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What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

By Sara Shipley Hiles<p>Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an …

Public Health

How to tip in 24 countries around the world

In the US, it's customary to tip servers at least 15% at both bars and restaurants.<p>But that's not always the case in the rest of the world. In Japan, for example, it's considered rude to tip and doing so might cause some awkward confusion.<p>To avoid these kinds of situations, take a look at the …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: e-paper shoes, superhighways and solar ovens

<i>Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.</i><p>Fans of green cars are eagerly awaiting the release of the Tesla Model X, but you won't have to wait to see what it looks like on the road -- a YouTube user …

How Writing Fiction Masters Fear

When novelist Harriet Lane received a serious diagnosis, she started telling stories that let her meet anxiety on her own terms.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and</b> …

Literature

Knit a Quick, Chunky Cabled Headband

This cool braided cable headband pattern from Fan of Stuff is billed as a great last-minute Christmas present, but of course it’s great any time of …

Origins of language

Ridiculously Funny Sounding Words You Can Use to Confuse Your Friends ...

There are some ridiculous sounding words in the English language. The ones we use every single day sound normal to us, because we're used to them, …

Ritual and the Consciousness Monoculture

<i>Sarah Perry is a resident blogger visiting us from her home turf at The View from Hell.</i>A selective sweep occurs when a new, beneficial gene mutation …

Change Your Brain by Changing Your Mind.

<i>Think different.</i> Or as my old University (UEA) asserts in it's motto, <i>Do Different.</i> Consider the possibility (and joy) of overcoming your fears of …

How the Year 2015 Is Depicted in Science Fiction

​From Asimov to Zemeckis.<p>"We're descending toward Hill Valley, California, at 4:29 PM, on Wednesday, October 21st, 2015," Doc Brown announces in the opening scenes of <i>Back to the Future II</i>.<p>"2015? You mean we're in the future?" exclaims Marty, apparently having forgotten that madcap time-distorting …

Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryIt’s Time to Forgive <i>The Joy Luck Club</i> Inkoo Kang The landmark film beautifully portrayed the Asian American experience. Then Asian …

'How the Redskins Got Their Name,' a children's book review by PFT Commenter

RedskinsFacts promoted a children's book about the history behind the term "Redskin," so I sat down to review it.<p><i>All spelling errors are intentional (we think). - Ed.</i><p>We're only 9 days into 2015 and with the release and subsequent banning of the Rob Gronkowski erotica series, its allready been a …