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Let This Spectacular Video Take You On A Virtual Flight Over Mars 

 Tourism to the Red Planet is still a long way away.

Still, a person can dream, and one Finnish filmmaker is making that dream look like reality.

Jan Fröjdman spent three years turning photos taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter into a four and a half minute travelogue of the planet’s surface.

Take a look with the full screen for best effect:

Fröjdman said the anaglyph images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera holds information about the topography of Mars surface.

Over a three-month period, he slowly and meticulously turned that data and the photos into the video above.

“There is a feeling that you are flying above Mars looking down watching interesting locations on the planet. And there are really great places on Mars!” he said on the video page. “I would love to see images taken by a landscape photographer on Mars, especially from the polar regions. But I’m afraid I won’t see that kind of images during my lifetime.”

As cool as it looks, the colors may not be true to Mars. Because the original images were taken in grayscale, Fröjdman added colors he thought were appropriate.

For instance, the light regions are yellowish and the dark regions are bluish, while the polar regions have a white-blue tone.

And while it may not be 100 percent accurate, it might actually be a better view than any actual visitors to Mars will see.

Wired points out that Mars is so dusty that it if you were actually there, it would probably be impossible to see any of the deep valleys or soaring mesas in Fröjdman’s video.

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The Best Money Move At Every Stage Of Your Life | The Huffington Post

Age may be just a number but as the years go by, our feelings about money—how we earn it, how we spend it, and how we stash it away—tend to change, too. “Our relationship with our finances evolves across our life,” says financial therapist Amanda Clayman. “Depending on which phase we’re in, we may find ourselves more at peace or far from it.” All the more reason to establish a durable financial game plan.

  • Starting Out
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    In our 20s, getting by on an entry-level salary can make it tough to set long-term financial goals. Nearly half of female investors ages 25 to 34 agreed with the statement “I am driven more by the present than the future when it comes to financial decisions,” according to a 2014 Ameriprise Financial study.

    Many millennial women are delaying marriage, which also brings financial challenges, says Stefanie O’Connell, author of The Broke and Beautiful Life: “They’re contending with the higher cost of living alone and saving up for major milestones on their own.” On top of that, four in ten millennials describe their debt as “overwhelming,” according to a 2014 Wells Fargo study.

    Your Best Money Move: Negotiate. Asking for $55,000 instead of $50,000 early in your career could amount to $600,000 over 40 years.

  • The Sandwich Generation
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    Money may not buy happiness, but for women in midlife—think Gen Xers and some baby boomers—it can provide relief. According to a 2015 study, the link between income and happiness is strongest at this stage—60 percent stronger than for young adults.

    Sandwich generation women may be juggling the costs of raising children (daycare, after-school activities, college) and of aging parents’ medical needs. “The pressure is on,” says Clayman. “So the more money you have to cover these bases, the more you can reduce stress and increase contentment.”

    In 2012, about 15 percent of middle-aged adults were providing financial assistance to an aging parent and a child.

    Your Best Money Move: If you leave your job to care for family, stay in touch with colleagues and tap resources like Après, a LinkedIn-style site for women seeking to reenter the workforce.

  • The Fantastic 50s
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    Starting around 55, our financial certainty peaks; 62 percent of boomer women feel a strong sense of control over saving and investing, according to Ameriprise. “As you age, you’re more likely to have confidence about what to do, how to do it, and when,” says financial behaviorist Jacquette Timmons.

    Eighty percent of female boomer investors say they’re satisfied with their achievements.

    Your Best Money Move: If you delay Social Security benefits until your full retirement age, you’ll receive 100 percent of your benefit.

  • Boomers and Beyond
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    Later in life, money doesn’t affect just the way you plan for the future; it can have an impact in the bedroom. A 2016 McGill University study of women ages 55 to 85 discovered that the more well-off they were, the better their romantic relationships and sex lives tended to be. As the study’s coauthor Annie Xiaoyu Gong explains, when women have more education and economic stability, they may also have a heightened sense of power and be more fearless about asking for what they want.

    Your Best Money Move: Worried about having enough for retirement? You can make additional catch-up contributions to certain retirement accounts, like a 401(k) or an IRA, starting at age 50.

Farnoosh Torabi is a personal finance expert, the author of When She Makes More, and the hose of CNBC’s Follow the Leader and the award-winning podcast So Money.

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This Mesmerizing Hair Dye Changes Color With Heat 

One hair color isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion hair colors.

OK, so it’s not quite one billion hair colors. But Pravana, the haircare company behind the Blonde Wand hair iron, just broke the internet with the promise of a magical hair dye that changes color when heat is applied.

The brand posted a series of Instagram photos Tuesday that show the hair color in action. In one, purple hair turns pink right before your eyes. In another, a pink, yellow and blue ‘do turns a gorgeous shade of blue-green. Basically, it looks like having the coolest mood ring ever, but for your hair.

The concept of color-changing hair dye made waves recently. In a series of short films released during London Fashion Week, U.K. brand The Unseen debuted a dye called Fire that is “responsive to the wearer’s environment, changing color based on temperature fluctuations.” An automated e-mail response from The Unseen said the company is working toward a release date.

Pravana, meanwhile, teased its colorful Instagrams with the hashtag #STAYTUNED, and we’ve reached out for more information on possible dates and pricing. But whichever product comes first, it looks like the trippy, mind-blowing hair of our dreams might actually be a reality someday soon.

It’s not clear from the videos how long a color lasts once heat is applied. If nothing else, though, it sure makes for some compelling Instagram fodder.

