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One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment by Mei Fong review – a harrowing examination of social control

This moving account of the single-child policy reveals its impact on China and the world<p>The Chinese language has no word for “brother” or “sister”. Instead, you are a <i>jiejie</i> (older sister) or <i>meimei</i> (younger sister); a <i>gege</i> (older brother) or <i>didi</i> (younger brother). Hierarchy and family relationships …

Guerrillas in the Mist: Seven Days in Rebel-Held Territory in Colombia

What does half a century of war do to a country?<p><i>This story appears in the December issue of VICE magazine.</i><p>A <i>comandante</i> had told us someone would pick us up in front of the pool hall, but we arrived two hours late. Now we didn't know if they were still coming. We waited through the afternoon and …

South America

Supreme Sunlight

The Greatest Collection of Cabin Inspiration Ever Assembled

Photo: Ethan Welty<p>It’s no secret what you’re getting into when you run across <i>Cabin Porn</i> on the bookshelf: unadulterated, glorious cabins. Released this fall, the book began as a scrapbook for a group of friends who were saving photos for inspiration on their own project in Upstate New York and …

Turing phone thrown against concrete and dunked in water... survives

If you have been following our coverage of the Turing Phone you will know this is no typical handset. This phone is secure inside and out. Not only does it maintain your information private, but it also keeps it safe with a body that can withstand rough handling like we very seldom see.<p>The Turing …

The Little-Known Recording Trick That Makes Singers Sound Perfect

Everyone does it—even the best best best best singers.<p>Put on a Taylor Swift or Mariah Carey or Michael Jackson song and listen to the vocals. You may think the track was recorded by the artist singing the song through a few times and the producer choosing the best take to use on the record. But …

Music Production

The 10 Least Visited Countries in Europe, and Why You Should Visit Them All

<i>By Jason Heidemann for the Orbitz Travel Blog</i><p>Some dwarf in comparison to their gargantuan neighbors, others are still branded with a scarlet letter thanks to past global conflicts and none can compete with France's food scene, England's charms or Italy's gorgeous coastline, but nevertheless you …

Best Practices for Selling Your Book to Agents and Editors (or How to Avoid Being Delusional About Getting Published)

Deciding you're ready to publish is a huge deal; it's also the point where you hand over control to someone else, putting the power in the hands of an agent, an editor, the universe.<p>Most writers have traditional publishing aspirations. They want an agent to fall in love with their project and …

A Columbia Student Opened a Restaurant in His Dorm Room

And he’s booked through December.<p>Pith is a newcomer to New York’s restaurant scene. It’s very intimate and very exclusive, with only four diners …

College & University

Sony's new RX1R II might be the ultimate pocket-sized camera

The RX1R II is a powerhouse of a camera<p>But what you get at this size is a true powerhouse of a camera. The RX1R II has a 42.4-megapixel, full-frame Exmor R CMOS sensor. It's also backlit, allowing for an ISO range of 100-25,600 (expandable to 50-102,400). Sony's done a number of things to the …

Cameras

20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

Abandoned Buildings

Yahoo Mail eliminates passwords as part of a major redesign

And you can now log in with Outlook, Hotmail, and AOL addresses<p>Seven months after replacing traditional passwords with single-use SMS codes, Yahoo is taking the next step toward blowing up the password altogether. The company today announced Yahoo Account Key, which links your account to a mobile …

The 10 Best Countries In The World For Living Abroad

Ever think of moving abroad? Leaving your whole life behind for an island paradise or a vibrant city halfway around the world might sound like a dream, but for millions of expatriates, life abroad is a reality. Whether it's for a job, a better quality of life, or for love, there are plenty of …

The Spices You Really Need in Your Pantry

We asked the Bon Appétit test kitchen cooks to name their top 5 favorite spices. Here's what they said.<p>It's way too easy to go down the rabbit hole when stocking your spice rack—especially if you like to try new recipes and explore different cuisines. From Aleppo pepper to za'atar, there are so …

16 Wikipedia Pages That Will Change The Way You See The Universe

Robot proteins, immortality, Martian rocks falling from the sky, catastrophic eruptions, and reverse evolution! What more could you ask for?

How Luxury Feeds Global Corruption

If you have millions to spare, luxury condominiums are the perfect place to hide cash.<p>One of the scandals of New York City’s affordable housing crisis is how much of its real estate remains completely empty except for a select few days per year when jetsetting billionaire owners drop in. It can be …

Fifty Shades of Grey protests escalate

Thanks to its blend of sadomasochistic sex and manipulative characters, the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey has become the target of protests from a number of religious groups and domestic violence campaigners.<p>Based on the bestselling book by EL James, it centres on Christian Grey, an …

Shades of Grey

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Peterborough

Suspected Bali Nine mastermind living in luxury as Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran sit on death row

The extraordinary luck of the man underlines the rarely spoken reality of drug busts: those arrested are usually mid- to low-level players. More …

Asia

Zubin Axe Survival Staff

Posted in Gear<p>A walking stick is just walking stick – or so we thought. Until we met the Zubin Axe, a survival staff that can do everything from …

Creamy Homemade Ricotta Recipe on Food52

<b>Author Notes:</b> My friend Maggy, of Three Many Cooks, recently dubbed me the Queen of Ricotta. She's definitely onto something. Since first blogging the recipe a year and a half ago, it has been made in kitchens from coast to coast, and as far away as New Zealand.<p>I put up a pot at least once a week, …

Google Trends Face-Off: Who Is the Most Searched Grammy Nominee?

Grammy winners are decided through a complicated voting process: 20,000 musical entries go through three stages of review and voting by the Recording Academy. But what if the final winners were decided by a simple search contest? Using Google Trends data for 2014, we compared the nominees from …

The Week in Review: Measles Spreads, Vaccination Debate Continues

More than 100 people across 14 U.S. states have contracted measles this year as part of an outbreak that began after a December flare-up at …

College Student Survey Suggests We've Made Little Progress Eliminating Racism

One-fourth of college students say racism is no longer a problem in the U.S., the most in the 25-year history of polling by the University of California, Los Angeles.<p>Just 24.7 percent of incoming 2014 freshmen said they think racial discrimination is a thing of the past, UCLA's survey of 153,015 …

17-year-old given power over his parents for gender dysphoria treatment

They hoped that it would allow him a better education, but his parents now blame the western education system for Isaac's gender dysphoria, and …

Where are all these jobs Abbott is supposedly creating?

Tony Abbott is right to say the government is creating 4000 jobs a week. But are they real jobs, and are they in the areas Australia needs?

Samsung Galaxy S6 leaked photo hints at 5 different versions

It's been rumored there could be more than one version of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, but now it looks like we could see as many as …

25 Books Every Writer Should Read

The hard work, the MFA vs. NYC debate, the negativity, the importance of a good Twitter account, the parties you have to go to, the readings you have …

Want to Be a Better Writer? Read More.

<i>"It usually helps me write by reading -- somehow the reading gear in your head turns the writing gear." -Steven Wright</i><p>Reading is fashionable. Again. It's cool. We bet you all can find many statements about how good and useful reading is, how much it can influence a person and his way of thinking, …

10 Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One

<i>Originally posted on Kirkus:</i><p>We expect true crime books to draw us in from page one. But when a vast, epic novel or nonfiction book about the details of an international news story smartly seduces us from page one, count us impressed. Here are some titles that hooked us from the beginning but kept …