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The best way to advance your career while supporting your partner's ambitions comes from a popular parenting theory


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  • A marriage between two people with meaningful careers can be a struggle.
  • The most successful dual-career couples act as each other's "secure base." That means they push each other to explore and grow professionally.
  • It's important to talk at least twice a year about what you're aiming for individually and together.

The traditional narrative around couples with two equally meaningful careers is that life is hard. There will, necessarily, be unfortunate tradeoffs, sacrifices, and regrets for one or both partners.

Yet on an episode of the Harvard Business Review's podcast "Women at Work," Jennifer Petriglieri, a professor at INSEAD, challenged this idea and proposed an alternative.

According to Petriglieri's own research findings, there's one type of dual-career couple that's most successful: partners who see each other as their "secure base."

The term is borrowed from research on attachment theory. Studies suggest that babies who see their primary caregiver as a secure base — someone who acts as their safe haven when the baby goes out to explore the world — have the healthiest relationships later on.

Petriglieri and her co-author, Otilia Obodaru, propose that romantic partners can also act as each other's secure bases.

A secure base, they write in a 2016 working paper, serves three functions:

  1. encouraging and accepting a partner's exploratory behavior
  2. not unnecessarily interfering with a partner's exploration
  3. being available when a partner faces a setback and needs to take a break from exploration

For the paper, the researchers interviewed 50 couples in which one partner was an alumnus of a global business school. (Most couples were married; all were heterosexual; the couples lived all over the world.) The researchers heard plenty of examples of partners serving as each other's secure base.

One man, who had been the director of a charitable foundation and was considering transitioning careers, said of his partner: "[My partner] encourages me to think outside the organizational box, and that's what I'm really trying to do this year."

Another woman, a partner in a strategy consulting firm, said that her husband had been "very supportive of [my first employer], but he was also very supportive of my decision to leave [my first employer]."

Being a source of comfort isn't always enough

On the podcast, Petriglieri explained how the behavior of a secure base differs from simply being supportive. Instead of someone who simply "cocoons" you, you want "that plus this push out. So this push away from that security blanket, that safety blanket, and just telling, well, what you are going to do about that? How are you going to change this? How are you going to make it the world you want to make it?"

The greatest challenge for dual-career couples, then, isn't who's doing the laundry tonight and who's making dinner tomorrow. It's more: How can I give you the space to develop your professional identity, while allowing you to help me develop mine?

As the researchers write in the paper, "dual-career couples should concern themselves as much with their psychological arrangements as they do with their practical ones."

If that sounds frustratingly vague, Petriglieri shares a more concrete strategy on the podcast: About twice a year, have a conversation about what you're "aiming for individually and together" in the next year or two. Ask questions like: "What is it that's going to make us thrive? And what choices might we need to make to make that happen?"

Petriglieri added, "All too often, a decision sort of comes upon us, and we're trying to make the decision at the same time as figuring out what we want, and at the same time as figuring out how that's going to fit in with each other. And that's when the conflicts really rise."

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The mystery behind why a beautiful movie theater in the town created by Disney World has been closed for almost a decade


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  • Walt Disney World created the town of Celebration, Florida, in the mid-1990s, and its retro movie theater is the downtown's crown jewel. (Disney sold the downtown section to Lexin Capital in 2004.)
  • At one time while the town was still developing, the theater doubled as a church and a site for high school graduations.
  • But the theater, leased by AMC, has been closed since 2010, and the community is frustrated.
  • Numerous groups from the town have tried to take over it.

It's a warm November evening in Celebration, Florida, and the town's charming downtown is mostly quiet outside of a couple of busy restaurants and a crowded ice cream shop. The quaint rows of storefronts are reminiscent of 1940s Anywhere, USA — and everything has a Floridian teal color.

Its vibe feels like a carbon copy of Main Street at Walt Disney World, and there's a good reason for that: The town was created by the iconic amusement park.

If you walk toward the end of downtown Celebration on Front Street, you'll find the town's movie theater. The marquee shines bright, and its Googie-style design gives the warm feeling of the thriving movie houses of yesteryear.

Celebration really is a town frozen in time.

But if you walk closer to the theater, there are troubling signs. For one, the marquee doesn't list any movie titles — it's just a shining, blank space. And there is zero foot traffic. In fact, the entire inside is dark.

In many ways, the theater is like Disney World itself: The closer you get to it, the more you realize it's all a well-designed facade.

How the theater helped a town come into its own

Before his death in 1966, Walt Disney dreamed of building a utopian community that would cater to the young and old while featuring amenities decades ahead of their time — self-sufficient houses powered by their own power plant, large trash tubes built underneath houses so residents wouldn't have to worry about curbside pickup, and public transportation so vast that people would have no need for cars.

He called it an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, or Epcot.

But this would be one of the few ambitious undertakings Disney could not pull off while he was alive. With no one around to push his extremely expensive project forward, the dream of a city of tomorrow faded to just a section at Disney World.

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Though Celebration, 10 miles from Disney World, is certainly not Disney's Epcot dream reincarnate — some see it more as something ripped from "The Truman Show" or "Pleasantville" — it has Walt's fingerprints all over it.

This is a town where a communal atmosphere is paramount, and the tranquil white picket fences surrounding almost every property are so ingrained in its aura that they are literally part of its logo, which features a girl in a pigtail riding a bike by a fence with her dog trailing behind.

The town, now with a population of 10,000 people, was the brainchild of Disney Development Company, the Florida-based subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company that's involved in the design and construction of the resorts and shopping areas around Disney World. It was inspired by the New Urbanism craze that was growing in popularity in the early 1990s — land developers mixing a small-town feel with attractive downtowns.

What better way to extend the Disney brand than for the conglomerate to build a town in its image?

The two-screen movie theater in Celebration is one of the crown jewels of the Town Center downtown area. Like the entire downtown, it was built in 1994 to entice people to buy the condos above storefronts or the surrounding farmland that would soon be transformed into quaint homes. (Construction on houses began two years later.)

Disney hired some of the finest architects in the world to design the buildings downtown, and it got Cesar Pelli to do the theater.

What Pelli came up with is a gorgeous theater in a postmodern style, with round spires and twin round marquees. It makes you feel as if it were plucked right from the 1950s.

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"I'll leaf through books on architecture, and I'll see the Celebration theater," Joe McKinney, a former resident who's now the CEO of the Startup Societies Foundation, told Business Insider.

And as the community grew, so did the theater's responsibilities.

In the early years of Celebration, the theater held church services every Sunday morning as the town waited for a place of worship to be built.

"In fact, one church would do its service, and you would walk out of the theater, and another church would walk in," a resident named Floyd McCollum recalled. "The pastors would pass each other."

The theater was also the site of the town's first-ever high school graduation for the class of 1996-97. There were only four graduates, but the theater was packed to witness it.

But in 2004, Disney sold its stake in the Town Center to the private-equity firm Lexin Capital. The theater, operated by the AMC theater chain, closed its doors in 2010, but AMC still owns its lease.

So why has the largest movie-theater chain in the world kept a two-screen, 527-seat theater empty for close to a decade?

That's a question residents have been trying to get answered for years.

Major restrictions held back profitability

The movie theater is one of McKinney's first memories as a 7-year-old moving to Celebration from Minnesota in 2000. He recalled how he and his family got into town for the first time late at night, and because of something that went wrong in the move, they all went to a late showing at the theater to kill time.

