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NEW YORK'S SUPER-SLENDERS

Image credit: The Skyscraper Museum<p>"Slenderness" is an engineering definition. Structural engineers generally consider skyscrapers with a minimum …

Marion Cotillard Brings a Little Rock 'n' Roll to Cannes in a Studded Look

When it comes to rocker-chic style, Marion Cotillard knows how to glam it up in just the right way. The Oscar winner dazzled at a photocall for her …

Marion Cotillard

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The Science Museum is free – so what is BP buying?

A new report shines a light on the links that BP has developed with leading cultural institutions. Does this limit their ability to speak out on climate change?<p>“I’d prefer the wording not to focus on environmental damage” – those were the words used in an email by the company Shell, as it attempted …

The truth about how 'important' eating breakfast is, according to science

Stefan Wermuth/Reuters<p>Breakfast haters, don't fear: skipping the meal probably won't hurt your chances of losing weight.<p>For years you've probably …

Physicists Just Found a Link Between Dark Energy And The Arrow of Time

Is dark energy the reason time moves forward?<p>For years, physicists have attempted to explain dark energy - a mysterious influence that pushes space …

Dark Matter

Anxiety, Depression or Both?

Anxiety and depression go together like peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, or bacon and eggs. And while they don't exactly taste great …

Want to Be Smarter? Science Says Do This

If you've tried eating walnuts or working crossword puzzles to get smarter, think again.<p>We're always looking for little life hacks in hopes of improving the way our brain works. We've tried eating walnuts, solving one too many crossword puzzles, depleting our Sudoku collection, and reading …

The Brain

The 5 Design Secrets It Took to Make This Dark, Drab Bathroom Feel Lik

When it comes to the resale value of a home, renovating your bathroom is arguably one of the most important investments you can make. But there’s another, perhaps ultimately more beneficial, reason to consider upgrading these utilitarian rooms. “I’m a firm believer that the space one inhabits has a …

Sex, wigs and falling cars: why The Americans is the best spy show on TV

The tale of a white-picket couple who serve the KGB may seem like fantasy – but from the poisoned umbrellas to the honeytraps, it’s rooted in cold war fact<p>Let’s raise a mink hat and cheers The Americans. The story of the KGB sleeper agents Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, who balance raising their …

Rejecting the cult of Bardolatry does not make you a philistine

Shakespeare is hard to understand, and the language barrier gets in the way of the soul-nourishing content we are led to believe can be found within his plays<p>At the end of last month, on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the country went barmy for the Bard. There were festivals and …

Pride and Prejudice makes sense in the present. Jane Eyre doesn’t. Two new books show us why.

The marriage plot is a uniquely satisfying and enduring narrative. It’s a simple form: Two people meet, fall in love,and encounter (and overcome) a few obstacles beforeultimately marrying. Meanwhile,their long, troubled trip to the altar provides the narrative thrust of the story. It was developed …

Literature

Top 10 fictional houses with personality

From Manderley and Castle Dracula to The House at Pooh Corner and Villa Villekulla, fictional homes can be powerful characters in their own right. Author Tom Easton picks his favourites<p>The houses (or homes) we live in are such an important part of who we are, whether or not we actually like them. …

Books

Comic Books and Graphic Novels Worth Reading — Tools and Toys

Thanks to the mega-success of superhero movies over the past decade or so (especially those from the Marvel Cinematic Universe), it’s safe to say …

10 songs you didn't know were inspired by literature

From David Bowie’s We Are the Dead to Katy Perry’s Firework, art imitates art in this selection of literature-inspired songs<p>For more great blogs check out the Guardian children’s and teen booksite!<p><i>you just gotta ignite the light and let it shine, just own the night like the 4th of July. Cause,</i> …

Iron Maiden

The 15 best books to read on your commute

Our friends at Amazon put together a list of the best books for your commute. Whether they're divided into small chapters, filled with tips to get you ahead at work, or just feature a train prominently, these 15 books are perfect for reading on the way to and from the office.<p>We've included blurbs …

Daniel Craig Has Reportedly Turned Down More Than $99 Million to Continue as Bond

That's a nice position to be in.<p>In his decade as Bond, Daniel Craig has transformed 007 from a washed-up running joke into the slickest, most bankable franchise in film.<p>But according to "sources" (there's always a source, isn't there?) Craig has turned down a mind-bending more than $99 million to …

Forget Steak, This Seafood Paella Is Taking Over Your Grill

What's better than grilled seafood? Grilled seafood with a side of crispy rice.<p>If you steal a recipe from a friend but then invite her to dinner when you’re cooking that recipe, it’s not really stealing, right? It’s like, you know, more of an ode.<p>That’s what I was thinking at the beach last summer …

Here's Why Black People Don't Go Vegan

In your mind's eye, what would a group of vegans look like?<p>There's no right answer, but I bet that your mental depiction of veganism is predominantly (if not exclusively) white.<p>Veganism has been seen as a "white thing" for quite some time, and it's not completely off. The vegan community <i>is</i> …

The 16 best meat substitutes for vegetarians, ranked by protein content

When making the switch to vegetarianism, one of the biggest things you lose is an easy source of protein. Protein is a super-important macromolecule for the building blocks of your body’s bones, muscles, tissues, skin, and blood. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends a daily …

Early introduction of certain foods could prevent allergy development

Babies fed cow's milk, eggs and peanuts before their first birthday are less likely to develop sensitization to those foods and could possibly avoid full-blown allergies later in childhood, a study suggests.<p>The study led by McMaster University in Hamilton showed that early introduction of eggs was …