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The war on food waste has a new weapon: a £99 fridge camera

Phone app offers households savings for a fraction of the cost of a top-of-the-range smart fridge<p>The world’s first wireless fridge camera goes on sale in the UK next month aimed at helping households slash food waste by being able to check exactly what they have in their refrigerator at any time.<p>As …

Smart Homes

Celebrating the Art of Yayoi Kusama: Pictures

11 Signs That You Might Be Experiencing High-Functioning Depression (Yes, It’s A Real Thing)

If I were to ask you to picture and describe a depressed person, what would you envision?<p>Someone having trouble getting out of bed every day? Someone …

Graduate School

In Science, Good Looks Don't Pay, Study Finds

Being attractive is rarely seen as a negative quality, but it can lead people to have less faith in scientists' research, according to a new …

Psychology

Why your humble bowl of oatmeal could help feed a growing planet

I’m supertired of superfoods. And it’s not just because I really don’t want to drink chaga tea. It’s because the game of finding some nutrient in some food and making wildly improbable assertions about the consequent effect on human health is a clicky gimmick by which unscrupulous marketers and …

Agriculture

50 Books Recommended by This Year's TED Speakers | Inc.com

<i>Thank You for Being Late</i> by Thomas L. Friedman; recommended by World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and Martin Ford. Amazon calls it "a field guide to the 21st century."<p><i>Success Through Stillness</i> by Russell Simmons and Chris Morrow and; recommended by Serena Williams. The hip-hop mogul on</i> …

Books

This Is the Top No-Bake Dessert Recipe on Pinterest

As the weather warms up and lazy cooking is the <i>only</i> kind of cooking you want to do, no-bake dessert recipes reign supreme. I mean, why would you even …

Dessert

Big four banks distance themselves from Adani coalmine as Westpac rules out loan

Coalition frontbencher calls for Queenslanders to boycott Australia’s second-largest bank after it says it will now only lend to mines in established coalfields<p>Australia’s big four banks have all ruled out funding or withdrawn from Adani’s Queensland coal project, after Westpac said it would not …

Environmentalism

Australian biosecurity officials destroy plant samples from 19th-century France

Email mix-up blamed after historically significant plant samples incinerated by quarantine officials<p>Australian biosecurity officials have destroyed historically significant plant samples from 19th-century France and damaged the reputation of Australian researchers, the head of the peak herbaria …

Australia

Australia doesn't need Adani's Carmichael coalmine, Westpac chief says

Defending decision not to finance mine, Brian Hartzer says coal needed for economy to 2050 can be met by existing mines<p>The Adani Carmichael coalmine is not needed to support the economy, the Westpac chief executive has said in defence of his bank’s decision not to finance the mine.<p>On Radio National …

Australia

Monsanto PCBs May Leave Orca Pod ‘Doomed to Extinction’

By Carey Wedler<p>The Guardian reported last Tuesday that Lulu, the full-grown whale who died, "was a member of the UK's last resident pod and a …

Monsanto

The Politics of the Mosh Pit, and Other News

• The mosh pit is a great place to reach a state of pure being. It’s also a great place to break your glasses, your jaw, or your spirit. The pit has been construed alternately as a punk utopia and a Hobbesian state of nature. As the nation immerses itself in a debate about what constitutes a safe …

The Victorian view of same-sex desire

Nineteenth-Century Britain was famously prim about sex – and homosexuality in particular. Or was it? The life and work of the painter Simeon Solomon seem both to confirm and challenge this view, writes Holly Williams.<p>Starting in 1861, with the abolition of the death penalty for sodomy, and ending …

Queer Eye

Look closer: What a background can reveal

This image isn’t what it appears at first glance. Kelly Grovier examines the details in the background that can show another side to the story.<p>There are always two dramas in life. In the foreground, there’s the intimate story that you know by heart – the one in which you are the main character …

Literature

The dark side of the Belle Époque

Art at the turn of the last century was not all sun-kissed Monet gardens. It was a time of angst and decadence, expressed through some truly disturbing paintings, writes Fisun Güner.<p>When we think about art at the end of the 19th Century, who and what comes to mind? Monet and Impressionism, …

