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Why Some Animals Are Fatter than Others

By Jennifer Viegas

Humans are often obsessed with their weight, but nature seems to know exactly how fat each animal on the planet should be. The perfect weight depends on how each species solves the problem of avoiding both starving to death and being killed by predators, new research suggests.

The study, published in The . . . → Read More: Why Some Animals Are Fatter than Others

When NOT to be Goal Oriented

By Inominandum

A few posts ago I talked about goals and keeping them measurable, actionable, and inspiring. I believe in goals and the power of a goal oriented life.

There is just one thing I left out.

Goals should not be grasped at too strongly, especially when you have decided to attain mastery in a . . . → Read More: When NOT to be Goal Oriented

The Loss and Recovery of Relatives

By Winona LaDuke

The people, rivers, lakes, and fish are related. This is a story told throughout the world. It’s a story about the Wintu of northern California, who were told that if the Nur (salmon) would disappear, the Wintu would disappear. And it’s a story about the destruction of the buffalo and the buffalo . . . → Read More: The Loss and Recovery of Relatives

Magical Treasure Hunting in Europe and North America

Reviewed by John Rimmer

When we think of treasure hunting today, the image that comes to mind is of an individual with a map and a metal detector scanning open farmland or on a beach. We see it in strictly practical terms: someone in the past has lost or hidden money, jewels or valuable artefacts, . . . → Read More: Magical Treasure Hunting in Europe and North America