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A Literary History of Women’s Rights in the United States

Sally McMillen<p>Covering women’s activism from 1840-1890, this meticulously researched volume centers on the many movements launching from the 1848 convention in Seneca Falls, New York, which galvanized the American battle for equal gender rights. With scholarly detail and accessible prose, McMillen …

Feminism

Four Futures: Life After Capitalism review – will robots bring utopia or terror?

Peter Frase’s roaming, thoughtful work of ‘social science fiction’ sketches out a frightening future of rich v poor<p>The idea that computers will soon steal our jobs is an article of faith among many of the world’s most powerful people. The argument goes like this: breakthroughs in robotics and …

"Strange Stars" Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

Physics tells us they could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other …

How Crazy Successful People Beat Stress

Stress. Yes, we all have it. And yes, you can manage it like a boss.<p>How's your stress level? Well, whatever it is, know that it's human to stress.<p>But the good news is that we can manage it, and certainly minimize it, by making some positive changes. That is, of course, all dependent on the life …

Marisa Tomei opens up about her struggle with chronic dry eye

Actress Marisa Tomei is one of among an estimated 5 million Americans who suffers from chronic dry eye (CDE), a condition that can cause symptoms such as itchiness, stinging, difficulty making tears and blurred vision. To raise awareness about CDE and help other people find relief, the “My Cousin …

The World’s Oldest Melody Is Surprisingly Soothing

Music has been a part of the human experience for a very, very long time. While it’s difficult to know how old music really is, it’s unquestionable …

Inside Ethiopia’s sizzling cauldron

The tribal Afar people have inhabited this arid moonscape for centuries, eking out a living by transporting salt across the brutal desert by camel caravans.<p>It was a searing 43C in the shade, but Dawit, my young Ethiopian guide, told me that I was lucky, as temperatures here in the Danakil can top …

Town of Cats

At Koenji Station, Tengo boarded the Chuo Line inbound rapid-service train. The car was empty. He had nothing planned that day. Wherever he went and whatever he did (or didn’t do) was entirely up to him. It was ten o’clock on a windless summer morning, and the sun was beating down. The train passed …

15 colourful lakes and rivers that must be seen to be believed

Who knows why the Olympic diving pool turned green? As the world contemplates its new murky, unappetising shade, we look to the lakes and rivers that are naturally colourful – but alas, totally unsuitable for diving.<p>1. Lake Hillier, Australia<p>The water of this bubblegum pink pool – on Middle Island, …

Largest ever map of the universe points to mysterious ‘dark energy’

The largest ever 3D map of the universe strengthens astronomers’ belief that three quarters of the cosmos is made of an unknown substance: ‘dark energy’<p>It is hard to know whether it’s a success or a failure but modern astronomy tells us that almost three quarters of the universe is in the form of …

The 20 Worst Damn Cosplays You've Ever Seen

These might make you die from laughter.

Iron Man

The 19 Newest UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Every year, UNESCO meets to determine the next round of places that will be added to the organization's coveted list of World Heritage Sites. In order to qualify, a place or structure must have great cultural, historical, and/or natural significance—examples include Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the …

10 African Civilizations More Amazing Than Ancient Egypt

Unknown to most people, hundreds of smaller kingdoms have popped up throughout Africa’s history, with some eventually growing into powerful empires. …

Tamil Nadu is top destination in India for second year running

What would you be your pick for the most popular tourist spot in India? The Taj Mahal? Magnificent Mumbai? Fortified Jaipur? Nope, think again. The steamy southern state of Tamil Nadu has been revealed as the most popular tourist destination in India for the second year running, following the …

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Baby Born With Thirty-One Fingers and Toes

Many children around the world learn about their ten fingers and ten toes through the nursery rhyme “This Little Piggy.”...The post Baby Born With …

Everything you see is an illusion, scientist warns – and reality is MUCH weirder

It sounds like something you’d hear at a yoga retreat – or from someone who has fried their brain on LSD.<p>But the reality we all see might actually be …

TED Talks

Pastafarianism is Not a Legally Recognized Religion in the U.S.

The Nebraska ruling is a small setback as the movement expands its noodly reach.<p><i>Touched By His Noodly Appendage,</i> Niklas Jansson, 2008. (Image: Niklas …

Can’t Program? Now There’s A WYSIWYG For Designing With Code

A new tool from Framer makes it easy to design with JavaScript–even if you don’t know a lick of code.<p>Gone are the days when designers did all their UI/UX concepts in Photoshop. Now, they’re being called on to code their mockups.<p>But how do you introduce designers to code if they’ve never programmed …

Hiking the Alpujarras, southern Spain’s less-travelled path

The Camino de Santiago might be Spain’s most revered long-distance footpath, luring romantics, masochists and lost souls in search of spiritual enlightenment; but, with over a quarter of a million walkers now tackling the trek annually, it’s hardly off the beaten track.<p>For a more tranquil …

The lesser-known way to Machu Picchu

With Peru’s more famous Inca Trail becoming increasingly overrun, the lesser-known Salkantay Trek is quickly gaining a reputation as both a less-crowded and more strenuous alternative.

South America

Skip Bali, Head To Yogyakarta Instead

Yogyakarta has the cultural richness of Bali plus temples that rival Angkor Wat.<p>Indonesia can seem like an overwhelming destination. There are thousands of islands, more than 250 million residents and a huge range of languages and customs.<p>While most visitors stick to Bali, the tried and tested …

Indonesia

The Chinese secret to living a long life

Known better for gambling than helping you grow into your golden years – Macau unexpectedly holds the secret to a high life expectancy.<p>Ninety-year-old Mr Chan, known around Macau’s Coloane Village as “Fat Suk” or “Rich Uncle”, has practised the same routine every morning for as long as he can …

A 400-year-old-port – with no boats

Although Macau is now cruising on a new current of casinos and property development, a few enterprising residents are keeping the city’s maritime traditions afloat.<p>A 400-year-old port, Macau has long been closely linked with the sea. As recently as the 1950s, Macau children would have grown up …

Google just proved how unpredictable artificial intelligence can be

The 4-1 defeat of Go grandmaster Lee Se-Dol by Google's AlphaGo artificial intelligence (AI) is only the latest in a string of pursuits in which technology has triumphed over humanity.<p>Self-driving cars are already less accident-prone than human drivers, the TV quiz show Jeopardy! is a lost cause, …

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Google searches for ‘How to move to Canada’ spike in response to Super Tuesday results

It goes without saying that the American people aren’t exactly ecstatic about the prospective options for the US presidency, but just how unexcited are they? In response to the Super Tuesday results, which showed both Republican frontrunner Donald J. Trump and Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton …

A frozen highway to an ancient kingdom

In the summer, the Zanskar River runs wild between the deep canyons of the Himalayas. In the winter, it becomes a road of ice – and the only escape.<p><b>Isolated for centuries</b> <br>Cloistered within dramatic mountains of the Great Himalayan range – averaging an altitude of 3,600m and sprinkled with peaks as …

Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

The original genetic modification.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies …