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With 'Stereotypes,' A Duo Raised On Hip-Hop And Classical Has It Both Ways

Kevin Sylvester says that when most people see a 6-foot-2-inch, 260-pound black man, they don't expect him to also be a classically trained violinist. A recent exchange with a woman in an elevator, when he happened to have his instrument with him in its case, drove that point home.<p>"She's like, …

Piano

Prosthetic hand restores a man's sense of touch

DARPA promised prosthetic limbs that produce realistic sensations, and it's making good on its word. The agency's researchers have successfully tested an artificial hand that gave a man a "near-natural" level of touch. The patient could tell when scientists were pressing against specific fingers, …

Sci-fi and Jurassic Park have driven research, scientists say

To some extent, 1993’s Jurassic Park did actually drive and develop the science and technology of ancient DNA research<p><i>This article was first published on The Conversation.</i><p>The park is open. Two decades on and Jurassic Park has morphed into Jurassic World, the one and only dinosaur theme park. …

Nirvana's Infamous "Nevermind" Cover Shoot Like You've Never Seen

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How to Make a Nautical Madewell Key Chain in Under 15 Minutes

Sometimes we walk around a store or peruse our favorite shops online and we see something and think, “we could totally make that!” Today we’re going to show you how to hack the paracord key chains from Madewell. They’re a perfect DIY Copycat. And guess what — it’ll only take you 15 minutes to make! …

Sewing

New Dad Ashton Kutcher Wants Diaper Stations in Men's Rooms

It's a pretty reasonable request.<p>No amount of Hollywood stardom disqualifies you from diaper duty. New father Ashton Kutcher found that out the hard way when he went out with his daughter, Wyatt, and noticed a double standard at work.<p>"There are NEVER diaper changing stations in men's public …

Parenting

How To Do Disney World On The Cheap

<i>Disney's Magic Kingdom in Orlando (Flickr: tegioz)</i><p>If you're planning a trip to <b>Walt Disney World</b> and are worried about burning a hole in your pocket, it's time to de-stress. Just about every child dreams of a family vacation at Walt Disney World and just about every parent wants to make those dreams …

4 Salads That Will Make You Crave Kale

Be prepared to fall in love with these salads, even if you're not a kale person.<p><b>1. Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad with Walnuts, Parmesan & Lemon-Mustard Dressing</b><p>Made with crisp power greens, toasted walnuts, chunks of Parmesan and a lemony Dijon dressing -- this salad tastes like a healthful, crunchy …

Latin America

Astronomers Find Supermassive Black Hole 12 Billion Times Size of the Sun

Astronomers say they have have discovered a black hole so big that it challenges the theory about how they grow. Scientists said this black hole was formed about 900 million years after the Big Bang. But with measurements indicating it is 12 billion times the size of the sun, the black hole …

Black Holes

Black hole 12bn times more massive than sun is discovered

Scientists name new ‘object’ SDSS J0100+2802 and say it is 12.8bn light years from Earth and was formed just 900m years after the Big Bang<p>A monster black hole powering “the brightest lighthouse in the distant universe” has been discovered that is 12bn times more massive than the sun, scientists …

Texting this phone number will get you 'anything you want as long as it's not illegal'

What if you could text a number and get anything you want?<p>That's the ambitious goal of a new startup called Magic, a text-messaging-based concierge service that promises to pull strings, place orders, and schedule deliveries all so you don't have to.<p>Magic doesn't have a dedicated app. It instead …

Augmented Reality

'Hollywood's best and whitest, sorry ... brightest': the best Oscars 2015 quotes

We round up all this year’s key soundbites, as they’re served up at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood<p>Birdman wins big two Oscars but ties with Grand Budapest Hotel for awards tally<p>Oscars 2015: full list of winners<p>Neil Patrick Harris’s diversity zinger<p>Tonight we celebrate Hollywood’s best and whitest, …

9 Chef Upgrades for Quinoa Salad

In the past several years, chefs have taken quinoa from hippie to haute. Here are nine fantastic riffs.<p>In the past several years, chefs have taken …

7 Vegetarian Dinners Even Carnivores Will Devour

Whether you are expecting a vegetarian guest or just want to mix up your family's dinner routine, you'll wow everyone with these meatless meals.<p><b>1. White Bean Ragout</b><p>A quick ragout of white beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs in a robustly flavored broth makes a satisfying vegetarian main …

