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How Gross Is it to Wear Your Shoes in the House?

The final word on whether dragging in all that bacteria on your shoes will actually make you sick.<p>You’ve always been a bit of a germaphobe. Your hermetically sealed home is a wonderland of disinfectants, antibacterial soaps, and air purifiers. Say you invite a couple other friends over for a book …

Microbiology

3D-Printed House Finished in a Day, Costs Less Than $10,000

Print your home like a movie ticket.<p>In the near future, suburbs might be built using a combination of high tech wood and volcanic ash. But a recent …

Nonprofits

People Don't Actually Know Themselves Very Well

Chances are, your coworkers are better at rating some parts of your personality than you are.<p>When Donald Trump tweeted that he was a “very stable genius,” he was accused of lacking self-awareness by journalists and comedians. But the truth is that no one has perfect self-awareness—you probably …

Antarctica's king penguins 'could disappear' by the end of the century

Rising temperatures and overfishing in the pristine waters around the Antarctic could see king penguin populations pushed to the brink of extinction by the end of the century, according to a new study.<p>The report, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that as global warming …

Global Warming

Why Margot Robbie's BAFTA beauty look is grown-up glamour at its finest - and how to copy in 5 easy steps

Tonight is the 71st British Academy Film Awards, and while the red carpet always provides a source of inspiration for beauty trends, they are not often looks that can be worn by most women. However the beauty look on Margot Robbie tonight, created by the celebrity make-up artist Pati Dubroff, is a …

Makeup

'Downright Orwellian': journalists decry Facebook experiment's impact on democracy

Facebook has been criticised for the worrying impact on democracy of its “downright Orwellian” decision to run an experiment seeing professional media removed from the main news feed in six countries.<p>The experiment, which began 19 October and is still ongoing, involves limiting the core element of …

Social Media

Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened. - Vox

The Mars company has sponsored hundreds of scientific studies to show cocoa is good for you.<p>A year after James Cadbury, the 30-something great-great-great-grandson of the British chocolatier John Cadbury, launched his luxury cocoa startup in 2016, he introduced an avocado chocolate bar.<p>Cadbury …

AA Milne, Christopher Robin and the curse of Winnie-the-Pooh

As Quentin Crisp once pointed out in a lecture: if he were to bring a distinguished old Yorkshireman on stage, the audience might be perplexed; but if he brought a polished abstract sculpture with a hole in the middle, the audience would cry out, “Ah! Henry Moore!” So AA Milne’s long career as …

Books

You're 3 Ingredients Away from the Best Vegan Ice Cream

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)<p>This creamy, dreamy, basically mind-blowing ice cream is vegan. It only requires three ingredients (four if you insist on …

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls [Vegan, Gluten-Free] - One Green Planet

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Too Clean for Our Children’s Good?

When a toddler’s pacifier falls out of his mouth and onto the ground, does it get confiscated and boiled by anxious parents or just licked off and reinserted by the more casually inclined?<p>Many parents, quite reasonably, worry about germs and dirt finding their way into a child’s mouth. But many …

Microbiology

The last crane: On parenting a dying child

When I was a new mother, I focused on firsts — the first smile, the first step, the first day of school — and all the countless, tiny triumphs in between that are the reward of motherhood.<p>Even so, those years were hard. Sleep deprivation and the relentlessness of caring for two small children made …

Freight Train

The Like Button Ruined the Internet

How “engagement” made the web a less engaging place<p>Here’s a little parable. A friend of mine was so enamored of Google Reader that he built a clone when it died. It was just like the original, except that you could add pictures to your posts, and you could Like comments. The original Reader was …

The debate over Pluto will never die. Here’s the latest argument for why it’s a planet.

