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The Globe Leaders’ Debate: How three competing visions played out

Some elections offer radical choices. Think of the vote in 1993, held in the shadow of Meech and Charlottetown. That election ended up overturning a half-century of Canadian politics, with voters signing the death warrant of the federal Progressive Conservative Party, and giving life to its …

Canada

Why London’s music scene is still one of the best

When it comes to underground and leftfield dance music, London’s been leading the charge for decades. Deeply embedded into the contemporary sonic landscape is Akinola Davies, a multi-media curator, DJ, promoter, radio host and freelance video producer, who was part of the team that won a MOBO for …

England

The Arcs, Live In Concert

It speaks to The Black Keys' popularity and stature as one of America's finest working rock bands that early word surrounding The Arcs had it pegged as singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach's "side project." The Arcs' debut album, <i>Yours, Dreamily,</i> may have begun as a solo excursion, but the group has turned …

Everything You Need to Stock a Vegan Pantry (& Make Smothered Beans)

<i>The key to a vegan's heart is through the pantry—and smothered white beans.</i><p>A well stocked pantry is an important ally for any home cook, but I’d argue that it may be even more of a boon for vegans and vegetarians. Why? <b>Because a lot of vegans' central proteins, including whole grains and legumes,</b> …

Recipes

Beyond Decadent: Skinny Lasagna Alfredo

Get ready to thrill your family and friends with this out of this world dish! No one will ever guess it's low in calories. It's made skinny by using whole grain lasagna noodles, delicious store-bought light Alfredo sauce and reduced-fat cheese. <b>Each serving has 290 calories, 10 grams of fat and 7</b> …

25 Greatest Internet DJ Mixes of All Time

Streams from Flying Lotus, Disclosure, DJ Snake and more<p>By , , , , , ,<p>There's no substitute for experiencing a skilled DJ in a killer space, mixing …

Miami Beach

So You Flunked A Racism Test. Now What?

You're probably at least a little bit racist and sexist and homophobic. Most of us are.<p>Before you get all indignant, try taking one of the popular implicit-association tests. Created by social psychologists at Harvard, the University of Washington, and the University of Virginia, they measure …

Psychology

French riot police disperse migrants trying to storm Chunnel

Thousands of migrants have been scaling fences near the Channel Tunnel<p>COQUELLES, France—French riot police have sprayed migrants with a chemical …

The Chemical Brothers Share Short Films Made for Born in the Echoes Tour

The Chemical Brothers are currently on tour in support of their new album, <i>Born in the Echoes</i>. Today, they shared excerpts of three short films that play during their live show. The clips here are set to album cuts "Go", "I'll See You There", and "EML Ritual"; you can check them out below, via …

Electronic Music

Wilco Surprise-Release New Album 'Star Wars' as Free Download

"Why release an album this way and why make it free?," Jeff Tweedy writes. "Well, the biggest reason...is that it felt like it would be fun"<p>Without …

Science Fiction

Saberforge Lets You Build a Lightsaber from Modular Parts

For many <i>Star Wars</i> fans, having their own lightsaber might be just a dream. But through Saber Forge, it's a reality. The Portland-based company makes high-end, accurate laser swords, and they've recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their new endeavor called Adaptive Saber Parts (ASP). It's a …

Cool Stuff

Andrew Coyne: Justin Trudeau’s proposed reform package is serious, substantive and radical

You will forgive me if I do not sneer. Lord knows the Liberals have gone in for enough silly stunts and pious gestures in their time — congratulated …

Canada

Space out with Alex Zhang Hungtai’s mix

After spending most of 2014 flitting between Lisbon and Berlin, pop experimentalist Alex Zhang Hungtai (FKA Dirty Beaches) is putting down roots. Currently based in LA and working on new music under the alias Last Lizard, here he curates a selection of tracks mined from his friends’ hard drives, …