"It was 'The Tigger Movie,'" McKinney said. "My family fell asleep watching the movie."

As the years went on, going to the theater became a ritual for McKinney. He attended Sunday service there before the church was built. He remembers running straight to the theater from school to wait six hours in line to see "Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith." And it was where he would hang out with his friends.

"We did a thing I used to call 'Celebration Lunch' — we would go grab a slice of pizza, go get an ice-cream cone, and right next door would be the movie theater, and we would see a matinee," he said.

The theater is where Alex Foster would go to catch a movie late at night when he would have trouble sleeping. And numerous residents recalled seeing the "Harry Potter" movies there, standing in a line that would snake around the block.

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But despite all the fond memories, the theater was never consistently busy.

"The sellouts were infrequent," Donald Moysey, who worked at the theater for a year in the late 1990s when he was 16, told Business Insider. "The normal movies, only a couple of people would come out. We would have a lot of showings where no one would show up."

Outside of the occasional major blockbuster, the theater, called the AMC Celebration 2, was usually empty, he said. Moysey said this was partly because of infrequent new releases and Disney's mandate that it not play any movies that were extremely violent or sexually explicit.

One myth in Celebration about the theater is that it could run only Disney movies. Others believe it could screen only PG-rated or G-rated movies.

But Moysey said all different kinds of movies were shown there unless they had adult themes like gore, a lot of bad language, or nudity.

"A Quentin Tarantino movie wasn't going to show up there," Moysey said. "If a violent movie or horror movie was the big release that weekend, it wasn't coming to Celebration. So AMC could not put in the most profitable movie to that theater every week. The theater never turned a profit. It was just a question of how much did we lose that month."

AMC finally cut bait on the theater in 2010. It took its logos off the building and shut off the marquee lights — though after years of public outcry, AMC began turning on the lights in the evenings.

And though there was a lot of disappointment spouted online about the theater's closing, the town didn't really come out to give it a proper send-off on its final day.

McCollum and his family were there on the last day the theater was open: November 28, 2010. The titles showing were "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and the animated movie "Megamind," starring Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt.

McCollum said the only reason he knew the theater was closing was that he happened to spot a sign in front of the theater saying so.

He went with his wife, his son, and his neighbor to see "Megamind" and was shocked by what he saw.

"Inside the theater was literally just the four of us," he said. "Four people to see a movie on the last day ever!"

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Things got even stranger.

McCollum said that when they walked in that evening, it looked like any other night, with staff members checking tickets and making popcorn. But when the movie ended, they went to the lobby to find no one there.

"It was completely empty," he said. "The movie posters were all off the walls and rolled up in the trash — I took the 'Megamind' one, and my neighbor took the "Harry Potter." Everything was cleaned out. Nobody was there. I actually checked the door when we left; it was locked once we were out and the door shut.

"Nobody could come back in. It was really sad."

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Why AMC has kept the lease to an empty theater

When AMC began work on a massive 24-screen multiplex at Walt Disney World Resort's Pleasure Island in 1997 — now renamed Disney Springs — the park had one stipulation: If AMC wanted the 24 screens, it also had to take on the existing two-screen theater in Celebration. (A source close to the negotiation confirmed to Business Insider the deal's stipulation.)

Some Celebration residents believe that AMC began to see the town's theater as an annoyance and always intended to close it up once the Pleasure Island theater got on its feet.

Moysey got a job at the Pleasure Island AMC years after working at the Celebration theater, and he said there wasn't much chatter about the Celebration location.

"It was implied that they didn't have any association with it," he said. "They definitely didn't have any intentions of reopening it."

According to town officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity and documents obtained by Business Insider, AMC has kept the Celebration theater empty for close to a decade because it's cheaper to take the loss on the theater than to pay staff and operate it.

The chain, which recently renewed its lease on the theater, has also held onto it so no competitors can come in and take over, the town officials told Business Insider — leaving Celebration residents and those in neighboring areas with the AMC in Disney Springs as the closest option for seeing a movie.

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But this hasn't stopped people over the years from devising business plans that they believe are right for the theater.

McCollum said he had been involved in three different attempts to take over the theater in the past eight years. The closest was an initiative headed by Foster, who is not a Celebration resident but is well-known in the area.

In 2016, Foster's Jazz Meets Motown, a weekly jam session of area jazz musicians, was a regular attraction at the Bohemian Celebration Hotel. On Monday nights, the music would fill the hotel's lounge — and at its height, the hotel would have to turn away 50 to 60 people, he said.

From that, his idea of a center for the arts in Celebration was born.

"I thought we got too big for that space," Foster said of performing at the hotel. "The plan was to take over the theater — one of the theaters would be for playing jazz and special programming, and the other theater would be for small live theater productions and classic movies."

Foster also found interest from nearby schools in a potential scholarship program as well as a program dedicated to entertaining older people in the area.

To the shock of many in Celebration, both Lexin and AMC were willing to entertain the offer. Foster just had to come up with some cash.

Specifically, Foster said, he had to get $50,000 up front, then pay $25,000 a month to rent the space from AMC, which would still be the leaseholder — and he had to get a $2 million line of credit.

"My problem was the lack of money," Foster said.

He acknowledged that he made the mistake of not putting enough time into trying to get corporate sponsors.

"We thought we had community backing — we had these meetings once a month," Foster said. "In desperation, I gave a New Year's Eve fundraiser, and that was a disaster. Arms were opened, but I was never embraced."

Foster gave up his dream last year. But since then, a new group has come forward.

The willing takers

Christina and Sean Gerrity are what you call lifers in the performing-arts world.

Christina has traveled all over the world as a professional dancer, while Sean has done everything from performing full time at Disney World to headlining as a singer aboard Royal Caribbean cruises. They ended up at Celebration 6 1/2 years ago when they got off the road and started a family, but the drive to do something in the arts continued.

They began the Celebration Arts Academy a year ago with a desire to use their talents and experience to mold the next generation of entertainers.

"We started with six students, and now we have 105 in one year's time," Christina Gerrity told Business Insider. "We want to expand."

For the past year, they've been subleasing a 1,000-square-foot space from the owners of the Thai restaurant in town, and now they have their sights on the theater.

At first, Christina Gerrity said, the plan was to rent some space at the theater once Foster started operating there. But soon after Foster gave up on trying to sublease the theater, the Gerritys took on the task of trying to revive the theater.

"Phase one would be updating the performance space: take out the existing screen, build a backstage, take out a row or two of seats, build a VIP section in the lobby," Gerrity explained. "The second phase would be building out the education center: have dance rooms, a homework area, a tech area where kids learn about working backstage."

However, like in Foster's case, it has been a challenge to move forward. Christina Gerrity said though AMC was very willing to sublease the theater, Lexin Capital also has to OK it, which has been the roadblock.

"We formed a nonprofit in the last two months in order to build some funds to get in there," Gerrity said. "But we've been told by Lexin we need 'strong financials' — up to the millions — just to get in."

And then there's the condition of the theater.

Gerrity said she had been inside the space twice. The second time, she said, she saw water pouring from the ceiling of the men's restroom.

"It was like a lake in there," she said. "After all these years, and the hurricanes, who knows what's behind the walls."

