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Surgeons use robot to operate inside eye in world first

British surgeons hail successful procedure to remove membrane 100th of a millimetre thick from retina<p>British surgeons have successfully performed the world’s first robotic operation inside the eye, potentially revolutionising the way such conditions are treated.<p>The procedure was carried out at John …

Robotics

These Students Built A Glove That Translates Sign Language Into English

Two UW undergraduate students won $10,000 for building a gadget-loaded glove that translates sign language gestures into audio.<p>A pair of undergraduates at the University of Washington made a glove that translates gestures in American Sign Language (ASL) into English and speaks it via speakers. The …

9 Books You Should Read Before They Become Movies This Year

Get to them before the directors do!<p>1. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them<p>Apart from all you Potterheads out there, the majority of people might not know <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them</i> is actually a mini-book released by Newt Scamander a.k.a. J.K. Rowling in 2001. What you most likely …

Wake up early to see 5 planets align for the first time since 2005

Early morning risers will be treated to a celestial surprise for the next couple weeks, weather permitting.<p>Starting on Jan. 20, five bright planets — …

#ChicEats: 10 Bucket List Restaurants Around the World

Our weekly column covers the chicest food and restaurants. From Stockholm to New York City, add these picks to your global itinerary.<p>Whether hyped by documentaries or highly regarded because of unmatchable views, some restaurants are worth planning an entire trip around—if you're lucky enough to …

Woman travels the world for free by getting her dates to pay for it

A woman who had never been abroad until last year has now traveled the world for free by getting her online dates to pay for it.<p>Monica Lynn, 25, estimated her lavish trip, which involved camel trekking in Dubai and shopping sprees in Hong Kong, would have taken up to a decade to save for if she had …

50 Most Beautiful Cities in the World

We seek beauty in many forms: through art and architecture; from water views and mountain highs; in its people and its history. This list circles the globe, finding the most beautiful cities in the world from Italy to Iran. This gallery was originally published in 2016. It has been updated with new …

European Travel

Tourist attractions left deserted after terror attacks

30 Ceiling Design Ideas to Inspire Your Next Home Makeover

We’ve seen our fair share of creative ceiling design ideas. There are so many ways to accentuate a room by using the ceiling as a focal point; the …

Interior Design

7 Sweet and Simple Breads That Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Ready or not, the holiday season is in full swing: The neighborhood decorations are up, the festive music is playing and the Black Friday commercials are running. You might as well get in the spirit and start baking. These sweet and simple breads will fill your home with the scents of the season -- …

Breakfast

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

Flu

Can A Cancer Drug Reverse Parkinson's Disease And Dementia?

A drug that's already approved for treating leukemia appears to dramatically reduce symptoms in people who have Parkinson's disease with dementia, or a related condition called Lewy body dementia.<p>A pilot study of 12 patients given small doses of nilotinib found that movement and mental function …

10 Things You Never Thought to Store on the Back of a Door

Skylights, Whitewashed Flooring Enlighten German Country House

Taking on a country house renovation is a job for creative, solution-oriented teams. This old house in Visbek, Germany, was renovated by Reichel …

From the Inside, This Tiny House Feels Giant

A clever layout helps 150 square feet feel super spacious.<p>As longtime fans of the tiny house movement, we're constantly impressed by the way these humble abodes maximize space — or rather, <i>lack</i> of space. At first glance, this cute home definitely looks like quite the tiny charmer (that fold-out …

By buying Modi's excuses for communalism, we’re all colluding in murder

We can’t make the mistake of thinking that the lynchings, like the one in Dadri, are about beef or cows. Those are mere excuses.<p>It is not hard to …

This Chart Tells Exactly When Your Kids Should Go to Bed

Well, this will certainly get parents talking.<p>With the start of school, parents everywhere are struggling to get their kids back on an earlier schedule after a summer of free rein. And a certain chart that has gone viral isn't helping to make them feel less anxious about it. Based on your child's …

First time Rome: a beginner’s guide to the Eternal City

First visit to Rome? You’re in luck. You’ll find it easy to see a lot, no matter how limited your time is. It’s good to plan ahead, but ambling aimlessly is also a joy: at times it can seem like there’s an ancient wonder around every corner. Just don’t stress about trying to see everything: for …

72 Kitchens That'll Make You Want To Redo Yours

You've been dreaming of that custom backsplash forever. Now's the time.<p>The kitchen is probably the most used room in your house, so you want it to be a space you enjoy spending time in. From country casual to sleek and modern — and everything in between — we've got all the kitchen inspiration you …

Japanese Design Inspires Modern Clark Court Residence in North Carolina

Completed by <b>In Situ Studio</b> in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, <b>Clark Court Residence</b> is a contemporary retreat especially envisioned for owners …

Relatively Modest Facade Unveiling Sumptuous Interiors: Bellino Drive Residence

Located in Pacific Palisades, California, <b>Bellino Drive Residence</b> by <b>Mayes Office</b> is an example of a contemporary home with a high dose of originality. …

Peek Inside Marilyn Monroe's Eclectic NYC Apartment

She called the Upper East Side townhouse her "sanctuary."<p>Marilyn Monroe is usually associated with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's Golden Era, but when she wasn't on the West Coast, the iconic actress spent a great deal of time in New York City (she <i>was</i> married to a Yankee, after all). Whenever …

9 Styling Things You're Doing Wrong in Your Bedroom

#1. Stop using bright, bold patterned bedding.<p>Your bedroom should be the place where you find peace. It's where you sleep, love, dream, and are oftentimes the most vulnerable. "You want the space to be a calming refuge," says Alexander Reid, a head stylist at One Kings Lane. "You want to simply …

This Incredible Hawaiian Treehouse Is a Real-Life Dreamland

Tell us your fantasy isn't living on a woodland hillside, with an island beach mere steps away.<p>It happens when you daydream about winning the lottery: Of course, you'd want to buy a house on the beach. But you could also picture yourself in the mountains, with lots of hiking trails under the …

Trails

12 Celebrities Wax Poetic on Their Vaginas

"I just had a daydream that my vagina ate a bag of Skittles!"<p><b>1.</b> "I love my pussy, it is the complete summation of my life. It's the place where all the most painful things have happened. But it has given me indescribable pleasure. My pussy is the temple of learning." <b>—Madonna,</b> in her book, <i>Sex</i><p><b>2.</b> "I …

If These Bones Could Talk: The Stories Human Skeletons Can Tell

There's an open box of skulls on the floor. A table is covered with pelvis bones. Nearby: a pile of ribs, tied up with a piece of string.<p>I'm standing in a basement room, underneath the bleachers of the football stadium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Looking at floor-to-ceiling shelves …

How Much Can A Human Body Sweat Before It Runs Out?

Drip, drip, drip<p>It all depends on the size, physical fitness and hydration of the person in question, but it's possible to sweat buckets before heatstroke sets in and we pass out. After all, there are about three million sweat glands on the human body (the highest concentration is on our palms), …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …