It... Read more

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

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

  • ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 27:  In this handout image provided by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, rapper Gucci Mane, real name Radric Davis, is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest for assault March 27, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Gucci Mane allegedly hit a fan over the head with a champagne bottle at an Atlanta nightclub March 16.  (Fulton County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)

    Gucci Mane Found Dead Hoax: Nope, Rapper Hasn’t Died in Jail Cell

    Gucci Mane has been subjected to yet another death hoax this year–with a recent one saying the rapper died in his jail cell. The bogus... Read more

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    SpongeBob Squarepants Canceled? ‘Save Spongebob’ on Twitter Confuses Many; Indonesia Users Say it will be ‘Deleted’

    A number of users on Twitter thought that the #SaveSpongeBob Twitter trend was an indicator the show will be canceled. There’s been rumors for years... Read more

  • AJ Lee, battling Paige here at SummerSlam, will likely try to regain the Divas Championship at the upcoming Night of Champions. (WWE)

    AJ Lee Photos on Twitter Are Probably Fakes

    A photo that was going viral on social media Thursday is purporting to be of WWE diva AJ Lee. Users said the image was posted via... Read more

  • A bull shark in the Bahamas. This species was once abundant in Lake Nicaragua, today it is almost gone. Photo by: Public Domain.

    Prehistoric Shark in Pakistan Hoax: ’15-ton Prehistoric Shark Captured Off Coast of Pakistan’ is Fake

    An article saying a 15-ton “prehistoric shark” was captured near the coast of Pakistan is fake. It was published on World News Daily Report, a... Read more

  • Drive-in theaters were once all the rage in Michigan 

    Plowed under by an ever-building wave of technology, Marquette County’s once-popular three outdoor theaters reside in what’s known today as the drive-in theater “graveyard.” The... Read more

  • Meagan Good arrives at the InStyle Summer Soiree at the Mondrian Hotel on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Meagan Good Photos Left Her in ‘Shock’

    Meagan Good, the actress who was victimized in the celebrity photo hack, said that the perpetrators who leaked the photos online should be ashamed. “I’m... Read more

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    The Noble Spirit of Rugby Can Teach Younger Generations

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

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    Manly Faces Aren’t First Pick in All Cultures

    A new study could debunk the theory that women living where rates of infectious disease are high prefer men with faces that shout testosterone when... Read more

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    How Teachers Can Help Shy Kids Learn

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

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

    Domestic Violence in US: Data Tells Complex Story

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

  • The Facebook and WhatsApp app icons are displayed on an iPhone. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Facebook Charging Hoax: ‘To Begin Charging Users $2.99/mo Starting November 1st’ Article Totally Fake (With Update)

    An article saying Facebook will start charging about $3 per month starting Nov. 1, 2014, is satire. It was published on The National Report, which... Read more

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

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

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    How to Survive a Plane Crash

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

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

    Go Wild: Plant Species Tulips for Early Color

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

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    Christian Harry Potter? Evangelical Mom Rewrite Removes Witchcraft / ‘Devil Worship'; Could be Satire

    A housewife allegedly rewrote the Harry Potter series to remove all instances of witchcraft and spellcasting, and replaced them with “prayer and miracles.” The story... Read more

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    Are Cyberbullies Victims as Well?

    Cyberbullying or online harassment often stems from the misuse of social networking sites, and is now recognized as a serious public health issue. Victims of... Read more

  • Record clerk Josh Kelly wipes a dust speck from a used LP record as he put it in a sales bin at Vintage Vinyl Records Tuesday, in Fords, N.J., on April 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Back on Record – the Reasons Behind Vinyl’s Unlikely Comeback

    In a music buying industry now dominated by iTunes and music streaming sites such as Spotify, Napster, Pandora and Jay-Z’s recently released Tidal, the CD... Read more

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    Veggies Take Center Plate as Healthy Fast-Food Chains Expand

    MIAMI— They want it fresh. They want it cheap. They want it fast. And most importantly, they don’t want it to taste like it’s good... Read more

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    With Spring Comes Sunshine, Flowers and Billions in Insurance Risks

    Spring is the season of showers and flowers and the welcome return of warm weather. It’s also the season of one of the biggest weather... Read more

  • A traveler walks past a newly-opened TSA Pre-check application center at LaGuardia Airport on January 27, 2014 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Firms Offer High-Tech Solutions to Help Airports Seal Perimeters

    Technology firms increasingly pitch new sensors and software to U.S. airports as a way to bolster exterior security and keep intruders out, but such digital... Read more

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    Who Are These Old People at My Class Reunion?