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Katy Perry Shoe Collection With Global Brands 

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After launching her footwear collection with Global Brands Group, Katy Perry is back for a second release. The star gave fans a sneak peek of her Katy Perry Collection on her Instagram, and the shoes are even quirkier and more colorful than her current selections. There’s a shoe with an “XO” design, checkered prints, a floral embellished combat boot, and tuxedo-printed slides. You can definitely tell Katy incorporated her personality into her creations and these new selections are a fun addition to her current collection. While you wait for the full release of Katy’s second shoe installment, shop her Spring ’17 line ahead. The affordable pieces (prices range from $59 to $299) are just as cool.

— Additional reporting by Sarah Siegel

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Misty Copeland; Why Emotional Strength Is Beauty Secret


Misty Copeland has a pretty straightforward message for all the magazine cover women who claim “water and sleep” are the secrets to their beauty and health: “Shut up!”

In her new book, Ballerina Body, published by Grand Central Life & Style on March 21, Copeland discusses the lifelong habits ― both physical and mental ― that have helped her achieve the body of a ballerina. And while she hardly denounces the benefits of water and sleep, she’s quick to correct anyone who claims those two simple necessities are sufficient beauty “secrets.”

In fact, in a segment with CBS This Morning, the American Ballet Theater icon, who made history in 2015 when she became the company’s first black female principal dancer, explained why mental discipline and emotional strength are just as crucial to her health as drinking water, sleeping, and any other aspects of her extremely disciplined dieting and exercise regimes.

“Performing live, just dealing with all of the pressure and what it is to be in a competitive field ―  I think it’s so important to be mentally and emotionally prepared and strong,” she told CBS. “I think every woman, every person can relate to that. It’s not just about being physically strong, it’s about believing in yourself.”

Ballerina Body is Copeland’s first health and fitness book, which provides step-by-step advice, meal plans and workout routines for women looking to emulate Copeland’s fitness regimen. The book, Copeland says, is geared to anyone and everyone (though the introduction singles out women) who wants to enact the kind of long-term change she embarked upon to achieve her physique.

Copeland’s figure does not reflect the centuries-old ballerina ideal: impossibly long, lean and white. And she acknowledges this, and how her presence as an acclaimed ballerina has subsequently helped reshape the image of a dancer onstage. “It’s no longer about looking childlike and brittle,” she writes. “We are real women and ballerinas, and we, as well as those who aspire to a similar physical ideal, want to be lean but also muscular, feminine but also strong, lithe but also curvaceous.”

While her form doesn’t necessarily adhere to outdated conventions, Copeland’s body is still nothing short of exceptional, requiring diligent exercise and self-control. But, aside from the book’s emphases on sculpting “toned derrières” and “crystal-cut curves,” Copeland focuses on the mindful attitudes necessary for success, too. The first section of her book is aptly devoted to topics related to the “Mind,” and outlines how Copeland herself built up the emotional strength necessary for her career longevity.

“It took me my entire career, I think, to really understand how to take care of my body,” she told CBS. “To respect it. To understand that I’m an athlete and that it’s a long journey of figuring these things out. That it’s about creating your own version of a healthy image ― of a ballerina body.”


Ballerina Body is available on Amazon or at your local bookstore

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How Your Ancestors’ Environment Determines The Shape Of Your Nose 


Whether your nose is long and narrow or short and wide, you may have your ancestors’ climate to thank.

New anthropological research finds that nose shape is formed through a process of natural selection responding to the temperature and humidity of the local environment.

For the study, published online last week in the journal PLOS Genetics, researchers from Ireland, Belgium and the U.S. used 3D facial imaging to collect nose measurements on nearly 500 participants of South Asian, East Asian, West African and Northern European descent.

The researchers analyzed specific measures including nose height, nostril width, distance between nostrils, protrusion and total surface area of the nose and nostrils. Then, they compared these measurements with local temperatures and humidity in various geographical regions. The findings revealed that nostril width was strongly linked with climate. Wider nostrils were found in more hot and humid areas, and narrower noses were more common in cold and dry areas.

This makes sense, considering that one of the central functions of the nose is to filter and condition inhaled air before it reaches the lower respiratory tract. Air should be warm and moist when it enters the body, and a narrower nose can more effectively condition cold, dry air in this manner. Therefore, people in colder climates who had narrower nose would be more likely to survive and reproduce than those with wider nostrils. So, among peoples living further from the equator, evolution would favor narrower noses.

The findings add heft to a theorum developed in the 1800s known as “Thompson’s rule,” which suggests that long, narrow noses occurred in colder areas, while short, wide noses were more likely found in hot, humid areas.

“The link between nose shape and climate has been suspected for a long time and the correlation between nose shape and climate has been shown before, several times but using the shape of the human skull,” the study’s lead author, Penn State anthropologist and population geneticist Mark Shriver, told The Huffington Post. “We have expanded on this body of evidence by studying the variation in the external nose and the underlying genetic variation, both of which have not been examined so far because of methodological challenges.”

It can be tough to determine whether these types of effect are the result of randomly occurring processes of genetic change ― what scientists know as “genetic drift” ― or if they’re caused, instead, by natural selection. But the differences that the researchers observed were much greater than what could be explained by random variation alone, suggesting that “survival of the fittest” played an important role.

“The nose is related to climate to a degree that is greater that chance evolutionary forces would determine alone, but not as much as skin color,” Shriver said. “And not all the variation in noses across populations is due to climate.”

Sexual selection may factor in, too, with people choosing potential partners because they find a smaller or larger nose to be more attractive. There’s a good chance that our ideas about what’s beautiful are informed by how well-suited a particular nose is to its environment, the researchers noted.

The implications of the findings extend beyond improving our understanding of why our noses look the way they do. Anthropologists have studied how features like hair color, skin color and face shape evolved differently across cultures and geographic regions in order to better understand how disease risk varies cross-culturally ― shedding light on why conditions like sickle-cell anemia and lactose intolerance occur at wildly different rates in different demographic groups.

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