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How to Save the Planet: A 14-Year Old Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur Knows the Secret

How to Save the Planet: A 14-Year Old Fashion Designer and Entrepreneur Tells All

Meet Maya Penn, a teen who plans to save the planet one idea at a time.

When I was 14 I spent most of my time talking on the phone, fantasizing about my crushes, and doing my homework. I had no plans to save the planet and quite honestly knew little about my impact on it. But Maya Penn, a 14-year-old fashion entrepreneur and environmentalist, doesn’t just put my teenage accomplishments to shame, she’s also quite impressive compared to most …

Should the HPV Test Replace the Pap Smear?

The HPV tests screens for HPV. So, is the Pap smear needed?

Should the HPV test replace the Pap smear? Some medical professionals think it should.

I, however, am just a woman with a vagina and a cervix, and I think these medical professionals are totally wrong.

The HPV test specifically screens for human papilloma virus, a virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer. The Pap smear, a widely-used test that screens for abnormal cells, doesn’t specifically screen for HPV, though. Because the Pap smear doesn’t screen for HPV, two medical groups are …

Hey, Sci-Fi Fans: ‘The X-Files’ is Possibly Coming Back

"The X-Files" may be coming back to television.

I think 2014 and 2015 will forever be known as the years cult television lovers felt total bliss. In late 2014, “Twin Peaks” creators announced that the show would go on. And now, in early 2015, Fox has confirmed that the company is thinking about rebooting “The X-Files.”

Vanity Fair recently reported that Fox is in the very early “logistical phase” of rebooting “The X-Files.” So, basically, Fox is making sure that all the original cast members – David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson – …

The Next Big Craze Could be Water (Correction: Blue Solar Water)

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Move over Smart Water, blue solar water is in town and it’s set to become the newest health craze.

Recently, Gisele Bundchen was seen walking out of a spinning class with blue solar water in tow. Boasted for its soothing, calming and regenerative effects, blue solar water is a holistic approach to getting in your eight glasses a day.

The blue solar water tradition is linked to an ancient Hawaiian practice of reconciliation and forgiveness called Ho’oponopono. It is a sun-charged water that has been used since ancient times but has …

The Power of Nature: The Coast, a Short Film

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We so often turn to our modern amenities to give us answers, but sometimes we need a reminder of the power of nature to keep us balanced. 

Many of us have turned to nature in search of answers. In search of solitude. In search of healing.

Because we are so often separated from nature, if we give into it, nature has the power to pull us back in, to transform.

Personally, my most transformative moments have always been in the outdoors. They have come through feeling vulnerable, through being challenged to …

You Can Save Monarch Butterflies Right in Your Garden

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Monarch butterflies are declining at such a dramatic rate that it’s hard for scientists to keep up. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the butterfly population has been reduced by 95 percent in the last 15 years.

“We were hoping to see one or two monarchs this year. We didn’t see any,” teacher Allison Cole at Flagstaff Academy in Longmont, one of several Colorado schools where students have planted milkweed gardens, told The Denver Post.

The loss is due to huge swaths of crops across the country being sprayed with …

Maintenance Sex: Good or Bad Idea? That Depends

Maintenance Sex: Good or Bad Idea? That Depends

Maintenance sex. The term just sounds totally oogy, doesn’t it? But maintenance sex doesn’t have to cause chills. In fact, let’s just throw that term out and think of a new name… how about… sex?

This is the basic definition of maintenance sex: Having sex with your partner even if you aren’t all that into it at first.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’ve done this plenty times in my life, and by the end of the sexing, I’m not unhappy. In fact, I’m …

Chew Slower and Other Ways to Eat Healthy for the Planet

Chew Slower and Other Ways to Eat Healthy for the Planet

There are so many ways to eat healthy that are good for both your body and the planet. It’s nice when they overlap, no?

I know, you’re probably well aware that Big Macs are out and cauliflower is in. But there are even more ways to eat healthy that make a big difference for the planet.

Climate change or global warming – or whatever you want to call it – doesn’t have to be the …