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The Bizarre Origins Of Some Of Your Favorite Condiments

Mustard got its name from <i>mustum ardens</i>, an ancient Roman combination of grape must and ground mustard seeds.<p>When was the last time you gave any thought to a condiment? How often do you look at a bottle of ketchup and wonder how it came to be so popular? Not very often, most likely, but the fact of …

Cooking

The Best Street Style from the Valentino Couture Show

We’re past the point of thinking that anything about the couture fashion season need be realistic, right? Good. Because at the extravagant, dreamlike, destination Valentino couture show—which should really be called an “experience” rather than a “show,” all things considered—a Roman Holiday was at …

Street Style

Soft 3D-Printed Robot Propels Itself With Explosions

And it's supported by hard robo-cartilage<p>We rarely think of robots as soft, with mechanical brains inside squishy, durable bodies. That’s because, despite their resilience, soft robots are slow beasts, the machine equivalent of floppy slugs. Rigid robots are good at many things, but it turns out …

Born this way? Society, sexuality and the search for the 'gay gene'

Are our sexual desires derived from our genes? Or can we make active choices about who we are sexually attracted to?<p>Over the past decade the idea that we are “born this way” — or that our sexuality is genetic — has become increasingly important. The mantra has become a political strategy, in …

LGBTQI

New Horizons: Latest Pluto image offers glimpses of geology

At last! After spending 9.5 years traveling 3 billion miles to reach Pluto,<p>NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has snapped an image of the dwarf planet that bears tantalizing hints of geologic features that will become clearer in the coming days.<p>Until now, little has been known about what the …

A Closer Look At China's Divine Eagle Drone

The world's biggest UAV<p>Since photos in May 2015 emerged of the Divine Eagle, China's giant UAV has been getting a lots of international attention. With its giant, double bodied design, carrying high performance anti-stealth radars, the drones are a potential key part of China's offensive and …

South China Sea

Former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo Speaks Out About Donald Trump Controversy

"Ultimately ... I could not be involved with a clear conscience."<p><i>Olivia Culpo won the 2012 Miss Rhode Island USA competition, which was the first pageant she had ever entered. Shortly after, she was not only crowned Miss Universe, but was the first American contestant since 1997 to win. Culpo was</i> …

John Stamos reportedly in rehab for substance-abuse treatment

John Stamosis said to be in rehab for substance-abuse treatment, according to a report out Friday.<p>People said it had confirmed that the 51-year-old had checked himself into a residential program.<p>"We kindly ask for privacy," Matt Polk, Stamos' publicist, told The Times on Friday evening.<p>The "Full …

Russia bringing back Cold War mini-subs, report says

Russia is reportedly bringing back a fleet of Cold War-era mini-submarines, a move that could ramp up tensions with the West.<p>Moscow is set to bring back the Cold War-era Piranha-class midget subs as part of a $350 million military spending spree, according to the U.K.’s Daily Express. An unnamed …

Russia
Extremism

Serbia PM attacks at Srebrenica ceremonies

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Anger boiled over Saturday at a massive commemoration of the Srebrenica slaughter 20 years ago as people pelted Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic with water bottles and other objects.<p>Vucic's associate, Suzana Vasiljevic, told The Associated Press that he …

North Africa

Iran and world powers give themselves 72 hours to clinch nuclear deal

The ‘painfully slow’ negotiations in Vienna are given until Monday – their third extension in two weeks – as 12-year dispute nears its conclusion<p>Iran and the world’s leading powers gave themselves until Monday to reach a nuclear agreement, their third extension in two weeks, as Tehran accused the …

South Asia

How I get ready: Jo Malone

‘I’ll jump into the bath with my favourite bath cologne and, yes, I always light a candle’<p>As long as I’ve had my hair blown out, I can walk in the door at six and be ready to go at 25 past. I multitask. I’ll make a face mask, jump into the bath with my favourite Pomelo bath cologne and, yes, I …

Beauty

Yves Saint Laurent Arrives in the U.K.

Fifty of Yves Saint Laurent’s most iconic looks have just landed at The Bowes Museum in Newgate, London, where they will be on view as part of Yves Saint Laurent: Style is Eternal. The exhibition focuses on the late designer’s most defining moments, from Safari to Smoking. See the highlights …

Yves Saint-Laurent

Jersey shore town refuses to rebuild dunes ravaged by Superstorm Sandy

Another New Jersey shore town that was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy has decided it doesn’t want to build protective sand dunes.<p>Manasquan’s dunes were wiped out by the October 2012 storm and despite assertions from many coastal experts that the dunes prevented the damage from being even worse, …

New Jersey

Samsung starts work on an 11K display of 2,250 ppi, and that's not as crazy as it sounds

There are enough people out there that think Quad HD on a smartphone is ridiculous and completely unnecessary, and we’re guessing they won’t be too happy to hear that Samsung is already thinking beyond Quad HD. Way beyond.<p>According to Korea’s <i>Electronic Times</i>, Samsung has challenged itself to build …

Phones
North Africa

Microsoft killing its Photosynth 3D panorama apps

For better or worse, tech companies have to do a bit of product housekeeping every now and then. Today's Microsoft's turn to do exactly that. Most notably, the Redmond company announced it will be retiring its mobile apps for Photosynth, the platform it created to let people capture and view the …

Extremism