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HOW OLD ARE YOU Really?

HOW OLD ARE YOU Really?

GH WELLNESS LAB IN OUR CULTURE, WE’VE ALWAYS NOTED MAJOR MILESTONES BY AGE—voting at 18, being legally allowed to drink at 21 and retiring at 65 (or so). All these are based on how long you’ve been alive, and of course that can’t be changed. But our chronological age doesn’t account for how we interpret or feel about that number. For many, 40 is the new 30 and 60 is the new 40. Much of this shift in mindset can be attributed to the ever-expanding field of aging research and its perceived infinite potential. “There’s a hypothesis that if you can manipulate the aging process, you could possibly forestall the development of chronic disease and get people living longer and healthier,” says Marie A. Bernard, M.D., deputy director of the National…

Power Meals

Power Meals

Overindulging can disrupt your GI system and slow down your digestion,” says Susan Albers, a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic and the author of the new book Hanger Management. “To rev your metabolism and feel fired up, feed your body right. It’s about nourishing yourself mindfully.” That means meals packed with the nutrients you need. Breakfast “You can’t beat some eggs and whole-grain toast to get yourself back on track,” says Keri Gans, R.D.N., a Shape Brain Trust member and the author of The Small Change Diet. Eggs contain vitamin B12, which gives you energy. They’re also rich in cysteine, an amino acid that helps your body produce glutathione, an antioxidant that becomes depleted when you drink alcohol, she says. Healthy whole-grain toast is loaded with filling fiber, keeping you satiated all…

The Sum of Its Parts

The Sum of Its Parts

Three years ago, interior designer Ayla Geest and her partner, Jordie Kuin—with their two French bulldogs, Bullie and Cooper, in tow—were searching outside Amsterdam for a new house. At the same time, Ayla’s parents, Fred and Els, wanted to downsize. The family decided to pool their resources and look for a place together where each couple would have their own space. “We found this house that was empty and almost derelict,” Ayla says, “but the location was idyllic, so green and close to the sea. And we knew the municipality would allow us to build it out.” The family came up with a plan to expand the house into the back garden—though a generous amount of green space remains. The couples each have their own front door, with Ayla and Jordie…

The case of the disappearing duchess

The case of the disappearing duchess

A chance dip into Chips Channon’s diaries changed my life. My father gave me the book to read and I loved it. There was an entry – December 1943 – that had Chips going into a Bond Street jewellers and spotting a strange creature – ‘a marionette of a woman, or was it a man?’ – dressed in grey flannel trousers, with long, dyed golden hair emerging from under a man’s brown felt hat, and a large masculine overcoat held in place with a wide leather belt. As Channon examined ‘this terrifying apparition’, he recognised her as Gladys, Duchess of Marlborough – ‘once the world’s most beautiful woman … the toast of Paris, the love of Proust, the belle amie of Anatole France.’ He approached her, but she pretended to…

TOP DOGS

TOP DOGS

SPECIAL THANKS TO ACTION FOR SINGAPORE DOGS FOR THE LOAN OF OSTIN, YOSHI, PIXIE, GABY AND LOBO. THESE DOGS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ADOPTION. VISIT ASDSINGAPORE.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.…

Is It Ever Okay…to Fake an Engagement for Free Dessert?

Is It Ever Okay…to Fake an Engagement for Free Dessert?

What do you do if the restaurant tries to put you at the communal table?—STANDOFFISH SORAYA Introduce yourself to everyone individually, giving your name and a fun fact. Assume the food is also communal and keep asking strangers to “pass the steak.” Stand up and say grace. Tell the waiter your “friend over there” is taking care of the bill. Or, I dunno, deal with it? No one’s inviting you over for an orgy, unless of course, they are. You never know with the communal table. What’s the cutest food to eat on a date? The Olsen twins once said grapes are the ultimate cute food. —ADORABLE ADRIAN Wow, way to quote So Little Time! The following foods are cute enough to eat on a date: • Mandarin oranges• Mickey Mouse pancakes• Chocolate-dipped strawberries purchased…

DATING APPS LEAK PERSONAL DATA, NORWEGIAN GROUP SAYS

DATING APPS LEAK PERSONAL DATA, NORWEGIAN GROUP SAYS

Dating apps including Grindr, OkCupid and Tinder leak personal information to advertising tech companies in possible violation of European data privacy laws, a Norwegian consumer group said in a report this week. The Norwegian Consumer Council said it found “serious privacy infringements” in its analysis of how shadowy online ad companies track and profile smartphone users. The council, a government-funded nonprofit group, commissioned cybersecurity company Mnemonic to study 10 Android mobile apps. It found that the apps sent user data to at least 135 different third party services involved in advertising or behavioral profiling. “The situation is completely out of control,” the council said, urging European regulators to enforce the continent’s strict General Data Privacy Regulation, or GDPR. It said the majority of the apps did not present users with legally-compliant consent mechanisms. The…

home sweet home gym

home sweet home gym

LET’S FACE IT — THE GYM ISN’T FOR EVERYONE, and if you’re not a fan of crowds, packed parking lots or equipment christened by other people’s sweat, training at home could be your dream come true. The good news is that building a decent home gym is easier than ever, and the key to creating the perfect training space is selecting the equipment that best suits your goals, your space and your budget. Check out these four spatial scenarios and their associated equipment suggestions. Then mix and match the gear from any of them to create a gym perfectly tailored for you. Hello instant workouts, goodbye excuses! the tiny house Whether you literally live in a dollhouse on wheels or a studio apartment, you need to equip your space carefully to ensure that…

2 Days In 4 Ways

2 Days In 4 Ways

The dancer ‘New York is a city of opportunities. People come here from all over the world to achieve their dreams and I love the diversity that creates: the sense of constant cultural exchange’ Yannick Lebrun is a modern dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (alvinailey.org). Originally from French Guiana, he moved to New York 15 years ago and lives in Washington Heights. FRIDAY NIGHT When not performing, you’ll often find me in the audience. A favourite venue is the New York City Center (nycitycenter.org), a historic building with a varied season: concert dance, as well as Broadway productions. The Joyce Theater (joyce.org) in Chelsea is another amazing venue – it’s a small stage, with performers and audience so close it gives a real sense of warmth. After, I’d eat at TAO Downtown…

10 BEST MOVIES OF 2019

10 BEST MOVIES OF 2019

1. The Irishman Martin Scorsese, 77, and still America’s greatest living filmmaker, shook up the year by claiming Marvel movies aren’t cinema. “What’s not there is revelation, mystery, or genuine emotional danger,” claimed the director, who supplies all that and more in what is not just the best film of 2019 but also an incendiary, indelible summation of a landmark career. The film reunites Scorsese with his peerless acting muses Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci nearly 25 years after they made Casino. It also brings in a live-wire Al Pacino as Jimmy Hoffa, the Teamsters leader who De Niro’s hit man, Frank Sheeran, is ordered to kill. A digital de-aging process allows the actors to appear younger as the film spans decades of American history. But it’s not violence that…

Air-cooled royalty

Air-cooled royalty

TO many, the 993 is the epitome of Po r s ch e ’s 911 portfolio: air-cooled, compact and light, with a beautiful, fluid design. The range offered a plethora of high-performance models: Turbo, Turbo S and GT2 (in Street, Clubsport and Evo versions), while the naturally aspirated versions were celebrated with the Carrera RS. Track and race models included the 993 Cup, but much rarer was the 993 RSR: just 45 were made (some sources suggest 30). On first appearance, the RSR looks pure 993 GT2. Those riveted wheelarch extensions, subtle front spoiler and large rear wing are not unlike the hyper 911’s. However, parked next to each other, they are far from identical. The RSR’s racecar foundation is evident up close with split-rim alloys placed snug within the wheelarches…

Three savvy ways to celebrate anniversaries

Three savvy ways to celebrate anniversaries

Nothing is nicer than receiving a handmade card or gift tag – so if you know a couple with a wedding anniversary coming up – we’ve some ideas for you! First our modern heart card can easily be adapted using the alphabet provided, and makes a great greeting for a young couple. Our perforated paper tag, with a number added to the cake, can be changed to say Pearl, Silver, or Golden anniversary. Finally, our shiny aida tag, with wine glasses stitched in DMC Diamant, will add a bit of glitz to any anniversary gift! MAKE A… HEART CARD Our pretty heart design can be used for any anniversary! Step 1 COMPLETE the stitching on a piece of DMC pink iridescent 14 count aida. Cut the aida so that it is slightly smaller than…

The NEW RULES of DATING

The NEW RULES of DATING

Remember when dating was simple? Introductions through friends, at the student bar, parties or weddings, then meeting in a pub and shazam! – or not, but at least it was easy to read. Fast forward – and if you’re now one of the box-fresh divorcees looking bewildered at a dating scene that’s undergone a drastic transformation, you’re not alone. According to the Office For National Statistics, the divorce rate is highest among women aged 40-44 years, and men aged 45-49 years. And now most singles are dabbling in the digital dating world, with estimates of up to seven million currently registered on UK dating sites. According to the dating experts the same rules apply, whatever your age. So brace yourselves for the w&h glossary on new dating trends. Kittenfishing Everyone has a favourite…

