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Welcome to Ukraine, the most corrupt nation in Europe

Ukraine’s National Cancer Institute occupies three smoke-grey, six‑storey blocks in a residential district on the edge of Kiev. The external walls are tiled, with occasional scars where the bricks peep through. When Soviet workmen completed the facade, they built the date – “1968” – into it. Since …

Cameron Messer: From couch potato to 100-kilometre trekker

"I was a very large guy - 130 kegs [kilograms] - and I bloody got off the couch and ran City2South in an hour an a half, which was very pleasing to …

From Bondage To Masturbation: The Sex Practices Orthodox Jews Deem Kosher

What does the Talmud says about pleasure and power? How does Orthodox Judaism affect a person's sex life?<p>To answer these questions, HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd spoke with Dr. Bat Sheva Marcus, an Orthodox Jewish sex counselor, Dr. David Ribner, chairman of the Sex Therapy Training Program at …

Orthodox Judaism

The 10 best iPhone widgets you should be using

We've collected the 10 best apps that use widgets creatively to keep you up to date and entertained — all from your iPhone's lock screen.<p>From alerting you to when you've only reached your data cap to showing you the best headlines from The New York Times, these widgets pack some power.

Apps

One person has played more than 10,000 hours of Crusader Kings 2

Someone — a single user — has played 10,500 hours of the historical strategy hit <i>Crusader Kings 2</i>, says developer Paradox Interactive. To put that in perspective, that's 437.5 days — or 40 percent of the total, actual, real time that has passed since the game's release three years ago.<p>Paradox …

Penis Reduction Surgery Performed On Teen With Phallus Measuring 10 Inches Around (GRAPHIC)

Surgeons in Florida have given a 17-year-old boy what’s being called the “world’s first” penis reduction surgery.<p>The teen came to doctors complaining of a penis “too large for intercourse,” according to an article in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, published online in November. He was also unable …

New Beautifully Scripted 3D Calligraphy Illusions by Tolga Girgin

Turkey-based electrical engineer and graphic designer Tolga Girgin puts a unique twist on the art of calligraphy with his beautifully scripted letters that appear three-dimensional. Many of his creations may look like they were crafted from strips of paper that were cut and folded to pop off the …

Typography

College Student Survey Suggests We've Made Little Progress Eliminating Racism

One-fourth of college students say racism is no longer a problem in the U.S., the most in the 25-year history of polling by the University of California, Los Angeles.<p>Just 24.7 percent of incoming 2014 freshmen said they think racial discrimination is a thing of the past, UCLA's survey of 153,015 …

'Evangelion' Inspired Animation Short Looks Simply Astounding

As part of Studio Khara’s ongoing Japanese Animator Expo, with unique animation shorts released each week, we have now been graced with an Evangelion inspired entry that looks simply amazing.<p>Handled by Sola Digital Arts, who recently created the CG Captain Harlock film, the short was directed by …

Anime

Anish Kapoor’s Swirling Vortex of Black Water

Famed artist Anish Kapoor is back and this time he's showing a never-ending, swirling vortex of black water. At the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India's first biennale for contemporary art, Kapoor has created an intriguing installation called <i>Descension</i>. Surrounded by a circular gate, the black water …

Art

The first Ubuntu phone arrives next week, but there's a catch

It's been a long time coming, but finally Canonical is ready to release its first Ubuntu phone. After teaming up with Meizu and BQ almost a year ago, we're getting a (sort of) new handset from the latter; it's actually a repurposed version of its Aquaris E4.5, a mid-range smartphone that normally …

Climate change marchers told to hire private security firm

The right to stage demonstrations in Britain could be threatened following a demand that climate change protesters planning a march next month hire a private firm to oversee it – a role previously carried out by the police.<p>The Campaign Against Climate Change (CACC) says it is effectively being made …

Build A Compact 1080p Gaming PC For $400 (Benchmarks Included)

