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The history of the 'ideal' woman and where that has left us

<b>(CNN) —</b> Hidden in the halls of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York are historic textiles and glamorous garments, many of which hold secrets from years past.<p>Yet no matter how aesthetically unique or historically significant a particular piece of fashion may be, most visitors to the …

Artists

What Is ‘Vaginal Massage’ and Could It Help Your Sex Life?

It's actually called pelvic floor physical therapy, and it's a legit treatment for pain during sex and other conditions.<p>When Lena Dunham opened up …

Massage Therapy

101 Greatest Quotes About Success and How to Achieve It | Inc.com

What makes something smart? It can mean many things for many people.<p>But the kind of smart I'm talking about is the smart that inspires, the smart that speaks to us and makes sense, the smart that allows us to move past ourselves and do something about the things that keep us stuck.<p>Let these smart …

Motivation

The Sounds of Surinam: When Bhojpuri creole meets Carribbean beats

The 'baithak gana' of the Indians of Surinam has played an important part in the development of popular music all across the Caribbean region.<p>In …

What Your Favorite Music Reveals About Your Brain

If you like R&B but hate heavy metal, a new study explains why—and what it means about the way your mind works.<p>Hate punk rock? Despise country? …

Project Tiger: How India has kept the tiger alive

"That it has kept the tiger alive..."<p>Wide-eyed and unflinching, Bittu Sahgal doesn't hesitate when asked about Project Tiger's achievements. "Had it …

New research shows the ideal marriage age is 25-34. But real life is messier than data sets, for better and for worse<p>I got married just shy of my 31st birthday; my husband-to-be had just turned 26. According to new research, this means we’re one of the lucky couples who got hitched at the exact …

Relationships

Beware the Dark Side of Sweet Tea

Iced tea on a hot summer day. What could possibly go wrong?<p>According to the U.S. Tea Association, Americans collectively sip, gulp, and guzzle over 80 billion servings of tea each year, and 85 percent of that is iced. Tea at any temperature is generally touted as healthy stuff, laden with …

Mining

A Renaissance Murder Mystery

The most glamorous philosopher of the Italian Renaissance, and in many respects the most contemporary, died in the autumn of 1494. He was just thirty-one. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola came from aristocratic stock: the Pico dynasty ruled Mirandola, a tiny northern Italian principality, from a …

Spill the Beans

Some see the ability to keep secrets as a virtue, but a series of studies suggests there’s a hidden downside for the confidant.<p>H. R. Haldeman’s job as White House Chief of Staff to President Richard Nixon required a great deal of discretion. A close confidant and “gatekeeper” to Nixon, throughout …

Psychology

WWII love letters tell of romance and tragedy

It was not until three years after her mother died in 1990 that DeRonda Elliott opened the suitcase containing the letters her parents exchanged during World War II.<p>Despite her mother’s urging, she had never been able to bring herself to read them. It was her parents’ private story. Her father, …

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation

Long Live Secrets on the Internet

The app Secret may be dead, but people have been confessing things to strangers for centuries.<p>The advice column, as a format, is widely believed to have started in 1691, in a periodical called the <i>Athenian Mercury</i>. In the magazine's six-year run, it published thousands of questions and responses. …

The threat to our planet and the lives of billions of people – not to mention big business – has led to wild claims on both sides of the divide. Here are some facts<p>In the distant past, temperatures were far warmer than even the most extreme warming scenarios predicted by the end of the century. …

Climate Change

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

The Brain

Does the digital era herald the end of history?

<b>Has the digital transformation of our society put the future of recorded history in jeopardy? Many internet observers fear so. But why, and what do they mean?</b><p>Since the 1980s our lives have grown increasingly digital, and with dizzying speed.<p>Most of our photos, videos, conversations, research and …

Humanities

Why Dara the Prince has a modern message

<b>Dara the Prince, currently on at the National Theatre in London, presents the brutal struggle for power in 17th Century Hindustan. The story has similarities with a classic Greek tragedy, where a prophecy in childhood divides a family and sows seeds of hatred and mistrust.</b><p>When Emperor Shahjahan, in …

200th anniversary of the Gurkhas: fierce, loyal and brave, Britain must thank them for their service

General Sir Peter Wall pays tribute to the Nepalese soldiers who are a valued and distinguished part of the Army, still making up three per cent of our fighting force<p>This year marks 200 years of Gurkha service to the British Crown. These remarkable soldiers, in their hundreds of thousands, have …

Netaji: The missing links

A frail scholar’s single-handed effort in India is slowly pushing many to demand an answer to one of the nation’s biggest mysteries: Where did Subhas …

Why Do We Get Allergies?

The more you think about sickness and health, the trickier it gets to draw a clean line between them. We tend to think of ourselves as being prepared by nature for a good life. If we can just keep bacteria and viruses from killing us, and avoid walking into open elevator shafts, we’ll live a long, …

'Everyday disasters' driving flight from Sundarbans | Reuters

SAGAR ISLAND, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The end for Shibshankar Pal’s hopes of clinging to his home in India’s Sundarban islands came the night of July 14, 2014, when surging seas advanced on the house he had just reconstructed following floods a year earlier.<p>Devotees arrive to celebrate …

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

Creativity

Science suggests that atheists are no more prone to anger than people of faith – but everyone believes that they are<p>Why are atheists so angry? The question – regularly flung around in debates about religion – is a self-fulfilling one, since atheists get pretty irritated whenever they’re asked it. …

Religion

April 2015

Diversity

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

Indian bullet train could transform subcontinent - if it ever arrives

It is business as usual down at Nizamuddin railway station in Delhi. Crowds press across the footbridge, fighting the ragged porters bearing baggage on their heads going the other way. A family makes a wall of luggage and sits down to lunch behind it. A horde of children in festive hats crowd on to …

India

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

University of California

Circadian Surprise: How Our Body Clocks Help Shape Our Waistlines

We've long known about the master clock in our brains that helps us maintain a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle.<p>But in recent years, scientists have made a cool discovery: We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies — from our pancreas to our stomach to our fat cells.<p>"Yes, there are …

July 2013