    In science there is a concept called the “survivorship bias.” It refers to the logical error of concentrating on the people or things that “survived”... Read more

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    Perfumer Thomas Fontaine, on His Nose and Jean Patou’s Legacy

    Atlas, the titan of Greek mythology, carried the celestial spheres on his shoulders. Thomas Fontaine, in-house perfumer at the house of Jean Patou carries the... Read more

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    ‘InterNations’ Introduces New Social Media Platform

    “InterNations” the expat social networking organisation is going from strength to strength. Just 1-year after clocking up its 1-millionth member it pushed membership up by... Read more

  • Self-control waxes and wanes. (iStock/Thinkstock)

    Don’t Think You Have Enough Self-Control? Try Believing That You Do

    Around this time each year, my family and I, as well as Jews around the world, celebrate Passover. Like many Jewish holidays, this one features... Read more

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    Do You Have a Shopping Addiction?

    It’s a typical image we’ve all seen in popular media: watch films like “Clueless” or “Confessions of a Shopping Addict” or TV shows like “Gossip Girl”... Read more

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    Ways to Fight Fair in Relationships

    All couples fight. Some may fight more than others, but fighting in a relationship is completely normal. In fact, if you know how to fight... Read more

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    Barbie Gets a Makeunder: Meet the Tree Change Dolls

    After she was made redundant, the very charming and humble Sonia Singh decided to play with dolls again. But this time, she was determined to... Read more

  • This Oct. 8, 2014, file photo, shows the Blood Moon, created by the full moon passing into the shadow of the earth during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Monterey Park, Calif. Skygazers in the western U.S. and Canada will be treated to a total eclipse of the moon before dawn, Saturday, April 4, 2015. Scientists said it’ll be an unusually brief eclipse, with totality lasting several minutes. (AP Photo/ Nick Ut,)

    Unusually Short Total Lunar Eclipse Dazzles Skywatchers

    LOS ANGELES— The total eclipse of the moon lasted only a short time, but it still dazzled. Early risers in the western U.S. and Canada... Read more

  • Rain: you can tell when rain is coming just by the smell. (Javi Sanchez, CC BY-ND, 2.0)

    The Smell of Rain: How CSIRO Invented a New Word

    Australia’s CSIRO has come up with some pretty amazing inventions over the past 86 years of research, from polymer banknotes to insect repellent and the... Read more

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    Some Maple Sap This Season Headed From Tree Tap to Beer Tap

    CHATHAM, N.Y.— The maple sap bubbling away in Ron Davis’s upstate New York sugar house is destined for pancakes, waffles, sweets, and—for years now—beer kegs... Read more

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    DIY Cheese? Homemade Paneer Is an Easy, Fun Project

    Saag paneer is a delicious and toothsome South Asian dish consisting of cubes of fresh cheese (that’s the paneer) combined with greens (that’s the saag)... Read more

  • Chris Baker and Jennifer Hinson from Nashville, Tennessee, use a selfie stick in front of the Louvre Pyramide in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Photography and Selfies Are Great for Museums (But Ditch the Sticks)

    Two of the USA’s major music festivals have decided to ban selfie sticks this year to prevent stick-wielding gig-goers from blocking the view of others... Read more

  • In this Nov. 13, 2014 photo, Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp poses for photos at the Pinterest office in San Francisco. The San Francisco-based venture capital darling celebrated its fifth birthday in March 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Search, Social & Shopping: Pinterest Turns 5