WORRIES ABOUT KATE

WORRIES ABOUT KATE

ATTENDING the Diplomatic Reception at Buckingham Palace in December, Duchess Kate glowed in an Alexander McQueen velvet floor-length gown. While some fashion experts were quick to note that the royal had a new rock on her right-hand ring finger complementing her Nizam of Hyderabad necklace, those close to the 37-year-old couldn’t deny a more shocking aspect of her appearance: her shrinking figure. Always willowy, the 5-foot-9 Duchess of Cambridge is now so thin that her husband, Prince William, 37, is frantic about her well-being. (NYC-based Dr. Fred Pescatore, who does not treat Kate, estimates she weighs in at just 115 pounds, adding that’s “too thin for her.”) “She’s working herself into the ground and skipping meals an awful lot,” says a source. “As much as he tries not to nag her,…

NASCAR’s next generation stock car

NASCAR’s next generation stock car

The 2021 season will see a seismic shift in NASCAR, with all-new regulations moving the cars away from a template that has remained relatively unchanged since the 1970s. The current NASCAR Cup machinery retains many features that have been present for decades, not the least of which are chassis that feature ‘truck arm’ rear suspension, live rear axles and steering boxes rather than racks. The ‘Next Gen’ Cup car will be a radical (by NASCAR standards) departure from the current Gen 6 machines. Tubeframe chassis will be retained, but the fabricated steel suspension set-ups, consisting of A-arms at the front and truck arms and live axle at the rear, will be replaced with machined uprights and double wishbones front and rear. The first prototype chassis were designed by Dallara in conjunction…

EMPIRE HOUSE BY AUSTIN MAYNARD ARCHITECTS

EMPIRE HOUSE BY AUSTIN MAYNARD ARCHITECTS

Compact in scale and light of touch are descriptions that do not readily spring to mind when discussing current residential building in the prestigious suburb of Forrest, Canberra. Where not heritage protected, older style “Canberra cottages” are often knocked down and replaced with much larger residences that, arguably, more accurately reflect the client’s lifestyle aspirations and bigger budgets. But sometimes, clients’ and architects’ paths intersect to produce subtle yet exciting interventions to modest original bungalows. And occasionally, such work receives recognition and acclaim. This is the case with Empire House, a project comprising finely detailed alterations and additions to a Canberra cottage. The project’s quiet success was recognized with the 2019 Canberra Medallion, the highest award from the Australian Institute of Architects’ Australian Capital Territory chapter. The owners of Empire House, Paul…

ELECTRIC CARS CRUISE INTO THE MAINSTREAM

ELECTRIC CARS CRUISE INTO THE MAINSTREAM

ELECTRIC VEHICLES AREN’T just for environmentally conscious celebrities and high-tech entrepreneurs anymore. More than 1.3 million EVs, including plug-in hybrids, were on the road in the U.S. as of September, according to the Edison Electric Institute. That same month, the EV share of new-car sales hit 2.6%, a high for 2019. Ford recently made a splash with its upcoming Mustang Mach-E all-electric SUV, the fifth pure EV SUV on the market. To fans, all-electric vehicles such as the Tesla models, Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf provide smooth and noiseless driving, low maintenance, quick acceleration and a premium feel. But there are hurdles to going electric. These cars are more expensive to buy or lease than their gas-powered counterparts. Electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids (which have a gas engine as well as…

Green geometry

Green geometry

There’s a crisp, green geometry to the garden surrounding a 1920s-built house on the Wentworth Estate in Surrey. Tightly trimmed ivy covers the façade, with substantial columns of Asiatic star jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) rising either side of the front door. A parterre of square beds planted with a mixture of evergreens, perennials and grasses floats on the gravelled garden. Flanking the central path that leads to the house, four umbrella-pruned mulberries form a guard of honour. A green and white garden to the rear keeps the woodland characteristics It was very different six years ago when designer Emily Erlam was first asked to reconsider the garden. The house sits on a well-sized plot of land, but all the sunny, useable space is at the front and was being used as a car…

Can’t Get No Satisfaction?

Can’t Get No Satisfaction?

RELATIVELY SPEAKING, it’s a good time to be an American woman…who likes a good time. Compared with past generations, we engage in a wider range of sexual acts; we take more initiative; we receive more oral sex; we put a greater premium on the quality of sex within a marriage. But while many will say they’re having the most empowered intercourse of their lives, experts estimate that roughly one-quarter to one-half of American women experience a sexual concern, including low desire, diminished arousal, difficulty reaching orgasm, and pain. This is especially striking in comparison with men: Women tend to report less satisfaction with their most recent sexual encounter, as well as with sex throughout their lifetime. Journalist Katherine Rowland, whose background is in medical anthropology, devoted five years to researching…

Woven Seat Shaker Bench

Woven Seat Shaker Bench

Simple Shaker-inspired style gives this bench a timeless look. Basic spindle turnings form the frame, and you can easily weave the comfortable seat yourself. To turn the back legs (A), your lathe must accommodate a workpiece about 42" long. Many midi lathes with a bed extension fill the bill. Otherwise, round the legs with a round-over bit and table-mounted router, then add separately turned finials. Or, make the legs (and long spindles) from ready-made dowel rods. Click here to learn how to make dowels, or visit woodmagazine.com/makedowels. Note: Hole depths shown on Drawings 1 and 2 are after turning; drill about 3/16" deeper into the blanks. Begin With the Legs 1 Cut 1½"-square stock for the back and front legs (A, B), allowing an inch or so extra length at the top end [Materials List,…

Fuel of the Future

Fuel of the Future

Diesel outboards have ghosted the periphery of the marine scene for ages. In fact, the first one built in the U.S. that I know of (the 9.25-hp opposed-piston, two-stroke Amarc 10) debuted way back in the early 60s. But hey, when I recently told my buddies at my marina about sea trialing a sleek new Intrepid 345 Nomad with two, prototype 300-hp Cox diesel outboards on her transom, just about everybody got immediately dazed and confused. “You what?” went the typical response, followed by, “Diesels? Outboards? Really? What kinda horsepower? Lotta smoke? Slow? Fuel economy? Torque?” I shouldn’t have been surprised by all this, I guess. At press time, the 300-hp CXO300 diesel V8 from Great Britain’s Cox Powertrain hadn’t enjoyed a whole heck of a lot of mainstream publicity—and certainly…

6 apps to make more of a city break

6 apps to make more of a city break

Taking a vacation in a new city – whether it’s overseas or one a bit closer to home in the UK – is a great way to try out some new food, soak up some culture, explore a bit of history, and just generally have a break and refuel. But it’s no good getting to the door of your hotel or Airbnb rental if you’re not really sure what you want to do next. That’s why we’ve collected these apps that will help you make the most of travelling to a new city. We’re not going for the obvious stuff, such as the Maps app (see p43); these offerings will help you discover the vibe of a new place. Lambus | Group Travel Free NEEDS iOS 10 or later If you like to plan ahead…

this homeowner thought of everything

this homeowner thought of everything

kitchen • A bold backsplash. Cement tiles from Villa & Mission Imports with a large-scale, Spanish-influenced design have a spunky yet classic vibe. • A red island. The spicy color plays off the warm tones of the wall tile and energizes the entire space. The counter stools are by Palecek. • Extra-high counters. Tall homeowners deserve tall countertops! These are a customized 38 inches high instead of the standard 36. When Jessica and Kyle Tompane lucked into their dream location for a home—a property in Coronado, CA, next door to their best friends—they set out to build a fantasy house to match. As a designer, Jessica had done her fair share of dreaming. “I had all this pent-up energy, like, I want to use all the pretty things!” she says. “With a brand-new house,…

WINTER WOOLIES

WINTER WOOLIES

HOW TO MAKE NEEDLE PUNCHED ANIMALS MATERIALS Oxford Punch Needle, Size 10 regular Embroidery hoop, 25cm (10") Three 33 x 33cm (13 x 13") pieces of monk’s cloth (we got ours from www.amyoxford.com) Patons Classic Wool Roving, 100% wool, 109m/120yd per 100g ball, one ball each in Black (Yarn A), Pale Blush (Yarn B), Aran (Yarn C), Gray (Yarn D) and Low Tide (Yarn E) Lopi AlafossLopi, 100% wool, 100m/109yd per 100g ball, one ball each in Light Grey Tweed (Yarn F) and Light Indigo (Yarn G) Three 20 x 25cm (7 7/8 x 97/8") pieces of Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen, one each in Indigo (Fabric A), Malibu (Fabric B) and Silver (Fabric C) Erasable fabric marker Six small black beads Black embroidery thread Matching sewing thread Soft toy stuffing Maximum…

