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Humans can’t control anything—except our own happiness

Humans can’t control anything—except our own happiness

What have the Romans ever done for us? Well, obviously the roads—the roads go without saying. How about guidance for how to live in the…
50 years ago, the Boeing 747 created air travel as we know it

50 years ago, the Boeing 747 created air travel as we know it

On Sept. 30, 1968, the first Boeing 747 rolled out of its custom-built assembly plant in Everett, Washington. From the beginning, everything about the plane…
Many women still shape their lives around the idea of “wifehood”

Many women still shape their lives around the idea of “wifehood”

When the King of Sweden asks Joan, the protagonist of the newly-released film The Wife, what she does for a living, she replies, ironically, “I…
The best foods to eat for a good night’s sleep

The best foods to eat for a good night’s sleep

Sleep has become widely recognized as playing a really important role in our overall health and wellness—alongside diet, stress management, and exercise. Recently, researchers have…
On World Mental Health Day, five simple lifestyle changes to improve your mood

On World Mental Health Day, five simple lifestyle changes to improve your mood

When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not…
Are avocados vegan? A philosophical debate

Are avocados vegan? A philosophical debate

A video recently doing the rounds on Facebook included a segment from the BBC comedy quiz show QI. The video asks which of avocados, almonds,…
Reports that an Icelandic volcano is “ready to blow” are fake news at its most dangerous

Reports that an Icelandic volcano is “ready to blow” are fake news at its most dangerous

The Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull made worldwide headlines in 2010 when it erupted ash that was blown towards Europe, so that air traffic was grounded across…
There are two types of creativity, and you can practice one of them every day

There are two types of creativity, and you can practice one of them every day

When you think about creativity, it might be highly creative people like Mozart, da Vinci, or Einstein who spring to mind. They were all considered…
Pokémon Go has become a surprisingly effective wellness and fitness app

Pokémon Go has become a surprisingly effective wellness and fitness app

Augmented reality game Pokémon Go has been downloaded more than 800 million times, making it one of the most successful examples of location-based media to…
Republican women are just fine, thank you, with being Republican

Republican women are just fine, thank you, with being Republican

Republican women have faced a conundrum repeatedly in the last two years. In the cases of Donald Trump, Roy Moore, and Brett Kavanaugh, the question…
How to judge a camel beauty pageant: the four-point guide

How to judge a camel beauty pageant: the four-point guide

When you hear “beauty pageants” you probably think of human women (and men) competing. However, a series of pageants on the Arabian Peninsula celebrate the…
The key to the effortless cool known as “sprezzatura” is hard work

The key to the effortless cool known as “sprezzatura” is hard work

If there’s one type of person we admire, it’s the person who’s able to get things done without even trying. You know that person. He’s…
Disney’s grief-tinged “Nutcracker” is the latest film to explore the dark side of fairy tales

Disney’s grief-tinged “Nutcracker” is the latest film to explore the dark side of fairy tales

Disney’s latest offering, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms comes with a warning for anyone who might imagine lighthearted, singing, dancing holiday entertainment. “The legend…
Nine sci-fi subgenres to help you understand the future

Nine sci-fi subgenres to help you understand the future

“Cyberpunk” has been the go-to imagery of the future for a startlingly long time—Bruce Bethke’s short story of that name is 35 years old, and…
The healthiest people in the world don’t go to the gym

The healthiest people in the world don’t go to the gym

If you want to be as healthy as possible, there are no treadmills or weight machines required. Don’t just take my word for it—look to…
Is low-fat milk and cheese better than full-fat? Experts are divided

Is low-fat milk and cheese better than full-fat? Experts are divided

There are always two options on the shelf when we reach for the milk, cheese or yoghurt: normal or “lite.” Less fat is better, right?…
Five simple ways to eat less meat without missing it at all

Five simple ways to eat less meat without missing it at all

Meat makes a meal, so goes the saying. But with more people than ever before ditching meat for plant-based alternatives, it seems meaty dishes are…
Good old peanut butter is just as good for you as the pricey alternatives

Good old peanut butter is just as good for you as the pricey alternatives

Nut butters are having a moment. While peanut butter remains the most affordable option, plenty of consumers shell out double or triple its price for…
The surprising benefits of exercising in cold weather

The surprising benefits of exercising in cold weather

The World Health Organization (WHO) keeps tabs on every country’s HALE rating, which stands for “healthy life expectancy at birth.” HALE is a measure of…
The most maligned exercise machine in the gym is actually great for you

The most maligned exercise machine in the gym is actually great for you

Since they first hit the scene in the 1990s, elliptical trainers have remained popular among gym-goers and home-exercise enthusiasts. For the uninitiated, the elliptical may…