Lexin Capital has been accused in the past of neglecting repairs to the town. In 2016, the condo owners' association filed a civil lawsuit seeking to force Lexin to pay $15 million to $20 million in repairs.

Gerrity says she doesn't know how much it would cost to do the needed repairs for the theater because Lexin refuses to have an inspector look at the building, and the Gerritys say they will not spend their money to get one themselves.

"We have a legally binding lease with AMC Theater on the space, so we are not at liberty to discuss lease specifics with anyone other than the leaseholder," a spokesman for Lexin told Business Insider via email. "As far as why AMC closed, current condition, etc., those are questions that would need to be answered by the leaseholder (AMC)."

AMC did not respond to Business Insider's numerous requests for comment for this story.

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The Gerritys have since postponed a fundraiser they were planning to hold at the end of March and are trying to figure out their next move.

"We are not sure what direction to go now, because we feel like we're up against a wall," Christina Gerrity said.

But Gerrity has a glimmer of hope. She said she was recently told by her business partner that the leasing agent for AMC had divulged that the movie chain did not plan to renew its lease on the theater when it expires in October 2021 — something substantiated by another source.

Of Lexin, Gerrity said, "Once that lease is up, they'll change their tune."

For the foreseeable future, however, the theater that was more than just a movie house for the people of Celebration will be relegated to a slowly rotting structure like so many of its brethren across the country.

If this were an old Disney movie made while Walt was at the controls, this would be the moment in the story when a little bit of magic would appear — perhaps in the form of a fairy godmother or some pixie dust — to make things right.

But it doesn't look as though this story will have a happy ending.

"I'll often go back," McKinney said of Celebration. "Seeing that movie theater with its beautiful architecture in the middle of town and it's not open, it's just strange."

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Trump walked to Air Force One in high winds — and the photos of his hair are mesmerizing


President Donald Trump boards Air Force One on Thursday.

Thursday was a very windy day in Maryland, as President Donald Trump's hair can attest.

He departed the White House around 12:45 p.m., en route to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

On the tarmac in Maryland, the wind caught his hair, and Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci was there to capture the result.

Trump was heading to White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia aboard Air Force One for a roundtable with business owners and representatives from companies in the state who have benefited from the Republican tax law. It's his third trip to the state as president.

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The weather on the Air Force Base called for 9 mph winds with gusts to 25 mph.

Source: Weather Channel

It looks like Trump got caught in a gust.

Some, including a hair-transplant surgeon who spoke with Business Insider in 2015, have speculated that Trump had a hair transplant at some point in his life.

Source: Business Insider

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Harvard Professor Steven Pinker on 7 trends that show world progress


This year, Harvard professor Steven Pinker topped Bill Gates's top book list with Enlightenment Now, a book that challenges people's questions about world progress. 

According to Pinker, the world is actually getting better. In his book, Pinker uses history and statistics to outline world trends which position progress within a broader context. With all of the data Pinker has collected, he suggests the world is actually getting better. Following is a transcript of the video. 

Steven Pinker: The world has made against extreme poverty, the minimum amount of income necessary to feed your family. Now, about less than 10% of the world falls in extreme poverty. Just three decades ago, it was 30%.

The progress that we've enjoyed did not happen all by itself. The ingredients for continued progress are present.

Thinking about the well-being of men, women, and children. That's the overall philosophy I call humanism. Progress comes from people solving problems, from people setting a goal of improving the lot of humanity. And, it comes from just the overall application of reason.

It's only by looking at trends that you realize how much progress that we've made. To be a happier person, you can't let your view of the world be determined by news headlines because as long as bad events haven't vanished from the face of the earth, they'll always be enough of them to fill the news.

Wars still go on, including the worst war in a generation in Syria, but by and large the trend in war has been downward. A fraction of the number of people are killed in wars today, compared to the '60s, '70s, and the '80s. The signing of the Colombian Peace Agreement, the last war in the Western Hemisphere came to an end, so an entire hemisphere is free of war.

In fact, 5/6 of the earth's surface is free of war. That's an example of a kind of trend that you can't really pick up from the news because when a country doesn't have a war, it's not news.

Child mortality is down. Maternal mortality is down. Illiteracy is down. 90% of the world's population under the age of 25 can read and write.

We're even getting smarter.

The Flynn Effect refers to the observed rise in IQ scores over time.

Steven Pinker: A phenomenon called the Flynn Effect, IQ scores have been rising by three points a decade for almost a century.

We spend, waste less of our waking hours on housework. We work fewer hours. We have access to culture. All these developments that just never make the news but they give you a bit more confidence in the way the world is heading.

Move backward, if we look nostalgically to a golden age which never existed. If we prioritize competition between nations over overall cooperation, if we we fall prey to dogma or charisma, superstition as opposed to hard-headed reason, then progress could slow down and in some cases, even reverse.

Despite some of the unfortunate political events of the last couple of years, there's an enormous will to improve the state of humanity, to lift up formally oppressed minorities, to advance the rights of women, to advance the well-being of people in the developing world, and if we can continue to mobilize that energy, then future progress is absolutely possible.

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The US Surgeon General issued a rare advisory telling Americans to carry a lifesaving drug overdose treatment — here’s how to use it


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  • We asked a former paramedic what it's like to administer naloxone, the lifesaving drug overdose reversal medication that the US Surgeon General recently advised friends and family members of people at risk for drug overdose to carry.
  • The drug can be administered as a nasal spray or a shot that's injected into the muscle and goes into effect within minutes.
  • Here's how naloxone works and what you should know about how to use it.

Former New York City paramedic Alex Pollack can't wipe the vision from his memory: A young woman at a concert had gone down. She was on the floor, barely breathing, a circle of worried strangers closing in around her. Thanks to his 18 years taking 9-1-1 calls, Pollack knew what to do. He took out a container of Narcan, the brand name for the fast-acting drug that can help to reverse an opioid overdose, and administered it. In seconds, the girl was awake and breathing normally.

"It's amazing to see how well it works," Pollack told Business Insider. "You take someone who's almost not breathing, you think they’re dead, you give them this and they pop up."

On Thursday, US Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a rare national health advisory— the first of its kind in 13 years — telling Americans who know people at risk of drug overdose to carry the overdose-reversal medication naloxone. Dr. Adams said that increasing access to naloxone is key to curbing the rising tide of deaths from drug overdoses involving opioid painkillers, as well as fentanyl and heroin.

Most opioid overdoses happen outside of a hospital, clinic, or other medical setting. That underscores the need to make lifesaving interventions like naloxone more readily available to people across the US, Dr. Adams said.

“Each day we lose 115 Americans to an opioid overdose — that’s one person every 12.5 minutes,” Dr. Adams said in a statement. “It is time to make sure more people have access to this lifesaving medication."

Where to get naloxone and how to administer it to someone in need

NaloxoneThe nasal spray formulation of naloxone, sold under brand name Narcan, is available at pharmacies without a doctor's prescription in all but two US states— Nebraska and Michigan. Still even in the 50 states where it can be purchased from a pharmacy, it can be expensive if you don't have insurance, costing anywhere from $130 to $150. Some insurance plans will pay for most of that, however, in some cases curbing the sticker price to about $20.

Many emergency medical facilities and most hospitals carry the drug, which is available either as a nasal spray or an injectable shot. When it comes to price, the formula matters: one version of naloxone, an auto-injector formula sold under the brand name Evzio, has skyrocketed 680% to $4,500 in the last three years.

Naloxone works by counteracting the effects of opioids, which are powerful sedatives. They slow down our breathing and make us feel sleepy. If someone takes too many or too high a dose of a drug like fentanyl, their breathing may stop, along with their heart, killing them.

Naloxone blocks the brain receptors that opioids latch onto to produce their effects, thereby stopping or reversing sedation. Naloxone is temporary — its effects typically wear off in 20 to 90 minutes.

To administer the nasal spray, the Harm Reduction Coalition advises the following quick steps:

  1. If the person is not breathing, do rescue breathing for a few quick breaths.
  2. Affix the nasal atomizer (also called an applicator) to the needleless syringe and then assemble the glass cartridge of naloxone.
  3. Tilt the head back and spray half of the naloxone up one side of the nose and half up the other side of the nose.
  4. If there is no breathing or breathing continues to be shallow, continue to perform rescue breathing for them while you wait for the drug to work.
  5. If there is no change in 3 to 5 minutes, give them another dose of naloxone and continue to breathe for them.

Pollack, the former paramedic, said he's administered naloxone this way more than 1,000 times and seen it work repeatedly. Since spending 18 years working as a paramedic for New York City, he's gone on to create a medical services team called ParaDocs which provides emergency medical services for events like concerts and festivals, which is where he encountered the girl who'd stopped breathing.

Pollack also cautioned that naloxone is not a cure-all: it can be delivered too late, for one thing, meaning the person's heart may have stopped, and it may not work with ultra-strong types of opioids such as fentanyl, the drug that was responsible for killing musicians Tom Petty and Prince.

"A lot of drugs are laced with fentanyl so people don’t realize what they've taken or how strong it is," Pollack said.

Fentanyl is roughly 30 times stronger than heroin and is available with a prescription. It is also sold illegally and swapped into fake pills sold as brand-name painkillers like Norco, Percocet, and Xanax.

Because fentanyl is so much stronger than morphine or other painkillers, fake drug makers only need a minuscule amount to create pills with roughly the same effect as Norco or Percocet. That makes their fake drugs cheaper to buy and manufacture — and even more profitable to sell to people who are desperate.

But fentanyl packs a powerful punch, and a tiny bit too much can kill before a solution like naloxone can even start to take effect.

"This isn’t a magic potion; it’s not always going to work," Pollack said.

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How often you need to exercise to see results, according to the scientist behind the viral 7-minute workout


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  • Working out regularly is key to achieving results, according to Chris Jordan, the exercise physiologist who came up with the 7-minute workout.
  • Jordan gave us a sample weeklong fitness routine to start with.
  • His recommendations are supported by a new study published in January.

If you've renewed your commitment to getting fit now that January has arrived, you may be wondering how much time that goal will require.

For your workouts to produce real results, exercise has to be a regular habit, Chris Jordan, the exercise physiologist who came up with the 7-minute workout, told Business Insider.

Jordan's viral routine, officially called the "Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout" is based on a popular form of fitness called interval training. It's designed to give you the benefits of a sweaty bike ride or longer cardio workout in just a few minutes — but you have to commit to doing it regularly.

That means working out three to five times a week, at the minimum, Jordan said.

His insight is bolstered by a new study published in January in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation that found that the best results for heart health were gleaned when participants worked out four to five times a week.

For that study, researchers split 53 adults into two groups, one of which did two years of supervised exercise four to five days a week, while the other simply did yoga and balance exercises. At the end of the study, the higher-intensity exercisers saw significant improvements in their heart's performance.

"We found what we believe to be the optimal dose of the right kind of exercise," Benjamin Levine, the author of the study and a professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern, said in a statement.

That advice holds steady whether you're looking for physical results like leaner limbs and toned muscles or psychological ones like improved mood and higher energy levels. Both Jordan and Levine recommend interspersing cardio — running on a treadmill, riding a bike, or doing high-intensity interval training —with resistance training like planks, squats, or leg raises.

Here's an example five-day training plan you can try that Jordan shared with us:

  • Monday: Cycling and upper-body resistance training, like arm raises.
  • Tuesday: Yoga and lower-body resistance training, like squats.
  • Wednesday: Running and upper-body resistance training, like bench presses.
  • Thursday: Rest.
  • Friday: Boxing and lower-body resistance training, like leg raises.

Whichever workout you try, however, the most important thing is to keep doing it.

"To achieve results," Jordan said, "consistency is key."

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RANKED: The 10 cheapest destinations for an all-inclusive holiday


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There's nothing like having an entire week with nothing to worry about but which restaurant to eat at or pool to dip your toes in — especially when it's already paid for.

While a weekend break is always appealing, a week at an all-inclusive resort is more affordable than ever, with package down 13% on last summer, according to comparison site TravelSupermarket.

The company looked at three months of searches for seven-night holidays departing between May 1 and September 30 in order to find the best ones.

Scroll down to see the 10 cheapest countries for a seven-day all-inclusive holiday, ranked by average price in ascending order. We've also included an example trip on offer, showing that prices go much lower.

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10. Croatia — £636 per person.

The country with its coast on the Adriatic Sea, is the fastest-growing destination this summer, according to TravelSupermarket. Searches for seven-night holidays in the Dubrovnik area are up 405% year on year, while prices have dropped 5% on average.

You can head to the three-star Faraon in Trpanj from £293 per person from London Luton.

9. Cyprus — £596.

Prices of package holidays to Cyprus, an island in the eastern Mediterranean, have dropped by an average of 12% since last year.

From London Stansted, seven nights all-inclusive resort start at around £375 per person at the three-star Hylatio Tourist Village in Pissouri.

8. Portugal — £596.

If you're headed to Portugal, you'll find the best all-inclusive value in the Algarve — where you can get deals starting from £273 per person from London Stansted. Or if you're feeling more adventurous, you can head to Alvor, known to be one of the best places in Europe for skydiving.

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Experts say lying on your back is the best sleeping position — here's why


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  • Sometimes we wake up groggy even though we've gone to bed on time and had a solid eight hours of sleep.
  • Experts say it could be down to your sleeping position.
  • Sleeping on your back is supposedly the best position, but ultimately, comfort is key.

There's no longer any doubt that sleep is incredibly important. But it's not just about getting enough sleep, it's also about trying to stick to a sleep schedule that is in tune with your body clock, or circadian rhythm.

If people are out of sync, they can wake up feeling groggy, and find it difficult to focus the next day. But even when you think you've done everything right — you went to bed on time and got a good eight hours of sleep — you may still wake up tired and irritable.

According to sleep experts, this could be because of the way you're sleeping.

Shelby Harris, a sleep medicine expert and a professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine told Popular Science that if your sleeping position isn't working for you, there are things you can do to change it.

Most people sleep on their sides, according to the National Sleep Foundation, but this position can cause shoulder and hip pain. Also, sleeping on your right side may even aggravate heartburn, some research found.

The theory is that a muscle in your esophagus that keeps acid in your stomach and out of your throat is loosened by the position, so some acid creeps up and causes a burning sensation. If you sleep on your left side, this muscle keeps the gap shut.

Harris said you should try sleeping on your left side if you get heartburn. Also, you should buy pillows that are thick enough to support your head, and tuck a pillow under your knees to support your lower back.