    NEW YORK — In its five short years of life, Pinterest has become “the” place where brides-to-be create wish boards of wedding china photos and... Read more

  • APRIL 1: A sparrow sits on a branch of a fully bloomed cherry blossom tree in Tokyo on March 31, 2015. Viewing of cherry blossoms is a national pastime and cultural event in Japan, where millions of people turn out to admire them annually. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Photos of the Day – April 2015

    Photos of the Day – Collection for April 2015 See more photos of the day Collection for March 2015 Collection for February 2015 Collection for January... Read more

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    Teriyaki Chicken: Taking Chicken From Frozen to Delicious in Under 30 Minutes

    Despite its reputed speed at getting dinner done, the pressure cooker was slow to win me over. Sure, its skill with baked beans and brisket... Read more

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    Health Check: Why Does Women’s Hair Thin Out?

    Balding in men is so common it doesn’t raise an eyebrow. But when a woman starts to lose hair, it can be extremely distressing. Will... Read more

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    Heart-Wrenching PSAs Reveal How Child Sexual Abuse Hides in Plain Sight

    The “Hard to See Uncle” clip is set in a bathroom, with a young child who is getting ready to bathe and an inappropriately helpful uncle.  ... Read more

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    A Prescription for Better Health: Exercise After Prostate Cancer

    Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed male cancer in Australia, with around 20,000 cases detected each year. Depending on the type of treatment, many... Read more

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    Cheese and Yogurt May Help to Prevent Heart Attacks and Diabetes

    A new study shows that yogurt, cheese, and other fermented dairy products may help to prevent heart attacks. People who ate a lot of cheese... Read more

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    14 Ways to Boost Your Stress Glands

    If the pace of life has left you exhausted, your adrenal glands may need some support.  These triangular-shaped glands that sit on top of the... Read more

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    Overfed Babies May Develop ‘Inflamed Fat’

    Mouse pups from smaller litters—or those with better access to nutrition—developed more unhealthy, inflamed fat, new research shows. When they were placed on a high-fat... Read more

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    Your Pain Reliever May Also Be Diminishing Your Joy

     Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. In the study, participants who... Read more

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    Keep It Glassy: 3 Reasons to Ditch Plastic, Even the BPA-Free Stuff

    Even though the health dangers associated with bisphenol A (BPA) have been known for more than 70 years, it wasn’t until recently that manufacturers began... Read more

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    Sprout Your Way to Better Health

    Have you ever wondered why sprouted foods are considered “nutritional powerhouses”?  For starters, they come in a plethora of shapes and sizes, contain more micronutrients... Read more

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    Pomegranate-Date Cocktail a Day Keeps the Dr. Away

    Glorious, red pomegranates and their Middle Eastern sister, luscious toffee-like dates, are delicious, increasingly trendy, and healthy to boot. As it turns out, when consumed... Read more

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    Are My Memory Lapses Normal or Could This Be Alzheimer’s Disease?

    From time to time, we all misplace our keys or forget someone’s name, at least for a few minutes. This may prompt worry about “getting... Read more

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    How to Combat Common Running and Walking Ailments

    If running or walking is your workout of choice, nothing is worse than an ache or pain. The good news? With a smart plan and... Read more

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    Coconut Oil Pulling Superior to Chemicals for Oral Health

    A new study has proven for the first time that the oral use of coconut oil is effective in reducing plaque related to gingivitis, a... Read more

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    Avocado, the Superfood You Should Eat Every Day

    It’s no secret that I love to eat. My favorite food of all? Avocados. I’m bananas for them! Avocados are truly one of nature’s little... Read more

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    Exercise May Improve Self-Control

    You can never have too many reasons to exercise, and those reasons are quite plentiful right now. Yes, it can reduce your risk of developing chronic... Read more

  • A new study finds that blueberry consumption may help with PTSD. (iStock/ValentynVolkov)

    Blueberries for Severe Trauma

    Nutrition researchers have been big on exotic berries lately. That’s because camu camu, sea buckthorn, acai, goji, maqui, and other foreign fruit have demonstrated a... Read more

