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Exploring Hidden China From Hong Kong

Five Hidden Destinations From Hong Kong<p>Once you’re in Hong Kong, it’s hard to resist the urge to stick your nose over the border and say you’ve seen …

Hong Kong

Google’s astounding new search tool will answer any question by reading thousands of books

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada<p>Imagine if you could gather thousands of writers in a circle to discuss one question. What would optimist Thomas L. Friedman say about intervening in Syria, for example? Would chaos theorist Santo Banerjee concur?<p>Google now has a way to convene that kind of …

British Columbia

6 Mushrooms That Act as Turbo-Shots for Your Immune System

The magic of medicinal mushrooms<p>Does the thought of medicinal mushrooms scare you off? Take a deep breath and stay with us. Yes, we’re going to tell …

Wellness

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Microbiology

About the boys: Tim Winton on how toxic masculinity is shackling men to misogyny

I don’t have any grand theory about masculinity. But I know a bit about boys. Partly because I’m at the beach and in the water a lot.<p>As a surfer you spend a lot of time bobbing about, waiting for something to happen. So eventually, you get talking. Or you listen to others talking. And I spend my …

Feminism

A Woman Who Went Viral For Being Assaulted During A Protest Is Now Facing Arrest

A young woman was assaulted by police at a protest against sexual harassment. Now those same police are threatening her with arrest — for assaulting them.<p>NEW DELHI — “Tear off her clothes!” the policewoman shouted as several pairs of hands ripped at Sheena Thakur’s blue-and-white cotton shirt. …

Delhi Police

Google Knows Literally Everything About You - Here's How To Delete That Data

Take back control of your information with these easy steps.<p>Google, just like Facebook, collects a lot of personal data about its users. While many …

Google

30 Of The Most Instagrammable Places in Hong Kong (inc Map!)

I typically don’t advocate traveling for the perfect Instagram shot (and I don’t for one second think it should be the <i>only</i> reason you visit Hong …

Hong Kong
Books

This is why our phones are making us miserable: happiness isn't the same thing as pleasure, and our brain knows it

People trying to sell you a new car, a fancy phone, or a bigger home might like you to believe that money can buy a whole lot of happiness. But your brain knows that's not true. Money can buy you pleasure, but happiness has to come from somewhere else.<p>If you're confused between happiness and …

Happiness

The Truth About Female Orgasms

I’m sure many people know that the clitoris is highly erogenous, with around 8,000 nerve endings (about twice as many as in the penis). Elisabeth …

Pregnancy

I'm blind and deaf, and I've explored 127 countries alone – here's what I've learnt

Close your eyes, cover your ears, now go and tour Rome on your own. It’s a prospect that seems infeasible, and yet voyaging the world solo while blind and mostly deaf is exactly what Tony Giles does, and he’s almost certainly better travelled than you are.<p>The Devon-based author and explorer, who …

Papua New Guinea

Exclusive: ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’ Video of mating deep-sea anglerfish stuns biologists

Anglerfish, with their menacing gape and dangling lure, are among the most curious inhabitants of the deep ocean. Scientists have hardly ever seen …

Zoology

Sudan, World's Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies

Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhinoceros, died in Kenya on Monday, leaving his species one step closer to extinction, even as a group of scientists undertake an unprecedented effort to try to keep this animal from vanishing entirely.<p>Sudan was 45 years old, and his health had …

Extinction

Man claims he's found missing flight MH370 on Google Earth after poring over images for four years

Doomed Flight MH370 has been 'found' on Google Earth, according to an Australian amateur expert in air crash investigations.<p>The flight, carrying 239 …

Married Couple Discover Themselves in Photo Shot 11 Years Before They Met

A married couple in China recently discovered that they had unknowingly been captured in the same photo as teenagers, 11 years before they met and …

The crisis in modern masculinity

On the evening of 30 January 1948, five months after the independence and partition of India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was walking to a prayer meeting at his temporary home in New Delhi when he was shot three times, at point-blank range. He collapsed and died instantly. His assassin, originally …

Osama Bin Laden

Daughter Finds Box With 30,000 Never-Before-Seen Negatives In Attic, Her Jaw Drops When She Develops Them

Some artists don't live long enough to experience the recognition they get. Masha Ivashintsova was one of them. This Russian artist and theater …

Saint Petersburg

Mystery of three-fingered skeletal remains discovered beside baby mummy as tests 'reveal they are NOT human'

Bizarre skeletal remains with just three fingers and three toes could be alien - despite having many similarities to humans, it is claimed.<p>The …

I earn $950 an hour writing from my couch — here are my best tips for people who want to work for themselves

People are intrigued when I say I'm a writer: "Ooooh, novels? TV shows? Anything I know?"<p>When I explain that I have a blog and a copywriting business, they say, "Cool!" but sometimes, their eyes mist with pity. They offer to help me find work. They picture me living in a water-stained basement …

Time I

How 20 guys really feel when women send them nudes

"It shows confidence and desire, but I think you can show those much better in person."<p>Sexting is just one of those things that's always going to happen, and there's no point denying it. The best thing we can do is educate people on how to do it safer, and only to send nudes or erotic pics if …

Relationships

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It

We asked a preeminent historian to investigate our coverage of people of color in the U.S. and abroad. Here’s what he found.<p>It is November 2, 1930, and <i>National Geographic</i> has sent a reporter and a photographer to cover a magnificent occasion: the crowning of Haile Selassie, King of Kings of …

Travel Photography

How smart people handle difficult people

Difficult people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive …

135 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

Store these away for future trivia nights.<p>1. Mister Rogers always mentioned out loud that he was feeding his fish because a young blind viewer once …

Mary Magdalene

So You're Smart, But You're Not Rich? This Eye-Opening New Scientific Study Tells You Why

Could there be a reason? Yes, it seems there could.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Don't you look at rich people and find too many of them, well, dull?<p>Don't you listen to rich people and think: "What have they got that I …

Research

This is what real women's beauty looks like around the world

Mihaela Noroc, a 32-year-old photographer from Romania, has taken pictures of over 2,000 women around the world since 2013. Travelling from country …

I’ve had sex with three of my Uber drivers

I was in a long-term relationship for about six years. We had a pretty racy sex life – we’d had a few threesomes, we weren’t shy about sex in public …

First light which ever shone in universe picked up by astronomers in 'revolutionary' breakthrough

The first light which ever shone in the universe has been detected by astronomers scouring the skies for the earliest stars.<p>Using a simple radio antenna positioned in the quietest place on Earth - the western Australian desert - scientists picked up a signal of the long-sought ‘cosmic dawn.’<p>The …

This photographer gave his life to show you what war’s really like

Chris Hondros was already a highly regarded photographer on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. He shot heart-rending photos from conflict-riddled zones …

A teacher set up a dictatorship to teach her students about 1984. The kids fought back.

And the rest of the week’s best writing on books and related subjects.<p>Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the internet’s best writing on books and related subjects. Here’s the best the web has to offer for the week of February 18, 2018.<p>Mariana Lin, the woman who …

Books