The absolute worst sleeping position, Harris said, is lying on your stomach. Only 7% of people do this, but it puts pressure on your entire body. You're likely to wake up with numbness and tingling, and it can increase the chance of muscle and joint pain. To make it easier on your body, Harris said you can use a flatter pillow to reduce neck strain.

The best position is sleeping on your back, which only 8% of people do. It's the best position for reducing aches and pain, and it doesn't cause heartburn because your head is elevated above your chest.

Of course, lying on your back increases the risk of snoring. If you're prone to sleep apnea, it might not be the position for you, although there are exercises you can try to reduce snoring.

If you'd like to change your style, Harris said you can put pillows on both sides of your body, and one under your knees. This should stop you moving around too much. If this doesn't work, you can sew a tennis ball into the lining of your shirt, so the discomfort makes you flip back over if you try and turn.

"Although it is commonly recommended that sleeping on your back is the best position to sleep in, comfort is key," Harris said. "If you're in pain or uncomfortable from your sleep position, it can definitely impact your sleep quality."

So if you find you're often waking up groggy, and you're not sure why, try changing your sleeping position. You might find you get up well rested for once.

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Deleting Facebook could be bad for you — here's why


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  • Many people have been tempted to delete Facebook recently.
  • But if you do, you're saying goodbye to online connections you may not realise the value of.
  • According to some research, deleting Facebook could be bad for you.
  • It's just something to consider before you quit it forever.

When the Cambridge Analytica story broke, #deleteFacebook was trending everywhere.

Younger people have been falling out of love with the social media site for a while, but the data privacy scandal was the last straw for some.

Social media has a bad reputation in general. People report feeling down if they're constantly comparing themselves to others, and the endless scrolling can feel like a waste of time.

But before you hit delete and say goodbye to Facebook forever, there is some scientific research you might want to hear about first.

Last month, a paper published in The Journal of Social Psychology looked at the relationship between Facebook use and stress. The researchers recruited 138 active Facebook users, and asked them to take a break from the site for five days. Overall, their cortisol levels — the stress hormone — were lower after the social media detox.

It wasn't that simple though, because the participants didn't feel the benefits of this apparent improvement.

In fact, they reported feeling worse, because they felt "cut off" from their Facebook friends.

"While participants in our study showed an improvement in physiological stress by giving up Facebook, they also reported lower feelings of well-being," said Eric Vanman, a psychology professor at the University of Queensland and lead author of the study.

"People said they felt more unsatisfied with their life, and were looking forward to resuming their Facebook activity."

So it might not make that much of a difference if you do decide to say goodbye to Facebook. After all, there is very little scientific evidence that shows social media is actually bad for our mental health.

According to one study, the best way to use social media is in moderation. While wasting hours on it is likely to make you unhappier, spending just an hour a day can be beneficial to you. It's all about using it in the right way, and not depending on it as your entire social life.

Other research has shown other surprising benefits of social media. For example, it could be used to help diagnose whether someone is depressed.

One study from last year, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that Facebook helps students cope with mental stress.

Researchers surveyed 560 Facebook users, and asked them to focus on how they used the site during stressful life events. Results showed that Facebook friends offer encouragement, support, and advice, leading people to feel less depressed and more satisfied with life.

So before you hit delete, it might be worth thinking about benefits of Facebook you might not be conscious of. After all, as the saying goes, you don't know what you've got until it's gone.

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All 53 movie and TV sequels or reboots coming out in 2018


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So many movies are reboots or sequels. And these days, that bleeds into the television world, too. 

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe to "Star Wars" to "Ocean's 8," a reboot or a sequel is coming to theaters pretty much every weekend for the rest of 2018.

There are some highly anticipated movies like "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" coming. But for every exciting one, there's another a spin-off of Michael Bay's "Transformers" series.

In TV, there are a handful of reboots and revivals, starting with ABC's "Roseanne," which premiered to huge ratings and a lot of controversy. Starz is expected to premiere its "John Wick" spin-off show "The Continental" by the end of the year. And we can expect "Heathers" from the Paramount Network to premiere soon.

Here are all the movie and TV reboots and sequels you can see (or avoid) in 2018:

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"Insidious: The Last Key" — Released January 5

"Maze Runner: The Death Cure" — Released January 26

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I cut back on sugar, and this is the best advice I can give you if you want to do the same



  • Sugar is one of the most over-consumed substances in the American diet.
  • Going cold-turkey is not always the best method. Cutting back gradually and keeping your added sugar intake to a minimum sometimes works best.
  • Eliminating sugar doesn't always lead to permanent weight loss. But gradually cutting back and maintaining a healthy lifestyle does.


My overly-active sweet tooth has been an issue since I was a kid. Sugar is what I turned to when things in my world just didn't seem right. It's the crutch I used when my anxiety took over. And it's the substance I devoured when during times of celebration.

At a routine check-up eight years ago, I discovered my cholesterol levels were off the charts (plus my weight was over 200 pounds). My doctor told me I had six months to get my numbers under control or she was going to prescribe medication. I immediately went home, got rid of all of the sugar and high-fat foods in my house, and declared to the world that I was cutting out all processed foods and added sugar.

That was the first of many failed attempts to eliminate all added sugar from my diet.

What happened when I cut out all added sugar

Most of my attempts to cut out added sugar ended the same way: me bingeing on more sugar after feeling deprived. I tried going cold-turkey on some of my favorites, including cereal, yogurt, chocolate, ice cream, and condiments like teriyaki and spaghetti sauce, but it never lasted. I understand that breaking the sugar habit takes time. But I also realized that having an "all-or-nothing" mentality did not work for me.

The longest I made it on a complete sugar elimination diet was about five days. I dealt with some withdrawal symptoms, like headaches and fatigue, but it was the mental side-effects that told me a "no-sugar" diet was not going to work. During the periods of complete sugar elimination, my anxiety would spike and things felt very out of control.

This didn't make sense to me, because I always thought eliminating sugar altogether would decrease my anxiety symptoms. But it didn't.

"When trying to cut back on sugar, sudden changes are not advised as they may precipitate feelings of anxiety as the body ‘crashes' from a sugar high," explained Dr. Uma Naidoo, MD, director of nutritional and lifestyle psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.

This is exactly what I experienced when I tried to go cold-turkey. Instead of reducing my anxiety symptoms, the sudden change from a high amount of sugar to no sugar exacerbated my symptoms. It wasn't until I shifted back to a moderation mentality that I was able to benefit from the reduction in anxiety symptoms that does come from reducing sugar in your diet.

Sugar and weight loss

For many people, myself included, the initial elimination diet resulted in a lower number on the scale. However, when I realized that I couldn't sustain this approach, I started eating sugar again, and a lot of it. Of course, that initial weight that I lost came back.

But weight loss was not the main motivator for me in my quest to ditch sugar. There is a history of heart disease and high cholesterol in my family, and my dad died of a heart attack. Through my research, I found studies linking high sugar intake with an increase in cardiovascular disease and CVD mortality. That was enough for me to put the brakes on and cut back on my daily dose of sweets.

The sweet spot

If you're one of the many people who can cut added sugar completely out of your diet, I commend you. But if you're anything like me, eliminating all added sugar was a disaster.

It took several years of trial and error, but I think I've finally found the trick — at least one that works for me. And it seems my shift from "no sugar" to "cut back on sugar" is a method experts also recommend.