All the Essentials

All the Essentials

In the conventional reading of the Los Angeles landscape, there’s the beach, there’s the hills, and there’s the flatlands: three of the city’s four “ecologies,” as the critic Reyner Banham famously called them—each with its own brand of domestic architecture. So what happens when these ecologies meet? One architect got to find out when it came time to choose a site for his own family’s home. “It’s a complete anomaly—perched on a hill about eighty feet up, absolutely flat below.” That’s Clive Wilkinson speaking—the South African–born designer of some of the most innovative office spaces in America, favorite of clients from start-ups to blue chips, from Barclays to Lululemon—who had the good fortune after nearly 30 years in L.A. to happen upon a place he had never seen. “The neighborhood is…

Boeing going wrong

Boeing going wrong

COMMERCIAL AVIATION makes up the bulk of Boeing’s revenues. Military-minded top brass of its large defence arm would be excused for seeing that business as a case study in tactical and strategic failure. After two crashes of its 737 MAX airliners, which killed 346 people and were linked to a defective flight-software system, the bestselling model was grounded around the world in March. Yet Boeing continued to make the plane even though it could no longer deliver new ones to customers. Now it is in retreat. On December 16th, with around 800 new and used flightless jets lying idle, the firm decided to halt production in January until the MAX is permitted back in the air. The upheaval may at last force a rethink at Boeing—and at Airbus, its European…

Your manicure is literally all we need to tell what kind of drunk you get

Your manicure is literally all we need to tell what kind of drunk you get

THE MANI Round and pastel THE DRUNK Homebody Your version of lit on a Friday night: downing “nice” red on the rocks in a glass that says “you can’t sip with us” while filling your ASOS cart with $600 worth of stuff you won’t buy, Pinter-esting engagement rings, and scanning Venmo for tea. THE MANI Press-on French tips THE DRUNK Impulsive You start at a dive bar, meet a dude whose friend has bottle service at da clurb, rally the troops and Uber to the VIP room, blow your paycheck on top-shelf tequila shots, then dip 20 minutes later for an impromptu D appointment. THE MANI Accent nail THE DRUNK Nostalgic You video an excruciatingly long Instagram Story of your friends dancing to Taylor Swift’s “22” before asking your high school BFF (for the tenth time) if she…

JOHN BURTON

JOHN BURTON

“I’m working for a production company for two upcoming films… the sci-fi worlds have been very inspiring to explore” With artworks that turn awesome landscapes into beautiful visual poetry, and gallery shows all around the US, John Burton is a California painter that fantasy and sci-fi artists are sure to find inspiring. His incredible use of colour and ability to capture the ruggedness of the landforms and the nuances of light, climate and atmosphere have been honed over decades of plein air painting using oils on canvases five to six feet wide. Looking at his paintings, it’s not hard to imagine a dragon coiled around a rocky crag to the side of a great mountain, or a star cruiser alighting at a distant desert base. The artist has seen this too, and…

Art and soul

Art and soul

What role does art play in the home? It plays no role unless you assign it one: to memorialise a face or a place, to semaphore success, to offset tax or a damask-covered couch, to console for the endless pressure to acquire, to politicise, to exhilarate, to amuse, to agitate, to reflect, to ruminate, to beautify… Or to serve as a reminder of that over-hyped exhibition where the pinot flowed, the bravura peaked, all reason departed and you purchased a caustically titled bucket and mop and became the patron saint of conceptualism. That is, until a catalogue entry made the work’s intent clear: to clean all idiot art out of contemporary culture. Ah, the gravity of levity when the joke is on you. But hey, Marcel Duchamp changed the entire discourse…

IS PLANT-BASED MEAT GOOD FOR YOU?

IS PLANT-BASED MEAT GOOD FOR YOU?

Over the past few years, imitation meat—created in a lab from plant proteins, but with a texture and juiciness that mimics animal-derived meat—has taken us light-years beyond the days of cardboard-like veggie burgers. Today there are meatless burgers, wings, and sausages that look and taste as much like meat as you can get without harming a cow, chicken, or pig. Their impact on the planet is considerably gentler than that of raising livestock, and concern about the climate may be a factor in the growing sales of meat substitutes (up to $150 million in 2018) as experts warn that our current food systems are unsustainable. And a lot of people love the taste: “I haven’t eaten meat in years, but I recently had an Impossible Burger in a restaurant, and it…

A quick bite of the Big Apple

A quick bite of the Big Apple

Dan Tidswell Commercial photographer Based in Essex, Dan divides his time between a commercial photography business (photoengineers.co.uk) and educating others, via one-to-one tuition and group workshops in the UK and abroad. dantidswell.co.uk Working out how to turn a prolonged love of photography into a successful career is something that many a keen amateur mulls over. There are opportunities to be found if your photographic niche is in demand, while social media means that it has never been easier for somone to find you. This month’s leading pro earns his living as a commercial photographer – shooting a wide range of work under that umbrella – and utilises old and new marketing techniques to bring in commissions. Yet Dan Tidswell didn’t take a conventional route into photography – if indeed there is one these days.…

Grace your Home with Evergreens

Grace your Home with Evergreens

sources for the season’s bounty • Forage from pine, spruce, or cedar trees found in nature.• Repurpose trimmings from your Christmas tree.• Check a local market or nursery for seasonal shrubs.• Salvage castaway cuttings from a tree farm. natural beauty on display • Bundle with twine and hang on a wall or window.• Make into a free-form wreath to adorn a door.• Arrange in a vase for a loosely gathered centerpiece.• Layer on a mantel or windowsill as an accent. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CODY ULRICH PROP STYLING BY ASHLEY MADDOX…

Honda’s breakthrough

Honda’s breakthrough

When McLaren targeted a return to Formula 1 domination with Honda ahead of the revival of its famous partnership in 2015, it would have been inconceivable that the Japanese manufacturer would have to wait until 2019 to taste victory again. Oh, and it would be with Red Bull, not McLaren. Honda’s path to redemption, first by rebuilding its respectability in 2018 with Toro Rosso and then by returning to winning ways this year, is an expensive feel-good story. Its underestimation of the complexities of the V6 turbo-hybrid engine era and its incompetencies compared to rivals were brutally exposed in three dismal seasons with McLaren, and it became hard not to sympathise with Honda. After all, it was not the brash half of that relationship. Yet through fiery failures, an insult about a…

Iran: An uprising over downed plane

Iran: An uprising over downed plane

Iranians have staged massive demonstrations against their oppressive theocratic regime in the past, said Jim Geraghty in NationalReview.com, but “this latest round of protests feels a little different.” After initially blaming mechanical problems, the government was forced to admit last week that its military—on high alert because it had just launched a retaliatory missile attack against U.S. bases in Iraq—accidentally shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane shortly after it took off from Tehran’s airport, killing 176 people, including 82 Iranians. Protesters took to the streets across the country, shouting “Death to liars!” and calling Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei a “murderer.” They tore up photos of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani—whose death Iran was avenging with its missile attack—and replaced them with images of dead passengers. The regime predictably blamed…

“Can my dreams help boost my health?”

“Can my dreams help boost my health?”

Sleep on it Picture the problem Dreams tap the ocean of information in our subconscious to help us solve problems in the waking world, promises dream researcher Deirdre Barrett, Ph.D. “Just name your specific problem in a short sentence—the briefer the better because dreams stimulate the visual part of our brain while the language center is less active,” she advises. “Once in bed, picture it as a concrete image.” For example, if you were trying to figure out what was causing your back pain, picture what the pain might look like. “If it feels like fire,” Barrett says, “visualize a flame to help prod your dreams to picture—and work on—the problem in your sleep.” Linger in bed In the morning, note whether there’s any trace of a dream and invite it to return. “It’s…

CENTRAL BANKS JOIN TO STUDY POSSIBLE DIGITAL CURRENCIES

CENTRAL BANKS JOIN TO STUDY POSSIBLE DIGITAL CURRENCIES

Major central banks have joined together to explore whether they should issue digital currencies as the use of cash declines and more people turn to electronic forms of paying. The study group is made up of the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England, the Swedish Riksbank and the Swiss National Bank. They said in a statement Tuesday that they will assess the potential case for digital currencies in their home jurisdictions. The Swedish central bank has already studied the issue for several years and has commissioned a pilot project as the use of cash declines in that country. No decision has been made. Existing cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are not suited for paying for things because they can fluctuate sharply in value. Facebook has…

LIFE of the PARTY

LIFE of the PARTY

The caviar party was one of the first big ones,” says Laurent Buttazzoni, sitting on a vintage Eero Saarinen Womb chair in his art-filled apartment in Paris’s Marais district. “It was for Marc Newson — we have the same birthday. A Russian client brought us five kilograms of caviar. I did the set on a huge square table all in orange and green, which were the colours that Marc was using at the time. It was very simple because we had no money, but it became really beautiful. We cut all the placemats out of shiny paper. That was a great party.” It’s a drenchingly hot day in summertime Paris, but here in the cool shade of this invigoratingly decorated apartment, Buttazzoni, an architect and interior designer, and his partner Robert…

Queen of colour

Queen of colour

What do Iceland, Havana, Cuba and Granada all have in common? Despite the thousands of miles between them, these locations have all provided inspiration to crocheter Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir, resulting in her vibrant afghans, shawls, purses and bags. Tinna has a passion for mosaic stitch – a technique based on the Apache Tears Stitch from the seventies, which she has reintroduced into her modern mosaic designs. A tireless organiser of CALs, Tinna currently boasts over 20,000 YouTube subscribers, and she also has published three Icelandic crochet books. While Tinna is currently based in Reykjavík with her two sons, her travels and stays abroad have all been part of the inspiration of her crochet designs, “I would mostly seek inspiration in my Icelandic heritage and traditional textiles, and I still do sometimes.…

WINE SCORES A TOUCHDOWN

WINE SCORES A TOUCHDOWN

The 2019–2020 season of the National Football League is treating fans to a once-unlikely match-up: wine and pigskin. More teams than ever have announced official wine partnerships, bringing winter-friendly Cabernets and victory sparklers to stadiums and living rooms. In late October, the NFL itself followed suit, announcing the league’s first official wine. Players across the league are discovering wine and flaunting their bona fides, from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s sommelier stylings to Vikings rookie line-backer Cameron Smith, who interned at Melville Winery in Lompoc, Calif., between summer workouts as a student at the University of Southern California. And then there are the veterans. Quarterback-turned–general manager John Elway, quarterback Drew Bledsoe and defensive ace Charles Woodson, as well as former coach Dick Vermeil and late owner Lamar Hunt, who founded the American…

Denying climate science while my nation burns

Denying climate science while my nation burns

AUSTRALIA’S FIRES THIS SUMMER—UNPRECEDENTED IN the scale of their destruction—are the ferocious but inevitable reality of global warming. A hotter, drier climate means more and longer droughts and more and fiercer fires. So if Australia is on the front line of the climate crisis, why are we not also a world leader in climate action? In most countries, asking people whether they believe in the science of climate change is like asking them whether they believe in gravity. It is a simple matter of physics. The more greenhouse gases are in the atmosphere, the hotter our climate will become. But in Australia, as in the U.S., this issue has been hijacked by a toxic, climate-denying alliance of right-wing politics and media (much of it owned by Rupert Murdoch), as well as vested business…

The Science of LIP CARE

The Science of LIP CARE

So what causes signs of lip aging? “Lips get their shape in part from collagen, and as we age, we produce less of it,” explains Gretchen Frieling, M.D., a dermatopathologist in Boston. “UV damage, genetics and lifestyle factors such as smoking can also be culprits.” (To prevent sun damage, apply a lip balm with a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher daily, especially when outdoors.) How can I make my lips look youthful and feel their best? Just as you do for your face, exfoliating, which removes the outer layer of dry, dead skin to promote cell turnover, can help your lips instantly look and feel smoother and plumper. Buff lips daily with a clean toothbrush, a damp cloth or a lip scrub to remove flakes and boost circulation. Finish by coating them…

Oil Change

Oil Change

There is an Indian Panchatantra—an ancient fable—that tells the story of the tigers and the trees, who must learn to help one another in order to thrive in nature. When Nikita Mehta and her brother Akash were growing up in London, their grandmother would pay frequent visits from India, regaling them with these folktales while she massaged their scalps with oils. “She told us her own versions,” says Nikita, 28—and she came up with her own formulas as well, combining ingredients such as circulation-boosting castor oil, anti-inflammatory ashwagandha, and antiseptic turmeric into a coconut-oil base that lent their hair a healthy luster. “It was a moment of peace,” recalls Nikita, who was in need of similar respite a few years ago when her hair started falling out from stress. “I went…

iPhone 11 vs. Android’s best: An underdog does just enough to take down the champ

iPhone 11 vs. Android’s best: An underdog does just enough to take down the champ

It’s time to compare Apple’s iPhone to the leading Android handsets, and it should be a close race. From the launch of the first folding phone to the rise of 5G, dual screens, waterfall displays, and cameras, cameras, cameras, 2019 has delivered a dizzying array of new features. Apple may have surprised everyone with a price cut to its entry-level handset, but can it stack up to the best Android has to offer? Let’s go through the major specs and find out. THE PHONES Three phones compete against the iPhone 11 this year: Samsung Galaxy S10+: I chose this model because it’s cheaper than the official flagship Note 10+. Also, compared to the S10, it’s only $100 more and equipped with a much bigger battery. Google Pixel 4 XL: The newest Pixel phone has…

THE WORLD’S BEST WINE FESTIVALS

THE WORLD’S BEST WINE FESTIVALS

With a growing audience of wine lovers, wine festivals are big business these days. Almost every wine region hosts its own celebration. Often they are combined with food to create a grand gastronomic experience. Others, such as the annual Marciac jazz festival in France (see p65), combine wine with music. Some are inspired by a single grape variety. Pinot Noir seems to be the most popular, with big Pinot celebrations in Oregon, Alsace and the Hemel-en-Aarde region of South Africa. Riesling also gets some attention, with the Riesling Rendezvous being held in Seattle every third year (2019’s event was postponed to 2020: see https://flxcursion.com/wp). Not all wine events are huge. The annual (or near-annual) Fête du Vin in the tiny hamlet of Chassignolles in Auvergne only has about 10 stands manned by…

Natural harmony

Natural harmony

It’s the finer details that really make a holiday, so staying in a villa in the grounds of a top hotel is the perfect way to make the most of the resort’s services and amenities, while enjoying complete privacy. Imagine dining in a choice of excellent restaurants or having a soothing spa treatment, before retiring to your villa with its own pool and direct access to the beach. This wonderfully relaxing experience is just what Maxx Royal offers, with two resorts situated either side of Antalya on Turkey’s idyllic Mediterranean coast. The beautifully designed villas at Maxx Royal’s Kemer Resort are ideal for families or groups of friends, who crave a day at the pool or beach as much as a cultural escape. Designed with its natural surroundings in mind, the…

Upgrading to a 5G phone: When’s the right time?

Upgrading to a 5G phone: When’s the right time?

If you’ve even glanced at a tech blog this year, you’ve surely seen the term 5G. Hailed as the next big advancement in mobility, 5G will be an enormous breakthrough for smartphones and other connected devices, letting us download movies in a blink of an eye, while eliminating frustrating slowdowns once and for all. But just because you can buy a 5G phone right now doesn’t mean you should. Like all new tech, the earliest 5G phones are expensive and underwhelming, with soon-to-be-outdated parts and a vague promise of future-proofing. But all that’s going to change very soon. In 2020, the 5G vision will begin to take shape in a real way, and if you’re interested in getting on board, you’ll want to make sure you upgrade to the right handset at the…

3 surprising health benefits of a good chuckle!

1 Eases aches and pains! A recent UCLA study found that after reading cartoons or watching funny shows, hospital patients’ pain tolerance dramatically increased, cutting aches by 50% for several hours. Researchers explain that laughter prods the brain to produce painkilling opiates, which relieve major ouches! 2 Boosts energy! “Laughter eases tension and fatigue by significantly reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol,” explains neuropsychiatrist Daniel Amen, M.D. What’s more, researchers at the University of Nebraska have reported that laughing also boosts energy levels by 75%. To get a good chuckle going, Dr. Amen recommends cueing up a funny movie or recalling your favorite hilarious moments with friends or loved ones. 3 Aids weight loss! A study in the journal Obesity measured the number of calories expended by 45 adults as they watched different TV…

3 surprising health benefits of a good chuckle!
TOP 10 TROPICAL BEACHES FOR WET SEASON ESCAPES

TOP 10 TROPICAL BEACHES FOR WET SEASON ESCAPES

1. TOOMULLA BEACH This shady beachfront camp north of Townsville is a stellar find, perched on the edge of Halifax Bay with estuary fishing on one side and miles of squeaky white sand out the front. It’s spacious, free-range and cooled by towering gum trees, and you’ll love the kids’ playground, barbecue shelters and the dazzling free price-tag. There’s a boat ramp for tinny adventures across to Magnetic Island and offshore reefs on clear, calm days, and at daybreak, everyone heads for the beach to kick off their shoes and tackle the miles and miles of secluded beachcombing and angling. Toomulla is one of five free camping areas located within a 50km stretch north of Townsville and the most picturesque by far, but there are no shops nor cafes close by, so you’ll need…

