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It’s OK To Like Smooth Jazz

Smooth jazz is a much-maligned genre – and it doesn’t look like that situation is going to change anytime soon. That’s unfortunate because many of …

Why Street Photography Matters in 2017

“Street photography is dead”, declare forum threads and thinkpieces far and wide. The Internet and phone cameras have watered the quality down. The …

Why Science Will Never Know Everything About Our Universe

The Universe itself may be finite or may be infinite; the jury is still out. But one thing is certain: the part that’s accessible to us is finite. Even with the expanding Universe, even with all the galaxies and stars and planet and molecules and atoms and subatomic particles in it, there’s only so …

Dark Matter

Friend zone: why we all long to belong

Relationships – especially close ones – are crucial, says Emily Esfahani Smith, which is why loneliness is so pernicious<p>We all need to feel understood, recognised and affirmed by our friends, family and romantic partners. We all need to find our tribe.<p>Research has shown that among the benefits that …

Psychology

'Manchester by the Sea' Review: Casey Affleck Drama Is One of Year's Best Movies

Kenneth Lonergan's story of New England handyman coming to terms with his past – and raising his nephew – is a stone-cold instant classic<p>You can't …

Manchester By The Sea

The Healing Powers of Honey

Thousands of years after the ancient Egyptians dressed their wounds with the sweet stuff, modern medicine is still exploring honey's antibacterial properties.<p>Honey seems like a simple, comforting food, slathered on toast, spooned down to soothe sore throats, and beloved of bears, both plush and …

Five Things You Can Change To Help The Environment

<b>Climate change and anthropological pressure on the environment is a global issue, one so large that an individual may question what their</b> …

Smoking Study Begins New Era Of Adding Up The DNA Damage

Smoke 50 cigarettes, you earn one DNA mutation per lung cell. Smoke a pack a day for a year, the bill comes to 150 mutations per cell, and not only in your lungs.<p>That’s the new math of self-destruction, and the research that tallied the damage has opened the door to understanding the effects of our …

Mutations

What to Eat to Lose Weight Fast

Exercising on a regular basis can help you lose weight. It’s proven.<p>But if you want to lose weight quickly and permanently, what you eat …

The Best Diet for Weight Loss, According to Harvard Researchers

The internet has ushered in a new era of misinformation, mostly due to the fact that there's so much of it. This problem is especially prominent in …

This Is How to Overcome Social Anxiety: 5 Tips Backed by Research

Your mind races. Your palms sweat. The words don’t come out of your mouth right, if they come at all. We’ve all been there at one time or another. …

All you need to know about the ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

The post-antibiotic era will be a frightening place to live – but there may be ways to avoid disaster.<p>Antibiotic resistance was around long before we started using antibiotics with a frequency and enthusiasm that borders on addiction. The same genes that modern bacteria are currently loading up on …

Microbiology

Do we have a ‘preferred style’ of learning?

Many of us have a preference for the way we learn – either by watching an expert or having a go ourselves. Is this the easiest way for us to learn things?<p>When you trying are something new, do you learn more easily from diagrams, from someone telling you how to do it, or by having a go yourself? You …

Pedagogy

The surprisingly easy way to visit Mars

Blue sunsets, giant canyons and Martian volcanoes – soon tourists might be able to explore the Red Planet from the comfort of their own living room.<p>It’s midday on Mars. The scarlet skies are clear and it’s a balmy zero degrees – the perfect conditions for a day out.<p>One by one, the sightseers hop …

Robotics

The amazing cloud cities we could build on Venus

Space scientists are pouring much time and effort into colonising Mars. But could we also live in the atmosphere of Venus? BBC Future investigates.<p>It’s hot enough to melt lead, the acid rain will scorch the flesh from your bones – and it’s the perfect place to raise a family. Venus, not Mars, might …

Space

The complete photography guide to shooting in museums and galleries

The Defense of Ramat Rachel (1953) by Naftali Bezem at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (taken for inclusion in my brother’s MA thesis)<p>I dropped into the …

Mobile Photography

5 Secrets To Mastering Conflict

How you handle conflict determines the amount of trust, respect, and connection you have with others.<p>Conflict typically boils down to crucial conversations--moments when the stakes are high, emotions run strong and op­­­­­­­inions differ. And you cannot master crucial conversations without a high …

Researchers Found Where Depression Lives in the Brain

New study identifies the area of the brain affected by depression and could open the door to far more effective treatments.<p>Last year, an estimated 16 million US adults experienced a major depressive disorder that lasted at least two weeks and included at least four other symptoms such as problems …

Help Clients Manage Healthcare Expenses As Costs Rise | Investopedia

The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that out-of-pocket healthcare expenses have risen by a whopping 230% over the past 10 years. And the Alegeus …

With Nowhere To Turn, More Psychiatric Patients Are Ending Up In The ER

Here’s why that’s a huge problem for everyone.<p>The emergency room is a brutal last resort for people with mental illness, but many end up there because they have nowhere else to turn.<p>And according to new research presented at the American College of Emergency Physicians’ October meeting, …

Mental Health

Two Fizzy Drinks Per Day Could Double Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes, Researchers Claim

Diet drinks had the same effect.<p>Drinking two soft drinks per day could double your risk of diabetes, even if they’re diet versions, new research …

Diabetes

Paul Wilson’s Spectacular Starscapes Have to Be Seen to Be Believed

New Zealander Paul Wilson considers wedding photography his job. But his true passion is nighttime outdoor photography, and his starscapes are …

Photography

11 Secrets of Wildlife Photographers

There is something about seeing a wild animal—a stalking tiger, soaring hawk, splashing whale, or slithering snake—that captivates the imagination. …

Ryan Deboodt’s Giant Cave Photography is Absolutely Astonishing

Adventure/travel photographer Ryan Deboodt has done much of his photography in Vietnam and in Bejing, China where he lives, but he's traveled …

Photography

Diana Henry: how to master mac 'n' cheese, the ultimate comfort food

Macaroni cheese could almost make me throw up when I was a child. I vividly remember the first time I had it. It was at a friend’s house. Lorna had a very sensible mother, the kind who kept chocolate – literally – under lock and key and made us stay outside in the fresh air after school until 5pm …

Cooking

Vaping saves lives. It’d be madness to ban it

The largest burdens on public health in the western world are caused by excessive consumption – particularly of unhealthy foods, tobacco and alcohol. These are marketed commodities that exist because people enjoy them, they make shareholders money, and governments like the tax revenues they provide.<p>…

Public Health

These Halloween Recipes Are Literally Eye Candy

While we <i>should</i> keep healthy Halloween snacks around the house this time of the year, more often than not we succumb to our sweet tooth and indulge a …

6 vegetables that are healthier cooked than raw

<b>As counterintuitive as it may seem, some fruits and vegetables get a nutritional boost upon cooking.</b><p>Most of us have all too many un-fond memories of …

Watch This: When Composing An Image, Geometry Matters

Unlike painting or animation, photography can have a lot more variables in terms of composition. We can’t always control the shapes that appear in …

How comedy makes us better people

After years spent in dark comedy clubs, Mary O’Hara knows what makes her laugh. But what else can a good joke do? She meets the performers and researchers who say that comedy can change how we think and even how we act.<p>Maeve Higgins once set herself a task. The Irish-born comedian wanted to see …

Comedy