"My advice is to practice moderation and work your way towards cutting back on sugar," Priya Khorana, who holds a doctorate in nutrition education, told Business Insider. She recommends cutting sugar out of your diet gradually if you want this lifestyle change to be sustainable.

This approach differs from the cold-turkey method and takes more time to see and feel results. However, "it's those consistent small changes that you make in your daily diet that will work best," Naidoo told Business Insider.  

The American Heart Associationadvises that women consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar daily, which comes out to about 100 calories. Men should aim for less than nine teaspoons, or about 150 calories from sugar. And the World Health Organization says people should get no more than 10% of their daily calories from sugar.

So when it comes to daily sugar intake, I aim to keep my added sugar budget under 25 grams (about 5 teaspoons) per day, which does not include naturally-occurring sugar from fruits or vegetables. (The American Heart Associationadvises that women consume no more than six teaspoons — about 100 calories — of sugar daily. Men should aim for less than nine teaspoons, or about 150 calories, from sugar.)

But there are days when my number is higher. Sometimes, it's  much higher. Shocking, right?

I like to eat, and sometimes what I choose to put in my mouth is considered "off-limits" on many diets. There have been many times that my methods have been questioned and even criticized by people who believe you must eliminate carbs, processed food, or all sugar in order to live a healthy life.

I've tried that, and it didn't work for me. But I'm doing something right, because I've maintained a 75-pound weight loss over seven years, and I manage to keep my cholesterol levels in a healthy range.

Expert tips to help you cut back on sugar

If you're eating much more than what is recommended how can you start cutting back? Naidoo and Khorana shared the following sugar-reduction tips with Business Insider:

  • Cut out sugar-sweetened beverages and energy or sports drinks. This is one of the most obvious ways to cut down on your sugar intake. Soft drinks are laden with sugar and have absolutely no nutritional value. Naidoo said if you're trying to stop high-sugar soda, consider cutting back on the amount from one can of soda to a half a can. Next, consider switching to a fresh squeezed juice mixed with sparkling water (e.g. fresh orange juice with unflavored sparkling water). This should help you move toward drinking mostly water as your beverage of choice.
  • Avoid processed foods. These include cookies, cakes, and pastries. "Treating this sugar craving with real fruit-based snacks or unsalted raw nuts will not only slash the sugar intake tremendously but can add vitamins and minerals to your diet," explained Khorana.  
  • Say "no" to breakfast cereals. Sugary breakfast cereals can lead to an inevitable sugar rush and slump which will you craving sugar for the rest of the day. Khorana recommended oats since they are a fantastic and cheap way to feed you and your family and there's so much you can do with them — warm porridge, cold overnight oats, oat bars, and more.
  • Make your own spaghetti sauce. Store-bought tomato sauce is high in added sugar. Opt for your own homemade version.
  • Avoid flavored yogurt. Plain low-fat yogurt is the way to go. Adding cut whole fruit can add some flavor without the unhealthy sugars.
  • Do not replace sugars with artificial sweeteners. Enough said!
  • Ditch the candy. If you're cutting back on candy, start to lower the amount you're eating in a given day. For example, Naidoo recommends cutting back from a whole candy bar to half. As you cut back on the amount, start adding healthier sweet-tasting options, such as fresh fruit and dark chocolate. "You want your palate and senses to start growing used to other forms of sweetness besides candy," she said.

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There's now even more evidence that one type of protein is best for your body


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  • A study of more than 81,000 people in North America found that meat protein-eaters increased their risk of heart disease twofold.
  • But people who ate nut and seed proteins instead reduced their risk of heart disease and helped their hearts stay healthy.
  • It's new evidence that not all protein sources are created equal.

Chew more nuts, and chomp less red meat.

That's the lesson from a new massive, multiyear North American study that found the kind of protein you consume could affect your heart health.

The multiyear study, published this week in the International Journal of Epidemiology, looked at more than 81,000 Seventh-day Adventists in the US and Canada, a group that is about evenly split between vegetarians and meat-eaters. From 2002 to 2007, participants were asked about what kinds of food they were eating on a regular basis, including how much meat, nuts, grains, and veggies were on their plates. During that time, more than 2,000 adults in the study died, and the scientists took a close look at both how they died and what they ate.

They found a disturbing link between eating even small amounts of red meat and heart problems.

"It's just another perspective on things that we kind of already knew," the study's lead author, Gary Fraser, a public-health professor at Loma Linda University, told Business Insider. "Red meats are bad guys for heart disease."

The researchers found that Adventists between the ages of 25 and 44 who ate more protein from meats increased their risk of developing deadly heart disease twofold, while those who consumed more nuts and seeds instead helped their hearts, decreasing their risk of developing the same deadly heart problems threefold. People apparently didn't have to eat much red meat to see the damaging effects or to consume many nuts to see benefits.

"A wide variety of nuts, eaten in small quantities each day, will lower blood LDL cholesterol — the bad cholesterol," Fraser said.

About 10 to 14 mixed nuts a day was all it took. The study shed some new light on the idea that it may not be the fat but rather the protein that makes nuts so heart-healthy. That's especially true for younger adults.

"It's what you eat in your 30s, 40s, 50s that's really important," Frasier said. The benefits of eating nuts and seeds seemed to decrease with age after that and essentially disappeared in people over 80 years old, he said.

But the researchers don't think that's necessarily because the elderly aren't getting benefits from eating nuts. Instead, it could be the case that people who make it past 80 could just be genetically predisposed to doing well with more meat, while others susceptible to heart problems may have already died before reaching their 80th birthday.

Frasier himself says he hasn't eaten any red meat in roughly 30 years and tries to stick to a brain-healthy plant-based diet.

Why protein is important for the body


For years, we've known that protein is a key component of a balanced diet. Proteins, which are made up of long chains of amino acids, help protect the body from viruses and bacteria and provide power for our cells, helping us grow and stay healthy.

But dietitians think there may be something extra-special and helpful about the protein that we can get from nuts. Walnuts have tons of omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for heart health, and hazelnuts, pecans, and almonds are also great choices, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Plus, nuts eaten whole have a decent amount of satiating fiber in them, to help keep you full for hours. Dr. Mark Hyman, the director of the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine, previously told Business Insider that he even took packets of nut butters and nut-filled bars with him when traveling.

A growing pile of evidence that nuts are a great food

Other previous research has suggested that when people swap out foods high in saturated fat, like dairy and meat, for sources of unsaturated fat, like almonds, pumpkin seeds, avocados, olive oil, and fish, they actively reduce their risk of developing heart disease and are less likely to die.

But there is something to be said for eating animals, too. Animal proteins, from things like meat, poultry, dairy, and fish, are typically what we consider "complete" proteins, providing all the amino acids needed to make new proteins in our bodies. Veggies, grains, and seeds tend to lack certain specific amino acids, making them incomplete protein sources when consumed alone.

That doesn't mean eating meat is necessarily better for you. Instead, people who don't eat meat or fish simply need to be mindful of eating a balanced plate of various vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds to ensure they're getting all the essential amino acids needed for the body to repair and make new cells. Fraser says that's not hard to do.

"Any combination of whole grains and legumes is complete," he said. "So any kind of a varied, plant-based diet that a person would actually want to eat really takes care of that."

