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Cycling in Japan - Bike Riding for Meditation and Depression​

<b>“Do you have a spiritual practice?”</b><p>Of the many questions I expected a psychiatrist might ask me, I hadn’t expected that one.<p>I was in his office seeking help for my depression, anxiety, and irritability. For more than a year I’d been struggling with some of my personal relationships, but most …

Japan

This Photo Of A Single Atom Just Blew My Mind

The photo received a top science photography award–and made me ponder my own existence in the universe.<p>If you really zoom into the middle of this image you’ll see a tiny pixel. That little spot is not a mote of dust on the camera lens or an imperfection on the sensor. No, that thing is one single …

University of Oxford

Meet the vegans having better sex than you

“The Game Changers” is the latest of several documentaries that aim to convert men to plant-based diets<p>Can going vegan improve your sex life? Yes it …

Feeling Stressed? Try an Anger Room.

I slammedthe aluminum bat into the laptop. Pieces of the shattered screen bounced on the metal table. <i>Whack! Whack! Whack!</i> The keys popped off. The display detached. Each time the bat landed, a satisfying crack echoed throughout the room like gunfire. I felt a surge of adrenaline. My heart raced and …

No, Google’s Pixel Buds won’t change the world

Over-engineered by a company that doesn’t seem to understand how humans interact, they are a perfect example of Silicon Valley arrogance<p>The dream of …

Elon Musk Learns Faster & Better Than You Thanks to These 2 Skills

Elon Musk is that kid that says he’s going to the moon when he grows up and then actually does it, except Musk’s moon is building a multibillion …

'True Blue' Explores the Origins of Japanese Indigo Dyes

The process dates back to the 1600’s.<p>For the latest installment of the <i>Frontiers</i> series, Great Big Story explores the artisanal process behind authentic Japanese indigo dying.<p>A more vibrant, richer item than the common “chemical blues” that cover most modern fabrics, the indigo dye showcased in …

Japan

Is This the Most Beautiful Restaurant in Japan?

Japan-based adventurers Simon and Martina have been traveling the world and making videos since 2008, the same year the Canadian couple moved to …

Four Points That Make 'Last Jedi' So Fascinating

The latest Star Wars movie is not only fun, but also makes you think.<p>Let me begin with bit of sacrilege: “The Last Jedi” is so marvelous and fascinating that I would not be surprised if it becomes “The Empire Strikes Back” for the new generation of Star Wars fans -- the film they will tell their …

Science Fiction

Hello Kitty and Pikachu are now the cutest ambassadors in Japan

Raise a glass of limited-edition Hello Kitty sparkling rosé, because the adorable Sanrio character has just been named Ambassador for Osako, Japan, where she might just get to help promote the World Expo 2025. But the “happy little British girl” (who is not a cat, okay?) wouldn’t be taking on those …

The World’s Most Controversial Car Designer Returns–With An EV

Chris Bangle is back with a wild-looking electric vehicle that’s designed to make sitting in traffic suck less.<p>Chris Bangle is an auto industry legend. An arguable mad genius of auto design (as well as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People), Bangle was BMW’s first American design chief and a …

Japan Releases a Range of Miniature Furniture for Cats

Recently, we’ve introduced you to a range of cat-tastic designs that demonstrate how modern cat furniture doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Cat-sized cardboard landmarks, tetris cat towers, and even a new line of IKEA pet furniture proves that furniture design for our fluffy friends is a growing …

The Most Beautiful Starbucks on Earth Is in a Historic Japanese Townhouse

The coffee giant opens its take on a traditional Japanese tea house.<p>This past Friday, Starbucks opened the doors to its new outpost located in an ancient Japanese tea house in Kyoto’s historic Higashiyama district. Months before opening, the coffee giant had received backlash from locals in the …

Japan

The struggle to repopulate Fukushima

FROM his desk, the mayor of Iitate, Norio Kanno, can see the beloved patchwork of forests, hills and rice paddies that he has governed for over two …

Why Harvard Business School is under fire

HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL (HBS) has come under the cosh this month. A new book, “The Golden Passport” by Duff McDonald, argues that HBS has lost its …

Harvard Business School

Watch the Charming Short Film 'Hair' Starring John Turturro

Which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.<p>Already making its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, short film <i>Hair</i> captures the unscripted dialogue between actor John Turturro and Bobby Cannavale about man’s particularness about their hair. Shot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, <i>Hair</i> is part of …

