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  • 2 years ago
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    Sushi Showdown: Women Challenge One of Japan's Male Bastions

    TOKYO (AP) — Some jobs in Japan, a nation known for its poor record on gender equality, have been off limits to women for ages. The sushi counter, for one. Sushi is emblematic of Japan’s profound cultural influence globally. It has crossed borders, acquiring non-Japanese ingredients such as avocado in the process. That, however, is the limit of the cultural interchange.

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    Dessert sushi with a French twist

    Sushi has become well known and loved the world over. Granted, a lot of what you’ll find in your home country is altered from “traditional” sushi to cater to local tastes (and would have Jiro shaking his fist), but what food doesn’t go through a bit of change when it crosses borders?

  • 2 years ago
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    Sand Waves, by Mark Seabury

    As we floated over the Dubai desert in a hot air balloon at sunrise, I was captivated by the plays of light from the morning rays of sun over the repeating patterns of undulating dunes. It was like the desert was alive with motion, with sand waves mimicking the swell of the sea extending as far as the eye could see into the distant horizon. This single tree appeared in the arid earth as a steadfast symbol of life in impossible conditions - a lone survivor in a vast ocean.

  • 2 years ago
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    The Ecological Lessons of Frank Herbert’s "Dune" Were Ahead of Its Time

    Frank Herbert’s “Dune”, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel, turns 50 this year. Given the growing popularity of mainstream and science fiction concerned with climate change and other ecological issues, maybe it’s time the epic space adventure novel received a renewed measure of respect.

  • 2 years ago
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    Learn All About Crochet with these 75+ New 2015 Crochet Tutorials

    Crochet tutorials for basic and advanced crochet stitches, techniques and motifs as well as crochet projects and more. Whether you’re just learning how to crochet or seeking to explore something new in the craft, there are countless terrific tutorials available around the web. I previously rounded up 45 crochet tutorials that I loved, plus another dozen tutorials specifically for Tunisian crochet, and of course I have my own page of tutorials here.

  • 2 years ago
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    The New York Times built a Slack bot to help decide which stories to post to social media

    A new tool built by the Times’ data science team is trying to remove some of the guesswork involved in finding the right story to post to social. Blossom, an intelligent bot within the messaging app Slack, predicts how articles or blogposts will do on social and also suggests which stories editors should promote by drawing from enormous stores of data, including information on story content and performance metrics such as Facebook post engagement.

  • 2 years ago
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    Transgender models headline fashion campaign for H&M-owned label

    Unlike fashion trends that come and go, transgender inclusivity is steadily growing. Nef and De Hingh are no strangers to the fashion scene. Amsterdam born De Hingh, represented by IMG Paris, has been featured in Love and Vogue Italia. Nef was recently signed with IMG worldwide straight out of college. She walked in this past spring's New York Fashion Week and is joining the cast of Amazon's Transparent series.

  • 2 years ago
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    Celebrities Dress Up As Their Favorite Personal Icons

    For the september issue of Harper’s magazine, founder and editor in chief Carine Roitfeld and photographer Jean Paul Goude have transformed celebrities such as Mariah Carey and Katy Perry into their favorite personal icons through quirky sceneries.

  • 2 years ago
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    Artist Quits Her Job to Create A Business Around Her Elaborately Quilled Paper Designs

    In January 2015, Turkish artist Sena Ruda bravely quit her job as a Human Resources specialist and started a business around her beautiful and elaborately quilled paper designs. So far Ruda has been quite successful, creating gorgeous pieces that are used for weddings, ad sponsorships and even for the cover of a self-help book. Ruda is also selling select designs through her Etsy shop.

  • 2 years ago
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    Critically endangered black-footed ferret bred using 20-year-old frozen sperm

    The critically endangered black-footed ferret has been successfully reproduced using frozen sperm from a male that has been dead for 20 years. Scientists from the Lincoln Park Zoo say the accomplishment harks hope for the survival of the species, which was once thought extinct as so few remained.

  • 2 years ago
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    Three Writers on Writing

    I have spent most of the past two decades in daily ritual, waking to immediately sit with notebook, drafts of various works-in-progress, and a mound of reading material. Work comes from the accumulation: the momentums of routine, patience and attention. I do not write in quick bursts but in a succession, even a sequence, of bursts. What I accomplish today is but a segment.

