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Forget Madonna – Malawi’s parents find their own way of keeping girls in school

The superstar’s much-hyped bid to set up a girls’ academy failed. Now villagers are ensuring their daughters stay in education, and success is built on small steps - like making sure pupils have lunch<p>On weak-legged plastic chairs under the partial shade of one of the schoolyard’s two vast acacia …

Criminology

The Best Movies & TV to Watch on Netflix in March

It's a new month, and that means a new batch of movies just hit our favorite streaming site. Peruse the best below.<p><b>1)</b> <i>Teen Witch</i> <b>(1989)</b>In this cult classic, a teenager discovers she's the reincarnation of a powerful witch.<p><b>2)</b> <i>Finding Neverland</i> <b>(2004)</b>Johnny Depp plays <i>Peter Pan</i> author J. M. Barrie as he …

Banksy's Murals Turn Up In Gaza Strip

Banksy's work is now in the Gaza Strip.<p>The artist, who uses public spaces for his often-provocative murals, posted images that he said were of art he created in the Gaza Strip, along with a two-minute video of life in the Palestinian territory, titled "Make this the year YOU discover a new …

Israel

Great gerbils – not black rats – were chief cause of the great plague, study says

The gruesome waves of bubonic plague that began with the Black Death in medieval Europe and ended with the Great Plague of London may have been driven more by great gerbils than black rats, researchers claim.<p>In a study that threatens to overturn the popular history of one of the world’s greatest …

Environmental Health

Who Knew Doors Could Be So Crazy Beautiful?

When was the last time you stopped and acknowledged the shape of a door? What about its color and texture? Its weight and its force? Though we hardly go a single day without walking through a door of some kind, we're certainly guilty of overlooking their formal qualities, treating them solely as …

Saunas protect middle-aged men against heart attacks

Scientists have found that the dry heat of a sauna can actually prolong life for middle-aged men<p>The Finns describe them as the ‘poor man’s pharmacy’ and now researchers have proved that saunas are indeed beneficial to health.<p>Scientists have found that the dry heat of a sauna does more than work up …

Middle Age

Oscars 2015: Powerful foreign-language film nominees incite with insight

A simple cattle herder in the sand dunes of Mali finds his fate in the hands of edgy, insolent Islamic extremists. An Estonian tangerine farmer is caught in the crossfire between Georgian and Chechen ground forces in the disputed region of Abkhazia. An orphaned Polish Jewish Catholic novice has a …

Filmmaking

Margot Robbie's Lush Locks & More Celebrity Beauty Looks We Loved This Week

Many actresses have portrayed Marilyn Monroe, from Nicole Kidman to Lindsay Lohan. And if there were to be another film or magazine shoot that pays homage to the blonde bombshell, Margot Robbie should be up for the role.<p>While making the promo rounds in Italy for her latest film "Focus," Robbie …

Women are being bitchier than ever - where's the sisterhood gone?

Women have always judged each other – usually in private. But overt bitchiness seems to be on the rise as everything from weight to wardrobes is harshly judged. Are we all Mean Girls now?<p>A few years ago I dropped my oldest friend. There had been decades of taking on the chin routine observations …

Marshmallow Science

In honor of my official addiction to City Bakery's Hot Chocolate Festival this month, I set out on a culinary quest: to make the ideal, healthy, homemade marshmallow. After all, the classic Jet-Puffed pack of white Styrofoam puffs just wouldn't do the trick for my daily fills of Vietnamese Cinnamon …

The Undoctored Truth About Beyoncé’s Beauty: Is Fashion Getting Real?

un-Photoshopped pictures of Beyoncé and Cindy Crawford emerge. Atypical models hit the New York Fashion Week runway. Why is fashion having a fit of …

Fashion Week

Anti-ageing chocolate which reduces wrinkles developed by Cambridge University spin-off

A daily 7.5g bar of the chocolate can change the underlying skin stucture of a 50 year old to that of someone in their 30s, say developers<p>It may seem too good to be true, but guilt-free chocolate which promises to slow down the emergence of wrinkles and sagging skin, has been developed by …

Anti-aging

5 Epic Day Trips to Take in Europe

<i>Pug Girl / Flickr</i><p>Planning a trip to Europe is much more of an undertaking than say, planning a beach vacation. First of all, you'll need to get a passport if you don't already have one. Once you do, you'll have to make peace with the high price of international flights and hotels. Meanwhile, you'll …

