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diy tattoo alternatives

get inked up…sort of.<p>Ever since Bang Bang, the New York-based tattoo artist that serves the likes of Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn, handed the needle over to Miley Cyrus and a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been seriously contemplating taking my long-time tattoo dreams into my own hands, Miley-style. …

Miley Cyrus

Body image: how actors push their bodies to the limits

Matthew McConaughey<p>Before: 84kg (13st 3lb/185lb)<br>After: 61kg (9st 8lb/134lb)<p>McConaughey has already scooped a number of industry accolades for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, which he prepared for by consuming only Diet Coke, egg whites, chicken and the odd spoonful of tapioca. He has won both the …

Adorable Italian Zonkey is Half Zebra, Half Donkey

About four months ago, an adorable half-zebra, half-donkey was born in Italy named Ippo. The rare crossbreed, known as a zonkey, is the offspring of a male zebra and female donkey. There are a variety of zebroids (a hybrid of zebra and any other member of the horse family) in the world, though …

Men stroked in their pants to shed light on chemistry that bonds relationships

Researchers have shed light on the chemistry that bonds one person to another by taking brain scans of men being stroked while in their underpants.<p>The Finnish study found that gentle stroking – which was not in sexually arousing areas – changed levels of opioid brain chemicals which work behind the …

If You’re Happy and You Know It, Baby Knows It Too

It may seem like infants are tiny blobs of burps and poop -- but research is beginning to show how babies understand emotional states, from scary faces to threatening barks and sad music.<p>Ross Flom, professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, has looked at emotional affect and babies over a …

What's the Origin of the Word "Dude"?

For some time now, we have known the basic outline of the story of “dude.” The word was first used in the late 1800s as a term of mockery for young …

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How to Clicker Train a Cat

Clicker training is something you usually hear of people doing with dogs, but cats can be just as easily trained. Clicker training relies on …

How to Grow Basil

Will the basil plant continue to grow if the stem was cut off below the bottom leaves?<p>How deep should the soil be when planting basil in a pot?<p>Can I …

Gardening

Chirp Lets You Send Photos from Device to Device Using Sound

The thinking behind the new Android and iOS app <i>Chirp</i> is that if animals in nature communicate through sound, machines should too. And so, the four …

Why Do We Laugh?

Follow A Queen Bee On Her Maiden Mating Flight

Get the bees'-eye view.<p>Queen honeybees mate just once in their lives, within weeks of emerging as an adult from the little honeycomb cells in which they grew. Their mating flights may be the only time they ever leave their hive. But at least they seem to make the most of it: They mate in mid-air, …

9 Trippy Photos Of Soap Film

Duuuuuuuude<p>All these psychedelic colors don't look too impressive in the bottle. That's because they come from a film of soap, which Pennsylvanian Linden Gledhill made with a machine and then photographed.<p>The colors come entirely from the interference of light that enters the soap film and then …

Clear Cranial Implant Lets Doctors See Into The Brain

Some skulls really just need a window view.<p>Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have debuted a new transparent cranial implant that could let doctors peek inside the brain without having to drill a new hole in the skull every time--a technique that could allow for easier …

Drones Are Now Delivering Packages In One Chinese City

Like robot courier pigeons, with about the same carrying capacity<p>After a user on the Chinese social media site Weibo posted about seeing flying robots with the SF Express logo, the delivery company admitted that it has begun trials of package-delivery drones in the city of Dongguan in southeast …

Life expectancy history: Public health and medical advances that lead to long lives.

The most important difference between the world today and 150 years ago isn’t airplane flight or nuclear weapons or the Internet. It’s lifespan. We …

Roger Ballen and Die Antwoord: when music and art meet

Until a month or so ago I'd somehow never heard of Die Antwoord. A friend sent me a link to I Fink U Freeky and it only took a few moments to realise it was the work of director-photographer Roger Ballen. All of Ballen's trademark visuals were there: black and white theatrical sets, a bizarre cast …

All 25,000 students who took University of Liberia admission test fail

Not a single new student will be admitted into the University of Liberia this year after nearly 25,000 candidates failed the school’s admission exam.<p>A university official said students who took the $25 exam did not have a basic understanding of English, the BBC reports, and it was the first time …