David Bowie

The Overnight

Two couples engage in some after-hours shenanigans in this hilarious indie sex comedy<p>Indecently hot and hilarious sex comedies are so rare these days …

Comedy

The GARBAGE PAIL KIDS Revisited as Adults 30 Years Later in Fan Art

7 DIY Vodka Infusions That'll Seriously Upgrade Your Homemade Cocktails

(Photo Credit: Foodie with Family)<p>Flavor-infused cocktails are <i>always</i> in order on a sweet summer night, and there's no better way to up your amateur bartending skills than with homemade vodka infusions.<p>Not only are the DIY versions healthier than their liquor-store counterparts -- see ya never, …

Vote For Zoltan If You Want To Live Forever

The founder of the Transhumanist party plans to upgrade humanity, and he’s running for president in 2016<p>Zoltan Istvan didn’t see the half-buried bomb. He was reporting on a story about Vietnam’s forgotten landmines when he wandered off the path to look at the scar of an explosion on the jungle …

The U.S. is on the edge of rebellion, Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges warns in new book

The United States is primed for a rebellion. So argues Chris Hedges in his new book, <i>Wages of Rebellion</i>, in which the Pulitzer Prize-winning …

Nelson Mandela

Ominous sounds in the air mystified Terrace, B.C. — and not everyone believes the official explanation

Strange sounds in the air last Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday baffled residents of Terrace, B.C. City officials said a road grader caused the noise …

6 Books You Absolutely Can't Miss This May

Because nothing raises your badassery quotient like reading.<p>Real life proved more thrilling than fiction this month, with six non-fiction books beating out the competition as our top picks for May. From the story of the five men who took the civil rights movement to space to the memoir of a doctor …

Books

7 of the raddest outdoor adventures in Idaho

1. Paragliding off the top of Baldy<p>There’s a famous saying in the ski community of Sun Valley that goes, “The higher you get, the higher you get.” …

Hiking

Kraftwerk Calculate New Slate of 3-D Concert Dates

Electronic music pioneers wiil visit 12 more North American cities<p>Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk will return to the autobahn this fall for a …

Electronic Music

What is dark energy?

We need dark energy to explain why gravity seems to be driving galaxies in our universe apart instead of pulling them together.<p>The nature of dark …

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence review – a unique hallucinatory trilogy

A new darkness of tone pervades the conclusion to Swedish auteur Roy Andersson’s incredible film about the human condition – what strange humans and what disquieting conditions these really are<p>The pigeon in question is dead; it’s in the first scene of this captivatingly strange and dreamlike film, …

Stackable Glass Coasters Separate the Brain Into 3D Specimen

Curious about the brain? Now you can learn about it with your everyday home decor. ThinkGeek created a 10-piece set of <i>Brain Specimen Coasters</i> that separates the organ into thin slices. Each part is printed on a four-inch clear glass coaster, and they form a complete three-dimensional brain when …

Neuroscience

The Last Oil Filter You’ll Ever Have To Buy

The Hubb Lifetime Oil Filter solves a problem as old as automobiles themselves, and it’ll save you money, too.<p>Strapped to the bottom of your car like a colostomy bag full of dinosaur goo, oil filters are disgusting. Worse? They’re biohazards. Because they’re disposable, Americans go through …

How to Make Authentic Jamaican Jerk at Home

<i>Photo by Rob Baas.</i><p>Like North American barbecue, Jamaican jerk is simultaneously a dish, a cooking method, and a way of life--a noun and a verb.<p>As anyone who has eaten real-deal Jamaican jerk can tell you, it hurts. Smoke gets in your eyes and Scotch bonnet chiles scorch your gullet. "You need to …

Revealed: the aftershave that turns women on

The actor Steve McQueen was known for wearing Christian Dior’s Eau Sauvage, which contains the stimulating chemical Hedione<p>With his ice cool demeanour and smouldering good looks it is no surprise that the actor Steve McQueen was attractive to women.<p>But new research suggests he may have a little …

Issey Miyake