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How to Remove Literally Any Makeup Stain from Your Clothing

Just like magnets attract any metal-based object within its reach, our clothing usually seems to end up welcoming just about every makeup stain …

A Street Style Look You’ll Want to Wear Before the Weather Gets Good

New Yorkers may have woken up to a picturesque dusting of snow yesterday, but we’re all living in hope that eventually the weather will turn good for once and for all. As you play the waiting game with spring, though, there’s no reason not to make the most of the sartorial opportunities afforded by …

Street Style

The Bitter Fight Over the Benefits of Bilingualism

For decades, some psychologists have claimed that bilinguals have better mental control. Their work is now being called into question.<p>In one of his sketches, comedian Eddie Izzard talks about how English speakers see bilingualism: “Two languages in one head? No one can live at that speed! Good …

The year 2040 is looking very scary for the world’s richest countries

For demographers and economists, 2020 is a big year.<p>That’s when 20% of the population of the world’s richest countries will be older than 65—a magic number because, starting in the mid-1900s, it’s the age when people stop working (though in many European countries people retire at 60), collect …

The Hair Color Trend That's Bringing Museum Art to Life

Starry night strands, please.<p>A few of the world's most seminal artworks have an entirely new canvas.<p>Kansas-based hairstylist Ursula Goff is bringing paintings like Vincent van Gogh's "The Starry Night" and Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" to life with elaborate and ultra-vivid dye jobs. The results are …

Stunning Self Portraits of a Woman Sharing an Eye with Various Animals

Hungarian artist Flra Borsi has a keen talent for creating surreal visuals. We have featured Borso before, with her collection of playful time-travel edits and enchanting urban landscapes, and the self taught artist just continues to improve and impress. Her latest series of skillful photo …

See the Entire History of the Oscars Diversity Problem in One Chart

Last week’s Oscar nominations have sparked outrage for their lack of diversity with zero non-white nominees in the acting categories for the second …

Monet, O’Keeffe, and More: Inside the Inspiring Homes of 10 Legendary Artists

There’s something particularly moving about wandering the halls of a home that once belonged to an iconic artist, a feeling that transcends simply viewing their works on a museum wall. There’s a spirit that seems to linger in the gardens, the creaking floors, and the hidden nooks and crannies where …

Art

Work out at home: easy exercises to try in 2016

Photograph: James Drew Turner<p>Part one.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/4678faa4cbbda5e98c9c527a0f417748b4317e1a/0_0_2559_1536/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: James Drew Turner<p>Part two.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/14de574a61cb21fed854c701869f603b61f57cf7/0_0_2559_1536/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: James …

Handy

This Is What the Northern Lights Look Like From Space

We've all seen photos from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, but astronauts aren't just focused on the great beyond. The shuttles and scopes often point toward home, creating some incredible footage of our own planet. View the Northern Lights and other natural wonders from a different angle.

Why Sarcastic People Are More Successful

Research calls sarcasm 'the highest form of intelligence' and claims it can help you get ahead at work.<p>Everybody just loves sarcasm. It's so warm and fuzzy and makes everyone feel nice. So go ahead with those biting quips -- they'll definitely win you friends and admirers!<p>I'm being sarcastic, of …

Scientists now think that being overweight can protect your health

Around a dozen years ago, researchers noticed that some patients with chronic conditions such as heart disease fared better than others. This should have been encouraging news, perhaps a clue to future treatments. Instead, researchers were baffled. Because the factor that seemed to be protecting …

The Harry Potter factory: inside JK Rowling's favourite room on Earth

Design,Harry Potter,Art and design,Harry Potter,Culture,Film,Science fiction and fantasy,Books,Warner Bros,Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,Harry Potter and the Deathly …

The pros and cons of genetically engineering your children

From time to time, science troubles philosophers with difficult ethical questions. But none has been as difficult as considering permanently altering the genetic code of future generations. At a meeting that began on Dec. 1 in Washington DC, the world’s leading gene-editing experts met with …

Genetics

To smile or not to smile? The evolution of faces in photos over 100 years

With selfies full of grinning faces filling every corner of social media, it's hard to imagine we’ve ever favored any other expressions while posing for photos.<p>Now, a new study shows the evolution of smiles in yearbook pictures over the last 110 years, starting with a time when somber looks ruled …

The Best Books Of 2015, According To Goodreads

The readers have spoken.

Books

10 unique ways to gift wrap without wrapping paper

There's no need for paper when you have ingenious gift wrap already lying around your house.<p>There are a ton of ingenious ways to wrap your presents …

Atheism Is Not A Worldview

I assume you don't believe in Santa. How does the Tooth Fairy fare in your epistemic framework? Perhaps you have a slight predilection for the Easter …

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Add this Tweet to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Add this video to your website by copying the code below. Learn more<p>Hmm, there …

Mark Zuckerberg and wife welcome daughter Max, pledge 99% of their Facebook shares to charity

Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook today to pen a heartfelt letter to newborn daughter, Max. Within the body of the letter, Zuckerberg sets out to explore the positives and negatives of the world that he and wife Priscilla Chan will be raising Max in.<p>In it, the two — through the Chan Zuckerberg …

Beautiful Paintings on Fallen Tree Logs Mirror Their Natural Origins

Artist Alison Moritsugu captures the essence of Mother Nature in her <i>log paintings</i>. These environmental pieces utilize trees as both the subject and the canvas. The fragmented nature of the trees allow the designer to paint directly onto the rustic wood. Once her realistic work is complete, what …

Adorable Baby Koala Poses for Her Very First Photoshoot

Australia's Symbio Wildlife Park is currently paying tribute to their adorable koala Imogen. The lovable joey will be celebrating her 1st birthday this coming weekend, so the park wants to look back on her life thus far. Even though Imogen is now happy and heathy, circumstances weren't always …

Fine Art Photography by Hollie Fernando

Hollie Fernando is a talented 23 years old freelance photographer and filmmaker based in South London. She shoots a lot of fashion, commercial and …

Photographer Dan Cretu Whips Up Tiny Sculptures Made From Food Scraps

When you finally decide to clean out the fridge, your food likely goes in the garbage–or, if you’re really good, the compost. Artist and photographer Dan Cretu, on the other hand, creates something new out of old food scraps, by turning them into tiny, surreal, and impressively detailed …

What Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, and Other Successful Entrepreneurs Eat for Breakfast

We know how they make money (mostly). But how do business greats start their days?<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>When you think of famous entrepreneurs, isn't it a little like staring at Meg Ryan in <i>When Harry Met Sally</i>?<p>You …

12 British Poets Share Their Favourite Poems For #NationalPoetryDay

The theme for 2015 is "light".

Literature

How Giraffes Became Winners by a Neck

Science & InnovationLaelaps<p>Giraffes have taught generations of students how evolution works. Not directly, of course. Communicating through nocturnal humming is a barrier to classroom instruction. But the modern giraffe – <i>Giraffa camelopardalis</i> – is often used as the textbook example of why Darwin …

Giraffes

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

Plenty of things can go wrong in DNA testing in a run-of-the-mill case. Problems with interpreting the sample, determining the right match …

Genetics

29 spectacular photos of the Aurora Borealis over the UK and Ireland

LONDON — Aurora hunters were handsomely rewarded Wednesday night across the UK and Ireland as the greens, pinks and purples of the natural phenomenon …

Northern Lights

12 Amazing Photos That Will Make You Feel So Very Insignificant

But, like, in a good way.

Astronomy