Brian Stark

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Eating Healthy Is Cheaper Than You Think

The smart people at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have crunched the numbers and it’s official: the healthiest diets cost just $1.50 more …

Our Travel Budget Is Out of Proportion to Our Income, and We're Okay With That

When Darrell and I were newlyweds it was difficult for me to get used to how unhappy he almost always was at what things cost. It was difficult for him to get used to how unhappy I was at how unhappy he was.<p>I took it personally, for one thing. He didn't complain as much, or so it seemed, about …

Cancer mutation may set off scleroderma - Futurity

Cancer is a likely cause of scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that thickens and hardens skin and causes widespread organ damage, new research has …


Don't hate the woman behind the 'world's worst selfie'

By taking a photo of herself in front of a suicidal figure on the Brooklyn bridge shehas become a scapegoat for our worst fears about the modern age<p>It's the most selfish "selfie" ever! While police officers tried to talk down a man who was preparing to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge, a woman in the …

How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …

Net Neutrality

A Son's Death Reveals Chasms In Emergency Mental Health Care

Parents who have a child struggling with serious mental illness live in fear that the worst will happen.<p>The apparent suicide of a young man in Virginia after he allegedly attacked his father, a state senator, shows how difficult it can be for families to get help in the midst of a mental health …

Pictures of the week: 40 Weeks And A mirror, by Sophie Starzenski

Each week, the Guardian Weekend magazine's editorial team choose a picture, or set of pictures, that particularly tickle their fancy. This week, their choice is Sophie Starzenski's 40 weeks and a mirror.

Where's The Best Of What's New?

<b>We're still adapting our Best of What's New pages from prior to 2014--thanks for your patience!</b><p><b>Until then, take a look at our 2014 BOWN winners.</b>

Scientists shed light on creativity by studying pianists' brain activity

Images of pianists' brains highlighted areas that seemed to underpin their musical creativity<p>Scientists claim to have shed light on the neural basis of creativity by scanning the brains of accomplished pianists while they improvised on a keyboard.<p>Images of the pianists' brains highlighted areas …

50+ Impossibly Chic Kitchen Backsplashes

Cooking has never looked so colorful.<p>Whether your dream kitchen is rustic and cozy or modern and sleek, these tile design ideas have you covered.

11 Cool Ceilings

Don't forget to look up.<p>They say it's the fifth wall, so next time you're thinking about picking out a new color or hanging art, don't forget to look up.

5 Unique Ways to Decorate for Christmas

These ideas are all out of the box.<p>From silk flowers as ornaments to feathers in a garland, these decorating ideas are creative, unexpected, and sure to wow.

Advanced Mathematics With Legos In A Washing Machine

Science with colorful bricks<p>Every generation, a scientific paper comes along that rocks the very foundations of research, upturns our sense of the world, leaves us collapsed, in awe at everything that we, for all of our work, still fail to comprehend about the universe. "Random Structures from Lego …

The Modular Robots Are Coming, One Toy At A Time

It’s fitting that the first real-world deployment of modular robotics—smaller bots that combine to form larger ones—came from a company called Modular Robotics. “We stole the name of the academic field for our company,” says CEO and design director Eric Schweikardt. “And I don’t feel bad about that …


A Rare New Bacterium Thrives In Spacecraft Cleanrooms

A recently discovered bacterium thrives in the cleanest places on Earth—where spacecraft are assembled.<p><i>Tersicoccus phoenicis</i> is no ordinary microbe. This rare bacterium can withstand chemical cleaning, ultraviolet rays, and a dearth of nutrients to live in some of the most sterile places around: …

Researchers close in on experiments that could solve physics' 'biggest single problem'

The theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity have held up time and again at describing the physics of our universe at a micro and a macro scale, but when it comes to gravity, the two pose a major problem that physicists haven't been able to resolve: for certain interactions, the two …

Absolutely Positive

Recipe of the Day: Surprisingly Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Healthy modifications ensure you can enjoy chicken and biscuits without the guilt. Get this recipe >

Wedding DIY: Dog Bow-Tie

We had two fantastic human models for our wedding shoot, but the star of the show was of the 4-legged variety – the talented Seymour Soslow. I love …

27 Awesome Easy Lunches To Bring To Work

Deep down, you know the truth: Any lunch you make yourself will taste 17 times better than the slimy chopped salad you'd end up buying. Also, save your money for booze.

Healthy Eating

The Billion Dollar History Of Trick-Or-Treating In America

Here’s how scaring kids and moms turned Halloween candy into a $2.3 billion a year business.<p>Every Halloween, millions of surrogate zombies, vampires, and goblins take to the streets, looking to fill the fluorescent orange brainpans of their plastic pumpkins with individually wrapped, fun-sized …

Clubs picks of the week

Glacial Sound | Slabs Of The Tabernacle & Signals Present | Secretsundaze Halloween Asylum Party | White Material | Livity Sound<p>Glacial Sound, Dublin<p>In the slew of genres that populate the UK underground, few have made such a lasting impression on the musical psyche as grime. The sound of east …

This Ancient Japanese City Can Only Be Appreciated Through Cat Pictures

Three years ago, wooden toy wholesaler Yutaka Katayama picked up a camera and started taking pictures of ordinary life in Kyōto, Japan. Since then photography has become an obsession.<p>"It's my life's work," he wrote over email.<p>Katayama has taken thousands of pictures of the legendary ancient city …

Why Carved Pumpkins Are Called "Jack O' Lanterns"

The name “Jack O’ Lantern” was originally one of the numerous names given to ignis fatuus (Medieval Latin for “foolish fire”), another of which is …

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