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Bucket list: 41 places every California kid should visit before growing up

How many of these have you visited?<p>Summer's upon us and we're entering that glorious time of year when families can travel unencumbered by school obligations.<p>To help you plan your family road trips, we've updated and added to one of our favorite galleries featuring places every California kid must …

California

Delicate Japanese Oil Paintings of Ethereal Woman Submerged with Nature

Artist Miho Hirano’s oil paintings communicate a delicate beauty through the use of soft colors and fluid brushstrokes. Featuring ethereal woman and fragments of the natural world, each of Hirano’s paintings emote a melancholic longing that beckons one into her character's striking fantasy-lands. …

Art

Météorites Highlighting Powder Pearls - Guerlain

<b>What it is:</b><br>An illuminating powder made up of light-diffusing pearls that minimize flaws and add brightness to the skin.<p><b>What it does:</b><br>Geurlain’s iconic …

Makeup

An Entire Town Goes Mad in This Trailer for the Creepy Korean Horror Film The Wailing

If you write about movies for a living, you tend to have a lot of friends who talk about weird obscure movies. And in recent weeks, one movie that …

Bernie Sanders' sober social activism wins him fans in California

When Lyndon Baines Johnson was Bernie Sanders' age, he'd been dead 10 years. Unlike LBJ, Bernie is still very much alive, leading a campaign caravan through California and aiming to take his left-wing children's crusade all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia the last week …

Flesh-eating bug wreaks havoc

A HORRIFIC disfiguring disease is sweeping through ISIS strongholds — and it’s spreading. WARNING: Graphic.

Middle East

Japanese American internment survivor hears troubling echoes in Trump rhetoric

‘People do not remember,’ says Madeleine Sugimoto who was locked up as a girl in the second world war, ‘and that makes it easier for Trump to fan the flames’<p>Madeleine Sugimoto was five years old when her world fell apart. She remembers the events in snippets of memory, as though the story of her …

The Arts

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

Activist Hedy Epstein, Palestinian rights advocate and Holocaust survivor, dies at 91

Hedy Epstein was a longtime outspoken supporter of Palestinian rights, civil rights, the anti-war movement and more<p>At age 90, Hedy Epstein was still getting arrested in activist movements.<p>In August 2014, the nonagenarian Holocaust survivor was detained by St. Louis police at a civil disobedience …

Israel

A grammar geek's gentle guidance on 5 ghastly gaffes

A recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Michigan concluded that people obsessed with grammar aren't as nice as other folks.<p>As a …

The talk that could save a life: How to talk about suicide to kids of any age

Suicide is the way that depression — a very serious illness — kills, just as surely as a heart attack is the way coronary artery disease kills. With depression, just like heart disease, there are things a person can do to try to be as healthy as possible, but the disease itself is no one's …

Mental Health

Genetic engineering of humans has great potential, says Nobel winner

Sir Venki Ramakrishnan says risks and benefits of germline therapy, which is banned in Britain, should be debated<p>The genetic engineering of humans has great potential to help those destined to inherit serious, incurable diseases, according to one of Britain’s most prominent scientists, who says the …

Genetic Engineering

Married Moms Get Abortions Too

So why did I feel so lonely when I faced that decision?<p><b>This piece originally appeared in the May 2003 issue of ELLE.</b><p>Eighteen months after the birth of my daughter, the wand turned two-striped once again, the delphinium-blue lines unmistakable in their message. Actually, I'd known before the test. I …

If You’re a Writer You May Be a Psychopath

Authoring a gory murder mystery novel doesn’t make you a psycho, right? According to the findings of researchers in the Philippines, the answer is… …

Psychology

This ‘augmented reality’ film is incredible… and terrifying

Watch a vision of the near-future that depicts a super-charged, claustrophobic world just around the corner.<p>Watch the video below, and it’s difficult not to feel overwhelmed within seconds.<p>Called Hyper-Reality, this six-minute film depicts a person living in Medellin, Colombia, doing everyday …

