I think many of us evangelicals have our own "safety complex." We've been trained to live life fearfully, to damp down any sense of risk at all costs, and to believe that failure is the worst possible fate on this earth. I think we've got it wrong.
Coffee drinkers in Seattle, the birthplace of the global coffee giant, are likelier than anyone else to order their coffee with an extra shot of espresso. Those in San Francisco have an unusual affinity for Starbucks’ soy lattes. Los Angelenos like Frappuccinos more than anyone else—aside from people in San Antonio, Texas. And no city likes white chocolate mochas quite like Memphis does.
A powerful magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit about 60 miles northwest of Iquique, in northern Chile, tonight, triggering tsunami warnings in Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Panama and tsunami watches in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras.
How do creatives – composers, painters, writers, scientists, philosophers – find the time to produce their opus? Mason Currey investigated the rigid Daily Rituals that hundreds of creatives practiced in order to carve out time, every day, to work their craft. Some kept to the same disciplined regimen for decades while others locked in patterns only while working on specific works.
What would the friendly skies look like if you could use your cell phone on flights in U.S. airspace? On Wednesday, comments closed on a proposed Department of Transportation rule that would continue the long-standing U.S. ban on in-flight use of cell phones, and the response was overwhelming and predictable. “Increased conflict and misery,” predicted one of the 1,760 respondents. “Violence on the aircraft,” surmised another. Members of Congress seem to agree.
The 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest has begun. Photographers from around the world can submit their photos in the four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place and Spontaneous Moments. The grand prize winner will receive a National Geographic Expedition to Alaska. The deadline is Monday, June 30, at 12 p.m. EDT. Here is a selection of photos from the early entries.
According to a new report by the World Health Organization, air pollution is the cause of 7 million deaths a year worldwide, and is the single largest environmental health risk in the world today. The staggering number — one in eight of all deaths, globally — is more than double previous WHO estimates of those killed by air pollution. WHO says that there is a stronger link between pollution and cardiovascular diseases like stroke and heart disease, and between air pollution and cancer, than previously thought.
Climate change is often called a "defining" issue of our time but given its controversy, it can be difficult to understand. So on Thursday, two of the world's leading scientific groups released a reader-friendly guide. This primer explains why, despite a cold winter in parts of the United States, scientists are so sure that man-made global warming is worsening, and how that's melting Arctic sea ice, raising sea levels and acidifying the oceans.
Many more thousands of American men count their fraternal experience—and the friendships made within it—as among the most valuable in their lives. The organizations raise millions of dollars for worthy causes, contribute millions of hours in community service, and seek to steer young men toward lives of service and honorable action. They also have a long, dark history of violence against their own members and visitors to their houses, which makes them in many respects at odds with the core mission of college itself.
Over the course of the last 50 to 100 years, every single site where the Winter Olympics has ever been held has gotten warmer, seeing a 1.66 degree Celsius (2.98 degrees Fahrenheit) increase in the average February low temperature over a 50-year period.