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

Getting There United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and JetBlue all fly nonstop from New York City; American Airlines flies nonstop from Miami. Neighboring islands Vieques and Culebra are easier to visit now, as ferry tickets can be purchased in advance online via porferry.com. Eat In San Juan, fashion designer Gustavo Arango recently transformed his flagship atelier into 1334 Ultra Lounge, a festive, globally influenced restaurant where art, food, and style collide. Oenophiles go to Bottega for Spanish wines paired with tapas. Hotel El Convento welcomes two new restaurants, Santissimo and Singular, from the group behind the world-renowned bar La Factoría. Puerto Rico’s most famous restaurant, José Enrique, which features locally sourced ingredients, recently reopened closer to the beach. Vegetarians will love the casual Peace n’ Loaf, which serves vegetable-forward pizzas and freshly baked…

Get back in shape

Get back in shape

WHY THE 28 DAY TRANSFORMATION DIET? You may feel like you’ve tried it all, but the 28 Day Transformation Diet takes a different approach to others. Combining the latest research in weight loss, gut health and intermittent fasting, and the impact of stress, sleep, exercise, hydration and more, you’ll take a total body approach to weight loss that is backed by science and proven to get results. You’ll master the art of putting together a well-balanced, healthy meal, understand what helps to control your appetite, manage your blood sugar levels, build momentum with exercise, begin to sleep better, help balance your hormones and find the energy to lead your best life. THE MEAL PLAN No food groups have been eliminated, and each recipe uses foods that are readily available in most supermarkets to…

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

If William, Kate and their little ones were missing the Sussexes at Christmastime, you wouldn’t know it! The happy family (sans baby Louis) made a pretty picture as they headed to the annual Christmas service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham on Dec. 25 with Prince Charles, then sat down for the royal lunch. ALL IS CALM, ALL IS BRIGHT? The queen, on the other hand, may have been nursing a royal grudge: In November, a source revealed to Us that she was “disappointed” that Meghan and Harry had decided to spend the holiday on their own. And though she mentioned little Archie in her annual Christmas telecast (right) — “Two hundred years on from the birth of my great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, Prince Philip and I have been delighted to welcome…

SALUTES 2019

SALUTES 2019

A ROYAL CELEBRATION It’s a boy! On May 6, Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry welcomed their first child, son Archie. Since that day, the world’s watched with joy as the tot’s grown and hit major milestones, like crawling, sprouting two tiny teeth and developing a personality of his own. “He loves to flirt!” shared Meghan, adding that they’ve even given Archie a nickname: Bubba! We can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for the littlest royal. OTHER NEW ADDITIONS! BENJAMIN FEB. 4 SON OF ANDY COHEN BIRDIE MARCH 19 DAUGHTER OF JESSICA SIMPSON & ERIC JOHNSON PSALM MAY 9 SON OF KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST GOOD GIRLS GONE BAD No one saw it coming: In April, Fuller House star Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewives alum Felicity Huffman were among those arrested for their involvement in a nationwide…

WHERE TO GO NOW 2020

WHERE TO GO NOW 2020

1 Arequipa, Peru The preserved colonial architecture of “the White City”—so called for its gleaming structures made from sillar, a volcanic rock—earned the historic center of Arequipa UNESCO World Heritage status in 2000. But a dearth of upmarket lodgings has kept this Peruvian destination off most travelers’ radar. Now, the town finally has accommodations befitting the local history: August saw the opening of Cirqa (cirqa.pe; doubles from $420), originally built in 1540—the year Arequipa was founded—as an inn for guests of the Church of San Agustín next door. The property marries elements of the existing structure (high vaulted ceilings, bare stone walls) with contemporary flourishes, such as wrought-iron-framed windows and a plunge pool. Further steeped in history is the cuisine at La Nueva Palomino (fb.com/lanuevapalomino; entrées $6–$20), where a female-led staff…

A Mountain in the Sun

A Mountain in the Sun

There’s magic in Sun Valley. It’s one of those special places that just embodies winter. Bluebird skies, fluffy, dry powder, world-class slopes, and a rustic, authentic town that oozes charm. Sun Valley is that postcard ski vacation that most of us crave. After all, it is home to the country’s first destination ski resort and first chairlift. Yeah, all that history might have something to do with it. In the mid-1930s, Union Pacific Railroad chairman Averell Harriman was trying to drum up railroad business on his underused tracks that ran between Chicago and the West Coast. The problem, he realized, was that there weren’t enough stops along the way to lure people to take the journey. That’s when he got the golden idea: to create an “American St. Moritz,” trying to…

You Can’t Control Everything

You Can’t Control Everything

To most people, Diane von Furstenberg is a fashion icon—the creator of a famous wrap dress, who built her namesake company into one of the most recognizable in the world. But von Furstenberg does not see herself this simply. She believes she’s a constant work in progress, having moved through multiple phases of her career and, even at the age of 72, happily on to the next. The transition hasn’t been without its bumps: She announced a handpicked successor for her company in 2016, but he resigned a year later. (She then picked another.) While she’s still involved in the business, she’s also thrown herself into new work—dedicating herself to a wide range of philanthropic causes, serving as chair of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and more. After…

LOST IN THE DUST

LOST IN THE DUST

NOT LONG AFTER I REACH THE DESERT I REALISE IT IS trying to kill me. The land has been baked hard by an unrelenting sun. The wind whips the alkaline dust into angry dervishes. The playa seems to stretch out to infinity. It is too hot and too dry here for life to ever feel welcome. This is Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, 1,000 square miles of absolutely nothing. It is so flat and so empty that you might come here if you were trying to set a land speed record, or launch a rocket into space. What kind of maniacs would look at this alien void and decide to throw a party? We arrive in convoy. It is the last week of August and hundreds of buses and RVs and U-Haul…

TOM’S Hot New Romance

TOM’S Hot New Romance

TOM Cruise couldn’t stop smiling. Attending the British Fashion Awards in London on Dec. 2, the A-list actor spent much of the evening chatting with stunning Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery. Seated side by side, the pair — Tom dressed in a sleek Giorgio Armani tux and bow tie, Michelle wearing a slinky Armani Privé sequin number — talked and giggled over dinner at the Royal Albert Hall. “Whenever Michelle made a joke, Tom would be in stitches,” reveals an insider. “They clearly had a great time together.” If Tom has his way, there’ll be more where that came from. As a source exclusively reveals to Star, the single Top Gun 2 hunk has had his eye on Michelle, 38, for a few months now. After jetting in for the fête,…

Love Kids and YOGA

Love Kids and YOGA

IF YOU LOVE YOGA, kids and want to impact lives, you could become a kids’ yoga teacher. After doing it for years, I can promise you it will be one of the most fulfilling, rewarding and fun journeys you take. But in order to have the best experience, teach an impactful class and have the students want to come back for more, it’s important you have all the skills and knowledge required. As you think of teaching yoga to kids what comes to mind? Is it a vision of a group of children in a circle sitting peacefully in Lotus position? Is it a nightmare image of a class out of control? My first vision of what it would be like teaching children and my first experience teaching yoga to a…

Why You Can’t Avoid the Long Con

Why You Can’t Avoid the Long Con

The email seems to offer a solution to a problem you weren’t sure you had but that you’d heard of: Spy Wiper has found a long list of malware, spyware, and other threats on your computer, but if you call the toll-free phone number, a technician—who has kindly asked for remote access to your computer— will walk you through the steps needed to disinfect your machine You might think you’re too smart to be swindled by this or other scams. But not everyone is so fortunate. Microsoft estimates that this and similar tech scams (which in fact either upload malware to your computer, charge hundreds of dollars to remove nonexistent or planted bugs, or exploit the access you’ve provided to steal your identity or financial information) net their perpetrators $1.5 billion…

We try Mercedes’ luxury Vision

We try Mercedes’ luxury Vision

● Concept previews 2021 model ● Range of 400 miles is promised FOR a car maker with such engineering might, it makes you wonder what has taken Mercedes so long to produce a direct rival for the Tesla Model S. The US firm proved that there was a large and growing appetite for electric saloons costing well in excess of £100,000 way back in 2012 – and only now has Mercedes showed its hand. The Vision EQS was the German firm’s star at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, and before it goes on sale in 2021, Auto Express was invited to take a closer look at, and get behind the wheel of, this Tesla rival. Measuring in at an impressive 5.3 metres long and with a design defined by a single bow arching along…

Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Grapes Spark in the Microwave

Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Grapes Spark in the Microwave

Who knows the reasons a scient ist may have for choosing the question that will shape his life’s work. Maybe, when pondering life’s great mysteries, he prefers the guidance of physics to that of religion. Maybe he has always dreamed of circling the Earth in the International Space Station, watching the sun rise every 90 minutes over the soapy blue of his home planet. Maybe he accidentally put a fork in a microwave one time. Or maybe it was the microwave thing, but with a grape. The scientist in question, Aaron Slepkov, discovered the old grape-in-the-microwave trick when he was young, in which a sliced grape erupts into a fireball of plasma—an ionized gas that is considered the fourth state of matter and is present in large quantities in, among other…

TORN APART at CHRISTMAS

TORN APART at CHRISTMAS

This should be the best Christmas Brad Pitt has had in years. For the first time since his divorce from Angelina Jolie and their resulting custody battle (which was settled at the end of 2018), Pitt’s cozy celebration will be family only, with no pesky intruders like the monitor who attended last year at Jolie’s insistence. But instead of holiday cheer, the actor’s feeling a cold winter chill — and it’s coming from his children. BAH, HUMBUG It’s not news that Pitt and son Maddox, 18, have a tense relationship. Things haven’t been the same since the infamous 2016 plane incident that led to the end of Brangelina. (A Pitt source told Us at the time that Jolie, 44, and Pitt, 55, got into an argument on a flight from France to…

Living Greatly

Living Greatly

I used to believe in something I called Cosmic Hints. Big signals from the universe about what I should or shouldn’t do, did or didn’t want. I believed the universe was looking out for me, particularly, and putting symbols and metaphors in my path that helped me see who I was and who I wanted to be. I was forever in search of the Big Why—constantly looking for meaning, making narratives that sewed together the events of my life, the coincidences and conditions and happenstances, into something that was leading somewhere, and meaning something. I believed, strongly and vocally, that Everything Happens for a Reason. Then my brother died, when I was 30 and he was 32. He had something called pseudomyxoma peritonei—a cancerous abdominal tumor. It affects about one person in…

THE 10 BEST ALBUMS OF THE DECADE…

1 Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly 2015 You can’t understate the influence To Pimp a Butterfly has had on hip-hop and politics. “Alright” became a Black Lives Matter rallying cry, while the album sent the genre to a new stratosphere. 2 Robyn, Body Talk 2010 The crying-in-the-club anthem is its own genre in the pop sphere now, but each entry traces its origins back to Robyn’s magnificent, mascara-streaked opus. 3 Frank Ocean, Channel Orange 2012 The most influential debut studio album of the decade, Channel Orange established Frank Ocean as a visionary new voice who helped redraw hip-hop, pop, and R&B. 4 Arcade Fire, The Suburbs 2010 The album in which singers and real-life couple Win Butler and Régine Chassagne spool their very intimate anxieties about family and growing older into arena-rock catharsis. 5 David Bowie, Blackstar…

THE 10 BEST ALBUMS OF THE DECADE…
Tracing the Ancestry of the Biblical Philistines

Tracing the Ancestry of the Biblical Philistines

THE DISCOVERY OF a Philistine cemetery at Ashkelon, Israel, has provided researchers with human remains to study local ancestry. Uncovered at the site were a well-preserved human skull (above), the remains of a 10th-century B.C. Philistine (below left), and a small vessel (below right) that was found near the nose. Ancient bones from southern Israel have confirmed the European origins of the Philistines of the Bible. A genetic study of remains from sites near Ashkelon also strengthens the view that the Israelites’ troublesome neighbors—whose best known representatives in the Bible include the giant Goliath and the seductress Delilah—settled in modern-day Israel around 1200 B.C. The Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon joined with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History to analyze DNA from 10 sets of human remains. The results,…

CAR OF THE YEAR

CAR OF THE YEAR

“We’re already lucky enough to be able to compete in this great championship each year. To do it and win the title is a fantastic honour, but it’s lovely that people do recognise we put together a car that is worthy of this sort of award. We are very grateful for it and it adds to the sense of having done a good job when we receive a thing like this. As for the 28.6% per cent that didn’t vote for us – they need to look more closely at the results!” James Allison (pictured with Loic Serra and Dominik Riefstahl) Successive iterations of title-winners have emerged from the combined efforts of Brackley and Brixworth. And this year’s Mercedes W10 was no exception, despite a regulation change that required a major…

TOP FIVE HILL CLIMBS OF GREAT BRITAIN

TOP FIVE HILL CLIMBS OF GREAT BRITAIN

JOHN WHITNEY: Can British climbs ever be considered, for want of a better word, sexy? SIMON WARREN: Of course they can. There are hairpin bends in Britain that sweep every bit as gloriously as anything in the Alps. British climbs often stand alone, with a single defining feature, whether a perfect corner or patch of vicious gradient - such as the 33 per cent stretch on Rosedale Chimney or the first hairpin on Park Rash - that adds a vital touch of colour and creates a focal point for a day’s adventure. TREVOR WARD: I think they can, but they’re generally a different beast than what you find in the Alps. They call for a different kind of mental fortitude. Instead of concealing themselves behind beautifully engineered switchbacks, British climbs taunt you…

Australia’s fire-driven storms are smoking up the stratosphere

Australia’s fire-driven storms are smoking up the stratosphere

THUNDERSTORMS generated by the intense heat of the bushfires burning in Australia have probably carried as much smoke into the stratosphere as a volcanic eruption. Blazes across the country in the past few weeks have been so powerful they have generated their own weather. They create rising air that carries ash and smoke and results in the formation of thunderclouds called pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCbs) above the fires. Some of these clouds are strong enough and rise high enough to have channelled smoke into the stratosphere – a stable layer of air between 10 and 50 kilometres up where particles can get trapped and persist for half a year or longer. Smoke from the fires has moved eastward in the stratosphere and made a full circuit around the world, according to NASA. There were at…

Closing the Gender Data Gap

Closing the Gender Data Gap

DID YOU HEAR the one about how aid workers rebuilt homes after a flood—and forgot to include kitchens? How about the entrepreneur whose product was dismissed by funders as too “niche”—but whose femtech company, Chiaro, is now on track for more than $100 million in 2020? Or the female sexual-dysfunction drug that was tested for its interaction with alcohol on 23 men … and only two women? Not finding any of these funny? Maybe that’s because they’re not jokes. From cars that are 71% less safe for women than men (because they’ve been designed using a 50th-percentile male dummy), to voice-recognition technology that is 70% less likely to accurately understand women than men (because many algorithms are trained on 70% male data sets), to medication that doesn’t work when a woman…

EDGE OF TOMORROW

EDGE OF TOMORROW

IT’S BETWEEN AN CHORAGE AND THE VAST frozen farmland around Palmer that the sheer immensity of Alaska hits us. The Glenn Highway, running north-east from the city, curves around the icy, glacier-fed waterway of the Knik Arm before entering the wide delta of Eklutna Flats, backed by mountains as white as fine china. The railroad runs parallel to us, crossing the Matanuska River on a steel bridge so dwarfed by its surroundings it could be an old Hornby model. I already know the facts: more than twice as big as Texas, the Last Frontier state has more coastline than the rest of the US coastal states put together, as well as the tallest peak in North America, plus active volcanoes and glaciers and three million lakes. But statistics can’t prepare…

‘SEVILLE’ BY COLE & SON

‘SEVILLE’ BY COLE & SON

We believe that if you’re going to go for print, go big or go home – an ethos that seems very much in keeping with British heritage brand Cole & Son. Founded in Islington in 1875, then a hub of hand-block printing companies, Cole & Son has survived while other firms have not, standing the test of time by being pioneers in its field. It was one of the first companies in Europe to embrace screen printing, establishing a studio in 1949. This enabled the brand to meet the appetite for bold and bonkers wallpaper designs during the midcentury modern period, many of which are regarded as classics today. Indeed, the Cole & Son archive of wallpapers is a brilliant reflection of the nation’s changing tastes over the centuries. In which…

everyone’s talking about…

1 PECAN CHEESECAKE Up +4,042% in Pinterest searches ahead of December, begging the question: has the traditional Christmas pud had its day? Try, too, peach cobbler variations and churro cheesecake bars, both also soaring in the search-bar charts. Who knew? 2 THE DOLCE LOOK Thought a statement earring was enough to elevate your outfit from humdrum to haute? Not in Dolce & Gabbana’s book, where sequinned tailoring, bows, brocade and Gatsby-feel feathers channelling the golden age of Hollywood are your answer to NYE party dressing. 3 THE CHRISTMAS PILGRIMAGE High-ho it to the capital this month for a jaw-dropping designer affair. Start at Claridge’s for Christian Louboutin’s pop-up; marvel at Luke Edward Hall’s folksy tree at The London Edition and finally cross the river for Holly Fulton’s Art Deco bonanza at Aqua Shard. 4 3D WALLS There’ll…

everyone’s talking about…
THE ROYAL FAMILY AT THE BREAKING POINT

THE ROYAL FAMILY AT THE BREAKING POINT

It was business as usual for Harry and Meghan as they made a visit to Canada House in London on Jan. 7 to thank officials for the hospitality extended to them during their recent stay on Vancouver Island, where they celebrated the holidays with their 8-month-old son, Archie. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were in good spirits as they chatted with staff members and posed for press photos during the appearance. Little did the world know the controversial couple was about to drop the biggest bombshell to hit the monarchy in decades. The following day, Harry and Meghan announced their plans to “step back as senior members of the Royal Family” — an unprecedented move that sent shock waves through the palace and beyond. In the statement, the pair…