Augmented Reality

This is what a movie written by an AI looks like

If you believe the alarmists out there, robots are eventually going to take every job. They’re already being hired as advertising executives, legal aides, and teacher’s assistants, and making art and music. So perhaps it’s inevitable that they will be able to write movies in the future. But it …

Silicon Valley

France's revolutionary coding school with no teachers, curriculum or tuition heading to Silicon Valley

What if you could attend a school without teachers, books, lesson plans or tuition fees? As crazy as the idea seems, a Paris-based information …

Cute cat jeans designed by Japanese manga artist will have kittens jumping all over you

The <b>cleverly designed garment</b> will make you <b>more popular with cats</b> than you’ve ever been!<p>Japanese online retailer Felissimo impressed us last month …

How Global Warming Is Making Some Diseases Even Scarier

Americans should expect a surge in deaths from heat waves, flooding, and respiratory disease as the climate warms, according to a wide-ranging White …

Public Health

Iran Breaches the Nuclear Deal and UN Resolutions for Third Time

Iranian leaders have breached both the resolutions and the nuclear agreement for the third time since the nuclear deal went into effect in January 2016. Iran has repeatedly test-fired, long-range ballistic missiles and laser-guided surface-to-surface missiles.<p>In October and November, just after the …

Middle East

How Public Schools Demand Failure and Perpetuate Poverty

Insisting students remain in school is analogous to telling a battered woman to stay with her abusive husband.<p>Viewed broadly, schooling is an …

Three Ways That Handwriting With A Pen Positively Affects Your Brain

Stephen King purportedly wrote <i>Dreamcatcher</i> in longhand — using a Waterman cartridge pen. J. K. Rowling penned <i>The Tales of Beedle the Bard</i> — all 157 pages of it — in longhand, and the leather-bound tome sold for almost $4M at auction. F. Scott Fitzgerald did it, as did Hemingway, Kafka and countless …

Stephen King

Hitman for hire: How the dark web contract-killer site BesaMafia was exposed by a hacker

If you believe the rumours, the dark web is full of nefarious websites that sell everything from drugs to weapons to government leaks. However, one …

Simple, Humane Mousetrap Made from Soda Bottle

We love this capture and release mousetrap, made from little more than a 2 liter soda bottle, wire, two chunks of wood, and some hardware. The video shows you the trap in action and then runs through the simple steps of putting it all together. The basic of the build are outlined below.<p>Besides the …

After reading thousands of romance books, Google’s AI is writing eerie post-modern poetry

Google had a problem. Their AI engine spoke with grammatical precision and factual accuracy, but its diction remained terse and limp. They wanted it to be more conversational, so they made it read 2,865 romance novels. Now Google has a poet.<p>In an unpublished paper entitled “Generating Sentences …

Artificial Intelligence

The Five Stages of Writing a Novel

Few things in life are more daunting than attempting to write a novel. Leaving aside the amount of words you have to write (novels are usually around …

Creative Writing

The future of meat lies in a $325,000 lab-grown burger

On Aug. 5, 2013, Mark Post went out to grab a hamburger. This was no drive-through Big Mac. Rather, Post bit into his $325,000 burger in front of an invitation-only crowd of journalists, chefs, and food enthusiasts in the heart of London.<p>The strangest part wasn’t the cost or the crowd but the meat. …

Agriculture

Autism linked to overdose of folate and vitamin B12 during pregnancy

Pregnant women who overdose on folate and vitamin B12 may increase the risk of autism in their babies, controversial research has shown.<p>Taking too many folate supplements may double the chances of a mother’s child developing the developmental disorder, while very high vitamin B12 could triple the …

The United States’ newest nuclear power plant has taken 43 years to build

This summer, if all goes according to plan, the second reactor at Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant will begin supplying power to the US electrical grid. Construction on the reactor in Spring City, Tennessee, has proceeded in fits and starts since the project began in 1973. It will be the first new …

Nuclear Energy