THE FIRST EDITOR OF QUR’AN WAS PROBABLY A WOMAN ?

A new study suggests that Hafsa bint ‘Umar, one of the wives of the Prophet Muhammad, had a crucial role in editing and codifying the Qur’an and was likely the one of the first people to have kept a written…

SMARTEEZ: The Soweto Fashion Style

If you are familiar with fashion and South African street trends, you may already recognize Floyd Manotana or the name he typically goes by Floyd Avenue. The later also happens to be the namesake of his fashion brand. He belongs…

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE: The First Person To Decline The Nobel Prize

“A writer who adopts political, social, or literary positions must act only with the means that are his own — that is, the written word.” Despite its surprisingly dark origin, the Nobel Prize is regarded as the highest honor bestowed…

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PRICING

Do you want to know how to price your products more effectively? Choosing the right price is a common problem for business owners, particularly in new or rapidly-changing fields, where prices are not set in stone. A popular approach is…

URBAN VIKINGS By Johan Bavman

Just after the romantic Midsummer eve holiday, hundreds of Vikings are gathered in Höllviken, Sweden. Near the affluent residential area in Höllviken, a small but dedicated group of urban vikings are moving in to the viking village, Foteviken. Germans, americans,…

PARCELS: Yrjo Edelmann’s Realistic Paintings Of Packages

Hailing from Sweden, Edelmann worked as a comic strip illustrator for many years until he started to paint. His “parcels” became his signature and caught my eye as exceptional trompe-l’ oeil images. At first I thought they were just giant,…

HAR1: This Is What Makes Us Different

Scientists have discovered examples of “accelerated evolution,” that is, a rate of change in the DNA of a species that far exceeds the expected rate. The number of articles using the term “accelerated evolution” was very low in the 1990s,…

THE OXY-ISO LENSES: Solve Color Blindness Problem

An old question about human evolution has yielded a technology that helps correct color-blindness, allowing people to distinguish reds and greens they previously couldn’t see. The resulting glasses are called Oxy-Iso lenses, and are made by O2Amp. The way they…

HOW MANY THINKS WE ARE MISSING ?

"A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. His name is Joshua Bell He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since…

MAKE YOUR OWN MOSS GRAFFITI

As people become more eco-friendly and environmentally aware, the idea of making living, breathing graffiti has become an exciting outlet for graffiti artists. Also called eco-graffiti or green graffiti, moss graffiti replaces spray paint, paint-markers or other such toxic chemicals…

THE ORIGINS OF THE SHIITE-SUNNI SPLIT

It's not known precisely how many of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims are Shiites. The Shiites are a minority, making up between 10 percent and 15 percent of the Muslim population — certainly fewer than 250 million, all told. The…

FOODNEST By Diane Leclair Bisson

Canadian designer and researcher Diane Leclair Bisson has developed a number of pieces for her ongoing venture entitled the ‘Edible Project’. Harnessing her studied knowledge in design, humanities and the social sciences Bisson’s investigation brings light to the question of…

PLUS: Will.i.am’s New Smartwatch

Move over, Apple, there’s a new high-tech accessory targeting the fashion set, and this one's backed by a Grammy-winning rapper and producer. Called Puls, the just-launched smartwatch was created by Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am’s company, i.am+. It runs its…

HANS WEGNER’S VALET CHAIR

A killer bachelor pad in Hollywood, the manliest chair of the 20th century, and expert advice from a king of interiors: This is our guide to the best in masculine design. Men, you now have no excuse for living with…