Alexandra Roffey

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Behind Ace Hotel Founder Alex Calderwood's Creative Life And Untimely Death

The designer, hotelier, and barber bent the universe to his vision of cool. But creativity can have a destructive side.<p>You know the place, even if you haven’t been there.<p>From the outside, it has a spare, severe look. But inside, past the flower stall and barbershop, the vibe is serene and hushed. …

Doctors implant lab-grown vagina

<b>Four women have had new vaginas grown in the laboratory and implanted by doctors in the US.</b><p>A tissue sample and a biodegradable scaffold were used to grow vaginas in the right size and shape for each woman as well as being a tissue match.<p>They all reported normal levels of "desire, arousal, …

How to effectively use lying as a skill in life and business

Your mother may have told you, “Honesty is the best policy.” But are there certain situations where it’s OK to lie? What if it’s to avoid hurting someone or to help you succeed at work?<p>“The truth about lying is that it's not all bad as long as no one's getting hurt,” says psychiatrist Dr. Ish …

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

City of Dreams Hotel Tower by Zaha Hadid Architects. More images: http://www.contemporist.com/2014/03/29/city-of-dreams-hotel-tower-by-zaha-hadid-architects/

Why You Should Work A Tough Job, Even When You’re Old

Can your job condition your brain to stay active into old age? A new study from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor suggests that it might.<p>The study took place over a long period of time, from 1992 to 2010, and involved 4,182 subjects. Those subjects worked in all kinds of jobs, from all kinds …

Autism rates up, federal funds urged

The rate of autism and related conditions continues to climb sharply in the United States, with new figures showing that 1 in 68 children has been identified with the serious communication and behavior deficits that lead to a diagnosis.<p>A report released Thursday morning by the Centers for Disease …

Asteroid Stuns Astronomers With Its Planet-like Icy Rings

Planets might reckon they’re the only ones big enough to pull off their own set of rings, but a cosmic collision has changed all that by giving the asteroid Chariklo two rings of icy debris.<p>Astronomers have previously only seen rings of material around giant worlds like Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and …

Logo Design: using the psychology of colour

Unless you live under a rock, you probably know that colours have meanings and evoke certain emotions. It makes sense, right? Though it seems to be …

Psychopathy: A Cultural Reality?

<b>Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.</b><p>Stalin, Draper, Caulfield, Salander. No, it's not the latest name of Mad Men's pivotal ad agency. It's part of a list of people one could classify as psychopaths.<p>"Strange answers to the …

Artist Sculpts Animal Bones into Delicate Works of Art

Artist Jennifer Trask creates sculptures that are so delicate, it’s easy to mistake them for paper. But they’re actually made of bones. I’m seriously …

Seating on the stairs at the W Hotel in Verbier, Switzerland. More images: http://www.contemporist.com/2014/01/22/w-hotel-verbier-by-concrete-architectural-associates/

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Sorrowful Ghostly Figures Actually Covered in Flour

<b>Kyle Thompson</b><p>Earlier this year, 21-year old photographer Kyle Thompson completed his 365 photo project, where he took one compelling self-portrait after another every day for a full year. More recently, the young photographer has taken to the road, spending his days traveling across the United …

Plants Can Talk

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Just when moral vegetarians thought their meal of choice wasn't sentient, it turns out that plants …

Molecular Table by Casamidy

<b>Molecular Table by Casamidy</b><p>Inspired by a German science molecule model seen in this <i>image</i>.

Green spaces boosts wellbeing of urban dwellers - study

<b>Parks, gardens and green space in urban areas can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living there, says a University of Exeter study.</b><p>Using data from 5,000 UK households over 17 years, researchers found that living in a greener area had a significant positive effect.<p>The findings …

E. coli bacteria 'can produce diesel biofuel'

<b>A strain of bacteria has been created that can produce fuel, scientists say.</b><p>Researchers genetically modified <i>E. coli</i> bacteria to convert sugar into an oil that is almost identical to conventional diesel.<p>If the process could be scaled up, this synthetic fuel could be a viable alternative to the …

What Does Modern Prejudice Look Like?

Harvard psychologist Mahzarin Banaji was once approached by a reporter for an interview. When Banaji heard the name of the magazine the reporter was writing for, she declined the interview: She didn't think much of the magazine and believed it portrayed research in psychology inaccurately.<p>But then …

IceCube neutrinos came from outer space

Two ultra-high-energy neutrinos captured by the IceCube experiment probably came from outside the Galaxy, according to an analysis posted by the …

Entropy law linked to intelligence, say researchers

The tyranny of entropy abounds in everyday examples of disorder - and a tendency toward mess<p><b>A modification to one of the most fundamental laws of physics may provide a link to the rise of intelligence, cooperation - even upright walking.</b><p>The idea of entropy describes the way in which the Universe …

“Angles Are Attitudes”: Men’s Style Tips From Pop Culture’s Greatest Fashion Icons

Brooks Brothers has unveiled its new limited-edition men’s clothing line, created in collaboration with <i>The Great Gatsby</i> costume designer Catherine …

Japanese Cherry Blossoms, Circa 1890

Here in the U.S., we've had the pleasure of cherry blossom season since about 1910, when Japan gave a gift of about 2,000 trees — most of which were planted in Manhattan and Washington, D.C.<p>It's now peak flowering season, and all the cameras are out to capture one of the most photogenic springtime …

Nanosponges could soak up deadly infections like MRSA from your bloodstream

Researchers have developed biomimetic nanosponges that could prove an effective way of dealing with antibiotic-resistant infections. Each nanosponge is a tiny polymer-based particle measuring 85nm (around one 300,000th of an inch) across that's been wrapped in a red blood cell membrane. When …

Supreme Court Asks: Can Human Genes Be Patented?

Same-sex marriage got huge headlines at the Supreme Court last month, but in the world of science and medicine, the case being argued on Monday is far more important. The lawsuit deals with a truly 21st century issue — whether human genes may be patented.<p>Myriad Genetics, a Utah biotechnology …

The Astronomer’s Sun

Well, this is cool. Fabrice Mathieu has done it again. Known for his unusual (and unlikely) movie mashups this time Fabrice takes u...<p>Massive …

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The Invisible Bicycle Helmet, Short Film about the Hövding Inflatable Bicycle Helmet

“The Invisible Bicycle Helmet” is a short documentary about Hövding, an airbag-style bicycle helmet that is hidden in a special collar. The …

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