  • 2 years ago
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    Photo Series Documents the Most Colorful Old Garage Doors of Lithuania

    Fascinated by the sprawling "garage towns" of Lithuania,, photographer Agne Gintalaite recently shot a series of amazing images documenting the beautiful play of colour and texture of old garage doors. The project titled "Beauty Remains", is about visually preserving these objects that are, most likely, about to disappear from Lithuanian society. " I wished to communicate to the viewer the ambivalent, aesthetic, but also human significance of these garage doors."

  • 2 years ago
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    Massive Murals Depict Building Roofs as Beds for Sleeping Giants

    Utilising the oft-unused space of building roofs, Ella&Pitr transforms these spaces into canvases for their art. They fill roofs with illustrations of sleeping giants confined to the borders of the buildings they call home. It’s interesting to see people going about their daily lives down below without even realising that massive beings exist just above them!

  • 2 years ago
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    5 Big Ideas That Don't Work In Education

    A famous researcher slams popular ideas in a controversial new paper. Hattie directs the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He also directs something called the Science of Learning Research Centre, which works with over 7,000 schools worldwide. Over the past 28 years he has published a dozen books, mostly on a theory he calls Visible Learning. His life's work boils down to one proposition: To improve schools, draw on the best evidence available...

  • 2 years ago
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    You're welcome! I really enjoyed them as well. They're so playful... and accurate. ;)

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  • 2 years ago
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    This Odd-Looking Clothing Is Designed to Help Autistic Kids

    Sensewear isn't ordinary apparel. It's a wild-looking line of prototype clothing designed to help treat people with sensory perception disorders.

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    1935: When the 'giraffe women' of Burma visited London

    The long-necked women were the talk of the town. The Kayan Lahwi people, also known as Padaung, are a minority ethnic group with populations in Burma and Thailand. Padaung women are famous for their distinctive custom of wearing brass coils around their necks.

  • 2 years ago
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    Obsessed With Death

    Is a fascination with the macabre perverse, normal, or somewhere in-between? When Scott Michaels purchased the domain FindADeath.com in 1997, he had no sense of the phenomenon he was starting. He was just a regular guy who happened to be really interested in dead people, and he devoted his site to documenting the last days, autopsy reports, death certificates, and grave sites of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars.

  • 2 years ago
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    Alex Louisa's Pastel Works Examine Small Details in Nature

    Australian artist Alex Louisa draws upon life and death in nature with fervor in her soft pastel artworks. Primarily using PanPastels on textured paper, she is able to exhibit her unique fascination for her subject’s peculiarities. Among her still life and landscape drawings, birds and their features are the most common subjects in her work. Their softness is contrasted against that of callous skulls and bones, each rendered with an eye for small complexities such as veins and divots.

  • 2 years ago
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    Government boosted in drive to cure dementia after 60% rise in volunteers

    Number of research participants soared to 22,000 during last year as Downing Street aims to find a cure or disease modifying therapy by 2025. The increased participation in 100 dementia research projects across the UK will boost scientists in their bid to find new treatments to prevent, treat and eventually cure the illness.

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    Our Brains May Respond to Art We Love in the Same Way, Small Study Suggests

    A new, small study found that however wildly divergent its participants' individual aesthetic preferences were, their brains reacted to art that moves them in a similar way.

  • 2 years ago
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    The Sounds Of Living Coral Reefs Are Breathtaking And Important

    Simple recordings could help us save these incredible, threatened ecosystems. Two new studies from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute show that the best way to help these reefs might be by listening to them. Literally. Audio recordings of reefs in the Virgin Islands show that just like on land the sea is a pretty noisy place to be.

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    The Beauty of Tears Seen Through Microscopes

    Through Imaginarium Of Tears, Dutch photographer Maurice Mikkers got interested in the beauty of tears and all their details. He did a photos series through a microscope and divided the tears under three big groups (basal, reflex and emotional) in order to show that the reason of a tear affects its pattern : the tear wouldn’t be the same if it was provoked by sadness or an onion. Under each tear, he noted the name of the person who shed it.

  • 2 years ago
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    Black and White Portraits of a Kid’s Childhood

    21 year-old Romanian photographer Felicia Simion, whose we already have talked about on Fubiz, is the author of the black and white photo series : The Playground. These two last years, she followed her cousin Felix, of 5 years old, through the big adventures he lives in a small quiet village.

  • 2 years ago
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    Bug Poems

    Delightful illustrated poems about bugs, by Hallie Bateman.