Feriyal Hallajarani

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New Fascinating Macro Photos of Bees by the United States Geological Survey

The United States Geological Survey has released another fascinating batch of macro photos offering intimate portraits of bees. The often-feared insects are photographed against black backgrounds in great detail, revealing large, shimmering eyes and rainbow-colored wings. One bee is even seen …

Holographic Portraits Painted on Delicate Layers of Fabric and Netting

Thai artist Uttaporn Nimmalaikaew paints multiple layers of canvas, thread, fabric, and netting to create stunning works of three-dimensional art. Delicate and utterly unique, the paintings resemble shimmering holograms that subtly shift and transform when viewed from different angles.<p>A pensive, …

Rare Childhood Portraits of Frida Khalo Captured by Her Father

Artist Frida Kahlo is probably best known for her painted self portraits, but she also had a well-documented life on camera. There are hundreds of photographs taken of her as an adult with husband Diego Rivera, but what's less common are images from her childhood. Her father, Guillermo Kahlo, often …

30 Days Weight Loss Plan

Overweight is a problem that is troubling everyone in this modern day world. Workouts, diet plans and regular weight checks are commonly seen in …

Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, review: 'a necessary book'

The diary of a current Guantánamo inmate makes us question what the West is fighting for, says Tim Stanley<p>I’m not sure how one is supposed to review a book like Guantánamo Diary. It’s not literature; its historical account of a complex episode is subjective; and perhaps a fifth of its contents are …

Holy Halitosis! How To ID Bad Breath — And Get Fresh Again

Wondering why people stand feet away from you when having conversation? Have you noticed that your tongue is looking a little white or yellow? Hey, …

LensCulture - Contemporary Photography

This ‘Forwards’ Video is Actually ‘Backwards’

This isn’t related to still photography, but we occasionally share some creative ideas from the world of video. The short film above by Eran Amir is …

The Abyss

Music and amnesia.<p>In March of 1985, Clive Wearing, an eminent English musician and musicologist in his mid-forties, was struck by a brain infection—a herpes encephalitis—affecting especially the parts of his brain concerned with memory. He was left with a memory span of only seconds—the most …

Capturing Literary Lives

This fall, Contrasto released “Writers: Literary Lives in Focus,” a collection of two hundred and fifty portraits of literary greats by some of the most heralded photographers of the twentieth century. From Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1947 photograph of William Faulkner at his home in Oxford, …

Ten Twentieth-Century Novels You Should Read Right Now - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Wondering what book you should read next? You’re sure to find something that sparks your interest among these ten twentieth-century novels. All …

A Cheap Idea

Is there such a thing as an easy situation with William Faulkner? His name is synonymous with complexity. It pervades his style, his storylines, and …

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

Relationships

Controversial Portraits Of World Leaders 'Answering Nature's Call'

With all the public appearances, tightly scripted speeches, armies of bodyguards, staged photoshoots and hundreds of hours of footage focused on …

The Many Different Kinds of Penises You May Encounter in Your Lifetime

And pointers on how to handle each of them<p>It’s no secret that every man’s penis is a little bit different. The real question is this: How many kinds of penises are there? We asked three experts: Ian Kerner, Ph.D., author of <i>She Comes First;</i> Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., a sexual health educator for the …

Sexual Health

Ancient Greek Amulet With Strange Palindrome Inscription Discovered in Cyprus

Archaeologists in Cyprus have unearthed a 1,500-year-old amulet in the ancient city of Nea Paphos in Cyprus, which contains a curious palindrome …

24 Free Apps To Help You Change Your Habits

When you’re starting a new habit, you need all the help you can get.<p>I have a lot of things I want to accomplish in the upcoming year. Some of them are really small things (like learning to make hash browns, a breakfast food that has confounded me for years) and some are really big, like learning to …

14 Foods You Should NEVER Eat

Put these on your do-not-buy list.<p><i>This article was written by Leah Zerbe and Emily Main and repurposed with permission from</i> Rodale News<i>.</i><p>What's the one food you refuse to eat? Peas? Tofu? Liver and onions? Whatever it is, it's probably because you don't like the way it tastes, not necessarily …

Nutrition

How hibernating animals could help fight Alzheimer's disease

Leicester University has found that the protein RBM3 helps restore brain activity when animals wake up from hibernation, and could be a treatmement for people with dementia<p>A protein which protects hibernating animals during lengthy spells of sleeping could be the key to fighting Alzheimer’s …

Japan’s fight to change suicide culture hurt by latest recession

TOKYO — Japan’s slide into recession last year wasn’t just a blow to Abenomics. For some in the G-7 nation with the highest suicide rate, it may pose …

Your Tongue Is Trying to Tell You Something Important About Your Health

You can learn a lot just by opening your mouth.<p>Pain, itching, funky spots and odors—your body is always dropping you clues about what’s going on with your health. But there's one body part you probably don't consider when you're trying to get a hold on your overall wellbeing: your tongue. …

Women's Health

Tintype Portraits of Silver Miners Created Using Silver They Mined

Here’s a creative (and super meta) idea for a photo project: photographer Sean Hawkey traveled to a silver mine in Peru and shot tintype portraits of …

The Food That Tons of Slim People Eat at Least Twice a Day

And no, it's not something leafy or green.<p>Your mother probably told you to drink a glass of milk a day—but we're guessing it was for the benefit of your bones, not your waistline. Well, we have good news if you followed her advice: Eating dairy at least twice a day may reduce your odds of being …

Holistic Medicine

How To Be Motivated: 4 New Insights From Research

Sometimes there is not enough coffee in universe to get you going. How to be motivated is something we all struggle with at some time or another. Or, …

'Cyborg' spinal implant could help paralysed walk again

It might seem like science fiction but a new implant which attaches directly to the spine could help paralysed people walk again<p>Paralysed patients have been given new hope of recovery after rats with severe spinal injuries walked again through a ‘groundbreaking’ new cyborg-style implant.<p>In …

4 Things Death Teaches Us About Life

Photo by Fred Moore<p><b>"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have always imagined." -- Henry David Thoreau</b><p>"No, there have been four deaths," my mom's husband corrected me. "Your cousin's mom died yesterday." Talk about a grim way to start off the New Year. The man who lived …

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …

The 5 Biggest Myths About Mental Strength

As a society, we spend a lot of time talking about physical strength. Newsstands are filled with weight lifting and fitness magazines, workout videos …

Naia Reborn: See the Surprising Face of a First American

Researchers and artists have reconstructed the face of a teenage girl who lived 12,000 years ago in Mexico, and it's not the kind of face a person might typically associate with Native Americans.<p>The remains of the girl, nicknamed Naia (after the Greek term for a water nymph), were recovered from an …