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Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

One September day in 2008, <b>Leonard Shlain</b> found himself having trouble buttoning his shirt with his right hand. He was admitted into the emergency room, diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, and given nine months to live. Shlain — a surgeon by training and a self-described “synthesizer by nature” …

The Shazam Effect

Record companies are tracking download and search data to predict which new songs will be hits. This has been good for business—but is it bad for music?<p>In 2000, a Stanford Ph.D. named Avery Wang co-founded, with a couple of business-school graduates, a tech start-up called Shazam. Their idea was to …

The New 'Normal Barbie' Comes With an Average Woman's Proportions — and Cellulite-Sticker Accessories

It’s a month before the holidays and you’re grappling with a serious toy buyer’s dilemma: 0n the one hand, you kind of just want to get your kid a …

Domestic Violence

Everything You Wanted to Know About Scorpion Candy

What's the deal with all those scorpion candies anyway? Does anyone actually eat the scorpion? We investigate.<p>Scorpion suckers aren't the sort of thing you typically find in the candy aisle of your local grocery store.<p>They're the sort of thing that you generally find at gift shops and tourist traps …

The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube

Now that the holidays are creeping around the corner, you may have to break up with your regularly scheduled sweat sessions, at least temporarily. …

Living Rooms

Sneak Attacks of Beauty in a Tough Town: Street Art in Oakland, California

My Town<p>In this new series, writers and photographers from around the world reflect on places that hold special meaning for them.<p>In our series My Town, writers and photographers from around the world reflect on places that hold special meaning for them.<p>Pen Harshaw said he'd meet me at the concrete …

New York's 10 Coolest Hidden Museums - PAPER

<i>While exhibits at the Met, MoMA or the Whitney might get most of the media attention -- and tourists' admission fees -- there's a slew of under-the-radar (and underrated) institutions scattered throughout New York City worth a visit. From a *very* impressive collection of trolls to a museum</i> …

Hey Chef, What Can I Do With Cranberries?

Welcome back to <i>Hey Chef</i>, a series where we ask pros around the country for tips on how to use ingredients we love. Today: cranberries above and beyond the Thanksgiving table.<p>For most of us, cranberries only hit the dinner table once a year, and for that day, our Thanksgiving Survival Guide has all …

Nine new emojis for 2014

Photograph: Jamie DMJ<p>Bono.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/19/1416406115402/b6fc534d-0db7-463b-b92e-46667c6a2f86-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Jamie …

Impressive 3D Street Art Created with Recycled Materials

Portuguese street artist Artur Bordalo, aka Bordalo II, uses mixed media to create his own interpretations of the urban landscape and environment. He often composes his works using various found items that he merges together into beautiful forms. In that sense, his street art is unique because it …