11 Sep

Society conditions us to believe that moving is everything. The worst thing we can do is lounge on the sofa all day, binge-watching our favorite streaming TV series. Instead we should be hiking the nearest trails or training for a marathon. Still, even with all of these warnings, many people choose lethargy over activity.

Those people may be on to something. A new study from the University of Kansas and Oxford University reveals that laziness may increase a person’s lifespan. The data came from analysis of fossils that date back as far as five million years. After studying the information, the team discovered that species that needed more energy on a daily basis were more likely to die out quickly. On the other hand, those who expended less energy from one day to the next tended to live a longer life.

08 Sep

Hiking in the backcountry often involves navigating tight spaces, uneven terrain, and all manner of tree branches, shrubs, and other naturally occurring obstacles.

So, it makes sense to carry as few items as possible -- or at least, to carry items that take up very little space. Since any journey into the backcountry requires a number of items for safety and survival, making the most of every square millimeter of backpack space and economizing on the weight of items carried is essential.

The Osprey Levity 45 offers a camper the chance to achieve these goals by holding what amounts to a "compressed camp" that should weigh no more than about 9 pounds.

06 Sep

The founder of Vanarama, which leases commercial vehicles such as vans and pick-up trucks, is hoping to capitalize on the success of that brand by launching Autorama, which the Autorama Group hopes will become known as the "Amazon of Cars".

The company has invested £2 million in a marketing effort designed to persuade consumers that they can procure a car "within minutes" by filling out an online application form. Then, the new, leased vehicle can be delivered free of charge to their place of business or residence.

And the first major step in the marketing effort involves the installation of a so-called car vending machine at London's Waterloo station. On the heels of that initiative, the company plans to roll out an advertising campaign that encourages customers to cease buying and instead begin leasing their vehicles.

04 Sep

Superdrug, a U.K.-based retailer that recently introduced in-store piercings, has decided to offer more cosmetic services, namely in-store Botox and fillers treatments.

In doing so, the store has become the first Main Street-type retailer to employ nurses to offer these services in the stores themselves. These new services are currently available in  Superdrug's store location in The Strand. If things go well there, plans call for the services to be introduced in other store locations.

Customers 25 years of age and up can call in advance to schedule an appointment with a nurse. Once that's booked, the nurse will carry out a medical assessment before initiating any treatments, which begin at £99 each.

Caris Newson of Superdrug was quoted by Marie Claire U.K. as saying, “This is the first time that we’re launching our own service with our highly qualified Superdrug nurse practitioners”.

02 Sep

Fernando Abellanas, a resident of Spain who reportedly taught himself how to design, recently created a unique shelter under a traffic bridge in Valencia. While the specific location hasn't been divulged, the shelter includes a seating area, space for shelving, and an area for sleeping.

New Atlas reports that Abellanas came up with the shelter as a way of replicating the same kinds of feelings that children sometimes experience when they hide among kids-only kinds of spaces, such as under a table with "walls" of tablecloth. In this respect, the project more resembles a work of art instead of an actual place to live. Though it must be pointed out that people have taken to living in art exhibits, if only for brief periods of time.

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