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Audain Art Museum building wins accolades around the world for Patkau Architects

From the street, the studio-office of what is arguably Canada’s most celebrated architectural firm is camouflaged by a green screen of leaves and …

Architecture

What It’s Like to Trip on the Most Potent Magic Mushroom

"I felt as though I were communing directly with a plant for the first time."<p>Paul Stamets, a mycologist I had come to visit in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula to go mushroom hunting, had a gift he wanted to give me. We were in his office, looking at some images on his computer, when he pulled …

Immune System

Easy Ways to Actually Improve Your Posture

You’ve probably heard about “tech neck”—the head-drooped, shoulders-forward pose many of us strike while crouched at a computer or peering into our …

Amplify: Some respite in a turbulent news year

<i>This is the weekly Amplify newsletter. If you're reading this on the web or someone forwarded this email newsletter to you, you can sign up for Amplify and all Globe newsletters</i> here<i>.</i><p>I absorbed a lot of beautifully crafted, fascinating articles, books, podcasts, television shows and movies this …

Canada needs a fuller house to thrive – but population growth isn't enough

In his new book, Doug Saunders chronicles how a 'population deficit' threatens Canada's social programs, livable cities and a cleaner environment. As ambitious as it sounds, a goal of 100 million Canadians may be worth aiming for, he writes, but we must start planning now to get it right<p>If you're …

The Empire Stopper

<i>When the American author</i> James A. Michener went to Afghanistan to research his work of historical fiction, “Caravans,” it was 1955 and there were barely any roads in the country. Yet there were already Americans and Russians there, jockeying for influence. Later, the book’s Afghan protagonist would …

Goodbye to all that: Is the international order as we know it over?

Building walls. Closing borders. Scrapping trade deals. Exiting international organizations. Across the world, a crop of politicians is pushing for dramatic changes to the agreements and institutions that have defined the international order since the end of the Second World War. In the United …

'Like a robot screaming in my ear:' composer spreads the word on sudden deafness

Imagine waking up suddenly deaf in one ear. Musician and composer Richard Einhorn has lived through it.<p>In June 2010, the 64-year-old New Yorker awoke …

Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor.<p>The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to spur healthy brain development; calcium to be bound like …

Pregnancy

The Prophecies of Jane Jacobs

She is renowned for championing urban diversity, but her real prescience lay in her fears about the fragility of democracy.<p>Becoming Jane Jacobs<p>By Peter L. Laurence<p>University of Pennsylvania Press<p>Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs<p>By Robert Kanigel<p>Knopf<p>Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of …

Urban Design

Strengthen your back with these simple exercises

<b>The Question</b><p>My lower back has been sore most of the summer. I try to stay active, but the pain is now making that difficult. This morning I even needed help getting dressed. What are my treatment options?<p>Susan, age 48<p><b>The Answer</b><p>Back and neck pain affect people of all ages, with studies showing that …

Features | Baker's Dozen | Sharp Dressed Fan: Billy Gibbons Of ZZ Top's Favourite Albums

As ZZ Top take their live greatest hits album on tour, their lead singer and guitarist Billy Gibbons talks Kiran Acharya through his top 13 LPs, …

Bill Bryson: ‘It feels as if Britain is permanently in an age of austerity’

It is amazing how much past you can accumulate without any effort at all, and I admit to being shocked when my publisher drew my attention to the fact that this year would be the 20th anniversary of <i>Notes from a Small Island</i>. When I wrote it my wife and I had just taken a rather abrupt decision to …

Books

‘We Need an Energy Miracle’

Bill Gates has committed his fortune to moving the world beyond fossil fuels and mitigating climate change.<p>In his offices overlooking Lake Washington, just east of Seattle, Bill Gates grabbed a legal pad recently and began covering it in his left-handed scrawl. He scribbled arrows by each margin of …

Natural Gas

Popping the Publishing Bubble

Over the last few weeks and months there has been increasing alarm that today, September 16, is a critical one for publishers — and by critical, I …

