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Fukushima radiation still poisoning insects

Eating food contaminated with radioactive particles may be more perilous than thought—at least for insects. Butterfly larvae fed even slightly …

15 Ideas to Steal from Vintage Kitchens

Remodeling 101: Ceiling-Mounted Recessed Kitchen Vents<p>by Margot Guralnick<p>Kitchen of the Week: Tiny Kitchens from Japan, Micro Apartment Edition<p>by …

Home Improvement

How extreme fear shapes the mind

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

Highlights From A Never-Before-Published Interview With Henri Matisse

Design Observer has published an illuminating, long-lost interview with French artist Henri Matisse. Read some highlights here.<p>In August of 1946, after the end of World War II, an art-obsessed American soldier named Jerome Seckler interviewed legendary French painter Henri Matisse. At the time, …

Everything You Need To Know About 2015's Weirdest And Wackiest Health Trends

A few years ago, if you told your friends that you were drinking charcoal, going to 7 a.m. raves and drinking bone broth, they probably would have looked at you like you were crazy. There's no doubt that these activities still seem a little strange, but they're also considered healthy (at least by …

Coconut

The Psychology Of Notifications

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i></i><i>Ximena Vengoechea is</i> <i>a design researcher at Twitter,</i> <i>and</i> <i>Nir Eyal is the</i> <i>author of</i> <i>Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products.</i><p>In his famed experiments, Ivan Pavlov trained his dogs to associate mealtime with the ring of a bell. Pavlov found he could elicit an involuntary physical response …

8 Grammy Moments You Couldn't See on TV

After three and a half hours of the Grammy telecast, you may feel like you saw everything that could possible be imagined – even Kanye West …

Revealing Photo Series Documents School Lunches Around the World

Around 32 million children in the US eat cafeteria food every weekday, and most of these students consume over half their daily calories at school. With this in mind, it's clear that school cafeterias are becoming crucial in the fight against childhood obesity. Sweetgreen–a chain of salad …

The Best Writing on the Anti-Vax Movement Comes from Amazon Reviews

A great moment in comment section history.<p>It's hard not to see, in the recent outbreak of measles in Southern California, a symbol for the intellectual and moral failures of our moment. A problem which was not only solvable, but solved, has returned because of stupidity and selfishness. The …

World Health Organization

Why animals eat psychoactive plants

Thousands of people were streaming in to a ten-day festival in September where they were planning — after a long burst of hard work — to find some …

9 Famous Shoe Designers Recreate Cinderella's Glass Slipper

This March, Disney is releasing a live-action remake of everyone’s favorite fairy tale about uncomfortable women’s footwear. To generate hype for <i>Cinderella</i>, starring Cate Blanchett and Lily James, Disney recently asked nine celebrated shoe designers to create their own interpretations of the famous …

Stuart Weitzman

Zao Fox Village, a Sanctuary in Japan Where Foxes Roam Freely

Located near the city Shiroishi in the mountains of Miyagi, Japan, the Zao Fox Village (Zao Kitsune Mura) is a paradise for fox lovers. Open since 1990, the village is a sanctuary for over a hundred animals, including six different breeds of foxes who roam freely.<p>After paying a small admission fee, …

Japan

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

A Modern Guide to the Love Letter

From the right kind of stationery to the wrong kind of metaphor, a how-to on the art of epistolary wooing<p>When it comes to the greatest love letters ever written, many like to credit those extraordinary intellects of the 12th century, Peter Abelard and his gifted pupil and lover, Heloise. The …

Literature

YouTube is 10 years old: the evolution of online video

Ten years is a long time on the internet, especially when 300 hours of video are uploaded to your site every minute. On YouTube’s 10th birthday, we trace the growth and growing pains of online video<p>Allow me to make a bold statement: YouTube, at 10 years old, is the most interesting place on the …

Internet

Ten Essential Tablet Apps for Creative Urges

Unleash your (mobile) creative genius.<p>The tablet … it has a reputation. No matter how many thrilling ads Apple puts out about composing verses and doing crazy cool DJ stuff with iPad, people often consider it more of a media consumption device than something you use to create things.<p>Fortunately, …

'Saturday Night Live' 40th anniversary special: All the most unforgettable moments

