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926 Is Papaya Good for You?

Papaya is an appealing tropical fruit with sweet-tasting, orange-hued flesh and edible black seeds that have a delic...
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925 What travel warnings do other nations give their citizens about US violence?

American travelers -- at least those of the cautious variety -- might be familiar with the US State Department's tra...
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924 Someone just paid more than $200,000 for Steve Jobs’ old Birkenstocks

How much would you pay for a pair of secondhand shoes? Well, someone just spent more than $200,000 on a pair of o...
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923 What is Bud Zero, the only beer Budweiser can sell at the World Cup?

In a surprise reversal, Qatar announced a ban of alcoholic beer at the eight stadiums hosting the World Cup. That le...
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922 The surprising benefits of blue spaces

The loss of human-nature interaction has been linked to a rising tide of mental health disorders. A growing body of ...
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921 World Population Reaches 8 Billion, U.N. Says

Until 1804, fewer than one billion people roamed our planet. More than a century later, in 1927, we crossed two bill...
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920 The Difference Between Crowd Crush and Stampede

At least 150 people died in a Halloween crowd crush in Seoul. When media outlets first broke the news, the tragic ev...
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919 What hotel star ratings actually mean today

Online user ratings are great, until you discover they're fake. Or you remember how your uncle always leaves reviews...
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918 How to Feel More Joy and Purpose During Your Workday

Everyone has days when the clock seems to be running at half speed. Back-to-back meetings may leave us struggling wi...
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917 Nightmares are a good predictor of future dementia

We spend a third of our lives asleep. And a quarter of our time asleep is spent dreaming. So, for the average person...
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916 Should you let Halloween be a candy free-for-all? Maybe, experts say

Limiting your child’s candy this Halloween might be more of a trick than a treat, experts say. Once you’re a grow...
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915 4 reasons why we should all make friends from different generations

While loneliness can strike at many points throughout our lives, there are times when it is especially acute. Big tr...
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914 New Zealand wants to tax farmers for their cows’ burps and farts

A burp or fart at the dinner table might land you in trouble – but if you’re a cow or sheep in New Zealand, it might...
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913 The rise of sleep tourism

Going on a vacation might seem like a rather unconventional way to try to improve your sleep habits. But sleep to...
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912 7 Foods That Make You Happy, According to Science

Ever noticed that some foods boost your mood? Here's why. It seems like all we do in life is chase happiness. We ...
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911 What Is the Metaverse, Exactly?

The metaverse uses virtual reality and augmented reality to virtually transport you to a different place, or world. ...
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910 Don’t shower during a thunderstorm. Here’s why

Trees begin to sway, the sky darkens and suddenly you hear it – the distant sound of thunder. That’s your cue that p...
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909 People experienced some key personality changes during the pandemic, study finds

Covid-19 changed a lot – how we socialized, where we went, and even what work looked like. A new study shows the pan...
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908 Japanese hotel gives you a beer tap in your room, 10 liters of craft beer to drink for free

It’s always nice when you check into a hotel and discover that the amenities include some sort of complimentary be...
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907 Quiet Quitting: Everything You Need to Know

Quiet quitting doesn’t mean employees leaving their jobs. They limit their tasks to only what is strictly required t...
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906 How to Tap Into the Extraordinary Delight Of Ordinary Life

Yes, doing the laundry and cleaning up can bring unexpected joy. Many of us have been following the same routine,...
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905 Should billboard advertising be banned?

