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769 Shinrin-Yoku: The Japanese Art Of Forest Bathing

Shinrin-yoku (森林浴)—which literally translates to “forest bath”—is the Japanese practice of “bathing” oneself in natu...
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768 Meaningful Questions to Ask People Right Now That Go Deeper Than “How Are You?”

The question “How are you?” has long been a go-to greeting, a way to spark a bit of small talk. But this year, as ou...
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767 Seven-foot robots are stacking shelves in Tokyo convenience stores

Japan has the oldest population in the world, and that's causing an acute labor shortage. With almost a third of the...
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766 Drive-ins: A new way to watch live performances

Drive-ins as a solution to health crises is not without precedent. Before a polio vaccine became available in 1955, ...
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765 Tokyo hotel offers free stay, drinks, and sashimi on one very simple condition

The travel business isn't exactly booming at the moment thanks to the social distancing and safety protocol necessar...
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764 Japanese company successfully tests a manned flying car for the first time

A Japanese company has announced the successful test drive of a flying car. Sky Drive Inc. conducted the public d...
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763 These planter-like urinals are Amsterdam’s answer to the problem of ‘wild peeing’

The city of Amsterdam is going greenThe local council has installed eight hemp-filled, sustainable urinals The l...
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762 Musk’s Neuralink Puts Computer Chips in Animal Brains

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's neuroscience startup Neuralink on Friday unveiled a pig named Gertrude that has...
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761 The Swedish staycation obsession

Swedes have long embraced their version of staycations: hemester. Now, Covid-19 travel restrictions and remote worki...
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760 Japan finally announced a fee for plastic bags. Will that stop its obsession with plastic?

On July 1, 2020, supermarkets, department stores and major convenience stores in Japan started charging a fee for pl...
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759 Florida mosquitoes: 750 million genetically modified insects to be released

Local officials in Florida have approved the release of 750 million mosquitoes that have been genetically modified t...
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758 Why Do We Eat Birthday Cake?

The ancient Egyptians are credited with “inventing” the celebration of birthdays. They believed when pharaohs were c...
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757 Inside the multibillion dollar race for a Covid-19 vaccine

Scientists are hoping to deliver a vaccine that protects against Covid-19, and its transmission, by early 2021. In o...
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756 Sitting on the floor: Is it better than sitting on a chair?

For thousands of years, humans have rested on the ground using variations of a squat, cross-legged or a kneeling pos...
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755 Japan’s most polarizing food?

Nattō is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans. It has an ammonia-like smell and mucus-like consi...
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754 Coronavirus: France’s health workers given pay rises worth €8bn

The French government has agreed to give pay rises worth €8bn (£7.2bn; $9bn) to health workers, as it hailed their r...
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753 Cooking Therapy Benefits That Will Surprise You

As most people are stuck at home making their own meals, they could be unconsciously experiencing the therapeutic ef...
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752 Coronavirus: Japan’s mysteriously low virus death rate

Why haven't more people in Japan died from Covid-19? It is a macabre question that has spawned dozens of theories, f...
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751 Can you train yourself to like foods you hate?

Just like our taste in music, TV and culture, taste in food differs from person to person. But why does the same foo...
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750 Are human beings naturally lazy?

The current pandemic is forcing much of the world’s population to stay at home and take it easy. But we may not be w...
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749 11 Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary in Just One Day

The average American has a vocabulary in the thousands. Try these tricks to make sure yours stacks up. 1, The wor...
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748 Copy of Spanish Baroque painting botched by amateur restoration

An art collector in Spain has been left stunned by the botched restoration of a copy of a painting by Baroque artist...
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747 7 Commons Reasons for Forgetfulness That Have Nothing to Do With Alzheimer’s

It could be something totally mundane—and treatable! You open your microwave and discover a cup of coffee you reh...
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746 The rise of Japan’s ‘super solo’ culture

A decade ago, many Japanese were so embarrassed to be seen eating alone in the school or office cafeteria that they’...
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745 How Sweat Affects Your Skin Health

