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Meet the faces of Japan's first robot-staffed hotel

Japan's first robot-staffed hotel opens this week and we just got the full tour. While the main attraction may be the bordering-on-human receptionist (left) and the English-speaking dinosaur (er, right), the hotel has a whole family of robots performing varying degrees of useful work. Think: room …

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

87 Brilliant Designs For A New Pedestrian-Cycling Bridge In London

London has its fair share of iconic bridges already, but it wants more. It’s about to start building the Garden Bridge–a very green pedestrian walkway designed by Thomas Heatherwick. And now it wants another bridge to connect Pimlico, near Victoria Station, with a massive new development in Nine …

England

QR Code Lets You Get Your Flipboard to the Web, Fast!

There’s a nifty new feature on Flipboard.com today: sign in with a QR code. This is useful for people who are logged into Flipboard on a mobile device and would like to bring everything they follow quickly to Flipboard on the Web. It’s also how anyone who’s been using Flipboard without an account …

Apps

9 Strategies For Battling Stress

Don't let tension take over your life<p>A little stress can be a good thing, but it’s important to keep it under control. These strategies will help you retain your Zen.<p>1. Bounce Back<p>Some people are naturally resilient, but it’s also a learned skill. Stress inoculation gradually exposes people to …

Psychology

Opulent Glass Yacht Features a Grand Staircase That Leads Directly to the Ocean

The newest yacht design by Oregon native Lujac Desautel is a majestic vessel that shimmers with a glass-encased deck, offering passengers the incredible experience of feeling close to the ocean. The California College of the Arts architecture student designed <i>SALT</i> with minimalistic principles and …

Sailing

How to Do Levitation Photography: A Tutorial

As a part of a personal 50/50 project (a photo a day for 50 days with a 50mm lens), I tried my first attempts at levitation photography and had a lot …

Groundbreaking Study Reveals The Main Reason Behind Most Cases Of Cancer

The researchers said Thursday that random DNA mutations accumulating in various parts of the body during ordinary cell division were the prime culprits behind many cancer types.<p>They looked at 31 cancer types and found that 22 of them, including leukemia and pancreatic, bone, testicular, ovarian, …

Cancer

Build a better breakfast: 6 easy, healthy recipes to start the new year right

On the heels of a long and indulgent holiday season, New Year’s Day offers the perfect opportunity to start fresh and commit to healthy eating. And what better way to kick off 2015 than with a nutritious breakfast? In fact, a healthy morning meal is a great way to set you on the path to better …

Photographer's Incredible 14-Year Quest to Document the World's Oldest Trees

For the past 14 years, San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon has journeyed to almost every continent in a quest to document some of the world's biggest, oldest, and rarest trees. Using the criteria of immense size, great age, and notable history to select her subjects, Moon tracks down …

Nature Photography

Elaborate Starship Enterprise Sweetly Crafted from Gingerbread

Home / ArtElaborate Starship Enterprise Sweetly Crafted from Gingerbread<p>By Kelcee Griffis on December 25, 2014<p>California-based Black Market Bakery recently served up this delightful rendition of the Star Trek “Starship Enterprise.” In this multiple-component gingerbread creation, discs of …

Gingerbread

15 colorful landscape photos from around the world | CNN Travel

Joe Cocker, Rock Legend, in Pictures

The 22 Most Expensive Homes Sold This Year

The most expensive home ever sold in the US hit the record books in 2014, and several famous properties changed hands.<p>From celebrity-owned estates in Los Angeles to sky-high mansions in Manhattan, here are the most expensive homes sold in the US in 2014.<p><i>*Thanks to our astute readers for pointing</i> …

Your Diamond Ring Might Explain the Origin of Life on Earth

A geochemist re-examines the deep carbon cycle<p>In 1958, the Smithsonian Institution received a plain paper package in the mail. The only hint of its contents was the insurance on the brown carton, registered for one million dollars. Nestled inside the box sat the largest known blue diamond in the …

Earth Science

No evidence Japan sex slaves coverage harmed country’s image, say experts

Finding contradicts claims by PM Shinzo Abe that erroneous reports of wartime ‘comfort women’ had dented Japan’s image<p>There is no clear evidence that a Japanese newspaper’s erroneous coverage fuelled international criticism of the country’s wartime use of sex slaves, according to a report.<p>The …

10 Expert Tips to Immediately Improve Your Photography

If you're a beginner photographer looking to step up your game, these tips are for you. What most amateurs don't know is that photography revolves …

An Interview with a Guy Who Lived Underwater for 31 Days for Science

Fabien Cousteau lived underwater for a month and built a robot shark to swim around in.<p>We all watched <i>The Little Mermaid</i> as kids and prayed that one day we'd sprout a tail and fins so we could join the magical world at the bottom of the ocean. In reality, for a human, spending extended periods of …

Dazzling Installations at the 2014 Festival of Lights in Lyon

From December 5-8 earlier this month, the city of Lyon in France was illuminated by dazzling light displays for the 2014 Fte des Lumires (Festival of Lights). Continuing the annual tradition that dates back over a century, 4 million visitors flocked to Lyon to marvel at the luminous outdoor art …

France

How the Inventor of the Kimchi Taco Plans to Save the World

Here, a weekend's worth of excellent stories about food—in five fast clicks. First up: a look at chef Roy Choi's plans to save the world.<p>A weekend's …

Best Space Pictures of 2014: A Year's Delights Courtesy of Starry Nights

Of the 350 breathtaking space photos we published in 2014, here are our picks for the 12 best of the year.

The 10 Trendiest Haircuts For Winter 2017

Go a little shorter ahead of a long winter.<p>You know what they say: when the temperature drops, it's time for a chop. Okay, maybe nobody says that, but the sentiment still holds true. There's no better way to gear up for a new season than with a hair transformation, either big or small. Ahead, 10 of …

Ex-Graffiti Artist Cuts Paper Into Delicate Art

“Paper is a noble material,” says Aurel Rubbish, a former electronic musician and graffiti artist. For the past four years, this 33-year-old Frenchman has dedicated himself to the delicate art of paper-cutting. Inspired by street art, tattoo design and the American Pop Surrealism movement, Rubbish …

Art

17 Best Ponytails Of All Time

A look at 17 practical yet stylish ponytails through the years, on everyone from tennis players to royals.<p>We are always looking for fashionable ways of keeping our hair out of our faces during these unbearable summer days. A look at 17 practical yet stylish ponytails through the years, on everyone …