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Women of Congo Speak Out

Why The Super Typhoon Heading Toward Japan Could Be So Dangerous

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the system, which is already producing winds up to 150 mph, may develop into an "extremely intense" storm by Tuesday as it moves north.<p>"I can't stress enough how dangerous this typhoon may be when it hits Okinawa," wrote Brigadier General James Hecker on the …

Weather

Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Emerges From The Rainforest For The First Time

The news was released July 2, just a few years after the first sightings of the uncontacted Indians in Brazil near the border with Peru were confirmed, according to the new statement from the group Survival International. Just last month, officials with the organization warned that the isolated …

Ethnology

Cursed Warship Revealed With Treasure Onboard

Researchers and divers have started studying the secrets that Mars, the pride of Sweden's 16th-century navy, has held for 450 years.<p>It was the largest and fiercest warship in the world, named the <i>Mars</i> for the Roman god of war: But it went up in a ball of flames in a brutal naval battle in 1564, …

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What does your email address say about you?

It was a decision made years ago for long-forgotten reasons, but the legacy of your webmail choice lives on - and says a lot about you to strangers. We delve into the connotations of what comes after your @.<p>...@gmail.com - “Middle of the road”<p>If Gmail was ice cream it would be vanilla, if it was …

The chastity bra that only opens when you find true love – or so they say

Japanese lingerie brand has unveiled a 'smart bra' that claims to 'know how women truly feel', remaining locked until its wearer falls in love<p>The stakes are getting increasingly high in the battle for the weirdest piece of wearable tech. After wifi-detecting hats and smartphone-charging wellies, it …

UK Real Wages Down 6.1% In Biggest Fall Of G7 Nations (GRAPH)

Britons' take-home pay has fallen by 6.1% since the recession hit in 2007, marking the biggest fall of all the G7 nations, official figures …

Germany, I apologise for this sickening avalanche of first world war worship

The festival of self-congratulation will be the British at their worst, and there are still years to endure. A tragedy for both our nations<p>I must apologise to the Germans. They are about to suffer an avalanche of often sickening Great War memorabilia, largely at their expense. It will be the …

Sex and the Guardian: readers confess all

When we wrote an article questioning the validity of a sex survey, we weren't expecting to be inundated with data from thousands of our readers<p>Official data on virginity and sex lives Why doesn't Hollywood show more people not having sex?<p>Last week, we did a little experiment. We posted an article …

Ghost stories: why the Victorians were so spookily good at them

Christmas Eve was traditionally the time to tell scary stories round the hearth. And 19th-century writers were fearsomely adept at exploiting a world of creaking floorboards, creepy servants … and gas lamps that caused hallucinations<p>Curl up by the fire and I'll tell you a ghost story. Don't be …

Christmas ghost stories: Stairs by Penelope Lively

An exclusive short story by the Booker-winning veteran author<p><b>Here we go,</b> she thought: "Ripe for renovation." Of course. Another one.<p>Tim was turning off the main road, responding to the satnav. They left the traffic, forged through a mesh of suburban streets, arrived at the heart of what had once …

3 Technological Innovations that Could Revolutionize Meditation Practice

<b>Almost a century ago</b>, H.G. Wells predicted that “It is quite possible that in contact with western science, and inspired by the spirit of history, …

Ditch the Wristbands: For Next Generation of Wearables, Dumb Clothes Get Smart

As much excitement as there may be about wearable sensors, most of the activity tracking devices today are pretty lame.<p>That’s because they’re often …

Smarter People Stay Up Later, Do More Drugs and Have More Sex

It's science.<p>Sex. Drugs. Late nights.<p>You may be reading the first four words of my memoir. Or you could be simply listing three things that show signs of being a genius, according to various studies. There's evidence that shows that if you're spending less of your nights hitting the books and more …

Psychology

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

Europe’s Gaia Billion-Object Astronomy Mission Primed for Thursday Launch

Artist’s concept of the Gaia mission. Image Credit: ESA<p>After many delays, the European Space Agency (ESA) is ready to launch <b>its ambitious Gaia …

$19 million might produce the first ever image of a black hole

Astrophysicists think there's a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. It's supposed to be four million times more massive than our Sun, but despite its stupendous size, we've never been able to see it. That might soon change. The European Research Council has given 14 …

Visions of Earth through the Yutu Rover's Eyes

Last night I used my telescope to eye-hike the volcanic plains of the Sea of Rains (Mare Imbrium) where the Yutu rover and lander sit beneath a …

Beautiful Images That Portray A Different Side To Homelessness

World class photographer Jan Banning wanted to portray the homeless men and women in Georgia, Mississippi & South Carolina as a true unfiltered …

Avoid Antibacterial Soaps, Say Consumer Advocates

This week's action by the FDA on soap doesn't go far enough, they say.<p><b>Federal officials' questions about antibacterial soaps have raised a lather among environmental and consumer advocates concerned about the safety of controversial ingredients in these cleansers.</b><p><b>Reviving a long-running controversy</b> …

Creative Eye Makeup Illustrations by Tal Peleg

Israeli makeup artist Tal Peleg, aka Scarlet Moon, uses eyeshadow and eyeliner to do more than simply shade in her eyelids. Instead, the creative makeup genius turns eyelids into her own personal canvas for clever mini paintings. She takes the small patch of skin that surrounds the eye and …

Eye Makeup

Why Do Conservatives Hate Pope Francis So Much? Just Read These 20 Quotes

Since becoming the newest pontiff on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis has had a lot to say, moving the Catholic Church back to the actual teachings of …

The death of photography: are camera phones destroying an artform?

From presidential selfies to never-ending Instagram feeds, the world is now drowning in images. Celebrated photographers debate the impact of this mass democratisation on their craft<p>"It's really weird," says Antonio Olmos. "Photography has never been so popular, but it's getting destroyed. There …

When Americans Try To Place European Countries On A Map

Geography

A Magic Box That Makes Music Out Of Manga

This hand-cranked mechanical device gives Japanese comics a real-time soundtrack.<p>Even in the silent film era, when full orchestras would perform a score live as a movie flickered overhead, we have expected our movies to have sound. Yet we don’t have the same expectations of reading. Why not? Why …

Anime

Artist and designer Idan Friedman created these bas relief sculptures in disposable food trays. Check out more of his work now on the blog: http://hifructose.com/2013/12/11/bas-relief-sculptures-in-disposable-food-trays-by-idan-friedman/

Apocalypse, New Jersey: A Dispatch From America's Most Desperate Town

No jobs, no hope - and surveillance cameras everywhere. The strange, sad story of Camden<p>The first thing you notice about Camden, New Jersey, is that …

A Psychologist's Guide to Online Dating

Can we predict romantic prospects just from looking at a face?<p>Edward Royzman, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, asks me to list four qualities on a piece of paper: physical attractiveness, income, kindness, and fidelity. Then he gives me 200 virtual “date points” that I’m to …