Sweat is a natural way to exfoliate and treat dry skin, as well as other skin conditions. This happens because swea...
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744 Racism definition: Merriam-Webster to make update after request

The American dictionary Merriam-Webster is to change its definition of the word racism after receiving an email from...
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743 How face masks affect our communication

More of us are wearing face masks to protect against the novel coronavirus. How do they alter our interactions with ...
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742 Tom Cruise, NASA, SpaceX To Shoot An Action Movie In Space

As per the latest update, it seems like Hollywood A-list celebrity Tom Cruise, SpaceX and NASA are reportedly workin...
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741 Meet Hamako Mori, The World’s Oldest Gaming YouTuber

A Japanese woman has recently managed to build an online cult following her video game skills on her YouTube channel...
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740 Why You Should Drink Milk Before Hitting The Sack

Drinking milk before bedtime has become a habit in many households. For most, they do this because they believe that...
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739 These companies plan to make working from home the new normal. As in forever.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many companies to embrace work-from-home solutions. For some, the transition may...
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738 The science of gossip (and why everyone does it)

People feed off gossip. It's one reason why, in the 1960s, the National Enquirer swapped the gory, gruesome headline...
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737 The life-saving medicines inspired by animals

These days, many of us are more likely to think of wild animals with a source of human illness rather than cure. ...
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736 What Travel Could Look Like After Coronavirus

Many aspects of life will likely never return to normal after COVID-19, but here's how flying will be changed foreve...
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735 To Learn Faster, Neuroscientists Now Say Study Somewhere New

What can you do if you need to remember, or better yet memorize, something important? According to new research ...
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734 Why Drink Lemon Water During Coronavirus Quarantine

Keeping yourself healthy, active, and running is all the more important in the fight against the COVID-19 coronaviru...
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733 ‘We have nothing to hide’ — Why Dutch people don’t mind you peering into their homes

For many visitors to the Netherlands, one of the great discoveries when wandering through the streets of Amsterdam o...
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732 Buddhist Diet: How It Works and What to Eat

Like many religions, Buddhism has dietary restrictions and food traditions. Buddhists — those who practice Buddhi...
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731 13 Tiny Changes That Will Make Your Home Instantly Happier

When your space is piled with clutter or doesn't reflect your personality, it can be hard to feel truly at home. Her...
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730 The seven stones of simpler living

How to live a lighter, healthier, more sustainable life. There's something deeply satisfying about stacking stone...
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729 The Bright Side Of Covid-19: Seven Opportunities Of The Current Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has a lot of dark sides. Around the world, people get ill and die, schools close, the healt...
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728 9 Powerful Life Lessons from 100 Year Olds

Watching videos of centurions, you start to see a theme – they all seem content. That might be shocking to younger ...
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727 Is fasting good for you?

For some people, fasting is a way to cleanse the body of toxins. For others, it's a religious or spiritual practice....
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726 Coronavirus will change the grocery industry forever

The outbreak of coronavirus is pushing Americans to buy their groceries online, a development that could have a last...
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725 How to choose clothes that will last

Fast fashion refers to clothes that quickly go from the catwalk to the retail stores to capitalize on fashion trends...
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724 How Social Media Sensationalism Is Fueling Stress Around Coronavirus

The coronavirus is spreading, and so is the panic-inducing media coverage. As Neal Rothschild and Sara Fischer wr...
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723 4 Key Benefits of Online Meetings

Regardless of the industry you work in, there's bound to be a moment - once a month, or perhaps even once a week - w...
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722 Understanding the tradition of wet markets

Fresh food markets — where people can buy fruits and vegetables and sometimes seafood and meat — are popular in many...
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721 The health benefits of a random act of kindness

Studies have shown that putting the well-being of others before our own without expecting anything in return -- or w...
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720 Effective Ways To Boost Your Immune System Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

With all the tips being thrown at us on how to prevent exposure from coronavirus (and viruses in general) this seaso...
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