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    Siblings Reveal Secret to Living Past 105

    The difference between living to 90 and living past 105 seems to depend largely on genes, according to a study of siblings. For people who... Read more

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    Exercise-Induced Asthma (Video)

    Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) is wheezing and shortness of breath that occur during exercise. It can occur in people who never wheeze at any other time,... Read more

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    11 Reasons Ginger Is One of the Healthiest Spices

    Ginger is a flowering plant that originated from China. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and is closely related to turmeric, cardomon and galangal. The rhizome (underground part of the... Read more

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    50 Easy Ways to Cleanse and Lose Weight

    1. Drink More Water Most of us don’t drink enough water. Keeping hydrated has many benefits. Not only does it help flush toxins from the body,... Read more

  • Sesigner Nao Tamura walks past her installations at the Milan Furniture Fair, in Milan, Italy, April 14, 2015.  A Memphis Group revival permeated this year’s Milan Furniture Fair, and it wasn’t just the appearance of acid colors and fanciful squiggles that helped characterize the 1980s post-futuristic design movement launched here, but a pervasive search for clarity. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

    Memphis Group Revival Permeates Milan Furniture Fair

    MILAN — The Memphis Group, a postmodern design movement that launched at the Milan Furniture Fair in 1981, was back to permeate this year’s fair,... Read more

  • Poorer boys are especially vulnerable when growing up in close proximity to wealth. (Danny Lyon/National Archives)

    Poor Doors Highlight Social Costs of Growing Up in the Shadow of Wealth

    One of New York City’s newest luxury apartment buildings recently started accepting applications for low-income renters who will use a controversial “poor door” – a... Read more

  • Workers install solar panels on the roof of a home in California

    What You Need to Know Before Getting Solar Panels

    Solar panels are a green tech success story. Visit the south of England, Germany or Italy and almost every other home will be adorned with... Read more

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    With Spring Comes Sunshine, Flowers and Billions in Insurance Risks

    Spring is the season of showers and flowers and the welcome return of warm weather. It’s also the season of one of the biggest weather... Read more

  • dated photo provided by Brian Patrick Flynn and, the designer Flynn used high-end performance fabrics in pastel tones to create this lounge he describes as 'rock and roll pastels' due to the mix of light colors with edgy accents and retro elements. (AP Photo/Brian Patrick Flynn, Sarah Dorio/

    Ask a Designer: Decorating With Spring Pastels

    After a long winter, the pastel colors of spring look pretty appealing right now. Cheerful pastel pinks, yellows, greens, and blues can seriously brighten up... Read more

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    6 Design Trends to Heighten Your Home’s Style

    With spring almost here, it’s a good time to refresh and refocus on certain aspects of your life—and the home is no exception. Say goodbye... Read more

  • Craftspeople combined skills to create an English country kitchen in this Tudor-style home. (Brandon Barre)

    Designing an English Country-Style Kitchen

    With two of her three adult children still at home, Linda Gill, an executive assistant to a publisher, and her banker husband, needed to optimize... Read more

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    Choosing a Front Door: What You Need To Know

    Choosing the right front door is an essential aspect of any home renovation or improvement project. After all, it’s the first thing people are going... Read more

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    Protect Your Home While on Vacation

    Going on a vacation is loads of fun—you can recuperate your mind and body and have interesting experiences abroad. But being away for any period... Read more

  • The dining room in North Star's model home of its Chateau Collection, which boasts high-pitched rooflines, turret rooms, and sweeping staircases. (North Star Homes)

    North Star Marks 25 Years of Home-Building

    Mother Nature may not be co-operating, but Phil Calvano and his team at North Star Homes are wasting no time gearing up for the spring... Read more

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    Some Things to Know About Robocalls

    WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission has been asked to look into the issue of robocalls, the automated phone messages favored by political campaigns, charities, and scammers... Read more

