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Big Tobacco’s Biggest Lies

The four biggest firms have been ordered to publish admissions of guilt. Here’s a sample of the most deceptive (and clever) ways they marketed smokes.<p>…

Public Health

14 Of The Most Epic, Confusing, And Beautiful Mazes On Earth

Dogs do them. 'Harry Potter' fans do them. Couples celebrate anniversaries in them, and families get lost in them before calling the cops to find a way out.<p>They're mazes, and they boggle our minds way more than the average travel excursion. Make room on your bucket list for some of the most …

fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside! 

fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside!

Rosetta comet chaser set to wake up on Monday after three years' sleep

If it awakes, Rosetta will catch up with a comet and send down a lander to ride the dirty snowball as it rushes towards the sun<p>At 10am GMT on Monday morning an alarm clock will rouse a snoozing spacecraft that is hurtling through the darkest reaches of the solar system. Launched 10 years ago, and …

The power of tears: Why Google has its eye on smart contact lenses

When the cronut craze swept across New York in early spring of last year, the only major inconvenience associated with Dominique Ansel's novel culinary confection was the pain of waiting in line to get it. For a responsible person living with Type 1 (or Type 2) diabetes, like my good friend Cara, …

Incredible Award-Winning Aquatic Designs Inspired By Nature

<b>Serkan etinkol, Turkey: 2013 IAPLC Top 27</b><p>Every year, the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) receives design concepts from aquarium hobbyists throughout the world. Designers propose a wide range of concepts set within various tank sizes that are intended to function as …

Hong Kong

Glimpsing the future in Singapore

The future has arrived early in Singapore with more ultra-modern infrastructure - skyscrapers, parks, metro lines - being built every day. Many of the projects showcase technologies that we may soon see in other countries - and that could someday help all of us deal with global challenges such as …

How Coffee Affects Your Brain: A Very Quick Primer

The morning cup of coffee sweeps the cobwebs off of your brain. Almost magically. Just like that. If you care to get analytical about what's going on …

Why the phrase 'knowledge is power' drives me crazy

The phrase 'knowledge is power' drives me a little crazy. And while I don't completely disagree with the statement itself, I cringe at the context in which it is often placed. I hear the term 'knowledge' positioned in such a way that suggests it's the only thing one needs to out-maneuver the …

How Is "I before E except after C" a Rule?

English spelling is hard. It's hard for kids to learn it, and it's hard for adults who have already learned it to remember how to do it right. It …

Brain workouts benefit older adults 10 years later - Futurity

Older adults who receive as few as 10 sessions of mental training show long-lasting improvements in reasoning 10 years after the intervention.

College & University

An Infection Turns Swarming Locusts Into Solitary Grasshoppers, Study Finds

It's as if eating an undercooked hamburger could transform a human hardcore partier into a hermit.<p>The difference between a locust and a grasshopper is at once great and maybe much, much less than you'd think. I'll let this <i>Aeon</i> magazine article explain:<p>At the front of the room, a bug-obsessed …

What To Know About The Net Neutrality Ruling

What does it mean that the DC Circuit Court struck down the FCC's "Open Internet Rules?"<p>The DC Circuit Court has issued a ruling in Verizon v. FCC that is likely the shape the very nature of the internet. At the heart of the case is how the companies that provide internet to consumers can control …

An Indigenous Malaysian Language Describes Smells As Precisely As English Describes Colors

Researchers had assumed all humans were just bad at describing odors, but it turns out that's a cultural problem, not a biological one.<p>You often get a good idea of what things will taste like from a restaurant menu's descriptions. But try doing the same with descriptions of perfumes in catalogs, …

No pain, no gain? Getting the most out of exercise

Staying in shape has all sorts of benefits, from maintaining heart health to warding off dementia and cancer<p><b>I</b>nactivity – fuelled by cars and a sedentary work life – has been dubbed the biggest public health problem of the 21st century, a global pandemic with dramatic impact on peoples wellbeing. …

A beautiful day in Barcelona. Cradled between the Mediterranean and the Serra de Collserola hills, Spain's second largest metropolis is a must-see destination. Photo via @heidiegloff http://bit.ly/1d11f88

Uttarayan, the International Kite Festival

If you find yourself in the northwest of India in January, do yourself a favor and wander toward Ahmedabad in Gujarat; you'll know you're getting close when you start to see a flurry of kites filling the sky.<p>January 14 marks the harvest festival of Uttarayan, celebrated in the Indian state of …

Painted Sneakers

A little craft paint is all it takes to step up your sneakers. Use masking tape to block off sections you'd like to leave white, and paint the exposed areas, letting the seams serve as a guide. A detail brush works best on shoelace tips and narrow spaces.

Sneakers

11 Ways to Maximize a Small Space

Mirrors and double-duty furniture are your best friends.<p>Whether you live in a cozy studio apartment or want to get more out of a small room or tiny nook in your house, use these small space design ideas to help you decorate.

Bookworms’ Paradise: Wooden Staircase Encompassed by Walls of Books

This house located in London was recently renovated by Platform 5 Architects, being a true bookworms’ paradise. The client, a book lover with an …

New Ace Hotel Shakes Up the L.A. Scene

The super stylish Ace Hotel has opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles.<p>Leave it to the Ace Hotel to take over a historic 1920’s building and turn …