Self-taught Hungarian photographer Sarolta Bán is best known for her surreal landscapes, which have been displayed in galleries across Europe. She creates dreamlike scenes, often populated by magical beasts, with photo manipulation software, and tells Yahoo Shine that she sometimes layers as many as 100 individual images to create a final product. She says she doesn't title her images so people can use their own imaginations to find different meanings in each picture. Bán recently started using her skills to help real-life abandoned animals around the world find homes. She invited her more than 100,000 Facebook fans to submit photos of rescued pets, and she is transforming them into evocative, majestic portraits. Bán has received dozens of photos from Spain, Argentina, India, France, Hungary, and the United States in the two weeks since she posted the invitation and expects to get many more after she reaches out to shelters. "Abandoned dogs sadly have really few chances to appear on aRead More »from Photographer Uses Technical Wizardry to Help Rescued Animals Find Homes
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Hair Guide – Mon, Mar 10, 2014 3:00 PM EDT
hair care choices. There are antifrizz solutions, promises of diamondlike shine, formulas for every type of hair from pizza-greasy to old hay, as well as a veritable Carnival cruise buffet table of fruit, vegetable, protein, and herbal additives. My mother's hair is coarse and curly, while I have fine and straight hair. If we switched our favorite shampoo and conditioner, would either or both of us end up looking like the bride of Frankenstein?A walk down the aisle of any drugstore yields a head-spinning array of
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It's easy to be skeptical about the claims made on product labels, but Zoe Draelos, a dermatologist, author, and expert on the safety and efficacy of over-the-counter cosmetics, tells Yahoo Shine, "There is a lot of sophisticated science that goes into research and development." She says major hair care companies have large climate-controlled rooms where they hang thousands of "tresses of cut humanRead More »from Do Specialty Shampoos and Conditioners Really Make A Difference?
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Fri, Mar 7, 2014 2:52 PM EST
daylight saving time and warned my husband and kids that they would be losing an hour of sleep. We dutifully pulled our covers up under our chins by 10:30 p.m. —now 11:30! (or so we thought). The next morning, March 2, when I rousted everyone to get up for their Sunday activities and then discovered that the shift to daylight saving occurs, in fact, this coming weekend, on March 9, I was not a popular mom. "The good news is you are starting your morning bright and early," I said sheepishly. Groans all around.Last Saturday night, I scurried around the house turning all my clocks forward for the start of
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Who out there likes daylight saving time? Anyone? Bueller? Well, for starters, not the citizens of of Arizona or Hawaii, who never adopted the practice. Nor the citizens of the Twitterverse, who have been griping about it since at least last weekend, when I checked out the hashtag, #AbolishDayLightSavings (#DownWithDST isRead More »from Daylight Saving Time Begins March 9 (Cue Music From 'Jaws')
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Fri, Mar 7, 2014 1:30 PM EST
Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), which took place in Boston. But perhaps the biggest story was that, for the second time in history, a baby born with HIV has been declared free of the virus after early, aggressive treatment.There was exciting news this week in the battle against HIV/AIDS, much of it coming out of the annual Read More »from What the New HIV Breakthroughs Mean for the Future of the Disease
While “baby cured of HIV” is, for sure, a thrilling headline, scientists are more cautiously hopeful than some media outlets would suggest. “That case is definitely intriguing,” Reilly O’Neal, editor of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s blog BETA, who attended the conference, tells Yahoo Shine. “The baby was tested with incredibly sensitive tests. The case supports the idea that very early treatment has the potential to dramatically reduce HIV reservoirs [the genetic code of the virus that 'hides' in the body], which are a major obstacle in curing HIV.”
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Pets – Wed, Mar 5, 2014 2:49 PM EST
The reputation of a well-respected Southern California animal shelter is on the line after it was accused of selling a stolen puppy.
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times posted a column about the dog, which has ignited intense debate on social media. It tells the story of Rosa Torres; her 4-year-old son, Daniel; and their 8-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback named Raffiki, who went missing from their backyard on February 13. Torres says she has no idea how the dog escaped her fenced enclosure. The puppy was not wearing tags, nor was she micro-chipped or spayed.
