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Guilt-free diamonds: beyond blood to human rights

Buying diamonds is now a matter of conscience, not just taste and deep-pockets.

Cook's tour: A gadget (or three) for every kitchen task

Novice and professional cooks alike are snapping up strange and specialized kitchen contraptions, but do they really need lettuce knives, shrimp deveiners and avocado slicers?

Last wishes: Hold the religion

As the number of self-professed nonbelievers grows in America, so do the requests for a funeral which accurately reflects their disbelief.

Bards of the Bar

For many career lawyers, poetry isn't simply a weekend hobby; it's a second calling.

Graffiti artists paint the town green

mosimage} While most graffiti artists search for high-tech paints to make their tags stand out forever, some are borrowing tools from Mother Nature to make a greener mark, using biodegradable markers and living materials.

Dying outside the box

Innovators in the death-care industry have been busy dreaming up new ideas for memorials, converting cremation ashes into drinking glasses, pencil boxes, even coral reefs.

Women-only adventure clinics offer challenge and support

All-female extreme adventure camps and clinics are gaining in popularity. Women who might not otherwise sign up to learn high-altitude mountaineering, ice climbing, or rock climbing, find a comfort zone where there are "no boys allowed."

Gag girl anniversary marks growth of funny women

It's been 80 years since Variety considered it big news that a studio hired a female gag writer.

Since then, funny women have long smashed through the glass ceiling.

Weddings exposed: Bride and groom bare it all

As nude recreation grows in popularity, weddings sans clothes are also gaining steam, in private clubs, on cruise ships and in any available open field.

Too attached to that iPod? New study explains why

Tom Hanks did it in Cast Away when he called a volleyball “Wilson.” Now a new study says that people who humanize their iPods, BlackBerrys and laptops may also be longing for companionship.


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