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This healthy eating obsession is pure poison

Broccoli-chic may be better than heroin-chic, but social media pushed pictures of pure-food "perfection" are still utterly toxic<p>Sugar is verboten. Bacon is bad. Sausages are on the naughty step. Another week, another slew of dietary diktats to make us even more paranoid about what we consume. The …

You Should Be Counting This Instead of Calories

Thank your elementary school math teacher: Counting <i>can</i> help you lose weight. But focusing on calories and pounds may not actually be ideal. Rather, …

Don't Sniff the Cork (& 5 Other Rules for Drinking Wine at a Restaurant)

Yesterday, I outlined the rules I follow when drinking wine in general (be it at a friend's house or at a restaurant). Today, I'm elaborating on wine etiquette in restaurants specifically.<p>Here are the principles I try to stick by:<p><b>Don’t compulsorily order the second cheapest wine on the menu</b>. I …

The handbags you won't see your friends carrying

Disgruntled with the lack of sleek-yet-practical handbags with minimal branding and affordable price tags, this handful of creatives found a gap in the market...<p>Manu Atelier<p><b>Story:</b> Sisters Beste and Merve Manastır grew up surrounded by handbags in their father’s 1976-founded Istanbul-based leather …

The Game-Changing Makeup Tricks You Need to Know If You Wear Glasses

When your vision is as horrendous as mine, putting on eye makeup is a daily struggle. Challenge number one: I'm blind as a bat, so when I take my glasses off to do my makeup, I have to get so close that I'm practically kissing the mirror before I can see what I'm doing. Then after I'm done and the …

Japanese Researchers Make Glass That's Nearly Unbreakable

Scientists in Japan say they’ve fashioned glass that’s almost as strong as steel.<p>The ability to make super strong glass could lead to a whole new …

Terrified by the phantom terrier! Dog walker is spooked by ghostly image of couple with their pet in picture she took while she was alone in park

• <b>Sue Radigan took the snap near house in Wythall, Birmingham, last week</b>• <b><br>49-year-old alerted to something unusual after dog Mia started barking</b>• <b><br>'Really</b> …

The future is the Internet of Things—deal with it

Welcome to Ars UNITE, our week-long virtual conference on the ways that innovation brings unusual pairings together. Today, we examine the …

Internet of Things

I’m an iOS developer, and there are two main reasons I’m giving up my Apple Watch

I’ve decided to get rid of my Apple Watch Sport. I received it just a few weeks after Watches started shipping, but I haven’t felt compelled to wear it or use it frequently, much less daily, over the past few months.<p>I’m an iOS developer so I think a lot about stuff like this. Here’s why I haven’t …

Smartwatches

No-money-down mortgages are back

<b>A new mortgage requires little to no money down (Financial Advisor)</b><p>A perfect storm of factors led to the 2008 financial crisis, one of them being the ability to get a mortgage with little or no money down.<p>Fast-forward to 2015, and now there is a new product, called the "Wealth Building Home Loan," …

Finance

'Taxi hotels' for New York tourists are latest addition to Airbnb

There's a new type of accommodation being offered to New York Airbnb customers on a very tight budget - but you'll have to find your own bathroom<p>There's no electricity, no running water, no bathroom.<p>But travellers to New York City bold enough to book a parked van for $22 (£14) a night through …

The best August bank holiday weekend breaks in Britain

<b>The South West</b><p><b>1. Cornwall</b><p><b>What:</b> Trust the British weather by heading for Porthmeor Beach in St Ives – a Blue Flag arc of sand ideal for children and surfers (porthmeor-beach.co.uk). The nearby Newlyn Fish festival on August 31 (newlynfishfestival.org.uk) has gig racing, cookery sessions and boat …

Travel

Only in London: 10 things that make our city so unique

<i>Unique details make this city special. And they're captured in 'Bleeding London', for which hundreds of Londoners snapped all of the capital's 58,000</i> …

England

Gliding among the stupas, enjoying the wonders of Borobudur temple. This image was captured by #lonelyplanet writer @adamskolnick, on assignment in #Java #Indonesia. Each #stupa holds a statue of #buddha, though several are headless (thanks to culture clashes past). These days, both Muslims and Christians from across Indonesia flock here to revel in their country's rich cultural history. #lpinjava #travel

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p><i>Today: Tomatoes, corn, zucchini! Tomatoes, corn, zucchini! Summer's best refrain, on repeat.</i><p>One of summer's perfect pairs, fresh tomato and basil, were …

Recipes

The Government is taking action to help struggling farmers

Let’s make it easy for dairy shoppers to know they are choosing and buying great British produce<p>Britain’s environment, security and prosperity depends on our food producers. Three quarters of the land in the UK is farmed. Agriculture is central to our landscape and is at the heart of the thriving …

Agriculture

Awkward: How to break up with your hairdresser

Finding that special someone to style your hair can take years, but what happens when you lose the spark?<p>While I share all my secrets with my husband, the person I felt ran a close second, until recently, was my hairdresser Cara. I felt safe with her. Nobody but my husband, or perhaps my children, …

Hair

5 Minutes with Victoria's Secret's newest angel, Stella Maxwell

GLAMOUR's Leanne Bayley went along to interview one of the newest Victoria's Secret Angels, Stella Maxwell. The 24-year-old UK-born model, who is …

Janelle Monáe on Iggy Azalea ‘sample’ claims: ‘She steals from us, we steal back’

'Classic Man' by Monáe affiliate Jidenna is alleged to sample Azalea's 'Fancy'<p>Janelle Monae and the first signing of her Wonderland Records imprint,</b> …

Can a basic shapes game quell anxiety? - Futurity

A video game-like exercise involving basic shapes helped anxious college students stay more focused and feel less anxious.

Mindfulness

This fish 'snoozes' for years without food or water - Futurity

Scientists have taken a closer look at how African lungfish survive in suspended animation for three to five years until water becomes available.

Fish

These Speakers Use Ultrasonic Waves To Cut Through The Noise

Like lasers for your ears<p>Problem<p>Everyday speakers—whether they’re in a cellphone, TV, or radio—scatter sound waves as soon as they leave the cone. A single wave can bounce off dozens of surfaces, slamming into other signals and degrading along the way, before reaching your ear in a muddled mess. …

Bedtime phenomenon: scientist develops book to send children to sleep in minutes

For most authors the prospect of their books sending readers to sleep would be horrifying.<p>But the latest publishing phenomenon which is topping the Amazon charts is a book which promises to do just that, at least for children.<p>The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep, has been created by Swedish …

Books

The Return of Jack Sparrow! Johnny Depp Surprises Audience As His Famous Pirate Alter Ego at D23 Expo

Johnny Depp is a man full of surprises.<p>Following his appearance at Friday’s Disney Legends Awards – where he was inducted as a Disney Legend himself …

Walt Disney Company

Clemson Football Bans Players from Using Social Media During Regular Season

It's safe to say Clemson football won't be doing it "for the 'gram" this season.<p>According to Scott Keepfer of <i>USA Today</i>, Clemson football players have been forbidden from using social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and even Instagram during the season. The ban started on August 3, …

The management tool Amazon employees hate could be coming to your company

Who doesn’t enjoy a good round of brutal criticism? A lot of former Amazon employees, apparently.<p>In a deep dive into the corporate culture fostered at internet mega-retailer Amazon by founder Jeff Bezos, the New York Times reports on a piece of management software that is particularly controversial …

Jeff Bezos

Ex-Naval officer Tyson Clark joins Google Ventures

Tyson Clark has joined Google Ventures as a partner on the investment team, <i>Fortune</i> has learned.<p>Clark most recently worked in corporate development …