There's still a lot of fat in nuts, so it's important not to go nuts (if you will) and binge on them all the time. Instead, dietitians suggest thinking of them as a meat substitute, or a good snack choice, while keeping in mind that a serving of nuts is a small handful, or about two tablespoons of nut butter.

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If you miss 'Game of Thrones,' you should watch AMC's 'The Terror' — a historical horror series critics are calling a '10-episode nightmare'


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  • AMC's "The Terror" is an amazing new limited series starring some familiar faces from "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men."
  • The historical-fiction series is a sci-fi horror twist on the stories of real people who went on an expedition to the Arctic and never returned.
  • It's one of the best new shows of the year so far.

AMC's historical-fiction series "The Terror" is the perfect way to satisfy the hole that "Game of Thrones" has left in your TV-watching schedule. It's one of the best new TV shows of the year so far, and critics are raving about it.

Set in the Canadian Arctic, "The Terror" follows a British expedition stuck in ice, haunted by a horrifying creature. The show is terrifying and impeccably made — from the sets to the costumes to the performances.

It stars some of your favorite British actors, including some from "Game of Thrones" like Ciaran Hinds (Mance Rayder), Tobias Menzies (Edmure Tully), and Clive Russell (The Blackfish). Jared Harris, who played Lane Pryce on AMC's "Mad Men," is also in it.

The limited series, which premiered on March 26, is based on the 2007 Dan Simmons novel of the same name; both are fictionalized accounts of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition.

In 1845, Franklin (Hinds on the show) led the HMS Terror and the HMS Erebus on an Arctic expedition to explore the Northwest Passage. After a few men died, both ships got stuck in ice, and not one person out of 129 ever returned.

The remains of the ships were found recently: the Terror in 2016 and the Erebus in 2014.

There has always been a lot of speculation about what happened to the lost explorers, and "The Terror" imagines they were hunted by a supernatural being.

"The Terror," which manages to look horrifying and gorgeous at the same time, was (amazingly) not shot outside, though most of the series is set in the open Arctic. What you mostly see are stunning visual effects.

Here are some of the best things critics have said about "The Terror" that will hopefully get you to stop everything you are doing and watch it.

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"A lavish event series that could be called 'Master and Commander' Meets 'The Thing.' It's not quite as exciting as that pitch makes it sound, but it is a show that builds up steam around the fourth episode."

— Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

"As the title suggests, 'The Terror' is interested in fear itself, how it transforms us, how it turns us cruel and savage ... It conjures a piercing dread, both familiar and inconceivable; a portrait of man and nature at their cruelest and coldest."

— Haleigh Foutch, Collider

"'The Terror' can be scary, but it's real achievement is climatological. The freeze is tangible. When you watch it, wear a sweater."

— Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly

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The 39 best ways to burn the most calories in an hour


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  • This list shows how many calories you burn while doing a number of popular sports, from running to swimming to rock climbing.
  • But the best exercise to burn calories is one you like enough to do regularly.
  • You can always make a sport more or less intense by pushing yourself harder or taking a breather.

There are a lot of great reasons to exercise. But one of the most basic goals is to burn calories.

So what's the best way to do that?

You should pick something you like enough to do regularly over time. But if you are deciding between a few different activities, you could pick the one that burns the most energy.

The Mayo Clinic, drawing on research published by the National Institutes of Health, ranks 36 popular forms of exercise based on their caloric impacts. We've ordered them from least to most intense, and listed the approximate calories burned in an hour for a 160- and a 200-pound person (in that order). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American women weigh 168.5 pounds on average, compared with 195.7 pounds for the average American man.

We also calculated the values for several other sports, including soccer, rock climbing, and kayaking, based on NIH data, and included stats for a few other popular activities as well. 

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39. Hatha yoga: 183 calories/hour | 228 calories/hour

Hatha yoga, a version of the practice centered on specific poses and mental exercises, sits at the bottom of this list, burning an average of about 183 calories an hour in a 160-pound person.

38. A slow walk (2 mph): 204 calories/hour | 255 calories/hour

35. Bowling: 219 calories/hour | 273 calories/hour

Bowling can help you burn a few hundred calories an hour, but the alley snacks may counteract that.

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Business Insider is hiring a paid editorial partnerships fellow in London


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Business Insider UK is hiring a paid digital fellow to work on editorial partnerships from our London office.

This fellowship will teach you the ins and outs of how a digital news site operates.

This candidate will be responsible for promoting Business Insider UK's content to key editorial partners, as well as tracking and analysing our best-performing stories. He or she will also review and select stories from our partners and rewrite headlines to make them pop on our website. This fellow will become familiar with a variety of verticals and assist the partnerships editor with searching for new partners across all topic areas. 

We are looking for a voracious news reader:

  • with excellent copy-editing skills, who can work quickly and independently
  • who knows how to package stories in an exciting and smart way
  • who has a good instinct for what Business Insider readers find interesting
  • who knows how to use blogs, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other social media to attract and engage an audience

A background in journalism and light HTML and photo-editing skills are a huge plus.

As a digital fellow at Business Insider, there is no getting coffee, filing, or making copies.

APPLY HEREwith a cover letter about why this position appeals to you.

This position requires that you work in our London office, located near the Aldgate East tube station. Fellows are encouraged to work 40 hours a week for a six-month period from the start date.

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7 signs you're dating a narcissist, according to a clinical psychologist


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  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a condition characterized by a severe lack of empathy for others, selfishness, and an excessive need for admiration.
  • It can be hard to spot some narcissistic qualities in the person you're dating.
  • An official diagnosis can only be done by a doctor, but there are some telltale signs that indicate someone could be a narcissist.


Your significant other brags seemingly 24/7, always knows the 'best' way to do everything, and can't handle criticism. Sound familiar? You may be dating a narcissist.

About 6% of the population has Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), which affects more men than women— 7.7% vs 4.8%, according to research published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Business Insider spoke to Dr. Gene Beresin, executive director at The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. Forrest Talley, a California-based clinical psychologist to identify warning signs that you may be dating someone with NPD.

An official diagnosis can only be done by a doctor, but here are a red flags to look our for:

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They only like to talk about themselves

If you're dating someone extremely self absorbed, your date night conversation will most likely revolve around his or her achievements, success, and interests.

"The narcissist will often appear bored when talking about you, or change the subject to focus on them," Beresin said. "Sometimes they are good listeners, but only when it enhances their own needs and desires."

They want you to provide them with constant praise

Narcissists always want to be the center of attention and will expect their S.O. to acknowledge their achievements, talents, and appearance at all times. (Yes, even when you are at a social get-together.)

According to Beresin, your relationship may suffer if you don't dote on him or her. They may take offense if you show any sign of disapproval, disagree with what they say, or if you question how great they are.

They are demeaning towards other people

Egocentrics often obsess over the negative aspects of other peoples lives. Even their close friends and family members may not be spared from the judgment. Narcissists often think they can do a better job than others, which reinforces the belief that they are always right.

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The Rock calls out his 'Fast and Furious' co-stars who complained about his spin-off movie


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  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson told Rolling Stone that his "Fast and Furious" co-stars who are unhappy about his spin-off, "Hobbs and Shaw," need to "get on the train" because "it's not going to stop."
  • He compared it to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: "It's like if Robert Downey, Jr. was p----- about 'Captain America.'"
  • He also said that there's no beef between him and Tyrese Gibson, who blamed Johnson for the ninth "Fast and Furious" movie being delayed until 2020: "I just got to a point where I didn't care."


