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Removing shoes when entering the house could help people stay slim, scientists claim

Removing shoes when entering the house and swapping carpet for wooden floors could help people stay slim because it prevents environmental chemicals accumulating in the house, scientists have claimed.<p>According to new research presented at the European Society of Endocrinology in Barcelona, everyday …

Carbon Emissions

Pop Music Has Gotten Sadder in the Past 30 Years, New Study Finds

A new study has shown that in the past three decades, the trend in popular music has shifted toward sadder songs, according to the Associated Press. In a report from the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California at Irvine studied 500,000 popular songs released …

Research

Hippos Poop So Much That Sometimes All the Fish Die

Their dung consumes the oxygen around it, creating lethal pulses of suffocating water.<p>At first, Chris Dutton and Amanda Subalusky had no idea why the fish were dying.<p>At a bridge on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, they noticed that whenever the Mara River rose by a few feet, dead fish would …

Water

The Writer

The Writer exists in two worlds: the world he’s creating and the world in which he wears the same shirt a lot. The Writer successfully holds each world responsible for his failings in the other, a Ping-Ponging of accountability that frees him to wake up around elevenish.<p>The Writer feels uneasy …

Middle Age

Sigur Rós Have Released an Hour of Beautiful New Music Called 'Liminal'

It's the first instalment of a new "endless mixtape" that will be continually added to by the band.<p>If you are in the UK, chances are you've got Bank Holiday blues pretty bad. Either you just worked the longest, shittest weekend of your life, full of Sharons asking to Speak to the Manager™, or …

New Music

When Winter Never Ends

How five days in February reveal what Seattle's signing of Ichiro cannot. The future Hall of Famer is haunted by the life he can't escape.<p><i>This story</i> …

Blade Runner

French museum discovers half of its collection are fakes

A state-owned French art museum has discovered that more than half of its collection consists of worthless fakes and experts fear that other public galleries may also be stuffed with forgeries.<p>An art historian raised the alarm after noticing that paintings attributed to Etienne Terrus showed …

Art

Health warnings after toxic caterpillar outbreak in London

<b>An outbreak of toxic caterpillars that can cause asthma attacks, vomiting and skin rashes has descended on London, officials have warned.</b><p>Oak processionary moths (OPM), which are in their larval stage, have been spotted across the south-east of England and in the capital.<p>Hairs on the caterpillars …

Caterpillars

Korean moviegoers complain of mistranslation of Avengers dialogue

While Avengers: Infinity War is making a killing at the box office in Korea, some moviegoers have complained that there were errors in the Korean …

South Korea

11 new Gmail features, how they work, and when you'll get them

There's plenty to like about the new Gmail.<p>Google on Wednesday announced a brand new Gmail. Well, not brand new, but the company took the Gmail we all know and (maybe) love, added a ton of new features and overhauled the design.<p>By my count there are 11 new features in Gmail, some of which you can …

Apps

How Gabriel García Márquez Created a World in a Sentence

The novelist Mary Morris explains how the opening line of One Hundred Years of Solitude shaped her path as a writer.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Colum McCann, George Saunders, Emma Donoghue, Michael Chabon,</b> …

Literature

How Rhiannon Giddens Reconstructs Black Pain With The Banjo

Rhiannon Giddens isn't afraid to carry the weight of history in her music. The North Carolina singer-songwriter and banjoist is a founding member of the Grammy-winning group the Carolina Chocolate Drops which won both critical acclaim and loyal fans for their revival of the African-American string …

Black History

Scientists create mutant enzymes that eat plastic bottles

A possible solution to the world's plastic pollution problem was created by accident.<p>Mutants exist and they're helping to save the planet.<p>OK, not <i>those</i> kinds of mutants. But these are equally cool.<p>An international team of scientists has created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drink bottles, …

Polyethyleneterephthalate

All by Itself, the Humble Sweet Potato Colonized the World

Of all the plants that humanity has turned into crops, none is more puzzling than the sweet potato. Indigenous people of Central and South America grew it on farms for generations, and Europeans discovered it when Christopher Columbus arrived in the Caribbean.<p>In the 18th century, however, Captain …

Anthropology

Songwriters Fonts gives you the opportunity to type in the handwriting of David Bowie and John Lennon