Artists

The intriguing mystery of The Goldfinch

A 362-year-old painting of a tiny bird has become one of the most popular of its time. But will we ever know what The Goldfinch means? Alastair Sooke takes a closer look.<p>On the face of it, it couldn’t be simpler: a small, charming painting, on a wooden panel, depicting a goldfinch perched on its …

Art

The poignant photo from Aleppo that’s gone viral

An image of a man listening to music in his war-ravaged bedroom has been shared widely this week. Kelly Grovier explores what the photo captures.<p>It is one of life’s smouldering ironies that smoking tobacco damages the body while holding a pipe sharpens the mind. “The pipe,” the British novelist …

Turntables

Why this striking rainbow may carry a hidden message

The skies of Constable’s paintings aren’t just beautiful. There is science in them too – which is how a meteorologist unlocked a message in one of the artist’s most famous works.<p>A mystery surrounding one of John Constable's most emotionally-charged landscapes may finally have been solved – by a …

Art

This bikini will clean up any toxic chemicals you happen to swim through

Imagine cleaning the ocean with your bathing suit. Sounds a little messy, right? Perhaps a tad impractical? But a design team from the University of …

Swimwear

Scott Morrison's plan to test sewage for drug use 'might misfire', say experts

Trying to identify where welfare recipients are using drugs by testing wastewater is more likely to turn up results from affluent professionals, researchers say<p>Scott Morrison’s plan to test wastewater to identify welfare recipients on drugs will only highlight the high levels of drug use among …

Australia

7 Portobello Mushroom Recipes That Aren't Veggie Burgers for a Change

If you’ve ever gone meat-free, you know exactly what we’re talking about: You’re at a picnic, a potluck, or a burger joint where you’ve been assured …

Cooking

The tragic lover who never escaped Rodin’s shadow

Camille Claudel was Auguste Rodin’s lover, muse and most gifted pupil. Her sad life belies a formidable talent, writes Fisun Güner.<p>“I showed her where to find gold, but the gold she finds belongs to her.”<p>These are the words of Auguste Rodin, said of his most talented pupil Camille Claudel. When the …

Little Free Libraries raise questions about privilege and philanthropic intention

<b>A study from Toronto says Little Free Libraries are an example of 'neoliberal politics at street level', rather than a charming component of the</b> …

Libraries

Chefs Want You To Destroy This Dessert Before You Eat It

It's just as fun to play with as it is to eat.<p>Most restaurants hope to have a hit dish on their menu, but Catch — a seafood spot with locations in …

Why You Should Put Salt on Your Fruit

Quick show of hands: Who here puts salt on fruit? Wow, huh—not that many. Maybe on a trip to Vietnam or Thailand where you sprinkled salt along with …

Flavors

Rosa Parks' Pancake Recipe Will Blow Yours Out Of The Water

There’s a lot more to a recipe than a list of ingredients followed by a set of instructions. Recipes are an insight into a culture, a time, or even a person ― and handwritten recipes can provide you with all three. Like this recipe right here:<p>This recipe for “featherlite pancakes” was written on …

Breakfast

These Peanut Butter Cookies Have Chocolate Chip Beat

It's Tuesday night and you're hit with the strong and unshakable desire to bake a batch of warm, made-from-scratch cookies. But just as you reach for …

Dessert

Female dragonflies ditch suitors by faking sudden death

<b>Dragonflies, they’re just like us!</b><p>The life of a dragonfly seems like a pretty good deal. The lazy summer afternoons, the flitting about the ponds, …

Insects

Why It’s More Important To Be An Ethical Omnivore Than A Vegetarian

I used to think giving up meat was best for the planet. I was wrong.<p>When I was sixteen, I read an article by Michael Pollan in the <i>New York Times</i> …

Agriculture

Hijabi Beauty Influencers Profile and Photos - Muslim Beauty Bloggers

When Dina Torkia realized she didn't see any representations of Muslim women in media, fashion, and beauty ("other than really negative ones"), she did what came naturally at age 21: She got on YouTube. That was six years ago. Today, Torkia (who goes by Dina Tokio) has a combined social following …