Scientists’ new definition of “planet” includes Pluto — and at least a 100 other objects in the solar system.<p>In 2006, Pluto was demoted from a full-fledged planet to a dwarf planet. The reason: Pluto wasn’t special anymore.<p>Astronomers had discovered many other Pluto-size objects in Pluto’s section …

Scientists turn spinach leaf into working heart tissue

Researchers have managed to turn a spinach leaf into working heart tissue and are on the way to solving the problem of recreating the tiny, branching networks of blood vessels in human tissue.<p>Until now, scientists have unsuccessfully tried to use 3D printing to recreate these intricate …

Spinach

Losing weight won’t make you happier—but eating a balanced diet will

Step away from the scales—it may not be the key to improving your mental health.<p>Despite the message that the happiest you is just 10 pounds away, new research suggests that improving the quality of your diet may be the recipe to protecting and even improving your mental health, not losing …

Holistic Medicine

Humpback Whales Are Forming Mysterious 'Super-Groups', And No One Can Explain It

They've never teamed up like this before.<p>Humpback whales are known for being the loners of the sea - while they tend to migrate, feed, and mate in …

What if the internet stopped working for a day?

For many people, going without the internet even for a few hours is unthinkable. But if it did stop working, the impact might not be what you'd expect.<p>Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves. …

Net Neutrality

The Parasite That Lures Mosquitoes to Humans

Malaria can alter the behavior of insects that spread it.<p>Here are some things parasites will do to survive.<p>The hairworm makes infected crickets commit suicide in water so it can find a mate. Parasitic barnacles invade the bodies of crabs, sterilize them, and then trick them into caring for baby …

How Time Rules Your Body—and Your Social Life

We have clocks in our bodies down to the cellular level.<p>We can’t smell it, we can’t taste it, we can’t hear it or touch it, but time is with us every second of our lives. And for thousands of years, philosophers and psychologists, from St. Augustine to William James, have pondered its meaning and …

Arctic Circle

Amazon launches £20,000 literary prize for Kindle authors

A £20,000 literary prize is being launched by Amazon for new work by authors releasing their work on Kindle’s self-publishing platform.<p>The Kindle Storyteller award is open to authors writing in English across any genre, fiction or non-fiction, for books launched on Kindle Direct Publishing between …

Writing

The Case Against Sugar review – an unsweetened attack on diet myths

For the last 15 years, US journalist Gary Taubes has been the self-nominated public enemy No 1 of the global “healthy eating” establishment. His heresy has been to argue powerfully and publicly that the official diet advice we have been encouraged to follow since the 1970s is fundamentally wrong. …

Diabetes

Social media users have hijacked celebrity deaths for self-glorification

Two Hollywood icons died this week, a mother and daughter, only one day apart. But Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ untimely ends have already been …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2016

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The Alphabet That Will Save a People From Disappearing

As kids, two Guinean brothers invented a new script for their native language. Now they’re trying to get it on every smartphone.<p>Twenty-six years ago, two brothers decided their native language needed a new alphabet. The scripts they’d been using to read and write their native Fulani, an African …

Can You Spare A Zeptosecond? Scientists Have Just Measured The Shortest Unit Of Time Ever

It's a trillionth of a billionth of a second.<p>A millisecond is a thousandth of a second, and a nanosecond is a billionth of a second, but there’s another measurement of time that makes both of them look slow.<p>Scientists have for the first time been able to measure something in a zeptosecond, or a …

Quantum Mechanics

Elon Musk says Tesla's solar roof will be cheaper than a regular roof

When he unveiled Tesla and SolarCity's upcoming product in October, a solar roof that generates electricity but looks pretty much like a regular …

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Italy’s hedgehog hospital, starlings in flight and a comical fox are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Wildlife

Charges dropped against hunter who led expedition to kill Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe

A high court in Zimbabwe has dropped charges against professional hunter Theo Bronkhorst, who led the expedition that killed prized lion Cecil last year.<p>"The high court has said the charges were flawed and, therefore, should be set aside," his lawyer Perpetua Dube told AFP.<p>She said the judge had …