Songwriters Fonts, a new project launched by French graphic designer Nicolas Damiens and copywriter Julien Sans, gives typography fans the …

Typography

Lindsey Buckingham has been fired from Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham, guitarist, singer, and one of the principal creative forces behind ‘70s supergroup-turned-21st century hipster favorite Fleetwood …

Bataan Chapel by Swiss Artist Not Vital Questions the Boundaries Between Art and Architecture

Art, in general, is produced to be seen or experienced by another, an interlocutor, who, in turn, establishes various relationships with the work. …

Bento, Keyboard Cat and internet hero, has died aged 9

One of the internet's favourite animal heroes, Keyboard Cat, has sadly passed away.<p>Though not the original Keyboard Cat, Bento was the second feline …

Stephen Hawking Taught Us a Lot About How to Live

Stephen Hawking, the English cosmologist and black hole maven, liked to say he was born 300 years to the day after Galileo died, and he died on Wednesday, 139 years after Albert Einstein was born.<p>That was a fitting bookend.<p>In the popular press, he was often referred to as the greatest physicist …

Physics

The Beatles – a teenage photographer's shots

Shots of The Beatles’ first US concerts are expected to sell for £250,000 ($347,000) at auction. Mike Mitchell, 18 at the time, snapped hundreds of never-before-seen photographs of the band’s performances at the Washington Coliseum and the Baltimore Civic Centre in 1964. The negatives, taken only …

Auctions

Knitting should be prescribed on NHS to lower blood pressure, reduce depression and slow dementia

Prescribing knitting could save the NHS millions of pounds, a new report suggests, because it lowers blood pressure, reduces depression and slows the onset of dementia.<p>The organisation Knit for Peace carried out a widespread literature review looking at the health benefits of the traditional craft …

Ichiro Suzuki set to return to Mariners on major-league contract

The Mariners are bringing back one of their franchise greats, with Ichiro Suzuki reportedly set to return after taking his physical Monday.<p>ESPN …

Why Gabriel García Márquez’s magical realism is so enduring

The writer would have been 91 years old today.<p>Gabriel García Márquez, whose 91st birthday is the subject of today’s Google Doodle, was an undisputed giant of 20th century literature. He gave the world <i>100 Years of Solitude</i> and <i>Love in the Time of Cholera</i>. He won a Nobel Prize, and after his death in …

Brussels expat wire artist branches into bowties

Racso Jugarap made one of those life decisions after moving to Brussels that few of us dare to make: He gave up his job to become a full-time …

Recreate Pok Pok's cult-status Vietnamese chicken wings

One might argue America’s most beloved chickens wings are churned out of a former teriyaki stand in Southeast Portland.<p>Each week, thousands of pounds …

Food & Dining

Thinking in a second language hinders imagination, study finds

As anyone who’s ever learned a foreign language will know, thinking in anything other than your mother tongue requires a lot of effort.<p>But according …

The Sickness of Our Time: Is It Populism or Fascism?

<b>TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS AGE</b> <b><br>On Fascism and Humanism</b><br>By Rob Riemen<br>176 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $19.95.<p>One year after the Allied obliteration of the Third Reich, the historian Friedrich Meinecke published what would be one of the first efforts on the part of a German scholar and intellectual to come to …

Political Science

Man hit by train in quest for perfect selfie

<b>A self-filmed video of a man who was hit by a Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) train in Hyderabad, India, has been viewed thousands of times online.</b><p>Gym trainer T Siva ignored warnings from a person nearby and the train driver while filming near Borabanda railway station on 21 January.<p>Mr Siva …

India

Never-Before-Seen Viruses With Weird DNA Were Just Discovered in The Ocean

Holy crap!<p>The ocean is crowded. As many as 10 million viruses can be found squirming in a single millilitre of its water, and it turns out they have …

Biology

A Friend Of Kurt Cobain Is Sharing Over Two Hours Of Rare Nirvana Demo Tapes That Cobain Gave Him

Due to the untimely passing of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana only released three studio albums, but fans know that there’s a lot more music than that floating around. Various demo recordings and bootlegs have circulated for years, and now, one of the more interesting sets of rare Nirvana material has …

Kurt Cobain