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Which plant-based milk is better for the planet? This is what the science says

With so many different milk options at our fingertips, making eco-conscious choices at the grocery store can be challenging. From plant and nut-based milks to dairy, we — sustainability researchers at Curtin University in Australia — have gathered the evidence and crunched the numbers to help you choose more planet-friendly options. Any plant-based milk — whether it’s made from beans, nuts or seeds — has a smaller impact...

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Aging is inevitable, so why not do it joyfully? Here’s how

This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community; browse through all the posts here. It was recently my birthday. It wasn’t a “big” birthday — one of those round-numbered ones that feels like a milestone — but nevertheless it got me thinking about aging. When I was a kid, growing older felt like an achievement. Each year...

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Want to keep your relationship on solid ground? Get enough sleep

There are many ways that sleep problems can set you on a path toward a rocky relationship. Making sound decisions, being in a good mood most of the time, reining in some of your bad moods or irritability, problem solving, communicating effectively, tolerating frustration, practicing empathy — these are all important skills for cultivating and maintaining a healthy relationship. And these are also all the things that go south when...

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6 tips to help you manage your day AND your anxiety when working from home

When I first began working at home, I couldn’t believe I was getting away with such a racket. No one told me what to do or where to be! I could work in my bed, go to the grocery store in the middle of the day, and my clients were none the wiser. Even though I was a freelancer, I was constantly looking over my shoulder and expecting to be reprimanded by someone. But my elation wore away when I realized I wasn’t quite alone at home:...

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Bees can remember human faces — and 7 other surprising facts about these important insects

Most people know bees for two things: their sweetness (in the form of honey) or their stings. But they’re so much more than that. Honeybees, for example, live in highly structured social groups where each bee has a role to play. Some bees are solitary and can chew holes in wood. Others can be blue or white or green. In fact, there are more than 20,000 species of bees worldwide. Importantly for humans, bees are crucial to our...