Øyvind Handberg

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The most beautiful kitchen trends of 2015

The kitchen really is the heart of the home. It’s always humming as people come and go, preparing their breakfast in a rush or lingering at the scent …

These Bollywood actresses are undoing all the hard work of India’s feminists

An idiom that perfectly capturesthe pace of India’s feminist movement is “one step forward, two steps back.”<p>It might be hoped that Bollywood celebrities would stand at the forefront of the country’s much-needed gender equality movement. In a country boasting one of the world’s biggest film …

Feminism

Dubai’s reckless foreign policy is putting it on a path to disaster—and fast

I really liked Dubai. Which is why I’m so worried by the path its government has chosen. No, I’m not predicting another financial crash, or even pointing out a looming environmental catastrophe. I’m worried Dubai will destroy itself. A city heavily dependent on foreign capital and labor, Dubai …

Middle East

The 5 Most Beautiful Places to Spend the Night

<i>by Stephanie Duval, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Courtesy El Cosmico<p>A certain type of traveler seeks out unique experiences, but not without some of the comforts and luxuries that make a vacation just that: a vacation. If you enjoy your adventure with a good dose of design and a smidge of extravagance, check …

13 Cats Who Will Murder You In Your Sleep

The Internet is, like, cat central, right? But when was the last time you actually looked at a solid collection of cat photos? It's probably been a while. I'm not trying to get you hooked back on the "stuff," but we've got some really primo s**t here.<p>Plus, this is more of a public service than …

Pets

8 Things You Probably Didn't Know Babies Can Do Before They Turn 12 Months Old

She drools, speaks in gibberish, can't feed herself and takes constant naps. If you watch how your baby spends her days, you might think that she doesn't have the cognitive, social or emotional wherewithal to understand much about the world around her and the people in it.<p>But if you look the right …

Parenting

What an Adoptee Wants You to Know About Adoption

<i>Disclaimer: I am but one person with my own experience. Adoptees are human beings, so of course our feelings and experiences vary from black to white to every shade of gray. I cannot and do not speak for everyone, but will always stand up for everyone to have a chance to speak.</i><p>When I was a baby, I …

Parenting

The rise of man-shopping in five studly charts

Men are spending more money on clothing than ever before.<p>The global apparel industry has managed to weather economic slowdowns in a number of key regions, including North America and Europe, but it’s menswear that’s leading that charge. Men’s clothing outperformed women’s in a number of key …

Clothing

Is dating too expensive?

For many Millennials, the cost of searching for love can be prohibitive. Is the price of romance too high?<p>"We're all going to be single forever because no one knows they're on a date anymore," TIME lamented last month, prompted by a survey from online dating powerhouses JDate and Christian Mingle …

Trickle-down economics is the greatest broken promise of our lifetime

The richest 85 people in the world have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5bn. That should be a wake-up call to the deepest sleepers<p>The richest 85 people in the world have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion – or half the world's entire population – put together. This is the stark headline of a …

Pope Francis: “We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the invisible hand of the market”

Pope Francis has issued his first apostolic exhortation (a lower-ranking document than an encyclical), entitled <i>Evangelii Gaudium</i>—an 84-page document that serves, in a sense, as the official platform of his papacy. You can read the whole thing in English here.<p>The exhortation covers a lot of ground, …

Economics

A man's perspective on why engagement rings are a joke

'A diamond is forever' is genius marketing with no basis in relationship reality. My love isn't proportional to a ring size<p>Most of us are adult enough to know magic doesn't exist. And yet we're the same species that thinks fat rings are fairy-tale items which somehow "secure" another person's love, …

Can Your Language Influence Your Spending, Eating, and Smoking Habits?

An absurd-sounding claim leads to a surprising finding<p>Yes, I know. That headline. It looks like the most egregious form of causal inference. Americans don't save money because of ... our grammar? How utterly absurd. But bear with me.<p>In the 1930s, linguists proposed that the way we read, write, and …

Suspected Domestic Violence Incident Was Really Just A Guy Farting

Turns out he was just blowing off steam.<p>A recent suspected domestic violence incident in Clawson, Mich. turned out to just be the blood-curdling sounds of a woman smelling a fart.<p>"One of the neighbors had heard somebody yelling — a female yelling … she was possibly being hit — yelling, ‘Stop! No!’” …

Caffeine: For the More Creative Mind

Does caffeine "cramp creativity"? It shouldn't. More likely the opposite, if you do it right.<p><i>Fear can sometimes be a useful emotion. For instance, let's say you're an astronaut on the moon and you fear that your partner has been turned into Dracula. The next time he goes out for the moon pieces,</i> …

Public urged to use smartphone app to aid bee scientists

Members of the public are being urged to photograph bees and send the data to scientists via a new smartphone app as part of a national drive to help …

Google admits those infamous brainteasers were completely useless for hiring

You can stop counting how many golfballs will fit in a schoolbus now.<p>Google has admitted that the headscratching questions it once used to quiz job applicants (How many piano tuners are there in the entire world? Why are manhole covers round?) were utterly useless as a predictor of who will be a …

Employment

Why Wanting Expensive Things Makes Us So Much Happier Than Buying Them

Even for the most materialistic consumers, it's the experience of shopping (and the anticipation of buying) that makes us truly happy<p>Reuters<p>The idea that you can't buy happiness has been exposed as a myth, over and over. Richer countries are happier than poor countries. Richer people within richer …