<b>[UPDATE: This has proven to be a popular build, but what if you want to stretch your budget to $800? Check out this newer mini-ITX, 1440p gaming build!]</b><p>There’s a widespread misconception floating around that says building a decent gaming PC is an expensive endeavor. But what if you could assemble …

Computer Hardware

7 Signs You're Not Living the Life Your Soul Intended (and What to Do About It)

photo credit: Psalm 34:18 (Clouded Heart) via photopin (license)<p>We all want to live the life of our dreams full of freedom, flow, and total bliss, but at some point you likely decided to settle for the logical and realistic life. You've lost the zing and excitement that comes with living the life …

Positive Thinking

3 Ways To Teach Kids To Think Critically About Video Games

Thankfully, the discussion of media literacy is very prominent during Superbowl season. At this point, we are used to analyzing the commercials.<p>It must be one of the greatest accomplishments in advertising—talking about the ads is considered part of the tradition. People even say proudly, “I only …

Social media fury reveals the customers always write

The debacle is among the latest in a string of social media backlashes against companies that have dared to tinker with the recipe or design of a …

Social Media

Underwater towns of the Volga - in pictures

Communities on the Volga were flooded on Stalin’s orders for dams – but a few relics of the past remain

How We Traveled The World On $40 A Day, And You Can Too

When we tell people that we traveled to 302 cities in 33 countries across 6 continents for our honeymoon, they generally assume we are millionaires--far from it. We just decided that life was too short, the world was too big, and the value of travel too great to wait until retirement, so we made it …

The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft

Outlook. Yes, Outlook.<p>Gmail is the world's most popular email service, and the iPhone, as if this week didn't make it abundantly clear, is the world's most popular smartphone. The two have been around for years and years, however the experience of using them together has never been particularly …

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 …

Why the Oz called Colleen McCullough fat and ugly in her obituary

At around 6pm last night, as most Australian newspapers were being finalised, news filtered out that Australia's best-selling author, Colleen …

Australia

Dreamlike Scenes by Conceptual Photographer Jenna Martin

Jenna Martin constructs alternate, dreamlike realities through her conceptual photography. Inspired by films and storytelling, the Montana-based creative takes advantage of her mountainous, serene surroundings to capture elaborate portraits that truly come to life after seamlessly blending …

Photography

Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Saint

As we celebrate his birthday, it is easy to forget that in his day, in his own country, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was considered a dangerous troublemaker. Even President John Kennedy worried that King was being influenced by Communists. King was harassed by the FBI and vilified in the media. The …

Nocookies

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Google Chrome

3D-Printed Bulbshades Inspired by Art Deco-Style Skyscrapers

Product designer David Graas rethinks the standard light bulb with his dazzling, Art Deco-inspired creations. Called <i>Stalaclights</i>, they're 3D-printed bulbshades featuring intricate details that are reminiscent of the first skyscrapers built in cities like New York and Chicago. Graas' designs hang …

Skyscrapers

How Pope Francis Is Carrying Out a Revolution

MANAGUA - In March of 2013, I was asked in an interview: What did I think of an Argentine pope?<p>It was a surprise for me that they had not elected a European pope and that it was a cardinal I had known nothing about. The existing cardinals had been named bishops by John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and …

From margins to mainstream: the rapid shift in French public opinion

Numbers cannot explain the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, but they can help provide some of the context and clarity needed to better understand complexity. The figures tell us the story of a France that has changed - and has done so rapidly in a relatively short period of time

How to Get From San Francisco to Yosemite, Guilt-Free -- on Public Transit

The problem for any self-respecting eco-minded traveler is that if you want to commune with the Great American Outdoors, you need a car to get there.<p>Public transit may be feasible within an urban cityscape, but if you try to use that same transit to see natural wilderness in all its glory, you're …

Trains

10 Easy Ways To Free Up A Lot Of Space On Your iPhone

Your iPhone is full of junk you don't need. And a recent class action lawsuit against Apple has brought to light that even if you buy a 16 GB iPhone, you can't actually use all 16 GB of storage.<p>So let's try to make the most of what you have. We have identified 10 simple ways you can manage and …

Apps