When someone makes the claim that a book can save lives, skepticism is likely the most reasonable response. It may even be fair to assume that they had just emerged from a crowded auditorium where the past hour was spent listening to dated house music and chanting self-help slogans with the aid of a prompter. But this new book is the product of scientific research and is much more likely to be displayed at the United Nations headquarters than on a shelf at your local bookstore. Read full story here

Somewhere in the windswept valley of Patagonia, Emily sits cross-legged next to her blue Westfalia at the foot of a glacial-blue lake looking up at a series of snow-capped mountains, huddled behind the trees. She holds her newborn, Sierra, in her arms to make the most of the region’s scarce warmth. Her husband, Adam, organizes the harnesses, rope and belay-system with their first-born daughter, Colette, to prepare for a day on the rocks. “When Patagonia gives you warm earth, you sit on it,” reads a caption on the family Instagram page, the primary outlet for neo-beat life, trading notebooks for cellphones and using DSLR cameras to convert their many experiences into a living story, unravelling itself across the Internet, day by day. Read More

This 25-year-old is the youngest person to walk the entire

Andrew Siess, a 25 year-old from Minnesota, just became the youngest person in the world to circumnavigate the globe entirely on foot. Born out of a recklessness passion for the road, for Siess, his journey wasn’t about recognition, but was merely the next step in a lifestyle choice that began in 2009, originally taking him on two wheels to the southern-most tip of South America in 2010. “I already biked to the end of the world and back, canoed the Mississippi and sailed across the ocean. I wanted something that scared me, and walking was the next step,” says Siess. So in May of 2012—starting in Sorrento, Italy—Siess bought some cheap clothes and a backpack, and started walking.

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So what gives? Where are our little green cousins, our one-eyed, tentacled overlords? Why are we so alone out here? Nobody really knows, but there are certainly some fun theories. The reason we haven’t interacted with them yet might be due to some socialization, biology, or logic that is so different from ours that it confounds all comprehension.Check out the most popular theories here:  Enjoy these! 

In 2011, Foster Huntington left his job and life as a designer for Ralph Lauren in NYC to move into a VW Synchro camper van, and travel around the States. Huntington has since driven 100,000 miles, camping, surfing and hiking across the western edge of the North American continent, and documenting the entire thing on his blog, A Restless Transplant.

In 2013, Huntington successfully crowd-funded a photo-book project documenting the most interesting vans and campers he’s seen during his travels, including a few corresponding stories when applicable. He awarded supporters with either the photo-book, T-shirts, or bumper-stickers. The Kickstarter campaign raised over $65,000. Read on

Chances are, you’ve also gone through a few replacements for your gadgets; no one really expects any of their mobile devices to last for more than a few years. In response to this, a lot of rightfully frustrated people have thrown around the words “planned obsolescence” – the idea that companies purposefully design their products in such a way that they’ll only last for an artificially shortened length of time, ensuring that the consumer is forced to continue buying replacements for said product time and time again.  These photos are proof. Read more here