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Stem cells restore sight in rabbits and humans

In two different studies, stem cells have been used to regenerate parts of the eye and restore sight to both blind rabbits and blind humans.<p>We've really only just begun to probe the potential of stem cells and the implications they will have on human health, but new research from two separate …

Stem Cells

Watch: Short videos that TED says will recharge your brain

With more than 100 speakers over five days, attending TED conferences can be an emotional roller coaster ride, as attendees flit from talks on virtual reality to racial prejudice, climate change to Google art, incarceration to drones. TED uses brief videos in between talks to reset the mood and …

Music Videos

7 Short Videos That Will Make You More Social and Likable

Introverts and extroverts alike can increase their ability to connect and influence employees, customers, and co-workers.<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>"The First 90 Days" is a series about how to make 2016 a year of breakout growth for your business. Let us know how you're making the first 90 days count by joining</i> …

Personality

Bangladesh's 'Tree Man' is finally having surgery to remove the 11 pounds of growths on his hands and feet

Dhaka (AFP) - A Bangladeshi father dubbed "Tree Man" for massive bark-like warts on his hands and feet will finally have surgery to remove the growths that first began appearing 10 years ago, a hospital said Sunday.<p>A Bangladeshi father dubbed "Tree Man" for massive bark-like warts on his hands and …

Medicine

6 Places to Go in China Beyond Beijing and Shanghai

Asia Travel

This Country Has A Style That's All Its Own

After five months of travel, we finally got to see some familiar faces again. Our dear friends from home had planned to take a vacation in December …

Japan

Malaysia's Giant Shooting Star Sculpture Is Trapped in a Building

The immense, glowing artwork is meant to bring life to an industrial neighborhood.<p>If a shooting star were to fall to Earth and somehow become wedged in a building, it might look something like Jun Hao Ong’s transcendental installation in Butterworth, Malaysia.<p>Made from taut cables and white LEDs, …

Why I Quit Ordering From Uber-for-Food Start-Ups

The food was decent, but the vibes were dystopian.<p>I work some days from a small office in San Francisco, and every day, I gotta eat. For a stretch of several weeks this year, I obtained my lunch from an iPhone app called Sprig.<p>It’s a beautiful piece of software. A trompe l’oeil table offers a …

San Francisco

Why Are Little Kids in Japan So Independent?

In Japan, small children take the subway and run errands alone, no parent in sight. The reason why has more to do with social trust than self-reliance.<p>It’s a common sight on Japanese mass transit: children troop through train cars, singly or in small groups, looking for seats.<p>They wear knee socks, …

Ready for a summer road trip? 12 California routes to try

The new (and free) California Road Trips 2015 guide lays out 12 summer itineraries around one of the road trippiest states in the nation.<p>Like lakes? You'll see plenty of them on a 703-mile drive from Tahoe City to Bass Lake. Love the desert? Take a 463-mile drive from Anza-Borrego Desert State Park …

29 Recipes Every Millennial Should Know

You’re in the real world now. That means it’s time to cook like the young professional you are. If you’re clueless and without any cookbooks, have no fear. Cooking is easier than you think, and you can whip up some gourmet meals in no time. Spoon University is here to help with easy recipes that’ll …

Bread

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Cooking

L.A.'s 15 Coolest Tattoos — & The Man Behind Them All

In Los Angeles, the only thing harder than scoring a table at just-opened Jon & Vinny's Pizza on Fairfax is getting on the books with tattoo artist …

Los Angeles

9 Ways to Totally Screw Up Your Oatmeal

From boiling on high to serving in a shallow bowl, 9 mistakes to avoid when you're making oatmeal for breakfast<p>Oatmeal is the classic "healthy" breakfast—but chances are, you've had a disappointing bowl of it at some point in your life. Perhaps you've pondered if there was more to morning life than …

Breakfast

Hardscaping 101: Steel Factory-Style Windows and Doors

Last week Michelle inspired us with 11 Facades with Factory Windows. The aesthetic harkens back to the greenhouses, factories, and warehouses of the …

Where to sample Chiang Mai's best kôw soy (famous noodle soup)

Take squiggly wheat-and-egg noodles, a rich, fragrant curry-based broth, sides of crunchy pickled greens, sliced shallots and lime, and you have <i>kôw soy</i> (also known as khao soi), a dish that has become virtually synonymous with the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai.<p>Despite the dish's close links with …

Thailand

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

Art

NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014

Was the music of 2014 heavier than usual, or is it just us? When the staff of NPR Music and our member station partners gather to collect our favorite albums of the year, we don't start out with a theme. We don't intend to come to an absolute consensus. We begin with questions: What do you hold …

Mesmerizing Videos of Ballerinas Preparing Their Pointe Shoes

Hours of crunching, sewing, and ripping go into readying a piece of footwear that lasts for just one performance.<p>I think I've found my ASMR trigger: watching YouTube videos of ballet dancers preparing their pointe shoes.<p>Don't get me wrong, I like the actual ballet well enough. But there's something …

New 'Tripr' App Makes Your Friends For You, Ahead Of Time

Instead of taking chances that you'll meet some good-looking backpacker at the next hostel or run into a gaggle of handsome travelers on a Parisian street, why not just "book them" ahead for your next vacation? New travel app Tripr can (and will) make that happen.<p>The app's mantra is that you should …

How to sell your iPad

Looking to sell your old iPad so you can more easily afford that new iPad Pro or maybe an iPad mini 4? iPads aren't usually available with subsidies …

8 awesome paid iPhone apps you can get for free right now

After sharing another nine awesome paid iPhone and iPad apps with you on Tuesday that were all available for free for a limited time (some of them …

Warm Up Your DVRs: Here’s All The New And Returning Shows That Premiere On TV This Week

Network premiere week <i>used</i> to be one of the most exciting times of the year, but in the last few years, it’s been something of a slog. We end up sampling ten or 12 new shows, and only end up watching one for any length of time. I have the feeling that, once this week is over, the only new shows …

Epirus, Ranbaxy win India approval for arthritis drug copy | Reuters

(Reuters) - Epirus Biopharmaceuticals Inc said India’s drug regulator has approved its copy of a top-selling arthritis treatment, paving the way for its launch in the country early next year.<p>A Ranbaxy office building is pictured in the northern Indian city of Mohali May 14, 2013. REUTERS/Ajay …

Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists

Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That's, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research.<p>In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at a bargain …

5 Photos Every Photographer Must Know How to Create

Did you know that there are five basic photographs that every photographer must learn how to create? All other camera techniques in photography are …

Here’s That Official Alternate ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Ending That Totally Fixes Everything (UPDATED)

We brought this to your attention a little while back, but now you can see it without buying the DVD of the final season of <i>How I Met Your Mother</i>. It’s the ending the finale probably should’ve had, but instead we got a long, death filled slog of flashbacks and what should’ve beens.<p>Much like the fan …

The Ultimate Guide to this Fall's Science Fiction and Fantasy TV!

This is truly the fall of comic book TV heaven. <i>Gotham, The Flash, Constantine</i> and <i>Arrow</i> dominate the Fall TV line-up, nut there's still plenty of room …

TV

The JT Insider Food Guide: Cape Town, South Africa

<b>Acclaimed chef at the helm of The Test Kitchen - named among the World's 50 Best Restaurants - Luke Dale-Roberts gives us his recommendations on how to experience Cape Town's exuberant dining scene.</b><p><b>South African Cuisine</b><p>Food of the Nation<p>'South African cuisine has a lot of different influences. …