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These Jeans Are Designed With Your Enormous Package in Mind

Well-endowed men, rejoice.<p>Does your junk need more breathing room? Skinny jeans, perhaps, are not your best friend. And though wider legs are coming back into style, most cuts of jeans still leave little in terms of crotch-area accommodation. Leo Tropeano, founder of Mugsy Jeans, wanted to solve …

10 Life-Changing TED Talks That Everyone Should Watch

Watching a TED Talk is a solid way to pass time, learn something new, or find much-needed sources of motivation, inspiration, and empowerment when …

China says no room for 'Western values' in university education

China’s education minister has vowed to ban university textbooks which promote “western values”, state media said, in the latest sign of ideological tightening under President Xi Jinping.<p>“Never let textbooks promoting western values appear in our classes,” minister Yuan Guiren said, according to a …

China

Will autocomplete make you too predictable?

Computers can now identify what you will say before you know yourself, and as philosopher Evan Selinger argues, this could subtly shape your conversations without you realising.<p>Do you know what you really want? Right now, there are computers all over the world busily trying to tell you the answer – …

Salvador Dali

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

How Sharing Food Makes You a Better Person

Bad news for anyone planning a lonely night of delivery for one: sharing a meal with others actually makes you a better person, suggests a new study …

Happiness

Who governs science? | Stephen Curry

Traditionally, science holds itself to account, primarily through internal systems of peer review. But the recent retraction of two papers on stem-cell research by the journal Nature highlights weaknesses in this self-regulatory framework that scientists need to address<p>To err is human, so why …

Brazil's Appalling 'Virginity Test' For Women Sparks Outrage

The Public Prosecutor's Office in the Brazilian state of São Paulo is investigating why women are being asked to either submit to gynecological tests or, in some cases, prove their virginity in order to apply for state jobs.<p>The state agency opened an investigation after reports last week that women …

Does Having Kids Make Parents Happy After All?

New research overturns the decades-old belief that having children is a downer.<p>Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a "parental happiness gap." Basically, the running theory has been that parents are a less happy bunch than their non-parenting peers. This makes some …

How Innovation Can Save Us From Environmental Catastrophe | The Takeaway | WNYC

Not everyone believes that we're doomed when it comes to climate change, and one of those hopeful few is Robert Bryce. He says that innovation is the …

Why Innovation Eats Reinvention's Lunch, Every Time

Once upon a time, an automotive company was started with a bold dream: to usher in a new era of motorized transportation. This company would employ thousands of people, from a CEO down to the factory floor. This company would generate tremendous economic gains for the surrounding communities — and …

Are We Totally Screwed? What Antarctica's 'Collapsing' Ice Sheet Means for Us

The past two weeks have brought one disturbing story after another about the future of the largest ice sheet on the planet — the vast frozen expanse …

How Lack of Confidence Could Make You Rich

By most measures, overconfidence trumps under confidence every time. But that may not be the case in the retirement saving game, according to a new …

China punishes 48 people over deadly Sinopec blast

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has punished 48 people, including the chairman of Asia’s top refiner, for one of the country’s worst industrial disasters last year that killed 62 people, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday.<p>Paramilitary policemen clean up leaking oil at a stream a day after an …

A Liter of Light | Philippines

Despite living in the sunny tropics, many people in the Philippines spend their days in darkness cramped together in make-shift homes with limited privacy and electricity.<p>However, a locally raised social entrepreneur and <i>Liter of Light</i> founder Illac Diaz has developed a green, cheap and simple …

Sick Before Their Time: More Kids Diagnosed With Adult Diseases

Diabetes, obesity and elevated blood pressure typically emerge in middle-age, but more young children are showing signs of chronic conditions that …

In China, Higher Education Brings Few Guarantees

When Sam Gu was admitted to college four years ago, his parents were ecstatic. His father, an electric welder, and his mother, a cleaner at a hotel …

Global ambitions v green concerns

WHEN the finalists at the French Open take to the clay court on June 8th and 9th, they may be witnessing the end of an era at the Roland-Garros …

Have women really made great strides since the suffragettes? With women's rights it's still one step forward and quite a few back – but it still behooves us to acknowledge that we've come a long way http://bit.ly/18bJy6e Photograph: Alamy

Pigging out

This year the world will eat 112m tonnes of pork. Around half will be munched in Chinese mouths, according to the Agricultural Outlook report from …

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Nawab nabbedThe boss of Pakistan’s ruling party is sentenced to ten years in jailNawaz Sharif says it is all an army-inspired ploy to prevent his …

Transgender

Could the peace dove fly again?

IN THE wake of the Arab spring and amid a worsening crisis in Syria, the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process has languished in the background …

Israel