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D'Angelo – Black Messiah first-listen review: 'Investing vintage soul with a fresh lustre'

D’Angelo’s Black Messiah, his first album since 2000’s Voodoo, looks back to the funk greats while retaining a modern political edge<p>Ain’t That Easy<p>A squiggle of guitars unveils the third coming of D’Angelo, one that has been described as “the black SMiLE”, so long has it been in the making, so …

Opinion: Four oil stocks to buy now

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — OK, all you independent thinkers: Now’s the time to not just talk the talk in your investing, but actually walk the …

Human taste for alcohol linked to apes eating rotten fruit

Apes eating fermented fruit led to our taste for alcohol, says Matthew Carrigan<p>One of the things that makes humans an unusual animal is that we like …

Family Love - Photographs and text by Darcy Padilla | LensCulture

I first met Julie on February 28, 1993.<p>Julie, 18, stood in the lobby of the Ambassador Hotel, barefoot, pants unzipped, and an 8 day-old infant in her arms. She lived in San Francisco’s SRO district, a neighborhood of soup kitchens and cheap rooms. Her room was piled with clothes, overfull ashtrays …

Books

10 Buys Under $100 To Transform Your Small Space

Small-space dwellers, gather ’round. In the last two years, my square footage has been sliced, diced, and julienned into a shred of its former glory. Thanks to a few moves to sunnier (and pricier) climates, I’ve gone from 2,000+ square feet (including a full basement) to just under 1,200 with nary …

Can the umbrella be improved?

<b>Umbrellas have been around for more than 3,000 years, but young designers are trying to reinvent them.</b><p>They get lost. They poke people in the eye. They misbehave on windy days.<p>But umbrellas are one of the design classics of the modern world. From Mary Poppins to the Mikado to burlesque dancing …

Hong Kong

The 10 Best Music Gifts in 2014

Most reissues and archive recordings aren't worth your time. Here's what is this year.<p>Most reissues and archive recordings aren't worth your time. Here's what is this year.

Jeff Beck

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

Modern Art

Bikini Kill: Miss World Ditches the Swimsuit Competition

In 1951, 26 women dressed themselves in bikinis and floated down the River Thames on a barge—at least one was wearing a suit made entirely of spotted mink. It was a publicity stunt fabricated by an enterprising man named Eric Morley, as an attempt to raise both money and morale following the …

25 sweet hot chocolate recipes to keep your holidays cozy

As the temperatures drop and cold weather misery takes over, optimal coziness is a top priority.<p>Sweaters, scarves, mittens fireplaces, are all winter …

30 Cozy Bedrooms You'll Want to Lounge in All Day

Welcome to the ultimate snuggle zone.<p>Steal these ideas to create a comfortable getaway in your bedroom. You'll never want to leave.

In hopes of renewal, Edmonton moves to drop ‘City of Champions’ motto

With a February freeze headed towards –20 and a long, dark night punctuated by a cold wind on Jasper Avenue, the only distraction in this city is watching the Oilers. At least that's what Wayne Gretzky said in 1985, months before he hoisted the Stanley Cup for the second time at the drafty …

Canadian Literature

The 14 Best Braids This Year

See our favorite red carpet braids of the year<p>Braids have been having their moment for way longer than a moment—and judging by the range we saw on the red carpet this year, they're not going away any time soon. Click through to see the most inspiring styles from simple side braids to AP-level crown …

Old Glass: How to Use Old Film Lenses with New DSLR Cameras

Do you want a sharp and well built lens? Of course you do. Everyone does. Think you can’t afford great glass? Think again. You may not be looking in …

Photography

The 5 biggest myths about metabolism

When faced with unwanted weight, it's easy to place the blame on your metabolism.<p><b>(Life by DailyBurn)</b> -- A source of confusion for some and a scapegoat for extra weight around the midsection for others, metabolism has long been a topic of hot conversation. Without it, we would lack the energy to get …

Denmark to lay claim to North Pole, saying it’s connected to coveted spot by underwater mountain range

COPENHAGEN — Scientific data shows Greenland’s continental shelf is connected to a ridge beneath the Arctic Ocean, giving Danes a claim to the North …

5 Trends That Need to Die in 2015

First, the disclaimer: Not every trend on this list is inherently "bad." Some of them I actually really like, it's just that in the past year, everyone—from celebs to street style stars to the chick ahead of me in the juice bar line—has been wearing them. I'd like to see people wear something <i>else</i> …

This spectacular home is at peace with the California desert

The Desert House is simply a stunning example of architecture as art. Located in picturesque Joshua Tree — right in Southern California's High Desert — the home is at a comfortable equilibrium with its barren desert environment. The structure is dominated by soaring concrete ribs, but the overall …

National Parks

Story of man and dagger found in UK field is finally told – 4,200 years on

Twenty-three years after Racton Man was found, archaeologists realised his dagger was oldest bronze object ever found in UK<p>For more than 4,000 years a man lay buried in a corner of a Sussex field, far from the land of his childhood, holding a rare and precious object. Then for another 23 years he …

The many moods of Nicki Minaj on 'The Pinkprint'

Those who have followed Nicki Minaj's often-thrilling ascent to hip-hop superstardom have been hoping for another straight-up rap album for years. After annihilating virtually all takers on mixtapes and guest verses starting in 2007, the 32-year-old began gunning for the pop charts, pouring forth …

Rap & Hip-Hop