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Revealed! The truth about what really happened when Prince jammed with Miles Davis

One of Prince's closest collaborators tells all...<p>As part of our Prince tribute in the current issue of Uncut, I spoke to a number of his former …

47 Shrimp Recipes for Grilling, Roasting, Boiling, and More

From shrimp and grits to jambalaya, here are 47 great shrimp recipes.<p><b>There are two chief reasons we really love shrimp</b>. First, it cooks in a flash. Second, shrimp can take on so many different flavors like a pro. From something spicy like chiles to something cooling like mint, shrimp loves it all. …

Seafood

Blindsight: the strangest form of consciousness

Some people who have lost their vision find a “second sight” taking over their eyes – an uncanny, subconscious sense that sheds light into the hidden depths of the human mind.<p>When Daniel first walked into London’s National Hospital, ophthalmologist Michael Sanders could have had little idea that he …

Organic ‘computers’ made of DNA could process data inside our bodies

We invariably imagine electronic devices to be made from silicon chips, with which computers store and process information as binary digits (zeros and ones) represented by tiny electrical charges. But it need not be this way: among the alternatives to silicon are organic mediums such as DNA.<p>DNA …

Masta Ace: 'I'm Still Trying To Prove Myself'

Masta Ace had his first drink at a Cold Chillin' Christmas party. This was after he graduated from the University of Rhode Island. The national popularity of "Born to Roll" in the mid-'90s — and an amount of drama related to tensions between the coasts at that time — was a wrench thrown into his …

The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

Linguistics

3D Printed Fish Can Detect And Remove Toxins From Liquid

And could one day become medicine that you swallow<p>We all know that eating fish is good for your health, but what about fish shaped robots?<p>In a study published this month in <i>Advanced Materials</i>, researchers from UC San Diego announced that they'd figured out a way to 3D print tiny microrobots in the …

UC San Diego

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

The secrets of extraordinary survivors

When faced with trauma, some people manage to emerge stronger than ever. How do they manage it? Michael Bond investigates.<p>Eugenie is telling me the story of the end of her life. At least, it is the end of the life she used to know.<p>Three years ago, government soldiers came to her home in Kinshasa in …

Tomato, Apricot, and Feta Salad With Mint Recipe

It's tough to improve on a classic Caprese salad of ripe summer tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, basil, and olive oil, but it's pretty darn easy to make a nice lateral transition to something that's not quite as classic yet equally tasty. Here, I've combined those same tomatoes with sweet …

This Inflatable Space Elevator Could House Hotels and Airports High In The Sky

The “design,” which is really little more than a “what if?” idea typical of patents, specifies a shaft made up of inflatable segments and cars that …

This Bonsai Tree Survived an Atomic Bomb

Never underestimate the power of Mother Nature.<p>This may look like your typical bonsai tree, but this white pine in the United State's National Arboretum is truly amazing: Not only is it 390 years old (that means it dates back to 1625!), but it also survived the U.S.'s atomic attack on Hiroshima in …

8 Easy Ethnic Recipes to Bust Out of Your Dinner Rut

It's so easy to get into a dinner rut: you make what the whole family likes, but after a while everyone gets tired or the same ol' same. Here are 8 easy ethnic recipes to make meal-time exciting again.<p><b>1. Crispy Tandoori Chicken Drumsticks with Mango Chutney</b><p>Tandoori chicken is simply chicken …

Cooking

Yazidi Child Soldiers Take Revenge on ISIS

A year ago, the U.S. went back to Iraq to defend the Yazidis. Now the youngest of them, coached by a Marxist terrorist organization, are training to …

There’s something behind that

Never before has information been so easily accessible. Yet conspiracy theorists only believe in their own truths. Politics could confront it by …

Way Out West: How Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and Brainfeeder Are Bringing Jazz Back to the People

An LA electronic label is making jazz cool to people who don’t listen to jazz—an impossible dream for most jazz labels. How did we get here?<p><i>Thundercat, Kamasi Washington, and Flying Lotus, image by Lia Kantrowitz</i><p>You’re listening to a jazz record. There are the frantic, slightly irregular drums; the …

The strange phenomenon of musical 'skin orgasms'

Some people feel music so strongly the sensations can be compared to sex. How does a good song move the body and mind in this way, asks David Robson.<p>Sometimes music strikes the body like a bolt of lightning. “I was in a friend’s dorm room in my third year as an undergraduate,” Psyche Loui …

Classic Coleslaw

8 Servings<p>Active Time: 15 min<p>Total Time: 15 min<p>Hattie B’s version of this traditional fried chicken side tastes like coleslaw should: crunchy, a little creamy, and with enough vinegar to keep it bright. Best of all: It will help put out the fire.<p>June 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 cup mayonnaise<p>1½ …

New Aftermarket System Makes Your Car Self-Driving

Cruise RP-1 takes over highway driving duties<p>Self-driving and autonomous cars are being tested by tech companies like Google and auto manufacturers like Audi, and almost every new car on the market has some kind of driver-assist systems. Now Cruise Automation promises to bring that bleeding-edge …

Weird

How Greece Became European

The troubled relationship between modern Greeks and their neighbors to the north and west—sometime admirers, sometime lenders, sometime detractors—helps explain today’s crisis.<p>Greece is the cradle of European civilization, but is it even in Europe?<p>The answer might seem obvious: The country is on …

Europe

This Is What 70 Years of Computing Sounds Like

Sound artist and composer Matt Parker makes music out of technological obsolescence.<p>Sound artist and composer Matt Parker is making music from the computer sounds that most people block out. Everything from the whirring of a computer fan to the clickety-clack of an obsolete mainframe computer has …

French Wine Regions Champagne, Burgundy Win World Heritage Status

PARIS — France's wine-making region of Champagne and a part of Burgundy have been granted "world heritage status" by the United Nations, giving a boost to the country's drive to encourage tourism and revive its flagging economy.<p>The designation by UNESCO, the United Nation's cultural arm, is …

Prince's new 'HARDROCKLOVER' is your smooth summer party anthem

Prince turns his guitar up for his new sexy summer joint, "HARDROCKLOVER."<p>Each time he rains down seductive lyrics ("you better cover your ears …

The intriguing history of ghost photography

As camera tech has evolved, so too has the photography of puzzling ‘spirits’, and as Howard Timberlake discovers, they even appear in smartphone shots.<p>It’s February 2015 at Hampton Court Palace in London. Twelve-year-old Holly Hampsheir grabs her iPhone to take a photo of her cousin, Brook, as she …

Mind-Reading Program Translates Thoughts Into Text

Ever wished Siri could just read your mind?<p>Technology can reconstruct video based on a person's thoughts and even anticipate your moves while you drive. Now, a brain-to-text system can translate brain activity into written words.<p>In a recent study in <i>Frontiers in Neuroscience</i>, seven patients had …

The Brain

Earth & Sky Photo Contest winners capture jaw-dropping auroras and star trails

Auroras, the clouds of the Milky Way and trails of stars shine overhead in the remarkable photos chosen as winners of the 6th International Earth & …

Even this art project to print Wikipedia can't actually print all of Wikipedia

Some people might call it a waste of time, others, "a poetic gesture toward the futility of the scale of big data." Either way, it's clear that printing out Wikipedia is <i>hard</i>. The latest person to attempt this feat is Michael Mandiberg, an interdisciplinary artist whose exhibition on the subject — …