SEOUL SENSATIONS

SEOUL SENSATIONS

Kwangho Lee “All of my work comes from the same place—material experimentation,” says Lee. In 2006, for his graduation project at Hongik University, he showcased a series of lights made from draped and woven electrical wire. Soon he was weaving chunky chairs and sofas from PVC and other unconventional cords and applying enameled copper to cabinets and dining tables, using an ancient technique often applied to small bowls and vases en masse. These days he’s investigating 3-D printing and aluminum sand casting. “There’s this innate Korean quality of fastness,” he says, “wanting to learn something fast, show something fast.” A star of Salon 94 Design’s roster, he has harnessed that creative momentum, building a community of local designers in the once-industrial Seongsu-dong neighborhood, where he leases studios to young creatives and…

The $1 Billion Solar Relic

The $1 Billion Solar Relic

The Crescent Dunes solar plant looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. Ten thousand mirrors form a spiral almost 2 miles wide that winds around a skyscraper rising above the desert between Las Vegas and Reno. The operation, a kind of thermal/solar power plant, soaks up enough heat from the sun’s rays to spin steam turbines and store energy in the form of molten salt. In 2011 the $1 billion project was to be the biggest solar plant of its kind, and it looked like the future of renewable power. Citigroup Inc. and other financiers invested $140 million with its developer, SolarReserve Inc. Steven Chu, the U.S. Department of Energy secretary at the time, offered the company government loan guarantees, and Harry Reid, then the Senate majority leader and senior…

HOW TO KICK THE SUGAR HABIT

HOW TO KICK THE SUGAR HABIT

If you feel especially weak-willed around a holiday dessert table or a bowl of office candy, don’t beat yourself up. It’s human nature to seek sweet flavors. Scientists theorize that this inborn preference helped attract early humans to nutrient-packed fresh fruit, which supported the long-term health of the species. Unfortunately, modern-day food manufacturers capitalize on our sweet-seeking nature. The processed sugars in soft drinks, candies, cakes, and other treats are calorie-dense and often combined with fat. They overstimulate our pleasure sensors, dulling our taste for fruit’s natural sweetness and keeping us coming back for more junk food. The good news: By steering clear of overly sweet foods, you can resensitize your taste buds to the sublime sweetness of fresh fruit. Here’s how: 1 PURGE THE PROCESSED SWEETS FROM YOU LIFE—OR AT LEAST YOUR…

4 STEPS TO A HEALTHIER HEART

4 STEPS TO A HEALTHIER HEART

You already know that maintaining a healthful diet, avoiding smoking, and getting plenty of exercise help keep your heart strong, but these other easy tips can give your heart-healthy lifestyle a boost. Start a gratitude journal: Tapping into happy, positive emotions has been linked to lower chances of cardiac problems, while feelings of negativity can contribute to heart risks like high blood pressure over time. Each day, write down one thing that you’re grateful for—when you’re feeling down (depression is also linked to greater risk of heart attack or stroke), flip through for an uplifting reminder of all the good things in your life. Plan your meals: If you can’t seem to say no to that cookie or side of fries, try keeping yourself on a healthy eating track by planning out…

POWER, PRECISION, PERSEVERANCE

POWER, PRECISION, PERSEVERANCE

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, consider the less fortunate, such as all the world-class female gymnasts who had the lousy luck to be born around the same time as Simone Biles. Many of them could have won gold medals if they had just come along a decade earlier or later. Instead, they’re all battling for second place. This has been true since at least 2016, when Aly Raisman, after winning silver in the Olympic all-around competition, joked that she felt she had won. But this year, Biles, 22, is doing more than just dominating her sport, she’s transforming it. At the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany in October, she won five gold medals—in the team competition, the individual all-around, the vault, the balance beam and the floor exercise. That gave her 25 world championship…

MIX & match

MIX & match

QUILT Finished size: 71¼×81⅞" MATERIALS Yardages and cutting instructions are based on 42" of usable fabric width. ❏ 1¾ yards each white and gray prints (A units)❏ 18×21" piece (fat quarter) each chartreuse and fuchsia prints (B and D units)❏ 2⅛ yards navy print (B–E units)❏ 1¾ yards light blue print (C units)❏ ½ yard red print (E units)❏ ⅔ yard teal print (binding)❏ 5 yards backing fabric❏ 80×90" batting FABRICS are from the Decostitch Elements and Icon Elements collections by Art Gallery Fabrics (artgalleryfabrics.com). CUT FABRICS Cut pieces in the following order. From each white and gray print, cut: 15—12" squares From each chartreuse and fuchsia print, cut: 1—12" square From navy print, cut: 17—12" squares From light blue print, cut: 13—12" squares From red print, cut: 2—12" squares From teal print, cut: 8—2½×42" binding strips ASSEMBLE UNITS Measurements include ¼" seam allowances. Sew…

Waste Nothing

Waste Nothing

Pickle Brine Butter Crunch Rice MAKES 6 TO 8 SERVINGS Pickle brine is full of flavor, yet often goes down the drain when the jar is finished. This crispy-bottomed rice is full of briny flavor with a buttery crunch. 1 to 1½ cups pickle brine, divided3½ cups water2 cups basmati rice1 teaspoon kosher salt½ teaspoon ground black pepper¼ cup unsalted butterGarnish: fresh dill 1. Reserve 2 tablespoons pickle brine. 2. In a large saucepan, bring 3½ cups water, rice, salt, and remaining pickle brine to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until rice is almost tender, about 10 minutes; using a fine-mesh sieve, drain for 5 minutes. Transfer rice to a bowl; toss with pepper and reserved 2 tablespoons pickle brine. 3. In a 10-inch cast-iron skillet, heat butter over medium heat…

2020: WHAT TO EXPECT IN TECH

2020: WHAT TO EXPECT IN TECH

The 2010s represented a real change in the world of technology, changing the way we work, live, and communicate. But where are we headed next, and what can we expect to happen in 2020? This week, we take a closer look at innovations that are just around the corner… 2020 IS ALL ABOUT 5G Perhaps one of the biggest changes expected to hit the market in 2020 is 5G technology, promising super-fast download and upload speeds, more stable connections and unlimited possibilities for new apps, software, and hardware. Though the United States, the United Kingdom, and China have already begun to turn on networks in parts of their countries , it won’t be until the end of 2020 when we begin to see widespread adoption of the new tech . Some of the…

how to live with lots of color (and not get tired of it)

how to live with lots of color (and not get tired of it)

living room You don’t have to stop at one color statement in a room—just pair up pieces purposefully. A sofa by Moss Studio upholstered in lemon-lime Schumacher fabric plays off splashes of yellow in the abstract art by Michael von Helms. The rest of the furniture is muted, including a custom black-and-white settee and a coffee table from Crate & Barrel with low-key rugs. decorating with oodles of colors is all about balance. Just ask Stephanie Freeman, who squeezed as much turquoise, fuchsia, and chartreuse into her Houston, TX, house as she could get past her husband, Brian Tison, and designer Meg Lonergan. “Some homeowners need to be pushed out of their comfort zone—I needed to be reined in,” says Stephanie. Her passion for color dates back to her teen years, when…

Photos of the Year

Photos of the Year

To see the complete collection of TIME’s 100 Photos of the Year, go to TIME.com/2019-photos…

MAKING WAVES

MAKING WAVES

Chile’s Pacific coastline offers up a rich seam of interest for architecture buffs. For example, just a few kilometres south of the town of Los Vilos, set among the rocky cliffs and jagged promontories that reach out into the ferocious South Pacific surf, there’s a world of wild experimentation. Here, the modernist beach house is being taken to the typological outer limits, making the most of this dramatic landscape and the splendid, edge-of-the-world isolation. Casa Nishizawa is the latest structure to be perched on this spectacular terrain. The house was designed by the Japanese architect Ryue Nishizawa, one half of Pritzker Prize-winning outfit Sanaa, which he founded with Kazuyo Sejima in 1995. It was commissioned by Philippe Godoy, of Chilean developer Ochoalcubo, for a grand scheme to indulge architects’ more extreme…

Cook Once, Eat Whole30 All Week

Cook Once, Eat Whole30 All Week

YOUR MENU THIS WEEK Prep 6 easy recipes on Sunday to yield more than 20 meals and snacks for the week! BREAKFAST 1. Homemade Chorizo Crumble (p. 57) with scrambled eggs and roasted potatoes 2. Butternut Squash Fritters (p. 50) topped with avocado mash 3. Homemade Chorizo Crumble (p. 57) with roasted tomatoes and cauli-rice 4. Butternut Squash Fritters (p. 50) made into eggs Benedict LUNCH 1. Waldorf Tuna Salad (p. 56) wrapped in lettuce leaves or collard greens 2. Chicken Enchilada Casserole (p. 52) over spuds 3. Citrus Poached Salmon (p. 55) made into fish cakes 4. Homemade Chorizo Crumble (p. 57) made into a taco salad 5. Citrus Poached Salmon (p. 55) rolled into hand rolls 6. BBQ Meatloaf Muffins (p. 58) stuffed into zucchini halves and baked 7. Sesame Tuna Salad (p. 56) on a bed of carrot-cabbage slaw with seaweed…

