Zaha Hadid suing NY Review of Books over Qatar criticism
2014-08-25 04:47:49 UTC
Leading British Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid is suing the New York Review of Books over an article she claims accuses her of "showing no concern" for the deaths of hundreds of migrant construction workers in Qatar, where she has designed a football ...
'Face-Kini': A novel way of protecting the skin from the sun
2014-08-18 04:30:27 UTC
Perhaps drawing inspiration from Spiderman, beachgoers in China's eastern city of Qingdao have come up with a novel way of protecting their skin from the sun.
They call it the "face-kini". It was first sported by middle-aged women as a practica...
SeaWorld shares tumble 33% following Blackfish documentary
2014-08-16 17:42:56 UTC
Shares in the amusement park SeaWorld fell 33% after a 6-7% decline in the company’s revenues was forecast – with falling attendances driven in part by the negative publicity surrounding the documentary film Blackfish.
The film follows Tilikum,...
The Church of Superfoods Gains More Believers
2014-08-13 20:53:03 UTC
For American eaters who long to take control of their health, nothing offers the perception of power quite like “superfoods.” These discussion always start with kale but stretch far beyond, into an almost religious reverence for produce with a nut...
Finland: a family break on the Åland islands
2014-08-09 07:12:21 UTC
Travel - At midnight there is a long orange streak of sunset across the horizon and the colour of the sky is just past dusk. As we wait for the last ferry back to Helsinki, there are tantalising strains of nightclub music and the raucous, drunken,...
US warns Russia against 'aid' mission in Ukraine
2014-08-09 07:02:26 UTC
The UK and US governments have warned Russia not to use humanitarian assistance as a pretext for sending troops into eastern Ukraine.
Any such intervention would be "completely unacceptable and "viewed as an invasion of Ukraine", said the US am...
Couple married for 62 years die together
2014-08-06 17:00:08 UTC
Even in death, a couple married for nearly 62 years were inseparable.
Don and Maxine Simpson from Bakersfield, California, died four hours apart on adjoining beds, holding hands during some of their final hours.
Melissa Sloan said her grandm...
Splendour in the vines: How to buy a vineyard
2014-08-05 22:31:31 UTC
Nine years ago, former US political strategist Michael Evans went on holiday to Argentina’s predominate wine region, Mendoza, intending to stay for a few months. He’d always dreamt of owning a vineyard, but it seemed “financially impossible.”
Why is all the news bad?
2014-07-29 16:13:50 UTC
<strong>Why are newspapers and TV broadcasts filled with disaster, corruption and incompetence? It may be because we’re drawn to depressing stories without realising, says psychologist Tom Stafford.</strong>
When you read the news, sometimes it...
Germany's super-shy super-rich
2014-07-29 16:21:22 UTC
Nobody could accuse the richest people in Germany of flaunting their wealth, quite the opposite.
With the death of Karl Albrecht, there was no announcement for nearly a week, and not until the small, private funeral was over. He and his brother...
JK Rowling: Crime thriller will run longer than Harry Potter
2014-07-22 06:19:26 UTC
JK Rowling has said she plans to pen many more crime thrillers, and to create a series that will run for even longer than her seven hugely successful Harry Potter books, which over a decade have proved to be one of the bestselling book series in h...
Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US?
2014-07-19 16:29:37 UTC
<strong>This 807-year-old Persian mystic and dervish has a massive following in the US and around the world. Jane Ciabattari explains his enduring influence.</strong>
The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi mas...
Bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind
2014-06-18 06:20:59 UTC
The bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind, says Frank Swain. So could they be upgraded to enhance brainpower?
I have some startling news: you are not human. At least, by some counts. While you are indeed made up of billions...
Michelle Obama salutes Maya Angelou's example to all women
2014-06-07 23:54:03 UTC
In a moving tribute to a woman she called “one of the greatest spirits our world has ever known”, first lady Michelle Obama on Saturday thanked the writer Maya Angelou for empowering young black women like herself with her clever, sassy words.
Young Iranians arrested for being 'Happy'
2014-05-31 18:50:03 UTC
It is not the first time the question of Iran's social mores has hit the headlines. Six young Tehranis got into trouble after their contribution to an internet phenomenon – a lip-synched dance to an innocent pop song, Happy – went viral on YouTube...
Ageing: The girls who never grow older
2014-07-28 07:12:56 UTC
A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports on the families wrestling with a condition they can’t explain, and the scientist who believes that these children could hold the key to immorta...
Rape victims should not have to suffer in silence
2014-05-16 20:33:55 UTC
<h3>Rape victims shouldn't have to suffer in silence and keep their rapists' secrets</h3>Less than a month after students at New York's Columbia University filed a complaint with the federal government alleging the school mishandled sexual assault...
Call To Action: 'Arrogance' of ignoring need for sleep
2014-05-16 20:26:48 UTC
Scientists from Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Manchester and Surrey universities warn cutting sleep is leading to "serious health problems".
They say people and governments need to take the problem seriously.
Cancer, heart disease, type-2 diab...
Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society takes off
2014-05-09 04:21:52 UTC
New York book club inspired by 'good books and sunny days and enjoying both as nearly in the altogether as the law allows'
Posted by Alison Flood, a writer on guardian.co.uk/books and former news editor of The Bookseller:
I am not a member o...
Robin Williams' 'Villa of Smiles,' officially hitting market
2014-04-26 17:16:09 UTC
Robin Williams' "Villa of Smiles" estate in Napa Valley hit the Multiple Listing Service
Williams commissioned the Italianate estate about 10 years ago from Gast Architects, and is now offering it at $29.9 million -- a big price cut from about ...
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies aged 87
2014-04-18 06:10:50 UTC
<h3>Colombian Nobel prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87. Best-known for his masterpiece 'One Hundred Years of Solitude,' he is credited with putting magic realism on the literary map.</h3>Sources close to his fam...
A skirmish between Apple and a French publisher
2014-05-09 10:37:04 UTC
I wonder how many fewer copies French author Bénédicte Martin's book La femme would have sold had her publishers opted for a subtler, more abstract cover design. The image they chose to illustrate her disquisition of "Woman 2013" is a striking chi...
US undocumented Latinos living in fear
2014-04-10 05:58:53 UTC
The rainforests around Forks, a small town in Washington state, have long attracted hunters and fishermen, but beginning in 2008, this lush, remote landscape acquired a new breed of pursuer and prey.
That year, Border Patrol agents started targ...
Try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human
2014-04-10 05:42:06 UTC
For those concerned about climate change, the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute offers up a calming solution: try thinking of yourself as a pea, instead of a human. Peas in a lab sprouted faster with extreme concentrations of carbon dioxide, ...
Jimmy Carter on the road for 'A Call to Action'
2014-04-02 07:17:25 UTC
Former President Jimmy Carter is on an impressive publicity tour as he promotes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power." The book addresses worldwide discrimination and violence against women and girls, covers the im...