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Finally, a comic novel gets a Pulitzer Prize. It’s about time.

Andrew Sean Greer did something rare this week: His latest novel, “Less,” won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.<p>That’s extraordinary, of course, but what makes this year’s winner so unusual is that his novel is funny. <i>Very funny</i>. Laugh-till-you-can’t-breathe funny.<p>That just doesn’t happen in the …

Books

Taking paracetamol during pregnancy may make grandchildren infertile, research suggests

Taking common painkillers including paracetamol during pregnancy could make their grandchildren infertile, research suggests.<p>Previous studies have found that the drug ibuprofen could harm the fertility of girls.<p>Women are advised to avoid the medication during pregnancy, and told that if pain relief …

Pregnancy

Why you should seriously consider adding retinol to your beauty regimen

If there's one powerhouse ingredient with proven anti-aging abilities, it's retinol. This vitamin-A derivative works to smooth fine lines, remove …

Skin Care

A Dangerous Antibiotic-Resistant Gene Has Spread The World. We Now Know Where It Started

We did this.<p>The mcr-1 gene, which helps bacteria resist colistin – one of the few remaining antibiotic drugs of last resort that still work – has now …

Nature Communications

The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

From discussions of human-machine hybrids to lost civilizations in the Amazon and octopus brains, scientists and writers have produced some amazing works of nonfiction in the past 15 years.<p>If you're in the mood to learn something new, as well as be entertained by riveting storylines, look no …

Books

Want to read world literature? Try the 13 books on the Man Booker International Prize longlist

The shortlist will be announced on April 12, 2018.<p>The Man Booker International Prize currently recognises the best in translated fiction in English …

Books

The Expert's Guide To Growing Back Your Eyebrows

We are a society obsessed with eyebrows. Ever since Peaches Monroee uttered the immortal words "my eyebrows on fleek" in a Vine clip (RIP) back in …

Makeup

Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Researchers have made new discoveries about the in-between spaces in the human body, and some say it’s time to rewrite the anatomy books.<p>A study published in Scientific Reports this week described a fluid-filled, 3-D latticework of collagen and elastin connective tissue that can be found all over …

Dental Care

Easter double blue moon 2018 and the superstitions behind the lunar phenomenon

This weekend, on Easter Saturday (31st April), the UK will get to observe 2018's second blue moon.<p>A blue moon is the second full moon to occur in a …

Astronomy

Scientists baffled as they discover a mysterious 'ghost galaxy' with no dark matter

While galaxies and dark matter usually go hand-in-hand, scientists have been amazed to discover a ‘ghost galaxy’ that is missing most, if not all, of …

Universe

There's Mounting Evidence The African Continent Is Splitting in Two

A huge crack has appeared in Kenya, and it's growing.<p>A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western …

Geology

How to avoid losing your mind to Alzheimer's or dementia. Hint: Start now, says Maria Shriver

The most disturbing thing I heard recently about the prevention of Alzheimer's disease and dementia was a comment made by Maria Shriver, the former first lady of California who founded the Women's Alzheimer's Movement after discovering the disease affects twice as many women as men.<p>It would seem, …

Dementia

Three cups of coffee a day clears out your arteries, study finds

Three cups of coffee a day clears out your arteries and could help beat heart disease, according to a new study.<p>Scientists at the University of Sao Paulo took dietary information and Coronary Artery Calcium (CAC) readings from more than 4,400 study participants, nearly all of whom drank coffee.<p>They …

Coffee

100 Books You Should Read Now: An English Professor's List

"We are all refugees from our childhoods. And so we turn, among other things, to stories. To write a story, to read a story, is to be a refugee from …

Literature

Scientists reveal all-natural hack to prevent spiders from entering your home

Banish the eight-legged beasts without harming them…<p><b>The spiders we have here in the UK are harmless and nothing in size compared to ones found in more exotic countries, but this doesn't stop us Brits wanting to keep these eight-legged beasts out of our homes.</b><p>Rather than having to catch the spiders …

Spiders

4 Foods that will help replenish your skin

4 Foods That Will Help Replenish Winter-Worn Skin<p>Moisturizers can be expensive; instead, replenish your skin the natural way!<p>March 25, 2018<p>Winter is …

Skin Care

‘Sea Hunter,’ a drone ship with no crew, just joined the U.S. Navy fleet

A prototype autonomous ship known as the Medium Displacement Unmanned Surface Vehicle (MDUSV) has officially been transferred to the U.S. Navy from …

Military

Why pay for Office and Photoshop when you can get these alternatives for free?

Top-quality software that costs nothing.<p>We rely on expensive computer programs to edit photos and video, deal with office work, and protect our computers from malware. But they're not our only options. Often, commercial studios will offer the most basic versions of their products free of charge. In …

Software

This 40 Year Old Antibiotic Could Fight Back Against The Worst Superbugs

We'd forgotten all about it.<p>As scientists look for new ways to tackle the growing problem of drug-resistant bacteria that evolve to resist our …

Microbiology

Top 11 Artery-Cleansing SUPER Foods

Arteries (from Latin <i>arteria</i>) are flexible, elastic tubes with muscular walls that expand and contract to pump blood through the body. They are blood …

Scientists Have Figured Out Why Human Skin Doesn't Leak

Despite us losing 500 million skin cells per day.<p>Our skin might give us grief sometimes, but one thing we can always depend on it to do is not start …

Here's Why You Really Shouldn't Clean The Wax From Your Ears

Step away from the Q-tips.<p>Earwax can feel a lot like the stuff inside pimples: It's gross, and cleaning it out feels satisfying. Even watching other …

How To Get Rid Of Whiteheads And Everything Else You Want To Know About Them

Style<p>by Chemmie Squier | 30 06 2015<p>How To Get Rid Of Whiteheads And Everything Else You Want To Know About Them<p>You know, like, what they actually are …

What is 'glass skin'? How to achieve the latest Korean beauty look

Terms like dewy, fresh and radiant are often casually thrown about when it comes to talking about skin. None of them need much explanation and they all refer to that fresh-faced, well-rested glow that most of us wish we woke up with every morning. The latest term that has been thrown into the mix …

5 Things you Never Knew you Could Use Olive Oil For

Because who really believes you're not allowed to play with your food?<p>November 13, 2017<p>Ever run out of makeup wipes? Can't get paint off your skin? …

5 Things That Are Almost as Deadly as Smoking, According to Science

And sometimes harder to avoid.<p>Cigarette smoking, one of the least healthy habits out there, is quickly disappearing in the United States. The rate of …

The 12 Most Jaw-Dropping Wedding Dresses From Bridal Fashion Week

Just when we thought there was no topping the wedding dresses we saw for spring 2018, designers went above and beyond to impress us yet again for fall. After a Bridal Fashion Week...

Weddings

Are migraines a self-defense mechanism?

An emerging theory suggests that migraine attacks might be the brain's self-protective response to oxidative stress, which is a cellular process tied …

Selena Gomez's Next Coach Campaign Is Here, and It Comes With Great Style Advice

Selena Gomez's holiday campaign for Coach just dropped, and it's all sorts of moody and romantic. While Selena collaborated on her own line of bags with designer Stuart Vevers, she introduces the new Dinky purse in the gorgeous shots, which is a crossbody-to-clutch design that was freshened up from …

4 Body Stretches That Give Your Skin a Healthy Glow

I damaged my coccyx as a child, which means I can't sit on certain chairs or do certain exercise moves, and I have a standing desk in the office. …