Are you a huge fan of <i>Saturday Night Live</i>‘s current cast? Too bad—because they decidedly were <i>not</i> the focus of Sunday night’s huge, celebrity-stuffed, …

Over 100 artists announce a cultural boycott of Israel | Letters

Along with more than 600 other fellow artists, we are announcing today that we will not engage in business-as-usual cultural relations with Israel. We will accept neither professional invitations to Israel, nor funding, from any institutions linked to its government. Since the summer war on Gaza, …

Israel

The blows keep coming as winds add to dangerous wintry mix in north-east US

A storm brought a new round of wind-whipped snow to New England on Sunday, accompanied by near-whiteout conditions and lighting strikes in coastal areas as people contended with a fourth winter onslaught in less than a month.<p>A blizzard warning was in effect for coastal communities from Rhode Island …

Japan comes out of recession

Economy grew 0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2014, meaning world’s third largest economy had 0% growth for the year<p>Japan’s economy grew 0.6% in the three months to December, as the world’s third largest economy crawled out of recession, the government said on Monday, while the data showed flat growth …

Teenage suicide bomber kills at least 16 at Nigerian bus station

A teenage suicide bomber blew herself up at a crowded bus station in north-east Nigeria on Sunday, killing at least 16 and wounding 30 others.<p>Witnesses said most of the victims were children who had either been selling peanuts or begging for money.<p>The bomber managed to get through the security …

Africa

Scorpion on a plane: flight attendants kill arachnid after it stings passenger

• Not clear how scorpion got on plane but flight originated in Mexico<br>• Woman gets off Alaska Airlines flight and refuses additional medical treatment<p>A scorpion stung a woman on the hand just before her flight from Los Angeles to Portland took off.<p>Flight 567 was taxiing on the runway Saturday night when …

Flying

Tokyo citizens hand in £18m in lost cash

Honest Japanese took a total of 3.34bn yen to police, with one individual handing over £100,000 found in a bag<p>Tokyo’s citizens handed in £18m of lost cash last year, police said on Monday, with three quarters of it returned to its rightful owner, in the latest example of Japan’s startling …

Japan

Amazon dismayed by proposed FAA rules on commercial use of drones

• Federal agency would ban use of commercial drones out of operators’ sight<br>• Amazon will ‘deploy where we have regulatory support we need’<p>Commercial drone operators will be banned from letting unmanned aircraft out of their sight, under new US proposals that come as a major blow to companies like …

Prince Harry comrade 'paid £1,500 by NoW for news of Iraq deployment'

A News of the World reporter paid £1,500 in cash to a serving soldier for news that Prince Harry was going to war in Iraq, the Old Bailey has heard.<p>Ryan Sabey, 34, met the Household Cavalry soldier Paul Brunt, 32, in a garage near the paper’s offices in Wapping, east London to hand over the …

Prince Harry

The weather in January

A glance at the statistics might suggest that January’s weather held little interest: the temperature averaged near normal, as did precipitation – but wide variations, with large totals in some areas, give a clue to the nature of the month. Atlantic–driven storms brought periodic rain, and later …

North-east US in a deep freeze as wind chill warnings remain in effect

The US east coast awoke on Presidents’ Day to one of the most brutal freezes in a generation. Massachusetts in particular braced for bone-chilling temperatures after a winter storm blanketed Boston with more than a foot of snow on Sunday in what is the city’s third-snowiest winter on record.<p>The …

Libya and Egypt launch air strikes against Isis after militants post beheadings video

Egypt reported that its war planes had struck Isis targets in Libya, shortly after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi vowed revenge for the release by Isis-affiliated militants of a video of a mass killing of Christians.<p>A spokesman for the Armed Forces General Command announced the strikes on state …

Islam

Want to be an MI5 spy? Impeccable Russian and discretion a must

Photograph: Gabe Palmer/Getty Images<p>In the know … potential MI5 Russian intelligence analysts must undergo a rigorous assessment process. Photograph: Gabe Palmer/Getty Images<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/16/1424102417221/Spy-005.jpg<p>460<p>Photograph: Gabe …

Bitter cold in New York as still more snow falls on New England – in pictures

An Arctic cold front froze New York’s East River on Sunday, while further north Boston and other parts of New England grappled with a fourth winter storm in less than a month. Some places saw another 2ft (60cm) on top of the 5ft (150cm) that had already fallen. More snow may fall as soon as …