  • This photo provided by Wee Little Stitches shows The Golden Girls. “I think my favorite design is the Golden Girls pattern.  I have such fond memories of watching the show with my Grandmother when I was a child.  We used to laugh and laugh,” says the founder of Wee Little Stiches, Jacqueline Gable.  Wee Little Stitches designs are available at: (AP Photo/Wee Little Stitches)

    Right at Home: Age-Old Art Finds Contemporary Edge

    Call it subversive stitchery. Alternative embroidery. Today’s home samplers include everything from Kanye West tweets to tattoo designs. Jamie Chalmers, a burly, bearded fellow who... Read more

  • This March 2, 2015 photo shows the view looking south from the under-construction Porsche Design Tower in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. With a slew of residential and hotel developments, Miami is embracing the notion that homes, like cars, handbags and jewelry, should carry luxe designer labels. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)

    Live in a Porsche? Designer Labels Draw Miami Home Buyers

    SUNNY ISLES BEACH, Florida—The wow factor for Miami’s skyscraper condos no longer comes from a dazzling Atlantic Ocean view. It takes something more audacious to... Read more

  • Shipping the entire contents of your house to the other side of the world can be a daunting prospect, but also an exciting one. (Patty Jansen/pixabay/Public Domain CC0)

    On the Move to a Land Down Under?

    Relocating abroad is a big decision but it is also a very exciting one. Whether you are relocating for work, family or the weather, there... Read more

  • This photo provided by shows a coffee table of walnut and glass designed by Aaron Scott, who began experimenting with stacked and laminated wood about ten years ago. “I liked the idea of making wood a purely plastic medium, where curvature could occur along any axis,” Scott said. (AP Photo/

    Curve Appeal: Round Is In at This Home Design Show

    NEW YORK—Curves have been all over the fashion and celebrity magazines and are finding their way into design and décor too. “They’re sensuous and inviting,”... 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

  • 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

  • A view of the BIFF&BIL trade fair in New York March 11–15. (Courtesy of DITP)

    Making ‘Made in Thailand’ Fashionable

    NEW YORK—Think of fashion manufacturing in Asia and Made-in-China cheap inevitably comes to mind, along with all the ethical misgivings that come with it. Thailand... Read more

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    The Opulence of Embroidery

    NEW YORK—Perhaps it’s the anticipation of spring blossoms that makes one veer toward that which is ornate and colorful in the man-made. Artists have long... Read more

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    Can You Rock a Jumpsuit? Two Sides to Trendy One-Pieces 

    NEW YORK—Awards nights are usually reserved for showstopping gowns, but in one swoop, Robin Wright resisted the norm in a backless Ralph Lauren custom jumpsuit... Read more

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    Time for a Fashion Revolution!

    Friday, April 24, 2015, will be a big day on the fashion calendar. It’s not Fashion Week, with its call to buy, nor is it... Read more

  • Italian trade commissioner Pier Paolo Celeste talks to Epoch Times in his office in New York, on March 23, 2015. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Italian Entrepreneurs Innovate Beyond Food, Fashion and Furniture

    NEW YORK—Everybody agrees Italians are creative when it comes to designing, producing, and marketing high quality products. What many people don’t know is that these... Read more

  • In this April 20, 2014 file photo, festival goers attend the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. (Zach Cordner/Invision/AP, File)

    Fashion Aims to Share the Spotlight With Music at Coachella

    LOS ANGELES — “Festival fashion” is a thing, and Coachella is the place. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, held in the Southern California... Read more

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    See What Women Do When They Have to Decide If They’re Beautiful or Average

    Causing a woman to doubt herself like this doesn’t exactly seem empowering. Yet plenty of women are applauding Dove for the feel-good-about-yourself-no-matter-what tone of the... Read more

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    Perfumer Thomas Fontaine, on His Nose and Jean Patou’s Legacy

    Atlas, the titan of Greek mythology, carried the celestial spheres on his shoulders. Thomas Fontaine, in-house perfumer at the house of Jean Patou carries the... Read more

  • Reporters and camera crews get a preview of items from the Lauren Bacall Collection at Bonham's in New York on March 24, 2015. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bonhams Vice President Remembers His Friendship With Lauren Bacall

    Of the recent Lauren Bacall Collection auction held March 31 at Bonhams New York, every one of the 740 lots sold, bringing in a total of... Read more

  • The fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier speaks during a press conference prior to the opening of the exhibition devoted to him on March 30, 2015 in Paris. (Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

    Why Would Jean Paul Gaultier Want People to Shop H&M?