James Franco Starring in Hulu's Adaptation of Stephen King's 11/22/63

He’s baaaack … in time.<p>James Franco, who got his start on 1999’s cult-favorite TV show <i>Freaks and Geeks</i>, is set to return to the small screen.<p>Franco …

James Franco

Soft and pretty Valentine's Day makeup

Let's talk Valentine's Day (or Galentine's Day!). In my Valentine's Day makeup wish list, to my surprise, a lot of you said that you prefer the sweet …

Makeup

Murder, artistry and sex: the mysterious horrors of sleepwalking

As a student reveals that she ate an entire wheel of cheese while asleep, what are the weird realities of sleepwalking?<p>Sleep isn’t simply a nightly indulgence, but one of the great human mysteries. Scientists struggle to understand why we need sleep, and the brain’s night-time behaviour is largely …

Pink Gets Naked for New PETA Ad

Pink is stripping down for the sake of the animals.<p>The Grammy-winning singer posed naked in a new PETA advertisement, which will be unveiled in New …

Eva Mendes

Solo on Valentine's Day? Show yourself some love with these 7 foods that are perfect for one!

Valentine's Day is upon us. That day of love, of togetherness, of romance. Unless, of course, you are single. Then it's the time of “gag me with a NON-CHOCOLATE-covered spoon.” But why not take Valentine's Day as an opportunity to make like Donna and Tom from Parks and Recreation and treat yo self? …

The Oldest Stars Are a Lot Younger Than We Thought

Astronomers say the very first stars in the universe burst into existence more than 100 million years later than they previously thought.<p>A few hundred million years after the Big Bang, the light from some of the very first stars and galaxies lit up the universe and ended a period known as the "dark …

Astrophysics

How to Easily Switch to Smart Home Lighting

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Vegetarians Remember The Last Thing They Ate Before Swearing Off Meat For Good

I remember The Moment. It all happened on a summer afternoon, a day with the kind of breeze that teases early notes of fall. Beaming sun but crisp air. My brother brought home a couple of sandwiches from the local deli. He handed me my order -- turkey on whole wheat toast with lettuce, tomatoes and …

This Is How Often You Should Wash Your Pyjamas To Prevent Acne, Cystitis And Allergies

When was the last time you washed your pyjamas?<p>A week ago? Or maybe a fortnight? Or even a month?<p>While you might think they're clean, chances are …

Here’s a new take on the typical Toronto house

What is a typical downtown Toronto house?<p>If you’ve lived in this city for more than five minutes, you know the answer.<p>It’s elderly, and it’s brick. It stands three storeys tall. On the second level (or sometimes on the first), a glazed paunch or bay window opens toward the sidewalk. Its roof is …

The Great Moon Hoax and the Christian Philosopher

180 years ago newspaper readers were thrilled by a story about plants, animals and flying men on the Moon. Why were people convinced, was it a hoax, and why was it written? Rebekah Higgitt looks at a satire that went wrong<p>The Great Moon Hoax, as it has become known, was published in the New York …

Hunting For Big Planets Far Beyond Pluto May Soon Be Easier

On a mountaintop in Chile, excavators have just started work on a construction site. It will soon be home to a powerful new telescope that will have a good shot at finding the mysterious Planet X, if it exists.<p>"Planet X is kind of a catchall name given to any speculation about an unseen companion …

Universe

Fast running is as deadly as sitting on couch, scientists find

Running a few times a week at a moderate pace is the best way to improve health, say scientists, as they warn against overdoing it<p>Too much exercise really can kill you, scientists have discovered, after finding runners who speed along at 7mph or more are doing themselves more harm than good.<p>A study …

Biomedicine

Evidence Of Expanding Universe May Have Been Just Dirt

Support for cosmic inflation just deflated a bit<p>It was a huge win for Big Bang supporters when, in March 2014, a team of astronomers claimed they had found direct evidence to support the concept of cosmic inflation—the super-rapid expansion of the Universe that occurred just fractions of a second …

Jennifer Aniston: I Was Almost Replaced on "Friends"

"There was a period where I had to stand out of the photographs for the group shots."<p><b>Jennifer Aniston</b> has revealed she was nearly replaced in <i>Friends</i>.<p>The actress said that producers were thinking of recasting the role of Rachel Green before the show even aired, because of Aniston's commitment to …

Jennifer Aniston