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Progressive baby boomers are fighting housing and transportation progress

In San Diego, residents have been fighting the installation of a new bike lane. The boomer-ish crowd says it will hurt businesses, that there isn’t enough parking as it is (this despite a nearby garage that has never topped 55…

What does Mercury in retrograde mean?

Three or four times a year, planet Mercury is said to go retrograde — that is to say it moves in an opposite direction to planet Earth. Planets move from east to west around the sun, and when Mercury turns…

Sweden's bokbåten is a floating library that brings books to residents of remote islands

Sweden and its Nordic neighbors have some of the highest literacy rates in the world. The Swedes view equal access to education and knowledge as a critical component to an individual’s future success. This is true regardless of economic background…

Under construction for 137 years, this famous Spanish basilica just got its building permit

A visionary architect and artist in the truest sense, Antoni Gaudí — godfather of Catalan Modernism — marched to the beat of his own drum. And while Gaudí was busy marching, it would appear that someone neglected to obtain a…

​What dreams reveal about different cultures

We tend to think of our dreams as being uniquely personal — nighttime narratives built from our own experiences that help us process our day-to-day lives. While dreams can give us a glimpse into the rich tapestries of our personal…

Treasure hunter seeks families connected to trove of 14,000 dog tags from WWII

[embedded content] Dan Mackay, a so-called “relic hunter” from Britain, discovered more than 14,000 dog tags from World War II buried in a field next to an anti-aircraft battery near London. He told The Telegraph the tags were found near…

5 historic battles you can witness in the present

Practically every major battle in every major war has been re-done at some point. The ancient Romans — big warriors, those Romans — upon returning home recreated battles in the amphitheaters for the enjoyment of the people. Before the American…

U.N. supports World Environment Day with new anthem

[embedded content] In celebration of World Environment Day, the United Nations is sharing “ONE Life,” a new song and music video highlighting the severity of climate change. Much in the same way “We are The World” raised awareness for famine…

Why paper books and the independent bookstore aren't dead

I love books, and to an irrational degree. In books, I find psychological and emotional refuge, education and deep wisdom that I just don’t find elsewhere. My passion is connected to the words and the form they come in —…

17 things Albert Einstein really did say

When you’re a genius, everyone wants to quote you all the time. (Photo: Wikipedia) Albert Einstein was a man of many words. The theoretical physicist — who is often considered the epitome of genius — is quoted by professors and…