Alexis Melsha

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Now You Know: How Stilettos Evolved From Puddle Jumpers to Chic Torture Devices

W<i>elcome to Now You Know, Eric Wilson’s column that will help you become a fashion know-it-all in one quick read. Each week, he’ll take a look at an</i> …

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This Home Office Is A Backyard Hideaway

The home office can be both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, you never have to leave home. On the other hand, you never leave home.<p>London-based architects Platform 5 has a solution for those who want to work from home without going crazy around the house: a backyard office. Built for a …

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Present&Correct’s Star Cards

To sleep under a starry night sky is a tricky dream to fulfill for most who live in cities, though London stationery and design store Present&Correct offers a delightful alternative that’s much more tempting than sticking glow-in-the-dark stars on your ceiling. Simple but intriguing, the company’s …

Design

Banksy Steals From Picasso - The Fox Is Black

I came across this old piece by Banksy the other day and it reminded me of how funny the guy is. If you haven’t visited his site lately you should …

The Qi Impact

When you own something as well designed as the iPhone, you have to wonder why Jobs and Ive gave it wires to clutter up! Thankfully we have a movement …

The Less is More Folding Bike

Designed for the urban commuter, the Occam Cycle makes it possible to transition between public transportation and riding in a cinch! Similar to a …

6 Aerial Photos Of Earth’s Breathtaking Colors

Aerial photographer Bernard Edmaier captures a breathtaking array of the planet’s colors, from white glaciers to red lava to blue seas.<p>Of all the planets known thus far in the universe’s murky infinity, Earth is the most colorful. <i>EarthART: Colors of the Earth,</i> a new book from Phaidon, puts the …

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Bad Design Is One Of The Top 10 Reasons Apple Rejects Apps

While Apple reveals the most common mistakes developers make, a whole 42% of app store rejections are still unexplained.<p>To millions of developers, Apple’s App Store review team can seem like an inscrutable shadow watch, where apps are rejected for the most arbitrary reasons. Apple, of course, …

Apps

Why Are New York City’s Subway Platforms So Hot?

The temperature on New York City’s subway platforms can exceed 100 degrees. And it might only get worse.<p><i>Capital New York</i> acquired the draft report of an expert panel assembled by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last May. Called the Transportation Reinvention Commission, it consisted of transit …

New York City

Grant Nimmo: Dreams That I've Thrown Down the Hall

With his latest Australian exhibition "Dreams That I've Thrown Down the Hall," Melbourne-based artist Grant Nimmo delivers vibrant mixed media works that offer a brief commentary on what he finds to be the frustrating state of contemporary art. Balanced atop large paintings, tiny human and animal …

Art

What if you could see the sound of a nightingale?

Australian multimedia artist Andy Thomas creates 3D animations of bird songs. He calls them “audio life forms.”<p>Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky …

Astronomy

Sophisticated Neanderthals may have made abstract art

Talk about outsider art: Researchers say they have found the first evidence of abstract art created by Neanderthals in a cave above the Mediterranean Sea.<p>The "art," pictured above, was found toward the back of a cave in Gibraltar at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. It consists of 13 lines …

You Almost Certainly Have Mites On Your Face

Think of all the adults you know. Think of your parents and grandparents. Think of the teachers you had at school, your doctors and dentists, the people who collect your rubbish, and the actors you see on TV. All of these people probably have little mites crawling, eating, sleeping, and having sex …

Science Finds 'Tiny Computers' Embedded In Human Skin

We like to think that all our smarts are contained in our brain, but researchers at Umea University in Sweden have found that the neurons that extend into our fingertips perform the same sorts of calculations that take place in the cerebral cortex.<p>In other words, what we’ve been told about our …

Discovery hints at why stress is more devastating for some

Some people take stress in stride; others are done in by it. New research at Rockefeller University has identified the molecular mechanisms of this …

WATCH: These Mind-Controlling Parasites Are Freaky, And Apparently There Are A Lot Of Them

How do you explain suicidal crickets and zombie caterpillars? One word: parasites. Science writer Ed Yong shows us how these tiny creatures force insects and animals to do their bidding, and asks: Are parasites manipulating humans, too?<p><i>We want to know what you think. Join the discussion by posting</i> …

Insects

No, Your IQ is Not Fixed for Life (Op-Ed)

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science's</i> Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Flying Foxes, Rococo Toads, And Other Creatures Of Darkness

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This is what caffeine does to your brain

Why do regular coffee drinkers seem to need more and more coffee to maintain the buzz? Can coffee actually kill you? An AsapSCIENCE video has answers.<p>If you're an avid coffee drinker like me, you probably need three to five cups in the morning to feel like a normally functioning human being. You …

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Doctor turns to 3D printers in a race to save a toddler's mind

Gabe suffered from terrible seizures known as "mind erasers." But doctors used a 3D printed brain to pioneer a medical breakthrough and give him a normal life<p><i>Come along with</i> The Verge <i>for the second season of Detours. We’ve traveled across the country to find the people, groups, and companies that</i> …

What My Mother Learned from Einstein

How a young woman's correspondence with the Nobel laureate changed her life forever<p>In 1946, my mother, Myfanwy, was 16 and going to school in Cape Town, South Africa, when she wrote a letter to Albert Einstein that changed her life forever. She shared her dreams of becoming a scientist, describing …

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A Prosthetic Leg That Plugs Directly Into The Skeleton

Flesh and titanium merge via a design inspired by deer antlers.<p>There are a lot of fancy, high-tech prosthetics out there. Some can read electrical signals from the nerves and muscles of the remaining tissue, while others even interface with the brain to read a person’s intentions when she, say, …

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Courtney Love Struggling to Finish 'Disaster' Memoir

'I never wanted to write a book in my entire life... it's just not working,' Love says of her stalled autobiography<p>Like many authors, Courtney Love …

Symphony guide: Dvořák's 9th 'From the New World'

Dvořák’s final symphony, with its famous Largo, is one of classical music’s best loved works. Tom Service separates its facts from its fictions<p>Dvorak’s New World Symphony: as legend has it, the sound of a music that heralded a new dawn for American music, the product of the then-New-York-based …

George Harrison's First Six Studio Albums to Get Lavish Reissues

An eight-disc box set, 'The Apple Years 1968-75' will come out in the fall<p>George Harrison's first six studio albums, released between 1968 and 1975 …

First Listen: Robert Plant, 'Lullaby And... The Ceaseless Roar'

lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar<p><b>Audio for First Listens is no longer available after the album is released.</b><p>The Irish poet William Butler Yeats once famously evoked the drift of time through the image of old men gazing at their own watery reflections. "Everything alters, and one by one we drop …