Bobby Cannavale

Donald Trump Finally Pays a Price for His False and Reckless Words

As a Presidential candidate, Donald Trump led a charmed existence. Whatever he said, no matter how outrageous, it didn't seem to hurt him. He could insult his Republican opponents, make misogynistic comments about female journalists, call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, describe …

Take a Look Inside Japan’s Crazy Truck Modding Scene

If you think Japan’s love for modifying cars is obsessive, then wait until you see this. This clip from <i>Great Big Story</i> shows the almost insane amount …

This Simple Design Change Would Have Saved The Oscars

The Academy has over 6,000 members, but not a single graphic designer, apparently.<p>Anyone who watched the Academy Awards live could tell something was wrong. Warren Beatty looked at the card, which supposedly held the winner for Best Picture. And then he looked again. He could clearly tell something …

The Perfect Restaurant For Dining Alone

Ichiran Ramen, which just opened its first U.S. location in Brooklyn, is something like Japan’s Waffle House. Open 24 hours a day, this chain of ramen shops offers diners a delicious, if factory-made, bowl of porky tonkotsu broth long after the Tokyo subway stops running.<p>But its most unique selling …

The Ivy League's Gender Pay-Gap Problem

Female alumni make 30 percent less, on average, than their male counterparts.<p>Across the United States, 34-year-old women, on average, make between 10 and 18 percent less than 34-year-old men. That gap isn’t surprising—it’s actually been slowly improving in recent years. What’s striking is that, …

College & University

How Sesame Street Explains The Toughest Parts Of Life

Sesame Street bravely goes where other kids’ media companies don’t, and tackles issues like AIDS, autism, and incarceration.<p>But interspersed with the silliness and alphabet learning, the show also tackled difficult issues. Take, for instance, when the actor who played the shopkeeper Mr. Hooper died …

Why Are Dutch Kids So Much Happier Than American Kids?

On a list of happy children topped by the Netherlands, the U.S. came in 26th of 29 countries.<p>Children in the Netherlands are the happiest kids in the whole wide world, according to Unicef, whereas U.S. kids ranked at number 26 on a list of 29 countries, beating only Lithuanian, Latvian, and …

Kids

The Scientific Reason Sneakerheads Will Never Be Happy

People often say “money can’t buy you happiness,” but what about a new pair of sneakers? Well, as it turns out, neither can that. At least not for …

The Revolt of Working Parents

Mothers—and some fathers—are increasingly suing employers for discriminating against working parents. They are succeeding.<p>“There is no way you can be a good mother while achieving what I aspire."<p>“Let’s face it. It’s a man’s world. The woman always stays home with the child.”<p>“It’s hard to do this …

Bill de Blasio

Resistance to the Antibiotic of Last Resort Is Silently Spreading

Just over a year after they were discovered in China, bacteria that can fend off colistin are being found all across the world.<p>The alarm bells sounded on November 18, 2015.<p>Antibiotic resistance is usually a slow-moving crisis, one of the reasons its danger can be hard to convey. One by one, over …

Biomedicine

When it comes to this pants-popping quandary, Gene is all thumbs

I’m on the phone with Julie Landis, an executive with Briotix Inc., an international company specializing in ergonomics. Julie also has a doctorate in physical therapy. I was thrilled to find her. She has the perfect skill set to solve a recent vexing dilemma of mine.<p><b>Me:</b> So, I like oysters.<p><b>Julie:</b> …

Self Defense

How Your Subway System Compares To The Rest Of The World’s

Graphic designer Peter Dovak has spent the past three years turning more than 200 rapid transit systems into minimalist illustrations.<p>Every rapid transit system has its own sensibility, from the architecture of train stations to the fonts of wayfinding signage. But in the eye of graphic designer …

Why Ikea Causes So Much Relationship Tension

The stylish, idealized home in the store’s showroom “literally becomes a map of a relationship nightmare,” says one psychologist.<p>If you have assembled a piece of Ikea furniture with a partner, then you have probably argued with a partner about assembling a piece of Ikea furniture. Domestic battles …

Amy Poehler

If You Haven’t Already, You Will One Day Outgrow IKEA Furniture

People over 34 tend to shop there a lot less. Before that, you’re in your peak Ikea years.<p>Adults outgrow IKEA at age 34. Until then, we’re happy with buying the same medium-to-low quality furniture that everybody else has. But eventually we start to prefer something a little more individual, and a …

House Design