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iChip: The Future of Antibiotic Discovery

Two weeks ago, a team led by scientists from Northeastern University published a study describing a new class of antibiotics called teixobactin, which they found in the soil of a field in Maine. The Internet subsequently lit up with both excitement and criticism (mostly excitement, though). It’s …

A new breakthrough could end our antibiotic crisis

The rise of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics is a growing worry and threatens to put healthcare back to the early 20th century. Such resistance to drugs was inevitable, because bacteria evolve and learn to defend themselves. But we are worried now because new classes of antibiotics aren’t …

Biology

Dynamic Portraits of Acrobatic Dancer and Bursts of Powder Frozen in Time

Brussels-based photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte freezes extraordinary instants in time in these expressive shots of an acrobatic dancer leaping and twirling amid dynamic clouds of powder. The Belgian photographer captured these spontaneous shots for the creative agency Norvell Jefferson in order to …

Particles

The Final Countdown for Hong Kong's Protest Camps Has Begun

The 74-day occupation by pro-democracy protesters of Hong Kong’s Admiralty district — home to the Central Government Offices as well as military …

Hong Kong

Samsung's Next Major Galaxy Phone Could Come With A Crazy, Flexible Screen That Curves Around Its Edges

One analyst thinks the Korean tech giant will outfit its upcoming Galaxy S6 with a display that curves on both sides, unlike the company's recently released Galaxy Note Edge which only curves on one side.<p>Jerry Kang, a senior analyst at IHD Technology, said the following at the IHS Display Analyst …

Phones

Hungry? You Might Make Better Decisions, Study Finds

Have a hunger to be a better decision maker? Then stay hungry, my friends. Researchers have found that being hungry leads people to make better choices, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.<p>All study participants fasted overnight, but one group was fed breakfast immediately when they arrived …

Psychology

Watch the First Trailer for the Despicable Me Spinoff Movie Minions

<b>Correction appended, Nov. 4</b><p>The minions from <i>Despicable Me</i> are getting their own movie. It’s called, of course, <i>Minions</i>.<p>The eponymous characters are, as …

Animation

The Main Hong Kong Protest Site Is a Perfect Anarchist Collective

Billy Fong is out of a job.<p>Until recently, this high school student had found a purpose helping Hong Kong’s demonstrators over the high median …

Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Square’ one month on: how are protesters living?

With tents to rent, a study zone, WiFi, and a growing art movement, the pro-democracy movement has evolved into a functional utopian collective<p>Almost as soon as I arrived at the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters’ main encampment earlier this month, a young man in a black T-shirt tapped me on the …

Introducing the Ultimate 4-Layer, Candy-Packed Halloween Ice Cream Cake

Off the clock, I'm a reasonable eater. I try to watch my weight and eat balanced meals. I make salads for dinner.<p>But my boss, Ed Levine, doesn't pay me to eat reasonably. Which is why, when I'm <i>on</i> the clock, I do dumb things like eat every Pop-Tart or spend a day hunting down dumplings. It's why …

Would You Live in This 86-Square-Foot Parisian "Cupboard" Apartment?

Everything is hidden in this tiny home.<p>Here's an apartment that's definitely not for the claustrophobic. In this 86-square-foot Parisian space, you'll have to sleep in a cupboard. And the bed is not the only amenity that's tucked away — a dining table, closet, and bookshelves are all found hidden …

Hong Kong has a tycoon problem

Hong Kong's glistening skyline is home to many booming industries, earning the city a reputation as a hub of free trade and opportunity. But in reality, the city of 7.2 million is dominated by a handful of tycoons that control everything from supermarkets to real estate.<p>Take Asia's richest man, Li …

This backpack designed for poor kids does so much more than carry books

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Sometimes, the best innovation isn’t an app.<p>South Africans Thato Kgatlhanye and Rea Ngwane are co-founders of the business Rethaka. Their brand of Repurposed Schoolbags are made from recycled and reinforced plastic shopping bags. Many of the recipients come from poor …