    This week fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier’s retrospective opens at the Grand Palais in Paris as a sort of farewell. Gaultier has quit the breakneck... Read more

  • Participants at the Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, on April 5, 2015. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Easter Parade: Put on a Bonnet and Mingle

    The Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue is one of those rare large-scale events where the spectators and the participants really blend. Perhaps because it is... Read more

  • In this March 31, 2015 photo, YouTube personality best known for her make-up demonstrations, Michelle Phan poses for a portrait in New York. Phan launched a digital lifestyle network called ICON. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP)

    YouTube Star Michelle Phan Branches Out With ICON Network

    NEW YORK — Even First Lady Michelle Obama has asked YouTube star Michelle Phan for beauty advice. “She asked me what kind of powder I liked,”... Read more

  • A model wears a creation for Iris van Herpen's ready to wear fall-winter 2015-2016 fashion collection during Paris fashion week, Paris, France. France’s health minister said Monday March 16, 2015 she supports plans to criminalize the use of advertising with anorexic models in France. The measure would put France, a world capital of fashion, among countries like Israel and Spain to crack down on glorification of dangerously thin models.(AP/Thibault Camus)

    French Parliament Approves Measure Against Anorexic Models

    PARIS—In one of the most image-conscious cities on earth, France’s Parliament has moved to make it a crime to use anorexic models or encourage anorexia,... Read more

  • Designer Raf Simons acknowledges the applause of the audience after 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)

    ‘Dior and I’ Contains the Seeds of Fashion’s Salvation

    If the creative director at one of the world’s most recognized and widely loved fashion brands is bored with fashion itself, what hope is there... Read more

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    Simone Cipriani Makes Ethical Fashion Happen

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    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

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    2015 Nissan Rogue SV FWD

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    2015 Mercedes-Benz M-Class – Top-Notch Performance and Utility

    Although it’s likely some people will be impressed as you pilot around a Benz SUV; in truth, you will be much more dazzled by the... Read more

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    2015 Dodge Journey Crossroad

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    Cadillac CT6, Lexus RX, Jaguar XF among Vehicles Revealed in New York

    NEW YORK—The New York International Auto Show spanned April 1 to April 12 with a mix of mainstream sedans and glitzier models from automakers across... Read more

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    2015 New York International Auto Show

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    2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD

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    After 13 Year Hiatus, Lincoln Is Bringing Back the Continental Sedan

    DEARBORN, Mich. – Elvis Presley had one; so did Clark Gable. It was even the sedan of presidents. Then the name vanished amid an invasion... Read more

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    Live in a Porsche? Designer Labels Draw Miami Home Buyers

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    As the Lincoln Continental Returns, a Look Back 

    Ford Motor Co. said Monday that the Lincoln Continental is coming back after a 13-year hiatus. A concept version of the full-size Continental will be... 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

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    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

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    2015 Infiniti Q70L 5.6

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

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    Tesla Updating Model S to Ease Range Anxiety, Improve Safety

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

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    2015 Ford Mustang GT: The Best Yet

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    2015 BMW X4: A New Definition of Coupe

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    2015 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

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    Caution: This Car Is a Consequentialist

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  • Janet Yellen

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    What You Must Know as an Overseas Buyer of Residential Property

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    3 Ways to Help Aging Parents With Their Finances

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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

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  • 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

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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

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    Female Executive: My Biggest Mistake Was Not Talking About How Hard It Was

    By day, Anne Devereux-Mills was the CEO of an international advertising company; by night, she was a single mother of two who survived melanoma cancer... Read more