Campaigner Charlotte Gage says that the outdoor adverts you see on billboards and bus stops should all be removed. ...
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904 Apple’s latest products and features take aim at our greatest fears

Apple has long presented its products as tools for creativity, productivity and a positive, if aspirational, lifesty...
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903 Queen Elizabeth II: Key Moments in Her Reign

Queen Elizabeth II, who ruled the United Kingdom for seven decades, was such a longstanding institution that it’s ea...
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902 Japan urges its young people to drink more to boost economy

Japan's young adults are a sober bunch - something authorities are hoping to change with a new campaign. The youn...
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901 The Benefits of Play for Adults

In our hectic, modern lives, many of us focus so heavily on work and family commitments that we never seem to have t...
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900 ‘The Netflix effect’: Why Western women are heading to South Korea in search of love

There was something puzzling about the young Western women staying at the youth hostels in Seoul, thought researcher...
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899 How to Learn a New Language as an Adult

Contrary to conventional thinking, it's never too late to learn a new language. If you dream of being bilingual, yo...
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898 How These Four Colors May Help You Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes are constant, irritating companions in warm weather. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could deter mosquitoes wit...
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897 Polio virus reappears in rich economies, exposing gaps in immunization

Public health authorities in wealthy economies are racing to head off a return of polio, after the virus has turned ...
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896 Mandatory time off: When taking holiday is part of the job

People were already working long hours before the pandemic, but Covid-19 further extended workdays. It’s taking a to...
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895 Visitors to the world’s tallest tree face $5,000 fines

Hyperion, certified by Guinness World Records as the world's tallest living tree, is officially off-limits to visito...
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894 How to Incorporate Self-care Into Your Everyday Life

We often think of self-care rituals as luxuries or indulgences. But in reality, taking care of ourselves is fundamen...
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893 The truth, and strategy, of food expiration dates

When you walk into a supermarket and pick up an item — anything from milk to cereal to a can of beans — you'll likel...
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892 UK heatwave: The unusual things happening because of the heat

People across the UK are bracing for a period of extreme heat, with temperatures potentially rising to highs never w...
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891 Global study finds surprising results for alcohol consumption

No amount of alcohol is healthy if you are younger than 40, mostly due to alcohol-related deaths by auto accidents, ...
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890 What did Shinzo Abe mean to Japan?

Japan has witnessed an extraordinary outpouring of grief and sadness for former prime minister Shinzo Abe who was as...
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889 Social stress prematurely ages your immune system, study finds

Social stress such as discrimination and family problems, along with job and money problems, can contribute to prema...
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888 Singapore’s dengue ’emergency’ is a climate change omen for the world

Singapore says it is facing a dengue "emergency" as it grapples with an outbreak of the seasonal disease that has co...
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887 What Does TTYL Mean?

In today’s digital world, the number of text abbreviations seems to be growing endlessly. Here’s one you might have ...
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886 How human-like are the most sophisticated chatbots?

Chatbots have hit the headlines over the past few days after a Google engineer claimed that the firm's most advanced...
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885 Extreme heat is bad for everyone’s health — and it’s getting worse

Of all the natural disasters, heat is the No. 1 killer, studies show. And as temperatures continue to rise because o...
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884 The sweet flavours of Pinoy BBQ

While yakitori and satay may be better known, the Philippines has their very own charcoal-grilled delicacies – whose...
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883 Employees at Virgin Atlantic can now show off their tattoos

Tattooed crew members at British airline Virgin Atlantic are now welcome to show off their ink while in uniform. ...
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882 Support Your Body’s Detox Pathways With Hydration, Yoga & More

Whether you realize it or not, your body's natural detoxification system is running 24/7 to eliminate toxins, fight ...
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881 Why Is It Called a Hamburger If There’s No Ham?

There’s no clear reason as to why a hamburger is called a hamburger, but our best guess is right in the name: The or...
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880 What is monkeypox and how do you catch it?

Cases of monkeypox - a rare, little-known disease - are being investigated in European countries including the UK, t...
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879 Google Translate adds 24 new languages

Global tech giant Google has added 24 new languages spoken by more than 300 million people to its Google Translate p...
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878 Here’s How Much Sleep People In Middle, Old Age Should Have

How much sleep do people in middle and old age really need? Seven hours appears to be the ideal amount of sleep, a t...
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877 The Benefits of Vitamin D from Head to Toe, Says Science

Vitamin D can lead to sharper eyesight, better memory, slower aging...and so much more. Is it the magic vitamin? ...
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