8 Powerful Photos That Will Change the Way You Think About What Is and Isn't Ladylike

Photographer Hannah Altman replaces blood, tears, and vomit with glitter in her stunning photo series.<p>Photographer Hannah Altman's stunning new photo series "And Everything Nice" is a thought-provoking look at society's expectations of female beauty. In images that depict women getting sick over a …

11 Japanese customs that are shocking to foreign travelers

Japan has a unique culture with a very strict code of etiquette.<p>There are specific ways to eat noodles, good practices for accepting gifts, and certain rules to follow to avoid insulting a host.<p>This complex web of social rules and traditions can be overwhelming for those traveling to Japan, so we …

Nature and Sex Redefined - we have never been binary

A recent article in Nature suggests that biologists ‘now think’ the idea of two sexes is inaccurate; in fact, says Vanessa Heggie,for decades biologists have been at the forefront of campaigns against this simplistic understanding of sex<p>A recent article in <i>Nature</i> claims that biologists ‘now think’ …

International Olympic Committee

Stompy boots and hat hair are in, necks are out – eight things we learned from New York fashion week

<b>New York’s coat game is strong</b><p>Thankfully. Gone are the days when the New York fashion week ideal meant bare legs, a white cashmere coat and a driver on standby. There’s some serious embracing of geological practicality this week. Which is good when it’s minus 15C and weather forecasts are non-stop …

Fashion Week

With Culture, Guilt Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing

Being ashamed of personal taste is pointless, but it's important to be aware of what makes you feel bad in the first place.<p>A confession: I quite like Iggy Azalea. I wouldn't put <i>The New Classic</i> on my list of greatest albums of all time, but as far as empty-headed bubblegum rap goes, it's more …

How Your Taste Buds Can Help You Lose Weight

It’s no big secret that people have different taste preferences. Some of us gleefully devour arugula salads for lunch, while others won’t touch …

The Mysterious Science of Motion Sickness

New research starts to explain why some people feel nauseous on cars, boats, buses, and carnival rides, while others don't.<p>The wide expanse of blue water that covers most of this world holds many mysteries. Humans have explored a mere five percent of the oceans over the long and storied history of …

Until bioprinters are reality, 3D printing can still save lives

Image copyright Getty Images.A two-year-old girl born with a hole in her heart had a life-saving operation in London last month thanks to a 3D …

3D Printing

True adulthood doesn't begin until age 25

The trend has been dubbed ‘kidulthood’ by commentators<p>True adulthood does not begin in the western world until 25 because young people are putting off settling down for longer, a psychiatrist has claimed.<p>Although the transition from child to adult is traditionally marked at 18, in fact, crucial …

Teens

The Fanatic Feminist Who Created ‘Monopoly’

The famous boardgame has an equally famous origin myth—poor Depression dad creates game for family—but it turns out the truth is more tortured, and …

Board Games

Check In to Japan’s Creepy Robot Hotel

Nagasaki’s Henn-na Hotel will feature ten robotic, but startlingly human-like, members of staff. Now scientists are working on them being able to …

Robotics

I’m 59 and happily single, but Valentine’s Day tests even my patience

I once went on a date with Danny Boyle, the film director. Well, yes, obviously now I wish I’d slept with him – it would have made for a much better anecdote, if nothing else. At the time – the Bangor University Reichel Ball in 1976, to be precise – it was, however, nothing more than a pleasant, if …

Relationships

Uma Thurman’s New Face Freezes the Internet

Will tabloids ever allow celebrities to age or look as they want, without constant gawking and shaming? Not likely, as the newly smoothed actress is …

The physics of popcorn: Watch the explosion in slow motion

It's one of the most dramatic transformations in science, and it happens in your microwave.<p>Most popcorn lovers take for granted that a simple kernel of corn can metamorphose into a fluffy treat. But to a pair of French researchers, the popping of corn presents a powerful demonstration of how the …

Popcorn

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Review<p>A deep dive on <i>Avengers</i> for those who've seen the movie.<p>By The Editors of GQ4 days agoView More<p>Hair Gods<p>See the Avengers star's new facial hair …

Bill Murray

Research criticising 1980s fat guidelines misguided, say scientists

Scientists have poured cold water on new research questioning dietary advice issued 30 years ago urging people to avoid eating fatty foods such as butter and cheese.<p>The guidelines, introduced in the UK in 1983 and in the US six years earlier, recommended reducing overall dietary fat consumption to …

Nutrition