Erin Anese Backus

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Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

See How What Makes Us Happy Has Changed Over the Past 80 Years

Psychologists from the University of Bolton in the U.K. have re-created a famous study conducted in the same town almost eight decades ago that …

6 Books You Absolutely Can't Miss This May

Because nothing raises your badassery quotient like reading.<p>Real life proved more thrilling than fiction this month, with six non-fiction books beating out the competition as our top picks for May. From the story of the five men who took the civil rights movement to space to the memoir of a doctor …

15 Tips to De-Stress Your Day

It’s a little wacky that we live in a world that glamorizes stress. When did it suddenly become okay for us to consistently be running around with frazzled nerves and a to-do list the size of a small book? We have our jobs, our side jobs, our blogs and websites, and it’s easy to understand why …

Watch the moon wobble its way through all of 2015 in this NASA video

As the moon orbits Earth, it keeps the same face oriented toward our planet—almost. From our view, this slight variance—known as libration—looks like a wobble that slowly changes our view of the Moon.<p>Thanks to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a satellite that has orbited the moon since 2009, we …

Astronomy

Street Style: Tokyo Fashion Week Fall 2014

Pharrell, Bruno Mars and the Age of Pastiche Pop

Are chart-topping retro-style hits honoring the past or simply retreading it?<p><b>On a recent drive</b>, I flipped on Z100 and had a curious case of déjà vu. …

This new artificial muscle is made from gold-plated onion skin

The robotics world just got a new kind of artificial muscle to flex, crafted from an unexpected material: onion skin. Today in <i>Applied Physics Letters</i>, researchers from National Taiwan University unveiled a new artificial muscle design, made by layering gold on top of the skin of an onion. It's a …

Why Testicles Are The Perfect Hiding Spot For Ebola

Gonads provide a safe haven for the virus, which is bad news for Ebola survivors who want to have sex<p>On March 20, a woman in Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola. It was a mysterious case, since it happened 30 days after the country’s last recorded occurrence of the virus, and Ebola is thought to be …

Disease

Life after death: the science of human decomposition

Photograph: Mo Costandi<p>John lay on Williams’ metal table, his body wrapped in a white linen sheet, cold and stiff to the touch. Photograph: Mo …

Southeast Texas

Thanks to America, We’ve Reached Peak Avocado

Of all of Mexico’s contributions to the world that will be feted on Cinco de Mayo Tuesday, one is a fluke that owes its existence to elephants and rats.<p>Avocados are a strange anomaly that shouldn’t exist, and might have gone extinct thousands of years ago. Fruits evolved based on their ability to …

74 per cent of British men will be overweight by 2030

By 2030 nearly 39 million adults will be overweight or obese in the UK, a rise of more than six million<p>Almost three quarters of British men and two thirds of women will be overweight or obese by 2030, the World Health Organisation has predicted leading health experts to urge the government to …

How to win any argument: pseudo-scientific neuro-gibberish

If you’re hoping to win an argument this week, try talking neuro-gibberish. Irrelevant neuroscience information – or “neurobabble” – makes for the most convincing scientific explanations, according to researchers at Villanova University and the University of Oregon.<p>Scientists gave a group of 385 …

This Immaculate 1961 250GT Spider Will Cost You 10 LaFerraris

If the Ferrari 250GT California Spider is one of the rarest and most attractive cars ever built, then it’s of little surprise that they regularly command eight-figure money when making auction-block appearances<i>.</i><p>Just a few months ago, we saw a ’61 SWB (short-wheelbase) model fetch nearly $20 million …

Maserati Levante To Debut At 2016 Detroit Auto Show: Report

Maserati’s Levante has been years in the making, with the first concept previewing an SUV wearing the trident badge appearing as far back as 2003. …

Detroit Auto Show

1965 Alfa Giulia Sprint GT Step-Nose

This 1965 Alfa Sprint GT is said to have SCCA history and features a fresh gearbox. It would be interesting to know how early in 1965 it was built, …

Rescued from Storage: 1962 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster

This Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster (chassis 2Y89Z170283) is one of our favorite T-bird models, with the huge 1-piece trunk/tonneau that hinges …

Grand Theft Auto 5 mod turns cars into ammo

The "Vehicle Cannon" is basically the greatest video game hack of all time.<p>Now that <i>Grand Theft Auto 5</i> is on the PC, players are cooking up countless gameplay mods. Some are better than others, but this one is so mic-droppingly good, it may be impossible to top.<p>In a nutshell, it makes it so that the …

Qatar builds seven 'cities' to house 258,000 World Cup migrant labourers

Qatar will build seven “cities” to house 258,000 migrant labourers who are building major infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, officials said on Tuesday.<p>Ministers said all seven should be built by the end of 2016 and that the largest, Labour city – for 70,000 people and with a 24,000-seat cricket …

Migrant Workers

Stephen Curry's road to NBA MVP not an easy one

OAKLAND — Stephen Curry stood up there for more than an hour, thanking his family, his teammates, his friends, coaches and colleagues for playing a part in the MVP campaign that became official inside an Oakland hotel conference room on Monday afternoon.<p>It was, in some respects, the same kind of …

Why can’t we remember dreams? The neuroscience of ecstasy and sadness

<b>Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore in "The Big Lebowski" (Gramercy Pictures)</b><p>It seems like a pact with the devil. As soon as you’re in a position to record a dream, it starts to disappear<p>Douwe Draaisma<p>May 3, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Forgetting: Myths, Perils and Compensations”<p><i>There’s no time to</i> …

If it flew 100 years ago, it will fly again: the 1916 warplane built from drawings

A 93-year-old is among 13 volunteers constructing a replica of the pioneering 1½ Strutter, which they hope will be airborne next year to mark its centenary<p>In a ramshackle air hangar in a windswept field on the east coast of Scotland, Bernard Ginty, 83, is frowning in concentration at an intricate …

How Peggy Guggenheim Became The Queen of Modern Art

Hers is one of the premier collections of modern art in the world, and Peggy Guggenheim’s private life was as passionate and colorful as her …

The Hats of the Kentucky Derby: In Pictures