Not all of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "Fast and Furious" co-stars are apparently happy about his spin-off, "Hobbs and Shaw" — and he's calling them out. 

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Johnson said "it's so silly" that some of his co-stars would complain about the spin-off, which co-stars Jason Statham and comes to theaters next year.

"You can b----, you can moan, you can complain," he said. "But the train is leaving the station, and it's not going to stop. So be smart, get on the train, think about the big picture — and let's create multiple trains."

Johnson compared the move to what Marvel Studios is doing with its Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"At the end of the day, it's smart business to expand on the franchise and build it out," Johnson told Rolling Stone. "It's the Marvel model. The analogy that was given to me, which was very funny, was that it's like if Robert Downey, Jr. was p----- about 'Captain America' and these other movies. Let it all happen! Let it all grow. It helps out everybody."

Johnson's conflicts with his co-stars are no secret, most notably with Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson, though he told Rolling Stone that he wouldn't call it a "beef" between him and Gibson.

"A beef requires two people," he said. "Tyrese, for reasons unbeknownst to me and unbeknownst to a lot of people, went off in his own direction, down a path that was never understood. I never heard from him once – he never called, never texted. So I honestly didn't have a beef, because I just got to a point where I didn't care."

Gibson blamed Johnson in October for the ninth "Fast and Furious" movie being delayed until 2020 and said he was being selfish.

As for Diesel, the beef is clear. Johnson implied that he still has ill will toward Diesel and isn't sure if he'll return for the ninth "Fast and Furious" movie.

In 2016, Johnson posted a scathing message to Facebook calling out his male co-stars — namely Diesel — for being unprofessional on the set of the eighth movie, "The Fate of the Furious," which was released last year.

One thing is certain: Despite the drama, the "Fast and Furious" franchise shows no signs of slowing down.

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Inside the most expensive part of the world's most expensive city, the Hong Kong billionaire enclave where Alibaba founder Jack Ma may have bought a $191 million mansion


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  • Hong Kong's most expensive neighborhood is The Peak.
  • The Peak is a gorgeous, secluded neighborhood that overlooks Hong Kong and is home to bankers, expatriates, business magnates, celebrities, and millionaires and billionaires.
  • Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire who founded Alibaba, is said to have purchased a $191 million mansion in the neighborhood in 2015, but it has never been confirmed.

Every city has that neighborhood — an address that signifies wealth. New York City has Fifth Avenue, London has Kensington, and Miami has South Beach.

Hong Kong has The Peak — short for Victoria Peak — a neighborhood that has been synonymous with wealth, luxury, and exclusivity since the colonial era.

As the least affordable city in the world for eight years running, Hong Kong takes the cake when it comes to luxury real estate.

At various times over the past decade, Pollock's Path, Barker Road, and Severn Road — all streets on The Peak — have claimed the title of the world's most expensive street.

The neighborhood is home to a mix of bankers, expatriates, business magnates, celebrities, and, more recently, Chinese millionaires and billionaires looking for a place to invest or vacation away from pollution in cities on the mainland.

It's the kind of neighborhood that consistently breaks records for the most expensive real estate in the world. In 2015, it was rumored that Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire who founded Alibaba, purchased a $191 million mansion there, but it has never been confirmed.

Last month, an unidentified buyer broke the record for the most expensive real estate in Asia, purchasing a 9,217-square-foot villa on The Peak for about $180 million, making it about $19,400 per square foot.

I recently visited the ritzy neighborhood to see why it continues to house some of the most coveted addresses in the world. It did not disappoint.

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The Peak is the neighborhood surrounding Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island, with an elevation of 1,811 feet. I took a taxi to get to Victoria Peak Lookout, a major tourist destination.

Most tourists ride the Peak Tram up. The Peak Galleria, a mega mall (read: tourist trap) at the top of the tramway is complete with souvenirs and a Madame Tussauds.

The Peak has been the city's most exclusive neighborhood for more than 100 years. Until 1947, only the British and Europeans were allowed to live there — a policy that infuriated Hong Kong's Chinese citizens. Before the tramway, residents were carried up the mountain on sedan chairs carried by migrant laborers.

Source: Frommer's, CNN Travel

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The best beer in every state, according to beer enthusiasts across the US


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Americans love their beer. And when traveling out of state, a visit to the local brewery is one of the best ways to sample the culture.

For 15 years, Zymurgy Magazine — the official magazine of the American Homebrewers Association — has asked the group's tens of thousands of members to cast votes for the best beers in the country. The idea is that Zymurgy readers, as homebrewers, have more refined palates than most and can suss out the best.

In addition to ranking the top 10 beers in the US, Zymurgy named the best beer you can buy in every state. In celebration of National Beer Day on Saturday, April 7, here are the best beers.

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ALABAMA: Yellowhammer Brewing Rebellion (TIE)

Huntsville, Alabama

Red in color, this light-malt, light-hops lager is inspired by German brewing tradition. A dose of caramel balances out a bitter finish.

ALABAMA: Folklore Brewing & Meadery Shadowcaster Porter (TIE)

Dothan, Alabama

A chocolate and coffee-lover's delight, this rich porter smells like a fresh pot of morning Joe and tastes like a moche latté.

ALASKA: Anchorage Brewing Co. A Deal with the Devil (TIE)

Anchorage, Alaska

A barleywine-style ale brewed with Galaxy hop variety, A Deal with the Devil ages for between eight and 11 months in Cognac barrels. It's worth the wait. A blend of caramel, fig, Cognac, and wood spice creates a syrupy, full-bodied taste.

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Netflix's latest action-packed drama series is 'Troy: Fall of a City,' a fresh take on the Trojan War


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  • Netflix's "Troy: Fall of a City" is the latest successful drama series the service has brought over from the UK.
  • The BBC co-production serves as a retelling of the ancient Greek Tale, "The Iliad," Homer's epic poem that depicts the 10-year siege of Troy in the 13th century BC.
  • Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in March that his company had invested $1.75 billion in European productions. 
  • The first season of "Troy: Fall of a City" is streaming now on Netflix.

Netflix continues its streak of bringing in successful foreign series with its new addition of "Troy: Fall of a City," a BBC program that serves as a retelling of the ancient Greek tale, "The Iliad." 

Not a strict adaptation of Homer's epic poem, "Troy: Fall of a City" has been described by the UK's Daily Telegraph as a "fresh, psychologically knotty take on one of the greatest tales of them all." 

The series premiered on the BBC starting in February, but the 8-episode first season is now streaming internationally on Netflix everywhere but the UK (including in the US).

Altogether, the series will cover the 10-year siege of Troy that occurred in the 13th century BC.

Several critics have touted the series as a quality source of "escapism." The New York Times described it as "[reveling] in sex, blood, elaborate costuming and rousing monologues to tell the story of the two countries that went to war over the most beautiful woman in the world." The series currently has a 70% from critics on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

"Troy" is the latest in a string of European co-productions on Netflix, including recent additions like the BBC's "The Frankenstein Chronicles" and "Babylon Berlin" from Germany. 

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in March that his company had invested $1.75 billion in European TV productions, and that he is planning to invest more moving forward.

Watch "Troy: Fall of a City" on Netflix.

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