The Gallery

The Gallery

LEAD ARTIST, ART DIRECTOR, WETA WORKSHOP WETA WORKSHOP LONG SERVICE AWARD I was asked to come up with an award for Weta Workshop staff who have been with us for 10, 15 and 20 plus years. I wanted to make something I would want to hang on my wall, and that would truly represent the type of place Weta Workshop is, so it became a very personal project. My bias in most design work is to push towards simplicity and elegance over excessive detail. I like bold forms that hide, or are supported by clusters of detail. DR. GRORDBORT’S - THE ROBOT FACTORY Most of my work starts in 3D – even concept and illustration. I like to flesh something out in space before committing to an idea. Often I won’t bother doing a…

TOP 25 BEERS OF 2019

TOP 25 BEERS OF 2019

To all those naysayers who have insisted for the past decade-plus that craft beer was just having a moment, I think it’s safe to say that the “moment” is here to stay. Indeed, what we have is an enduring movement. The breadth of offerings has certainly expanded since the scene took hold in the early aughts, and quality beer is an established staple in any true beverage-lover’s arsenal. Cross-drinking is also the new normal, as people have awakened to the joys of high-quality pours across category types. There’s far too much beauty to behold in the drinks world to remain exclusive to just one libation. And so, in the quest to find the best of the best across all major categories, here we are once more, ready and willing to help you sort…

BEST SHOWS OF THE 2010s

BEST SHOWS OF THE 2010s

1. The Leftovers HBO Two percent of the world’s population vanished for no reason. What now? Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon (above), and friends struggled to make sense of the senseless in a drama that could leave you sobbing in one scene and laughing hysterically in the next. No show this decade aimed higher or hit harder. 2. Parks and Recreation NBC A sincere, and sincerely ridiculous, ode to civil service, friendship, and breakfast foods, the Amy Poehler comedy was rounding into Hall of Fame form as the decade began. It captured Obama-era optimism to a T with an all-star cast (Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, Aziz Ansari). 3. Breaking Bad AMC Where its network counterpart Mad Men arrived fully formed and aired many of its best episodes in the late 2000s, nearly…

Modern art: Decoding the duct-taped banana

Modern art: Decoding the duct-taped banana

“Something is rotten in the art world,” said Mara Siegler and Natalie O’Neill in the New York Post. During Miami’s annual art week, three separate collectors each paid the “hard-to-stomach” price of between $120,000 and $150,000 for a browning banana duct-taped to a gallery wall. The satirical piece, titled Comedian, is the creation of zany Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, who long has had the reputation of being “a prankster of the art world.” True to form, the gallery that sold the “overpriced old fruit” insisted it was not “simply a joke,” but a deeply meaningful commentary on how society assigns value to things. Cattelan said he’d initially conceived of using a bronze banana for the piece before realizing, “The banana is supposed to be a banana.” The angle at which…

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

PORSCHE 993 CARRERA RS. FERRARI 458 APERTA. AND NOW THE Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, modelled here in Roadster form. Like the aforementioned, this car marks the end of an era. One that has spanned six decades, creating dreams, posters and video clicks like few others. Just as air-cooled 911 flat-sixes and naturally aspirated Ferrari V8s were substituted for water-cooled and turbocharged units respectively, so too Lamborghini’s V12 will soon be an engine discussed in the past tense, as it is to be replaced in early 2021 by a hybridised variant. But the future can wait, because a 759bhp V12 doesn’t wait for anyone. Between this SVJ Roadster and its coupe sibling you’ll find few differences. The removable carbonfibre roof is the obvious change; coming away in two pieces it’s a test of your…

DINNER UNDER THE STARS

DINNER UNDER THE STARS

IT BEGAN AS SO MANY astrologically ordained things do: a “chance” encounter, as hostess extraordinaire Stephanie Booth Shafran dropped in at her favorite tableware shop, Talmaris, in Paris. There, among the Murano glass goblets and Herend porcelain, was a set of gold-trimmed, Mediterranean-blue china by Milanese ceramicist Costanza Paravicini. On them, an artistic interpretation of the zodiac. “They were so unique and sophisticated, without being fussy,” recalls the Los Angeles–based entertaining expert, whose brilliant new book, You’re Invited: Classic, Elegant Entertaining (Rizzoli), includes the celestial-themed party that her discovery inspired. “I’ve always been captivated by astrology because I believe there’s more to life than meets the eye.” The same might be said of a divinely executed dinner party: A layer of intrigue is a most welcome guest. Booth Shafran hired a…

SOUL FOOD

SOUL FOOD

It’s no secret the planet is going through massive shifts, and so, it seems, are we. According to the research platform Our World in Data, anxiety is more prevalent than ever before. As a result, our psyches need to find nourishment, calm and replenishment to combat the effects of the stressors we face every day—think of finding that balance as an act of self-preservation. Here, we offer up 11 ways to do it. 1. Prioritize self-care In this chillier season, make some time for hot baths with Epsom salts, reading a book, cooking your favourite soup and getting more rest. The better you feel after these small comforts, the more balanced your life will be. 2. Practice yoga and meditation We’re bombarded with a continuous flow of news and information and we need a…

RETURN TO OAXACA

RETURN TO OAXACA

When my father moved our family from Oaxaca to Los Angeles in 1994, he told us we would only be there for a year. I was 9 years old then, excited to learn a new language and enamored with the America I saw on TV shows like Saved by the Bell and Full House. I said goodbye to my school friends and the neighborhood kids, telling them I’d be back soon, not realizing that one year would become 25 in the blink of an eye. Our life in Oaxaca had been simple. My dad traveled from town to town, selling his mezcal. My mom cooked, cleaned, sewed, and tended to me and my three siblings. We spent weekends and holidays at my maternal grandmother’s house in San Pablo Villa de Mitla,…

Geometry of Giants

Geometry of Giants

It all started with a picture. In April 2007 Monique Klinkenbergh stumbled across the image that would upend her life. Its composition—triangles and diamonds in concentric circles etched into a cornfield—evoked a profound visceral response. The former magazine editor was struck by the design, the integrity of the mathematics between the shapes. “I have a background in fine art and also have this rational mind thinking, ‘How is this possible?’ It was 13-fold geometry, very difficult to construct on paper,” she says. “Try to divide a cake into 13 perfect pieces. You can’t.” She knew then she’d have to explore this phenomenon. And she headed off to England’s Wiltshire county, the epicenter of crop circles. It’s probably no coincidence that Wiltshire also houses Stonehenge and several other prehistoric circular monuments believed to…

OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST SMART SCREENS

OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST SMART SCREENS

There aren’t quite as many smart screens available to buy as there are smart speakers (the speakers had quite a head start, after all), but the selection of devices with displays is growing all the time – and we’ve chosen four of the very best for you to pick from here, depending on what your requirements are. What you need to decide first is whether you prefer making friends and chatting regularly with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant (or perhaps which one you already know best); after that, you can choose a screen size, which also directly relates to the price you’ll have to pay too. THE ALL-ROUNDER GOOGLE NEST HUB This is the smaller Nest Hub from Google, so it’s cheaper and fits in a tighter space – and it doesn’t come with…

Brooklyn Microgrid

Brooklyn Microgrid

A microgrid is a small-scale power grid that can run independently from a traditional centralised power grid. It has its own generation, storage and distribution resources. Sharing local solar energy through the microgrid helps strengthen the local economy and contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. It also provides users with control over where their energy is sourced. Prosumers (people who own solar systems) list their excess energy on the Pando app which consumers can bid for.…

Secret-weapon winter warmers

Secret-weapon winter warmers

HOW GINGER REVITALIZES Fights colds and flu A ginger-spiked drink can help shore up your immune defenses within three hours, report experts from the American Medical Association. Credit goes to potent antiviral compounds that double the production of the proteins lining the lungs, making breathing easier and helping to quickly eliminate viruses. Nixes GI upset Compounds in ginger can help ease indigestion and prevent stomach upset. So say Taiwanese researchers, who found that ginger triggers muscle contractions to speed the passage of food through the GI tract, preventing post-meal bloat and nausea. The payoff: Study subjects who took ginger capsules digested their food 30% faster than those who were given a placebo, reducing the likelihood of stomach woes. Eases aches and pains Enjoying just 1 tsp. of ginger daily relieves chronic aches and stiffness in 63%…