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Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

Painkillers

Felicity's Blog By Felicity Jones | Body Image and Intersectional Feminism

Bike EXIF and Cycle EXIF Roll in to Flipboard

Inside Flipboard / May 13, 2013<p>If it’s got two wheels, stylish looks and you can ride it, chances are you’ll find it in Bike EXIF or Cycle EXIF. The …

Honda CL400 by Urban Rider

It’s not often we get to show a custom that has been built with practicality in mind. But this Honda CL400 has been tweaked for London streets, offering easy commuting with a strong dash of style. The man behind the project is Will Starritt of the motorcycle gear shop Urban Rider: “We wanted to …

1979 Honda CB500 by Anvil

Anvil Motociclette is the kind of shop that is catching the attention of younger riders in mainland Europe. Their designs are raw and uncompromising, and guaranteed to stop the traffic. This 1979 Honda CB500 custom is typical: It’s low and rakish, stripped to the basics and ready for action.<p>Anvil …

BMW K100 by Robrock

This raw and brutal BMW K100 was built, very aptly, by a master blacksmith and metalworker. Faced with a long German winter, Marc Robrock decided to enliven his evenings and weekends and build himself a bike. “After 25 years of riding bikes, I felt I was missing something,” he says. “And life is …

Honda Ruckus custom

I used to think that 1970s CBs were the most heavily customized Hondas. Until I discovered the extraordinary subculture that has grown up around the Honda Ruckus. Yes, it’s a scooter and it’s got a meager 49cc. But it’s a distinctive looking machine, with wide tires, a bare bones frame and twin …

12 Crystal Clear Reflections of Skyscrapers in Busan

Busan is the second largest metropolis after Seoul with a population of about 3.6 million. It's also the largest port city in South Korea and it has Korea's largest beach and longest river. High-rise developments and luxury hotels in its Marine City has drawn the wealthy to flock to the area. …

Material Matters: A Handy Wood Durability Chart

Our entries on the types of wood used for boardwalks might have you wondering: What types of wood are more durable than others?<p>You may recall that in …

Mut Design launches "male" and "female" outdoor chairs for Expormim

<b>Maison&Objet 2015:</b> Spanish studio Mut Design has created a pair of chairs to look like masculine and feminine versions of the same seat.<p>Mut Design's …

Furniture

Answer to What do software developers of age 30 and over know now that wish they had known in their 20s?

• The era in which a common career trajectory is to become a lifer at some software company and work one's way up to higher and higher internal …

For 'Backstrom's Rainn Wilson, oddball roles just come naturally

From a car parked near his home in Agoura Hills, Rainn Wilson is musing about Everett Backstrom, the misanthropic detective he plays in the new Fox series "Backstrom," when he stops midsentence.<p>"OK, this is crazy. Hold on a second," he says via cellphone. "My entire family is walking down the …

New Greek PM Sworn In, Vowing To End Austerity Program

Alexis Tsipras — head of the leftist, anti-austerity Syriza party — was sworn in as Greece's prime minister Monday, leading a new government that is determined to challenge the country's European lenders.<p>After years of crippling economic austerity imposed by Greece's creditors, voters in Sunday's …

Europe

What Would Global Wealth Equality Look Like?

The Oxfam charity grabbed headlines this week with a report on global wealth inequality. Their primary data source was the (much more in-depth) …

More "Playable Art" from John Edmark: Interactive Kinetic Sculptures

You've seen John Edmark's trippy Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures, which bring animation to 3D-printed pieces via a turntable. For those of you who've …

11 Tiny Homes You Can Buy Right Now -- For Less Than $100K

Looking for something little? These tiny homes are on the market.<p>Looking for something little? These tiny homes are on the market.

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8 Fascinating Facts About Your Butt

Some of them are pretty kick-ass—but others might bum you out a bit (sorry, we had to!)

The Year Ahead (And Behind) in Robotics

The biggest trends, good and bad, shaping robotics right now<p>2014 was light on cool new robots. Or, to be more accurate, robots that actually did anything. The studious sort might point out that automation powered some of the biggest technology stories of the year, including the Chinese “Foxbots” …

5 Up-and-Coming U.S. Tourism Cities

Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in the areas of fine arts, fine food, and fine beverages.<p><i>By Leah Still for ShermansTravel</i><p>Before the rest of the world catches on, discover these five American cities that are gaining traction in …

American Cities

Must Watch Video: Amazing Porsche 918 Spyder Being Assembled

Having already told you about the 15 things we learned on the Porsche 918 Spyder factory tour, we now have an in-depth video look at the facility where highly precise technicians use highly precise tools to assemble the highly precise hybrid hypercar. (Those recalled axle fasteners are clearly the …

This Disgusting Episode Of ‘Undercover Boss’ Saw One Employee Get Fired While Another Received New Breasts – Must See TV!

CBS’s <i>Undercover Boss</i> is good at milking the saccharine sweet moments when an owner/CEO reveals his identity at the end of the program, which is followed by said CEO gifting some sort of comfort like a family trip to Disney, free insurance for life, a promotion, or maybe a 25-minute pottery …

Six disappointing albums of 2014

Gifts: You want to love them. Or at the very least, you simply want to be surprised by them. Like full-length albums.<p>In this stream-everything, download-now era, Pop & Hiss is appreciative of those artists who still believe in the long-play format. The album may not be as hot a gift as, say, a …

2014: The Year in Magazines

We’ve already covered the year in news, but what about the year in street style, meditation, Super Bowl commercials or a certain viral podcast? Look …

Super Bowl Ads

Disassembling and Reassembling a Rolex Submariner

WF&Co. head watchmaker Tony Williams shows you how this famous movement is taken apart and reassembled, demonstrating the intricacies of the Rolex …

12 Problems Only People With Great Taste Understand

Yes, your home looks amazing, but it's not without inconvenience.<p><b>You walk into any store—low- or high-end</b><b>—and your favorite item is always the most expensive one.</b> Who knew that little brass tray would ring up as more than certain pieces of furniture?<p><b>You've had to stop watching makeover shows on TV</b> …

Sofa

10 Of The Most Fabulous Housing Designs Of 2014

From a house dangling off a cliff to an apartment designed to make friends, here are the most ingenious residential designs of the year.<p>Not everyone can live in a one-of-a-kind, architect-designed home, but there is no shortage of spectacular designs that make us wish we did, whether it’s a …

Latest Snowden Revelations Expose Scope Of NSA Interceptions

Over the weekend, German news outlet Spiegel published a story about the NSA’s ability to crack encrypted forms of communication, exposing the agency’s routine interception of SSL/TLS, which are used by web servers to transmit sensitive information. The report also exposed the fact that the agency …

See Inside The House Ellen Degeneres Just Bought For The Second Time

The talk show host has a reputation as a Hollywood house flipper. Now, she's returning to the home she sold in 2007.<p><i>Getty/Curbed</i><p>Over the past few years, Ellen Degeneres has bought and sold a seemingly unending number of homes in Los Angeles, garnering her a reputation as a skilled house flipper. …

Selling

Street-Art Pioneer Lee Quiñones on Banksy, 5 Pointz, and the Commodification of Graffiti

Lee Quiñones is an elder statesman of street art. His graffiti subway creations — called "top-to-bottoms" for the way they covered the car's entire …