U.S. Dept. of Education

Royal Society books shortlist: Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik – review

From chocolate to Samurai swords, a fascinating take on the sensory and social dimension of materials<p>Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik has won the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books<p>Pop a piece of dark chocolate in your mouth, says Mark Miodownik, and “for one blissful moment you will be in …

The Art of the Umbrella Movement

HONG KONG -- Born of political frustrations, Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement has blossomed into a vibrant exhibition of the artistry and inventiveness of the city's youth. Pro-democracy demonstrators are transforming a major swath of the city into a canvas, with much of the imagery focused on the …

The 10 Best Red-Carpet Photobombs

The <i>Collins English Dictionary</i> this week declared that its 2014 Word of the Year is “photobomb,” defined, as you probably already know, as something that intrudes into the background of a photograph without a subject's knowledge. As the Collins language experts are likely aware, the photobomb …

This London Bar’s Cocktail Menu Is A Gorgeous Pop-Up Book

A good cocktail isn’t just about the taste, or the alcohol content. It’s the peacock tail of drinks: it’s all about the look and the flair. That’s why a description or even a picture can’t do a well-designed cocktail justice. To properly get a feel for it, you’ve got to see it in 3-D.<p>That’s what’s …

Cocktails

Hong Kong’s chief executive sort of apologized for offending almost everyone

HONG KONG—The more Hong Kong’s beleaguered top official speaks, the more trouble he gets into. Last week, chief executive CY Leung suggested that the kind of elections protesters are demanding would give poor voters too much power. Then three days ago, he managed to offend Hong Kong’s religious …

Hong Kong

25 Of Banksy's Cleverest Works

But that hasn't stopped him from selling art pieces for millions of dollars, compiling books of his work, and making documentary films about his escapades, all while becoming a household name the world over.<p>Recently, a new Banksy work was itself vandalized, thrusting his name back into the …

Streetwear

5 Magazines to Help You Stay Healthy This Flu Season

Jenn de la Vega / October 15, 2014<p>Flu season is upon us and there’s one simple act dubbed as the “cheapest and easiest vaccine”: hand-washing with …

This company is putting its entire crop of tobacco plants toward curing Ebola

In early August, when two American patients recovered from the Ebola virus that they had contracted in Liberia, the US medical community largely attributed their survival to an experimental drug known as ZMapp. The drug, developed by San Diego-based biotech firm Mapp Biopharmaceutical, had never …

Disease

Hong Kong’s chief executive just gave protesters three unappealing choices—and one possible compromise

HONG KONG—After almost three weeks of occupying Hong Kong streets, pro-democracy protesters may have gained one small victory today—an audience with the government. In a press conference, chief executive CY Leung said that the government had reached out to student protesters through a middleman …

Hong Kong

The next 36 hours could determine the future of Hong Kong

HONG KONG—The city’s top official, chief executive Leung Chun-ying, issued an ultimatum today to the protesters who have taken over three neighborhoods in the city: Clear the roads and a stronghold in front of the government’s headquarters by early morning on Monday, Oct. 6, or he will “take all …

Hong Kong

Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

Changing Planet<p>The Hubble Space Telescope snapped this finely detailed image of the beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6384, an island of stars thought to resemble our own Milky Way galaxy. Credit: ESA/NASA<p><b>Ever look up and wonder how many stars are out there in the night sky, and where did all these stars</b> …

DNA study reveals third group of ancient ancestors of modern Europeans

Mixture of hunter-gatherers and farmers was augmented by third wave of migrants, perhaps 5,000 years ago, from north Eurasia<p>Strands of DNA taken from ancient corpses have revealed an unexpected addition to the ancestral roots of modern Europeans.<p>The first <i>Homo sapiens</i> arrived in Europe about 45,000 …

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Cooking for One, the Bon Appétit Way (Hint: It's Just Like Regular Cooking)

A majority of Americans are single—so how should single people cook? Hint: It's kind of just like the regular cooking everyone does<p>If we were a different magazine, we might have responded to news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that <b>there are now more single people in America than there are</b> …

Cooking