Seven benefits of hot yoga

I first tried hot yoga back in high school, when blustery winter days found me seeking warm solace in a heated studio. Since then, I've continued to practice hot yoga, even if that practice is somewhat sporadic.


Electric bikes make it easier to do daily activities without owning a car

Hard-core cyclists may not be paying attention to the rise of pedal-assisted bicycles, but they're a growing market that's enabling a large group of the population to better enjoy the experience of riding on two wheels. With an electric motor, this new generation of bikes gives you as much, or as little help as needed, providing a boost up hills or simply taking you further than you could otherwise go. The California-based Yuba Bicycles makes both traditional and pedal-assisted cargo bikes, which are designed to give you options for hauling goods (and kids) easily while retaining a light and nimble feel.

Health & Medicine

How Alicia Vikander gained 12 pounds of muscle for her 'Tomb Raider' role

Alicia Vikander is known best for her roles in films like "Euphoria," "The Light Between Oceans," "The Danish Girl," and, as of last month, "Tomb Raider." This stark transition from dramatic lead to action hero was only really only eclipsed, in our eyes, by the physical transformation she underwent to play the film's heroine, Lara Croft. For the film, she worked hard to become incredibly toned, defined and muscular. Thanks to an intense fitness regimen developed by an expert trainer, her hard work paid off.

River otter finds dinner in Bellingham Bay

A river otter feeds on small fish along the Taylor Dock walkway in Bellingham, Washington, on June 27, 2017. Male river otters average four feet in length and weigh 20-28 pounds, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. They ar
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