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Walking in nature may reduce negativity
By Agata Blaszczak Boxe, LiveScience
Taking a walk outside really can help you clear your head but only if you go walking in a natural, green place, a small new study suggests. Researchers found that the 19 people in the study who took 90-minute walks in a natural setting had lower levels of negative, repetitive thoughts about themselves, compared with another 19 people who took 90-minute walks in an urban setting. Previous research has linked such thoughts, called rumination, to a heightened risk of depression and related conditions. "It was pretty striking that a 90-minute walk had this much of an impact," said study author Gregory Bratman, a doctoral student in the department of biology at Stanford University.
MasterCard will approve purchases by scanning your face
By Jose Pagliery, CNN
his fall, MasterCard will start experimenting with a new program: approving online purchases with a facial scan. At checkout, you'll be asked to hold up your phone and snap a photo. MasterCard's thinking? It's easier than remembering a password. "The new generation, which is into selfies ... I think they'll find it cool. They'll embrace it," said Ajay Bhalla, who's in charge of coming up with innovative solutions for MasterCard's security challenges.
6 best part-time jobs for retirees
By Catey Hill, Yahoo Finance
If you’re retired and the golf/beach/travel rotation is beginning to get old — and you’d love a little extra dough — you may be considering something your younger, cubicle-bound self never thought you would: going back to work (though only part-time). And now is a better time to do this than it has been in years, as an increasing number of employers plan to hire part-time help this year — and many of these jobs offer good pay and other perks that retirees desire.
How Fast Internet Affects Home Prices
By Ryan Knutson, The Wall Street Journal
In May, Kara Burke and Tom Cairns thought they had found their ideal house: a nicely-updated older three-bedroom home in Worthington, Mass. But they didn’t make an offer because it didn’t have high speed Internet. “We wouldn’t choose a house that didn’t have electricity,” Ms. Burke, 26 years old, said as she explained why. “It’s right on par with those things.”
Air travelers should be prepared to navigate a range of common fees this summer
Common airline fees fliers face this summer As a record 222 million people prepare to fly on U.S. airlines this summer, here's a reminder about some of the fees fliers will face. — Checked bag. Most airlines now charge $25 each way for a checked suitcase. Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways do not, although JetBlue is about to start charging for some types of tickets. — Reservation changes. Airlines charge up to $200 to change a domestic ticket and that is before any difference in fare. International flights cost even more to alter.
Blue Apron and the Booming Meal Delivery Business
By Katie Roof, FOX Business
As cooking shows continue to proliferate, viewers are looking to whip up gourmet meals at home. But hunting down a long list of ingredients can be cumbersome --- and costly. And it is not just consumers spending money on leftover ingredients that go unused. Grocery stores also see food go to waste, with upwards of 25% of perishables thrown out. Looking to solve this problem, home cooking startups are multiplying, with Blue Apron, Plated and HelloFresh leading the pack.
You'll never have to search for a parking spot again
By Aimee Rawlins, CNN Money
You circle the block a dozen times, just barely missing one open parking spot, mistaking a loading zone for another, before finally resigning yourself to parking blocks away from your destination. It's an annoyance we've all experienced, and Parkifi is trying to solve it. But it's not just because the startup cares about your mental health. Circling for parking adds to congestion, bad air quality and traffic accidents. And while parking spaces are the biggest use of land in any city, they're terribly managed, according to Donald Shoup, urban planning professor at UCLA.
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