Digital Advertising

All the Fall 2015 TV Shows You Need to Know

Here are the new and returning series you might or might not want to watch in the months ahead.<p><b>Drunk History, Season One, Comedy Central (September 1)</b><p>Based on the Funny or Die web series created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, <i>Drunk History</i> takes a "narrator" in every episode, gets him or her …

A Brief Summary of the Buddha's Teachings

Shortly after his Awakening, the Buddha delivered his first sermon, in which he laid out the essential framework upon which all his later teachings …

How to Get People to Like You: 7 Ways From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

Self-help

The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower

Adam Tooze's study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century.<p>Very rarely, you read a book that inspires you to see a familiar story in an entirely different way. So it was with Adam Tooze’s astonishing economic history of World War II, <i>The Wages of Destruction</i>. And so it is …

The Top 14 Walkable, Livable City Stories Of 2014

Mindblowing skyscrapers of the future on one hand. Cities slowly dying from lack of water on the other.<p>Want more of Co.Exist’s best stories of 2014? Read all of our end-of-the-year round-ups, in all of these categories:<br>• Most-Read Stories<br>• Photos<br>• Infographics<br>• Lists<br>• Videos<br>• Maps<br>• Buildings<br>• …

Did David Hockney inspire Taxi Driver?

Film has always been an influence on the artist - and the artist has been important to film-makers<p>Every day until I was tall enough, I asked my mother to lift me up so I could see out of the kitchen window. When I told David Hockney this some years ago, his eyes sparkled. ‘‘Oh yes’’, he said, …

40 Must-Try Asian-Inspired Noodle Dishes

Whether you’re slurping them up at a local fusion hot spot or straight out of a takeout box, Asian noodles make the perfect cold-weather comfort food. Don’t feel like hitting the town or dialing for delivery? From pad Thai and pho to Singapore noodles and ramen soup, these 40 recipes are easy to …

Recipes

Gooey Honey Blondies From 'Ovenly'

Square and blonde and sweet all over, this <i>Ovenly</i> recipe is made with a combination of dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, and a heap of honey. Chunks of raw pecans keep them from being cloyingly sweet, and a teaspoon of salt makes all the flavors pop.<p><b>Tips:</b> Using chocolate that's 60% cacao or …

Easy Lentil Soup With Lemon Zest, Garlic, and Parsley Recipe

An easy lentil soup is packed with flavor thanks to a dual-use mixture of parsley, garlic, and lemon zest that gets added both before and after cooking.<p><b>Why this recipe works:</b><p>We keep it simple with just basic aromatics and good stock as the background for dried lentils.<br>• A mixture of parsley, garlic, …

Gallery: 42 Taco Recipes We Love

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tomatillo Tacos Recipe

Read more: Slow Cooker Chicken Tomatillo Tacos<p>Ingredients3 serrano peppers1 (28-ounce) can of tomatillos, drained, or 15 fresh husked tomatillos broiled until charred1 large handful cilantro, including stems, plus additional 1/4 cup leaves, chopped for garnish1 small onion, quartered3 medium cloves …

Table for Two: Serious Eats Joins Flipboard

Before becoming the “missionary of delicious,” foodie Ed Levine had two great passions: baseball and jazz. After throwing one too many curveballs, …

New Stonehenge Discovery: What Took So Long?

Checking in on the latest theories on the world’s most mysterious piece of prehistoric architecture.<p>An extensive scan of the area surrounding Stonehenge has uncovered more than a dozen new monuments, adding to the scant information archeologists have been able to determine about the world’s most …

Always run. Never walk

When entering university, first-year students are taught to work for the best possible grade-point-average and take classes seriously – often in preparation for jobs as doctors, lawyers, accountants and so on. In some ways, this is good advice; earning a high average and excelling in studies can be …

Don’t call him the Walt Disney of Japan: How animator Hayao Miyazaki became a cultural icon by doing everything Pixar doesn’t

Miyazaki built an empire on rejecting fancy special effects, embracing darkness and ignoring the mainstream<p>Traditional animation is on its way out. In the age of Pixar, Dreamworks and other big-budget production companies that specialize in children’s entertainment, technology trumps tradition. …