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Handcrafted Jewelry Infused with the Spectacular Beauty of the Universe

Artist Jackie Taylor (of MoonStarsJewelry) aims to infuse the beauty of the universe in her pieces of jewelry. For over 20 years, Taylor has refined her design process, which always begins with a detailed drawing. Her multifaceted technique includes wire construction, metal forming, soldering, …

Jewelry

Gay asylum seekers face threat from fellow refugees in Europe

DRESDEN, Germany — Rami Ktifan made a snap decision to come out. A fellow Syrian had spotted a rainbow flag lying near the 23-year-old university student’s belongings inside a packed refugee center. The curious man, Ktifan recalled, picked it up before casually asking, “What is this?”<p>“I decided to …

The Ethics of Exercise Pills

Medications designed to mimic the health benefits of exercise could help the disabled or immobile—but they might also keep the rest of us on the couch.<p>In his 1932 novel <i>Brave New World</i>, Aldous Huxley described a fictional drug called Soma. In the novel, a soma was something akin to an opiate, which …

University of British Columbia

One Tree for Every Bag

Planting the seeds for a better tomorrow, one bag of coffee at a time<p>Imagine looking out on your family’s farm – your livelihood and your legacy – …

Central America

With Song And Celebration, Mosque Chips Away At Sunni-Shiite Divide

The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California doesn't look like your average mosque. The towering, majestic building — which used to be a Masonic temple — went up in Oakland around the turn of the 20th century. And it has long accrued a distinctive, cherished history.<p>"Every inch of this …

Male brain is programmed to seek out sex even if it means sacrificing food, researchers say

It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but a study has indicated that when it comes to sex, food is the last thing on his …

Albert Einstein

French TV channel pulls sexist feminist advert

Own goal for French TV station, which is ridiculed and criticised for sexist advert aimed at boasting about its feminist credentials<p>A French TV station was forced to pull an advert boasting about its feminist credentials after it met with ridicule and criticism saying the ad itself was sexist.<p>The …

University changes toilets to gender neutral… then has to go back on its decision

<b>A university has been forced to reduce the number of gender-neutral bathrooms after two women were filmed in the shower.</b><p>Police are investing after …

Self-driving cars: from 2020 you will become a permanent backseat driver

Driverless cars will revolutionise motoring, claim the manufacturers. But is the greatest danger that they will be too safe?<p>In the BMW museum at the company’s solidly futuristic headquarters, next to the old Olympic stadium site in Munich, you can view a century of evolving mechanical desire. BMW …

Autonomous Cars

4 Digital Blending Techniques in Photoshop

Digital blending is a set of techniques that allow you to combine different versions of the same image (or different images) into one. The final …

Tutorials

How eBay built a new world on little more than trust

The ratings system introduced by the biggest car boot sale on earth is now used by everyone from Uber to Airbnb<p>Twenty years ago this month, a French-born Iranian-American computer programmer named Pierre Omidyar added an experimental online auction section to his personal website, which at that …

Ebola

Half Of Former Catholics Have Forsaken Religion Altogether

And the majority of them say they are unlikely to return to the church.<p>Roughly half of Americans raised in Catholic households have left the church at some point -- and most of them have stayed away for good, according to a recent report by Pew Research Center.<p>These "former Catholics" make up 15 …

Pope Francis

How to Stack Your Images in Lightroom to Clean up the Mess

If you're like me, you are bringing home all kinds of exposure series, panorama sources photos and macro images that you want to combine using focus …

Tutorials

Here's how Uber got its start and grew to become the most valuable startup in the world

But the road hasn't been easy.<p>Uber has fought rivals and regulators as it has transformed from a black-car service into a sprawling logistics company gunning for a future of self-driving cars. It has confronted threats from the taxi industry and even its own drivers.<p>But its valuation has continued …

San Francisco

The 3 US airlines trying to fend off their lavish Middle Eastern rivals suffered a big setback last week

Through a series of agreements between the US government and their respective home nations, the Middle Eastern trio — dubbed the ME3 — have increased their presence in the US market.<p>However, American, United, and Delta Air Lines — the three biggest US airlines, dubbed the US3— allege that ME3's …