  • Record clerk Josh Kelly wipes a dust speck from a used LP record as he put it in a sales bin at Vintage Vinyl Records Tuesday, in Fords, N.J., on April 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Don’t Panic, College Seniors: Jobs for Grads Likely to Grow

    WASHINGTON—The consulting and accounting firm EY is aggressively recruiting on college campuses this spring. The company formerly known as Ernst & Young plans to hire... Read more

  • "The results show that we can change the way we work to improve family life," says Kelly Davis.   (Emergency Brake/CC BY)

    3 Ways to Give Workers More Time With Their Kids

    A workplace intervention lets parents spend more time with their children—but affects mothers and fathers differently. “These findings may encourage changes in the structure of jobs... Read more

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    Work Less, Play More, and Other Productivity Hacks From a Manchurian Emperor

    If you’ve read our article “A Day in the Life of a Chinese Emperor,”  it may have struck you just how little actual work Emperor... Read more

  • Design firm partners, Tom Geismar (L) and Ivan Chermayeff (R) pose for a photo in one of their early offices in the late 1960’s in front of a logo of the American Graphic Arts exhibit that was shown in the USSR at the height of the Cold War, designed by Geisner, and Visitez les USA posters designed by Chermayeff to advertise the US Pavilion at the Montreal World's Fair in 1967 as part of their work with Cambridge 7 Associates. (Photo courtesy of Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv)

    This Is New York: Graphic Arts Pioneer Ivan Chermayeff on Work as Play

    NEW YORK—When work is play and play is work, there’s no reason to stop working. “There’s no possibility of even thinking of a better job,”... Read more

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    10 Real Excuses Lawyers and Litigants Give for Being Late to Court

    Participating attorneys have an opportunity each week to poke fun at themselves, laugh at their colleagues, weigh-in on a hot topic, or reveal a personal... Read more

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    Call to Action: Start Improving Your Self-Worth Today

    Have you noticed how our brains can prompt us to either promote or deny our own self-value?  Jenny Craig, a transformational coach and Women’s Advancement Compact (WAC)... 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’s... Read more

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    On Mother’s Day Make It All About Her

    What a lovely time of year for daughters to gift their mothers for the greatest gift of all—their birth! Unfortunately, my mother died when I... Read more

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    How to Be a Better Wife: Focus on the Positive

    After writing How to be a Better Husband: Show Up, I felt the need to jump onto the other side of the relationship, so to... Read more

  • Eleanor Blum

    Can Phone Companies Do More to Block Robocalls?

    WASHINGTON—Jeri Vargas put her elderly mother on the “Do Not Call” list years ago. So why is the 88-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease still getting... Read more

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    15 Natural Easter Egg Dyes

    With Easter fast approaching I have been thinking about how to dye our eggs this year and did some research. If you want to “go... Read more

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    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

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    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

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    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

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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

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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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

  • Guenevere in May, Malory’s Le Morte D'Arthur, abridged ed. Alfred W. Pollard, illustrations by Arthur Rackham, 1917. (Bangor University Library Rare Book Collection, Author provided)

    Spotted: King Arthur’s Latest Incarnation Back Home in Wales

    King Arthur is back at his mythical home – Wales. Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur is currently being filmed in Snowdonia, starring... Read more

  • Engaging students in greater collaboration, and instilling initiative in curation and the promotion of information leads to truly independent learning. (Alexander Saprykin/CC BY)

    Why Teaching Is Still the Best Job in the World

    Sometimes, good teachers quit. Teaching is an increasingly demanding job with divergent influences, dynamic sources of innovation, and aging dogma that makes it all a struggle... Read more

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    The End of College? Or a New Beginning?

    I call it the Revolution of 2012. During that year Harvard and MIT announced their EdX consortium, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng founded Coursera and... Read more

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    Kids Need to Like What They’re Reading to Progress

    When we think of reading for our children, we are often misled into thinking that we need to focus on one type of book, such... 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

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    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

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    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

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    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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    How to Get Teenagers to Revise for Exams During the Holidays

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    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.

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    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

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

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