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Why do our veins look blue when our blood is red?

This is an article from I’ve Always Wondered, a series where readers send in questions they’d like an expert to answer.

Tourists fell more in love with Europe than the US in 2017

In terms of geopolitics and the Western world, 2017 was anything but stable. Whether it was terror attacks across Europe, Brexit’s ever-increasing number of unknowns, or the Twitter brinksmanship of Donald Trump, hardly a week went by where news alerts did not rattle the global nervous system.

It’s becoming economically desirable to live in a trailer park

America’s growing affordability housing gap is forcing many people to rethink the traditional single family home.

Emojis are making us feel less of the feels

Every day we rely on a mix of emojis, emoticons, and gifs in our messages to help our friends and colleagues understand what we’re trying to say—and how we’re trying to say it.

A powerful exhibition shows what rape survivors wore when they were attacked

What were you wearing? The simple question strikes at the heart of one of the most persistent myths around rape.

The philosophical case for going vegan is about pleasure—not preachiness

“Of course reading and thinking are important but, my God, food is important too.” These are the words of philosopher Iris Murdoch, and I am inclined to agree with her.

The big boys of Indian e-commerce are eating out of Patanjali’s hands

The posterboys of India’s $15 billion e-commerce sector are ready to jump through hoops for a piece of Patanjali—the fledgling fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) brand that has taken India by storm lately.

Africa should respond to Trump’s racist rant by taking the moral high ground

Official reactions from Africa were appropriately critical of President Donald Trump’s credibly reported comments about not wanting more immigrants coming to the US from “shithole” countries.

Turn your selfies into a 3D image at this new art installation

At 14-feet high, Matthew Mohr has a big head. Looking like a prop from Blade Runner, it sits in the atrium of the Columbus, Ohio convention center, where, as a public art installation, it has garnered wide attention for its commentary on social media, modern art and, well, ego.

Don’t try to work through the flu of 2018

“No one wants me here.” This cry for reassurance was moaned by a colleague the other day, and I wish I could say I responded generously.

“Don’t take away our happiness:” South Koreans ask the government to stop its crypto crackdown

South Korea’s decision to tighten its control over cryptocurrency trading has triggered a public uproar in the bitcoin-obsessed country.

7 Easiest Ways to Catch Up on Retirement Savings Later in Life

According to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, three in 10 workers report that preparing for retirement causes them emotional distress.

One of the world’s most famous brothels is looking to accept bitcoin for client payment

The Bunny Ranch is probably the most famous legal brothel in the world, largely thanks to being featured on HBO’s Cathouse show and its owner Dennis Hof giving the Nevada-based business huge exposure through social media, books, as well as podcasts, and live streaming events.

Bitcoin drops as China renews crackdown on cryptocurrency

Bitcoin fell to the lowest level in more than a month after a report that Chinese regulators are cracking down again on the cryptocurrency, targeting mobile apps and online platforms used for trading.

With only one runway, Mumbai’s airport is a traveller’s nightmare

One of India’s busiest airports is turning out to be a nightmare for travellers. Flight disruptions at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) are at a five-year high, with 44% of departures and 47% of arrivals delayed in December 2017, according to data on the airport’s website (pdf).

How I Successfully Gambled in Las Vegas Without Losing My Shirt

When I learned that I would be going to Las Vegas for my sister-in-law's birthday, I was concerned that the trip would turn out to be an expensive adventure.

5 Questions to Ask Before Applying for a HELOC

You've paid enough on your mortgage to build a solid amount of equity in your home. Now you want to tap into it; maybe you want to use the money to pay off high-interest credit card debt, help fund a child's college education, or take on a major kitchen remodel.

How to Deal With Reverse Culture Shock When Returning Home

While culture shock has long been a widely acknowledged experience, reverse culture shock has taken a little more time to gain the same understanding.

Ask the Readers: What Are Your Financial Goals for 2018?

Setting goals, and having an action plan to achieve those goals, can help you make big changes to any part of your life — including your finances.

What Hong Kong’s Cantopop scene owes to the Cranberries

As the world mourns the death of the Cranberries’ lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, who passed away yesterday (Jan.