Torres, who Yahoo Shine was unable to reach for comment, put up fliers, contacted the East Valley Shelter, the nearest public shelter to her home in Panarama City, and posted on Craigslist and Facebook. A week later, she learned the dog was listed online for adoption at Karma Rescue, a non-profit, no-kill shelter. Turns out the dog had been picked up by a stranger and driven to a public shelter about 10 miles away where Karma found herRead More »from Whose Puppy is This? Dog Caught in Ugly Adoption Battle
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Tue, Mar 4, 2014 3:18 PM EST
Biography is not destiny. Misty Copeland's inspiring new memoir, "Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina," chronicles her improbable path to becoming one of the world's elite dancers and the first African American in 20 years to be a soloist with the world renowned American Ballet Theater, and only the second in its history. Now 31, she describes in the book everything she overcame to get here: how when she was 2, her mother, Sylvia DelaCerna, left her father, hustling her and her two older brothers and sister onto a Greyhound bus. She writes, "Our family began a pattern that would define my siblings' and my childhood: packing, scrambling, leaving — often barely surviving." Her mother had a series of boyfriends and husbands — some drank or were abusive — and two more babies soon arrived, adding to the financial struggles.
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The family eventually settled in San Pedro, California, and Copeland became a driven, anxious Read More »from Why Ballerina Misty Copeland Is Our Hero (and Should Be Yours)
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Mon, Mar 3, 2014 11:52 AM EST
Robert Lopez hit the ball out of the park with his Oscar win for "Let it Go" from the movie "Frozen" when he became the youngest member of the very exclusive club. EGOT stands for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—the biggest awards in the entertainment industry. "Frozen" also happened to nab a golden statuette for Best Animated Feature.The elusive EGOT — it's the grand slam of showbiz, and composer
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The stupendously talented Lopez, who just turned 39 a week ago, co-wrote the song with his wife, lyricist Kristen Anderson-Lopez. In their charming and well-rehearsed tag-team acceptance speech (guess they weren't all that surprised, given the phenomenal success of "Let It Go"), the couple ended by saying thanks to, "our girls, Katie and Annie" and added: This song is inspired by our love for you and the hope that you never let fear or shame keep you for celebrating the unique people that you are." Pass the tissues, please.
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 12:29 PM EST
individual rights against kids' safety, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that it was appropriate for school officials to ban students at a San Jose, California, area high school from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The May 5th holiday, popular in the United States but largely unrecognized in Mexico, commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla and celebrates Mexican culture, heritage, and pride.In a case that pits
The ruling stems from a controversial incident in 2010 when five students were told by administrators at Live Oak High School (which has a history of racial tension and gang violence) to either turn their American flag T-shirts inside out or go home. In a unanimous decision, the court cited two instances where students had been threatened with violence for wearing the flag. In 2009, some students of Mexican descent told an assistant principal theyRead More »from Court OK's High School Ban on American Flag T-Shirts
Click for larger version photo:clemetrobar.org/ImgurIt's the golden rule and the core of all communications etiquette: If you can't say something nice, don't say anything. On Tuesday, Kelly Blazek, who runs the Cleveland Job Bank, learned that lesson the hard way when her email smackdown of a young job seeker named Diana Mekota, who contacted her through LinkedIn, went viral. "Love the sense of entitlement in your generation. And therefore I enjoy denying your invite," read Blazek's poison pen letter, in part. "You're welcome for your humility lesson of the year. Don't ever reach out to senior practitioners again and assume their carefully curated list of connections is available to you, just because you want to build your network."
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Mekota posted the complete email on Reddit, Imgur, and Facebook, along with these comments: "Guess us twenty somethings should bow down to senior professional because clearly we have nothing to offer," and "Let's call this lady out." FromRead More »from Lessons Learned from CEO's Painful Email Meltdown
snowing in parts of the country and the bitter weather isn't showing any signs of letting up, but beach season is fast approaching—at least measured in "how many days to I have to get in shape?" time. It's hard to believe, but soon we'll be trading mom jeans and bulky sweaters for bikinis and bathing trunks, and now is the perfect time to embrace healthy eating and exercise and drop a few pounds a long the way.Yes, it's still
Best-selling author Ian K. Smith, M.D, is an expert at helping people shape up quickly, without compromising their health. "It's been a long, tough winter," Smith tells Yahoo Shine, "but don't worry, there are more efficient fat-burning ways to exercise and new nutritional research that can help you shape up faster than ever.” His most recent book, Super Shred: The Big Results Diet, which is currently on the New York Times bestseller list, outlines what he calls, "aRead More »from 8 Ways to Jumpstart Your Diet Before Beach Season