Sudarsan Rajagopal

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Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry

People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect.<p>Two years ago, Kazushige Nishida, a Tokyo salaryman in his sixties, started renting a part-time wife and daughter. His real wife had recently died. Six months …

Relationships

While the city sleeps: London after hours – a photo essay

Photographer Sean Smith captures the city at night, from cabaret stars to road maintenance workers, homeless people to fire wardens<p>In the changing rooms backstage at Proud Cabaret in London, half a dozen performers are crammed together preparing themselves for the evening’s shows. As one liberally …

England

Seven Comics With Vital Things to Say About Humanity

When the Palestinian literary critic and thinker Edward Said read the comic book <i>Palestine</i> (1997) by Joe Sacco, he called it a work of “extraordinary …

Graphic Novels

88 very British phrases that will confuse anybody who didn't grow up in the UK

Every language has a few phrases that don't always translate well — and the British English has some absolute corkers.<p>Our team has compiled a list of …

Language

What It Might Mean If You Get Deja Vu A Lot

That weird feeling can be traced to certain parts of the brain.<p>In 1999, a 42-year-old woman went to the doctor for what she described as a popping noise in both her ears. The noise was so loud it had started to keep her up at night. The woman was diagnosed with Palatal Tremor, a movement disorder …

The Brain

This chart shows every major technological innovation in the last 150 years — and how they have changed the way we work

LONDON — Humanity is always moving forward with innovation after innovation improving global quality of life.<p>The last 150 years have seen the most remarkable advancement of technology in history. Electric lighting, cars, plastic, the telephone, and television are all less than 150 years old, while …

Innovation

Words like “slutty” mean something different in the US and the UK

Janus words are the worst. Named after the two-faced Roman god, these words look in two directions, meaning opposite things: <i>temper,</i> meaning ‘to harden’ (metal) and ‘to soften’ (a criticism); or <i>dust,</i> meaning ‘remove dust from’ or ‘apply dust to.’<p>Those Janus words give little trouble because we know …

Penguin Random House

The English language is the world's Achilles heel

English has achieved prime status by becoming the most widely spoken language in the world – if one disregards proficiency – ahead of Mandarin …

Language Learning

Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea

With a few minor exceptions, there are really only two ways to say “tea” in the world. One is like the English term—<i>té</i> in Spanish and <i>tee</i> in Afrikaans are two examples. The other is some variation of <i>cha</i>, like <i>chay</i> in Hindi.<p>Both versions come from China. How they spread around the world offers a clear …

5 Advanced Chest Workouts Using Proven Scientific Techniques

Building a big chest is just about every gym goer’s primary focus at one point or another.<p>However, most people think that the bench press alone is …

The ridiculously complicated tale behind the origin of the word “turkey”

Why are turkeys called “turkeys?” It’s a question you might find yourself pondering this week if you’re one of the 88% of Americans who will be sitting down to a plate of roast turkey this Thanksgiving.<p>Unlike <i>Brazil</i> vs. the <i>brazil nut</i> (spoiler alert: they’re both named after the brazil-wood tree) and</i> …

Linguistics

17 Cool Things to Do in Tokyo

Tokyo is a city like no other. Sure, you can visit museums, temples, and eat at one of the thousands of delicious restaurants, but you can also do …

Japan

Cancer cells destroyed in just 3 days with new technique

Cancer cells are relentless, possessing the vexatious ability to develop resistance to current therapies and making the disease hugely challenging to …

Autumn in London: 10 of the best walks

Believe it or not, Londoners are spoiled for choice when it comes to autumn walks among russet leaves. Sophie Campbell, our London expert, offers 10 suggestions in or around the capital.<p>Chestnuts, anyone?<p>1. Hyde Park<p>There’s a glorious avenue of sweet chestnut trees running between the sandy track …

The Tube door secret has been blown – but here's how you can still gain an advantage over other passengers

As if they don’t suffer enough with the air quality, house prices, tourists and quality of fish and chips, the happiness of Londoners was dealt another harsh blow recently, with the trial of green paint to indicate where Tube train doors open on platforms.<p>The scheme is, of course, well-meaning in …

Taxicabs

Batman: The Animated Series wasn’t just a show — it founded a world

How Batman alone paved the way for an entire superhero universe<p><i>Batman</i><i>: The Animated Series</i> did so many things so well that when they’re all on display at the same time, the results are some of the best pieces of superhero media ever produced: the slick “Dark Deco” designs that make it feel …

10 amazing photos of the Northern Lights you won’t believe were taken in Britain

The Outbound Journal

Amid opposition, India gives Pfizer the patent to exclusively sell vital pneumonia vaccine

Various groups believe the decision will make the shot less accessible to the poor.<p>India has granted Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc a …

Public Health

How a 100-year-old delivery firm is emblematic of all of Japan’s demographic and labor woes

A logo of a mother cat carrying a kitten by the neck with its mouth is supposed to symbolize the level of customer care and service offered by Yamato, Japan’s largest home-delivery company. According to its founder in 1919, “service first, profit after” was the company’s guiding principle (link in …

Japan

An error made in 1925 led to a crisis in modern science—now researchers are joining to fix it

In 1908, the Guinness brewer William Gosset published a revolutionary paper titled “The Probable Error of the Mean.” Gosset, who published under the pseudonym “Student” at his employer’s request, often conducted experiments on the impact of new ingredients on the composition of his beer—such as the …

Social Sciences

Japan's 'nationalist' school books teach a different view of history

As the nation marks the 72nd anniversary of its surrender at the end of World War II, there are still many here who insist that Japan acted honorably …

Hokusai: the influential work of Japanese artist famous for 'the great wave' – in pictures

The work of Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849), one of Japan’s most prolific and enduringly popular artists, are in Australia for the first time in a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Hokusai produced a body of work comprising some of the most recognisable and reproduced images in …

Japan

A Comics Color Artist Explains the Psychology of Pigment

In this week's Strip Panel Naked, K. Michael Russell shares what it's like to work as a professional comics color artist.<p>The color artist in comics is one of the most crucial members of the creative team when it comes to establishing the proper mood and tone of a book. While the writer and artist …

Graphic Novels

Drink your way around London with this gin lover’s map

1. A trendsetting distillery<p>Admire the stills at Sipsmith, the first small-batch distillery to start producing gin in the city in 200 years. <i>83</i> …

England

Lifting Heavy Doesn't Have to Be Intimidating. Here Are 6 Basic Olympic Lifts to Get You Started

It's tough to hit the gym when you’ve got a full to-do list including lunch plans and a full Netflix queue. Even tougher? Stepping within 10 feet of …

30 Surefire Ways to Lose Your Gut for Good

Typically, when someone aspires to having a better six-pack -- or a six-pack, period -- he or she does it with a sense of urgency. We assume this …

The 2-Minute Arm Workout to Build Strong Biceps

Having strong biceps is an advantage for athletes in a myriad of sports, including hockey, badminton, baseball, football, and more.<p>As an orthopedic …

Scientists Found a Low-Cost Way to Produce the World's Cleanest Energy Source

Splitting H2O<p>Physicists at the University of Houston have discovered a low-cost, efficient, and easily available catalyst that can split water into …

6 New Ways to Turn On Muscle Growth

Effective Lifting Methods You've Never Tried<p>Exercises vs. Methods<p>Newbies only think about exercises. Advanced lifters think more about methods, …