Ali Mirjani

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The rise of dark tourism: what’s the appeal?

Swimming in a lake formed by a nuclear blast in Kazakhstan, attending a voodoo festival in Africa, and dining with vampires in New Orleans may not be …

Travelers

Kill or cure? 10 medieval medical practices and their effectiveness

Would these 10 medieval medical practices have given you a new lease of life, or sent you to an early grave?<p>1<p>Bloodletting<p>Phlebotomy aimed to maintain …

Medicine

We’re treating friendships like transactions, and it’s ruining relationships

How are your friendship metrics—got lots of pals? Would you rate them five stars or less? Are they helping you live your best life?<p>We can quantify everything now—from our steps on Fitbit to our literary consumption on Goodreads. As a result, we feel we must make everything and everyone count for …

Relationships

Paradise lost? What happened to Ireland's model eco-village

It was conceived as a model for environmental living in the 21st century – a self-governing eco-village which would be communal, carbon-neutral and self-sufficient.<p>The plans for Cloughjordan, a settlement in the heart of Ireland, provided for a working farm, solar power, an “edible landscape” and …

Sustainability

Daily Edition Top 10 (August 6, 2018)

Primary election season continued with races in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington, as well as a high-profile special election for a vacant Ohio House seat that remains undecided with votes still being counted. Among the takeaways: labor got a win in Missouri, while competition between …

Donald Trump

Language: 'untranslatable' words tell us more about English speakers than other cultures

When the word “hygge” became popular outside Denmark a few years ago, it seemed the perfect way to express the feeling of wrapping yourself up in a …

Language

What's driving Elon Musk?

Elon Musk is a science-fiction character. That’s how one friend puts it. In some ways, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is the archetypical cartoon …

Elon Musk

Tyrian Purple: The disgusting origins of the colour purple

Created from the desiccated glands of sea snails, the colour purple has nevertheless come to define royalty. Kelly Grovier looks at how the hue shook off its unexpected source.<p>Purple is a paradox, a contradiction of a colour. Associated since antiquity with regality, luxuriance, and the loftiness …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Use of online pay-to-watch TV surges ahead

<b>The use of commercial video streaming services has surged ahead in Great Britain, according to official figures.</b><p>Close to half of all adults said they had watched Netflix, Now TV, Amazon Prime Video or a similar internet-based service over the past three months.<p>That compares to less than a third of …

Smart TV

I masturbate a dozen times a day. Am I addicted?

<b>I fear I am addicted to masturbation. If I do not masturbate</b> <b>three or</b> <b>four times a day, I feel incredibly frustrated</b><b>. On particularly “active” days, I can masturbate upwards of 12 times. I find it very difficult to maintain a relationship because I have very little to no sexual desire</b> <b>and find it</b> …

Mental Health

For maximum recharge, take a Wednesday off

Thinking about taking a “summer Friday” to go to the beach, take a hike, or just sprawl on the couch reading and drinking iced coffee? Do it on a Wednesday instead.<p>If Monday through Friday is your normal work schedule, you’ll feel more relaxed and refreshed after a mid-week break than you will …

Nobel Prize

Power and Pain: The incredible loneliness of being superhumanly strong

Swindon’s Pro-Strength & Fitness gym works the senses hard. Its smell is a heady blend of sweaty towel and protein-shake farts. Its sound is of heavy …

My son, Osama: the al-Qaida leader’s mother speaks for the first time

'He met some people who pretty much brainwashed him in his early 20s. You can call it a cult'<p>Reform is beginning to creep through Saudi society; the ban on women drivers has been lifted, cinemas have opened<p>Osama's son Hamza may well cloud the family’s attempts to shake off their past<p>On the corner …

Osama Bin Laden

Your Viewing Guide To The Best Meteor Shower In Years: 2018's Perseids

When it comes to meteor showers, we have these dazzling pictures in our minds of seeing streaks of light appear all over the sky: rapidly, brightly, and profusely. Yet in real life, many of us have had experiences that pale in comparison, where we might spend an entire hour outside only to see five …

Astronomy

The fightback against the bitcoin energy guzzlers has begun

Plattsburgh, New York, perches on the shores of the vast Lake Champlain on the US-Canada border. It’s a small city – population less than 20,000 – …

Bitcoin

What Is Intermittent Fasting And Is It Actually Good For You?

Sustainable weight loss. Protection from diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Improved brain health. Enhanced physical fitness and strength. It seems …

Holistic Medicine

5 Magazines Worth Your Time: Wellness Edition

<i>With winter just around the corner, it’s a good time to start thinking about our overall wellness and how we are going to stay healthy despite the onslaught of germs, cold weather, and other immunity challenges. Before summer winds down and time speeds up again, check out the following Flipboard</i> …

Work Stress

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? By Jacob Mikanowski<p>On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening …

Language

The Billionaire Yogi Behind Modi’s Rise

On a hazy day in early February, some of the most powerful men in India’s government gathered at Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi, an arena famous for its boisterous wrestling bouts. The men had come for a different kind of spectacle — a biographical film epic, whose initial episodes (out of 57 …

India

Squares and circles are so basic. Get down with this new shape, the scutoid.

There's been an exciting, new development in the action-packed world of geometric shapes.<p>Researchers from the the University of Seville and Seville …

Nature Communications

How the ‘brainy’ book became a publishing phenomenon

Sapiens would have had an expectation of selling a few thousand. It's not one you'd expect bestseller status for James Daunt<p>This is a story about a book that just kept selling, catching publishers, booksellers and even its author off guard. In seeking to understand the reasons for the book’s …

Books

How to Use Flipboard for Research

Whether you’re researching where to invest your bonus check, world politics, or what wine pairs well with brie, Flipboard is not only there to help you discover what you need to know, but also to help you save and organize everything you uncover as well. Follow these steps to make your next …

Social Media

Best ‘brainy’ books of this decade

1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race<br>Reni Eddo-Lodge<p>In recent years, we’ve read excellent nonfiction on race in the US, courtesy of writers such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine and Jesmyn Ward. Reni Eddo-Lodge’s superbly accessible book was a great addition to the British …

Books

People in a long-term vegetative state can be allowed to die without court ruling

End-of-life care can be withdrawn from patients in a permanent vegetative state without consulting a judge, the UK’s highest court ruled today.<p>The …

Human Rights

Teenagers arrested over flour and egg attack on woman amid fears of vigilante backlash

Four teenagers have been arrested over an attack in which a woman was pelted with eggs and flour, amid fears photos of the incident shared on social …

Social Media

Math determines that the more Tom Cruise runs, the better his movies are

Arguably, Tom Cruise running his goddamn ass off is the glue that holds the Mission: Impossible franchise together. And now, we have math to prove it.<p>…

Tom Cruise

Please Wait

Think this heatwave is bad? It's got nothing on the summer of 1976

Heatwave? HEATWAVE? Millennials moaning about the temperature don’t know they’re born. Yes, our genitals are melting on public transport, it’s too …

England

Laura Kuenssberg came close to quitting 'ugly' social media after vile campaigns of abuse

Laura Kuenssberg no longer reads online comments after suffering a campaign of vile abuse, she has said, and came close to removing herself from …

Social Media

Documentaries, rom-coms – and tentative first steps in a new era of Sino-British film collaboration

The era of Sino-British film co-production has arrived. Although the UK’s film industry has been slightly behind Hollywood in pursuing opportunities …

China