This free Google Chrome extension provides one of the most essential parts of learning a new language

The extension translates portions of whatever you're reading into the language you're trying to learn.Flickr / Ed YourdonScience suggests that the best way to learn a new language — especially as an adult — is through immersion.<p>For example, you might spend an extended period of time in a foreign …

Language

Google Maps Street View is now available as a standalone app on Android and iOS

<b>Update, 03/09</b>: The new Street View app is available on both Android and iOS.<p>As major tech companies continue to unbundle their offerings into individual apps, Google has today followed suit with the launch of Street View on Google Maps as a standalone app in the Google Play store.<p>Amazon also just …

Apps

Small Businesses Are Slow to Embrace New Chip-Card System

Those who miss deadline for shift to new technology could be liable for fraudulent card transactions<p>Many small businesses aren’t racing to update their checkout systems ahead of an Oct. 1 shift that will put merchants on the hook for some fraudulent card charges.<p>That is the date when retailers are …

Google has a new trick

Google 'fun facts' and get fun facts!<p>Google knows pretty much everything. It can tell you the lifespan of a goat, or the name of the actor who played Wolverine, or teach you how to do a flip on a trampoline, but previously you'd need to search for specific things to find out why your cat's poop was …

Japan braces for outbreak of gang warfare

Police fear splits in nation's largest yakuza group could trigger new turf wars and settling of old scores<p>Japanese police have stepped up preparations for an outbreak of gang warfare after the nation's largest underworld group splintered.<p>A meeting on Tuesday of the Yamaguchi-gumi, which previously …

Japan

Year After Cigarette Ban, CVS Says 95 Million Fewer Packs Sold At 'All Retailers'

One year after CVS Health (CVS) stopped selling tobacco products, the pharmacy giant says it put a rare dent in U.S. tobacco sales, reducing purchases of cigarette packs by at least 95 million at “all retailers,” according to a new analysis of retail market data.<p>Aside from taxes on cigarettes and …

Pharma

Louisiana Is Falling off the Map

BAYOU PETIT CAILLOU, La.—Just before sunset on a humid weekday, Vic and Bebe McElroy, a couple in their 60s, are cruising through one of the bayous …

Braless, Flawless? Making the Case for the Barely There Tank

“Titty <i>what</i>?!” Vogue.com Fashion News Writer <b>Liana Satenstein</b> shrieked.<p>“Titty <i>tank</i>,” I replied, swirling around in my office chair to meet eye to eye with my colleague.<p>Liana and I were in the midst of one of our daily fashion chats, and I had just made mention of the cheeky nickname I have for one of …

Is Pope Francis the First Feminist Pope?

<b>Pope Francis</b> is known for his candid, often headline-grabbing statements: “Who am I to judge?" he famously responded when asked how he felt about gay Catholics. When pressed about his stance on whether to welcome divorced couples who remarry back into the fold, he said the church must be one of …

Behind the scenes at the millennial lingerie brand that is trying to kill Victoria's Secret

But an e-commerce retailer called Adore Me is trying to move in on Victoria's Secret's market share.<p>"We aim to slay Victoria's Secret," Sharon Klapka, Adore Me's director of business and brand development, told Business Insider.<p>"They are slow, they are expensive, they make women feel sidelined. It …

Advertising

Polaroid Snap: A New 10MP Instant Digital Camera

Polaroid today announced its new 10-megapixel Polaroid Snap instant digital camera, which the brand calls “the perfect blend of nostalgic Polaroid …

Tamron SP 35mm and 45mm f/1.8: Pro Prime Lenses with Stabilization

Tamron today announced two new lenses for its high-end SP (“Super Performance”) lineup: the SP 35mm f/1.8 Di VC USD and the SP 45mm F1.8 Di VC USD. …

The 5 Best Korean Spas Around the Country—And Why You Should Go

Skipping a grade in elementary school gave me a huge burst of confidence. That is, until I was forced to navigate locker rooms among very developed thirteen-year-olds while I was still very much eleven. I learned how to artfully unhook my completely unnecessary bra while half of my shirt was still …

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